November 24, 2017

Around the dial

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving yesterday; I'm still cruising on a tryptophan high myself, but not so much that I don't have the energy to come up with some headlines for the week. Think of them as your Thanksgiving leftovers.

At Comfort TV, David has a thoughtful piece on the dilemma of David Cassidy. A sad story indeed.

When is the right time to start Christmas programming? As far as I'm concerned, once we get to December 1, all bets are off, but some of you may be ready even now. In any event, Joanna at Christmas TV History has a comprehensive list on where to watch Christmas programs.

Nice find by Carol at The Bob Crane Show:Reloaded: audio of Bob's guest-host stint on The Tonight Show on July 2, 1969.

"Quick-Quick Slow Death" is one of John's favorite Avengers episodes, and if you go to Cult TV Blog you'll find out why it's The Avengers at its best.

Last Saturday we spent a few moments recalling the great New York City blackout of 1965, and now at Garroway at Large Jodie takes us to a different kind of blackout. The Great Paris Blackout of 1959 involves the Today show, Dave Garroway, union leaders, and Brigitte Bardot. Need we say more?

The Twilight Zone Vortex returns with another edition of The Twilight Zone Magazine, including an article by George Clayton Johnson on his experience writing for the program.

Martin Grams Jr. is out with another book, one that's sure to be of interest to OTR fans - The Top 100 Classic Radio Shows. Looks to be a great book, at an affordable price.

Jack's latest installment in the Hitchcock Project at bare-bones e-zine is the Cockrells' "There Was an Old Woman," with a very nasty turn by Charles Bronson.

At Television Obscurities, the kind of story that I love running across: how an episode of The Patty Duke Show was edited due to the assassination of President Kennedy.

That's about all I have time for today, but I think it should keep you busy until the next time we meet. In the meantime, have another piece of that pie.  TV  


  1. Thanks, Mitchell! I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

  2. The Patty Duke editing and the Joey Bishop episode being wiped reminds me of television changes as a result of crises. Two Season 34 (2005-06) episodes of "The Price Is Right" taped in June and July 2005 did not air for 42 and 50 weeks later, respectively, because of Hurricane Katrina because of prizes on the show.

    A contestant on the June 2005 taping that aired 50 weeks later noted a CBS official sent her a DVD of the episode, marked Not for Broadcast, because there was no clearance to air the episode yet until New Orleans was rebuilt in a necessary way to allow the episode to air. The other postponed episode also had a trip to New Orleans, but by the time the show aired, the contestant won the both the New Orleans and Washington trips (the two locales were trips that the show offered in one game), the airline that gave the Washington trip went out of business. It was unknown if CBS paid cash equivalent, substituted a different trip, or allowed the contestant to take the trip won around Thanksgiving or Christmas (when the show would have aired) as contestants were in legal limbo. Some contestants were able to pick up other prizes before the broadcast, the contestant who was on the message board did not say. However, by law, CBS would air the show and award prizes, even if the episode did not air.

    Of course, in modern era Price, CBS would be even stricter on trip and car situations since in the modern era of social media, the network encourages contestants to show their trips on social media or when they pick up their cars. A 12-month postponement would legally put contestants in hot water when they picked up their prizes and showed them on social media.


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