November 16, 2015

What's on TV: Monday, November 18, 1968

This week we make our first visit to Iowa, where we've got programming from three metro areas: Cedar Rapids, Des Moines and the Quad Cities.*  The daytime lineup is making its transition from black-and-white to color programming, and only a couple of stations lack the facilities to broadcast in color.  The shows, as well, reflect the times, as we'll see. One thing I do appreciate about these issues from the Midwest is the emphasis on farm reporting, which remains an important part of the economy until the farm recession in the 80s.

*Bonus points for naming all four of them.

By the way, coming from Minnesota I have hundreds of Iowa jokes: it was time for the big football game between Minnesota and Iowa, and the two teams were going at it when a train that was passing the stadium sounded its horn. The Minnesota players thought that meant the half was over, and ran off the field.

Four plays later, Iowa scored.

Well, maybe not so much this season.


WMT, Channel 2 (Cedar Rapids, IA) (CBS)

Morning


07:00a
Sunrise Semester

07:30a
CBS Morning News with Joseph Benti (color)

07:55a
Tales of the Riverbank

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo (color)

09:00a
Dr. Max (color)

09:30a
The Beverly Hillbillies

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)

Afternoon


12:00p
News (local) (color)

12:15p
Farm News (color)

12:30p
As the World Turns (color)

01:00p
Home Fare (color)

01:30p
The Guiding Light (color)

02:00p
The Secret Storm (color)

02:30p
The Edge of Night (color)

03:00p
The Linkletter Show (guest Eva Gabor) (color)

03:25p
News (local) (color)

03:30p
Modern Woman (guest Adam Clayton Powell) (color)

04:00p
Doctor Max (color)

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

Evening


06:00p
News (local) (color)

06:30p
Gunsmoke (color)

07:30p
Here’s Lucy (color)

08:00p
Mayberry R.F.D. (color)

08:30p
Family Affair (color)

09:00p
Carol Burnett (guests Ella Fitzgerald, Sid Caesar) (color)

10:00p
News (local) (color)

10:30p
Movie – “Fanfare for a Death Scene”

Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. (nickname: "The King of the Cats") guest on Modern Woman, was an influential black congressman from Harlem. He was powerful as well, becoming chairman of the important Education and Labor Committee, before being expelled from Congress in a corruption scandal. (Technically, the Democratic majority refused to seat him after his reelection in 1967. He later regained his seat through court action.) That is the topic of this program. He was defeated in his 1970 reelection bid by Charles Rangel, who continues to hold the seat to this day.


KTVO, Channel 3 (Ottumwa) (ABC, NBC, CBS)

Morning


07:00a
This Day

08:30a
Ed Allen (color)

09:00a
Portraits of Americans

09:30a
Dick Cavett (guest Haim Ginott) (color)

11:00a
Jeopardy (color)

11:30a
Search for Tomorrow (color)

Afternoon


12:00p
News, Weather (local)

12:15p
Town and Country Forum

12:30p
As the World Turns (color)

01:00p
The Newlywed Game (color)

01:30p
The Dating Game (color)

02:00p
General Hospital (color)

02:30p
The Edge of Night (color)

03:00p
Dark Shadows (color)

03:30p
One Life to Live

04:00p
Dream House

04:30p
Funny You Should Ask (guests Judy Carne, Abby Dalton, Stu Gilliam, Paul Lynde, Jan Murray)

04:55p
The Children’s Doctor

05:00p
Bewitched

05:30p
ABC Evening News with Frank Reynolds (color)

Evening


06:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

06:30p
The Avengers (color)

07:30p
Peyton Place (color)

08:00p
The Outcasts (color)

09:00p
The Big Valley (color)

10:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

10:30p
Joey Bishop (guests Art Linkletter, Peggy Lee, Roy Clark, Grady Tate, the Turtles) (color)

12:00a
News (local)

In an otherwise undistinguished lineup, I'm drawn to Joey Bishop's lineup. Nowadays the formula for talk shows seems to be monologue, skit, interview, musical guest, the end. Granted Bishop's show ran 90 minutes, but he has four musical guests for the evening, which is unusual even for the time.


WHBF, Channel 4 (Quad Cities) (CBS)

Morning


07:30a
CBS Morning News with Joseph Benti (color)

07:55a
News (local)

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo (color)

09:00a
The Lucy Show (color)

09:30a
Jack LaLanne (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)

Afternoon


12:00p
Password (guests John Forsythe, Barbara Rush) (color)

12:30p
As the World Turns (color)

01:00p
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (color)

01:30p
The Guiding Light (color)

02:00p
The Secret Storm (color)

02:30p
The Edge of Night (color)

03:00p
The Linkletter Show (guest Eva Gabor) (color)

03:25p
CBS News (Douglas Edwards) (color)

03:30p
Mike Douglas (guests Maureen Stapleton, Richard Tucker, the Lettermen, Erich Fromm) (color)

05:00p
The Flintstones (color)

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

Evening


06:00p
News (local) (color)

06:30p
Gunsmoke (color)

07:30p
Here’s Lucy (color)

08:00p
Mayberry R.F.D. (color)

08:30p
Family Affair (color)

09:00p
Carol Burnett (guests Ella Fitzgerald, Sid Caesar) (color)

10:00p
News (local) (color)

10:30p
Hollywood Award Theatre – “Devil’s Agent”

A while back we looked at a TV Guide issue that featured Mike Douglas on the cover, and referred to him as something along the lines of the dean of housewives. And when I compare him to Paar, Cavett and Griffin, I often thing the same thing. Interesting, then, that one of Mike's guests today is the noted philosopher Erich Fromm, From the always-reliable Wikipedia:

The cornerstone of Fromm's humanistic philosophy is his interpretation of the biblical story of Adam and Eve's exile from the Garden of Eden. Drawing on his knowledge of the Talmud, Fromm pointed out that being able to distinguish between good and evil is generally considered to be a virtue, and that biblical scholars generally consider Adam and Eve to have sinned by disobeying God and eating from the Tree of Knowledge. However, departing from traditional religious orthodoxy on this, Fromm extolled the virtues of humans taking independent action and using reason to establish moral values rather than adhering to authoritarian moral values.

In other words, perfect psychology for the late '60s. Still, considering that as you go deeper into Fromm you get such descriptions as "Fromm considered love to be an interpersonal creative capacity rather than an emotion, and he distinguished this creative capacity from what he considered to be various forms of narcissistic neuroses and sado-masochistic tendencies that are commonly held out as proof of "true love," you have to think that either the audience level was raised very high for this show, or Fromm dumbed himself way, way down to reach them.


WOI, Channel 5 (Des Moines) (ABC)

Morning


07:00a
Open Circuit (color)

07:30a
Timmy and Lassie

08:00a
The Newlywed Game

08:30a
Jack LaLanne (color)

09:00a
Magic Window (color)

09:30a
Classroom

10:00a
Dick Cavett (guest Haim Ginott) (JIP) (color)

11:00a
Bewitched

11:30a
Treasure Isle (color)

Afternoon


12:00p
News (local) (color)

12:30p
Funny You Should Ask (guests Jack Carter, Stu Gilliam, Arte Johnson) (color)

12:55p
The Children’s Doctor (color)

01:00p
Truth or Consequences (color)

01:30p
The Dating Game (color)

02:00p
General Hospital (color)

02:30p
One Life to Live (color)

03:00p
Dark Shadows (color)

03:30p
Dennis the Menace

04:00p
The Flintstones (color)

04:30p
Leave it to Beaver

04:55p
News (local) (color)

05:00p
ABC Evening News with Frank Reynolds (color)

05:30p
The Naked City

Evening


06:00p
That Girl (color)

06:30p
The Avengers (color)

07:30p
Peyton Place (color)

08:00p
The Outcasts (color)

09:00p
The Big Valley (color)

10:00p
News (local) (color)

10:30p
Joey Bishop (guests Art Linkletter, Peggy Lee, Roy Clark, Grady Tate, the Turtles) (color)

I ask you - is the world really ready for The Newlywed Game at 8:00 in the morning? Before even watching Jack LaLanne?


WOC, Channel 6 (Quad Cities) (NBC)

Morning


07:00a
Today (color)

09:00a
Especially (color)

09:30a
Concentration (color)

10:00a
Personality (panel Hugh O’Brian, Betsy Palmer, Nipsey Russell, Pearl Bailey) (color)

10:30a
The Hollywood Squares (panel Kaye Ballard, Wally Cox, Gypsy Rose Lee, Paul Lynde, Rose Marie, Greg Morris, Jan Murray, Charley Weaver, Gig Young) (color)

11:00a
Jeopardy (color)

11:30a
Eye Guess (color)

11:55a
NBC News (color)

Afternoon


12:00p
News (local) (color)

12:15p
Farm News (color)

12:25p
Almanac (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! (guests Richard Deacon, Herb Rudley) (color)

03:00p
The Match Game (guests Lauren Bacall, Patrick O’Neal) (color)

03:25p
NBC News (Floyd Kalber)

03:30p
Timmy and Lassie

04:00p
Cap’n Ernie (color)

05:00p
Truth or Consequences (color)

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

Evening


06:00p
News (local) (color)

06:25p
Comment (color)

06:30p
I Dream of Jeannie (color)

07:00p
Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In (guests Victor Borge, the Banana Splits) (color)

08:00p
Movie – “Viva Zapada”

10:00p
News (local) (color)

10:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guests Phyllis Diller, Bob Crane, Darren McGavin, John Byner) (color)

12:00a
News (local)

12:05a
Alfred Hitchcock Presents

Johnny Carson is doing Tonight from Hollywood this week - continuing to do it, as the description reads, so he was probably out there for two or three weeks, reaching the guests that he couldn't get while he was in New York. Soon he'd move out there permanently, and while he went back to New York occasionally for the first few years, it was Beautiful Downtown Burbank which is most closely identified with the show.


KWWL, Channel 7 (Waterloo) (NBC)

Morning


07:00a
Today (color)

09:00a
Romper Room (color)

09:30a
Concentration (color)

10:00a
Personality (panel Hugh O’Brian, Betsy Palmer, Nipsey Russell, Pearl Bailey) (color)

10:30a
The Hollywood Squares (panel Kaye Ballard, Wally Cox, Gypsy Rose Lee, Paul Lynde, Rose Marie, Greg Morris, Jan Murray, Charley Weaver, Gig Young) (color)

11:00a
Jeopardy (color)

11:30a
Eye Guess (color)

11:55a
NBC News (color)

Afternoon


12:00p
Merv Griffin (guests Twiggy, Genevieve, Charlie Manna, Monti Rock III) (color)

01:00p
Days of Our Lives (color)

01:30p
The Doctors (color)

02:00p
Another World (color)

02:30p
You Don’t Say! (guests Richard Deacon, Herb Rudley) (color)

03:00p
The Match Game (guests Lauren Bacall, Patrick O’Neal) (color)

03:25p
NBC News (Floyd Kalber)

03:30p
Let’s Make a Deal (color)

04:00p
Mike Douglas (guests the Irish Rovers, Pat Cooper, Jerry Kramer) (color)

05:00p
The Flintstones (color)

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

Evening


06:00p
News (local) (color)

06:30p
I Dream of Jeannie (color)

07:00p
Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In (guests Victor Borge, the Banana Splits) (color)

08:00p
Monday Night at the Movies – “El Cid” (part 1) (color)

10:00p
News (local) (color)

10:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guests Phyllis Diller, Bob Crane, Darren McGavin, John Byner) (color)

12:00a
News (local)

For some reason, I just can't see Victor Borge on Laugh-In. Not with the Banana Splits, at least.


WQAD, Channel 8 (Quad Cities) (ABC)

Morning


07:30a
The Big Picture (Army) (color)

08:00a
Sets and Systems

08:30a
Social Security (color)

08:45a
Inter-Act

09:00a
Romper Room (Miss Jean) (color)

09:30a
Word Game

09:50a
News, Weather (local)

10:00a
Dick Cavett (guest Haim Ginott) (JIP) (color)

10:30a
Dick Van Dyke

11:00a
Bewitched

11:30a
On Q with Sandy

Afternoon


12:00p
Noon Farm Report

12:30p
Funny You Should Ask (guests Jack Carter, Stu Gilliam, Arte Johnson) (color)

12:55p
The Children’s Doctor (color)

01:00p
The Newlywed Game (color)

01:30p
The Dating Game (color)

02:00p
General Hospital (color)

02:30p
Scienceland

02:50p
News (local)

03:00p
Dark Shadows (color)

03:30p
One Life to Live (color)

04:00p
Perry Mason

05:00p
Merv Griffin (guests Richard Boone, Hermoine Gingold, Enzo Stuarti, Julie Budd, Jackie Kannon, Lilly Tomlin)

Evening


06:00p
News (local)

06:30p
The Avengers (color)

07:30p
Peyton Place (color)

08:00p
The Outcasts (color)

09:00p
The Big Valley (color)

10:00p
News (local) (color)

10:30p
Joey Bishop (guests Art Linkletter, Peggy Lee, Roy Clark, Grady Tate, the Turtles” (color)

12:00a
News (local)

In mentioning Mike Douglas' show above, I compared it somewhat unfavorably to Merv Griffin. I will admit that Merv's lineup here, doesn't exactly raise the intellectual level much, though the entertainment quotient is pretty good.


KRNT, Channel 8 (Des Moines) (CBS)

Morning


06:30a
Sunrise Semester (color)

07:00a
Pastor’s Study (color)

07:05a
CBS Morning News with Joseph Benti (color)

07:30a
Breakfast Club (color)

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo (color)

09:00a
Merv Griffin (guests George Jessel, Dick Shawn, Lillian Briggs, Lori Rogers) (color)

10:00a
Andy Griffith

11:00a
Love of Life (color)

11:25a
CBS News (Joseph Benti) (color)

11:30a
Search for Tomorrow (color)

Afternoon


12:00p
News (local) (color)

12:15p
Don Soliday (color)

12:30p
As the World Turns (color)

01:00p
Love is a Many-Splendored Thing (color)

01:30p
The Guiding Light (color)

02:00p
The Secret Storm (color)

02:30p
The Edge of Night (color)

03:00p
The Linkletter Show (guest Eva Gabor) (color)

03:25p
CBS News (Douglas Edwards) (color)

03:30p
Mary Brubaker (color)

04:00p
Mike Douglas (guets Mel Torme, Totie Fields, Ted Mack, Checkmates, Ltd.) (color)

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

Evening


06:00p
News (local) (color)

06:30p
Gunsmoke (color)

07:30p
Here’s Lucy (color)

08:00p
Mayberry R.F.D. (color)

08:30p
Family Affair (color)

09:00p
Carol Burnett (guests Ella Fitzgerald, Sid Caesar) (color)

10:00p
News (local) (color)

10:30p
Movie – “The Hanging Tree” (color)

12:20a
News (local) (color)

When you see Carol Burnett and Friends on MeTV (and for years before that in syndication), you tend to forget that the show wasn't all comedy, and this week's episode with the great Ella Fitzgerald is a reminder of that. As is the case with any variety show, it's a great disservice when we ignore the musical guests.


KCRG, Channel 9 (Cedar Rapids) (ABC)

Morning


08:25a
Market Report

08:30a
Jack LaLanne

09:00a
Classroom

09:30a
Dick Cavett (guest Haim Ginott) (color)

11:00a
Bewitched

11:30a
Family Focus (color)

Afternoon


12:00p
Dream House (color)

12:30p
Funny You Should Ask (guests Jack Carter, Stu Gilliam, Arte Johnson) (color)

12:55p
The Children’s Doctor (color)

01:00p
The Newlywed Game (color)

01:30p
The Dating Game (color)

02:00p
General Hospital (color)

02:30p
One Life to Live (color)

03:00p
Dark Shadows (color)

03:30p
Movie – “The Belle of New York” (color)

05:00p
ABC Evening News with Frank Reynolds (color)

05:30p
News, Paul Harvey (local) (color)

Evening


06:00p
Truth or Consequences (color)

06:30p
The Avengers (color)

07:30p
Peyton Place (color)

08:00p
The Outcasts (color)

09:00p
The Big Valley (color)

10:00p
News, Paul Harvey (local) (color)

10:30p
Joey Bishop (guests Art Linkletter, Peggy Lee, Roy Clark, Grady Tate, the Turtles” (color)

12:00a
News (local)

Dick Cavett's morning show, which has largely been forgotten in favor of his late-night program, is, I think, a cut or two (or seven or eight) above the kind of chick chat show that dominates daytime television today. Though he probably had a predominantly female audience (as the presence of educational psychologist Haim Ginott would suggest), his Thursday show with Otto Preminger and Sir Edmund Hillary would indicate he wanted his viewers to think, as well.


KDPS, Channel 11 (Des Moines) (NET)

Afternoon


03:00p
KaDiPus (color)

04:00p
KaDiPus (color)

05:00p
KaDiPus (color)

Evening


06:00p
What’s New

06:30p
Going Places

07:00p
Skiing (color)

07:30p
Glory Trail

08:00p
NET Journal (color)

09:00p
Heart Program (special) (color)

Had I not found this, I never would have known how KaDiPus was actually spelled.


WHO, Channel 13 (Des Moines) (NBC)

Morning


07:00a
Today (color)

09:00a
Snap Judgment  (guests Alan Alda, Estelle Parsons) (col0r)

09:25a
NBC News (Nancy Dickerson) (color)

09:30a
Concentration (color)

10:00a
Personality (panel Hugh O’Brian, Betsy Palmer, Nipsey Russell, Pearl Bailey) (color)

10:30a
The Hollywood Squares (panel Kaye Ballard, Wally Cox, Gypsy Rose Lee, Paul Lynde, Rose Marie, Greg Morris, Jan Murray, Charley Weaver, Gig Young) (color)

11:00a
Jeopardy (color)

11:30a
Eye Guess (color)

11:55a
NBC News (color)

Afternoon


12:00p
News (local) (color)

12:15p
Cartoons (color)

12:30p
Movie – “The Milkman”

01:30p
Pat Valentine (color)

02:00p
Another World (color)

02:30p
You Don’t Say! (guests Richard Deacon, Herb Rudley) (color)

03:00p
The Match Game (guests Lauren Bacall, Patrick O’Neal) (color)

03:25p
News (local) (color)

03:30p
Floppy (color)

04:00p
Movie – “Good Morning, Miss Dove” (color)

05:00p
Birthday Party

05:15p
People in Today’s News

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

Evening


06:00p
News (local) (color)

06:30p
I Dream of Jeannie (color)

07:00p
Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In (guests Victor Borge, the Banana Splits) (color)

08:00p
Monday Night at the Movies – “El Cid” (part 1) (color)

10:00p
News (local) (color)

10:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guests Phyllis Diller, Bob Crane, Darren McGavin, John Byner) (color)

WHO, one of the most famous local stations in American television, though perhaps its radio counterpart was even more famous. And as for one of its most famous alums, that person will be on the cover of the issue we look at next week. Any guesses as to "who" it is?


KVFD, Channel 21 (Fort Dodge) (NBC)

Morning


07:00a
Today (color)

09:00a
Snap Judgment  (guests Alan Alda, Estelle Parsons) (col0r)

09:25a
About Five

09:30a
Concentration (color)

10:00a
Personality (panel Hugh O’Brian, Betsy Palmer, Nipsey Russell, Pearl Bailey) (color)

10:30a
The Hollywood Squares (panel Kaye Ballard, Wally Cox, Gypsy Rose Lee, Paul Lynde, Rose Marie, Greg Morris, Jan Murray, Charley Weaver, Gig Young) (color)

11:00a
Jeopardy (color)

11:30a
Eye Guess (color)

11:55a
NBC News (color)

Afternoon


12:00p
News, Weather (local)

12:15p
Farm News

12:30p
Insight

01:00p
Golden Door

01:30p
Pop-Up Bingo

02:00p
Another World (color)

02:30p
You Don’t Say! (guests Richard Deacon, Herb Rudley) (color)

03:00p
The Match Game (guests Lauren Bacall, Patrick O’Neal) (color)

03:25p
News (local)

03:30p
Romper Room (Miss Janet)

04:00p
Eve’s Kitchen

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

Evening


06:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

06:30p
I Dream of Jeannie (color)

07:00p
Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In (guests Victor Borge, the Banana Splits) (color)

08:00p
Monday Night at the Movies – “El Cid” (part 1) (color)

10:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

10:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guests Phyllis Diller, Bob Crane, Darren McGavin, John Byner) (color)

It's comforting that when you can search the Internet and find a picture like this, from Eve's Kitchen, you know that there really are very few parts of American television history that are completely forgotten.


11 comments:

  1. Congressman Powell was married to the great Hazel Scott for 15 years, until 1960. Long enough for me to put him in the "lucky &*^%" category. :-)

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  2. - Personality, the NBC morning game show:

    The first three named guests were the panelists; the fourth was filmed in advance, asked questions about life, work, and like that there.
    The filmed guest was shown getting a question, and then the panelists were given three possible answers; they had to guess which answer the filmed guest (in this case Pearl Bailey) had given.
    The filmed guest changed each day; take a look at who was on Tuesday's show.

    Personality's emcee was Larry Blyden, who had been a rising star in theater and live TV as far back as the '50s. This was his first regular stint as a game show host; a few years later, Blyden took over the syndicated What's My Line?, prolonging that show's run by several years.
    Blyden was about to start up another Goodson-Todman game (can't recall the name) when he was killed in an auto crash just prior to the start-up of production.

    Why I brought this up:
    Recently, I acquired a couple of books by a man named Adam Bedeff.
    These are biographies of Bill Cullen and Gene Rayburn, lengthy and quite detailed.
    Both these men came to known as Game Show Guys, to the exclusion of anything else they ever did in their careers.
    The biographies call to attention profound differences between the two men.
    Bill Cullen didn't mind being a Game Show Guy at all - he actually kind of reveled in it.
    Gene Rayburn, on the other hand, had ambitions beyond this - he had extensive experience as an actor on stage. Among other things, Rayburn took over Dick Van Dyke's role in the Broadway cast of Bye Bye Birdie when Van Dyke left to start the TV series in '61 - and got rave reviews for his efforts.
    But that was New York only; to the rest of the USA Gene was the Game Show Guy and always would be.
    He didn't really mind it all that much - it paid well, and enabled him to draw well when he would appear in plays all over the country during down time from the games - but deep down, it did bug him a bit that Game Show Guy was all that "critics" knew him for.
    Rayburn was not alone in this feeling - the book quotes Orson Bean as saying that many New York theater people's stage credits got ignored by snoots who only knew what they saw on TV (he mentioned Peggy Cass as another victim of this snobbery).
    How this applies to Larry Blyden:
    He definitely fell into the latter class: a lifetime of stage and live TV experience went by the wayside as Blyden became more and more a Game Show Guy. Had he lived, who knows what opportunities he might have had to break away from it ... or how many more he might have been denied because he was a Game Show Guy.
    As stated above, Bill Cullen loved being a Game Show Guy - working with civilian contestants, playing off celebrities, ad-libbing big laugh lines, lots of free time for friends and hobbies ...
    ... nice work if you can get it, and Cullen had no burning ambitions beyond that. Good for him.
    Gene Rayburn, Larry Blyden, Orson Bean, Peggy Cass ... and you can add any number of other names to this list (if you're inclined to look them up).
    People with major talents and abilities, getting the most recognition for what might be considered the least of them - at least by those who are (wrongly) considered authorities.
    Life is unfair, ain't it?

    That turned into more of a polemic than I'd planned.
    I had also wanted to mention that Victor Borge's appearance on Laugh-In was hardly the anomaly that you make it out to be.
    Laugh-In was the sought-after guest shot in '68. That Victor Borge scored a full-scale appearance (as opposed to quick-shot cameos) was a sign of importance - both his and the show's.

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    1. Larry Blyden also starred on two episodes of "Twilight Zone", one of them with Sebastian Cabot as his "guardian angel", and he also starred in an episode of "Thriller".

      The Goodson-Todman game show that Larry Blyden was about to host when he died was "Showoffs". He appeared on the pilot, but since he died before it became a daytime game show (on ABC), Bobby Van (who also died too young, in his case of brain cancer) took over as host. I have an episode of this one in my tape collection (It's probably on You Tube by now also.), and I think I remember seeing it back in 1975 also. Four celebrities would team up with a civilian partner for a game of Charades. There was a Red team and a Blue team, the celebrities and civilians in uniforms of these colors. The uniforms also noted which team was red & blue in writing on the uniforms for those poor souls (like my family) who still had to get by with B&W tv in 1975.

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    2. Showoffs became Body Language in the 80's and was hosted by Tom Kennedy

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  3. My guess this weekend that this TV Guide was from Iowa was correct. I have a copy of the third issue of TV Guide, and it was from this same area, franchised to TV Guide nationally but still owned locally in Davenport, IA, for a short time until TV Guide bought the edition.

    I've read that which cities are the Quad Cities depend on which state you live in. For those from Illinois (and the Quad Cities as I originally knew them), the Quad Cities are (in no particular order) Rock Island, Moline & W. Moline, IL, and Davenport, IA. For those from Iowa the Quad Cities are Davenport & Bettendorf, IA, and Rock Island & Moline, IL.

    It's Adam Nedeff who wrote the Cullen & Rayburn bios. I've been aware of his game show page and Bill Cullen tribute page for years, ever since we were both game show tape traders. Bill Cullen was strictly a game show host (and also host of NBC Radio's long-time talk show, Monitor), but other hosts like Gene Rayburn, Allen Ludden, and Bert Convy acted as well as hosting game shows. Gene Rayburn did make a filmed guest appearance on Love Boat once, playing a love interest for frequent MG panelist Fannie Flagg of all people, but her little dog got in the way of their potential romance.

    I love that the 2 tv husbands of "The Mothers-in-Law" were the guest celebrities on "You Don't Say!" this week. Richard Deacon replaced Roger C. Carmel in the 2nd & final season of that sitcom, to that series' detriment (in the opinion of most people). He was thought by many (including me) as being miscast in the role that Carmel had made so unique.

    NBC was about to lose "Let's Make a Deal" to ABC a month after this issue, and ABC put it in the same timeslot where NBC had it. After this move, NBC fell to last place in daytime, eventually cancelling "You Don't Say!", "Personality", the original "Match Game", and "Eye Guess" the next September.

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    1. I was going to correct my error about Adam Nedeff (my bookshelf is across the room from my computer), but I see that Jon H beat me to it, so thanx to him for that.

      My friend Max Allan Collins comes from the QC area, specifically Muscatine IA, just down the river. He's still there, with his wife Barb, writing great mystery novels (separately and together) and making the occasional independent film (Mommy and its sequel).
      Max told me once that his part of Iowa didn't have an ABC affiliate until he was in junior high school - this would have been the early '60s.
      I don't know if Max knows about this site. Since he posts every Tuesday, I think that when I look in on his site today I'll tell him about this post of yours.
      You may hear from him shortly (if he's not busy with another novel, that is ...).

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    2. Mike,
      I had no idea you knew Max Allan Collins. I must admit I'm not as familiar with his writing as I would like, but I very much enjoy what he's done, both with Mickey Spillane and on his own, on the Mike Hammer books. I thought his introduction to the Hammer collection was particularly good; were I not already a Hammer fan it would have made me want to become one, and as it is it made me want to know more about him. A very good job for an introduction.

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    3. Jon, I was going to answer you on Monday that you were indeed right about Iowa, but before I had a chance to complete my thought Monday had turned to Tuesday, and you were going to find out anyway! Well done!

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    4. Thanks, Mitchell. I also am pretty sure I know who the famous announcer is from WHO radio (and also sometimes broadcast on WOC, Davenport), and from this I can guess which TV Guide you'll be reviewing this coming weekend.

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      That WHO employee was Ronald Reagan, so you'll probably be reviewing the issue of November 22, 1958, which features Ronald & Nancy Reagan on the cover, who were appearing that week in GE Theater. I'll leave the details about that episode to your post this coming Saturday. That episode was rerun in May 1960, so I read about it in an old TV Guide issue that I acquired from that week back in the 80s, and I thought it was a funny episode title, given the job he'd assumed by then.

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    5. Not long ago, I was looking up some older posts of yours, and my replies to same.
      Among other things, I found that I'd mentioned my acquaintance with Max Allan Collins on at least two prior occasions (possibly three - I didn't hit all of them), going back a couple of years. I may or may not have mentioned Max's status as a New York Times Bestselling Author TM, but I did plug my friend.
      My sortie among your ruins happened before your just-posted reply; what I noticed mainly is that your short-term memory is even worse than mine, if such a thing is possible.
      It might not be a bad idea to go back and check some of your earlier posts, just to see if you're repeating yourself ...

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