With Thanksgiving just around the corner, Kevin Butler has a great piece up at TVParty! reviewing the history of CBS’ Thanksgiving Day Parade Jubilee coverage. Growing up, I always preferred CBS’ multi-parade coverage, which included (at various times)New York, Detroit, Philadelphia, Toronto and Hawaii, to the bloated Macy’s broadcast on NBC. Alas, there’s not much difference between the two anymore, which is why I’ve switched over to WGN’s broadcast of the McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago.
At About Last Night, Terry Teachout links to the broadcast of Gian Carlo Menotti’s opera The Medium, originally broadcast on CBS’ Studio One in 1948. I own this broadcast myself (probably the oldest TV show in my collection), which was part of the very good boxed set of Studio One productions that came out a few years ago. It never ceases to amaze that operas were once a regular (if infrequent) part of television. I admit a bias in that Menotti is one of my favorite composers, but this broadcast shows just how tight and suspenseful an opera can be without taking any more than an hour.
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