Beyond Tomorrow premiered on Saturday, September 3rd, 1988. It was part of FOX’s attempt to reinvigorate its Saturday line-up (at the time, the “network” was only programming on Saturday and Sunday evenings). Initially, FOX had programmed Saturday with sitcoms before shifting to game shows and dramas. Then, on July 23rd, 1988, The Reporters debuted at 8PM. It was a newsmagazine hosted by Steve Dunleavy. For two months it was followed by a variety of shows before being paired with Beyond Tomorrow.
Here’s what USA Today‘s Matt Roush had to say about the show before it premiered:
Progress has brought us many wondrous things. But it also has given us Fox’s Saturday night schedule, which has always seemed superfluous, if not downright irritating. Now, miracle of miracles, Fox is presenting a Saturday show that’s about progress, and actually bears watching. (Not that it will be watched; it’s up against The Golden Girls.) Imagine, though, a “reality-based” Fox show that doesn’t dwell on the grisly or exploit the tawdry, like the unbearable The Reporters. Beyond Tomorrow – a steal from a successful Australian series, and produced by the same Down-Under company – celebrates and investigates high-tech wizardry, be it in medicine, recreation, business, the home or the arts. This is infotainment at its least grating, science news filtered through a PM Magazine perkiness, all to a West 57th beat of pulsating music and snappy editing. It’s slick, but satisfying in a “gee-whiz” way .
I’m not sure exactly when the episode featured in this promotional spot was originally aired but I believe it was late October/early November of 1988. My favorite part is the brief shot of a computer being attacked by The Creeper:
I would really love to see this entire episode. Computer viruses being discussed in 1988? The Creeper?