Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Today in TV History - February 2018


Today is Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Today in
Television History

1964 - The 200th episode of "Perry Mason" aired on CBS.

1983 - The 200th episode of "The Jeffersons" aired.

1987 - After 11 years, David Hartman left ABC’s "Good Morning America."

2000 - ABC-TV aired the "Little Richard" TV movie.

2002 - ESPN and the Liberty Bowl signed a contract that extended through 2008.

2003 - It was announced on NBC's "Today" show that Jane Pauley would be leaving NBC the upcoming June. Pauley had been with the network for 27 years.

2009 - Conan O'Brien made his last appearance as host of "Late Night."

Today in
American Bandstand History

1959 - The Platters performed "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "Enchanted" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Joey Dee & the Starlighters performed "Peppermint Twist" and "Hey Let's Twist" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Lou Christie performed "The Gypsy Cried" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Johnny Mathis performed "Listen Lonely Girl" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Vic Dana performed "Red Roses for a Blue Lady" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Beau Brummels performed "Laugh Laugh" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - The Mob performed "I Dig Everything About You" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - The Henry Paul Band performed "Keepin' Our Love Alive" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Monday, February 19, 2018


Today in
Television History

1974 - Dick Clark premiered the "American Music Awards."

1974 - Kiss made their TV debut on "Don Kirshner's Rock Concert."

1987 - A controversial, anti-smoking ad aired for the first time on television. It featured Yul Brynner who died shortly after of lung cancer.

1991 - Public Enemy boycotted the 1991 Grammy Awards because the rap award was not going to be presented during the live TV ceremony.

1993 - The Perry Mason TV movie "The Case of the Skin-Deep Scandal" aired.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1966 - The Mamas & Papas performed "California Dreamin'" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - Bob Lind performed "Elusive Butterfly" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - The Addrisi Bros. performed "We've Got to Get It On Again" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - Brick performed "Dazz" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - A video of Queen performing "Tie Your Mother Down" was aired on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Phil Everly performed "Who's Gonna Keep Me Warm Tonight" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Jeffrey Osborn performed "On The Wings of Love" and "Eenie Meenie" on "American Bandstand."
Today is Sunday, February 18, 2018

Today in
Television History

1953 - Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz signed a contract worth $8,000,000 to continue the "I Love Lucy" TV show through 1955.

1990 - The movie "Death of the Incredible Hulk" aired.

1998 - Rob Smith (Cure) did battle with the forces of musical evil (Barbra Streisand) on the TV show South Park.
Today in
American Bandstand History

1959 - Roy Hamilton performed "I Need Your Lovin'" on "American Bandstand."

1960 - Johnnie & Joe performed "Over the Mountain - Across the Sea" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - P.J. Proby performed "Niki Hokey" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Fifth Dimension performed "Go Where You Wanna Go" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Gene Cotton performed "Before My Heart Finds Out" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Saturday, February 17, 2018


Today in
Television History

1965 - Comedienne Joan Rivers made her first guest appearances on "The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson" on NBC-TV.

1971 - James Taylor made his prime-time television debut on ABC's the "Johnny Cash Show."

1990 - Aerosmith appeared on Saturday Night Live. They performed the Wayne's World theme song while appearing in the skit as themselves.

1996 - The 400th episode of "Saturday Night Live" aired on NBC.

2013 - Jimmy Fallon took over NBC's "Tonight Show" from Jay Leno. Leno had started as host on May 25, 1992.

Today in

American Bandstand History

1959 - The Rivieras performed "Moonlight Serenade" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Music Explosion performed "Little Bit O' Soul" and "Sunshine Games" on "American Bandstand."

1973 - The Gallery performed "Big City Miss Ruth Ann" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - The Raes performed "A Little Lovin'" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Bonnie Pointer performed "Free Me From My Freedom" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Friday, February 16, 2018


Today in
Television History

1948 - NBC-TV began airing its first nightly newscast, "The Camel Newsreel Theatre", which consisted of Fox Movietone newsreels.

1985 - "Kojak" returned to network television after an absence of seven years with the CBS-TV special, "Kojak: The Belarus File."

1991 - The 300th episode of "Saturday Night Live" aired on NBC.


Today in
American Bandstand History

1959 - Little Anthony & the Imperials performed "So Much" and "Wishful Thinking" on "American Bandstand."

1960 - Annette (Funicello) performed "O Dio Mio" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Redbone performed "Come and Get Your Love" on "American Bandstand."

1980 - Rufus performed "Do You Love What You Feel" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - New Edition performed "Mr. Telephone Man" and "Lost In Love" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Autograph performed "Turn Up the Radio" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Greg Kihn performed "Lucky" and "They Rock By Night" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Thursday, February 15, 2018


Today in
Television History

1962 - CBS-TV bought the exclusive rights to college football games from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for a figure of $10,200,000.

1975 - Gino Vannelli became the first white artist to perform on "Soul Train."

1988 - The first series of "Red Dwarf" began.

2002 - The last "Greenfield at Large" was aired. CNN canceled the show due to low ratings.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1962 - Paul Peterson performed "She Can't Find Her Keys" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Bobby Vee performed "Stranger in Your Arms" on "American Bandstand."

1969 - Willie Mitchell performed "30-60-90" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Wednesday, February 14, 2018


Today in
Television History

1954 - The TV show "Letter to Loretta" changed its name to "The Loretta Young Show." The show premiered on September 20, 1953.

1958 - On CBS television Walter Cronkite reported that the Iranian government has banned rock & roll because it is against the concepts of Islam and also a hazard to health.

1964 - Chad & Jeremy were guests on the "Patty Duke Show."

1966 - CBS bought the rights to the NFL's 1966 and 1967 Championship Games for $2 million per game.

1972 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono began a weeklong stay as co-hosts on "The Mike Douglas Show."

1980 - Walter Cronkite announced his retirement from the "CBS Evening News."

1985 - Cable News Network reporter Jeremy Levin was freed. He had been being held in Lebanon by extremists.

1986 - Frank Zappa appeared on "Miami Vice" playing a crime boss named "Mr. Frankie."

2001 - "Barbra Streisand: Timeless" aired on FOX. The show was a farewell-tour concert.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1958 - Ersel Hickey performed "Bluebirds over the Mountain" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Eddie Holland performed "Jamie" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - David Ruffin performed "I'm So Glad I Fell for You" on "American Bandstand."

1976 - Charo performed "La Salsa" and Ralph Carter performed "Extra, Extra (Read All About It)" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Phil Seymour performed "Precious to Me" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Taste of Honey performed "Sukiyaki" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Tuesday, February 13, 2018


Today in
Television History

1939 - Virginia Payne became a new character in NBC’s soap opera, "The Carter’s of Elm Street". She played the part of Mrs. Carter.

1966 - The Rolling Stones appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show." The appearance had been taped the day before.

2000 - On "The Simpsons," Maude Flanders was "killed off."

2002 - ABC-TV announced that it had renewed "NYPD Blue" for its 10th season.

2003 - CBS-TV began airing "Survivor: The Amazon."


Today in

American Bandstand History

1958 - Lou Monte performed "Lazy Mary/Luna Mezzo Mare" on "American Bandstand."

1959 - The Skyliners performed "Since I Don't Have You" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Paul Anka performed "Love Me Warm and Tender" on "American Bandstand."

1965 - Sue Thompson performed "Norman" and "Paper Tiger" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Bobby Sherman performed "Cried Like a Baby" and "Julie, Do Ya Love Me" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Little Sister (Sly Stone's Sister, Vanetta Stewart) performed "Somebody's Watching You" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Carl Carlton performed "She's a Bad Mama Jama" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Lulu performed "If I Were You" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Monday, February 12, 2018


Today in
Television History

1985 - Johnny Carson surprised his audience by shaving the beard he had been wearing on "The Tonight Show."

1989 - The 100th episode of "Murder, She Wrote" aired on CBS.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1962 - Brenda Lee performed "Break it to Me Gently" and "So Deep" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - Al Martino performed "Spanish Eyes" and "Think I'll Go Somewhere and Cry Myself to Sleep" on "American Bandstand."

1966 - The Young Rascals performed "I Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore" and "Good Lovin'" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Climax performed "Precious and Few" on "American Bandstand."

1972 - Rufus Thomas performed "Do the Funky Penguin" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - The Greg Kihn Band performed "Jeopardy" and "I Fall to Pieces" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Night Ranger performed "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" and "Sing Me Away" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Sunday, February 11, 2018


Today in
Television History

1956 - Elvis Presley appeared on "Stage Show" for the third time. He was finally given permission from CBS to perform "Heartbreak Hotel."

1960 - Jack Paar walked off while live on the air on the "Tonight Show" with four minutes left. He did this in response to censors cutting out a joke from the show the night before.

1970 - John Lennon and Yoko Ono played "Instant Karma" on the BBC TV show "Top of the Pops."

1971 - The 100th episode of "Ironside" aired.

1979 - The TV movie "Elvis," with Kurt Russell, aired on ABC.

1982 - ABC-TV’s presentation of "The Winds of War" concluded. The 18-hour miniseries cost $40 million to produce and was the most-watched television program in history at the time.

1986 - Boy George guest-starred on an episode of "The A-Team."

1991 - The Perry Mason TV movie "The Case of the Maligned Mobster" aired.

1994 - Prince premiered his song "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World" on the 1994 Miss USA Pageant.

2002 - The six stars on NBC's "Friends" signed a deal for $24 million each for the ninth and final season of the series.

2002 - U.S. First Lady Laura Bush appeared on the "Tonight Show" with host Jay Leno.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1967 - Mojo Men performed "Sit Down I Think I Love You" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Jimmy Castor performed "Hey Leroy, Your Mamma's Callin' You" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - Yvonne Elliman performed "If I Can't Have You" on "American Bandstand."

1978 - David Gates performed "Goodbye Girl" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Saturday, February 10, 2018


Today in
Television History

1958 - The "Annette" serial began on ABC-TV's "Mickey Mouse Club."

1981 - U.S. President Reagan was filmed throughout the day for an NBC film "A Day in the Life of the President".

1993 - Michael Jackson granted his first interview in 15 years to Oprah Winfrey. In the interview, Jackson claimed that he has a disorder that destroys the pigmentation of the skin and that he had had very little plastic surgery.

2015 - NBC News suspended Brian Williams for six months without pay for his misrepresenting of events concerning an Iraq war story. The story was found to be untrue.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1959 - Link Wray & His Wraymen performed "Rawhide" on "American Bandstand."

1960 - The Champs performed "Too Much Tequila" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Blue Cheer performed "Summertime Blues" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - Joe Tex performed "Men Are Gettin' Scarce" on "American Bandstand."

1973 - Austin Roberts performed "Something's Wrong With Me" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - The Jacksons performed "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Friday, February 9, 2018


Today in
Television History

1958 - The American Research Bureau stated that "American Bandstand" was the number one daytime TV program.

1964 - The Beatles made the first of three record-breaking appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show." 73 million people watched the show. It was their American TV debut.

1969 - A young lady named Roslyn Kind made her TV debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show". Roslyn Kind is the sister of Barbra Streisand.

1984 - NBC Entertainment president, Brandon Tartikoff, gave an interviewer the "10 Commandments for TV Programmers."

1994 - The 100th episode of "Beverly Hills 90210" was aired on FOX.

1997 - "The Simpsons" became the longest-running prime-time animated series. "The Flintstones record previously.

1998 - Oprah Winfrey announced that Garth Brooks had agreed to donate his earnings from sales from his album "Sevens" for a seven-day period. The money went to "Oprah's Angel Network."

2010 - Ellen DeGeneres made her debut as a judge on "American Idol."

2010 - The Jay Leno Show aired for the last time in primetime.

Today in

American Bandstand History

1958 - The American Research Bureau stated that "American Bandstand" was the number one daytime TV program.

1962 - Jack Scott performed "Steps 1 and 2" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Al Wilson performed "Show and Tell" on "American Bandstand."

1974 - Terry Jacks performed "Seasons in the Sun" on "American Bandstand."

1980 - Tom Johnston performed "Savannah Nites" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - The Commodores performed "Night Shift" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - John Parr performed "Naughty Naughty" and "Magical" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Thursday, February 8, 2018


Today in
Television History

1974 - CBS aired the first episode of "Good Times."

1985 - "The Dukes Of Hazzard" ended its 6-1/2 year run on CBS television.

1993 - General Motors sued NBC, alleging that "Dateline NBC" had rigged two car-truck crashes to show that some GM pickups were prone to fires after certain types of crashes. The suit was settled the following day by NBC.

1993 - Tom Jones guest starred on NBC-TV's "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air."

1996 - The U.S. Telecommunications Bill was signed into law. The bill included provisions that required TV manufacturers to install V-chip devices in all television sets with a 13 inch screen or larger. The chips would allow consumers to block "sexual, violent, and other material about which parents should be informed before it is displayed to children".

2006 - Kelly Clarkson became the first participant on "American Idol" to win a Grammy. The awards were for Best Female Pop Vocal Performance for "Since U Been Gone" and Best Pop Vocal Album for "Breakaway". She also performed "Because of You" at the show.

2010 - MTV dropped the "Music Television" moniker from its logo.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1961 - The Ramrods performed "Ghost Riders in the Sky" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - The Angels performed "Cry, Baby, Cry" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Jackie DeShannon performed "When You Walk in the Room" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Did & DeeDee performed "All My Trials" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Maureen McGovern performed "We May Never Love This Way Again" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Lamont Dozier performed "Let Me Start Tonite" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Wednesday, February 7, 2018


Today in
Television History

1969 - "This Is Tom Jones" premiered on ABC-TV.

1977 - The 100th episode of "Barnaby Jones" aired.

1978 - The "Mork & Mindy" pilot movie aired for the first time. The series "Mork & Mindy" began airing on September 14, 1978

1988 - The TV mini-series "Elvis and Me" (based on Priscilla Presley's book) began on ABC-TV.

1985 - The 100th episode of "Magnum, p.i." aired.

1988 - The first episode of "America's Most Wanted" aired.

2005 - The cable station MTV2 was re-launched for the second time.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1970 - The Sandpipers performed "Come Saturday Morning" on "American Bandstand."

1970 - Evie Sands performed "Any Way That You Want Me" on "American Bandstand."

1981 - Firefall performed "Stayin' With It" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Tuesday, February 6, 2018


Today in
Television History

1966 - The final episode of "Mr. Ed" aired on CBS.

1972 - Over 500,000 pieces of irate mail arrived at the mail room of CBS-TV, when word leaked out that an edited-for-TV version of the X-rated movie, "The Damned," would be shown.

2003 - Jesse Ventura announced on "The Tonight Show With Jay Leno" that he would begin hosting a nightly program on MSNBC within a month.

2005 - During halftime of Super Bowl XXXIX, MTV and MTV2 aired a 15-minute preview of MTV2's second re-launch. The relaunch took place at midnight on February 7.


Today in

American Bandstand History

1959 - The Poni-Tails performed "Seven Minutes in Heaven" on "American Bandstand."

1961 - Dion performed "Havin' Fun" on "American Bandstand."

1962 - Jack Jones performed "Lollipops and Roses" on "American Bandstand."

1963 - James Darren performed "Pin a Medal on Joey" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Jerry Reed performed "Amos Moses" on "American Bandstand."

1971 - Dionne Warwick performed "The Green Grass Starts to Grow" and "Who Gets the Guy" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Kool & the Gang performed "Steppin' Out" on "American Bandstand."

1982 - Jennifer Warnes performed "Could It Be Love" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Monday, February 5, 2018


Today in
Television History

1962 - The 50th episode of "The Andy Griffith Show" aired.

1967 - Due to a Musicians' Union ban, the Rolling Stones were not allowed to play their hit "Let's Spend the Night Together" when they appeared on an ITV show.

1990 - NBC-TV obtained the television rights to all of Notre Dame's home football games for the next five years. Notre Dame was the first school to sell its games to a major TV network.

1995 - The 200th episode of "Married With Children" aired.

2001 - It was announced the Kelly Ripa would be Regis Philbin's co-host. The show was renamed to "Live! With Regis and Kelly."

Today in

American Bandstand History

1966 - Paul Revere & the Raiders performed "Just Like Me" and "Kicks" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - The Time performed "The Walk" and "777-9311" on "American Bandstand."

1983 - Charlene performed "I've Never Been to Me" and "I Want to Go Back There Again" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Sunday, February 4, 2018

Today in
Television History

1952 - Jackie Robinson was named Director of Communication for NBC. He was the first black executive of a major radio-TV network.

1971 - Diana Ross guest starred on Danny Thomas' "Make Room For Granddaddy" TV show.

1977 - "American Bandstand" celebrated its 25th anniversary with an ABC-TV special hosted by Dick Clark.

1991 - "Cher at the Mirage" aired on CBS-TV.

2002 - Rosa Parks was presented a birthday cake on her 89th birthday at the premiere of the made-for-TV movie, "Ride to Freedom: The Rosa Parks Story." Stevie Wonder sang "Happy Birthday."

Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 - The Royal Teens performed "Short Shorts" on "American Bandstand."

1960 - Johnny Burnette appeared on "American Bandstand."

1963 - Bobby Rydell performed "Butterfly Baby" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - The Young-Holt Trio performed "Wack Wack" on "American Bandstand."

1967 - Tommy Roe performed "It's Now Winter's Day" on "American Bandstand."

1977 - "American Bandstand" celebrated its 25th anniversary with an ABC-TV special hosted by Dick Clark.

1978 - LTD performed "Back in Love Again" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Saturday, February 3, 2018


Today in
Television History

1978 - "Dead Man's Curve" was aired on ABC-TV.

1996 - B.B. King guest starred on CBS-TV's "Touched by an Angel".


Today in

American Bandstand History

1958 - The Ames Brothers performed "Little Gypsy" on "American Bandstand."

1961 - Gene Pitney performed "I Wanna Love My Life Away" on "American Bandstand."

1968 - James Brown performed "I Got the Feelin'" on "American Bandstand."

1973 - Albert Hammond performed "It Never Rains in California" and "If You Gotta Break Another Heart" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Nigel Olsson performed "Dancin' Shoes" on "American Bandstand."

1979 - Melissa Manchester performed "Don't Cry Out Loud" on "American Bandstand."


Today is Friday, February 2, 2018


Today in
Television History

1946 - The Mutual Broadcasting System aired "Twenty Questions" for the first time on radio. The show moved to television 3 years later.

1950 - "What's My Line" debuted on CBS television.

1957 - Fats Domino sang "Blueberry Hill" and "Blue Monday" on "The Perry Como Show" on television.

1973 - NBC-TV debuted "Midnight Special" hosted by Helen Reddy.

1995 - The 100th episode of "Seinfeld" aired on NBC.

2005 - It was announced that Martha Stewart would host "The Apprentice: Martha Stewart."


Today in

American Bandstand History

1974 - The DeFranco Family performed "Abra-Ca-Dabra" on "American Bandstand."

1980 - Nicolette Larson performed "Let Me Go, Lover" on "American Bandstand."

1980 - Jackie DeShannon performed "I Don't Need You Anymore" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Roger Hodgson performed "Had a Dream (Sleeping With the Enemy)" and "In Jeopardy" on "American Bandstand."

1985 - Eugene Wilde performed "Gotta Get You Home Tonight" on "American Bandstand."

Today is Thursday, February 1, 2018


Today in
Television History

1985 - Glenn Frey (Eagles) appeared on an episode of "Miami Vice" on NBC-TV.

1953 - CBS-TV debuted "Private Secretary."

1954 - CBS-TV showed "The Secret Storm" for the first time.

1976 - "Sonny and Cher" resumed on TV despite a real life divorce.

1982 - "Late Night" with David Letterman premiered on NBC TV.

1987 - Janet Jackson was a guest on the first "Hitline USA" TV show.

2002 - "Late Night" with David Letterman had its 20th anniversary show. Regis Philbin made his 61st appearance on "Late Night."

2004 - CBS began airing "Survivor: All-Stars." The show included veterans from the seven previous editions of "Survivor."

Today in

American Bandstand History

1962 - Don & Juan performed "What's Your Name" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Johnny Tillotson performed "Worried Guy" on "American Bandstand."

1964 - Linda Scott performed "Who's Been Sleeping in My Bed" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Carol Douglas performed "Doctor's Orders" on "American Bandstand."

1975 - Nigel Olsson performed "Only One Woman" on "American Bandstand."

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