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Today in History: Wednesday, March 27, 2024

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The big 50! James Garner made his debut as Jim Rockford in “The Rockford Files” TV movie pilot in 1974. The detective drama aired on NBC from 1974 to 1980. The Rockford Files won five Primetime Emmy Awards in total: Outstanding Drama Series, James Garner for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama and two wins for Stuart Margolis for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama.

ABC family drama “The MacKenzies of Paradise Cove” launched in 1979. It aired for six episodes…ABC miniseries “The Thorn Birds, with Richard Chamberlain and Rachel Ward, premiered in 1983 and became the second most-watched miniseries ever behind “Roots. It aired for four consecutive nights.

The Thorn Birds: The Musical has me all aflutter | Theatre | The Guardian

The third season-finale of NBC’s “St. Elsewhere” in 1985 featured Doctors Westphal (Ed Flanders), Craig (William Daniels) and Auschlander (Norman Lloyd) having drinks at “Cheers” in this memorable crossover…”The Price Is Right” on CBS celebrated a milestone in 1987 when the program became the longest running game show on daytime network television…David Letterman’s critically panned hosting stint on “The Academy Awards” occurred in 1995. Remember this? Click here. The best picture that year was “Forrest Gump“…NBC daytime drama “Generations, which was the first in the category to focus on an African-American family opened in 1989. It aired for two seasons…”Grey’s Anatomy” on ABC opened in 2005 and is now the longest running medical drama in TV history.

The 2005 Cast of 'Grey's Anatomy' Just Reunited at the Emmys | Glamour

Also debuting on ABC was sitcom “The George Lopez Show” in 2002, which ran through May 8, 2007. And also beginning in 2002: Fox sitcom “Greg the Bunny,” the tale an unemployed puppet whose human roommate (Seth Green) gets him a job interview with his father (Eugene Levy), a kids’ show producer. It also starred Sarah Silverman. Only 11 episodes aired on Fox, with the remaining two half-hour episodes on cable network IFC. An additional shorts of “Greg the Bunny” aired on IFC in 2005 and 2006. Eugene Levy, of course, found far greater success in sitcom “Schitt’s Creek.

Greg the Bunny — Freestyle Picture Company

Celebrity Birthdays
Actor Michael York is 82; Director Quentin Tarantino is 60; Pauley Perrette (“NCIS”) is 55; Mariah Carey is 54; “Lost” star Elizabeth Mitchell is 53; “The Rookie”star Nathan Fillion is also 53; pop singer Fergie is 49.

Did You Know?:
“St. Elsewhere” featured an interesting crossover of its own with the arrival of Byron Stewart as former “The White Shadow” student Warren Coolidge as an orderly in 1984. The explanation was that Coolidge had to give up basketball because of injury and moved to Boston…Ten years after “St. Elsewhere” ended (in 1998), Alfre Woodard as Dr. Roxanne Turner showed up in an episode of NBC’s “Homicide: Life on the Street.

Homicide: Life on the Street" Mercy (TV Episode 1998) - IMDb