W2XBS Schedule, Week of May 19th, 1940

Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week beginning Sunday, May 19th, 1940. I don’t know why there were no broadcasts on Sunday or Monday. Maybe there weren’t any films to show. It also seems to me like there were more films shown this week than usual. Only … Continue Reading →

W2XBS Schedule, Week of May 14th, 1939

Here’s a spotty schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week beginning Sunday, May 14th, 1939. On Thursday, May 18th, 1939 The New York Times began including television broadcasts at the bottom of its daily radio listings so daily broadcasts for the end of the week are known. On Wednesday, … Continue Reading →

Bookshelf: Televisions: One Season in American Television

Televisions: One Season in American Television By Marc Eliot Published in 1983 Published by St. Martin’s Press 179 Pages I picked up a copy of this book at a used bookstore several years ago. Sadly, that bookstore has since closed. But I still have my hardcover copy of Marc Eliot’s Televisions: One Season in American … Continue Reading →

DVD Review: Mr. Terrific – The Complete Series

I’ve long wanted to review DVD releases of rare, obscure and short-lived television shows. I have a bunch I’d like to review if I had the time but I just haven’t gotten around to it. Today’s guest review covers the July 17th, 2009 release of Mr. Terrific in Germany and comes courtesy of Rob Falcone, … Continue Reading →

DVD Tuesday: The Donna Reed Show, The Judy Garland Show

It was originally supposed to come out last week but for some reason was delayed. Barring further delays, today you can pick up The Donna Reed Show: The Complete Second Season, containing all 38 episodes from the 1959-1960 season. The show ran for a total of eight seasons on ABC and at the rate of … Continue Reading →

Gertrude Berg Documentary

There’s a new documentary about Gertrude Berg in theaters this month titled Yoo Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg. I read about it in Friday’s edition The Hartford Courant in which Susan Dunne reviewed the film, directed by Aviva Kempner. You can read here review here. Dunne calls the documentary “a charming meander down memory lane” and refers … Continue Reading →

Aliens Have Our Early Television Broadcasts

The Strange Maps website has an interesting chart showing where in the galaxy television broadcasts from the United States currently are floating about starting with President Roosevelt’s speech opening the 1939 New York World’s Fair (on April 30th, 1939) and the first televised baseball game (on May 17th, 1939). Both programs were broadcast by NBC’s … Continue Reading →

Q & A: Supertrain; Snowfire

Questions: Was there a TV show about a train with a disco? Was there a TV pilot based on the 1958 film Snowfire? Continue Reading →