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Tuesday, 30 January 2007

Today in History

In 1964, the U.S. launched Ranger 6, an unmanned spacecraft carrying TV cameras that was to crash-land on the moon.


In 1950, NBC debuted the drama series, Robert Montgomery Presents. The show was well received and played for seven seasons on the Peacock Network.

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DVDs on 01.30.07

The Benny Hill Show (Benny Hill, Complete And Unadulterated: The Hill's Angels Years - Set Six), The Big Valley (Season 2 - Volume 1), Dallas (The Complete 6th Season), I Dream of Jeannie (The Complete 3rd Season), Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (The 3rd Year), Legend of the Dragon (Volume 2, Volume 3), Lucky Louie (The Complete Series), Murder, She Wrote (The Complete 5th Season), Three's Company (Capturing The Laughter - Jack's Favorites).

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NATPE Birthday To

Christian Bale, Brett Butler, Charles S. Dutton, Gene Hackman, Dorothy Malone, Dick Martin, Vanessa Redgrave, Jake Thomas and Wilmer Valderrama.

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Thursday, 25 January 2007

Today in History

In 1961, President John F. Kennedy held the first presidential news conference carried live on radio and TV.


In 1949, the first Emmys, the awards presented each year in recognition of excellence in television performance and production, were presented at the Hollywood Athletic Club.

The event was the 1st Annual Los Angeles Emmy Awards (for programming which appeared in 1948) and was presented by the Academy of  Television Arts and Sciences. The Academy was also an infant, having formed just three years earlier.

Mike Sotkey’s Pantomime Quiz Time was selected as the year’s top television show. The local L.A. panel show which began in 1947, featured Howard Morris, Stubby Kaye, Rocky Graziano, Hans Conried, Milt Kamen and the orchestra of Frank DeVol and aired on KTLA-TV.

Shirley Dinsdale and her puppet, Judy Splinters, took honors as Most Outstanding Television Personality.

The Necklace, a film shown on Your Show Time on NBC, took the Best Film Made for Television Award.

The Emmy Awards ceremonies are still going strong. Although the statuettes are no longer awarded in January (in fact, they have been awarded in February, March, May, June, August and September, over the years) they are now divided into two ceremonies. The Academy administers the prime-time awards which are presented in the fall; while the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences presents the daytime program awards in the spring.

Some of the Emmy numbers are as follows:

Most won by an individual (Dwight Hemion, James L. Brooks: 18)

Most Emmys won by a male performer (Carl Reiner: 9)

Most Emmys won by a female performer (Cloris Leachman, Mary Tyler Moore, Tracey Ullman:7)

Most won by a series (Frasier: 37)

Most won by a miniseries (Angels in America: 11)

Most Emmys for a dramatic series (Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law: 4) and for a comedy series (Frasier: 5)


In 1937, NBC radio presented the first broadcast of The Guiding Light. The program became the longest-running story line in daytime drama. The radio show remained until 1956. The Guiding Light began its long run on CBS-TV in 1952.


In 1915, Alexander Graham Bell in New York spoke to his assistant (Thomas Watson) in San Francisco, inaugurating the first transcontinental telephone service.

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NATPE Birthday To

Dean Jones, China Kantner, Alicia Keys, Mia Kirshner, Jenifer Lewis and Leigh Taylor-Young.

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Wednesday, 24 January 2007

Last-Minute Syndie Arrivals

Unlike traditional years when the members of the syndication business knew ahead of time what was on the upcoming first-run stripped-programming menu, the National Association of Television Program Executives conference in 2007 will be remembered for a number of late arrivals. And the official announcement of Let’s Play Crosswords, a new game show distributed by Program Partners from the creator of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy!, Merv Griffin, led many to wax nostalgic…

Read more on MediaWeek.com.

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Study: Net vid ads effective

Advertising on broadband platforms can be just as lucrative as traditional television advertising as marketers continue to find new ways to tap into sponsorship and promo opportunities on emerging platforms, according to a report to be issued today by Nielsen Analytics...

Read more on HollywoodReporter.com.

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Today in History

In 1964, CBS acquired the rights to televise the National Football League’s 1964-1965 regular season. The move cost CBS $14.1 million a year,

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NATPE Birthday To

Tatyana Ali , Mischa Barton and Matthew Lillard.

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Tuesday, 23 January 2007

Today in History

In 1985, debate in Britain's House of Lords was carried live on TV for the first time.


In 1983, The A-Team debuted.


In 1977, the TV mini-series Roots, based on the Alex Haley novel, began airing on ABC.


In 1975, Barney Miller made his debut on ABC-TV. We saw life in the 12th Precinct as Hal Linden starred as Barney and Abe Vagoda played Fish. The talented cast made the show a hit for eight seasons. There are 170 episodes in the series; making it one of television’s most durable comedies.

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