November 7, 2016

What's on TV? Tuesday, November 10, 1964

This week we return to the Dallas-Fort Worth area, but it's a slightly different look that those we've seen in the past. Unlike those issues from the '50s, by 1964 we've got more stations to choose from, including KERA, the area's first educational channel. In addition to DFW, we've got a full compliment of stations from the Wichita Falls area, as well as KXII in Ardmore-Sherman-Dennison. In case you hadn't noticed, the letters XII are also the Roman numerals for 12, as in Channel 12. Yes, you probably had noticed.





KFDX, Channel 3 (Wichita Falls) (NBC)

Morning


06:45a
R.F.D. 3

07:00a
Today (guests Woody Klein, Phyllis McKinley)

09:00a
Make Room for Daddy

09:30a
What’s This Song? (guests Andy Devine, Rose Marie) (color)

09:55a
NBC News (Edwin Newman)

10:00a
Concentration

10:30a
Jeopardy (color)

11:00a
Say When (color)

11:30a
Truth or Consequences (color)

11:55a
NBC News (Ray Scherer)

Afternoon


12:00p
Weather and News (local)

12:30p
Let’s Make a Deal (color)

12:55p
NBC News (Floyd Kalber)

01:00p
Loretta Young

01:30p
The Doctors

02:00p
Another World

02:30p
You Don’t Say! (guests Darryl Hickman, Joanie Sommers) (color)

03:00p
The Match Game (guests Gisele MacKenzie, Milt Kamen)

03:25p
NBC News

03:30p
Funny Company

04:00p
Pinto Bean

05:30p
The Huntley-Brinkley Report

Evening


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

06:30p
Mr. Novak

07:30p
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

08:30p
That Was the Week That Was (color)

09:00p
Bell Telephone Hour (host Henry Fonda, guests Florence Henderson, Gretchen Wyler, John Reardon, Barbara McNair, Susan Watson, Johnny Harmon, John Raitt) (color)

10:00p
News (local)

10:10p
Weather and News (local)

10:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guests Bill Cosby, Ruggiero Ricci) (color)

I've always associated The Bell Telephone Hour, NBC's great music series, with another musical program of the time, Voice of Firestone. Both are identified with classical music, but as you can see in this tribute to the late Oscar Hammerstein II, who had died four years before, both programs could also veer into popular music. One thing I didn't know until a few years ago: every episode of Bell Telephone Hour, which ran from 1959 to 1968, was done in color. 


KRLD, Channel 4 (Dallas) (CBS)

Morning


06:30a
Sunrise Semester

07:00a
News (local)

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
CBS Morning News with Mike Wallace

09:30a
I Love Lucy

10:00a
Andy Griffith

10:30a
The McCoys

11:00a
Love of Life

11:25a
CBS News (Robert Trout)

11:30a
Search For Tomorrow

11:45a
The Guiding Light

Afternoon


12:00p
News and Weather (local)

12:30p
As the World Turns

01:00p
Password (guests Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy)

01:30p
House Party (guest surfer Larry Capune)

02:00p
To Tell the Truth (panelists Joan Fontaine, Skitch, Henderson, Marty Ingels, Phyllis Newman)

02:25p
CBS News (Douglas Edwards)

02:30p
The Edge of Night

03:00p
The Secret Storm

03:30p
Jack Benny

04:00p
Bachelor Father

04:30p
Leave it to Beaver

05:00p
Love That Bob!

05:30p
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite

Evening


06:00p
News, Weather (local)

06:30p
Wanted – Dead or Alive

07:00p
World War I

07:30p
Red Skelton (guests George Gobel, Young Folk)

08:30p
Petticoat Junction

09:00p
The Doctors and the Nurses

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

10:30p
Regis Philbin (guests Eartha Kitt, Roger Williams, Cornelia Otis Skinner, Freddie Blassie)

12:00a
News (local)

The Doctors and the Nurses began life as The Nurses, but added a couple of docs for the second season, and changed the title accordingly. Evidentelly, there's only so much drama you can wring out of a medical series in which the title characters can neither diagnose nor proscribe treatment.


WBAP, Channel 5 (Fort Worth) (NBC)

Morning


06:45a
Imperials Quartet

07:00a
Today (guests Woody Klein, Phyllis McKinley)

09:00a
Make Room for Daddy

09:30a
What’s This Song? (guests Andy Devine, Rose Marie) (color)

09:55a
NBC News (Edwin Newman)

10:00a
Concentration

10:30a
Jeopardy (color)

11:00a
Say When (color)

11:30a
Truth or Consequences (color)

11:55a
NBC News (Ray Scherer)

Afternoon


12:00p
News and Weather (local) (color)

12:30p
Let’s Make a Deal (color)

12:55p
NBC News (Floyd Kalber)

01:00p
Loretta Young

01:30p
The Doctors

02:00p
Another World

02:30p
You Don’t Say! (guests Darryl Hickman, Joanie Sommers) (color)

03:00p
The Match Game (guests Gisele MacKenzie, Milt Kamen)

03:25p
NBC News

03:30p
Movie – “Woman They Almost Lynched”

04:50p
Dateline (color)

05:00p
Bold Journey

05:30p
The Huntley-Brinkley Report

Evening


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

06:30p
Mr. Novak

07:30p
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

08:30p
That Was the Week That Was (color)

09:00p
Bell Telephone Hour (host Henry Fonda, guests Florence Henderson, Gretchen Wyler, John Reardon, Barbara McNair, Susan Watson, Johnny Harmon, John Raitt) (color)

10:00p
News (local)

10:15p
Weather, News and Sports (color)

10:35p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guests Bill Cosby, Ruggiero Ricci) (color)

12:00a
News (Alex Burton) (color)

12:05a
Imperials Quartet

Darryl Hickman's having a busy week, isn't he? Not only is he on You Don't Say! with singer Joanie Sommers, he's also appearing on ABC's Missing Links with Tom Poston and Barbara Feldon. Since they're on different networks, it's fortunate for Hickman that the shows aren't on at the same time.


KAUZ, Channel 6 (Wichita Falls) (CBS)

Morning


06:30a
Modern Almanac

06:45a
R.F.D.

07:00a
Casper and His Friends

08:00a
Captain Kangaroo

09:00a
Romper Room

09:30a
I Love Lucy

10:00a
Andy Griffith

10:30a
The McCoys

11:00a
Love of Life

11:25a
CBS News (Robert Trout)

11:30a
Search for Tomorrow

11:45a
The Guiding Light

Afternoon


12:00p
News and Weather (local)

12:10p
Donna’s Notebook

12:30p
As the World Turns

01:00p
Password (guests Hume Cronyn, Jessica Tandy)

01:30p
House Party (guest surfer Larry Capune)

02:00p
To Tell the Truth (panelists Joan Fontaine, Skitch, Henderson, Marty Ingels, Phyllis Newman)

02:25p
CBS News (Douglas Edwards)

02:30p
The Edge of Night

03:00p
The Secret Storm

03:30p
Jack Benny

04:00p
Trails West

04:30p
Rocky and His Friends

04:45p
Kauzy’s Korner

05:00p
Woody Woodpecker

05:30p
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite

Evening


06:00p
The Hired Hand

06:05p
News and Weather (local)

06:30p
Password (guests Eydie Gorme, Tony Randall)

07:00p
World War I

07:30p
Red Skelton (guests George Gobel, Young Folk)

08:30p
Petticoat Junction

09:00p
The Doctors and the Nurses

10:00p
News and Weather (local)

10:30p
Movie – “Duel in the Sun”

The documentary series World War I, narrated by Robert Ryan (and available on DVD), is, like ABC's similar documentary series on Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, the kind of series that could still appear as prime time network programming in the early '60s. Before we get too wrapped up in nostalgia though, it's good to note that even then, series like these weren't ratings winners. As far as we can tell, documentaries seldom have been.


KSWO, Channel 7 (Wichita Falls) (ABC)

Morning


08:30a
Cartoons

09:00a
Ed Allen

09:30a
The Price Is Right (guest Leslie Uggams)

10:00a
Get the Message (panelists Mitch Miller, Frank Buxton, Julia Meade, Georgia Brown)

10:30a
Missing Links (guests Tom Poston, Barbara Feldon, Darryl Hickman)

11:00a
Father Knows Best

11:30a
Ernie Ford (guest Roger Williams)

Afternoon


12:00p
Amos ‘n’ Andy

12:30p
Divorce Court

01:30p
Day in Court

01:55p
ABC News

02:00p
General Hospital

02:30p
The Young Marrieds

03:00p
Trailmaster

04:00p
Highway Patrol

04:30p
The Lone Ranger

05:00p
Science Fiction

05:30p
To Be Announced 

05:45p
ABC Evening Report (Ron Cochran)

Evening


06:00p
News, Weather (local)

06:30p
Combat!

07:30p
McHale’s Navy

08:00p
The Tycoon

08:30p
Peyton Place

09:00p
The Fugitive

10:00p
ABC News (Bob Young) 

10:10p
News and Weather (local)

10:30p
Les Crane (guests Floyd Patterson, Dick Gregory)

Not sure if Science Fiction, the 5:00 p.m. program, is actually Science Fiction Theater. My guess is that it is, but in the interests of accuracy (as well as the shortness of research time), I won't take a chance on something I can't confirm.


WFAA, Channel 8 (Dallas) (ABC)

Morning


06:20a
Operation LIFT

07:00a
Mr. Peppermint

09:00a
Ann Sothern

10:00a
Get the Message (panelists Mitch Miller, Frank Buxton, Julia Meade, Georgia Brown)

10:30a
Missing Links (guests Tom Poston, Barbara Feldon, Darryl Hickman)

11:00a
Father Knows Best

11:30a
Ernie Ford (guest Roger Williams)

Afternoon


12:00p
Sea Hunt

12:30p
Julie Benell

01:25p
News, Weather (Bob Walker)

01:30p
Day in Court

01:55p
ABC News

02:00p
General Hospital

02:30p
The Young Marrieds

03:00p
Trailmaster

04:00p
Lloyd Thaxton

05:00p
Three for the Money

05:30p
Bat Masterson

Evening


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

06:30p
Combat!

07:30p
McHale’s Navy

08:00p
The Tycoon

08:30p
Peyton Place

09:00p
The Fugitive

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

10:30p
Les Crane (guests Floyd Patterson, Dick Gregory)

12:15a
ABC News (Bob Young)

12:25a
Checkmate

Operation LIFT, the first show of WFAA's broadcast day, stands for Literacy Instruction For Texas. It was started by the Greater Dallas Section of the National Council of Jewish Women, and you can read more about this project - which was still an ongoing concern as of 2008 - in this article.


KTVT, Channel 11 (Fort Worth) (Ind.)

Morning


08:05a
News (Bob Hazlett)

08:15a
Farm Show

08:30a
Cartoon Carnival

09:00a
Romper Room

09:30a
Jack LaLanne

10:00a
Movie – “Blaze of Noon”

11:45a
News and Weather (local)

Afternoon


12:00p
Singin’ Time in Dixie

12:30p
Carnival (color)

01:00p
Girl Talk

01:30p
Mike Douglas (co-host Gale Storm, guests Margaret Truman Daniels, George Jessel, Bob Wright)

03:00p
The Mighty Hercules (color)

03:30p
Popeye (color)

04:00p
Slam Bang Theater

04:45p
Superman

05:15p
Woody Woodpecker

05:45p
News and Weather (local)

Evening


06:00p
The Rifleman

06:30p
Laramie (color)

07:30p
The Lawman

08:00p
The Human Jungle

09:00p
Movie – “The Caine Mutiny” (color)

10:00p
News and Weather (local)

10:15p
Movie (continued)

12:00a
News (local)

I've written before about The Human Jungle, the British psychiatric drama starring Herbert Lom, but until now I had no idea it had ever appeared in syndication on American television.


KXII, Channel 12 (Sherman) (NBC, CBS)

Morning


06:30a
S.E. College

07:00a
Today (guests Woody Klein, Phyllis McKinley)

09:00a
Make Room for Daddy

09:30a
What’s This Song? (guests Andy Devine, Rose Marie) (color)

09:55a
NBC News (Edwin Newman)

10:00a
Concentration

10:30a
Jeopardy (color)

11:00a
Woman’s World

11:30a
Truth or Consequences (color)

11:55a
NBC News (Ray Scherer)

Afternoon


12:00p
Twelve Acres

12:30p
Let’s Make a Deal (color)

12:55p
NBC News (Floyd Kalber)

01:00p
Loretta Young

01:30p
The Doctors

02:00p
Another World

02:30p
You Don’t Say! (guests Darryl Hickman, Joanie Sommers) (color)

03:00p
The Match Game (guests Gisele MacKenzie, Milt Kamen)

03:25p
NBC News

03:30p
The Californians

04:00p
The Restless Gun

04:30p
Carol’s Clubhouse

05:00p
Huckleberry Hound

05:30p
The Huntley-Brinkley Report

Evening


06:00p
News, Weather (local)

06:30p
Mr. Novak

07:30p
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

08:30p
That Was the Week That Was (color)

09:00p
Bell Telephone Hour (host Henry Fonda, guests Florence Henderson, Gretchen Wyler, John Reardon, Barbara McNair, Susan Watson, Johnny Harmon, John Raitt) (color)

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

10:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guests Bill Cosby, Ruggiero Ricci) (color)

The Restless Gun (4:00 p.m.), stars John Payne as Vint Bonner, and ran in first-run on NBC from 1957 to 1959. It's based on a 1953 radio series called The Six Shooter, which starred Jimmy Stewart. A few tweaks, such as a change in the lead character's name, and voila! a new TV series.


KERA, Channel 13 (Dallas) (Educ.)

Morning


09:00a
Science Lab I

09:15a
Spanish 2A

09:30a
Adventures in Learning

10:00a
The Friendly Giant

10:15a
Sing Hi, Sing Lo

10:30a
What’s New

11:00a
Home Room I

11:15a
Spanish 2A

11:30a
Home and Family Life

Afternoon


12:00p
Portugal Today (special)

01:00p
Home Room I

01:15p
Spanish 1A

01:30p
Flight Six

01:45p
Spanish 3A

02:00p
Around the World

02:30p
Science Lab I

02:45p
Spanish 2A

03:00p
Spanish 3A

03:15p
Industry on Parade

04:00p
Classsroom 400

04:30p
Pathfinder

05:00p
What’s New

05:30p
Sing Hi – Sing Lo

05:45p
The Friendly Giant

Evening


06:00p
Around the World

06:30p
What’s New

07:00p
Driver Education

07:30p
Here’s Texas

07:45p
Live and Learn

08:00p
Your Health

08:30p
Challenge

09:00p
The Computer

09:30p
Virus

With its emphasis on classroom programming, KERA looks like most other educational channels of the time. In my opinion - but then, you probably already know what my opinion is.

10 comments:

  1. http://deadline.com/2016/11/the-simpsons-renewed-seasons-29-30-fox-1201848685/
    That's right, It's scheduled to make it to 30 years and more episodes than Gunsmoke.
    When you first saw it, did you honestly believe that show would make TV history?

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  2. Sometimes, your naivete approaches the incredible (unless you're joking):

    - Missing Links taped in New York City.
    You Don't Say taped in Hollywood.
    Which means Darryl Hickman had one spectacular commute that week.
    ... unless, of course, you're aware that the two shows taped blocks-of-five on different days, perhaps weeks apart - you know, like everybody was doing by that time ...

    - The Doctors And The Nurses was in its third season in the fall of '64.
    The change was a Hail Mary, when CBS moved the show against The Fugitive, which was just breaking big at that point.
    Anyway, D&N was another "anthology in disguise", in which the disease of the week was a McGuffin (most of the doctor shows from this period fit this description).

    - Get The Message has an interesting guest this week: Frank Buxton, who up until a month or so ago had been the show's MC.
    Buxton left GTM to concentrate on his own independent productions, and was replaced by Robert Q. Lewis. I'm guessing that there might have been gossip, so Buxton came on as a celebrity player to scuttle same.
    Anyway, Frank Buxton did pretty well for himself as a writer/producer/director of TV comedy, most often in service of Garry Marshall.

    - The Human Jungle did reasonably well in US syndication this season.
    Here in Chicago, WGN-ch9 carried it in prime time for its single first-run season, then picked it up for a cycle or so of reruns in daytime.
    Some say that casting Herbert Lom as the lead might have been a miscalculation, given his typecast as an exotic villain.
    This, of course, predated the Pink Panther movies, which turned Lom into a crazed comic foil (and not just for Peter Sellers) - but nobody knew that then, did they?

    - Chicago note:
    You may have noticed that the noon-1:30 time slot on the ABC stations is usually occupied by local programming.
    The ABC network let the affiliates have this period.
    Here in Chicago, Channel 7 ran movies in the slot, mainly from the big RKO purchase of a decade before.
    I'm guessing that the other ABC-owned stations did the same.

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    1. I guess my humor is just too subtle for you...

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    2. Oh, one other thing - you're correct that this is the third season for "The Doctors and the Nurses." However, I didn't say that this was a third-season episode; I merely noted that the show had changed its title in the second season (unless the always-reliable Wikipedia has let us down), not to suggest that this was the second season.

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    3. The Title change to The Doctors And The Nurses happened in the third season, '64-'65.
      The Nurses started in the fall of '61, with that title, and continued as a Thursday night feature for two seasons.
      The Doctors were conscripted into the title when the show moved to Tuesdays in the fall of '64.
      The foregoing comes from my old TV Guides and my reference books; I only use Wikipedia as a last resort, and I've been burned a few times as a result.
      So There Too.

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  3. Buxton wrote the episode of THE ODD COUPLE where Felix and Oscar appeared on PASSWORD...

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    1. The greatest Odd Couple episode of all time, IMHO. And to anyone who says otherwise, I can only reply, Aristophanes!

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    2. Everyone knows Aristophanes wrote a play called the Birds.

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