June 22, 2015

What's on TV? Thursday, June 30, 1966

We're back in my comfort zone this week, with a look at the Minnesota State Edition of TV Guide.  As always, I have to limit the stations somewhat, since there are 16 of them in the issue, so you're getting the Twin Cities, plus some representative cities around the area.  Let's see what's up on the last day of June, 1966.




KTCA, Channel 2 (Educ.)

Evening

06:00p
Freshman English

06:30p
Girls in Conflict

07:00p
Museum Open House

07:30p
Chess

08:00p
Conversational German

08:30p
Plays of Shakespeare

09:00p
Trails West

09:30p
Town and Country

10:00p
Managers in Action

10:30p
Conversational Spanish

As we've seen in the past, KTCA offers a very solid educational type of programming.  No daytime programs since school is out for the summer, but if you want to learn Spanish or German or brush up on your Shakespeare, you're in luck!


KDAL, Channel 3 (Duluth) (CBS)

Morning

07:50a
Farm and Home

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
I Love Lucy

09:30a
The McCoys

10:00a
Andy Griffith

10:30a
Bingo

11:00a
Love of Life

11:25a
CBS News

11:30a
Search for Tomorrow

11:45a
The Guiding Light

Afternoon

12:00p
Town and Country

12:30p
As the World Turns

01:00p
Password (contestants Florence Henderson, Paul Anka)

01:30p
House Party (guest Dr. Walter Hoffman) (color)

02:00p
To Tell the Truth

02:25p
CBS News (Douglas Edwards)

02:30p
The Edge of Night

03:00p
The Secret Storm

03:30p
The Saint

04:30p
Superman

05:00p
Yogi Bear (color)

05:30p
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite (color)

Evening

06:00p
News (local)

06:30p
The Munsters

07:00p
Gilligan’s Island (color)

07:30p
My Three Sons (color)

08:00p
CBS Thursday Night Movie – “The Bramble Bush” (color)

10:00p
News (local)

10:15p
Movie – “Escape from San Quentin”

Paul Anka, who appears on Password this week, was a teen idol in the late '50s and '60s with a string of hits (including Johnny Carson's Tonight theme and the English lyrics for Sinatra's "My Way"), but he was also an avid guest on the Goodson-Todman game shows of the time.  Anka was a very good Password player, and it's fun to see a big star doing a game show.  Can you imagine BeyoncĂ© doing something like that today?


WCCO, Channel 4 (CBS)

Morning

06:00a
Summer Semester

06:30a
Siegfried and His Flying Saucer

07:00a
Tree House

07:30a
Clancy and Company

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
Dr. Reuben K. Youngdahl

09:05a
News (Dean Montgomery)

09:10a
Mike Douglas (co-host Jack Carter, Connie Francis, Sofia Girls)

10:00a
Andy Griffith

10:30a
Dick Van Dyke

11:00a
Love of Life

11:25a
CBS News

11:30a
Search for Tomorrow

11:45a
The Guiding Light

Afternoon

12:00p
News (local)

12:15p
Something Special

12:25p
Weather (Bud Kraehling)

12:30p
As the World Turns

01:00p
Password (contestants Florence Henderson, Paul Anka)

01:30p
House Party (guest Dr. Walter Hoffman) (color)

02:00p
To Tell the Truth

02:25p
CBS News (Douglas Edwards)

02:30p
The Edge of Night

03:00p
The Secret Storm

03:30p
I Love Lucy

04:00p
Movie – “Ain’t Misbehavin’” (color)

05:30p
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite (color)

Evening

06:00p
News (local)

06:30p
Outdoor Sports

07:00p
Gilligan’s Island (color)

07:30p
My Three Sons (color)

08:00p
CBS Thursday Night Movie – “The Bramble Bush” (color)

10:00p
News (local)

10:30p
Movie – “The Rawhide Years” (color)

12:10a
Movie – “The Flame and the Sword”

Interesting that Channel 4 doesn't carry The Munsters at 6:30, preferring a local program on outdoor sports.  Perhaps that Channel 2 program on Girls in Conflict was too much competition?


KSTP, Channel 5 (NBC)

Morning

06:30a
City and Country (color)

07:00a
Today (guests Adm. Richard L. Fowler, author Don Mankiewicz) (color)

09:00a
Eye Guess (color)

09:25a
NBC News (Edwin Newman)

09:30a
Concentration

10:00a
Morning Star (color)

10:30a
Paradise Bay (color)

11:00a
Jeopardy (color)

11:30a
Let’s Play Post Office (color)

Afternoon

12:00p
News and Weather (local) (color)

12:15p
Dialing for Dollars (color)

12:30p
Let’s Make a Deal (color)

12:55p
NBC News (Floyd Kalbur)

01:00p
Days of Our Lives (color)

01:30p
The Doctors

02:00p
Another World (color)

02:30p
You Don’t Say! (panelists Fred and Mickie Finn) (color)

03:00p
The Match Game (contestants Betty White, John Forsythe) (color) 

03:25p
NBC News

03:30p
Dialing for Dollars (color)

04:30p
Sugarfoot

05:25p
Doctor’s House Call (color)

05:30p
The Huntley-Brinkley Report (color)

Evening

06:00p
News (local) (color)

06:30p
Daniel Boone (color)

07:30p
London Palladium (host Jonathan Winters, Millicent Martin, Frank Field, Michael Bentine, Neville King, Robert Harbin, the Tiller Girls, the Schaller Brothers) (special) (color)

08:30p
Mickie Finn’s (guests Shani Wallis, Johnny Rivers) (color)

09:00p
Rowan and Martin (guests Barbara McNair, Jackie Vernon) (color)

10:00p
News (local) (color)

10:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (color)

12:15a
M Squad

Ah, Fred and Mickie Finn.  They're the husband-and-wife contestants on You Don't Say! at 2:30, and they have their own summer replacement show (for the failed Mona McCluskey), based on their successful theme-inspired nightclub.  I remember that show, which was mildly amusing for a six-year-old, but in later years I'd see him without her, going by the name Mickey Finn rather than Fred. I could have sworn that Mickie was female, not male.  Easy answer - divorce, and he apparently got custody of the name.  But I was right - Mickie was a girl.


KMMT , Channel 6 (Austin) (ABC)

Morning

10:00a
Supermarket Sweep

10:30a
The Dating Game

11:00a
Donna Reed

11:30a
Father Knows Best

Afternoon

12:00p
Ben Casey

01:00p
Confidential for Women

01:30p
A Time for Us

01:55p
ABC News (Marlene Sanders)

02:00p
General Hospital

02:30p
The Nurses

03:00p
Dark Shadows

03:30p
Where the Action Is (guests Neil Diamond, the Cryin’ Shames, Tina Mason, Paul Revere and the Raiders)

04:00p
Captain Atom

05:30p
The Rifleman

Evening

06:00p
Peter Jennings with the News

06:15p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

06:30p
Batman (color)

07:00p
Gidget (color)

07:30p
The Double Life of Henry Phyfe (color)

08:00p
Bewitched

08:30p
Peyton Place

09:00p
The Baron (color)

10:00p
News (local)

10:30p
The Untouchables

11:30p
News (local)

I'm looking at Where the Action Is at 3:30 - Neil Diamond really has had a successful career, hasn't he?

KCMT, Channel 7 (Alex) (NBC/ABC)

Morning

07:00a
Today (guests Adm. Richard L. Fowler, author Don Mankiewicz) (color)

09;00a
Eye Guess (color)

09:25a
NBC News (Edwin Newman)

09:30a
Concentration

10:00a
Morning Star (color)

10:30a
Paradise Bay (color)

11:00a
Jeopardy (color)

11:30a
Let’s Play Post Office (color)

Afternoon

12:00p
News (local)

12:20p
Trading Post

12:30p
Let’s Make a Deal (color)

12:55p
NBC News (Floyd Kalbur)

01:00p
Days of Our Lives (color)

01:30p
The Doctors

02:00p
Another World (color)

02:30p
You Don’t Say! (panelists Fred and Mickie Finn) (color)

03:00p
The Match Game (contestants Betty White, John Forsythe) (color)

03:25p
NBC News

03:30p
General Hospital

04:00p
Father Knows Best

04:30p
Welcome Inn

05:00p
Huckleberry Hound

05:30p
The Huntley-Brinkley Report (color)

Evening

06:00p
News (local)

06:30p
Daniel Boone (color)

07:30p
London Palladium (host Jonathan Winters, Millicent Martin, Frank Field, Michael Bentine, Neville King, Robert Harbin, the Tiller Girls, the Schaller Brothers) (special) (color)

08:30p
Mickie Finn’s (guests Shani Wallis, Johnny Rivers) (color)

09:00p
Rowan and Martin (guests Barbara McNair, Jackie Vernon) (color)

10:00p
News (local)

10:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (color)

Don Mankiewicz, who is plugging his latest book on Today, is a brother of Frank Mankiewitz, who was Robert F. Kennedy's press aide and became head of NPR, which means he's an uncle of Ben Mankiewicz, the movie host on TCM.  Don's own uncle was Joseph L. Mankiewicz, the famed Hollywood producer/director.  Quite a family.


WKBT, Channel 8 (La Crosse)  (CBS)

Morning

07:30a
CBS Morning News with Mike Wallace

07:55a
News (local)

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
I Love Lucy

09:30a
The McCoys

10:00a
Andy Griffith

10:30a
Dick Van Dyke

11:00a
Love of Life

11:25p
CBS News

11:30a
Search for Tomorrow

11:45a
The Guiding Light

Afternoon

12:00p
News (local)

12:30p
As the World Turns

01:00p
Password (contestants Florence Henderson, Paul Anka)

01:30p
House Party (guest Dr. Walter Hoffman) (color)

02:00p
To Tell the Truth

02:25p
CBS News (Douglas Edwards)

02:30p
The Edge of Night

03:00p
The Secret Storm

03:30p
TV Bingo

04:00p
General Hospital

04:30p
The Mickey Mouse Club

05:00p
Dobie Gillis

05:30p
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite (color)

Evening

06:00p
News (local)

06:30p
The Munsters

07:00p
Gilligan’s Island (color)

07:30p
My Three Sons (color)

08:00p
CBS Thursday Night Movie – “The Bramble Bush” (color)

10:00p
News (local)  

10:25p
Film Short

10:30p
Secret Agent

11:30p
Trails West

Secret Agent is regularly on CBS at 7:30pm Saturday evenings, but Channel 8 serves its viewing audience by crossing over to ABC and picking up Lawrence Welk at that time, shifting Secret Agent to latenight Thursday..  Hey, Lawrence Welk is on the cover of next week's issue!


KMSP, Channel 9 (ABC)

Morning

07:30a
My Little Margie

08:00a
Hennessey

08:30a
Kit Carson

09:00a
Romper Room (Miss Betty)

10:00a
Supermarket Sweep

10:30a
The Dating Game

11:00a
Donna Reed

11:30a
Father Knows Best

Afternoon

12:00p
Ben Casey

01:00p
Confidential for Women

01:30p
A Time for Us

01:55p
ABC News (Marlene Sanders)

02:00p
General Hospital

02:30p
The Nurses

03:00p
Dark Shadows

03:30p
Where the Action Is (guests Neil Diamond, the Cryin’ Shames, Tina Mason, Paul Revere and the Raiders)

04:00p
The Detectives Starring Robert Taylor

04:30p
Soupy Sales

05:00p
Peter Jennings with the News

05:15p
News and Weather (local)

05:30p
Dennis the Menace

Evening

06:00p
McKeever and the Colonel

06:30p
Batman (color)

07:00p
Gidget (color)

07:30p
The Double Life of Henry Phyfe (color)

08:00p
Bewitched

08:30p
Peyton Place

09:00p
The Baron (color)

10:00p
News (local)

10:30p
Movie – “The Breaking Point”

"The Breaking Point" is not to be confused with the series of the same name (well, except for "The"), which was a spinoff from Ben Casey, and starred Paul Richards and Eduard Franz.  That was a pretty good show - we could use something like it on TV today.


WTCN, Channel 11 (Ind.)

Morning

10:15a
News (Gil Amundson)

10:30a
Movie – “Sky Bride”

11:30a
News (Gil Amundson)

Afternoon

12:00p
Lunch with Casey

01:00p
Matinee Movie – “The Hideous Sun Demon”

02:45p
Mel’s Notebook

03:00p
Girl Talk (guests Sheilah Graham, Leslie Stewart, Mrs. Ray Milland)

03:30p
The Invisible Man

04:00p
Popeye and Pete

04:30p
Casey and Roundhouse

05:30p
The Lone Ranger

Evening

06:00p
Sea Hunt

06:30p
Bold Journey

07:00p
True Adventure (color)

07:30p
Bat Masterson

08:00p
Movie – “Tarawa Beachhead”

09:30p
TV-11 News

10:00p
Movie – “Ivy”

Mel's Matinee Movie at 1:00pm, "The Hideous Sun Demon" - doesn't that sound like something you'd see on MST3K?


WEAU, Channel 13 (Eau Claire) (NBC)

Morning

07:00a
Today (guests Adm. Richard L. Fowler, author Don Mankiewicz) (color)

09:00a
Eye Guess (color)

09:25p
NBC News (Edwin Newman)

09:30a
Concentration

10:00a
Morning Star (color)

10:30a
Paradise Bay (color)

11:00a
Jeopardy (color)

11:30a
Let’s Play Post Office (color)

Afternoon

12:00p
Farm and Home

01:00p
Days of Our Lives (color)

01:30p
The Doctors

02:00p
Another World (color)

02:30p
You Don’t Say! (panelists Fred and Mickie Finn) (color)

03:00p
The Match Game (contestants Betty White, John Forsythe) (color)

03:25p
NBC News

03:30p
Film Feature - The R.E.A. Story”

04:00p
Hoppity Hooper

04:30p
Sheriff Bob

05:00p
Woody Woodpecker

05:30p
The Huntley-Brinkley Report (color)

Evening

06:00p
News (local)

06:30p
Daniel Boone (color)

07:30p
London Palladium (host Jonathan Winters, Millicent Martin, Frank Field, Michael Bentine, Neville King, Robert Harbin, the Tiller Girls, the Schaller Brothers) (special) (color)

08:30p
Mickie Finn’s (guests Shani Wallis, Johnny Rivers) (color)

09:00p
Rowan and Martin (guests Barbara McNair, Jackie Vernon) (color)

10:00p
News (local)

10:30p
Movie – “The Restless Years”

The Rowan and Martin show you see at 9:00 is not to be confused with their show Laugh-In, which premiered a couple of years later.  It's the summer replacement for Dean Martin, but there's no doubt that its success put Rowan and Martin in position for Laugh-In.

8 comments:

  1. 06:30p Girls in Conflict
    Did this by any chance involve mud or Jello?

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  2. "The Hideous Sun Demon" - doesn't that sound like something you'd see on MST3K?

    Funny you should mention that - Rifftrax (MST3K alumni) just did that one last month.

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  3. I think I know the real reason WCCO pre-empted "The Munsters".

    Maybe it couldn't compete against "Batman".

    "Munsters" was cancelled in the spring of 1966. I had heard a story that the cast and producers went to England to finish work (filming on-location footage) of a full-color "Munsters" movie, and that they had expected to come back to Hollywood and after a few months' break, begin filming in color a third season of the TV show.

    The story I heard was that a CBS executive intercepted the cast and producers as they got off their jet at LAX (Los Angeles International Airport) after they returned from England to tell them the show had been cancelled at the last moment, mainly due to "Batman"'s success.

    It's my understanding the Thursday episode of "Batman", which went head-to-head against "Munsters" in most of the country, finished the 1965/66 TV season as the fifth most-popular prime-time network TV show of the entire season (despite a January, 1966 premiere).

    The movie, "Munster Go Home", was released to theatres as scheduled, but instead of coming between Seasons Two and Three of the TV series, it served as the finale of the original "Munster" saga.

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  4. I hate to seem a scold, but ...

    ... didn't I mention, a number of entries back, that there's a book about the Mankiewicz family, titled My Life As A Mankiewicz, by Tom Mankiewicz (son of Joseph, nephew of Frank, brother of Don, uncle of Ben, et al.), co-written by Robert Crane (son of Bob "Col. Hogan" Crane and author of his own book about same)?
    I wonder sometimes if I'm making any real impression here at all ...

    "The Hideous Sun Demon" has a strange reputation of its own: it's The King Family Monster Movie.
    Robert Clarke, the co-producer/writer/director/star of this Klassik, was married to Alyce King, of the Sisters; another Sister, Marilyn, sang the movie's "love theme".
    Clarke held on to the rights to this, and years later his son Cameron Clarke (who was a little kid in the days of The King Family show) wrote and redubbed the movie into What's Up, Hideous Sun Demon; one of the actors he used was a then-unknown stand-up comic named Jay Leno.

    Not much else I can add this time out ...

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    1. Oh yes, you do make an impression! Although with the Mankiewicz family, I'll always think of Joseph and his pretentious direction of "Carol For Another Christmas" and his version of "Julius Caesar," and Frank's announcement of RFK's death.

      Now The King Family Monster Movie - I've never heard of that! Notwithstanding some of the obvious jokes about the King Family show, that is something to know. And the tie-in to Jay Leno!

      I don't say it often enough, but I'm in awe of you, Mike Doran! And that's no snark, either.

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  5. Actually, Walter Cronkite, not Lawrence Welk, was on the cover of the next issue (7/2/66).
    I'd love to see a color recording (or even B&W kine) of Mickie Finn's. I found a little taste of their act from Hollywood Palace (unfortunately just B&W kine here) on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7m_oAKYPcGw
    According to this website, the episode listed for June 30 was not shown on that date but was held until the show finale on Sept. 1, so I'm not sure which episode, if any, aired on June 30:
    http://www.harmonize.com/dapperdans/smickiefinnbody.htm

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    1. Actually I'm referring to my next issue - which you'll see on Saturday!

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  6. Whenever I see old TV listings like this, specifically ones that appeared after I was born (naturally) I like to guess which ones I was watching. Since I was five years old on this date I’d guess it was the CBS lineup.
    • “Munsters” (probably because I’d missed this episode when it originally aired, because it was up against “Batman”. Remember those days when you anticipated summer reruns because it was your ONLY chase to catch episodes you missed when they originally aired?) then “Gilligan’s Island” and maybe “My Three Sons” (though that was 8:30 EST and I may have had to go to bed. I was five after all)

    Also, I see that NBC aired “Daniel Boone” on Thursday at 6:30 (7:30 my time). I don’t recall ever watching this when I was a kid. METV’s been running it for quite awhile now so I watched an episode or two. I checked online and was surprised the show ran for six seasons. All the way to 1970! I wonder, is it possible that “Daniel Boone” is the longest running show that took place in the 1700’s?

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