ABC’s Wide World of Entertainment Promo

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Here’s a promotional spot for ABC’s Wide World of Entertainment. Based on the look of the spot and the voiceover (“The most exciting new idea in late night television”) this was likely promoting the debut of the late night conglomeration in January 1973.


  • Barry I. Grauman says:

    Yes, this was shown just before, and during the first few weeks of, the series’ debut in January 1973. There was one week of “THE DICK CAVETT SHOW”, one week of “JACK PAAR TONITE” (his final attempt at a late-night talk show)- and the other weeks every month featured specials, news/documentaries, 90 minute videotaped mystery/horror “movies” produced in England and Canada, and “IN CONCERT” on Friday nights. Johnny Carson, on NBC, had nothing to worry about….

    Danny Dark is the announcer.

  • Troy Turner says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong here, but although the initial “title” of WWOE failed, it seems that ABC stuck with the “idea” of WWOE (Movie Of The Week/sitcom reruns, plus rerunning The Edge of Night briefly after P/G brought it over from CBS) until the Iranian hostage crisis eventually birthed Nightline. Am I close here?

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