September 26, 2016

What's on TV: Thursday, October 3, 1968

It's always nice to be back in the Twin Cities, even though there isn't a lot of remarkable programming this week. The World Series, still an all-daytime affair in 1968, is of course the big show of the week, but I'm sure you can find some other interesting tidbits here.



KTCA, Channel 2 (NET)

Morning


08:45a
Classroom

Afternoon


02:30p
Misota Preview

03:30p
Teaching English

04:00p
Science Review

05:00p
Kindergarten

05:30p
To Be Announced

Evening


06:00p
Population Problem

06:30p
Misota Preview

07:00p
Your Schools Today

07:30p
The French Chef

08:00p
Town Meeting (color)

08:30p
Private College Concerts (return)

09:00p
The Many Faces of 4-H

09:30p
Town and Country (color)

10:00p
Folio

10:30p
Insight

The French Chef, the famous cooking show starring Julia Child, is probably one of the first NET/PBS series to gain lasting national notoriety. Bon Appetit!


WCCO, Channel 4 (CBS)

Morning


06:00a
Sunrise Semester (color)

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

06:45a
Commercial (music)

07:00a
Clancy & Carmen (color)

07:45a
Clancy and Willie (color)

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo (color)

09:00a
Live Today (color)

09:05a
Merv Griffin (guests David Soul, Milt Kamen, Maxine Greene, Ruth McFadden) (color)

10:00a
Andy Griffith (color)

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 (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
The Guiding Light (color)

02:00p
The Secret Storm (color)

02:30p
The Edge of Night (color)

03:00p
House Party (guest Duke Fisher) (color)

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

03:30p
The Lucy Show (color)

04:00p
Mike Douglas (co-host Gordon MacRae, guests Carols Montoya, Grace Markaye, Arthur King) (color)

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

Evening


06:00p
News (local) (color)

06:30p
Blondie (color)

07:00p
Hawaii Five-O (color)

08:00p
CBS Thursday Night Movie – “The Night of the Iguana” (color)

10:00p
The Scene Tonight (color)

10:45p
Movie – “Scandal at Scourie” (color)

12:30a
Charlie Chaplin

Kind of nice to see WCCO playing Charlie Chaplin shorts before going off the air. Wonder if this wasn't part of the Laurel & Hardy/Three Stooges revival going on in the '60s.


KSTP, Channel 5 (NBC)

Morning


06:30a
City and Country (color)

07:00a
Today (guests Donald Pleasance, Susan Saint James) (color)

09:00a
Snap Judgment (guests Robert Vaughn, Florence Henderson) (color)

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

09:30a
Concentration (color)

10:00a
Personality (color)

10:30a
The Hollywood Squares (color)

11:00a
Jeopardy (color)

11:30a
Eye Guess (color)

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

Afternoon


12:00p
News (local) (color)

12:15p
Dialing For Dollars (color)

12:30p
World Series Pre-Game (special) (color)

01:00p
World Series (Detroit vs. St. Louis, Game 2) (special) (color)

03:30p
Dialing For Dollars (color)

04:30p
What’s My Line? (panelists Bert Convy, Arlene Francis, Soupy Sales, Joanna Simon) (color)

05:00p
News (local) (color)

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
Daniel Boone (color)

07:30p
Ironside (color)

08:30p
Dragnet (color)

09:00p
Dean Martin (guests Lorne Greene, Juliet Prowse, Dom DeLuise, Sammy Shore, Barbara Heller) (color)

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

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

10:25p
Sports (Al Tighe) (color)

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

12:00a
Crusader

Game 2 of the World Series. Yesterday, Bob Gibson set the (still-standing) strikeout record of 17 in beating the Tigers and Denny McLain. Today Mickey Lolich pitches the Tigers to victory 8-1. He'll do it twice more, the last coming in the seventh and deciding game.


KMSP, Channel 9 (ABC)

Morning


07:45a
Timmy and Lassie

08:00a
Dennis the Menace

08:30a
It’s Happening (guests Johnny Nash, Rip Taylor)

08:55a
The Children’s Doctor

09:00a
Romper Room (color)

09:30a
Dick Cavett (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 Dating Game (color)

02:00p
General Hospital (color)

02:30p
One Life to Live (color)

03:00p
Dark Shadows (color)

03:30p
Movie – “Slander”

04:55p
News (Jerry Smith)

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

05:30p
McHale’s Navy

Evening


06:00p
Truth or Consequences (color)

06:30p
The Ugliest Girl in Town (color)

07:00p
The Flying Nun (color)

07:30p
Bewitched (color)

08:00p
That Girl (color)

08:30p
Journey to the Unknown (color)

09:30p
College Talent (guests Ginger Rogers, Ken Berry, Paul Lynde, Della Reese) (color)

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

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

10:30p
Joey Bishop (guests Frank Fontaine, Sonny James) (color)

12:00a
77 Sunset Strip

This ad ran in the Thursday listings, for KMSP's Saturday night movie - possibly the one that preempts The Hollywood Palace to Sunday afternoon. Lolita, which was such a shock back in the day, would likely be tame today. Not just the movie (which actually was a black comedy as much as anything), but Nabokov's book as well.

And so the question remains: how did they ever make a movie out of Lolita? The answer: not very well.

WTCN, Channel 11 (Ind.)

Morning


09:00a
Mister Ed

09:30a
Sea Hunt

10:00a
The Munsters

10:30a
Patty Duke

11:00a
Famous Playhouse

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

Afternoon


12:00p
Lunch With Casey

01:00p
Virginia Graham (guests Hermoine Gingold, Pamela Mason) (color)

01:30p
Movie – “Ramar and the Burning Barrier”

03:00p
News (Stuart A. Lindman)

03:05p
Mel’s Notebook

03:30p
Popeye and Pete

04:00p
Casey and Roundhouse

04:30p
Gilligan’s Island (color)

05:00p
The Flintstones (color)

05:30p
Batman (color)

Evening


06:00p
The Invaders (color)

07:00p
Run For Your Life (color)

08:00p
Perry Mason

09:00p
Movie – “Boccaccio ‘70” (color)

11:30p
News, Weather, Sports (local)

12:00a
Bat Masterson


I have a pretty good memory for WTCN's syndicated lineup, but I almost always forget that The Invaders was part of that for a time, just after it had gone off ABC. 

5 comments:

  1. - If memory serves, the only Charlie Chaplin short comedies available for TV in '68 were his very early silents, which would put them outside the longstanding TV popularity of Laurel & Hardy (which in fact dated back to the '50s) and the Three Stooges (which started around '58).
    Remember also that Chaplin's left-wing politics and problems with the US government led to an unofficial "graylisting" which lasted through much of the Fifties.

    - Your All-American College Show is the program that you keep IDing as College Talent, as well as mistakenly calling it a CBS series.
    This was in fact a "bartered" show, produced for syndication by Colgate-Palmolive (they kept half the commercial spots for themselves, while local stations got to sell the rest).
    C-P got a three-year run out of it; in its later years, Arthur Godfrey made one of his many comeback attempts as its host (shades of Talent Scouts).
    At this early stage, however, I believe Dennis James was still the host (correction welcomed).

    - I note that the ABC station is running a local newscast at 12:30, in place of the network offering, It's Happening (which got bumped to early morning delay).
    It was around January that Let's Make A Deal jumped to ABC, taking that time slot (which it had occupied at NBC for years).
    Wonder what Channel 9 did about that ...

    - That ch11 "movie", "Ramar And The Burning Barrier", looks like a "featurized" combo of two or three episodes of the old Ramar Of The Jungle series from a decade earlier (many old syndie series prolonged their shelf life in just this way).



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    1. I remember seeing a Western Washington State TV Guide that listed a silent Charlie Chaplin short--in 1975. And on the CBS affiliate on a Saturday afternoon.

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  2. I noticed (and remembered) that there were no game shows on CBS during that time.

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    1. CBS had dumped their last daytime game show ("To Tell The Truth") a few weeks earlier, and would go three-and-a-half years without a daytime game show.

      CBS picked-up "The Amateur's Guide To Love" (a cross between "Newlywed Game" and "Candid Camera") in the spring of 1972. Although it didn't last long, the network would pick-up three game shows in late-morning to replace sitcom reruns that Fall.

      One of them, "Gambit" would enjoy a few years of success and be briefly revived in the early 1980's. The second was "Joker's Wild", which would run until 1975 and be successfully revived in first-run syndication from 1977 through 1986 and briefly revived in 1990).

      The third is the longest-running daytime game show in network history: "The (New) Price Is Right", which just began it's 45th season.

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    2. Because the rising Fred Silverman, VP of daytime programming in 1968, disliked game shows...feeling they didn't attract the prime audience of housewives who make most of the purchasing decisions--they were for kids and the elderly.

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