Television Obscurities

Television Obscurities

Keeping Obscure TV From Fading Away Forever

New Article: CBS and Psycho

I’ve been sitting on this topic for a long time now and finally got around to writing an article on it. So if you have a minute, take a look at CBS and Psycho. I think it makes for an interesting read: CBS planned to broadcast Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 film Psycho in September of 1966. … Continue Reading →

DVD Tuesday: Star Trek on Blu-ray, Mission Impossible

One certainly can’t consider Star Trek an obscure television show. The same goes for Mission: Impossible and The Waltons. But all three have DVD releases today: The Waltons – The Complete Ninth Season, Mission Impossible: The Sixth TV Season and the first season of Star Trek on Blu-ray. The first season of Star Trek has … Continue Reading →

Mickey Cohen’s Mike Wallace Interview Not Lost

As my status guide shows, the vast majority of the 72 episodes of ABC’s The Mike Wallace Interview are collected (and have been digitized) at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. Several of those episodes exist solely on audio. However, one of the most controversial episodes, in which Wallace interviewed Mickey Cohen, … Continue Reading →

Worthington Minor on Censorship: The Terrible Toll of Taboos

Here are some excerpts from an incredible editorial written by Worthington Minor. It was published in the March 1961 issue of Television Magazine [1]. In it he discusses censorship in television, using an episode of WNTA-TV’s Play of the Week, produced by National Telefilm Associates, as an example of what television can deliver when not … Continue Reading →

Almost But Not Quite: “Off the Wall”

An early draft of my Programs Cancelled Before They Aired article included a discussion of shows that were announced as part of a network’s schedule but then dropped before making it past the pilot stage. Eventually I decided to cut this section because it made the article even longer without adding all that much to … Continue Reading →

W2XBS Schedule, Week of February 25th, 1940

Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week beginning Sunday, February 25th, 1940. I have no idea why two films about building houses were shown during this week. It’s interesting that as early as February 1940 television was bringing foreign cinema to the viewing public and with subtitles … Continue Reading →

Star Trektennial

Wednesday, September 8th, 1976 marked the ten-year anniversary of Star Trek‘s debut on NBC. A month earlier, on Monday, August 16th, a two-hour special titled “Gene Roddenberry Presents: Star Trektennial Special” aired on station KTLA (channel 5) in Los Angeles. Hosted by Roddenberry, creator of Star Trek, the special included two episodes of the series, … Continue Reading →

DVD Tuesday: The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp

The big release on DVD today is the complete first season of The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp. The half-hour series, starring Hugh O’Brian, ran from 1955 to 1961 on ABC and helped usher in the television western craze of the 1950s and 1960s. Two “best of” collections are already available on DVD: a … Continue Reading →