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Wednesday, 28 February 2007

Today in History

In 1983, M*A*S*H became the most watched television program in history, as the final original episode of the fictitious, but uncommonly real, 4077th M*A*S*H (Mobile Army Surgical Hospital) unit of the Korean conflict aired. An estimated 125-million people in the U.S. tuned in to see the broadcast on CBS. The program earned a 60.3 rating and a 77 percent share. According to Nielsen Media Research, the 60.3 rating was the average audience rating or the percent tuned to M*A*S*H during the average minute, while the share measured the percentage of TV households whose sets were turned on that night and were tuned to the 2 1/2 hour special of M*A*S*H. 

The TV version of M*A*S*H first aired on September 17, 1972 and followed the popular movie of the same title. Gary Burghoff was the only actor to take his movie role to TV. The movie had followed the novel, also of the same name, by author Richard Hooker, a doctor who had actually served in a M.A.S.H. unit in Korea. The 251 episodes of M*A*S*H will always be regarded as eleven years of television’s finest moments.

In 1940, the first televised basketball game was shown -- over W2XBS in New York City -- from Madison Square Garden. The game featured Fordham University and the University of Pittsburgh. Pitt won, 50-37.

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NATPE Birthday To:

Maxine Bahns, Stephanie Beacham, Kelly Bishop, Charles Durning, Gilbert Gottfried, Robert Sean Leonard, Gavin MacLeod, Mercedes Ruehl and John Turturro.

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Tuesday, 27 February 2007

Comedy Web block on TV

In an about-face from the trend of distributing branded TV programming to the Internet, Comedy Central is bringing original Web programming to late-night television viewers, the network said Monday…

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Today in History

In 1986, the U.S. Senate approved telecasts of its debates on a trial basis.

In 1985, former vice-presidential candidate Geraldine Ferraro was seen in a TV commercial this day. She was seen in an ad for a diet soft drink.

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DVDs on 02.27.07

At the Hotel (At the Hotel), Captain N: The Game Master (The Complete Series), Da Vinci's Inquest (Season 1), Dog the Bounty Hunter (The Best Of Season 3), The Doris Day Show (Season 4), The Flip Wilson Show (Best Of), Ghostbusters (Volume 1), Girlfriends (The Complete 1st Season), The Immortal (The Complete Series), Magnum, P.I. (The Complete 6th Season), Reno 911! (Reno's Most Wanted Uncensored), The Rockford Files (Season 3), The State Within - mini-series (The State Within).

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NATPE Birthday To:

Adam Baldwin, Chelsea Clinton, Howard Hesseman, Kate Mara, Grant Show, Elizabeth Taylor and Joanne Woodward.

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Friday, 23 February 2007

Today in History

In 1985, breaking with tradition, the TV show, Gimme a Break, was broadcast live before a studio audience. It was the first TV sitcom to be seen live since television’s Golden Age in the 1950s.

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NATPE Birthday To:

Kristin Davis, Dakota Fanning, Peter Fonda and Patricia Richardson.

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Thursday, 22 February 2007

ABC to Spin Off Hit Series Grey's Anatomy

Among TV's most successful franchises are CSI, Law & Order, and...Grey's Anatomy? That's what ABC is hoping as it readies a potential spinoff of the hit series for a fall launch.

Read more on MediaWeek.com.

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Today in History

In 1954, ABC radio’s popular Breakfast Club, program with longtime host, Don McNeill, was simulcast on TV beginning this day. The telecast of the show was a bomb, but the radio program went on to break records as the longest-running program on the air.

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