November 11, 2014

What's on TV! Tuesday, November 14, 1967

I've been doing these daily listings from the past Saturday's TV Guide on an irregular basis since the blog started (usually when I can't come up with anything else on short notice), but I think I'm going to make an effort to do it more often in the future.  People seem to like it, and I enjoy looking at the types of programming that aren't around any more.  If the Saturday features give you a macro look at the times, these listings are more of a micro examination, with a side of commentary thrown it.  This week's listing is from Tuesday, November 14, and covers the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.

KTCA, Channel 2 (Educ.)
Morning
08:55a
Classroom
Afternoon
12:00p
In Service
12:30p
Classroom
02:35p
Film Short
03:00p
Aspects of Supervision
03:30p
Teaching English
04:00p
Profile
04:30p
Big Easel
05:00p
Kindergarten
05:30p
Observing Eye
Evening
06:00p
Business
06:30p
Efficient Reading (color)
07:00p
Antiques
07:30p
Seminar for Students
08:00p
Your Right to Say It (color)
08:30p
Macalester International
09:00p
Emeritus
09:30p
Confrontation
10:00p
News in Perspective

As you can see, Channel 2 still primarily provides classroom programming throughout the day - at various times in TV Guide's history, the shows are either detailed (e.g. Spanish (4th Grade) or, as here, listed simply as "Classroom."  Although virtually all of Channel 2's local programming is in black and white, note the first traces of color broadcasting - probably from NET's national feed.

WCCO, Channel 4 (CBS)
Morning
06:00a
Sunrise Semester
06:30a
Siegfried and His Flying Saucer 
07:00a
Clancy and Carmen (color)
07:30a
Clancy and Willie (color) 
08:00a
Captain Kangaroo (color)
09:00a
Dr. Reuben K. Youngdahl (color)
09:05a
Merv Griffin (guests: Jose Ferrer, Lillian Briggs, Sandler and Young) (color)
10:00a
Andy Griffith
10:30a
Dick Van Dyke
11:00a
Love of Life (color)
11:25a
CBS News (Joseph Benti) (color)
11:30a
Search for Tomorrow (color)
11:45a
The Guiding Light (color)
Afternoon
12:00p
News (local) (color) 
12:20p
Something Special (color)
12:30p
As the World Turns (color)
01:00p
Love is a Many Splendored Thing (color)
01:30p
House Party (guest: former bank robber Teddy Green)
02:00p
To Tell the Truth (color)
02:25p
CBS News (Douglas Edwards)
02:30p
The Edge of Night (color)
03:00p
The Secret Storm (color)
03:30p
The Beverly Hillbillies
04:00p
Mike Douglas (guests: Rossano Brazzi, Carolyn Jones, Jimmie Rodgers, the Rhodes Brothers, Albert Gerber) (color)
05:30p
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite (color)
Evening
06:00p
News (local) (color) 
06:15p
Weather (local) (color)
06:20p
Sports (local) (color)
06:30p
Daktari (color)
07:30p
Red Skelton (guests: Vincent Price, Dionne Warwick) (color)
08:30p
Good Morning World (color)
09:00p
CBS News Special – “Eric Hoffer: The Passionate State of Mind” (special) (color)
10:00p
News (local) (color)
10:15p
Weather (local) (color)
10:20p
Sports (local) (color)
10:30p
Bud Grant: Vikings Football (color)
10:40p
Marshal Dillon
11:10p
Movie – “Kansas Raiders” (color)

Eric Hoffer, the subject of CBS' 9:00 report, was a remarkable man.  A longshoreman by profession, he wrote an incisive series of books on philosophy, beginning with his 1951 classic The True Believer, a book that analyzed the nature of mass movements and how they can evolve into something quite ugly - it's got a prize place on my bookshelf.

Marshal Dillon is, of course, the half-hour syndicated version of Gunsmoke.  It ran on local stations for quite a few years in tandem with the hour-long first-run color version.

KSTP, Channel 5 (NBC)
Morning
06:15a
David Stone (color)
06:30a
City and Country (color) 
06:55a
Doctor’s House Call (color)
07:00a
Today (guests Pat Cooper, Dr. Leon J. Saul) (color)
09:00a
Snap Judgment (panelists Roddy McDowall, Vivian Vance) (color) 
09:25a
NBC News (Nancy Dickerson) (color)
09:30a
Concentration (color)
10:00a
Personality (panelists Van Johnson, Totie Fields, Betsy Palmer, Rose Marie) (color)
10:30a
Hollywood Squares (panelists Marty Allen and Steve Rossi, Monty Hall, Eartha Kitt, Carol Lynley, Jan Murray, Wally Cox, Abby Dalton, Charley Weaver) (color)
11:00a
Jeopardy! (color)
11:30a
Eye Guess (color) 
11:55a
NBC News (Edwin Newman (color)
Afternoon
12:00p
News (local) (color) 
12:10p
Weather (local) (color)
12:15p
Dialing for Dollars (color)
12:30p
Let’s Make a Deal (color)
01:00p
Days of Our Lives (color)
01:30p
The Doctors (color)
02:00p
Another World (color)
02:30p
You Don’t Say! (panelists John Forsythe, Vera Miles) (color)
03:00p
The Match Game (panelists: George Kirby, Joan Rivers) (color) 
03:25p
NBC News (Floyd Kalber) (color)
03:30p
Dialing for Dollars (color)
04:30p
Of Lands and Seas (color)
05:25p
News (local) (color)
05:30p
Huntley-Brinkley Report (color)
Evening
06:00p
News (local) (color) 
06:15p
Weather (local) (color)
06:20p
Sports (local) (color)
06:30p
I Dream of Jeannie (color)
07:00p
Jerry Lewis (guests Audrey Meadows, the Buckinghams) (color)
08:00p
Movie – “Tammy and the Doctor” (color)
10:00p
News (local) (color) 
10:15p
Weather (local) (color)
10:20p
Sports (local) (color)
10:30p
The Tonight Show (guest host Bob Newhart) (color)
12:00a
I Led Three Lives (color)

I've mentioned David Stone before; you've seen his name in many listings, but probably have no idea who he is.  Well, he had a remarkably long career with Channel 5.  He originally started out with the Grand Ole Opry as co-producer and announcer, before moving to KSTP, starting his first music show, The Sunset Valley Barn Dance, in 1948.  He early morning music show is a fixture in these listings, and he remained with Channel 5 as Farm Director until his retirement in 1986.  One of the true pioneers of Twin Cities television.

Was Dialing for Dollars as big a deal everywhere?  Probably.  Jim Hutton (not the movie star) was the host locally, and when he returned after having left Channel 5 for awhile, it was a big deal.  Local game shows are a charming relic from television's past, and a lot of big names in the business started out that way.  But whenever I hear Dialing for Dollars, I always think of this.

KMSP, Channel 9 (ABC)
Morning
07:30a
Dateline: Hollywood (guests Leslie Nielsen, Sherry Jackson)
07:55a
Children’s Doctor
08:00a
Gypsy Rose Lee (guests Pinky Lee, Iris Adrian) (color)
08:30a
Morning Show (color)
09:00a
Romper Room (color)
09:30a
Dobie Gillis
10:00a
Honeymoon Race (color)
10:30a
The Family Game
11:00a
Everybody’s Talking (panelists George Maharis, Pat Carroll, Cheryl Miller)
11:30a
Donna Reed
Afternoon
12:00p
The Fugitive
01:00p
The Newlywed Game (color)
01:30p
Dream Girl (panelists Tippi Hedren, Louis Nye, Peter Palmer, Paul Richards) (color) 
01:55p
ABC News (Marlene Sanders)
02:00p
General Hospital (color)
02:30p
Dark Shadows (color)
03:00p
The Dating Game (color)
03:30p
Movie – “Beware, My Lovely”
05:00p
Peter Jennings with the News (color)
05:30p
Leave It to Beaver
Evening
06:00p
McHale’s Navy
06:30p
Garrison’s Gorillas (color)
07:30p
The Invaders (color)
08:30p
N.Y.P.D. (color)
09:00p
The Hollywood Palace (see Saturday’s entry for details) (color)
10:00p
News (local) (color)
10:25p
Sports (local) (color)
10:30p
Movie – “Broken Lance” (color)
12:20a
Joey Bishop (guests Bobby Vee, Judy Collins, Rob Reiner and Larry Bishop) (color)

Dateline: Hollywood sounds like one of those celebrity series you see today, but it was actually a half-hour interview show hosted by actress Joanna Barnes.  It was followed by the five-minute Children's Doctor, hosted by pediatrician Lendon Smith, whose sound advice and quirky humor made him a a frequent and popular guest on Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.*

*Johnny invariably introduced him as a baby doctor, "a little, teeny baby doctor."

Much of ABC's afternoon schedule has been pretty forgettable through the years, but you can see some of their more successful shows popping up - The Newlywed Game and The Dating Game, General Hospital, Dark Shadows.  Of course, you still have shows like Dream Girl...

WTCN, Channel 11 (Ind.)
Morning
08:55a     
News (local)
09:00a
Cartoon Carnival (color)
09:30a
Ed Allen (color)
10:00a
Mr. Blackwell (guests Joyce Jameson, Bil Howard) (color)
10:30a
Virginia Graham (guests Cindy Adams, Myra Roper, Ariane Sheppard)
11:00a
Brunch Bunch
11:30a
Cooking With Hank
11:45a
News (local)
Afternoon
12:00p
Lunch With Casey
01:00p
Movie – “Fire Monsters Against the Son of Hercules”
02:30p
Woody Woodbury (guests Barbara Eden, Henny Youngman, John Faffney, the Yellow Balloon (color)
04:00p
Popeye and Pete
04:30p
Casey and Roundhouse
05:30p
The Flintstones (color)
Evening
06:00p
Gilligan’s Island (color)
06:30p
Perry Mason
07:30p
12 O’Clock High
08:30p
Alfred Hitchcock Hour
09:30p
News (local)
09:45p
Weather (local)
09:50p
Sports (local)
10:00p
Movie – “The Umbrellas of Cherbourg” (color)


WTCN, the independent station (after having been dumped by ABC in the early '60s), is kind of the stepchild of the local stations - as you can see, their locally produced programs are still in black-and-white, and they have a later start time than anyone else.

Ariane Sheppard, one of Virginia Graham's guests, is the second wife of Dr. Sam Sheppard, he of the infamous 1954 "Trial of the Century," and the landmark 1966 Supreme Court ruling.  Sheppard's second trial, in which he was acquitted of the murder of his first wife, had taken place the previous year.  I believe Sheppard and Ariane were separated at the time of this interview; they would divorce within two years.

Anything else you know or what to know about these programs?  Share it with us!

3 comments:

  1. I always find it interesting how some TV personalities, like Virginia Graham, could be so prominent in their day, and almost completely forgotten less than 50 years later.

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    1. A bigger star that I think you could put in that very same category is Arthur Godfrey. I read somewhere (years ago) that he alone accounted for roughly 10-15% of CBS's revenue with the various shows that he had on the air, both on radio and TV. I think his last program, which was on radio, went off the air around 1971 or 72. In my opinion, he truly is all but forgotten today.

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    2. You're right, David - I remember her show vividly, because my mom watched it in the afternoons when I was home from school. Didn't understand much of it, but I still remember her. Now? Do you think one in 10,000 might remember her?

      And Scott, I agree with you as well. Godfrey at his peak had an incredible reach, and even in the mid '60s, after his star had faded somewhat, he was still very popular. I remember seeing him live at the Minnesota State Fair in '68 or '69 - he was a big enough draw that people bought tickets to see him. And yet, like Virginia Graham, I doubt many people know of him today, and I think that's a pity. In both cases.

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