Do you remember watching commercials for TV Guide? In the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s the magazine used to barter with stations to air weekly commercials in return for free ad space.
There have been two attempts to bring the Blondie comic strip to TV, first on NBC in 1957 with Arthur Lake and Pamela Britton and again on CBS in 1968 with Will Hutchins and Patricia Harty. Both flopped.
Producer William Dozier tried his hand at bringing Wonder Woman to television in 1967 with a campy, short presentation film starring Ellie Wood Walker and Linda Harrison. It didn’t sell and no series materialized.
Learn how much work went into crafting NBC’s 1966-1967 schedule, which included new shows like Star Trek, The Monkees, and Occasional Wife, plus a few show that never materialized.
This CBS sitcom ran for 26 episodes during the 1964-1965 season. Paul Ford starred as Sam Bailey, the crusty captain of a charter boat always at odds with the more affluent citizens of Balboa Island.
Yvonne Craig joined Batman as Batgirl for its third season (1967-1968) in an attempt to reinvigorate the show and its ratings. A short presentation was filmed to introduce Batgirl to ABC executives.
ABC’s The New People ran for just 17 episodes during the 1969-1970 season before being cancelled due to low ratings. It left a lasting impression on those few viewers who did tune in.