April 24, 2017

What's on TV? Wednesday, April 27, 1977

This week offers some interesting program choices - so interesting, in fact, that there's a little something to say about all of our stations. The area covered includes both Atlanta and Chattanooga, Tennessee, and it should have a little something for everyone. Have a look and enjoy!


WSB, Channel 2 (NBC)
Morning
06:00a
Film (Navy)
06:30a
Arthur Smith
07:00a
Today
09:00a
The Hollywood Squares (Steve Martin, George Gobel, Paul Lynde, Robert Fuller, Rose Marie, Roddy McDowall, Mac Davis, Stefanie Powers, Lynda Day George)
09:30a
Name that Tune
10:00a
Sanford and Son
10:30a
Today in Georgia
11:00a
Wheel of Fortune
11:30a
Shoot for the Stars (guests Tony Randall, Vicki Lawrence)
Afternoon
12:00p
News (local)
12:30p
Divorce Court
01:00p
Liar’s Club (Betty White, Will Gear, Rue McClanahan, Larry Hovis)
01:30p
Days of Our Lives
02:30p
The Doctors
03:00p
Another World
04:00p
Doris Day
04:30p
The Odd Couple
05:00p
The FBI
Evening
06:00p
News (local)
07:00p
NBC Nightly News (John Chancellor and David Brinkley)
07:30p
The $100,000 Name That Tune
08:00p
Movie – “Marooned”
10:00p
To Be Announced
11:00p
News (local)
11:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guests Helen Reddy, Dr. Paul Ehrlich, David Sayh)
01:00a
Tomorrow (guest Paul Harvey)
02:00a
News (local)

The 8:00 p.m. movie "Marooned" is a local broadcast, preempting the regular NBC primetime schedule, which includes Grizzly Adams - I don't know why that wouldn't have been more popular down south. They also preempt The Gong Show - what's wrong with this channel?
                                              
WRCB, Channel 3 (Chattanooga) (NBC)
Morning
06:25a
Romper Room
06:55a
News for Little People
07:00a
Today
09:00a
The 700 Club
10:00a
Sanford and Son
10:30a
The Hollywood Squares (Rich Little, Paul Lynde, Rose Marie, Roddy McDowell, MacKenzie Phillips, LeVar Burton, Darleen Carr, George Gobel, Gabriel Kaplan)
11:00a
Wheel of Fortune
11:30a
Shoot for the Stars (Tony Randall, Vicki Lawrence)
Afternoon
12:00p
Bewitched
12:30p
Midday Live
01:00p
The Gong Show
01:30p
Days of Our Lives
02:30p
The Doctors
03:00p
Another World
04:00p
The Archies
04:30p
The Three Stooges/The Little Rascals (B&W)
05:25p
News for Little People
05:30p
Batman
Evening
06:00p
News (local)
06:30p
NBC Nightly News (John Chancellor and David Brinkley)
07:00p
The Liar’s Club
07:30p
The Partridge Family
08:00p
The Life and Times of Grizzly Adams
09:00p
Movie – “The Savage Bees” (special)
11:00p
News (local)
11:30p
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (guests Helen Reddy, Dr. Paul Ehrlich, David Sayh)
01:00a
Tomorrow (guest Paul Harvey)

As I mentioned on Saturday, Paul Harvey's appearance on Tomorrow is part of Tom Snyder's week in Chicago. I remember when shows used to do this kind of thing more often, but it only works if your guests are part of the fabric of the city you're visiting. Outside of New York and Hollywood, Chicago has perhaps the greatest television heritage of any city in America.

WAGA, Channel 5 (CBS)
Morning
06:30a
Sunrise Semester (Teaching the Learning Disabled)
07:00a
CBS Morning News with Bruce Morton and Hughes Rudd
08:00a
Captain Kangaroo (guest Peggy Cass)
09:00a
Phil Donahue
10:00a
Double Dare
10:30a
The Price is Right
11:30a
Love of Life
11:55a
CBS News (Douglas Edwards)
Afternoon
12:00p
News (local)
12:30p
Search for Tomorrow
01:00p
The Young and the Restless
01:30p
As the World Turns
02:30p
The Guiding Light
03:00p
All in the Family
03:30p
Bewitched
04:00p
Adam-12
04:30p
Mike Douglas (co-host Tamara Dobson, guests Darilyn Dobson, Sterling Hayden, Victoria Fyodorova, Kenny Nolan)
Evening
06:00p
News (local)
07:00p
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
07:30p
Cross-Wits (Jonathan Harris, Alice Ghostley, Gregory Sierra, Sally Ann Howes)
08:00p
Good Times
08:30p
Loves Me, Loves Me Not
09:00p
CBS Wednesday Night Movies – “El Condor”
11:00p
News (local)
11:30p
CBS Late Movie – “The Keegans”
01:05a
News (local)

The CBS Late Movie feature is "The Keegans," a movie about a professional football player who's a suspect in a murder case. Yeah, like anybody's going to believe that could happen.

WGTV, Channel 8 (PBS)
Afternoon
03:00p
Through All Time
03:30p
Studio See
04:00p
Sesame Street
05:00p
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
05:30p
Sesame Street
Evening
06:30p
Zoom
07:00p
Classic Theatre Preview
07:30p
Folk Guitar with Laura Weber
08:00p
Nova
09:00p
Theater in America – “The Prince of Homburg”
11:00p
Movie – “The Outlaw” (B&W)

I might have thought WGTV would have more on today - perhaps the daytime schedule was filled with classroom programming.

WTVC, Channel 9 (Chattanooga) (ABC)
Morning
06:55a
Funtime
07:25a
New Tomorrow
07:30a
Good Morning America
09:00a
Phil Donahue (guest B.B. King)
10:00a
Room 222
10:30a
The Edge of Night
11:00a
Happy Days
11:30a
Family Feud
Afternoon
12:00p
Second Chance
12:30p
Ryan’s Hope
01:00p
All My Children
02:00p
The $20,000 Pyramid (Dick Cavett, Adrienne Barbeau)
02:30p
One Life to Live
03:15p
General Hospital
04:00p
Leave it to Beaver (B&W)
04:30p
The Beverly Hillbillies (B&W)
05:00p
The Brady Bunch
05:30p
Andy Griffith (B&W)
Evening
06:00p
News (local)
06:30p
ABC Evening News with Harry Reasoner and Barbara Walters
07:00p
My Three Sons
07:30p
Family Affair
08:00p
The Bionic Woman
09:00p
Baretta
10:00p
Charlie’s Angels
11:00p
News (local)
11:30p
The Rookies
12:40a
Mystery of the Week – “The Two Deaths of Sean Dolittle”

I was pretty shaken when I saw the title of the Mystery of the Week movie until I remembered that Dr. Dolittle's first name is John. Just a case of mistaken identity - whew.

WXIA, Channel 11 (ABC)
Morning
06:30a
Not for Women Only
07:00a
Good Morning America
09:00a
Merv Griffin (guests Paul Anka, Kelly Monteith, Fred Travalena, Deniece Williams, Ken Edwards)
10:30a
The Edge of Night
11:00a
Happy Days
11:30a
Family Feud
Afternoon
12:00p
News (local)
12:30p
Ryan’s Hope
01:00p
All My Children
02:00p
The $20,000 Pyramid (Dick Cavett, Adrienne Barbeau)
02:30p
One Life to Live
03:15p
General Hospital
04:00p
Bonanza
05:00p
Emergency One!
Evening
06:00p
News (local)
06:30p
ABC Evening News with Harry Reasoner and Barbara Walters
07:00p
Concentration
07:30p
To Tell the Truth (Hugh Downs, Peggy Cass, Bill Cullen, Kitty Carlisle)
08:00p
The Bionic Woman
09:00p
Baretta
10:00p
Charlie’s Angels
11:00p
News (local)
11:30p
Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman
12:00a
The Rookies
01:10a
The Protectors

The Protectors was a Gerry Anderson live-action series, as opposed to his better-known Supermarionation efforts. It stars Robert Vaughn, who my many accounts was pretty difficult to work with in this British series. The Man From U.N.C.L.E. it ain't.

WDEF, Channel 12 (Chattanooga) (CBS)
Morning
05:55a
Farm Report
06:30a
Morning Show
08:00a
CBS Morning News with Bruce Morton and Hughes Rudd
09:00a
Captain Kangaroo (guest Peggy Cass)
10:00a
Double Dare
10:30a
The Price is Right
11:30a
Love of Life
11:55a
CBS News (Douglas Edwards)
Afternoon
12:00p
News (local)
12:30p
Search for Tomorrow
01:00p
The Young and the Restless
01:30p
As the World Turns
02:30p
The Guiding Light
03:00p
All in the Family
03:30p
Match Game ’77 (Richard Dawson, Charles Nelson Reilly, Patti Deutsch, Arlene Francis, Nipsey Russell, Brett Somers)
04:00p
Tattletales (Charles Nelson Reilly and Elizabeth Allen, Gary Mule Deer and Debra Winger, Alan Hamel and Suzanne Somers)
04:30p
Merv Griffin (guest Charles Nelson Reilly, young opera artists)
05:55p
Paul Harvey
Evening
06:00p
News (local)
06:30p
CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite
07:00p
Gunsmoke
08:00p
Good Times
08:30p
Loves Me, Loves Me Not
09:00p
CBS Wednesday Night Movies – “El Condor”
11:00p
News (local)
11:30p
CBS Late Movie – “The Keegans”

I don't think I've ever seen this before - starting at 3:30 p.m., there are three consecutive shows featuring Charles Nelson Reilly. Talk about being everywhere!

WTCG, Channel 17 (Ind.)
Morning
05:35a
World at Large
06:10a
News (local)
06:30a
Romper Room
07:00a
The Three Stooges and the Little Rascals (B&W)
08:00a
Lassie
08:30a
Leave it to Beaver (B&W)
09:00a
Hazel
09:30a
The Lucy Show
10:00a
Movie – “Sitting Pretty” (B&W)
Afternoon
12:00p
Perry Mason (B&W)
01:00p
Movie – “23 Paces to Baker Street”
03:00p
The Flintstones
03:30p
The Archies
04:00p
The New Mickey Mouse Club
04:30p
Gilligan’s Island
05:00p
Family Affair
Evening
06:00p
The Beverly Hillbillies
06:30p
Andy Griffith (B&W)
07:00p
Gomer Pyle, USMC
07:30p
Hogan’s Heroes
08:00p
Night Gallery
08:30p
Night Gallery
09:00p
Movie – “The Killers”
11:00p
All That Glitters
11:30p
Movie – “Master of the World”
01:25a
Movie – “Rogue River”
03:00a
News (local)
03:30a
Movie – “Shack Out on 101” (B&W)

A double-feature of Night Gallery followed by "The Killers" makes for a pretty good night's entertainment if you ask me.

WETV, Channel 30 (PBS)
Morning
09:00a
Sesame Street
10:00a
The Electric Company
10:30a
Infinity Factory
Afternoon
01:00p
Big Blue Marble
04:00p
Sesame Street
05:00p
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
05:30p
The Electric Company
Evening
06:00p
Zoom
06:30p
Villa Alegre
07:00p
DeKalb Cancer Society
07:30p
The MacNeil/Lehrer Report
08:00p
Georgia Forums
09:00p
The Pallisers
10:00p
Anywhat
10:30p
World in Action
11:00p
Anyone for Tennyson?
11:30p
Captioned ABC Evening News

That captioned ABC news was a PBS feature for many years beginning in 1973 and running for a decade, until real-time captioning became a reality. 

WATL, Channel 36 (Ind.)
Afternoon
05:00p
Entertainment Page
05:30p
Entertainment Page
Evening
06:30p
Lovers and Friends
07:00p
Movie – “The Two Kennedys”
09:30p
Reflections
10:00p
The PTL Club

Following the 7:00 p.m. movie, Channel 36 opens their phone lines for questions and comments from viewers regarding "The Two Kennedys," a European documentary on the assassinations of Jack and Bobby. I suspect that movie traffics heavily on conspiracy theories.

WTCI, Channel 45 (Chattanooga) (PBS)
Morning
08:30a
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
11:30a
Sesame Street
Afternoon
01:30p
The Electric Company
03:30p
Lilias, Yoga and You
04:00p
Sesame Street
05:00p
Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood
Evening
06:00p
Zoom
06:30p
Overmountain People
07:00p
Food Stamps
07:30p
The MacNeil/Lehrer Report
08:00p
Nova
09:00p
Theater in America – “The Prince of Homburg”

I've seen Lilas, Yoga and You in these TV Guide listings for years - it began on Cincinnati's PBS station in 1970 and continued nationally until 1999, during which time 500 episodes were produced.

WHAE, Channel 46 (Ind.)
Morning
06:45a
News (local)
07:00a
Cartoon Festival
07:30a
The Lone Ranger
08:00a
Mighty Mouse
08:30a
Deputy Dawg
09:00a
Heckle and Jeckle
09:30a
Dennis the Menace (B&W)
10:00a
Mister Ed (B&W)
10:30a
The Rock
11:00a
Charisma
11:30a
The 700 Club
Afternoon
01:00p
Wagon Train (B&W)
02:00p
Magilla Gorilla
02:30p
Huck and Yogi
03:00p
Popeye and Porky Pig
04:00p
Superman
04:30p
Batman
05:00p
The Brady Bunch
05:30p
McHale’s Navy
Evening
06:30p
The Rifleman (B&W)
07:00p
The Big Valley
08:00p
The 700 Club
09:30p
The Rock
10:00p
Acts 29
10:30p
Gerald Derstine Shares
11:00p
The Best of Groucho
11:30p
Mayberry R.F.D.
12:00a
News (local)

Classic television nearly from beginning to end, with religious programming in prime time. What an odd combination, although it does tend to reinforce my belief in vintage TV as a near-religious experience.

WRIP, Channel 61 (Chattanooga) (Ind.)
Afternoon
02:50p
Dr. J. Harold Smith
02:55p
Hercules
03:00p
Word of God School
03:30p
Bozo’s Big Top
04:00p
Uncle Waldo
04:30p
Mike Douglas (co-host Roy Clark, guests Buddy Greco, Bruce Dern, Jan Miner, Honey [Mrs. Lenny] Bruce)
Evening
06:00p
Quest for Adventure
06:30p
Lassie
07:00p
Daytime/Nighttime
08:00p
Peter Marshall (guests Rita Moreno, Ron Palillo, Jack Knight, Bill Saluga)
09:30p
Movie – “Cheer, Boys, Cheer” (B&W)
11:00p
Dr. J. Harold Smith

I've known about Peter Marshall's variety/talk show, but it seems as if I always forget about it until I'm reminded by seeing it again. I'd even forgotten about it between the time I saw it in this issue and when I got down here to type about it.

7 comments:

  1. More or less in order:

    - This was one of NBC's back-up-the-truck periods; Grizzly Adams had only just started a few weeks before. Soon enough, it became one of NBC's few even mildly successful shows; perhaps if you check out other nights, you might find Grizzly delayed to some other day.

    - The Keegans was a pilot that CBS ran in prime time about a year before; the intent was to do a kind of contemporary Irish Waltons - or something like that. The murder plot was a convention of the time.
    My Irish family watched this on its first airing; Dad, the character actor buff, recognized the family matriarch as Joan Leslie, a popular ingenue of the postwar period. In my turn, I recognized the family patriarch as Tom Clancy - not the novelist, but the eldest of the singing Clancy Brothers.
    This was Tom Clancy's Hollywood period; he brought his Irish to just about every cop show that was on back then (and goodness knows there were a bunch of those).

    - The Two Deaths Of Sean Dolittle was part of ABC's attempt to do taped late-night dramas on very low budgets.
    I looked this up on IMDb; most of the production crew came from what was left from Dark Shadows, a few years before (the show dates to '75).

    - That Night Gallery "double-header" is the half-hour syndicated version, which even Gallery devotees will tell you was one of the great editing botches of TV history; the long stories were hacked out, the short stories were distended with doubled-up scenes, etc. This is a case where you have to get the DVDs, which are the only place you can find the stories done properly.
    As for "The Killers" - Is this the 1946 version with Burt Lancaster, or the 1964 version with John Cassevetes?
    It makes a difference, believe me.
    The '64 version is the one where Ronald Reagan plays a really nasty gangster who roughs up Angie Dickinson in one scene; this was just at the point where he gave up acting and went into politics full-time.
    Actually, the really interesting movie is "Shack Out On 101", which Channel 17 is throwing away at 3:30 am.
    Lee Marvin is SLOB.
    You really have to see this for yourself ...

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    1. I couldn't agree with you more about those unwatchable Night Gallery syndicated reruns. I watched the original broadcasts of NG when I was a little kid and when they began popping up later in the decade in syndication I couldn't wait to see them again. Wow. Not only are they horribly edited and some of the really good episodes of that series (which to be truthful, overall, wasn't really that good) not included in syndication (including the three stories of the original pilot, that included the episode "Eyes" starring Joan Crawford and was Steven Spielberg's first professional work) but they spliced in those dull, god awful episodes of The Sixth Sense. One of these days I'll have to check out the DVD's to watch the actual show again, for the first time, in over 40 years.

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  2. Not too long after that (within a couple of years?), WSB and WXIA swapped affiliations, and to this day, WSB is ABC and WXIA is NBC.

    In the mid nineties, WAGA switched from CBS to Fox, and CBS wound-up on what is now WGCL Channel 46.

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    1. Yes. WSB and WXIA swapped networks on September 1, 1980 (Labor Day of that year), and WAGA officially became a Fox owned-and-operated station in 1997.

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  3. I had to go and look it up: "One Life to Live" and "General Hospital" ran 45 minutes each from July 1976 to January 1978, when both of them went to a full hour. I am not sure I noticed this at the time, as I was an "As the World Turns" man back then.

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    1. ABC was "dancing as fast as they could" at that point.
      Note that both ABC affiliates here were carrying Edge Of Night at 10:30 am, instead of 3:00 pm, the correct network timeslot.
      This means that viewers in this region were getting Edge on a one-day delay.
      For a time, we in Chicago were in the same situation, in the Central Time Zone: Edge aired at 9:30 am, following AM Chicago, a half-hour talker that went through several hosts over the years, before a news personality from Baltimore came in and caught on: Oprah Winfrey. She caught on so well that Channel 7 was forced to move Edge to the 3:00 pm slot that it was supposed to have in the first place ...
      ... but that (as Mr. Kipling keeps saying) is another story ...

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Thanks for writing! Drive safely!