Saturday, January 20, 2018

Today in TV History - January 2018


Today is Saturday, January 20, 2018

Today in
Television History

1953 - "Studio One" became the first television show to be transmitted from the United States to Canada.

1965 - The Rolling Stones and the Kinks made their first appearance on ABC-TV's "Shindig!"

1985 - The most-watched Super Bowl game in history was seen by an estimated 115.9 million people. The San Francisco 49ers downed the Miami Dolphins, 38-16. Super Bowl XIX marked the first time that TV commercials sold for a million dollars a minute.

1989 - The 100th episode of "Miami Vice" aired on NBC.

1998 - The first episode of "Dawson's Creek" aired on the WB network.

1999 - ESPN announced the creation of the Great Outdoor Games to be held in Lake Placid, NY, in 2000.

2008 - The pilot episode of "Breaking Bad" aired.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 - Dale Wright & the Rock-its performed "She's Neat" on "American Bandstand."

1959 - Jim Reeves performed "Billy Bayou" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Joe Simon performed "No Sad Songs" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - American Breed performed "Green Lite" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Livingston Taylor performed "I Will Be In Love With You" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Grace Jones appeared on "American Bandstand."

Today is Friday, January 19, 2018


Today in
Television History

1953 - Sixty-eight percent of all TV sets in the U.S. were tuned to CBS-TV, as Lucy Ricardo, of "I Love Lucyve birth to a baby boy.

1955 - U.S. President Eisenhower allowed a filmed news conference to be used on television (and in movie newsreels) for the first time.

1957 - Philadelphia comedian, Ernie Kovacs, did a half-hour TV show without saying a single word of dialogue.

1957 - Johnny Cash made his first network TV appearance, on CBS' "Jackie Gleason Show."

1967 - Lesly Gore appeared on ABC-TV's "Batman" as Catwoman's sidekick, Pussycat.

2012 - The 100th episode of "The Big Bang Theory" aired.

2013 - In Scottsdale, AZ, the original Batmobile for the TV series "Batman" sold at auction for $4.6 million. It was the first of six Batmobiles produced for the show.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1960 - Ray Smith performed "Rockin' Little Angel" on "American Bandstand."

1961 - Skeeter Davis performed "My Last Date (With You)" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Frankie Avalon performed "You Are Mine" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Jim Stafford performed "Spiders and Snakes" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Dan Hartman performed "I Can Dream About You" and "Second Nature" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Kashif performed "Ooh Love" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Thursday, January 18, 2018


Today in
Television History

1951 - Joan Blondell made her TV debut on "Pot of Gold" episode of "Airflyte Theatre" on CBS-TV.

1974 - The first episode of "The Six Million Dollar Man" aired.

1975 - "The Jeffersons" debuted on CBS-TV.

1976 - The Pittsburgh Steelers beat the Dallas Cowboys 21-17 in Super Bowl X. The CBS telecast was viewed by an estimated 80 million people.

1978 - The 100th episode of "Good Times" was aired by CBS.

1987 - For the first time in history the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) was seen by over 100 million viewers. The audience was measured during the week of January 12-18.

1995 - The 100th episode of "Northern Exposure" aired on CBS.

2001 - The Cartoon Network exclusively aired the last episode of "Batman Beyond."

Today in
American Bandstand History

1961 - Johnny Tillotson performed "Jimmy's Girl" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Ike & Tina Turner performed "Poor Fool" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Paul & Paula performed "Hey Paula" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Major Lance performed "Um Um Um Um Um" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - The Chi-Lites performed "Toby" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Wednesday, January 17, 2018


Today in
Television History

1949 - "The Goldbergs" debuted on CBS-TV. The program had been on radio since 1931. The TV version lasted for four years.

1966 - NBC ordered 32 episodes of "The Monkees" for its upcoming fall schedule.

1975 - The television show "Baretta" debuted on ABC.

1985 - Leonard Nimoy got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

1992 - "Michael Jackson...the Legend Continues" aired on CBS-TV.

1994 - Donny Osmond fought the Partridge Family's Danny Bonaduce in a charity boxing match in Chicago, IL. Bonaduce won a split decision.

1997 - Metallica's video "King Nothing" premiered on MTV.

1999 - Cindy Lauper was a voice on the TV show "The Simpsons."

2002 - Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani appeared on the "Tonight Show" with Jay Leno.

2003 - It was announced that FOX had renewed "The Simpsons" for two more seasons. The extension pushed the show past "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" as the all-time longest-running situation comedy.

2003 - It was announced that Madonna would make an appearance on NBC's "Will & Grace" in May. The appearance was Madonna's first episodic TV series debut.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1963 - Dion performed "Ruby Baby" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - The 1910 Fruitgum Co. performed "The Train" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - Ohio Express performed "Sausalito" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - The Captain & Tennille performed "Lonely Nights" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Rockpile performed "Teacher Teacher" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Today in
Television History

1939 - The "I Love a Mystery" debuted on NBC’s West-Coast outlets.

1976 - The TV show "Donny & Marie" premiered on ABC-TV.

1987 - The Beastie Boys became the first act censored on "American Bandstand."

1988 - Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder was fired as a CBS sports commentator one day after telling a TV station in Washington, DC, that, during the era of slavery, blacks had been bred to produce stronger offspring.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1961 - Mickey & Sylvia performed "What Would I Do" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Gene Pitney performed "Town Without Pity" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - James Darren performed "Goodbye Cruel World" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - King Floyd performed "Groove Me" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - A video of Ike & Tina Turner performing "Proud Mary" was aired on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Del Shannon performed "Sea of Love" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Sneaker performed "More Than Just The Two Of Us" and "Don't Let Me In" on "American Bandstand."

1987 - The Beastie Boys became the first act censored on "American Bandstand."

Today is Monday, January 15, 2018


Today in
Television History

1967 - The Rolling Stones performed on TV's "Ed Sullivan Show" and were forced to change their lyrics of "Let's Spend the Night Together" to "Let's Spend Some Time Together."

1967 - The first National Football League Super Bowl was played. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League. The final score was 35-10. The game was televised by both CBS and NBC.

1974 - "Happy Days" premiered on ABC-TV.

1981 - The first episode of "Hill Street Blues" aired.

1995 - The first episode of "Star Trek: Voyager" aired.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1959 - Duane Eddy performed "The Lonely One" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - The Shirelles performed "Baby It's You" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels performed "Jenny Take a Ride" and "Little Latin Lupe Lu" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - Bobby Goldsboro performed "Broomstick Cowboy" and "It's Too Late" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Bread performed "Baby I'm a Want You" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - The Bus Boys performed "The Boys Are Back In Town" and "American Worker" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Ray Parker, Jr. performed "Bad Boy" and "The People Next Door" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Sunday, January 14, 2018


Today in
Television History

1952 - NBC's "Today" show premiered.

1972 - NBC-TV debuted "Sanford & Son."

1976 - "Bionic Woman" debuted on ABC.

1985 - Former Miss America, Phyllis George, joined Bill Kurtis as host of "The CBS Morning News".

1990 - "The Simpsons" began airing regularly.

1990 - America's Funniest Home Videos debuted as a regular weekly series. The show was originally aired as a special on November 26, 1989.

1993 - TV talk show host David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC to CBS.

1996 - Fox aired the San Francisco 49er/Dallas Cowboy NFC championship game. The game pulled a 34.2/57 Nielsen rating.

1997 - The Beach Boys guest starred on ABC-TV's "Home Improvement".

1998 - NBC agreed to pay Warner Bros. $13 million per episode to retain the TV show "ER."

1999 - Garth Brooks appeared on Sesame Street. He sang the song called "Together We Make Music".

2001 - The final episode of "The Jamie Foxx Show" aired.

2002 - NBC's "Today" celebrated its 50th anniversary on television.

2002 - TNT world premiered the TV movie "Monday Night Mayhem."


Today in

American Bandstand History

1958 - Sam Cooke performed "I Love You for Sentimental Reasons" and "Desire Me" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - The Youngbloods performed "Grizzly Bear" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Mike Williams performed "Lonely Soldier" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Peter Brown performed "Do Ya Wanna Get Funky With Me" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - High Energy performed "You Can't Turn Me Off" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Quarterflash performed "Take Me to Heart" and "Take Another Picture" on "American Bandstand."

1984 - Madonna performed "Holiday" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Saturday, January 13, 2018


Today in
Television History

1928 - Ernst F. W. Alexanderson gave the first public demonstration of television.

1966 - Elizabeth Montgomery’s character, Samantha, on "Bewitched," had a baby. The baby's name was Tabitha.

1973 - ABC aired the final episode of "Alias Smith and Jones."

1997 - The first episode of "La Femme Nikita" aired.

1998 - NBC agreed to pay almost $13 million for each episode of the TV show E.R. It was the highest amount ever paid for a TV show.

1998 - ABC and ESPN negotiated to keep "Monday Night Football" for $1.15 billion a season.

1998 - One of the 110 missing episodes of the British TV show "Doctor Who" was found in New Zealand.

1998 - The NFL completed a $9.2 billion deal with to keep "Monday Night Football" on ABC and the entire Sunday night cable package for ESPN.

1998 - The 100th episode of "NYPD Blue" aired on ABC.

2001 - TV Guide issued a set of commemorative Elvis Presley covers.

Today in

American Bandstand History

1958 - Dickie Doo & the Don'ts performed "Click-Click" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - The Box Tops performed "Cry Like a Baby" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Jimmie Rodgers performed "Child of Clay" on "American Bandstand."

1973 - The Chi-Lites performed "We Need Order" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Peaches & Herb performed "Reunited" on "American Bandstand."




Today is Friday, January 12, 2018


Today in
Television History

1949 - "Arthur Godfrey and His Friends" was debuted on CBS-TV. The show stayed on the network for seven years.

1949 - "Kukla, Fran and Ollie", the Chicago-based children’s show, made its national debut on NBC-TV.

1955 - Rod Serling’s career began with the TV production of "Patterns."

1958 - Major league baseball players Stan Musial and Johnny Padres were guests on the "Ed Sullivan Show."

1964 - The Beatles made their second appearance on BBC-TV's "Sunday Night at the London Palladium."

1965 - The dance show "Hullabaloo" premiered on NBC TV.

1966 - The television series "Batman" debuted on ABC.

1967 - "Dragnet" returned to NBC-TV after being off the network schedule for eight years.

1968 - The Supremes appeared in an episode of "Tarzan" on NBC-TV. The ladies played a group of nuns.

1971 - "All In the Family" debuted on CBS-TV.

1991 - "The Superfans," the #1 fans of the Chicago Bears, sketch debuted on "Saturday Night Live."

1997 - The first episode of "King of the Hill" was aired.

1997 - On ABC, Paula Abdul made her dramatic acting debut in "In The Shadow of Evil."

2002 - Conan O'Brien and Liza Powel were married. The two had met when Powel appeared on NBC's "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" in a skit about advertising a year earlier.

2004 - NBC announced that the series "Frasier" would end the following May after 11 seasons.

Today in
American Bandstand History
1974 - Kool & the Gang performed "Jungle Boogie" and "Funky Stuff" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Albert Hammond performed "Half a Million Miles Away" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - General Public performed "Tenderness" and "Never You Done that" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Rebbie Jackson performed "Centipede" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Thursday, January 11, 2018


Today in
Television History

1958 - "Seahunt" debuted on CBS-TV. The show was aired on the network for four years.

1963 - The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the U.K. They performed the song "Please Please Me" on the show "Thank Your Lucky Stars."

1983 - "The Joy of Painting" aired for the first time.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1961 - Brian Hyland performed "That's How Much" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Freddy Cannon performed "If You Were a Rock'n'Roll Record" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - The Crystals performed "Little Boy" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Freddy Cannon performed "Abigail Beecher" on "American Bandstand."

1969 - Dorsey Burnette performed "The Greatest Love" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - The B.T. Express performed "Do It (Til Your Satisfied)" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Wednesday, January 10, 2018


Today in
Television History

1962 - The NFL entered into a single-network agreement with CBS for telecasting all regular-season games for $4.65 million annually.

1971 - "Masterpiece Theatre" premiered on PBS with host Alistair Cooke. The introduction drama series was "The First Churchills."

1980 - The final episode of "The Rockford Files" aired on NBC.

1985 - Ted Nugent appeared on TV's "Miami Vice."

1999 - The animated series "Batman Beyond" debuted on the WB network.

1999 - HBO began airing the series "The Sopranos."

2002 - Ethan Zohn was announced as the winner of CBS' "Survivor 3."

2005 - CBS fired four executives following the release of an independent investigation about a "60 Minutes Wednesday" story about U.S. President George W. Bush's military service. The investigation said a "myopic zeal" led to the story being aired that was neither fair nor accurate. Forged documents had been used for proof in the story.

2007 - The iTunes Music Store reached 50 million television episodes sold.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1958 - George Hamilton IV performed "Why Don't They Understand" on "American Bandstand."

1958 - Sal Mineo performed "Party Time" and "Little Pigeon" on "American Bandstand."

1961 - Buzz Clifford performed "Baby Sittin' Boogie" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Barbara Lynn performed "You're Gonna Need Me" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - David Geddes performed "Last Game of the Season" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Kool & the Gang performed "Celebration" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - John Cougar Mellencamp performed "Ain't Even Done With The Night" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Tuesday, January 9, 2018


Today in
Television History

1940 - Television was used for the first time to present a sales meeting to convention delegates in New York City.

1955 - The western TV series "Rawhide" premiered. The show was cancelled in 1966.

1977 - Super Bowl XI set a pro attendance record with 103,438. The NBC telecast was viewed by 81.9 million.

1984 - Clara Peller was first seen by TV viewers in the "Where's the Beef?" commercial campaign for Wendy's.

1992 - Sting made a guest appearance on the series "The Simpsons," in the episode "Radio Bart."

1996 - The first episode of "3rd Rock from the Sun" aired on NBC.

1999 - The first episode of "Providence" aired on NBC.

2001 - ABC-TV aired "The Mole" for the first time.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1958 - Dion & the Belmonts peformed "Don't Pity Me" on "American Bandstand."

1961 - Linda Hopkins appeared on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Gale Garnett performed "Lovin' Place" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Jumpin' Gene Simmons performed "The Dodo" and "Haunted House" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Cass Elliott performed "A Song That Never Comes" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Dave Mason performed "Only You Know and I Know" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Quarterflash performed "Harden My Heart" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Monday, January 8, 2018

Today in
Television History

1952 - Marie Wilson came to TV as "My Friend Irma."

1961 - Robert Goulet made his national TV debut this night on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on CBS.

1966 - The final episode of "Shindig!" was broadcast on ABC-TV. The show featured the Kinks and the Who.

1977 - The cover of TV Guide was "Super Bowl."

1984 - ABC purchased the remaining 85% of ESPN.

1997 - Mister Rogers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1966 - Lou Christie performed "Lightning Strikes" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - The Knickerbockers performed "Lies" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - The J. Geils Band performed "Lookin' for a Love" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Joe Simon performed "Drowning in the Sea of Love" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Lee Ritenour performed "Cross My Heart" and "Keep It Alive" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Bobby Nunn performed "She's Just a Groupie" and "Never Seen Anything Like You" on "American Bandstand."

2000 - Dick Clark began hosting the game show "Winning Lines."

Today is Sunday, January 7, 2018


Today in
Television History

1926 - George Burns and Gracie Allen were married.

1954 - The Duoscopic TV receiver was unveiled this day. The TV set allowed the watching of two different shows at the same time.

1983 - The 100th episode of "The Dukes Of Hazzard" was aired on CBS.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1958 - Buddy Knox performed "Hula Love" and "Swingin' Daddy" on "American Bandstand."

1958 - The Hollywood Frames performed "Buzz-Buzz-Buzz" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Neil Diamond performed "You Got to Me" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - The Electric Prunes performed "I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Odyssey performed "Native New Yorker" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Alan O'Day performed "Started Out Dancing, Ended Up Making Love" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Saturday, January 6, 2018

Today in
Television History

1957 - Elvis Presley made his last appearance on the "Ed Sullivan Show" in New York City.

1963 - "Wild Kingdom" premiered on NBC.

1966 - Duke Ellington’s concert recorded at 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, was broadcast on CBS-TV.

1968 - Dick Clark premiered his TV series "Happening '68." The show ran through September of 1969.

1968 - The 100th episode of "I Dream of Jeannie" was aired.

1975 - ABC-TV debuted "A.M. America."

1988 - A seven-fight deal was signed between Mike Tyson and HBO.

1991 - The Perry Mason TV movie "The Case of the Ruthless Reporter" aired.

1999 - Bob Newhart, Alex Trebek, Dennis Franz and Buffalo Bob Smith got a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame.

2003 - FOX began airing "Joe Millionaire."

Today in
American Bandstand History

1968 - Kenny O'Dell performed "Beautiful People" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - The Turtles performed "She's My Girl" on "American Bandstand."

1973 - Billy Paul performed "Me and Mrs. Jones" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - The Village People performed "YMCA" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Friday, January 5, 2018


Today in
Television History

1948 - Warner Brothers-Pathe showed the very first color newsreel. The footage was of the Tournament of Roses Parade and the Rose Bowl football classic.

1961 - "Mr. Ed" debuted. The show would run for six years.

1970 - "All My Children" premiered on ABC.

1971 - ABC's "Alias Smith and Jones" aired for the first time.

2002 - The 1000th episode of "Soul Train" aired.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1974 - Ann Peebles performed "I Can't Stand the Rain" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - El Chicano performed "Tell Her She's Lovely" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Julian Lennon performed "Valotte" and "Too Late For Goodbyes" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Shalamar performed "My Girl Love Me" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Thursday, January 4, 2018

Today in
Television History

1957 - Former heavyweight boxing champ Joe Louis appeared on "The Steve Allen Show" to introduce singer Solomon Burke. Burke performed Louis' "You Can Run, but You Can't Hide."

1961 - The first episode of "Mr. Ed" aired on CBS.

1965 - The Fender Guitar Company was sold to CBS for $13 million.

1974 - NBC-TV presented hockey in prime time. The Boston Bruins and the New York Rangers were the teams in the National Hockey League (NHL) game.

1977 - Mary Shane was hired by the Chicago White Sox as the first woman TV play-by-play announcer.

1982 - Bryant Gumbel moved from NBC Sports to the anchor desk where he joined Jane Pauley as co-host of the "Today" show on NBC.

1984 - The first episode of "Night Court" aired on NBC.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1960 - The Fireballs performed "Bulldog" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Johnny Thunder performed "Loop de Loop" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Shirley Ellis performed "Nitty Gritty" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - The Trashmen performed "Surfin' Bird" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Shirley Brown performed "Woman to Woman" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Wednesday, January 3, 2018


Today in
Television History

1949 - "Colgate Theater" debuted.

1951 - NBC-TV debuted "Dragnet."

1979 - The 100th episode of "The Jeffersons" aired.

1984 - ABC aired the 100th episode of "Hart to Hart."

1984 - NBC aired the first episode of "Riptide."

1993 - The first episode of "Star Trek - Deep Space Nine" aired.

1997 - Bryant Gumbel signed off for the last time as host of NBC's "Today" show.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1976 - The Staple Singers performed "Let's Do It Again" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - C.W. McCall performed "Convoy" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Tierra performed "2-gether" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Today in
Television History

1949 - Jack Benny's television show aired on CBS for the first time. The show had previously been aired on NBC.

1953 - "The Life of Riley" debuted on NBC-TV.

1971 - In the U.S., a federally imposed ban on television cigarette advertisements went into effect.

1976 - The 100th episode of "Sanford and Son" was aired.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1963 - Dionne Warwick performed "Don't Make Me Over" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Marvin Gaye performed "Hitch Hike" and "How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved by You)" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Adam Faith performed "It Sounds Good" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Johnny Rivers performed "Mountain of Love" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Patti Austin performed "Every Home Should Have One" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Monday, January 1, 2018


Today in
Television History

1906 - Louis W. Parker was born. He was the inventor of the intercarrier sound system for television sets, the modern basis for coordinating sound and picture.

1955 - Loretta Young was featured on the cover of "TV Guide." She made a total of 11 appearances on the cover of the magazine.

1964 - The BBC broadcasts the first "Top of the Pops" TV rock show.

1966 - The final episode of "The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet" (with Rick Nelson) was filmed.

1971 - Tobacco ads representing $20 million dollars in advertising were banned from TV and radio broadcast.

1977 - The 200th episode of "Soul Train" aired.

1985 - VH-1 premiered as an adult contemporary music video channel with Marvin Gaye's "Star Spangled Banner" video.

Today in

American Bandstand History

1966 - Mel Carter performed "Love Is All We Need" and "My Heart Sings" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Adam Ant performed "Desperate But Not Serious" and "Goody Two Shoes" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - A video of Billy Joel performing "Allentown" was aired on "American Bandstand."