WNBT Schedule, Week of April 20th, 1947

Here’s the schedule for WNBT (NBC’s flagship TV station in New York City) for the week starting Sunday, April 20th, 1947. The New York Times published daily listings for television stations in the city, including WNBT, alongside its comprehensive radio listings.

WNBT broadcast two baseball games this week. The New York Giants faced the Philadelphia Phillies on Sunday, April 20th. Another game aired on Monday, April 21st but teams were specified in the TV listings.

Something called “Musical Miniatures” aired on Sunday, April 20th. So did another episode of NBC Television Theater called “A Gentleman Never Tells.”

President Truman addressed a gathering of Associated Press members at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel on Monday, April 21st. WNBT offered coverage for the benefit of TV viewers. Something called “Short Subjects” aired at 8PM followed at 8:30PM by a film called Frozen Freshness. Maybe it documented frozen food?

No programs were scheduled for Tuesday, April 22nd or Wednesday, April 23rd.

The variety program on Thursday, April 24th still lacked a name in this week’s listings but we do know it featured Harriet Van Horne and James Beard. WNBT aired coverage of the American Newspaper Publishers Association Dinner later that night. The listings didn’t provide a start time.

Another “Boys Week Tribute” aired on Friday, April 25th.

A horse race aired on Saturday, April 26th.

Sunday, April 20th, 1947
 2:30PM Baseball: Giants vs. Philadelphia, at Polo Grounds
 8:00PM Tele-varieties
 8:30PM Musical Miniatures
 8:30PM Film Short
 9:00PM Television Theatre [NBC Television Theater]: A Gentleman Never Tells

Monday, April 21st, 1947
 2:00PM President Truman
 2:30PM Baseball, at Polo Grounds
 8:00PM Short Subjects
 8:30PM Film: Frozen Freshness
 9:00PM Television News
 9:10PM Boxing, at St. Nicholas Arena

Tuesday, April 22nd, 1947
No Programs Scheduled

Wednesday, April 23rd, 1947
No Programs Scheduled

Thursday, April 24th, 1947
 7:50PM Television Newsreel
 8:00PM Juvenile Jury
 8:30PM Variety Program, with Harriet Van Horne and James Beard
 9:00PM You Are an Artist-Jon Gnagy
 9:??PM American Newspaper Publishers Association Dinner, at Waldorf-Astoria

Friday, April 25th, 1947
 8:00PM Campus Show [Campus Hoopla] with Clair Bee
 8:20PM Boys Week Tribute
 8:30PM World in Your Home–Film
 8:45PM Boxing, St. Nicholas Arena

Saturday, April 26th, 1947
 3:15PM Racing at Jamaica

Note: Television listings published in newspapers were based on information provided by stations and were subject to change at the last minute. They may not be an accurate representation of what actually aired.

Tales of Lost TV: Your Television Babysitter (1948-1951)

Tales of Lost TV is a monthly column in which I examine a particular TV program or TV series either known or believed to be lost forever. The amount of lost TV is truly staggering–aside from a handful of exceptions everything broadcast prior to 1948 no longer exists. That doesn’t mean it all has to be forgotten.

TV’s First Daytime Schedule

New York City television station WABD introduced the first regular daytime schedule on Monday, November 1st, 1948. Daytime programming started at 7AM ET and continued through 6PM ET. After that, prime time programming began. In all, WABD offered 15-18 hours of programming Monday through Friday.

Although WABD served as the flagship station for the DuMont Television Network, this was a local experiment in daytime TV. It had nothing to do with the larger network.

To fill the daytime hours, WABD introduced a variety of programs on November 1st, 1948. The station offered a little bit of everything: news, religion, exercise, music/variety. And, of course, several TV shows aimed at children, including Your Television Babysitter. Aimed at preschoolers, it ran for several years but totally forgotten today. It is also considered lost. Not a single episode, nor any footage whatsoever, is known to exist.

Some sources suggest Your Television Babysitter originally went by the name DuMont Kindergarten. However, evidence for when–or if–the title of the TV show changed is sketchy at best. It is referred to in TV listings and contemporary reviews as Your Television Baby Sitter, Your TV Babysitter, TV Babysitter, or TV Baby Sitter.

Stories & Drawings–And A Pigeon

Little is known about Your Television Babysitter. When it debuted, it ran from 8:30-9AM ET on weekdays. Pat Meikle served as host, putting her skills as an artist to work entertaining and educating. Along with husband Hal Cooper, Meikle helped develop Your Television Babysitter for WABD. Cooper may have served as sole writer and producer for the series.

Every morning on Your Television Babysitter, Pat Meikle told stories about animals like Wilmer the Pigeon, Tootsie the Turtle, Mike the Milkman’s Horse, and others. She also entertained youngsters with fairy tales, drawings, and lessons.

James L. Caddigan, director of programs for the DuMont Television Network, wrote about WABD’s daytime schedule in the January 1949 issue of Television magazine. He had this to say about Your Television Babysitter (at the time still known as DuMont Kindergarten):

Miss Meikle advises the mothers to leave the youngster “With me” at the TV set, supplied with a pad and pencil, and then feel free for the next 30 minutes to complete her kitchen chores. She explains Wilmer to the youngsters as also of pre-school age who, like them, is just beginning to read and write.

By means of actual cartoon drawings, which she has the kiddies follow with their own pads and pencils, Miss Meikle explains and demonstrates the alphabet by block-lettering. As program time comes to an end, Miss Meikle “calls” to mother in the kitchen, tells her the morning lesson is concluded, and to return to the living room for the youngster. Early reports indicate that “Kindergarten” holds the children as effectively as any of the more elaborate–and more expensive–kid shows currently on the air.

Hal Cooper may have occasionally or regularly appeared on camera alongside his wife.

Rave Reviews

Jack Gould reviewed WABD’s new daytime offerings for The New York Times on November 7th. For the most part, he was less than impressed. He did praise Your Television Babysitter:

To take up first the one bright exception to the foregoing, mark down the name of Miss Pat Meikle. It is her task from 8:30 to 9 each morning, when mothers are presumably occupied with dishes and unmade beds, to divert youngsters of pre-school age. And last week she gave every evidence of doing a capital job in a tricky assignment which too long has been neglected by radio, let alone video.

In keeping youngsters from 2 to school age out of mother’s way, Miss Meikle first tells of the adventures of a pigeon named Wilmer, illustrating her commentary with amusing line drawings as she goes along. Then the central portion of her program is devoted to the telling of a fairy tale–last week she started with the one about the golden ball–and she finishes up with more drawing designed to teach the alphabet painlessly and engagingly.

In short, Miss Meikle is on stage for thirty straight minutes without let-up or recourse to script. Yet her performance has an admirable quality of lucidness, is consistently bright and under the circumstances surprisingly varied. For parents who have searched endlessly for suitable broadcast material for children of pre-Lone Ranger vintage, Miss Meikle is the answer to a thousands prayers.

“Most critical acclaim has been award to Pat Meikle, Television Baby Sitter,” Broadcasting*Telecasting reported on November 15th. “His [sic] half-hour of drawings and stories aimed at the pre-school child made an immediate impression on the radio editors as something fresh in video entertainment.”

Not all reviews were entirely positive. The Billboard, reviewed WABD’s daytime lineup on November 13th, and its take on Your Television Babysitter was mixed:

At 8:30 Miss Meikle, a versatile young lady, comes on as the television baby sitter. She tells stories to the accompaniment of her own charcoal drawings and then sits down to tell a continued fairly [sic] tale. Since the kids to whom she appeals, pre-school age, aren’t too discriminating or hep, there is a good chance Miss Meikle will hold their attention, even tho she is by no means a good artist or an especially good storyteller. She has enthusiasm and a real warmth, however, which should get her over.

Variety reportedly also wrote positively about Pat Meikle.

Local or Network?

I’ve been unable to confirm whether Your Television Babysitter ever aired on the DuMont network. When it debuted, it aired only in New York City on WABD. It may have later been carried by the network. Several sources, including The Forgotten Network: DuMont and the Birth of American Television and Kids’ TV: The First Twenty-Five Years, do consider it a network program but don’t specify when it aired on DuMont as opposed to just WABD.

Based on TV listings for WABD published in The New York Times, from November 1st, 1948 to February 18th, 1949, Your Television Babysitter aired weekdays mornings at 8:30AM ET. It then shifted to 9AM for two weeks (February 21st to March 4th) before moving to 10AM on March 7th, where it remained until May 13th. The series went on hiatus to allow Pat Meikle to prepare for a TV series called The Magic Cottage, aimed at older children.

The Magic Cottage premiered on the DuMont network on July 18th, 1949. Your Television Babysitter returned to WABD on May 2nd, 1950, again airing from 10-10:30AM. It stayed on the air until May 25th, 1951. The Magic Cottage continued airing on the DuMont network until September 12, 1952. WABD revived the series locally in September 1953 and kept it on the air until June 1955. After The Magic Cottage went off the air for good, Pat Meikle briefly hosted Junior Featurama on WABD. The series ran from June to October 1955.

(Hal Cooper went on to become a prolific director and producer of sitcoms like I Dream of Jeannie, That Girl, Mayberry RFD, The Brady Bunch, Maude, Gimme a Break!, and Dear John. He discussed both Your Television Babysitter and The Magic Cottage in his 2003 interview with the Archive of American Television. Cooper died in April 2014 at the age of 91.)

References:

“7-10:30 A.M. Stretch Fair With Low Nut.” The Billboard. 13 Nov. 1948: 19.
Caddigan, James L. “Daytime Programming.” Television. Jan. 1949: 17-18.
“Daytime TV: WABD ‘Enthusiastic’.” Broadcasting*Telecasting. 15 Nov. 1948: 107.
Gould, Jack. “Programs in Review: Radio and Television Cover the Election–DuMont Inaugurates Daytime Video.” New York Times. 7 Nov. 1948: X11.


Does Your Television Babysitter sound interesting? Would you watch an episode or two if any existed? Hit the comments with your thoughts.

Audio Vault: WWJ-TV News Excerpt (11/16/1968)

Here’s audio from the beginning of a November 16th, 1968 newscast on Detroit’s WWJ-TV:

Back in February, I wrote about a collection of reel-to-reel audio tapes used to record network and local TV programs between 1967 and 1972. This audio comes from that collection. One of the programs recorded was a NBC special called “Jack Benny’s Bag.” It aired from 10-11PM on Saturday, November 16th, 1968.

Because the tape recorder continued running for about 30 seconds after the end of “Jack Benny’s Bag,” it inadvertently captured the start of WWJ-TV’s 11PM newscast that night. There’s a brief “color presentation” announcement followed immediately by the first news story.

Perhaps someone from Detroit will recognize the voice of the anchor reporting the news. For the record, WWJ-TV is now WDIV-TV; an unrelated TV station in Detroit goes by the WWJ-TV call letters.

(Also, I only know the spelling of the defendants’ names because I found an article about their arraignment online.)

Here’s a transcript:

The following program is a Channel 4 color presentation.

Good evening. Two Detroit policemen allegedly involved in the Veterans Memorial incident where three youths were beaten two weeks ago were arraigned today in Recorder’s Court. Patrolmen Leo Haidys, Jr., charged with felonious assault, and Patrolmen Richard Stinson, charged with assault and battery, listened to the complaints and pleaded innocent to the charges. Both defendants were released on bond pending examination and trial.

About This Recording

Source: Reel-to-reel audio tape
Date: Saturday, November 16th, 1968
Network: NBC
Station: WWJ-TV (Channel 4, Detroit)

WNBT Schedule, Week of April 13th, 1947

Here’s the schedule for WNBT (NBC’s flagship TV station in New York City) for the week starting Sunday, April 13th, 1947. The New York Times published daily listings for television stations in the city, including WNBT, alongside its comprehensive radio listings.

WNBT broadcast three baseball games this week. The New York Giants faced the Cleveland Indians during an exhibition game on Sunday, April 13th. The Giants faced off against the Brooklyn Dodgers during regular season games on Friday, April 18th and Saturday, April 19th.

Otherwise, WNBT had a fairly typical week. Another installment of NBC Television Theater (“Show Business, Inc.”) aired on Sunday, April 13th.

The 1943 Buster Crabbe movie Western Cyclone aired on Monday, April 14th as well as the regular boxing bout.

No programs were scheduled for Tuesday, April 15th or Wednesday, April 16th.

Juvenile Jury aired again on Thursday, April 17th. So did an unnamed variety program.

The “Boys Week Tribute” on Friday, April 18th likely had something to do with the Rotary Club of New York.

Sunday, April 13th, 1947
 2:30PM Baseball: Giants vs. Cleveland, at Polo Grounds
 8:00PM Tele-varieties
 8:30PM Film Short
 9:00PM Television Theatre [NBC Television Theater]: Show Business, Inc.

Monday, April 14th, 1947
 8:00PM Film: Western Cyclone
 9:00PM Television News
 9:10PM Boxing, at St. Nicholas Arena

Tuesday, April 15th, 1947
No Programs Scheduled

Wednesday, April 16th, 1947
No Programs Scheduled

Thursday, April 17th, 1947
 7:50PM Television Newsreel
 8:00PM Juvenile Jury
 8:30PM Variety Program
 9:00PM You Are an Artist-Jon Gnagy
 9:11PM Television Newsreel

Friday, April 18th, 1947
 2:30PM Baseball: Giants vs. Dodgers
 8:00PM Campus Show [Campus Hoopla] with Clair Bee
 8:20PM Boys Week Tribute
 8:30PM World in Your Home–Film
 8:45PM Boxing, St. Nicholas Arena

Saturday, April 19th, 1947
 2:30PM Baseball: Giants vs. Dodgers, at Polo Grounds

Note: Television listings published in newspapers were based on information provided by stations and were subject to change at the last minute. They may not be an accurate representation of what actually aired.

Let’s Remember Life Is Wild

Let’s Remember is an opportunity for those who watched relatively recent short-lived TV shows, as well as those who didn’t, to share their thoughts and memories, to help ensure that these shows aren’t forgotten. This month’s column examines Life Is Wild (The CW, 2007-2008).

The Basics

Title: Life Is Wild
Network: The CW
Cast: D.W. Moffett as Danny Clarke; Leah Pipes as Katie Clarke; Stephanie Niznick as Jo Weller-Clarke; Andrew St. John as Jesse Weller; Calvin Goldspink as Oliver Banks; Atandwa Kani as Tumelo; David Butler as Art; K’Sun Ray as Chase Clark; Mary Mouser as Mia Weller; Tiffany Mulheron as Emily Banks
Air dates: October 7th, 2007 – February 3rd, 2008
Time slot: Sundays at 8PM ET
Episodes: 13

Official Synopsis

A lengthy press release can be found at CBS Press Express. Here’s an excerpt:

Katie Clarke (Leah Pipes, “Clubhouse”) may never forgive her veterinarian father, Danny (D.W. Moffett, “For Your Love”) for dragging their entire blended family out of New York City to spend a year living in a broken-down lodge called The Blue Antelope on a game reserve deep inside South Africa. In fact, the one area of agreement among Katie, her 11-year-old brother Chase (K’sun Ray, “Smith”), their rebellious teenage step-brother Jesse (Andrew St. John, “General Hospital”) and 7-year-old step-sister Mia (Mary Matilyn Mouser, “Eloise”), is that Danny has lost his mind.

For Danny and his second wife, Jo (Stephanie Niznik, “Everwood”), however, the reasons for the move are very clear. Once they married and brought their children together under one roof, it soon became obvious that the kids had little in common and the family was drifting apart. In New York, Katie was a good student with close friends and a serious boyfriend. Mature beyond her years, Katie took on even more adult responsibilities when her mother died, helping her younger brother Chase deal with the loss. Jo’s children had to deal with their parents’ divorce after their father went to prison for a white-collar crime. Jesse reacted by cutting school, rebelling against every rule and resenting his mother’s remarriage, while little Mia comforted herself with her obsession with the New York Mets.

[…]

Once the family arrives in South Africa, Danny realizes his motivations go beyond his desire to keep his troubled family together while making a difference in the lives of the people and animals of this amazing place. His deceased first wife Claire grew up at The Blue Antelope, and the lodge is still home to her reclusive father Art (David Butler). The Blue Antelope was once a thriving safari business, but after the loss of his daughter, Art let the lodge slip into disrepair. Now that Danny has arrived with Art’s grandchildren and a new family, Art may finally find a reason to get his life back on track.

[…]

While they are definitely strangers in a strange land with a lot to learn about their new home, Katie, Jesse and the rest of the family are nevertheless beginning to love the breathtaking vistas of the bush country, the wild animals and the vibrant culture enveloping them. A year in this strange but beautiful place might not be so bad after all.

Program Notes

Life Is Wild is based on a British series called Wild At Heart that aired on ITV from January 2006 to December 2012.

-An unaired pilot episode exists for Life Is Wild, with a slightly different cast. Brett Cullen originally played Danny Clarke while Judith Hoag originally played Jo Weller-Clarke. A review of the original pilot episode can be found at the futon critic. The Paley Center for Media has a copy of the unaired pilot in its collection.

-After cancelling Life Is Wild, The CW initially replaced it with two repeat episodes of Everybody Hates Chris. Later, new episodes of Everybody Hates Chris and Aliens in America aired in place of Life Is Wild.

TV Guide’s Take

Regrettably, my copy of the 2007 Fall Preview issue of TV Guide has gone missing. So, if TV Guide had an opinion about Life Is Wild, I don’t know what it was.

Reviews

Variety – Brian Lowry (10/4/2007)
The Los Angeles Times – Robert Lloyd (10/5/2007)
The New York Times – Ginia Bellafante (10/6/2007)
The Boston Globe – Matthew Gilbert (10/6/2007)
The A.V. Club – Noel Murray (10/7/2007)

Opening Credits

I may be wrong but I believe Life Is Wild initially featured a title card in lieu of a traditional opening credits sequence. After a handful of episodes, the the series added the following (brief) opening credits :


My Thoughts

“This fall, The CW presents the story of a family’s incredible journey to rediscover themselves.” That’s how The CW’s 2007 Fall Preview Special ended its segment on Life Is Wild. I’m almost positive I watched every episode of Life Is Wild yet I can’t remember a single thing about the show. I think I was intrigued by the fact it was filmed on location in South Africa. Or maybe I just had nothing better to do on Sunday evenings in 2007.

If I recall correctly, the series suffered the same fate that so many other “family friendly” TV shows did: the split focus on the adults and the kids meant none of the characters had time to develop. The large cast didn’t help. Nor did the stereotypical teenage angst.

Considering how limited The CW’s schedule is these days–consisting primarily of superhero dramas–it’s easy to forget how the network tried during its early years to appeal to all viewers, not just fans of comic books and superheroes. During its first few seasons, The CW offered family dramas, teen dramas, sitcoms, reality shows, wrestling. And, yes, some sci-fi/action/superhero dramas.

Looking back now, nearly a decade after Life Is Wild debuted, it’s obvious the show never had a chance. 7th Heaven meets Daktari? That was a tough sell. The time slot certainly didn’t help. Life Is Wild followed CW Now and Online Nation, a pair of cheap, half-hour reality shows. It also aired opposite Extreme Makeover: Home Edition on ABC, one of the only other family friendly TV shows on the air in 2007.

Where to Watch

Although not available on DVD, you can purchase episodes of Life Is Wild through iTunes.


Hit the comments with your thoughts and memories to ensure that Life Is Wild isn’t forgotten forever.

Audio Vault: The Jackie Gleason Show Closing (6/7/1969)

Here’s audio from the closing credits to the June 7th, 1969 episode of The Jackie Gleason Show on CBS:

This was a repeat. The episode originally aired on September 17th, 1966. The closing credits start with announcer Johnny Olson reminding viewers to tune in next week. He then promotes the companies providing gowns and jewelry for The Jackie Gleason Show.

Next are two voiceover promotional spots. The first is a local promo for A Very Special Occasion–a syndicated special on WJBK-TV (Channel 2 in Detroit) airing Tuesday, June 10th. It featured John Gary and Anita Bryant touring Puerto Rico.

(At least two programs were produced and aired under the A Very Special Occasion banner between 1967 and 1968. The first featured Jack Jones and Vikki Carr. A coalition of station groups joined together to produce the specials, hoping to provide quality prime time fare to TV stations across the country.)

The second promo is a network spot jointly promoting My Three Sons and Hogan’s Heroes.

Here’s a transcript:

Don’t forget to tune in next week for The Honeymooners starring Jackie Gleason and Art Carney. This is Johnny Olson speaking for The Jackie Gleason Show. Gowns by Cameo Evening Fashions, jewelry by Wesson of Hollywood Florida. Tonight’s program was pre-recorded.

Spend fun in the sun with John Gary and Anita Bryant on a musical adventure tour of beautiful Puerto Rico when TV2’s special of the week presents A Very Special Occasion starring John Gary and Anita Bryant. Tuesday night at 8:30 right here on TV2.

Stay tuned to share great expectations in comedy with Katie in My Three Sons next. Then see a matter of romance interfere with the course of sabotage set by Hogan’s Heroes in a rollicking episode, thirty minutes from now.

About This Recording

Source: Reel-to-reel audio tape
Date: Saturday, June 7th, 1969
Network: CBS
Station: WJBK-TV (Channel 2, Detroit)

WNBT Schedule, Week of April 6th, 1947

Here’s the schedule for WNBT (NBC’s flagship TV station in New York City) for the week starting Sunday, April 6th, 1947. The New York Times published daily listings for television stations in the city, including WNBT, alongside its comprehensive radio listings.

The big event this week was baseball. WNBT aired an exhibition game between the New York Giants and the Cleveland Indians on Saturday, April 12th.

Earlier in the week, WNBT devoted much of its lineup on Sunday, April 6th to Easter programs. An Easter Parade aired at 12:30PM, a church service at 4PM, and a film called Story of the Resurrection at 9PM. Also airing that day were Tele-varieties and NBC Television Theater.

No programs were scheduled for Tuesday, April 7th. WNBT signed on the air on Wednesday, April 8th to telecast a spelling bee.

More changes were made to the Thursday lineup on April 10th. Juvenile Jury aired again, followed by an unidentified variety program. Something called Our Submarine Service followed the regular broadcast of You Are an Artist.

After being pre-empted the previous week, boxing returned on Friday, April 11th.

Sunday, April 6th, 1947
12:30PM Easter Parade
 4:00PM Church Service
 8:00PM Tele-varieties
 8:30PM Television Theatre [NBC Television Theater]: Variation on a Theme
 9:00PM Film: Story of the Resurrection

Monday, April 7th, 1947
 8:00PM Army Day Film
 8:30PM Film: Cattle Stampede
 9:00PM Television News
 9:10PM Boxing, at St. Nicholas Arena

Tuesday, April 8th, 1947
No Programs Scheduled

Wednesday, April 9th, 1947
 9:15AM-12:30PM Spelling Bee, To Hall (Again at 1:45)

Thursday, April 10th, 1947
 7:50PM Television Newsreel
 8:00PM Juvenile Jury
 8:30PM Variety Program
 8:50PM You Are an Artist-Jon Gnagy
 9:00PM Our Submarine Service

Friday, April 11th, 1947
 8:00PM Campus Show [Campus Hoopla] with Clair Bee
 8:30PM World in Your Home–Film
 8:45PM Boxing, St. Nicholas Arena

Saturday, April 12th, 1947
 2:30PM Baseball: Giants vs. Cleveland, at Polo Grounds

Note: Television listings published in newspapers were based on information provided by stations and were subject to change at the last minute. They may not be an accurate representation of what actually aired.

March 2017: The Month in Home Media

The Month in Home Media is a monthly column highlighting short-lived or rare television series, specials, miniseries or made-for-TV movies released on DVD or Blu-ray during the previous month, as well as recent additions to streaming services like Warner Archive Instant. The releases discussed in this column are encoded for Region 1 use in the United States and Canada. The Month in Home Media is published on the first Thursday of each month.

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March 2017 saw short-lived CBS sitcom The McCarthys (2014-2015) released on DVD. A pair of recent FOX obscurities (Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life and Bordertown) were added to Netflix. And a handful of Saturday-morning cartoons like Cool McCool (NBC, 1966-1969) and Popeye and Son (CBS, 1987) started streaming on Amazon Prime.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

Support Television Obscurities

The McCarthys – Season 1 (TV Series, Sony, DVD)
This CBS sitcom ran for 15 episodes during the 2014-2015 season. Set in Boston, it focused on the McCarthy family, most of whom love sports. The series starred Tyler Ritter, Laurie Metcalfe, Jack McGee, Jimmy Dunn, Joey McIntyre, and Kelen Coleman. NOTE: This is a manufactured on demand release.

Also, Alpha Video released several new manufactured on demand titles last month: Lost TV of the 50s, Volume 1 [four episodes of Cavalcade of America]; The Star and the Story, Volume 1; The Living Christ, Volume 1; and Toy Commercials of the 50s and 60s.

DVD/Blu-ray News

As I reported last month, obscure 1967 CBS drama Coronet Blue is coming to DVD. Frank Converse starred as an amnesiac searching for his identity. The DVD set, from Kino Lorber, will include all 13 episodes, with at least one bonus feature (an interview with creator Larry Cohen). No release date has been announced.

Here’s an oddity. A public-access TV show called TV Party will be released on Blu-ray on July 25th. Glenn O’Brien and Chris Stein hosted the punk rock show, which ran ran for 60 episodes in New York City from 1978 to 1982 (TVShowsOnDVD.com).

Streaming

Netflix added two short-lived FOX sitcoms in March: Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life and Bordertown. Both ran for 13 episodes during the 2015-2016 season.

Amazon Prime added several Saturday-morning cartoons last month: the first season of Cool McCool (NBC, 1966-1969), The New Adventures of Flash Gordon (NBC, 1979-1982), and Popeye and Son (CBS, 1987).

Hit the comments with any news about upcoming DVD/Blu-ray releases or additions to streaming services.