Q & A: Monsters; Young Guy Christian

Questions: Was there a series in the 1980s or 1990s that featured a family of monsters watching TV in the opening credits? Does unsold pilot “Young Guy Christian” still exist? Continue Reading →

Status Guide – “Eye Witness”

Eye Witness was a half-hour documentary series broadcast by NBC between November of 1947 and April of 1948. How many stations the series aired on is unknown. It was seen in New York City over station WNBT and possibly over WRGB in Schenectady, WPTZ in Philadelphia and WNBW in Washington, D.C. According to a November … Continue Reading →

1947 Survey Reveals TV Viewers Open to Paying for Content

I wish I had the full report on this survey, because what little I do know is quite interesting. In short, equal numbers of television set owners in 1947 were satisfied with available programming and dissatisfied. The survey was conducted in late 1947 by William Bethke, the general education director for Chicago’s LaSalle Extension University. … Continue Reading →

Local Chicago Pulse Ratings, April 1950

During April of 1950, the top three television programs on the air in Chicago, seen on 457,565 television sets (as of April 1st), were as follows: ## Program Rating 1. Arthur Godfrey and His Friends 60.4 2. Texaco Star Theater (The Milton Berle Show) 52.8 3. The Lone Ranger 52.1 Arthur Godfrey and His Friends … Continue Reading →

The CW Fall Preview Airs Tonight

The CW, the network that probably shouldn’t exist, is broadcasting a half-hour fall preview special tonight from 6:30-7PM Eastern. You might want to tune in because who knows how much longer the network will be around. It was born when The WB and UPN merged a few years ago; another new network, MyNetworkTV, was also … Continue Reading →

Status Guide – “Teen-Age Book Club”

This panel discussion, featuring actual teenagers critiquing a new book each week, was broadcast by ABC from August 13th, 1948 to October 29th, 1948. It ran on Fridays from 7:30-8PM. I believe it was moderated by Margaret C. Scoggin. A total of 12 episodes were broadcast before the series. Beginning November 5th, a fifteen-minute program … Continue Reading →

Reading Rainbow Goes Off the Air After 26 Years

Another day, another farewell to a long-running show. Although new episodes haven’t been produced since 2006, repeats of Reading Rainbow continued to be broadcast on PBS stations across the country. The final repeat was shown yesterday (Friday, August 28th, 2009). The series, hosted by LeVar Burton, premiered on June 6th, 1983. According to this NPR … Continue Reading →

1939 New York World’s Fair Television Girl

Some 300 women vied for the title of Miss Television of the New York World’s Fair during several days of competition in June of 1939. Actually, I don’t know if that was the contest title or not. Television listings in The New York Times for the week beginning Sunday, June 11th include three days of … Continue Reading →