Review: Caesar’s Writers

Almost 16 years ago, on January 24th, 1996, legendary comedian Sid Caeser was joined by nine of the writers who worked with him on his variety shows Your Show of Shows (1950-1954) and Caeser’s Hour (1954-1957) for a panel discussion produced by the Writers Guild of America West. For nearly two hours, the group reminisced … Continue Reading →

The Twilight Zone Viewer’s Choice Marathon

For its New Year’s Eve/Day marathon of The Twilight Zone this year, Syfy is doing something a little different. It will include a Viewer’s Choice countdown of the Top 40 episodes as voted by fans at the Syfy website. The overall marathon begins at 9AM on Saturday, December 31st. According a press release, the Viewer’s … Continue Reading →

Two Missing Doctor Who Episodes Found

The number of missing episodes of Doctor Who is down to 106. On Sunday, during the British Film Institute’s annual Missing Believed Wiped event, the surprise announcement was made that “Galaxy 4” (Part Three) and “The Underwater Menace” (Part Two) were recovered several months ago. “Galaxy 4” (Part Three) was originally broadcast on September 25th, … Continue Reading →

Television Broadcasts on December 7th, 1941

Note: This post, originally written on December 7th, 2008 and updated on December 7th, 2009, examines how television — then in its infancy as a commercial medium — covered the attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. Today is the 70th anniversary of that attack. The attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese took … Continue Reading →

New Article: “Miss Susan”

I’ve been wanting to write an article about Miss Susan for quite a while and finally got around to doing it. For those keeping track, this is my first new article since August of 2010. Only two of the estimated 210 15-minute episodes are known to exist, both at the Paley Center for Media. I … Continue Reading →

Most Popular November 2011

Last month saw a record number of visitors to Television Obscurities. And here are the most popular articles, videos and posts they were accessing: 10 Most Popular Articles of November 2011 Unsold Pilots on Television, 1956-1966