Investigating The Cases of Eddie Drake

Like many early filmed television program, not much information is available about The Cases of Eddie Drake, either online or in the standard print television encyclopedias. A single episode is available on DVD as part of the Best of TV Detectives (150 Episodes) from Mill Creek Entertainment. That same episode is also available online at … Continue Reading →

HBO Searching for Missing Sports Programming

HBO’s 40th anniversary is next year (the premium cable channel launched November 8th, 1972) and a search is underway for lost sports programming, particularly those programs broadcast between 1972 and 1975. Here is a brief post from the Smithsonian.com Reel Culture blog with information about the search, including a timeline of missing two-inch reels, from … Continue Reading →

Museum of Broadcast Communications Archives Are Offline

Back in July, I questioned whether the Museum of Broadcast Communications archives were offline after not being able to access them for quite some time. Many other people chimed in saying they, too, could not access the archives. As of yesterday, the link to the archives at the MBC website has been removed (you can … Continue Reading →

Oral History of Legends of the Superheroes

Way back in January of 2009, I wrote about a pair of hour-long NBC specials broadcast under the title “Legends of the Superheroes.” I gave the specials a relatively brief examination. At the time, they had never been available commercially. In October of 2010, however, Warner Archive released the specials on DVD. Now, author Marc … Continue Reading →

Let’s Predict the First Cancellation of the 2011-2012 Season

It’s here. The 2011-2012 television season officially kicks off tonight. Over the next month or so, the broadcast networks will unveil about 25 new programs. A good number of them will become new obscurities, cancelled before the season runs its course. Some might hang on the entire season. A few might even return next season. … Continue Reading →

Alternate Opening Credits to Hawaii Five-O?

Melanie is trying to track down an alternate version of the opening credits to Hawaii Five-O, seen a handful of times during the 1971-1972 season (the show’s fourth) and filmed the previous summer in Hawaii. The pilot telefilm, broadcast on September 20th, 1968, featured an extended, alternate version of the now iconic opening credit sequence, … Continue Reading →

46 Years of National Geographic Specials

The very first television special from the National Geographic Society was broadcast in color on Friday, September 10th, 1965 on CBS. By my count, CBS aired a total of 31 National Geographic specials, the last of which aired on Thursday, April 12th, 1973. After that, ABC took over broadcasting the specials but would only air … Continue Reading →

Reminder: The CW Fall Preview Airs Tonight

Last Thursday, CBS aired its fall preview special and managed to draw 5.8 million viewers, almost double the number I expected. Tonight, from 9:16PM to 10PM, The CW will air “The CW 2011 Fall Preview Special,” hosted by Maggie Q and Kristoffer Polaha. Given the unusual start time (and the simple fact that The CW … Continue Reading →