Bookshelf: V Novels and Comic Books

I’m trying something new today. Rather than reviewing a single novel or comic book I’m going to discuss all of the tie-in novels and comics to NBC’s V (referred to here as V: The Miniseries) and its spin-offs. V: The Miniseries, a two-part, four-hour sci-fi miniseries originally broadcast in May of 1983, spawned a sequel … Continue Reading →

Status Guide – Kraft Television Theatre, Season Five

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 →

Broadcast Log: NBC Saturday Night at the Movies, Season Two

NBC Saturday Night at the Movies was the first regularly scheduled network movie night. The movies were broadcast uncut and unedited and longer films that would not fit in the regular 9-11PM time slot were allowed to run past 11PM. The series debuted on September 23rd, 1961 and the first season ended on April 14th, … Continue Reading →

DVD Tuesday: Rhoda, The Abbott and Costello Show

Every Tuesday I take a look at obscure and/or classic television programs, specials, miniseries or made-for-TV movies being released on DVD. For the record I consider anything broadcast prior to 1980 to be classic or else there wouldn’t be much to discuss. The releases referred to in these posts are encoded for Region 1 use … Continue Reading →

June Havoc (1913-2010)

Actress June Havoc, who was appearing in vaudeville as Baby June when she was two years old, has passed away at the age of 97. Born Ellen Evangeline Hovick in either 1912 or 1913, Havoc was the young sister of burlesque dancer Gypsy Rose Lee (born Rose Louise Hovick in 1911; died in 1970). Their … Continue Reading →

Q & A: WCBS-TV’s Caught in the Middle

Question: Did Morgan Freeman play a street hustler in a made-for-TV movie in the late 1960s or late 1970s? Continue Reading →

Nielsen Top Ten, January 1st – January 7th, 1973

Here are the first ten programs from the seventeenth week of the 1972-1973 television season, which ran from Monday, January 1st, 1973 through Sunday, January 7th. If you’ve been paying close attention you’ll notice that the fifteenth week ran from December 18th to December 24th. So where’s the missing week? It was a Nielsen “black … Continue Reading →

W2XBS Schedule, Week of December 31st, 1939

Here’s the schedule for NBC’s experimental station W2XBS in New York City for the week starting Sunday, December 31st, 1939, straight from the weekly television listings printed in The New York Times [1]. The week included the last day of 1939 and the first six days of 1940. There were apparently no celebrations to ring … Continue Reading →