Nielsen Top Ten, September 26th, 1966 – October 9th, 1966

Here are the first ten programs from the second Nielsen Television Index (NTI) for the 1966-1967 television season, covering the second two weeks of the season, from Monday, September 26th, 1966 through Sunday, October 9th, 1966. They were published in the October 31st, 1966 edition of Broadcasting [1]. These ratings are the average of both … Continue Reading →

McHale’s Navy Trading Cards

According to the registry page at the Professional Sports Authenticator (PSA) website, there are 66 cards in the McHale’s Navy set, which was released by Fleer in 1965. I have five of the cards scanned. Click through to see the rest. Card #9 Front Card #9 Back Card #15 Front Card #15 Back Card #18 … Continue Reading →

More on Selena Mead

Writing The Strange Case of “Selena Mead” meant I had to opportunity to read several of Patricia McGerr’s short stories featuring Selena Mead. The ones I read were all published in This Week although I believe additional stories were included in issues of Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Here’s a list of the stories I’ve come … Continue Reading →

NBC Orders “Parenthood” Remake; ABC Tries “Witches of Eastwick” … Again

It’s pilot season in the television industry and the networks are announcing pilot orders left and right. And it seems that this years “big thing” is remaking properties from the 1980s. I’ve already discussed ABC’s new version of V here. That network has also ordered a pilot based on the 1987 film The Witches of … Continue Reading →

New Article: The Mysterious Case of “Selena Mead”

This is a topic that has always intrigued me and I hope others find it intriguing as well. Read The Mysterious Case of “Selena Mead”: Mystery writer Patricia McGerr created the character of Selena Mead in October of 1963 in the pages of This Week magazine, a newspaper supplement. Short stories starring the lovely lady … Continue Reading →

Q & A: Lucan; Hot L Baltimore; Winky-Dink And You; Dr. Shrinker

Questions: Who starred in Lucan? Was Conchata Ferrell in Hot L Baltimore? What was the kid’s show that let kids draw on the screen? Continue Reading →

Quarterly Bonanza Ratings, 1959-1969

Here’s something you don’t see very often. In its September 22nd, 1969 issue, Broadcasting listed the quarterly ratings for NBC’s Bonanza from the start of the series in 1959 through the first half of 1969. Rarely is it possible to chart the growth — and decline — of a successful series. Unfortunately, I don’t have … Continue Reading →

New Version of “V” for ABC

I certainly wouldn’t call V (the miniseries) or its sequel V: The Final Battle obscure but before it was released on DVD I’m fairly sure V: The Series was at least partially an obscurity. That gives me the leeway I need to comment on the news that ABC has ordered a pilot for a new … Continue Reading →