August 1, 2016

What's on TV? Thursday, July 31, 1975

Back we are to the Twin Cities, and although we looked at this issue a few years ago, this is the first time we've given it the "What's on TV" treatment. Between the shows themselves and the names of the guests on them, this is thoroughly '70s, isn't it?




KTCA, Channel 2 (PBS)

Afternoon

02:00p
Quality of Urban Life

03:30p
The Way It Was

04:00p
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood

04:30p
Sesame Street

05:30p
The Electric Company

Evening


06:00p
Spanish II

06:30p
Jean Shepherd’s America

07:00p
Evening at Pops (guest Chet Atkins)

08:00p
To Be Announced

08:30p
New Zoo Revue

09:00p
Book Beat

09:30p
Yard and Garden

10:00p
Lifeway Leap

10:30p
Evening Edition with Martin Agronsky

Channel 2 has a limited programming schedule during the summer, while school is out. You can see the seeds of PBS' very successful daytime children's programming, what with Mister Rogers, Sesame Street, and The Electric Company. In the evening there was Evening at Pops and Jean Shepherd's America. Those were the days, weren't they?


WCCO, Channel 4 (CBS)

Morning

05:30a
Summer Semester – The Web of Population

06:00a
CBS Morning News with Hughes Rudd

07:00a
Carmen

07:30p
Clancy and Willie

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
Spin-Off

09:30a
Gambit

10:00a
Tattletales (celebrities Altovise and Sammy Davis Jr., Adrienne Barbeau 
and Michael Malone)

10:30a
Love of Life 

10:55a
Live Today

11:00a
The Young and the Restless

11:30a
Search for Tomorrow

Afternoon

12:00p
Midday

12:30p
As the World Turns

01:00p
The Guiding Light

01:30p
The Edge of Night

02:00p
The Price is Right

02:30p
Match Game ’75 (panelists Kate Jackson, Avery Schreiber, Fannie Flagg, 
Brett Somers)

03:00p
Musical Chairs (celebrities Kelly Garrett, Alice Playten, The Tokens)

03:30p
Movie – “The Long, Long Trailer”

05:30p
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite

Evening


06:00p
The Scene Tonight

06:30p
Bobby Goldsboro

07:00p
The Waltons

08:00p
Movie – “The Lion”

10:00p
News (local)

10:50p
Movie – “The Cobweb”

01:00a
Movie – “Tip on a Dead Jockey” (B&W)

For some reason, Channel 4 chose to pass up CBS' Thursday Night Movie, "The FBI Story: Alvin Karpis" in favor of its own movie, "The Lion." Not sure why this was, as the material itself couldn't have been particularly objectionable. I'd have to look at some additional listings from this part of 1975 to see if it was a regular practice by WCOO; likely it had something to do with increasing their own ad revenue.


KSTP, Channel 5 (NBC)

Morning

06:00a
Minnesota Today

06:30a
Not For Women Only

07:00a
Today (guests LA Gov. Edwin Edwards, New Orleans Mayor Moon 
Landrieu)

09:00a
Celebrity Sweepstakes (panelists Anne Meara, Clifton Davis, Steve Forrest, 
Dan Rowan, Jan Murray)

09:30a
Wheel of Fortune

10:00a
High Rollers

10:30a
The Hollywood Squares (celebrities Bob Monkhouse, Pearl Bailey, Robert 
Blake, Sandy Duncan, McLean Stevenson, Charo)

11:00a
The Magnificent Marble Machine (celebrities Adrienne Barbeau, Jimmie 
Walker)

11:30a
Jackpot!

11:55a
NBC News (Edwin Newman)

Afternoon

12:00p
News (local)

12:10p
Take Five

12:25p
Take Kerr

12:30p
Days of Our Lives

01:30p
The Doctors

02:00p
Another World

03:00p
Somerset

03:30p
Dick Van Dyke (B&W)

04:00p
The Mod Squad

05:00p
Hogan’s Heroes

05:30p
NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor

Evening


06:00p
News (local)

06:30p
Bowling for Dollars

07:00p
Gladys Knight and the Pips (guests Whitman Mayo, Charles Nelson Reilly, 
Ben Vereen)

08:00p
Movie – “Flight from Ashiya”

10:00p
News (local)

10:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guest host McLean Stevenson)

12:00a
Tomorrow

Gladys Knight and the Pips was, as I mentioned Saturday, part of a trend among the networks to substitute several limited series for one long summer replacement. Next week, Gladys will be replaced by an equally limited-run series starring Ben Vereen, a really great entertainer and Tony Award winner who won't become really well-known to the viewing public until his unforgettable performance as Chicken George in Roots.


KMSP, Channel 9 (ABC)

Morning

07:00a
A.M. America

09:00a
Dinah! (guests Carl Reiner, Frankie Valli, Lonnie Shorr, Tim Gallwey)

10:00a
You Don’t Say! (panelists Abby Dalton, Pat Harrington, Linda Kaye 
Henning, Alex Karras)

10:30a
The Brady Bunch

11:00a
Showoffs (guests Richard Dawson, Lorna Luft, Ron Masak, Udana Power)

11:30a
All My Children

Afternoon

12:00p
Ryan’s Hope

12:30p
Let’s Make a Deal

01:00p
The $10,000 Pyramid (celebrities Jerry Stiller, June Lockhart)

01:30p
Rhyme and Reason (celebrities Jack Carter, Della Reese, Dick Clark, 
Nipsey Russell, Conny Van Dyke)

02:00p
General Hospital

02:30p
One Life to Live

03:00p
To Tell the Truth (panelists Kitty Carlisle, Bill Cullen, Peggy Cass, 
Joe Garagiola)

03:30p
Mike Douglas (co-host Roger Miller, guests Anthony Perkins, Elke 
Sommer, Fred Travelena, Andy Kim, Terri McGinnis)

05:00p
News (local)

05:30p
ABC Evening News with Howard K. Smith and Harry Reasoner

Evening


06:00p
Truth or Consequences

06:30p
Treasure Hunt

07:00p
Almost Anything Goes (debut)

08:00p
Movie – “Smile, Jenny, You’re Dead”

10:00p
News (local)

10:30p
Good Night, America

12:00a
Movie – “The Sun Also Rises” (conclusion)

01:00a
News (local)

"Smile, Jenny, You're Dead" is the pilot for Harry-O, which normally airs in part of that time slot. It's ironic that two of David Janssen's series after The Fugitive were called Harry-O and O'Hara, don't you think? Or maybe not.


WTCN, Channel 11 (Ind.)

Morning

06:30a
What’s New?

07:00a
New Zoo Revue

07:30p
Popeye and Porky

09:00a
The Flintstones

09:30a
I Dream of Jeannie

10:00a
Father Knows Best (B&W)

10:30a
Andy Griffith

11:00a
The Lucy Show

11:30a
What’s New?

Afternoon

12:30p
That Girl

01:00p
Movie – “Tiger by the Tail”

03:00p
Underdog

03:30p
Bewitched

04:00p
The Flintstones

04:30p
Gentle Ben

05:00p
The Mickey Mouse Club (B&W)

05:30p
Star Trek

Evening


06:30p
Andy Griffith

07:00p
Ironside

08:00p
Merv Griffin (guests Guy Lombardo, David Frye, Dody Goodman, 
Jules Styne, Dudley Moore and Peter Cook)

09:30p
News (local)

10:00p
The FBI

11:00p
Perry Mason (B&W)

12:00a
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (B&W)

12:30a
Alfred Hitchcock Presents (B&W)

I've mentioned before that Channel 11 had one of the great late-night lineups: The FBI, followed by Perry Mason, followed by Alfred Hitchcock. Made for great summertime viewing when I was on summer vacation from school and we were taking a brief trip to the Twin Cities from The World's Worst Town™.


KTCI, Channel 17 (PBS)

Evening


07:30p
The Way It Was

08:00p
Public Policy Forums

09:00p
Media 7 Presents

10:00p
Captioned ABC News

The Way It Was was one of PBS' rare forays into sports programming, a terrific show hosted by Curt Gowdy that looked at a famous sporting event from the past, joined by participants from the event, and accompanied by footage of the event - sometimes the original TV coverage. Dick Enberg was often the co-host, providing voiceovers on the footage, trying (usually unsuccessfully) to make it sound as if it was the original play-by-play. As Rocky the Flying Squirrel says, "that trick never works." It hardly diminished the enjoyment I got from watching the show, though.

8 comments:

  1. What kind of deal did WTCN and KTCA have where they both ran NEW ZOO REVUE?

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    1. A good question. My memory tells me that New Zoo Revue was syndicated, which would explain how it wound up on WTCN. But KTCA? I know from reading the old issues that educational channels occasionally aired syndicated commercial programming, but I have no personal memory of it myself. At this point KTCA is starting to pick up more of the NET schedule, which does make this interesting. Perhaps one of our other readers will know more?

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    3. Why in the world would the PBS station air New Zoo Review at 8:30 p.m.? That's late for a show for little kids.

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  2. For those who wonder who Bob Monkhouse is (in the listing for Hollywood Squares), he was the host of the British version, Celebrity Squares. (He's done about as many British game shows as Bill Cullen has in the US)

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    1. A game show host's game show host, in other words. Thanks for the additional info! Kind of like when Eamonn Andrews would appear on the American version of What's My Line?

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    2. Bob Monkhouse was one of England's most popular comedy stars for many years, at least on a par with the Goons, Benny Hill, and Morecambe & Wise.
      He started out in variety, moved on to radio and TV, and did the occasional movie as well.
      When GB started using comedians as game show hosts, Monkhouse was at the forefront (he also hosted the British Family Fortunes - or Feud if you will).
      Around this same time, Monkhouse did a syndicated variety show called Bonkers!, which headlined the Hudson Brothers; this was his attempt to crack the US, as Benny Hill had around the same time (it didn't go, but that wasn't his doing; he got the best reviews).

      Not long before his passing a few years back, Bob Monkhouse was feted by his fellows in British comedy for his years as an all-rounder in the business.
      This was his big quote of the night:

      "You know, people used to laugh when I told them I was going to be a comedian.
      Well, they're not laughing now!"

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  3. I see that ch. 9 was tape-delaying You Don't Say, opting to air the syndicated To Tell the Truth at 3 p.m. I supposed they continued doing this when You Don't Say was replaced by The Edge of Night? If so, that's a shame; stations not airing Edge in its late-afternoon time slot really hurt the show's chances of success.

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Thanks for writing! Drive safely!