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 – “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!

Question: Was there a show about a college professor and a student with an Italian accent who solved crimes together? Was there a show in the late 1970s or early 19890s, set during World War II, about women in the workforce? What was the 1950s series Tightrope! about? 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 →

New Exhibit: FOX Image Campaigns, 1988-1990

I wrote an entire article on The WB’s image campaigns from 1995 to 2006. Now I’ve put together an exhibit on FOX’s image campaigns from 1988 through 1990. You can view three full campaigns — from Winter 1988, Fall 1989 and Fall 1990 — plus several shorter spots and a compilation of “bumpers,” all featuring … Continue Reading →