TV Guide Ad: Out of the Blue

Here’s an ABC TV Guide ad from September 1979 promoting the series premiere of the network’s new sitcom Out of the Blue:

Scanned black and white TV Guide ad
TV Guide Ad for Out of the Blue – Copyright 1979 Triangle Publications, Inc.

Out of the Blue debuted on Sunday, September 9th, 1979 with a special-hour episode airing from 7-8PM. It was followed by the season premiere of Mork and Mindy, which is also promoted in the ad. The show was a big flop for ABC. It went off the air in December 1979 leaving four completed episodes unaired.

This particular ad is from the Eastern New England Edition of TV Guide. Channel 5 was WCVB-TV in Boston, MA; Channel 8 was WTNH-TV in New Haven, CT; Channel 9 was WMUR-TV in Manchester, NH; and Channel 12 was WPRI-TV in Providence, RI.

Image Credit:
TV Guide, September 8th, 1979 (Vol. 27, No. 36), Eastern New England Edition, Page A-40.


3 Comments

  • Mike Johnson says:

    I had forgotten about this….with Columbus’ own Eileen Heckart!

  • Bill says:

    Dixie Carter was in this too.

  • Patrick McNamara says:

    It’s interesting how Williams is so predominant in the ad. It makes it seem as if he’s part of the show. Meanwhile, most of the other cast is crowded into a corner.

    It’s also amusing how the Mork and Mindy ad below is called “One of the most hilarious episodes of the year!” In other words, it’s just a re-run.

Leave a Reply to Mike Johnson Cancel reply