A 1956 Special Predicting the World of 1976?

Roger sent me an e-mail last week, asking about a 1956 television special that may have been called “The Wonderful of World of 1976.” He thinks it was aired in either October or November and predicted what 1976 would look like. It may have been promoted in TV Guide in one of its “Close-Up” boxes … Continue Reading →

Arthur Penn (1922-2010)

Director Arthur Penn, who worked heavily in television during the 1950s, passed away on Tuesday at the age of 88th. He lived just long enough to mark the 50th anniversary of the Kennedy-Nixon television debates this past Sunday. Penn coached Senator John F. Kennedy for the debates, telling him “to look directly into the lens … Continue Reading →

DVD Tuesday: Ellery Queen, Rich Man, Poor Man

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 →

The 1960 Kennedy-Nixon Debates

Today is the 50th anniversary of the very first televised presidential debate. On Monday, September 26th, 1960 the three television networks broadcast an hour-long debate between Vice President Richard Nixon (Republican) and Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy (Democrat), held at WBBM-TV in Chicago. The debate was also heard on a variety of radio networks. Three … Continue Reading →

Game 7 of the 1960 World Series Found

An article in The New York Times by Richard Sandomir reveals that a complete copy of the 7th game of the 1960 World Series (broadcast by NBC on Thursday, October 13th, 1960) was found in Bing Crosby’s wine cellar in December of 2009. The game pitted the Pittsburgh Pirates against the New York Yankees. Crosby, … Continue Reading →

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

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. For example, the November 9th, 1963 broadcast of Anne Frank ran from 9PM-12:20AM. A repeat … Continue Reading →

Changes at TV Guide

I’ve added two commercial spots for TV Guide fall preview issues to my TV Guide Commercial Spots article, and, coincidentally, The New York Times published an interesting article about TV Guide yesterday, in which Jeremy W. Peters relates how the magazine is in the midst of a valiant effort to cut costs and become an … Continue Reading →

DVD Tuesday: Rhoda, Peanuts Special

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 →