WNBT Schedule, Week of January 12th, 1947

[NOTE: An incomplete version of this post was accidentally published this morning. I apologize for the error.]

Here’s the schedule for WNBT, the NBC station in New York City, for the week starting Sunday, January 12th, 1947. The New York Times published daily listings for TV stations alongside its comprehensive radio listings.

No TV listings were published for Sunday, January 12th. However, WNBT likely aired its regular lineup that included Face to Face and Tele-varieties.

I can’t find the movie aired on Monday, January 13th–Death of the Plains–at the Internet Movie Database. However, there was a movie released in 1943 called Death Rides the Plains. Perhaps the listing was inaccurate.

The New York Times published no listings for Tuesday, January 14th. It remains unclear whether the paper simply didn’t print listings or if WNBT actually wasn’t on the air. On Wednesday, January 14th, the station did sign on to broadcast live coverage of a March of Dimes fundraiser from Rockefeller Plaza.

Finally, an indoor polo match aired on Saturday, January 11th in addition to the regular evening movie.

Sunday, January 12th, 1947
No Programs Listed

Monday, January 13th, 1947
 8:00PM Feature Film: Death of the Plains
 9:00PM Television Reporter
 9:10PM Televues [The Voice of Firestone Televues]
 9:20PM Boxing St. Nicholas Arena (To 11)

Tuesday, January 14th, 1947
No Programs Listed

Wednesday, January 15th, 1947
12:00PM March of Dimes Campaign, Rockefeller Plaza

Thursday, January 16th, 1947
 7:50PM Television Newsreel
 8:00PM Hour Glass: Variety
 9:00PM You Are an Artist-Jon Gnagy
 9:15PM Newsreel

Friday, January 17th, 1947
 8:00PM Campus Show [Campus Hoopla]
 8:20PM Let’s Rhumba
 8:30PM I Love to Eat
 8:45PM World in Your Home–Film
 9:00PM Boxing, Madison Square Garden

Saturday, January 18th, 1947
 8:00PM Indoor Polo Match, Newark, NJ
 8:30PM Feature Film

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 Madigan Men

I’m introducing a new monthly column today called Let’s Remember, which will focus on short-lived TV shows that premiered after January 1st, 2000. It may seem unlikely in our wonderful digital age that TV shows from the past two decades can truly slip into obscurity. After all, isn’t just about everything available on YouTube?

No, of course not. You can’t find everything on YouTube. More importantly, watching promos or clips or even entire episodes on YouTube isn’t a substitute for having watched a TV show when it originally aired. Some amount of context is lost, not to mention the fact that descriptions and comments at YouTube are often riddled with mistakes and inaccuracies.

I decided to call this new column Let’s Remember because I see it as 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.

The topic for this inaugural column is Madigan Men, which ran for roughly two months at the start of the 2000-2001 season. My plan is to cover TV shows that are at least five years old, which for now means they had to be on the air between 2000 and 2012. Some of the TV shows tentatively scheduled for future columns include Leap of Faith (NBC, 2002), Charlie Lawrence (CBS), Blind Justice (ABC, 2005), Teachers (NBC, 2006), and Life is Wild (The CW, 2007).

I’ll probably be fiddling with the format of the column for the next few months but I think it’ll look more or less like this.


The Basics

Title: Madigan Men
Network: ABC
Cast: Gabriel Byrne as Ben Madigan, Roy Dotrice as Seamus Madigan, John Hensley as Luke Madigan, Grant Shaud as Alex Rosetti, Sabrina Lloyd as Wendy Lipton
Air dates: October 6th, 2000 – December 15th, 2000
Time slot: Fridays at 9:30PM ET
Episodes: 12 (3 Unaired)

Official Synopsis

From ABC’s website (via the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine):

Gabriel Byrne stars as Benjamin Madigan, a highly successful, recently divorced New York City architect. After 20 years of being a dutiful husband, Benjamin doesn’t have a clue about dating. For his 17-year-old son Luke (John Hensley), juggling a series of girlfriends couldn’t come more naturally. And his ornery, recently widowed father Seamus (Roy Dotrice) can always be counted on to share some unsolicited advice. Together under one roof, they just might be able to teach Ben a thing or two about dating in the 21st century.

TV Guide’s Take

From the 2000 Fall Preview issue of TV Guide:

These Madigan Men are mildly droll at best, though Byrne is undeniably charming in a low-key way. And he enjoys effortless rapport with his hammy costar Dotrice, who unfortunately is saddled with the ripest of Irish cliches.

Opening Credits

My Thoughts

I only watched the premiere of Madigan Men back in 2000. Why didn’t I stick with the show? I can’t remember. While working on this column, I rewatched that first episode. That was two days ago. Honestly, I’ve already forgotten almost everything except a plot point about characters going to see The Lion King on Broadway.

Having only seen the premiere, I don’t have much of an opinion about the show. None of the characters really stood out. Presumably, much of the humor came from the interplay between father and son and their romantic relationships and entanglements. Add a feisty grandfather for good measure and you’ve got a sitcom.

As TV Guide noted, Roy Dotrice was little more than an Irish stereotype. Perhaps later episodes toned that down.

Where to Watch

Madigan Men has not been released on DVD nor is it available through any streaming service. Check YouTube.


Do you remember watching Madigan Men back in 2000? Were you a big fan or a casual viewer? Do you wish you could see the unaired episodes? Hit the comments with your thoughts and memories to ensure that Madigan Men isn’t forgotten forever.

WNBT Schedule, Week of January 5th, 1947

Here’s the schedule for WNBT, the NBC station in New York City, for the week starting Sunday, January 5th, 1947. The New York Times published daily listings for TV stations alongside its comprehensive radio listings.

The first full week of 1947 was nearly identical to the previous week. The one big exception was President Harry S. Truman’s State of the Union address, delivered on Monday, January 6th.

According to The Complete Directory of Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present (8th ed.), Tele-Varieties (also known as Bristol-Myers Tele-Varieties) made its NBC network debut on Sunday, January 5th. Previously, it aired solely on WNBT in New York City.

There were no programs listed for Tuesday, January 7th or Wednesday, January 8th. The previous week, WNBT broadcast films and coverage of New Year’s Eve at Times Square on Tuesday, December 31st. On Saturday, January 11th, the station aired film shorts and a feature film.

Sunday, January 5th, 1947
 8:00PM Face to Face – Cartoon Quiz
 8:20PM Tele-varieties
 8:35PM Film Feature
 9:00PM Variety Show

Monday, January 6th, 1947
 1:00PM President Truman Addressing Joint Session of Congress
 8:00PM Feature Film
 8:20PM Television Reporter
 8:40PM Televues [The Voice of Firestone Televues]
 8:45PM Boxing St. Nicholas Arena (To 11)

Tuesday, January 7th, 1947
No Programs Listed

Wednesday, January 8th, 1947
No Programs Listed

Thursday, January 9th, 1947
 7:50PM Television Newsreel
 8:00PM Hour Glass: Variety
 9:00PM You Are an Artist-Jon Gnagy
 9:15PM Newsreel

Friday, January 10th, 1947
 8:00PM Campus Show [Campus Hoopla]
 8:20PM Let’s Rhumba
 8:30PM I Love to Eat
 8:45PM World in Your Home–Film
 9:00PM Boxing, Madison Square Garden

Saturday, January 11th, 1947
 8:00PM Film Shorts
 8:30PM Feature Film

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.

2016: TV’s New Obscurities

The start of the new year means it’s that time again. Time to look back at the short-lived TV shows that came and went during the previous year. This is my ninth annual list of new obscurities. It includes every scripted TV show that aired 13 episodes or fewer on one of the broadcast networks during 2016. That means no cable or streaming programs.

The current 2016-2017 season has yet to see a single official cancellation, although a few new fall shows are clearly not coming back next season. The verdict on many others is still out. You’ll find eight fall shows on this list. If all of them are ultimately cancelled, that will mean 2016 birthed a 24 new obscurities, up from 15 in 2015, but down from 29 in 2014. There were 17 in 2013, 20 in 2012, 17 in 2011, 18 in 2010, 19 in 2009, and 16 in 2008.

New fall shows I’m predicting will be cancelled are Son of Zorn (FOX), Notorious (ABC), Pitch (FOX), The Exorcist (FOX), Conviction (ABC), No Tomorrow (The CW), Frequency (The CW), and Pure Genius (CBS).

New fall shows I’m predicting will be renewed for 2017-2018 are Kevin Can Wait (CBS>), Bull (CBS), This Is Us (NBC), Designated Survivor (ABC), Lethal Weapon (FOX), Speechless (ABC), MacGyver (CBS), Timeless (NBC), and American Housewife (ABC).

I’m not confident that The Good Place (NBC) will return but I hope it does. I’m not ready to call it a new obscurity quite yet. As for Timeless (NBC), Man with the Plan (CBS), and The Great Indoors (CBS), they may or may not be back next season but either way they will all produce more than 13 episodes this season.

Mid-Season

Bordertown (FOX) – 13 episodes
January 3rd – May 22nd

I barely remember seeing promotional spots for this animated sitcom. I didn’t watch it.

Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life (FOX) – 13 episodes
January 3d – June 26th


My love of quirky sitcoms has come up several times on Twitter. I watched every episode of Cooper Barrett’s Guide to Surviving Life and enjoyed them all.

Angel from Hell (CBS) – 13 episodes
January 7th – July 23rd

CBS originally planned to debut this sitcom in November 2015 but instead opted to debut it in mid-season. I had high hopes for the show that were not quite met but the cast worked well together. I liked it more than Maggie Lawson’s previous sitcom Back in the Game (ABC, 2013). The two-part finale was nearly perfect until the “shocking” cliffhanger ending.

Second Chance (FOX) – 11 episodes
January 13th – March 25th

FOX has burned me too many times in the past with sci-fi dramas so I gave this one a pass.

You, Me and the Apocalypse (NBC) – 10 episodes
January 28th – March 31st

I admit to being very confused by this British dramedy on multiple occasions. There were a lot of characters to keep track of and far too many plots running at the same time. That said, the ending left me wanting more.

The Family (ABC) – 12 episodes
March 3rd – May 15th

This one came and went without me noticing. I don’t think I even some promotional spots for it or, if I did, they left absolutely no impression.

Of Kings and Prophets (ABC) – 9 episodes (7 unaired)
March 8th – March 15th


ABC yanked this drama off the air after just two low-rated episodes. As I recall, it was endlessly promoted yet I have no idea what it was about. Did ABC go through with its plan to release alternate episodes online with graphic content not suitable for broadcast? The unaired episodes have been seen internationally.

Crowded (NBC) – 13episodes
March 15th – May 22nd

I gave up on this sitcom after two episodes, despite sticking with Patrick Warburton’s previous sitcom (Rules of Engagement) for its entire run. Why didn’t I keep watching Crowded? I can’t remember.

Heartbeat (NBC) – 10 episodes
March 22 – May 25

I’m not opposed to medical dramas but nothing about this one intrigued me.

Rush Hour (CBS) – 13 episodes
March 31st – August 20th

I’ve never see any of the movies and I didn’t watch the TV show, either.

Spring

Game of Silence (NBC) – 10 episodes
April 12th – June 5th

This drama looked incredibly depressing. Was it?

Containment (The CW) – 13 episodes
April 19th – July 19th

Skipped it.

Houdini & Doyle (FOX) – 10 episodes
May 2nd – July 4th

I almost watched but decided not too at the last minute for reasons I can no longer remember.

Summer

BrainDead (CBS) – 13 episodes
June 13th – September 11th

Uncle Buck (ABC) – 8 episodes
June 14th – July 5th

American Gothic (CBS) – 13 episodes
June 22nd – September 7th

I applaud the networks for offering a handful of scripted originals during the summer but none of these interested me.

Fall

Son of Zorn (FOX) – 13 episodes [still airing]
September 11th, 2016 – Present


There are four episodes left to air and I’ll be watching. Ratings are low but FOX may surprise everyone and renew it.

Notorious (ABC) – 10 episodes
September 22nd – December 8th, 2016

This was my prediction for the first cancellation of the 2016-2017 season. ABC trimmed the show’s initial 13-episode order but has yet to officially declare it cancelled.

Pitch (FOX) – 10 episodes
September 22 – December 8th, 2016

FOX only ordered a 10-episode first season and I watched all of them. At times, there was too much soap opera drama. Ratings were incredibly low so I’ll be shocked if FOX renews it.

The Exorcist (FOX) – 10 episodes
September 23 – December 16th, 2016

Again, FOX only ordered 10 episodes. Again, ratings were incredibly low. Again, if FOX renew it, I’ll be shocked..

Conviction (ABC) – 13 episodes [still airing]
October 3rd, 2016 – Present

I was bummed when ABC cancelled Agent Carter and decided to give this legal drama a shot because it stars Hayley Atwell. It’s not terrible but it’s not great, either. ABC has announced it isn’t ordering additional episodes but so far hasn’t officially declare it cancelled.

No Tomorrow (The CW) – 13 episodes [still airing]
October 4th, 2016 – Present


My favorite new show of the 2016-2017 season by far. I love it even though at times I wonder if it would work better as a half-hour comedy than an hour-long dramedy. The CW has announced it isn’t ordering additional episodes but it hasn’t officially declared the show cancelled. I doubt it will get renewed for a second season.

Frequency (The CW) – 13 episodes [still airing]
October 5th, 2016 – Present

As a huge fan of the 2000 film this drama is based on, I really looked forward to the premiere. It didn’t hook me as much as I though it would but I’m still watching and still hoping for some sort of resolution rather than a frustrating cliffhanger. Like No Tomorrow, The CW isn’t ordering additional episodes but has yet to officially call the show cancelled.

Pure Genius (CBS) – 13 episodes [still airing]
October 27th, 2016 – Present

I can’t see CBS renewing this medical drama due to mediocre ratings.


How many of the shows listed above did you watch? Are there any you’ve never even heard of? Hit the comments with your thoughts.

December 2016: 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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December 2016 saw The Young Lawyers (ABC, 1970-1971) released on DVD, plus a number of recent short-lived TV shows like Three Rivers (CBS, 2009-2010) and BrainDead (CBS, 2016). Also out on Blu-ray last month was The Roddenberry Vault, a 3-disc set featuring 12 episodes of Star Trek plus hours of previously unseen footage.

DVD/Blu-ray Releases

Support Television Obscurities

The Young Lawyers (TV Series, Paramount, DVD)
This one season wonder from the 1970-1971 season starred Lee J. Cobb as David Barrett, an experienced lawyer who oversaw the Neighborhood Law Office (NLO), a legal aid outfit in Boston. Zalman King and Judy Pace co-starred as law students Aaron Silverman and Pat Walters. A pilot telefilm aired in October 1969; the TV series produced a total of 24 episodes. According to posts at the Home Theater Forum, the pilot telefilm is included on the DVD set. NOTE: This is a manufactured on demand release.

Star Trek: The Original Series – The Roddenberry Vault (TV Episodes, Paramount, Blu-ray)
This set features 12 episodes of Star Trek plus three new documentaries that include rare archival material (deleted scenes, bloopers, alternate takes). Also, new interviews with William Shatner, Dorothy Fontana, David Gerald, and many others. Reviews can be found at TrekMovie.com, Blu-ray.com, and High-Def Digest.

BrainDead (TV Series, Paramount, DVD)
This recent political/sci-fi drama ran for 13 episodes on CBS during the summer of 2016. The cast includes Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Danny Pino, and Tony Shalhoub. The 4-disc set includes deleted scenes, a gag reel, and three featurettes. Reviews can be found at SciFi Mafia and DVD Talk.

American Gothic (TV Series, Paramount, DVD)
This is another CBS summer drama. It also ran for 13 episodes. The cast includes Juliet Rylance, Antony Starr, Megan Ketch, Justin Chatwin, and Elliot Knight. Reviews can be found at Zombies Don’t Run and Rogues Portal.

Three Rivers (TV Series, CBS, Blu-ray)
Alex O’Loughlin starred in this CBS medical drama that aired during the 2009-2010 season. A total of 13 episodes were produced, the last five of which the network burned off during the summer of 2010. Also in the cast were Katherine Moenning, Daniel Henney, Christopher Hanke, and Alfre Woodard. The series was previously released on DVD in 2012. NOTE: This is a manufactured on demand release.

Finally, Alpha Video released a pair of manufacture-on-demand titles last month: Code 3 Volume 4 and Calvin and the Colonel Volume 2.

DVD/Blu-ray News

Shout! Factory will release The Westerner (NBC, 1960) on DVD on February 14th. Sam Peckinpah created the series, which starred Brian Keith. It ran for just 13 episodes. As with previous DVDs set issued through Shout’s Timeless Media Group brand, it will initially be a Walmart exclusive (TVShowsOnDVD.com).

Streaming

Amazon Prime added The Adventures of Sir Lancelot (NBC, 1956-1957) and Mr. & Mrs. North (CBS/NBC, 1952-1954) to its streaming collection last month.

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

60th Anniversary of Blondie

Today marks the 60th anniversary of NBC sitcom Blondie, which debuted January 4th, 1957. It was the first of two television adaptations of Chic Young’s long-running comic strip. I should say the first successful TV adaptation because two unsold pilots came before it, the first in 1952 (with Jeff Donnell as Blondie and Glenn Vernon as Dagwood) and the second in 1954 (with Pamela Britton as Blondie and Hal LeRoy as Dagwood).

Black and white image from the 1957 TV version of Blondie, featuring Pamela Britton as Blondie

Pamela Britton as Blondie

The third version brought back Britton as Blondie. Arthur Lake, who portrayed Dagwood in a long-running film series from 1938 to 1950, returned to his famous role. Stuffy Singer and Ann Barnes played the Bumstead children, Alexander and Cookie. Rounding out the cast were Florenz Ames as J. C. Dithers, Elvia Allman as Cora Dithers, Hal Peary as Herb Woodley, and Hollis Irving as Harriet Woodley.

NBC aired a total of 26 episodes of Blondie between January and June 1957. To be honest, I’ve only watched a handful. Like so many sitcoms, it can perhaps be best described as harmless.

Black and white image from the 1957 TV version of Blondie featuring Arthur Lake as Dagwood

Arthur Lake as Dagwood

As far as I know, the series isn’t in the public domain but there have been a few questionable VHS and DVD releases. If you’re interested in checking it out, you can find many of the episodes on YouTube. The video quality isn’t great but that’s typical for YouTube.

Read more about the 1957 version of Blondie in my Blondie on TV article.


Do you remember watching Blondie on NBC in 1957 or in syndication in the years following its network run? Hit the comments with your memories.

WNBT Schedule, Week of December 29th, 1946

I’ve decided to revive my Historical TV Schedules blog feature for 2017. I’ll be posting weekly schedules from 1947 for WNBT every Tuesday throughout the year. To be honest, I went back and forth about whether to jump ahead to 1947 or pick up where I left off with WBNT, which would be 1942. Ultimately, I decided to go with 1947 for two reasons.

First, 2017 marks seven decades since 1947 and I do love anniversaries. Second, most of the programs WNBT aired in 1947 were relayed to other stations. The limited NBC network in 1947 consisted of WNBT, WRGB in Schenectady, NY, and WPTZ in Philadelphia, PA.

Below you’ll find the WNBT schedule for the week starting Sunday, December 29th, 1946. As always, my source for these schedules is The New York Times, which published daily listings for TV stations in the city alongside its far more comprehensive radio listings.

Sunday, December 29th, 1946
 8:00PM Face to Face – Cartoon Quiz
 8:20PM Tele-varieties
 8:40PM Film Short
 8:45PM Variety Show
 9:15PM News Program

Monday, December 30th, 1946
 8:00PM Feature Film
 8:20PM Television Reporter
 8:40PM Televues [The Voice of Firestone Televues]
 8:45PM Boxing St. Nicholas Arena (To 11)

Tuesday, December 31st, 1946
 8:00PM-12AM Film Features and New Year’s Eve at Times Square

Wednesday, January 1st, 1947
No Programs Listed

Thursday, January 2nd, 1947
 7:50PM Television Newsreel
 8:00PM Hour Glass: Variety
 9:00PM You Are an Artist-Jon Gnagy
 9:15PM Newsreel

Friday, January 3rd, 1947
11:15AM Preliminaries and Proceedings; Also Opening of Eightieth Congress
 8:00PM Campus Show [Campus Hoopla]
 8:20PM Let’s Rhumba
 8:30PM I Love to Eat
 8:45PM World in Your Home–Film
 9:00PM Boxing, Madison Square Garden

Saturday, January 4th, 1947
No Programs Listed

If you’re familiar with early network TV from the late 1940s, you might recognize several of these programs. There’s Hour Glass (Thursday at 8PM), the pioneering variety show sponsored by Standard Brands. When it debuted in May 1946, it likely aired only on WNBT. By December 1946, WNBT relayed Hour Glass to WRGB and WPTZ.

Standard Brands also sponsored Face to Face (Sunday at 8PM), a quiz show/audience participation show hosted by Eddie Dunn. Cartoonist Bob Dunn (I’m assuming the two were brothers) sketched members of the audience based on their descriptions. It debuted in June 1946. Like Hour Glass, Face to Face also aired on WRGB and WPTZ.

Campus Hoopla (Friday at 8PM) is called “Campus Show” in the listings. Sponsored by U.S. Rubber, the show debuted on December 27th, 1946. It likely began airing on WRGB and WPTZ at some point but I’m not sure when. Set at a college campus soda shop filled with students and cheerleaders, it featured quizzes, sports films, songs, and dancing. One of the cheerleaders was Eva Marie Saint; she also appeared in commercials for Keds sneakers. Bob Stanton served as host.

Many of the programs scheduled to air this week were relayed to both WPTZ and WRGB, like I Love to Eat, Tele-Varieties, Voice of Firestone Televues, and the boxing matches on Monday and Friday (which may have aired under the title Cavalcade of Sports). Several others were only relayed to WRGB: You Are an Artist, World in Your Home, and (Esso) Television Newsreel.

Did WNBT relay all of its programming, including films and news, to WPTZ and/or WRGB? I don’t know for sure but I doubt it. Those stations likely aired their own film shorts and local news programs.

Aside from regular weekly TV shows, the first week of 1947 included a pair of special programs. New Year’s Eve programming aired from 8PM to 12AM on Tuesday, December 31st, 1946. This likely included live coverage of the celebration in Times Square. The station also aired coverage of the 80th United States Congress on Friday, January 3rd, 1947.

I can’t say whether WNBT relayed any of its New Year’s Eve coverage or Congressional coverage to WPTZ and/or WRGB.

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.

Most Popular 2016

It’s that time again; time to look back at the most popular articles, spotlights, and blog posts here Television Obscurities from the past year. To be honest, 2016 was a mediocre year in terms of traffic to the website, with no real growth in the number of visitors. However, the number of page views increased more than 60%. Last year also saw a drop in comments left by readers. Roughly 980 comments were left in 2016, down from more than 1,100 in 2015.

Read on to learn what the most popular articles, spotlights, blog posts, and search terms were in 2016.

Top 10 Articles
  1. The Color Revolution: Television In The Sixties
  2. Telemeter: Coin Operated TV
  3. W*A*L*T*E*R
  4. 10 Of The Most Outlandish TV Concepts Ever
  5. It’s About Time
  6. Star Wars on Network Television
  7. Mr. Lucky
  8. A Look At Star Trek
  9. Unsold Pilots on Television, 1967-1989
  10. The Outsiders

There’s no way to know why most of these articles were so popular. But Star Trek celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016, which likely explains why my article A Look At Star Trek landed in the Top 10. Only two articles have been in the Top 10 most popular each year since 2010: W*A*L*T*E*R and 10 Of The Most Outlandish TV Concepts Ever.

Top 10 Spotlights
  1. The Texas Wheelers
  2. You’re in the Picture/The Jackie Gleason Show (1961)
  3. Second Chance/Boys Will Be Boys
  4. Mr. Terrific
  5. CBS Playhouse
  6. Getting Together
  7. Eye Witness
  8. The Second Hundred Years
  9. Wild Cargo
  10. Glynis

Why were so many people interested in reading about The Texas Wheelers last year? No clue. The same goes for the other spotlights in the Top 10. Three were published in 2016: Glynis, Eye Witness, and The Second Hundred Years.

Top 10 Blog Posts
  1. Bonanza’s Sudden Cancellation (1/2009)
  2. Alternate Theme to NBC’s Bonanza (1/2009)
  3. Me-TV, Antenna TV, and Cozi TV Winter 2015 Schedules (1/2015)
  4. The State of Classic TV on TV: January 2016 (1/2016)
  5. 1960 Winter Olympics – The First Televised Olympic Games (2/2010)
  6. A Lost Episode of Hawaii Five-O? (3/2010)
  7. Me-TV’s Fall Schedule Debuts September 1st (8/2014)
  8. How the All in the Family Pilot Episodes Were Recovered (6/2009)
  9. Classic TV on TV: Retro TV (5/2013)
  10. Q & A: Green Acres Spin-offs? (8/2009)

Just missing the Top 10 was this year’s post asking visitors to predict the first cancellation of the 2016-2017 season. For the record, there still hasn’t been one.

Top 10 Search Terms/Phrases
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I don’t know why so many people are searching for “betac” or “ars” but more importantly I don’t know how Television Obscurities is showing up in search results for either of those terms.

Other Interesting Search Phrases
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As was the case in 2015, there were 11 different search phrases in 2016 relating to actress Mary Grace or Mary Graham Grace, who played daughter Mlor on It’s About Time. The series began airing on Antenna TV in September 2015.