January 2, 2017

What's on TV? Tuesday, January 2, 1968

Happy New Year! For the first post of 2017, we've returned to the Twin Cities to have a look at television in the pivotal year of 1968. Could CBS possibly have thought that the tumultuous 1967 year-end review would be completely overshadowed by what was to come?




KTCA, Channel 2 (Educ.)

Afternoon


03:00p
Supervisory Practices

03:30p
Film Feature

04:00p
Profile

04:30p
The Big Easel

05:00p
Kindergarten

05:30p
Science Reporter

Evening


06:00p
Innovations

06:30p
Success Through Words

07:00p
Antiques

07:30p
Seminar for Seniors

08:00p
Your Right to Say It (color)

08:30p
Let’s Think Creatively

09:00p
Skiing (color)

09:30p
Confrontation

10:00p
News in Perspective

Since school is out for the "Christmas break" (which is what it was called back when I was in school), KTCA doesn't start broadcasting until the afternoon. Interesting to see a couple of color shows popping up on the schedule.


WCCO, Channel 4 (CBS)

Morning


06:00a
Sunrise Semester

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
Dr. Reuben K. Youngdahl (color)

09:05a
Merv Griffin (guest Robert Merrill, Patricia Marand, Lillian Briggs, Pat Cooper) (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 (guests Dorothy Manners, Vic Charles) (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 Kaye Stevens, guests Ron Carey, Tex Ritter, Dr. Michael DeBakey) (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
Daktari (color)

07:30p
Red Skelton (guest Tennessee Ernie Ford) (color)

08:30p
Good Morning World (color)

09:00p
CBS News Special (Year-End Review, part 1) (special) (color)

10:00p
News (Dave Moore) (color)

10:15p
Weather (Bud Kraehling) (color)

10:20p
Sports (Hal Scott) (color)

10:30p
Marshal Dillon

11:00p
Movie – “Father’s Little Dividend”

Interesting guests on Channel 4's talk shows today; Robert Merrill, the great American baritone, was a common sight on television from the '50s through the '80s. Not only did he do the Carson show and all kinds of variety shows, he also sang the National Anthem at the New York Yankees home opener. Merill, along with Beverly Sills and Roberta Peters, were so accessible in popular culture. You never see opera stars on TV today, unless they're singing in an opera; of course, there aren't any variety shows for them to appear on, either. 


KSTP, Channel 5 (NBC)

Morning


06:15a
David Stone (color)

06:30a
City and Country (color)

06:55a
Doctor’s House Call (color)

07:00a
Today (guests Rex Harison, Liza Minnelli, David Ericson and Goesta Wollin) (color)

09:00a
Snap Judgment (guests Henry Morgan, Pat Carroll) (color)

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

09:30a
Concentration (color)

10:00a
Personality (celebrities Totie Fields, Barry Nelson, Nipsey Russell, Don Rickles) (color)

10:30a
The Hollywood Squares (guests Ruta Lee, Kaye Ballard, John Gary, Jan Murray, William Shatner, Jackie Vernon) (color)

11:00a
Jeopardy (color)

11:30a
Eye Guess (color)

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

Afternoon


12:00p
News (Gene Berry) (color)

12:10p
Weather (Peter Evensen) (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 Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows) (color)

03:00p
The Match Game (guests Henry Morgan, Dina Merrill) (color)

03:25p
NBC News (Fl0yd Kalber)

03:30p
Dialing for Dollars (color)

04:30p
Of Lands and Seas (color)

05:25p
News (Gene Berry) (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
I Dream of Jeannie (color)

07:00p
Jerry Lewis (guests Nanette Fabray, Sergio Franchi) (color)

08:00p
Tuesday Night at the Movies – “The Evil of Frankenstein” (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 (guests Bosley Crowther, Peggy Cass) (color)

12:00a
I Led Three Lives (color)

It's difficult to think of The Evil of Frankenstein as a movie that would be shown on network television, what with the reputation of Hammer horror movies. More like MST3K or Svengoolie, perhaps. But a lot of the Hammer movies are fun viewing, and Peter Cushing is usually worth watching, although I think I prefer him in the Dracula movies. Still, NBC?


KMSP, Channel 9 (ABC)

Morning


07:30a
Morning Show (color)

08:00a
Donna Reed

08:30a
National Velvet

09:00a
Romper Room (color)

09:30a
Gypsy Rose Lee (color)

10:00a
Temptation (color)

10:25a
ABC News (Marlene Sanders) (color)

10:30a
How’s Your Mother-in-Law? (guests Richard Deacon, Richard Dawson, Harvey Lembeck) (color)

11:00a
Bewitched

11:30a
Treasure Isle (color)

Afternoon


12:00p
The Fugitive

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 Yellow Tomahawk”

04:55p
News (Jerry Smith)

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

05:30p
Dobie Gillis

Evening


06:00p
McHale’s Navy

06:30p
Garrison’s Gorrilas (color)

07:30p
The Invaders (color)

08:30p
N.Y.P.D. (color)

09:00p
The Hollywood Palace (hostess Phyllis Diller, guests Johnnie Ray, Robert Vaughn, Shari Lewis and Lambchop, Charlie Manna, the Sandpipers) (color)

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

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

10:30p
Movie – “Bride of Vengeance”

12:15a
Joey Bishop (guests Cameron Mitchell, Jackie Wilson (color)

ABC is going to come to their senses and move The Hollywood Palace back to Saturday nights, and not a moment too soon.


WTCN, Channel 11 (Ind.)

Morning


08:55a
News (Gil Amundson)

09:00a
Cartoon Carnival (color)

09:30a
Ed Allen (color)

10:00a
Mr. Blackwell (color)

10:30a
Virginia Graham

11:00a
Brunch Bunch

11:30a
Cooking with Hank

11:45a
News (Gil Amundson)

Afternoon


12:00p
Lunch with Casey

01:00p
Movie – “A Bullet is Waiting” (color)

02:30p
Woody Woodbury (guests Burgess Meredith, Sue Ane Langdon, Ketty Lester, the Pair Extraordinarie) (color)

04:00p
Popeye and Pete

04:30p
Casey and Roundhouse

05:30p
The Flintstones (color)

Evening


06:00p
Gilligan’s Island

06:30p
Perry Mason

07:30p
12 O’Clock High

08:30p
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour

09:30p
News (Stuart A. Lindman)

09:45p
Weather (Rodger Kent)

09:50p
Sports (Frank Buetel)

10:00p
Movie – “Santa Fe”

"Mr." Richard Blackwell was the fashion expert who made out the "worst-dressed list" every year. If you read the Wikipedia entry I linked to, his years as a youth sound like something out of a horror story. I had forgotten that he had his own television show; he always made for a great guest when he appeared on other talk shows.

2 comments:

  1. How did NBC come to show The Evil Of Frankenstein in prime time?

    Hammer Films had a spotty history of distribution in the USA; every movie seemed to come out from a different American company.
    In the mid-'60s, Hammer struck a deal with Universal pictures for America, with part of the deal being that Hammer could use Jack Pierce's Frankenstien monster makeup design (MCA held control of the rights, and could be quite litigious about it all).
    At about this same time, MCA/Universal and NBC were coming closer together in the corporate sense: NBC got first crack at the theatrical movies for prime time use.
    NBC's censors were considered somewhat permissive by the standards of the time, but Hammer's horrors were among the bloodiest in the field, which was actually more problematic than sexuality in those days.
    Thus, when Universal and NBC prepared Evil Of Frankenstein (and several other Hammers) for broadcast, they refilmed several scenes in Hollywood using US actors, and replaced some of the gorier British scenes.
    When these Hammers were subsequently released for US syndication, they went out with the revised US scenes at first; later on, Hammer got back all rights from MCA, and restored the bloody British originals (and disposed of the USA substitutes).
    So it was that The Evil Of Frankenstein, as aired on NBC in 1968, was the expurgated American version.
    I don't know if this one is on DVD, but if it is, it's probably the British original, with all the gore intact.

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  2. Having been 13 going on 14 when this guide was published, I can assure you that very few people could have predicted what 1968 was going to produce....outside of Nostradamus...

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