What America Didn’t Watch – Sunday, November 24th, 1963

What We Didn’t Watch is a four-part special feature focusing on network prime-time programming pre-empted in November 1963 by coverage of President Kennedy’s assassination, its aftermath and his funeral. The networks aired news coverage and a few specials but no regular programming and no commercials. Most of the scheduled programs were aired at a later date. All times are Eastern.

Part Three: Sunday, November 24th, 1963

CBS was the only network to offer programming on Sunday mornings in November 1963. Pre-empted for continuing coverage of President Kennedy’s assassination were shows like Lamp Unto My Feet and Camera Three. ABC and CBS cancelled their scheduled afternoon football games.

Here’s a rundown of the prime time schedules for each network, with rescheduled airdates. Unfortunately, the television listings I have access to were not specific about many programs.

ABC

7-7:30PM
No Network Service

7:30-8:30PM
The Travels of Jaimie McPheeters – Unknown Episode
Postponed until?

8:30-10PM
Arrest and Trial – “Signals from an Ancient Flame”
Postponed until January 12th, 1964

10-10:30PM
Laughs for Sale – Unknown Episode
Postponed until?

10-10:30PM
ABC Reports – Unknown Episode
Postponed until?

CBS

7-7:30PM
Lassie – Unknown Episode
Postponed until?

7:30-8PM
My Favorite Martian – “That Little Old Matchmaker, Martin”
Postponed until December 22nd, 1963

8-9PM
The Ed Sullivan Show
With Diahann Carroll, Bert Lahr, the Vagabonds, Topo Gigo the Italian Mouse
Cancelled

9-10PM
The Judy Garland Show
With Jane Powell, Ray Bolger
Postponed until March 1st, 1964?

10-10:30PM
Candid Camera
Postponed?

10:30-11PM
What’s My Line?
Postponed?

NBC

7-7:30PM
The Bill Dana Show – Unknown Episode
Postponed until?

7:30-8:30PM
Walt Disney’s Wonderful World of Color – “The Hound That Thought He Was a Raccoon”
Postponed until September 20th, 1964

8:30-9PM
Grindl – “Grindl’s Day Off”
Postponed until January 19th, 1964

9-10PM
Bonanza – “Ponderosa Matador”
Postponed until January 12th, 1964

10-11PM
The Best on Record (Grammy Awards Special)
Postponed until December 8th, 1963


7 Comments

  • Mike Smith says:

    The Wikipedia said that The Judy Garland Show segment that was bumped by JFK DID get aired on March 1, 1964. Namely, it’s the 10th episode recorded (On October 11, 1963), but, the fifth-to-last one to aired.

  • Alex Isabel says:

    Oddly, with the CBS lineup featuring Judy Garland, Ray Bolger and Bert Lahr on that Sunday night, it’s intriguing that TBS ran The Wizard Of Oz tonight!

  • Jon says:

    Thanks for this series.

    “Part Three: Sunday, November 25th, 1963”

    This should be Sunday, November 24th, 1963, as it appears just above.

  • Joseph says:

    I thought “What’s My Line” was done live, so that episode was cancelled.

    If “Laughs For Sale” was live or was due to be taped on Friday the 22nd or Saturday the 23rd, or earlier in the day on the 24th, the episode likely was also cancelled.

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