The story of how Amahl and the Night Visitors, the first made-for-TV opera, became one of the most famous and best-loved television programs of all time, and the the young medium's first Christmas tradition.
If you think achieving world piece is hard, try producing a successful TV series. That's what the United Nations tried to do, in the so-bad-it-has-to-be-true saga of their unsuccessful foray into entertainment.
The assassination of JFK shocked the world. And yet, less than two months before his death, two TV series ran episodes dealing with political assassination - one of them with the eerie title "November 5" and a man holding a rifle. . .
My essay on "The Little Drummer Boy" appears as part of "Christmas in July" at Joanna Wilson's Christmas TV History blog.
The Dan Schneider Video Interview
In November 2015 I appeared with two other classic television experts on Dan Schneider's Video Interview program to discuss The Golden Age of Television, when it was, and what made it so.