This was an interesting topic to write about. I do wish I had some video to add to the article or at least some images. I couldn’t even find usable newspaper advertisements. Hopefully the text works well enough on its own. Take a few minutes to read The Fall 1974 That Wasn’t:
In 1970, the Federal Communications Commission instituted rules cutting the number of hours the broadcast networks could provide to their affiliates. The prime time access rule went into effect at the start of the 1971-1972 season. Several years later, the FCC decided to return some of that time to the networks. Schedules for Fall 1974 were announced. And then the courts delayed the changes. Six sitcoms were suddenly cut from the new season. All would eventually see the light of day in one way or the other.