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Thursday, 31 August 2006

Today in History

In 1981, the 30-year contract between ‘Mr. Television’, Milton Berle, and NBC-TV expired. Uncle Miltie had received $6 million for NOT being on the air since his show, The Texaco Star Theatre, went off the air in the mid-1950s. NBC held Berle to the contract to keep him from appearing on competing networks.

In 1963, Walter Cronkite started showing up in living rooms during the dinner hour, starting this night, as anchor of the CBS Evening News.

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NATPE Birthday To

Warren Berlinger, Richard Gere, Deborah Gibson, Jaime P. Gomez, Jack Thompson, Daniel Schorr and Chris Tucker.

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Wednesday, 30 August 2006

Today in History

In 1993, Late Show with David Letterman debuted on CBS. CBS remodeled the Ed Sullivan Theater (on 54th Street in New York City) for Letterman, who had just spent over a decade on NBC (Late Night with David Letterman). The first musical guest to appear on the new show was Billy Joel.

In 1974, The Brady Bunch, a typical 1970s scrubbed-face American family sitcom which first aired on TV Sept. 26, 1969, came to an end.

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Elizabeth Ashley, Timothy Bottoms, Cameron Diaz, Peggy Lipton and David Paymer.

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Tuesday, 29 August 2006

L.A.-Generated L.A.

KNBC announced a new show called yourLAtv, which it describes as "a new concept in local programming." The show, which is produced by the station and hosted by Rachel Boesing, will air at noon starting Sept. 18.

Executive producer Ginger Zumaeta called yourLAtv an "insider's guide to L.A."

"It's a show for L.A., co-produced by the people of L.A.," she said. "It relies very heavily on user-generated video and content, so the idea is that the great people of L.A. go out and take their video cameras and tell us the stories they have to tell about Los Angeles and their particular slice of life."

Among other methods, viewers will be able to submit videos at a Web site, www.yourlatv.com, that's in the works. But Zumaeta said the station already has received submissions from people who have learned about the show via word-of-mouth. So far, they include a struggling actor giving insight into his life and a piece on secondhand shops that sell designer clothing for a fraction of their original prices. Read more in The Hollywood Reporter.

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Today in History

In 1986, the former American Bandstand studio, at the original home of WFIL-TV in Philadelphia, PA, was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The studio is located at 4548 Market Street.

In 1969, to compete with Johnny Carson (NBC – The Tonight Show), CBS-TV presented Merv Griffin on late-night TV.

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DVD on 8.29.06

The Andy Griffith Show (The Complete 7th Season), Arrested Development (Season 3), Astroboy (Ultra Edition - Set 2) The Awful Truth (The Best Of The Awful Truth), Criss Angel Mindfreak (Halloween) Darkwing Duck (Volume 1), Desperate Housewives (The Complete 2nd Season), Flavor of Love (The Complete 1st Season), Monty Python's Flying Circus (The Personal Best Of Monty Python's Flying Circus), Mr. Bean (The Best of Mr. Bean), Mystery Science Theater 3000 (Collection: Volume 10), NASCAR: Driven To Win (Season 1), Nip/Tuck (The Complete 3rd Season - Miami Skyline Packaging /  The Complete 3rd Season - Operating Room Packaging), Roseanne (Halloween Edition), South Park (The Complete 8th Season), Survivor: Palau (The Complete Season), Tale Spin (Volume 1), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Volume 05), The Tick (Season 1), Will & Grace (Season 5).

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NATPE Birthday To

Richard Attenborough , Rebecca De Mornay, Elliott Gould, Carla Gugino, John Hensley, Michael Jackson, Jennifer Landon, Robin Leach, Jeffrey Licon and Deborah Van Valkenburg.

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Monday, 28 August 2006

And the Emmy Winners are:

Actor in a Comedy Series:  Tony Shaloub in Monk (USA)

Actress in a Comedy Series: Julia Louis-Dreyfus in The New Adventures of Old Christine (CBS)

Best Comedy Series:  The Office (NBC)

Actor in a Drama Series: Kiefer Sutherland in 24 (FOX)

Actress in a Drama Series:  Mariska Hargitay in Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

Best Drama Series:  24 (FOX)

Best Reality Series:  The Amazing Race (CBS)


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NATPE Birthday To

Jack Black, Michael Galeota, Ken Jenkins, Alice Playten, Carly Pope, Jason Priestley, J. August Richards, Emma Samms, DavidSoul and Daniel Stern.

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