Digital specialty network getTV has announced it will be adding a three-hour variety block on Monday nights beginning October 12th. The Judy Garland Show will air from 8-9PM; a mixture of variety specials and episodes will air from 9-10PM; and The Merv Griffin Show will air from 10-11PM.
getTV will air all 26 episodes of The Judy Garland Show, which originally aired on CBS from September 1963 to March 1964. A press release points out that this will be the first time any of the episodes have been seen on TV since their originally broadcasts.
The 9-10PM hour will feature “classic specials and variety episodes from Andy Williams, Dionne Warwick and Jim Nabors, among others.” The premiere special will be “Carol Channing & Pearl Bailey on Broadway,” which originally aired on March 16th, 1969 on ABC.
As for The Merv Griffin Show, getTV will air “50 hand-picked episodes from the series’ formative years, none of which have been seen on TV since their original broadcast.” However, the episodes will be edited to to fit into a hour-long slot (they were originally 90 minutes long).
Earlier this month, getTV added three Westerns to its schedule: A Man Called Shenandoah, Hondo, and Nichols. The network launched in February 2014 and initially focused mostly on movies.