Broadcast Log for Girl About Town

Girl About Town was Kyle MacDonnell’s second television series on NBC–after the original incarnation of For Your Pleasure–and her first to have a sponsor: Bates Fabrics, Inc. Although the company signed a 52-week contract with NBC, only 43 episodes were broadcast before the series was cancelled.

The series premiered in September 1948 and initially aired on Wednesdays at 8PM with each episode running 20 minutes. It moved to Sundays at 10:10PM in February 1949.

Unlike For Your Pleasure, which featured a nightclub atmosphere, Girl About Time gave the impression that Kyle was rushing around New York City meeting people and performing in venues throughout the city. As was the case with For Your Pleasure, Kyle was backed by the Norman Paris Trio. Actor Johnny Downs played Kyle’s “press agent” responsible for getting her gigs. Downs was replaced by Earl Wrightson in October or November 1948.

*Airs Wednesdays at 8:00PM*
Ep. # Airdate Guests
1. 09/08/1948 Unknown
2. 09/15/1948 Unknown
3. 09/22/1948 Unknown
4. 09/29/1948 Tommy Dorsey
5. 10/06/1948 Randall Weeks
6. 10/13/1948 Unknown
7. 10/20/1948 Unknown
8. 10/27/1948 Ellsworth and Fairchild (dancers)
9. 11/03/1948 Unknown
10. 11/10/1948 Unknown
11. 11/17/1948 Rosario and Antonio
12. 11/24/1948 Unknown
13. 12/01/1948 Earl Wrightson
14. 12/08/1948 Pancho and Diane; Russell Swan
15. 12/15/1948 Unknown
16. 12/22/1948 Unknown
17. 12/29/1948 Unknown
18. 01/05/1949 Unknown
19. 01/12/1949 Unknown
20. 01/19/1949 Unknown
21. 01/26/1949 Unknown
22. 02/02/1949 Unknown
23. 02/09/1949 Unknown
24. 02/16/1949 Unknown
25. 02/23/1949 Unknown
 
*Moves to Sundays at 10:10PM*
Ep. # Airdate Guests
26. 02/27/1949 Bates 1949 College Board
27. 03/06/1949 Unknown
28. 03/13/1949 Unknown
29. 03/20/1949 Unknown
30. 03/27/1949 Unknown
31. 04/03/1949 Unknown
32. 04/10/1949 Unknown
33. 04/17/1949 Unknown
34. 04/24/1949 Unknown
35. 05/01/1949 Unknown
36. 05/08/1949 Unknown
37. 05/15/1949 Unknown
38. 05/22/1949 Unknown
39. 05/29/1949 Unknown
40. 06/05/1949 Unknown
41. 06/12/1949 Unknown
42. 06/19/1949 Unknown
43. 06/26/1949 Unknown

No episodes of the series are known to exist. It aired live on NBC’s Eastern network. At least as early as January 1949, kinescopes were being shipped to Chicago to be aired over NBC’s Midwest network on a delayed basis.

You can read more about Girl About Town in my article Kyle MacDonnell: TV’s Forgotten Star.


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