October 23, 2017

What's on TV? Wednesday, October 23, 1963

Back in the Twin Cities this week, and I'm struck by how ordinary a week it is. Look at tonight, for example - CBS has The Beverly Hillbillies, the top-rated show on television, followed by The Dick Van Dyke Show, which ends the season as #3, and The Danny Kaye Show, which comes in at #30. Meanwhile, NBC has The Virginian at #17, while on ABC, The Patty Duke Show is #18. Clearly people enjoyed watching television on Wednesday nights. Let's see the rest of the schedule.




 2   KTCA (Educ.)

Morning

    8:55
FRENCH – Grade 4

    9:10
SPANISH – Grade 4

    9:30
SPANISH – Grade 5

    9:45
PORTFOLIO – Grade 11

  10:10
SPANISH – Grade 6

  10:25
GERMAN – Grade 5

  10:40
EARTH AND SPACE SCIENCE

  11:00
PORTFOLIO – Grade 11

  11:45
KINDERGARTEN

Afternoon

  12:30
MAN’S LIVING BODY – Dearden

    1:00
SPANISH – Grade 4

    1:20
SPANISH – Grade 5

    1:35
GERMAN – Grade 4

    1:50
SCIENCE – Grade 6

    2:20
GERMAN – Grade 6

    2:35
SPANISH – Grade 6

    2:50
EXPLORING SCIENCE – Grade 6

    3:15
GERMAN FAIRY TALES

    3:45
SPANISH – Preview

    5:30
KINDERGARTEN

Evening

    6:00
BALANCE OF FEAR

    6:30
GENERAL SCIENCE

    7:00
INQUIRY – Discussion

    7:30
CONTINENTAL COMMENT

    8:00
FOLK MUSIC NOW AND THEN

    8:30
MACALESTER COLLEGE

    9:00
LABOR PROBLEMS – Panel

  10:00
PROFILE – History

  10:30
FACES OF A GIANT – Education

Not really much to say about this lineup, is there? Except that in some way it seems like what educational television ought to be.


 4   WCCO (CBS)

Morning

    6:30
SUNRISE SEMESTER
Outlines of Art

    7:00
SIEGFRIED, AXEL, CLANCY

    8:00
CAPTAIN KANGAROO

    9:00
NEWS – Dean Montgomery

    9:15
WHAT’S NEW? – Women

    9:25
DR. REUBEN K. YOUNGDAHL

    9:30
I LOVE LUCY – Comedy

  10:00
McCOYS – Comedy

  10:30
PETE AND GLADYS – Comedy

  11:00
LOVE OF LIVE – Serial

  11:25
NEWS – Harry Reasoner

  11:30
SEARCH FOR TOMORROW

  11:45
GUIDING LIGHT – Serial

Afternoon

  12:00
NEWS – Dave Moore

  12:15
SOMETHING SPECIAL

  12:25
WEATHER – Bud Kraehling

  12:30
AS THE WORLD TURNS – Serial

    1:00
PASSWORD – Allen Ludden
Guests: Sydney Chaplin, Marjorie Lord

    1:30
HOUSE PARTY – Art Linkletter

    2:00
TO TELL THE TRUTH – Lewis
Panel: Darren McGavin, Orson Bean, Bess Myerson, Phyllis Newman

    2:25
NEWS – Douglas Edwards

    2:30
EDGE OF NIGHT – Serial

    3:00
SECRET STORM – Serial

    3:30
BEST OF GROUCHO – Quiz

    4:00
AROUND THE TOWN – Harvey

    4:30
AXEL AND DEPUTY DAWG

    5:00
CLANCY AND HIS FRIENDS

    5:30
NEWS – Walter Cronkite

Evening

    6:00
NEWS – Dean Montgomery

    6:15
SPORTS – Don Dahl

    6:20
SPOTLIGHT – George Rice

    6:25
WEATHER – Don O’Brien

    6:30
CBS REPORTS – Documentary
“The Great American Funeral”

    7:30
GLYNIS – Comedy

    8:00
BEVERLY HILLBILLIES

    8:30
DICK VAN DYKE – Comedy

    9:00
DANNY KAYE – Variety
Guests: Gene Kelly, Michele Lee, Clinger Sisters

  10:00
NEWS – Dave Moore

  10:15
WEATHER – Bud Kraehling

  10:20
SPORTS – Hal Scott

  10:30
ROUNDY PREDICTS – Football

  11:00
STEVE ALLEN – Variety
Guests: Telly Savales, Lulu Porter, Stiller and Meara

    1:00
MOVIE – Drama
“Fighter Attack” (1953)
News will follow the movie

Ironic that we're seeing Danny Kaye's show this week, considering Saturday's discussion surrounding Judy Garland. From what I've read, CBS first offered (or scheduled) Kaye the Sunday night slot opposite Bonanza, which he refused precisely because he knew the toughness of the competition. I have nothing to go on in this speculation, but I wonder - by allowing Kaye to veto that Sunday spot (thereby putting Garland there instead), were they suggesting that they valued Danny's show more, that it was more likely to have a long run without its star blowing up?



 5   KSTP (NBC)

Morning

    6:30
CITY AND COUNTRY

    7:00
TODAY – Hugh Downs
Guests: Sterling Hayden, Raymond Massey, Adam Keefe
Local news at 7:25 A.M. and 8:25 A.M.

    9:00
SAY WHEN – Art James

    9:25
NEWS – Edwin Newman

    9:30
WORD FOR WORD C

  10:00
CONCENTRATION – Hugh Downs

  10:30
MISSING LINKS – Ed McMahon   COLOR 
Panel: Ann Sheridan, Nipsey Russell, Sam Levenson

  11:00
YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION   COLOR 
Panel: Dennis James, Ruth Warrick, Corbett Monica

  11:30
TRUTH OR CONSEQUENCES   COLOR 

  11:55
NEWS – Ray Scherer

Afternoon

  12:00
NEWS – MacDougall   COLOR 

  12:15
WEATHER – Morris   COLOR 

  12:25
WOMAN’S WORLD   COLOR 

  12:30
TREASURE CHEST   COLOR 

    1:00
PEOPLE WILL TALK   COLOR 

    1:25
NEWS – Floyd Kalber

    1:30
DOCTORS – Drama

    2:00
LORETTA YOUNG – Drama

    2:30
YOU DON’T SAY – Kennedy   COLOR 
Panelists: Diana Lynn, Richard Conte

    3:00
MATCH GAME – Gene Rayburn

    3:25
NEWS – Sander Vanocur

    3:30
MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY

    4:00
MOVIE – Mystery
“So Long at the Fair” (English; 1951)

    5:25
DOCTOR’S HOUSE CALL – Fox

    5:30
NEWS – Huntley, Brinkley

Evening

    6:00
NEWS – Bob Ryan   COLOR 

    6:15
WEATHER – Morris   COLOR 

    6:25
SPORTS – Al Tighe   COLOR 

    6:30
VIRGINIAN – Western   COLOR 

    8:00
ESPIONAGE – Drama

    9:00
ELEVENTH HOUR – Drama

  10:00
NEWS – MacDougall   COLOR 

  10:15
WEATHER – Morris   COLOR 

  10:20
SPORTS – Al Tighe   COLOR 

  10:30
JOHNNY CARSON – Variety   COLOR 
Guest: Sterling Hayden

  12:00
NEWS AND SPORTS   COLOR 

Sterling Hayden's busy making the rounds, isn't he? I think he also pops up elsewhere during the course of the week. He's probably plugging his book Wanderer, his fascinating (and controversial) memoir of life away from Hollywood, in which he defied both movie bosses and his ex-wife by taking his children and sailing the sea.


 9   KMSP (ABC)

Morning

    7:40
CHAPEL OF THE AIR – Religion

    7:45
BREAKFAST – Grandpa Ken

    9:00
ROMPER ROOM – Miss Betty

  10:00
PRICE IS RIGHT – Bill Cullen

  10:30
SEVEN KEYS – Jack Narz

  11:00
ERNIE FORD – Variety
Guest: Leo Diamond

  11:30
PEOPLE ARE FUNNY – Linkletter

Afternoon

  12:00
GENERAL HOSPITAL – Serial

  12:30
FATHER KNOWS BEST – Comedy

    1:00
PEOPLE’S CHOICE – Comedy

    1:30
DAY IN COURT – Drama

    1:55
NEWS – Lisa Howard

    2:00
QUEEN FOR A DAY – Bailey

    2:30
WHO DO YOU TRUST?

    3:00
TRAILMASTER – Western

    4:00
ADVENTURES IN PARADISE

    5:00
NEWS – Bob Allard

    5:15
NEWS – Ron Cochran

    5:30
LEAVE IT TO BEAVER – Comedy

Evening

    6:00
DOBIE GILLIS – Comedy

    6:30
OZZIE AND HARRIET – Comedy

    7:00
PATTY DUKE – Comedy

    7:30
PRICE IS RIGHT – Bill Cullen

    8:00
BEN CASEY – Drama

    9:00
CHANNING – Drama

  10:00
NEWS, WEATHER, SPORTS

  10:30
DETECTIVES – Police

  11:30
TARGET: CORRUPTORS – Drama

  12:30
NEWS

We have an interesting theme developing on some of tonight's shows - on Patty Duke, "The girls are planning a slumber party, but kid brother Ross is not asleep at the switch - he's planning to tape their conversation for blackmail purposes." Interesting use of the word there; usually Ross' actions would be considered "hijinks" or something like that. "Blackmail" puts me in mind of Perry Mason. Later, on Channing, a candidate for state's attorney "knows that his opponent will expose him for having once stolen some college funds." Meanwhile, over on CBS, Rob accidentally overhears what Jerry and Millie really think of them, thanks to Ritchie's toy intercom, and NBC's Espionage has the British government dealing with a security leak of top-secret information. What a suspicious night!


11  WTCN (IND.)

Morning

  10:45
KUKLA AND OLLIE – Children

  11:00
EN FRANCE - Education

  11:30
DATELINE: MINNESOTA, 

  11:45
TAKE FIVE – Jan Werner

Afternoon

  12:00
LUNCH WITH CASEY – Children

  12:45
KING AND ODIE – Cartoon

    1:00
MOVIE – Musical Comedy
“So This Is Love” (1953)

    2:45
LEE PHILIP – Women
Guest: Peggy Wood

    3:00
DECEMBER BRIDE – Comedy

    3:30
ROBIN HOOD – Adventure

    4:00
BEETLE AND PETE – Dave Lee

    4:30
MICKEY MOUSE CLUB – Children

    5:00
SUPERMAN – Adventure

    5:30
LONE RANGER – Western

Evening

    6:00
WHIRLYBIRDS – Adventure

    6:30
BOLD JOURNEY – Travel

    7:00
EXPEDITION – Documentary

    7:30
STONEY BURKE – Drama

    8:30
DESILU PLAYHOUSE – Drama

    9:30
NEWS – Dick Ford

    9:45
WEATHER – Stuart A. Lindman

    9:50
SPORTS – Buetel, Horner

  10:00
MOVIE – Drama
“The Lost Weekend” (1945)

Just a thought - it's a heck of a way to kick off your broadcasting day with Kukla and Ollie, isn't it? Frankly, I wish more stations would do it today - I rather like the idea of starting your morning with a smile on your face.

14 comments:

  1. Briefly:

    - The accounts I've read are that Danny Kaye was even more temperamental than Judy Garland during this season.
    As to time slots, the Armstrong Cork Company controlled the Wednesday slot on CBS. They were offered a choice between Kaye and Garland, and chose Kaye - staying with him for most of his CBS tenure.
    As to Garland:
    Several years afterward, Mel Torme, who worked on the Garland show as a creator of special musical material, wrote a book about the experience: The Other Side Of The Rainbow.
    In its own time, this book was blasted as "peep-and-prattle" gossip; in the years since, it's come to be regarded as one of the more compassionate portraits of Garland's life during this period.

    - I was surprised to see Lee Phillip's mid-day talk show on a Minneapolis station.
    I wasn't aware that CBS was syndicating the show, which aired live on Channel 2 Monday through Saturday for years, to other Midwestern stations (not limited to CBS outlets).
    Naturally, I'm wondering if this was a "bicycle" show that had aired a week or so earlier in Chicago, or if it was specially made for export (my guess would be the former; correction welcomed, if needed).
    What I do know is that Lee Phillip kept her daily Chicago show going into the '80s - until she and her husband Bill Bell decided to move to California, to be closer to their soap operas, Young & Restless and Bold & Beautiful, which continue to the present day.

    - Burr Tillstrom never considered Kukla And Ollie to be a "children's show"; his Kuklapolitans were very real to him, and he prided himself on never "talking down" to his audience - not even to the adults.
    Tillstrom never married, and left no surviving family, which is why Kukla And Ollie ended with his passing.

    - Noting that Who Do You Trust? is still on ABC in the afternoon, more than a year since Johnny Carson departed for that late night show whose title escapes me at the moment ...
    As you may remember, Carson's replacement was Woody Woodbury, whose name seems to crop up here every now and then. From all I've heard, Woody did a pretty good job, but ABC was getting restless, and so in midseason Trust was dropped in favor of a new soap: General Hospital.
    *... and the rest is history ...*

    - On a personal note:
    I will soon be making a "new" addition to my DVD Wall: Target: The Corruptors, which ran one season on ABC a couple of years before this.
    This was Four Star's attempt at "social significance", an hour drama starring the usually villainous Stephen McNally as an investigative reporter who took on white-collar crooks and such.
    KMSP is running the repeats in a late-night slot, as many local stations would in the pre-stripping days.
    I'm really looking forward to seeing this one again; my DVD Wall is positively groaning with shows like this that may well have been "ahead of their time".
    (I should have mentioned this yesterday, but I already have the complete run of Arrest And Trial, which you mentioned last time.)

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    1. Interested to hear your opinion of Target: The Corruptors, and whether or not it would be worth the investment.

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    2. CBS broadcast THE LEE PHILLIP SHOW to its Midwestern affiliates in the 1963-64 season, running at 3:30 CT--when WCCO aired THE BEST OF GROUCHO. So WTCN picked it up, likely on a tape delay.

      And look who was being blackmailed on CHANNING...

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DUTt1fWSKVM

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    3. It took me a while but I finally found it ...

      ... TV Guide (Chicago edition) for the week of June 2-8, 1962. Mary Tyler Moore on the cover.
      And billboarded across the top:
      'Target: The Corruptors' - A Case History - see page 4

      It's a first-person account of the series's creation by Lester Velie, an investigative reporter for Reader's Digest, among others.
      Velie tells here about how he came to partner up with Four Star (Dick Powell's company, as you'll recall) and ABC to make the Corruptors series.
      There was a lot of back-and-forth over whether they were going to make a gangster show (a la The Untouchables) or steer more toward white-collar crime; Velie and Four Star were able to persuade ABC that 30 or so episodes in a season would enable them to move around a bit.
      In Velie's account, Target: The Corruptors was a hit in the big cities, where ABC had more affiliate strength, but not so much in "the C and D counties"; thus, only one season.
      If you've got this issue in your files, I'd suggest you give it a read; it's very informative.

      As to the DVD set, it's a "collectors edition" from Martin Grams.
      It's supposed to be the whole series; I'm looking forward to seeing a two-parter from midway through the run, involving corruption in a big labor union.
      Jack Warden plays the union boss, 'Jerry Skala' (sound familiar?)
      Hey, for 1961-62, this was pretty daring ...
      "Worth the investment"?
      I'd say so, even before I get the bloody thing.

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    4. Let me know about the quality - I might be interested in that!

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    5. Took delivery this AM of Target: The Corruptors, from Martin Grams.

      If by 'quality', you mean the picture, it's as good as anything Grams is selling, and considerably better than most Four Star c2cs on any market.

      If you mean the episode content ...
      ... I'll just say that it's a Different Time, and let it go at that.
      But you really ought to get a load of some of the actors who turn up here (Dick Powell must have called in a lot of chits ...).

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  2. As a TV obsessed, precocious 10 year old in October 1963, this edition fascinates me 54 years later as I take a retrospective look.

    1. 50's movies, CBS comedies (both rural and suburban) yet sprinkled in are signs of the future of TV...Eleventh Hour, Ben Casey, Espionage, etc---that is until the 70's took away dramatic TV's cutting edge until sometime around 1981-82 (HSB, St Elsewhere).

    2. Somehow, the ETV schedule gave me a warm feeling once I got used to 5:30 pm Kindergarten (6:30 Eastern, 7 pm in Newfoundland and Labrador).

    3. Knowing the JFK assassination was just around the corner, I can sense a level of foreboding while enjoying all these great 5th grade TV memories and remembering the voices of Chet and David.

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    1. RE: point 3- my wife made a very similar observation. With just one month before the assassination, knowing what we know, it does shade everything. All of a sudden a lot of shows out there are going to start to look very naïve and innocent...

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    2. Agreed, Mitchell. A scan of the 1964 GUIDES clearly shows the steel on steel change....several of the ones in your collection show harder edged white papers and documentaries, several in prime time. Add the Goldwater campaign to it and you had a very different tone.

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    3. I was too young to notice, but I've read several accounts of how the entire holiday season in 1963 was a melancholy one (naturally, since JFK's funeral was Monday of Thanksgiving week), and of course the White House Christmas tree wasn't lighted until December 22, which marked the end of the 30-day mourning period.

      There's a scene in Garry Moore's Christmas special from that year - I think it was Dorothy Collins singing, and there was something sorrowful, almost angry, in the way that she sings. (Or am I just reading this into it?) It would be interesting to look at the shows written and shot in, say, the three months following the assassination and see if that same heaviness exists.

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  3. The Dick Van Dyke episode you mentioned is called "All About Evesdropping"!!!

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  4. Lee Phillips' guest this day is Peggy Wood-star of the early TV show "I Remember Mama", with a young Dick Van Patten starring as Niles. By 1965, business would pick up for CBS on Wednesday nights when Jed and his kin, Dick Van Dyke and Danny Kaye would be joined by the sci fi classic Lost In Space, and the rual sitcom Green Acres. As the world became more sinister in the post-JFK era, spies and secret agents took over tele screens with shows like The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Get Smart, The Avengers and others.
    To John Rowe, I too get a warm feeling from Public TV, especially memories of shows like Sesame Street, The Electric Company, Mister Rogers, Villa Alegre (to a lesser extent), plus Evening At Pops, Soul!, Austin City Limits and Masterpiece Theatre in its' early days. All this coming from the era in which I lived. On a personal standpoint, when you're 10 years old, it's okay to be TV obsessed-I was rather precocious at that age myself. :)

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  5. Ken and Mitchell-

    Ah, if only my mother had felt the same way and not thrown out my entire mid to late 60's collection of Upstate NY Guides....Mitchell would have been set for a few years. I even had them numbered.

    Then again everyone would have gotten tired of listings from WSYR (NBC, Syracuse) that preempted the second AFL game each Sunday and the entire NBC Monday lineup in 1966 for black and white C Rated movies from the '40's....

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  6. The comic highlight of that evening's DANNY KAYE SHOW

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gx-yrVWsjrs

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Thanks for writing! Drive safely!