April 25, 2016

What's on TV? Wednesday, May 1, 1968

After a fairly lengthy break, we're back in the Twin Cities this week, and I for one am grateful for being able to look at the listings without needing a magnifying glass. There were interesting programs scattered throughout this week, most of which you read about on Saturday. Here's a look at what Wednesday had to offer.




KTCA, Channel 2 (NET)

Morning

09:00a
Classroom

10:25a
Film Short

10:40a
Classroom

11:15a
Film Short

11:30a
Cities of the World

Afternoon

12:00p
Film Feature

12:35p
Classroom

03:00p
Making Decisions

03:30p
Film Short

03:40p
Classroom

04:00p
The Teaching Role

04:30p
Continental Comment

05:00p
Kindergarten

05:30p
Teaching English

Evening


06:30p
Management Objectives

07:00p
Business Roundtable

07:30p
Inquiry

08:00p
To Be Announced

08:30p
American Social History

09:00p
Europe in the Mid-Sixties

10:00p
Student Symposium

The epitome of educational programming, don't you think? There are still programs such as NET Festival and NET Playhouse, but for the most part this is what KTCA showed back in the '60s.


WCCO, Channel 4 (CBS)

Morning

06:00a
Sunrise Semester (color)

06:30a
Siegfried and His Flying Saucer (color)

07:00a
Clancy & Carmen (color)

07:30a
Clancy & Willie (color)

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo (color)

09:00a
Live Today (color)

09:05a
Merv Griffin (guests Xavier Cugat and Charo, Larry Blyden, Ronnie Martin, Lovelace Watkins) (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 (Dean Montgomery) (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 Bobby Riha) (color)

02:00p
To Tell the Truth (color)

02:25p
CBS News (Douglas Edwards) (color)

02:30p
The Edge of Night (color)

03:00p
The Secret Storm (color)

03:30p
The Beverly Hillbillies

04:00p
Mike Douglas (co-host Michael Landon, Tony Bennett, Rick Little, Wes Montgomery) (color)

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

Evening


06:00p
News (Dave Moore) (color)

06:15p
Weather (Bud Kraehling) (color)

06:20p
Sports (Hal Scott) (color)

06:30p
Lost in Space (color)

07:30p
The Beverly Hillbillies (color)

08:00p
Green Acres (color)

08:30p
He & She (color)

09:00p
Dom DeLuise (guest Susan Barrett) (debut) (color)

10:00p
The Scene Tonight (color)

10:45p
Movie – “Congo Crossing” (color)

CBS has an interesting prime-time lineup, don't you think? The corny Lost in Space, the rural comedies Beverly Hillbillies and Green Acres, the stylish He & She (starring real-life marrieds Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss), which many have seen as a kind of prototype for Mary Tyler Moore's program, and Dom DeLuise in a summer replacement variety show. To the extent that CBS was able to hold the viewers through all those different shows, it demonstrates how different programming was, when you could schedule for a broad audience.


KSTP, Channel 5 (NBC) 

Morning

06:15a
David Stone

06:30a
City and Country (color)

07:00a
Today (guests bullfighter Conchita Cintron, author John Fuller)

09:00a
Snap Judgment (guests Sheila MacRae, Flip Wilson) (color)

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

09:30a
Concentration (color)

10:00a
Personality (guests William Shatner, Peter Fonda, Joan Fontaine, Rod Serling (color)

10:30a
The Hollywood Squares (guests Jim Backus, Shelley Berman, Judy Carne, John Gary, June Lockhart, Morey Amsterdam, Wally Cox, Rose Marie, Charley Weaver) (color)

11:00a
Jeopardy (color)

11:30a
Eye Guess (color)

11:55a
NBC News (Edwin Newman) (color)

Afternoon

12:00p
News (Gene Berry) (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! (guests Vincent Price, Betty White) (color)

03:00p
The Match Game (guests Gordon MacRae, Jessica Walter) (color)

03:25p
NBC News (Floyd Kalber) (color)

03:30p
Dialing for Dollars (color)

04:30p
Of Lands and Seas (color)

05:25p
News (Gene Barry)

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

Evening


06:00p
News (Bob Ryan) (color)

06:15p
Weather (Johnny Morris) (color)

06:20p
Sports (Al Tighe) (color)

06:30p
The Virginian (color)

08:00p
Kraft Music Hall (host Eddy Arnold, guests Margaret Whiting, the Everly Brothers, the Montford Mission, Mark Wilson, John Byner) (color)

09:00p
Run For Your Life (color)

10:00p
News (John MacDougall) (color)

10:15p
Weather (Johnny Morris) (color)

10:20p
Sports (Al Tighe) (color) 

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

12:00a
Henry Wolf (guests Met Opera quizmaster Edward Downes, Rev. Gioele Settembrini) (color)

When Kraft Music Hall was on the radio, its longtime host was singer Bing Crosby; when the program made the move to television in 1958, its first host was Milton Berle. From 1959 to 1967 the host was Perry Como, but by 1968 the show had moved to a series of rotating hosts. This week we see Eddy Arnold hosting the subtitled "Country Fair" segment, which focused (not surprisingly) on Country music. This one is really more of a pop crossover program, but even though I'm not much of a Country fan, I always found Eddy Arnold, who often wore a tuxedo when performing, to be extremely stylish.


KMSP, Channel 9 )ABC)

Morning

07:30a
77 Sunset Strip

08:30a
Wedding Party (color)

09:00a
Romper Room (color)

09:30a
Dick Cavett (guests Mort Sahl, Kenneth Tynan) (color)

11:00a
Bewitched

11:30a
Treasure Isle (color)

Afternoon

12:00p
Dream House (color)

12:30p
News (Jerry Smith) (color)

01:00p
The Newlywed Game (color)

01:30p
The Baby Game (color)

01:55p
The Children’s Doctor (color)

02:00p
General Hospital (color)

02:30p
Dark Shadows (color)

03:00p
The Dating Game (color)

03:30p
Movie – “The Well”

04:55p
News (Jerry Smith) (color)

05:00p
ABC Evening News with Bob Young (color)

05:30p
McHale’s Navy

Evening


06:00p
Truth or Consequences (color)

06:30p
The Avengers (color)

07:30p
Leslie Uggams (guests Robert Morse, Noel Harrison, the Young Rascals) (special) (color)

08:30p
Movie – “Paths of Glory”

10:00p
News (Bill Fahan/Jim Steer) (color)

10:25p
Sports (Tony Parker) (color)

10:30p
Joey Bishop (guests Ross Martin, Henny Youngman, Jerry Butler) (color)

12:00a
Naked City

Following the mixed success of the United Nations dramas sponsored by Xerox, the socially-conscious company moved on to sponsor other specials they considered socially relevant. Tonight, it's a special broadcast of the brilliant anti-war movie "Paths of Glory," directed by Stanley Kubrick and starring Kirk Douglas. Not only is it a rare offering in prime time of a black-and-white movie, it is presented without commercial interruption. Coming at the height of the Vietnam War, the message passed on by Xerox was unmistakable.


WTCN, Channel 11 (Ind.)

Morning

08:40a
News (Gil Amundson)

08:45a
The King and Odie

09:00a
Sea Hunt

09:30a
Bill Burrud

10:00a
Woody Woodbury (guests Buddy Ebsen, Cesare Danova, Dana Valerie, the Pair Extraordinaire) (color)

11:30a
News (Gil Amundson/Warren Martin)

Afternoon

12:00p
Lunch With Casey

01:00p
Movie – “Vengeance of Ursus”

02:30p
Mel’s Notebook

03:00p
Virginia Graham (guests Betty Walker, E47lsa Lanchester, Diana Sands) (color)

03:30p
Patty Duke

04:00p
Popeye and Pete

04:30p
Casey and Roundhouse

05:00p
The Flintstone (color)

05:30p
Gilligan’s Island

Evening


06:00p
The Twilight Zone

06:30p
Harmon Killebrew (color)

06:40p
Halsey Hall (color)

06:55p
Baseball (Minnesota vs. Detroit) (color)

10:00p
Baseball Scoreboard (time approximate)

10:15p
News, Weather, Sports

10:30p
Movie – “Texas” (time approximate)

Here's a typical summertime lineup for WTCN, with the Minnesota Twins taking center stage. In 1967 the Twins had battled down to the last day of the American League season before winding up in a tie for second place with the Tigers, one game behind the Boston Red Sox. This year the Twins never quite get it going, and the Tigers romp to the AL pennant before rallying to defeat the St. Louis Cardinals in the World Series. The pre-game shows consist of a ten-minute program hosted by Twins star Harmon Killebrew interviewing a fellow player, followed by legendary local broadcaster Halsey Hall talking about the lead-in to the game. Following the action, WTCN sports director Frank Beutel (who also does basketball and hockey play-by-play for the station) brings us the scores from around the league. I used to wait for that scoreboard show; before things like ESPN and the internet, it was the only way to find out what else was going on.

1 comment:

  1. Odds & Ends (and some of them are odd indeed):

    - Dom DeLuise's show was produced by Jackie Gleason's company, to be Gleason's summer replacement.
    CBS decided to switch it to Wednesdays, and give Gleason's Saturday hour to The Prisoner; nobody knows exactly why.
    Think about it - wouldn't DeLuise's comedy been a better choice for early evening family time? And wouldn't Patrick McGoohan's allegory been better suited to a late evening time slot?
    One of the mysteries ...

    - Kraft Music Hall had a curious history during the post-Perry Como period.
    From '67 on, during the regular season KMH was a kind of revue anthology: different show each week.
    During the summer months, KMH would schedule regular star-driven series: Eddy Arnold's County Fair was one such series (it might have been a "backdoor pilot").
    Mid-summer, County Fair gave way to Vaudeville '68, hosted by Ed McMahon (possibly with the same plan).
    In the next two years, KMH sent its summer show to Britain, and the hosting duties to Des O'Connor, one of England's most popular entertainers (as he is to this day).
    Any or all of these could conceivably have taken in the USA, but for whatever reasons, none did. Them's the breaks ...

    Off-topic:
    - At the Windy City Pulp & Paper convention this past weekend, I picked up a few items of interest (or maybe curiosity).
    In the 1963 and 1964 seasons, two networks attempted anthology series based on American history
    In 1963, CBS aired The Great Adventure, which told various stories about famous people and incidents in history.
    This was an ambitious (and expensive) show; John Houseman was the initial producer, and Van Heflin was engaged to narrate the episodes.
    Not long into the season, the money crunch came; Houseman was out, replaced by CBS staffers, and Van Heflin gave way to Russell Johnson (pre-Gilligan's), but the series was still pretty good; our family always watched it on Fridays on channel 2 (followed by Route 66, Twilight Zone,, and Alfred Hitchcock - and CBS dropped all of them that spring).
    The following season, '64, NBC ran Profiles In Courage, based on John Kennedy's Pulitzer-winning book.
    This show didn't get on until November, and then in a early-Sunday time slot (5:30 pm Central).
    The deal for the show was made while JFK was still alive, and was known to be running for reelection in '64; the premiere would be delayed until after the election (and I ask you to remember that JFK's reelection was hardly the slam-dunk that current popular belief holds).
    Profiles, the book, was mainly concerned with U. S. Senators.
    To bring the series up to a full 26-episode season, JFK and his #1 man Ted Sorenson added a number of other Americans to the list.
    After JFK's death, NBC decided to go ahead with the series, sticking to the November premiere plan, with no plans beyond the 26-episode run (On Sunday afternoons, it likely wouldn't be a smash anyway ...)

    My point in bringing these shows up her:
    At the WCP&PC, I was able to procure C2C DVDs of both of these shows (neither of which has been given a commercial release - although both should).
    I found them both at Martin Grams's table, aka Finders Keepers Video.
    (You know - over on your sidebar.)
    There are only six episodes on the Great Adventure DVD, which look like crap, but apparently this was all anybody could find of the show, so there you are.
    Profiles In Courage, on the other hand - all 26 episodes, in fairish condition (at least better than the Great Adventures). A bit pricey (scarcity does that to prices), but definitely worth the dough.
    Just go to Martin Grams's website, link to Finders Keepers, and you should find these (and lots of other stuff ...).

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Thanks for writing! Drive safely!