Bookshelf: The Man from U.N.C.L.E. #3 – The Copenhagen Affair

The Man from U.N.C.L.E. #3 – “The Copenhagen Affair” By John Oram First Published in 1965 Published by Ace Books 144 Pages The Man from U.N.C.L.E. had one of the most successful tie-in lines of all time, with 23 novels published between 1965 and 1968 by Ace Books. A 24th novel was written by never … Continue Reading →

Gunsmoke, Rawhide and Have Gun, Will Travel Coming to Encore Westerns in 2010

Premium cable channel Encore Westerns will begin airing Gunsmoke in January of 2010 according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show has previously aired on Encore Westerns but hasn’t been seen in four years. Rawhide and Have Gun, Will Travel, also from CBS TV Distribution, will debut sometime in 2010. Encore Westerns is one of seven … Continue Reading →

TV & Violence in 1968: The Outcasts

I wrote briefly about ABC’s The Outcasts in yesterday’s Q & A but today I thought I’d focus on how the network changed the show following the assassination of Senator Robert Kennedy on June 5th, 1968. Within days of Kennedy’s death, several congressmen called on the television network’s to shift focus away from violence and … Continue Reading →

DVD Tuesday: The Patty Duke Show, Various Fan Favorites

Out today is Shout! Factory’s The Patty Duke Show: Season One, featuring all 36 black-and-white episodes from the 1963-1964 season. Bonus features include new interviews with Patty Duke, William Schallert and others (they may be part of a featurette, I’m not quite sure). The ABC sitcom ran for three seasons and 104 episodes, plus an … Continue Reading →

Q & A: The Outcasts; What Really Happened to the Class of ’65?

Questions: Was there a series called The Outcast starring Otis Young? Did Don Johnson guest-star in an episode of a series about the class of 1965? Continue Reading →

The 1985-1986 Season, Week by Week

Here’s a chart listing the top programs for each week of the 1985-1986 season, including the summer repeat months. The season officially began on Monday, September 23rd, 1985 and ended 30 weeks later on Sunday, April 14th, 1986. NBC was easily the top network in the Nielsen ratings with a 17.5 rating. CBS was second … Continue Reading →

Status Guide – Kraft Television Theatre, Season Two

I’ve written a brief overview of NBC’s long-running Kraft Television Theatre — which ran from 1947 to 1958 — and the status of its hundreds of episodes, which you can read here. Because the show ran year-round, I initially considered each season to run from May to May (in other words, the first season would … Continue Reading →

W2XBS Schedule, Week of July 14th, 1940

Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week beginning Sunday, July 14th, 1940, straight from television listings printed in The New York Times. The station was off the air on Sunday, Monday and Saturday and spent the rest of the week focusing heavily on footage from the Democratic … Continue Reading →