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Friday, 29 September 2006

Today in History

In 1960, My Three Sons was welcomed into U.S. homes on ABC. Fred MacMurray, who was a movie actor, had a difficult time making the adjustment to the small screen. But adjust he did, and My Three Sons endured so well that CBS bought the successful hit for somewhere between seven and ten million dollars in 1965.


In 1953, Danny Thomas - who many now remember as Marlo’s dad and Phil Donahue’s father-in-law - at the suggestion of his friend, Desi Arnaz, negotiated a deal that would allow him to retain ownership rights to his programs, like Make Room for Daddy, which debuted this day on ABC. Later, in 1957, the show would move to CBS under the Desilu/Danny Thomas Productions banner. The rest is, literally, TV history.

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NATPE Birthday To

Roger Bart, Steve Forrest, Bryant Gumbel, Patricia Hodge, Drake Hogestyn, Emily Lloyd, Ian McShane, Natasha Gregson Wagner and Jill Whelan.

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Thursday, 28 September 2006

BBC, Microsoft in digital pact

The BBC and Microsoft have agreed on a strategic partnership that will see the two parties working together to develop "next-generation broadcasting." Read more on C21.

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Today in History

In 1987, Encounter at Farpoint, the first episode of TV show Star Trek: The Next Generation aired.


In 1955, The World Series was seen in all its colorful glory for the first time this day. The New York Yankees beat the Brooklyn Dodgers in the first game, 6-5.


In 1944, WABD in New York City telecast the first full-length musical written for TV. Ray Nelson was in the director’s chair for The Boys from Boise. The production was carried on the DuMont Network.

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Brigitte Bardot, Skye McCole Bartusiak, Hilary Duff, Joel Higgins, Jeffrey Jones, Sylvia Kristel, Mira Sorvino, Arnold Stang, Naomi Watts and William Windom.

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Wednesday, 27 September 2006

Today in History

In 1954, The Tonight Show debuted on NBC. Steve Allen hosted the late-night program which began as a local New York show on WNBT-TV in June 1953.

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Wilford Brimley, Patrick Muldoon, Kathleen Nolan, Sada Thompson and Robb Weller.

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Tuesday, 26 September 2006

DVDs on 9.26.06

The Benny Hill Show (Benny Hill, Complete And Unadulterated: The Hill's Angels Years - Set Five), Bliss (Season 2), The Book of Daniel (The Complete Series), Brotherhood  (The Complete 1st Season), City of Men (Complete Series), Danger Mouse (Seasons 7-10), Daniel Boone (Season 1 & Season 2), Dark Shadows (DVD Collection 26), The Dick Tracy Show (The Complete Animated Series), Ellen (The Complete Season 4), The Kids in the Hall (Best of Volume 1), Mama's Family (The Complete 1st Season), Masters of Horror (Imprint - Takashi Miike), The Munsters (Two Movie Fright Fest), One Tree Hill (The Complete 3rd Season), Power Rangers Mystic Force (Dark Wish), Riptide (The Complete 1st Season), Thriller (The Complete Season 1), Transformers: Armada (Season 1, Part 2), Voltron: Defender of the Universe (Collection 1: Blue Lion), Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Season 1, Volume 1 - Censored / Season 1, Volume 1 - Uncensored).

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Today in History

In 1969, The Brady Bunch debuted on ABC and ran for five years.


In 1964, Gilligan’s Island debuted on CBS and ran for three years.


In 1962, The Beverly Hillbillies debuted on CBS and ran for nine years.


In 1960, the first televised debate between presidential candidates took place in Chicago as Republican Richard M. Nixon and Democrat John F. Kennedy squared off. Read more…

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NATPE Birthday To

Melissa Sue Anderson, Donna Douglas, Linda Hamilton, Mary Beth Hurt, Jack LaLanne, Kent McCord and Olivia Newton-John.

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