Tuesday, 28 February 2006
Tip for the Day: Buy Bleak House
Today in 1940, the first televised basketball game was shown (on W2XBS in NYC). In 1983, the final episode of M*A*S*H was seen by an estimated 125 million viewers.
New releases on DVD this week include The Avengers (Emma Peel Collector's Edition); The Beverly Hillbillies (Ultimate Collection Vol. 2); Bleak House; C.O.P.S. (Vol. 1); Charmed (Season 4); Ellen (Season 3); Monty's Python's Flying Circus (Graham Chapman's Personal Best, John Cleese's Personal Best, Terry Gilliam's Personal Best and Terry Jones' Personal Best); NewsRadio (Season 3); Rosemary & Thyme (Season 2); and Welcome Back, Kotter (Television Favorites).
Monday, 27 February 2006
Notes from Montenegro
Our own Greg Pitts, in Montenegro on a Fulbright Fellowship, shares his observations in a special blog -- check it out!
You'll Be Missed
NATPE Birthday to Howard Hesseman, Grant Show and Donal Logue!
Today in 1986, the U.S. Senate approved telecasts of its debates on a trial basis.
RIP: Don Knotts. We miss you already.
Thursday, 23 February 2006
Today in 1927, President Coolidge signed the Federal Radio Commission (later the FCC) into existence. In 1985, Gimme a Break became the first sitcom since the 1950s to air a live episode. In 2004, Sex and the City ended its run on HBO.
Wednesday, 22 February 2006
Today in 1954, ABC radio's Breakfast Club was simulcast on television for the first time. In 1993, CBS announced they had bought the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York to house David Letterman's late night show.
New releases on DVD this week include 3rd Rock from the Sun (Season 3); Action (Complete Series); The Dick Cavett Show (Comic Legends); Goof Troop (Vol. 1); and NYPD Blue (Season 3).
Tuesday, 21 February 2006
Post Presidential BDays
Today in 1998, Jimmy Swaggart announced on his television show that he had committed an unnamed sin, and that he would be leaving the pulpit. In 2000, David Letterman returned to TV a month after undergoing quintuple bypass surgery.
Friday, 17 February 2006
Today in 1965, Joan Rivers made her first appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson.
Thursday, 16 February 2006
Today in 1948, NBC presented the first nightly newsreel telecast, The Camel Newsreel Theatre . In 1950, What's My Line debuted on CBS. In 1975, Cher's musical variety show debuted on CBS, lasting one year. In 1985, Telly Savalas brought Kojak back after a seven year break for the special Kojak: The Belarus File.
Wednesday, 15 February 2006
Today in 1962, CBS bought the television rights to NCAA football games for $10.2 million.
Tuesday, 14 February 2006
Emerson Coleman, VP of programming for Hearst-Argyle Television and Stephen J. Davis, president, mobile and online media, Infospace, have been elected to serve as co-chairs by the board of the National Association of Television Program Executives (NATPE).