Status Guide – “Joe and Mabel”

A total of thirteen episodes of Joe and Mabel were broadcast by CBS during the summer of 1956. An additional six episodes, produced during the summer of 1955, were scrapped in the fall of that year when production was halted and then restarted. What became of those six episodes is unknown. Whether they were truly … Continue Reading →

New Article: “Joe and Mabel”

I learned about this sitcom while doing a little background research for Cary O’Dell’s article on Meet Millie. I was especially interested to learn that CBS actually threw out six completed episodes and started fresh after pulling the show from its schedule only days before it was set to premiere. Take a look at Joe … Continue Reading →

Copyright, Public Domain and Pistols ‘n’ Petticoats

I have always found copyright law pertaining to the public domain in the United States somewhat baffling. Public domain refers to works that are no longer protected by copyright and are thus considered part of the “public domain.” There are countless examples of television shows with all or some episodes in the public domain. These … Continue Reading →

New York City Hooper Ratings for Election Night 1948

According to C.E. Hooper, Inc. on November 2nd, 1948 — Election Night — 74.1% of television households in New York City were watching election coverage between 9PM and 11PM on one of five stations [1]. Here are the specifics: Station Rating WNBT: 32.3 WJZ: 15.0 WABD: 13.6 WCBS: 8.2 WPIX: 5.0 Before reporting Hooper’s ratings … Continue Reading →

Status Guide – “Coronet Blue”

Episodes of this short-lived drama are all over the place. UCLA’s Film & Television Archive has two, The Paley Center for Media has six and the Library of Congress has all thirteen, including the final two unaired episodes. Most, if not all, of the episodes are also circulating among private collectors, but none have ever … Continue Reading →

Status Guide – “The New People”

All seventeen episodes of The New People are held by UCLA’s Film & Television Archive. Only the pilot, however, is circulating among private collectors. Unfortunately, it seems unlikely that any of the episodes will ever be released on DVD. So although the episodes aren’t technically lost, in many ways they still are. Season One: 1969-1970 … Continue Reading →

Q & A: My Friend Tony, Goodtime Girls, Tightrope!

I get a lot of e-mails from people asking me about television shows, made-for-TV movies or miniseries they remember from years or decades past. I try to answer each question as best I can. Every now and then I like to dig through my inbox and pull out a few choice e-mails to answer here … Continue Reading →

W2XBS Schedule, Week of January 14th, 1940

Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental New York City television station W2XBS, owned by RCA, for the third week of January 1940. I wonder what “Dodson’s Hollywood Monkey Stars” looks like. And John Williamson’s “undersea motion pictures” would probably be interesting to see. Some of the films that were broadcast during this week may be … Continue Reading →