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Today in History: Tuesday, March 26, 2024

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Robert Young made his debut as Dr. Marcus Welby in the ABC pilot made-for television movie, “A Matter of Humanities” in 1969. “Marcus Welby, M.D.”, co-starring James Brolin,  debuted on Sept. 23, 1969 and ran for seven seasons.

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William Conrad was first seen as Detective Frank Cannon on CBS in 1971, also in a TV movie. “Cannon” ran for five seasons… CBS daytime serial “The Young and the Restless” launched in 1973…Also in 1973 was the debut of daytime game show “The $10,000 Pyramid” on CBS. The first two celebrity guests competing were Rob Reiner and June Lockhart (who turns 95 in June)…On the second season finale of CBS prime time soap “Knots Landing” in 1981, Sid Fairgate (Don Murray) drove off a cliff in his car. Murray desired to pursue a career in movies, leaving “Knots” after two seasons…“Capitol, another CBS daytime soap, was previewed in primetime in 1982. It debuted the following Monday in daytime and ran for five seasons…“Dynasty” spinoff “The Colbys” concluded its two season run in 1987. A total of 49 episodes were produced.

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NBC time traveling drama “Quantum Leap, which emphasized the young adult demos and not the size of the audience watching (which was not all that impressive), began its five season run on NBC in 1989. Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell starred… “Against the Wall,” the TV movie which depicted the 1971 Attica prison riots, premiered on HBO in 1994. Samuel L. Jackson was nominated for a Golden Globe award. The film also starred Kyle MacLachlan; its director John Frankenheimer would later win an Emmy award.

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Tom Snyder made his final appearance as host of CBS’ “Late Late Show” franchise in 1999. He hosted for four years. Next on the franchise was Craig Kilborn, followed by Craig Ferguson and, at present, James Corden… The TV movie remake of Rogers and Hammerstein’s “South Pacific” premiered on ABC in 2001. It starred Glenn Close and Harry Connick Jr. Posting an 11.2 household rating, it ranked 10th for all telecasts that week … Three Fox network series concluded their single-season runs: 1) prison drama “Alcatraz” in 2012 starring Sarah JonesJorge Garcia and Sam Neill; 2) family sitcom “Outmatched” in 2020 starring Jason Biggs and Maggie Lawson; and 3) L.A. sheriff drama “Deputy” in 2020 starring Stephen Dorff…The series finale of detective comedy “Psych” aired on USA Network in 2014. The series centered on a guy named Shawn Spencer (James Roday) who consults with the Santa Barbara Police Department using his fake psychic occupation as a cover for his extraordinary observation abilities. It also starred Dulé HillMaggie LawsonTimothy Omundson and Corbin Bernsen. “Psych” was among the wave of successful one-hour detective comedies produced by USA Network in the 2000’s decade alongside “Monk“, “Burn Notice“, “In Plain Sight” and “White Collar.” Its original run was eight seasons and 120 episodes. Three movies have been made since including “Psych 2: Lassie Come Home” for Peacock on the streamer’s launch day of July 15, 2020.

Two short-lived series premiered: comedy “In The Motherhood” on ABC in 2009 starring Cheryl HinesMegan Mullally and Jessica St. Clair; and, thriller “The Terror” on AMC in 2018…The four-episode Emmy-nominated mini-series “Unorthodox” about a Hasidic Jewish woman (Shira Haas) in Brooklyn who flees to Berlin from an arranged marriage was released on Netflix in 2020.

Elvis Costello released his first single, “Less Than Zero”, in 1977… Ariana Grande’s first single, “The Way”, was released in 2013.

The Los Angeles Lakers earned their 69th victory of the season in 1972, which was then the most regular-season wins in NBA history. That record was surpassed by the 72-win Chicago Bulls team in the spring of 1996.

Celebrity Birthdays:
Singer Diana Ross is 78; Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is 74; actor Ernest Thomas (“What’s Happening!”) is 73; actor/comedian Martin Short is 72; TV host Leeza Gibbons is 65; actress Jennifer Grey (“Dirty Dancing”) is 62; legendary NBA guard John Stockton is 60; actor Michael Imperioli (“The Sopranos”) is 56; country singer Kenny Chesney is 54; actress Leslie Mann (“This Is 40”) is 50; actor T.R. Knight (“The Flight Attendant”) is 49; “Face the Nation” moderator Margaret Brennan is 42; actress Keira Knightley (“Bend It Like Beckham”) is 37; Super Bowl 50 champion Denver Broncos linebacker Von Miller is 33.

Did You Know?
“Marcus Welby, M.D.” finished its second season, in 1970-71, as the top-rated show in all of primetime, with a 29.6 household rating. Next was NBC’s “The Flip Wilson Show” (27.9 rating), followed by “Here’s Lucy” (CBS: 26.1), “Ironside”(NBC: 25.7) and “Gunsmoke” (CBS: 25.5). Rounding off the top 10 that season was the ABC Movie of the Week (25.1), “Hawaii Five-O” (CBS: 25.0), “Medical Center” (CBS: 24.5), “Bonanza” (NBC: 23.9) and “The F.B.I.” (ABC: 23.0)…After prematurely exiting “Knots Landing”Don Murray attempted a comeback in two short-lived series. The first was dramedy “A Brand New Life” with Barbara Eden from 1989-90. And next was family drama “Sons and Daughters” opposite Lucie Arnaz in 1991. The moral of the story: Don’t leave a hit series!