The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present

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AMERICA’S #1 BESTSELLING TELEVISION BOOK WITH MORE THAN HALF A MILLION COPIES IN PRINT–
NOW REVISED AND UPDATED!

PROGRAMS FROM ALL SEVEN COMMERCIAL BROADCAST NETWORKS, MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED CABLE NETWORKS, PLUS ALL MAJOR SYNDICATED SHOWS!

This is the must-have book for TV viewers in the new millennium–the entire history of primetime programs in one convenient volume. It’s a guide you’ll turn to again and again for information on every series ever telecast. There are entries for all the great shows, from evergreens like The Honeymooners, All in the Family, and Happy Days to modern classics like 24, The Office, and Desperate Housewives; all the gripping sci-fi series, from Captain Video and the new Battle Star Galactica to all versions of Star Trek; the popular serials, from Peyton Place and Dallas to Dawson’s Creek and Ugly Betty; the reality show phenomena American Idol, Survivor, and The Amazing Race; and the hits on cable, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Top Chef, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Project Runway, and SpongeBob SquarePants. This comprehensive guide lists every program alphabetically and includes a complete broadcast history, cast, and engaging plot summary–along with exciting behind-the-scenes stories about the shows and the stars.

MORE THAN 500 ALL-NEW LISTINGS from Heroes and Grey’s Anatomy to 30 Rock and Nip/Tuck
UPDATES ON CONTINUING SHOWS such as CSI, Gilmore Girls, The Simpsons, and The Real World
EXTENSIVE CABLE COVERAGE with more than 1,000 entries, including a description of the programming on each major cable network
AND DON’T MISS the exclusive and updated “Ph.D. Trivia Quiz” of 200 questions that will challenge even the most ardent TV fan, plus a streamlined guide to TV-related websites for those who want to be constantly up-to-date

SPECIAL FEATURES!
· Annual program schedules at a glance for the past 61 years · Top-rated shows of each season · Emmy Award winners · Longest-running series · Spin-off series · Theme songs · A fascinating history of TV

“This is the Guinness Book of World Records . . .
the Encyclopedia Britannica of television!”
–TV Guide

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“This is the Guinness Book of World Records . . .
The Encyclopedia Britannica of television!”
–TV Guide

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A&E (Network), see Arts & Entertainment Network

ABC ALBUM, see Plymouth Playhouse

ABC BARN DANCE (Music)

FIRST TELECAST: February 21, 1949

LAST TELECAST: November 14, 1949

BROADCAST HISTORY:

Feb 1949–Jun 1949, ABC Mon 8:30–9:00

Jul 1949–Oct 1949, ABC Mon 9:00–9:30

Oct 1949–Nov 1949, ABC Mon 9:30–10:00

EMCEE:

Hal O’Halloran

Jack Stillwell

The National Barn Dance, begun in 1924 on radio station WLS, Chicago, and long a radio favorite, was carried on ABC television in 1949 as the ABC Barn Dance. Among the Barn Dance favorites appearing on this half-hour Monday night version were the Sage Riders instrumental quartet, Lulu Belle and Scotty, Cousin Tifford, the De Zurick Sisters (a yodeling duet), caller John Dolce, and comic Holly Swanson. The series was telecast from Chicago.

ABC COMEDY HOUR (Comedy/Variety)

FIRST TELECAST: January 12, 1972

LAST TELECAST: August 9, 1972

BROADCAST HISTORY:

Jan 1972–Apr 1972, ABC Wed 8:30–9:30

Jun 1972–Aug 1972, ABC Wed 9:30–10:30

REGULARS:

Rich Little

Frank Gorshin

George Kirby

Marilyn Michaels

Charlie Callas

Joe Baker

Fred Travalena

Most of the telecasts that were aired under the title ABC Comedy Hour featured a guest host plus a regular repertory company of impressionists called The Kopycats, listed above. (Fred Travalena replaced Charlie Callas in the company in mid-series.) The series also included a number of other comedy specials, among them two Friars’ Roasts, an Alan King special, and an updated version of Hellzapoppin’. Reruns of the Kopycats episodes were aired during the summer of 1972 under the title ABC Comedy Hour Presents the Kopycats.

ABC COMEDY SPECIAL (Comedy Anthology)

FIRST TELECAST: June 6, 1986

LAST TELECAST: August 8, 1986

BROADCAST HISTORY:

Jun 1986–Jul 1986, ABC Fri 9:30–10:00

Aug 1986, ABC Fri 9:00–10:00

A collection of pilots for comedies that did not make ABC’s Fall 1986 schedule. Among those starring in this particular crop of “busted pilots” were Caroline McWilliams, Annie Potts, Blair Brown, Ted Bessell, Robert Klein, Madeline Kahn, and Pat Harrington.

ABC DRAMATIC SHORTS—1952–1953 (Dramatic Films)

ABC had problems in the early 1950s. It had fewer stations than NBC or CBS, few advertisers, and therefore little revenue with which to pay for new programming. In order just to stay on the air, the “other network” was forced to schedule dozens of low-budget quiz shows, interview programs, and documentary films (most obtained free from government and industry). Needless to say, this did not attract much of an audience to the network. In 1952 ABC tried an experiment. It assembled a package of several dozen low-budget 30-minute dramatic films, most of them made by MCA Films in Hollywood. Many of them had been seen on TV before, on ABC (Gruen Guild Theater), DuMont (Gruen Playhouse), and some even on NBC (Campbell Soundstage). These shopworn films were sprinkled liberally throughout the ABC schedule during the 1952–1953 season, on multiple “theater” series. Each film ran up to half a dozen times on different nights and on different series. Not every film would turn up on every series, but if you watched ABC long enough you would frequently get the impression that you had “seen that film before.”

Most of the films were grade “B” productions, starring some Hollywood old-timers as well as lesser-known young actors and actresses (some of whom were to gain fame in later years). Among them were Buddy Ebsen, Raymond Burr, Cesar Romero, Ann Rutherford, Helen Parrish, Vincent Price, Anita Louise, Hans Conried, Cliff Arquette, Onslow Stevens, and many others. The scripts included mysteries (such as “The Cavorting Statue” with Cesar Romero), romantic tales (“A Little Pig Cried” with Frances Rafferty), and comedies.

Following is a list of the theater series among which the films rotated, mostly during 1952–1953. It is not guaranteed to be complete!

APPOINTMENT WITH LOVE

Dec 1952–Sep 1953, ABC Fri 9:00–9:30

CARNIVAL

Feb 1953–Sep 1953, ABC Thu 8:00–8:30

DARK ADVENTURE

Jan 1953–Jul 1953, ABC Mon 8:30–9:00

DOUBLE EXPOSURE

Jan 1953–Sep 1953, ABC Wed 9:00–9:30

FABLE FOR A SUMMER NIGHT

Jul 1953–Oct 1953, ABC Thu 10:30–11:00

FEAR AND FANCY

May 1953–Aug 1953, ABC Wed 8:00–8:30

FILM FESTIVAL

Jul 1953–Sep 1953, ABC Sun 6:30–7:00

GRUEN GUILD THEATER

Sep 1951–Dec 1951, ABC Thu 9:30–10:00

HALF HOUR THEATRE

Jun 1953–Sep 1953, ABC Fri 9:30–10:00

HOUR GLASS

Jan 1953–Sep 1953, ABC Wed 8:30–9:00

LITTLE THEATRE

Dec 1952–Jan 1953, ABC Wed 7:30–8:00

Aug 1953–Sep 1953, ABC Tue 9:00–10:30 (3 films)

PLAYHOUSE NUMBER 7

Oct 1952–Nov 1952, ABC Sun 9:00–9:30

Nov 1952–Jan 1953, ABC Wed/Sun 9:00–9:30

Jan 1953–Mar 1953, ABC Sun 7:30–8:00

RETURN ENGAGEMENT

Jul 1953–Sep 1953, ABC Mon 9:30–10:00

STRAW HAT THEATER

Jul 1953–Sep 1953, ABC Sun 7:30–8:00

SUMMER FAIR

Jun 1953–Sep 1953, ABC Thu 9:30–10:00

TURNING POINT, THE

Jan 1953–Mar 1953, ABC Thu 9:00–9:30

May 1953–Jan 1953, ABC Sat 7:30–8:00

TWENTIETH CENTURY TALES

Jan 1953–Jul 1953, ABC Wed 8:00–8:30

Jul 1953–Sep 1953, ABC Mon 8:30–9:00

WHITE CAMELLIA, THE

Jan 1953–Mar 1953, ABC Tue 8:30–9:30 (2 films)

ABC FAMILY CHANNEL, THE (Network) (General Entertainment Cable Network)

LAUNCHED:

April 1977

SUBSCRIBERS (May 2003):

84.7 million (79% U.S.)

This cable network has gone through some major changes during its long history. It was launched in 1977 as CBN, the Christian Broadcasting Network, and originally featured a heavy dose of religious programming. A vestige of that era remains on its schedule today in The 700 Club (q.v.), a Christian news and features magazine hosted by network founder Pat Robertson. Among CBN’s drama series during the 1980s were Another Life (1981–1984), a Christian soap opera; and The Campbells (1986–1989), about a Scottish family in the Canadian wilderness in the 1830s. CBN’s big production center in Virginia Beach, Virginia, said to be the largest facility in the world for the production of Christian TV programming, was dubbed the “Video Vatican.”

The network gradually broadened its focus, acquiring a wide range of broadcast reruns, especially westerns but also including cartoons, game shows, and dramas (The Waltons, Rescue 911). In 1989, CBN was renamed the Family Channel. Although it promoted itself as the home of “positive-value, upbeat programming the whole family can enjoy,” its schedule was hardly without violence, particularly in rerun westerns such as Gunsmoke, Bonanza, and The Young Riders. However, it generally avoided the contemporary sex and violence that is so widespread on broadcast channels. Family also became one of the more prolific producers of original series programming on cable, most of it light action/adventure emphasizing relationships and individual courage. There were also some sitcoms. Among its earlier series were Bordertown, Rin Tin Tin K-9 Cop, and Zorro; later entries included Big Brother Jake, Maniac Mansion, Snowy River: The MacGregor Saga, Madeline, and That’s My Dog.

In 1998, Pat Robertson sold the network to Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation, which operates the Fox Network and is known for precisely the kind of edgy (often sexy and violent) programming the Family Channel traditionally abhorred. Effective August 15, 1998, the name was changed to the Fox Family Channel, and there were major on-air changes—though not, initially at least, toward the kind of raunchy programming critics feared. Daytime was given over to cartoons and other kids’ programming, while in the evening there were lightweight family shows including I Can’t Believe You Said That (quiz), Show Me the Funny (videos), Life, Camera, Action! (more videos), Ohhh, Noooo! Mr. Bill Presents (English comedy sketches), and The New Addams Family (sitcom). There were also nightly movies, including some produced by the channel.

Later entries included Higher Ground, The Fearing Mind and the critically acclaimed State of Grace. None of these was terribly successful, and after only three years Fox sold the network to Disney/ABC, which in November 2001 renamed it the ABC Family Channel. It then began to air reruns of current ABC series such as Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Alias, According to Jim, Life with Bonnie, Less Than Perfect, Celebrity Mole and The Bachelor. It also produced some reality programs of its own, including The Last Resort (specials, 2002) and My Life Is a Sitcom (series, 2003).

The network first reached more than half of all U.S. television homes in June 1989, and its principal original evening series after that date (including those mentioned above) can be found in this book under their individual titles.

ABC FEATURE FILM, see Movies—Prior to 1961

ABC IN CONCERT (Music)

FIRST TELECAST: June 7, 1991

LAST TELECAST: September 11, 1998

BROADCAST HISTORY:

Jun 1991–Dec 1992, ABC Fri 12:00 midnight– 1:00 a.m.

Jan 1993–Jan 1997, ABC Fri 12:05–12:35 a.m.

Jan 1997–Sep 1998, ABC Fri 12:35–1:05 a.m.

HOST:

Madison Michele (1996–1998)

From 1973 to 1975, as part of its Wide World o...

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