August 22, 2016

What's on TV? Thursday, August 26, 1971

Although we've been in Ohio before (namely, Cincinnati), this is, I believe, the first time we've made a trip to the state's other two population centers: Cleveland and Columbus. I'm still not quite sure I chose the right day and stations to spotlight; there's some quirkiness that I'll point out in due course, but otherwise it's a pretty normal day. Not that normal isn't good. Not at all.

One final note: TV Guide is still indicating what shows are being broadcast in color, despite the fact almost all of them are. This will soon change, and they will simply identify the shows that are in B&W. For my own convenience, I've chosen to accelerate the schedule a bit, so I'm only indicating the B&W shows as well. But then I always ahead of my time.    



WKYC, Channel 3 (Cleveland) (NBC)

Morning


06:20a
Farm Report

06:25a
Education Exchange

06:55a
What’s Doing?

07:00a
Today (guest Louis Russell)

09:00a
Mike Douglas (guests Ted Mack, Larry Storch, Linda Bennett, Harold Streitfield

10:30a
Concentration

11:00a
Sale of the Century

11:30a
The Hollywood Squares (guests Stu Gilliam, Janet Leigh, Rose Marie, Kent McCord, Bobby Morse, Jan Murray, Karen Valentine, Paul Lynde, Charley Weaver)

Afternoon


12:00p
Jeopardy

12:30p
The Who, What or Where Game

12:55p
NBC News (Floyd Kalber)

01:00p
Dinah’s Place (guest Graham Kerr)

01:30p
Three on a Match

02:00p
Days of our Lives

02:30p
The Doctors

03:00p
Another World

03:30p
Bright Promise

04:00p
Somerset

04:30p
Movie – “Posse From Hell”

Evening


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

06:30p
NBC Nightly News (John Chancellor)

07:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

07:30p
NBC Action Playhouse

08:30p
Ironside

09:30p
Adam-12

10:00p
Powder Room (special)

10:30p
What’s Up? (special)

11:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

11:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guest host Joey Bishop)

Now that Joey Bishop's ABC talk show has ended, he can go back to where he really belongs: as the semi-permanent guest host for Johnny Carson. Powder Room is a pilot for a series, much like Love, American Style in that it tells multiple separate short stories in each episode. It's introduced by Dean Martin, who probably spent about as much time on this as he did rehearsing his own show - in other words, none at all.



WLWC, Channel 4 (Columbus) (NBC)

Morning


06:00a
Sunrise Seminar

06:30a
Columbus Today

07:00a
Today (guest Louis Russell)

09:00a
Paul Dixon

10:30a
Phil Donahue

11:30a
The Hollywood Squares (guests Stu Gilliam, Janet Leigh, Rose Marie, Kent McCord, Bobby Morse, Jan Murray, Karen Valentine, Paul Lynde, Charley Weaver)

Afternoon


12:00p
Bob Braun’s 50-50 Club (guest Bill Bixby)

01:30p
Three on a Match

02:00p
Days of our Lives

02:30p
The Doctors

03:00p
Another World

03:30p
Bright Promise

04:00p
Somerset

04:30p
To Be Announced

05:30p
Dragnet (B&W)

Evening


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

06:30p
NBC Nightly News (John Chancellor)

07:00p
Please Don’t Eat the Daisies

07:30p
NBC Action Playhouse

08:30p
Ironside

09:30p
Adam-12

10:00p
Powder Room (special)

10:30p
What’s Up? (special)

11:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

11:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guest host Joey Bishop)

Following Powder Room at 10:30 is What's Up?, another failed pilot, this time hosted by Jackie Cooper. I love how these failed pilots are always repackaged into some kind of Summer Playhouse or other "special." True, some of them are better than the ones that made it to the network schedules, but most of them leave you scratching your head and wondering what they were thinking.



WEWS, Channel 5 (Cleveland) (ABC)

Morning


08:00a
Romper Room

08:30a
Girlwatch

08:55a
News (local)

09:00a
Dialing for Dollars

10:00a
The Galloping Gourmet

10:30a
The Beverly Hillbillies

11:00a
Family Affair

11:30a
That Girl

Afternoon


12:00p
Bewitched

12:30p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

01:00p
All My Children

01:30p
Let’s Make a Deal

02:00p
The Newlywed Game

02:30p
The Dating Game

03:00p
General Hospital

03:30p
One Life to Live

04:00p
Password (Panelists Juliet Mills, Marty Allen)

04:30p
Run For Your Life

05:30p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

Evening


06:00p
David Frost (guests Margaret (Mrs. John) McNamara, Norm Crosby, Alejandro Rey, Trish Van Devere, Al Hibbler, Bobby Gosh)

07:30p
Alias Smith and Jones

08:30p
Bewitched

09:00p
Make Room for Granddaddy

09:30p
Engelbert Humperdinck (guests Lena Horne, Joel Gray, Trisha Noble, Vanity Fare) (special)

10:30p
This Is Your Life

11:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

11:30p
Dick Cavett

01:00a
U.S. Navy

Engelbert Humperdinck, who tried and failed to follow in Tom Jones' footsteps as the next successful British import, nonetheless has had a long and reasonably successful career. This special (in reality a rerun of a show from his ABC series run) preempts Dan August, as you can see over at WTVN. I don't know if WEWS did this on a regular basis, but considering Dan August is airing the infamous "last show of the series," I wouldn't be surprised.



WTVN, Channel 6 (Columbus) (ABC)

Morning


07:00a
Facts and Opinion

07:15a
News, Weather, Sports (local)

07: 45a
Fennimore’s Fables

08:00a
Romper Room

08:30a
Fennimore’s Fables

09:00a
David Frost (guests Margaret (Mrs. John) McNamara, Norm Crosby, Alejandro Rey, Trish Van Devere, Al Hibbler, Bobby Gosh)

10:30a
Mantrap

11:00a
News, Weather, Sports (local)

11:20p
Lucille Rivers

11:30a
That Girl

Afternoon


12:00p
Bewitched

12:30p
Love, American Style

01:00p
All My Children

01:30p
Let’s Make a Deal

02:00p
Virginia Graham (guests Barbara Eden and Michael Ansara, Lou Rawls, Margo Coleman)

03:00p
General Hospital

03:30p
One Life to Live

04:00p
The Galloping Gourmet

04:30p
Huckleberry Hound/Yogi Bear

05:00p
I Love Lucy (B&W)

05:30p
The Big Valley

Evening


06:30p
Truth or Consequences

07:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

07:30p
Alias Smith and Jones

08:30p
Bewitched

09:00p
Make Room for Granddaddy

09:30p
Dan August (last show of the series)

10:30p
NFL Action

11:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

11:30p
Dick Cavett

I wrote about NFL Action on Saturday; that show does bring back some good memories. Frank Sinatra is the special guest on Danny Thomas' Make Room For Granddaddy, which undoubtedly brought back memories of the original Make Room For Daddy - not enough, alas, for the show to run more than a single season.



WJW, Channel 8 (Cleveland) (CBS)

Morning


06:20a
News (local)

06:30a
Summer Semester (New Science)

07:00a
CBS Morning News With John Hart

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
Cartoons

10:00a
The Edge of Night

11:30a
Here’s Lucy

Afternoon


12:00p
News (local)

12:30p
Search For Tomorrow

01:00p
Love of Life

01:30p
As the World Turns

02:00p
Love is a Many Splendored Thing

02:30p
The Guiding Light

03:00p
Adventure Road

03:50p
News (local)

04:00p
Gomer Pyle, USMC

04:30p
Merv Griffin (guest host TBA)

Evening


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

06:30p
CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite

07:00p
Truth or Consequences

07:30p
Family Affair

08:00p
Lancer

09:00p
Movie – “The Frozen Dead”

11:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

11:40p
Movie Double Feature – “Young Mr. Lincoln” (B&W), “Scarlet Angel”

I never realized there was so much competition for the summer educational dollar. We've seen Continental Classroom many times in the past, and there's the venerable Summer Semester, the summer version of Sunrise Semester, listed here and at WBSN; earlier, on WKYC, there was a program called Sunrise Seminar. Now, unless this is a typo (and it isn't; I checked some alternate listings), it's yet another morning classroom show. Maybe it was local, from Ohio State or something.


WBNS, Channel 10 (Columbus) (CBS)

Morning


06:00a
Summer Semester (New Science)

06:30a
Sacred Heart

06:45a
Farm Time

07:00a
Faith for Today

07: 30a
CBS Morning News with John Hart

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
Luci’s Toyshop

09:55a
I Believe

10:00a
Here’s Lucy

10:30a
Gomer Pyle, USMC

11:30a
Love of Life

Afternoon


12:00p
News (local)

12:30p
Search For Tomorrow

01:00p
Jury Trials

01:30p
As the World Turns

02:00p
Love is a Many Splendored Thing

02:30p
The Guiding Light

03:00p
The Secret Storm

03:30p
The Edge of Night

04:00p
Movie – “Meet Me at the Fair”

Evening


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

06:30p
CBS Evening News With Walter Cronkite

07:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

07:30p
Family Affair

08:00p
Lancer

09:00p
Movie – “The New Interns”

11:00p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

11:30p
Movie – “The Goddess” (B&W)

"The New Interns" appears to be the movie of choice on WBNS; the rest of the CBS nation is getting "The Frozen Dead." No idea if there's any significance to this at all, but Judith Crist did say that "The Frozen Dead" is "as professional as it is tasteless," for what that's worth. How on earth did Dana Andrews wind up in this? Don't tell me; it probably has to do with money.


WJAN, Channel 17 (Canton) (Ind.)

Afternoon


02:00p
Movie – “Welcome Stranger” (B&W)

04:00p
Milton the Milkman

Evening


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

06:30p
Town and Country

07:00p
Suspense Theatre

08:00p
Movie – “False Madonna” (B&W)

10:00p
Movie – “Road to Utopia” (B&W)

Canton, Ohio - home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I wouldn't call this a hall of fame lineup, with a sign-on at 2:00 p.m., but such is the life of a UHF station. You can read more about this interesting channel here.



WVIZ, Channel 25 (Cleveland) (PBS)

Afternoon


05:00p
Sesame Street

Evening


06:00p
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

06:30p
What’s New

07:00p
Tonight School

07:30p
Know Your Antiques

08:00p
Washington Week in Review

08:30p
NET Playhouse

10:00p
Evening at Pops (guest William F. Buckley Jr.)

On Saturday, we asked the question "is anyone watching public television?" These two stations demonstrate what a challenge that would have been. They're both UHF, they don't come on until after school (unless they provided classroom programming during the day), and they only stay on until about 11:00 p.m. On the other hand, it's likely a function of the limited PBS national schedule as much as anything.



WOSU, Channel 34 (Columbus) (PBS)

Afternoon


04:00p
Sesame Street

05:00p
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

05:30p
What’s New (B&W)

Evening


06:00p
Speaking Freely

07:00p
American Story Classics (B&W)

07:30p
Folk Guitar (B&W)

08:00p
Washington Week in Review

08:30p
NET Playhouse

10:00p
From Here to There

To add to what I wrote above, you can see that WOSU (broadcast from Ohio State) still has black-and-white programs on their schedule. The station lives on today; rest assured that their entire schedule is in color.



WUAB, Channel 43 (Cleveland) (Ind.)

Morning


10:50a
News (local)

11:00a
Small World

11:30a
Underdog

Afternoon


12:00p
Bugs Bunny

12:30p
The Barnaby Show

01:00p
Movie – “Navy Blues” (B&W)

02:50p
Lucille Rivers

03:00p
Abbott and Costello (B&W)

03:30p
Spiderman

04:00p
Superman

04:30p
Batman

05:00p
Gentle Ben

05:30p
Patty Duke (B&W)

Evening


06:00p
Beat the Clock (guest Anita Gillette)

06:30p
Flipper

07:00p
Gilligan’s Island

07:30p
The Wild Wild West

08:30p
Dragnet

09:00p
Movie – “The Garment Jungle” (B&W)

11:00p
Honey West

11:30p
Movie- “Wyoming Kid” (B&W)

Have you ever wondered who Lucille Rivers is? She's popped up in these listings many times over the years; today, she was on here at 2:50 p.m. with a ten-minute program, and she was also on earlier on WTVN. She was, in fact, a nationally syndicated writer on sewing, and her show was seen in 126 markets in the U.S. and another 23 in Canada. Why not read more about her by going here.



WKBF, Channel 61 (Cleveland) (Ind.)

Morning


10:30a
Newsroom

11:00a
Jack LaLanne

11:30a
Mr. Ed (B&W)

Afternoon


12:00p
Cartoons

01:00p
Movie – “Never Love a Stranger” (B&W)

03:00p
Kimba

03:30p
Huckleberry Hound

04:00p
The Flintstones

04:30p
The Addams Family (B&W)

05:00p
The Flintstones

05:30p
The Munsters (B&W)

Evening


06:00p
My Favorite Martian (B&W)

06:30p
I Love Lucy (B&W)

07:00p
McHale’s Navy (B&W)

07:30p
The Movie Game (guests Trevor Howard, Richard Deacon, Lee Grant, Peter Haskell, Louis Nye, Stefanie Powers)

08:00p
Movie – “Mogambo”

10:00p
Perry Mason

11:00p
Movie – “The Saracen Blade”

Not much to say about WKBF other than that this is a darn good independent lineup, one you could almost assemble intact today if you have the right DVD lineup.

6 comments:

  1. Rather easy one on that Mike Douglas listing(WKYC), can you pick out the only one still living from that day's show?

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    1. Just because I haven't heard of the others, I shouldn't assume they are dead--they could be younger than Larry.

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  2. Likely Andrews hadn't addressed his alcohol issues at the time of THE FROZEN DEAD...he did, and in fact was starring in the NBC soap opera BRIGHT PROMISE.

    And maybe WBNS was trying to get some possible synergy with the next evening's airing of the TV version (both theatrical movies are on the thru-line to the show, which was not returning for another season)

    Meanwhile, NBC ACTION PLAYHOUSE was in fact repeats of CHRYSLER THEATER episodes, with Bob Hope's introductions redone by a host of one of NBC's daytime game shows (I don't remember which one--other nights had an Adventure and a Comedy version with other MCs)

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  3. These PBS stations, which are pretty major stations in the network even given their in not the largest cities, were indeed running classroom programming in the mornings and afternoons. PBS was in its infancy at this point, and was just starting to build its eventual powerhouse lineup of children's series (where it would first be consistently competitive with the commercial nets)...note the well established NET PLAYHOUSE was still produced under that title, despite National Educational Television having been essentially supplanted by Nixon Administration maneuvering in causing the creation of PBS. In fact, 1971 might've been the year that such notable educational series as INSIDE OUT and RIPPLES were introduced...the first an international production, no less, with what has become as Last Little Net standing the PBS of Canada, TV Ontario.

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    1. Yikes. "They're" not "there" in the first sentence...

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  4. Commercial educational programming was part of the Public Service requirement for stations, then as (if more pro forma) now...the FCC was less about fines and more about pulling licenses in these years.

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