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Rare! ‘Hullabaloo’ Color Footage…November 29, 1965


Rare! ‘Hullabaloo’ Color Footage…November 29, 1965

This was done in NBC Burbank’s Studio 1 with ‘Bonanza’ star Michael Landon as host and, sometimes, Go Go dancer. ‘Hullabaloo’ began as a half hour in black and white on January 12, 1965 and the first season ended August 31, 1965.

The second season brought an hour long color show that ran from September 13, 1965 till August 29, 1966. Only a few episodes have survived in color. All the rest of the episodes, including the first season, have survived only as black and white kinescopes. This is because NBC destroyed the tapes in the 1970s once Smith-Hemion Productions turned down the offer to take them into their possession. A sadly familiar story.

This is the show’s close, complete with credits and Johnny Holiday announcing. Paul Revere And The Raiders close out a the show that had featured The Byrds, Jackie DeShannon and David Winters.

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You Won’t Believe THIS! Magic…Steve Martin Style! Hilarious!!!


You Won’t Believe THIS! Magic…Steve Martin Style! Hilarious!!!

In May of 1992, Johnny Carson, whose own career started in magic, presented “The Great Flydini” on ‘The Tonight Show’. For your entertainment, here’s one of the most unique acts in magic history!

By the way, as a teenager, Martin worked at The Magic Store on Main Street in Disneyland. There’s a photo of him at the store in the comment section below. Enjoy and share!

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Steve Martin as “The Great Flydini”, the amazing illusionist magician, performs his hilarious magic show. More Steve Martin http://bit.ly/steve_martin_jc. Fr…

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Quantum Leaps In Audio…Amazing Loop Technology!


Quantum Leaps In Audio…Amazing Loop Technology! Watch…

In this embedded clip, Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon build a vocal loop track of the old Tokens hit, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight”, in real time on ‘The ‘Tonight Show’. A few weeks back, I think we were all amazed at the “Happy” trombone loop clip I posted and here’s the link to that great clip again.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxODzxY6AvI&feature=kp

These new programs are just amazing in their simplicity and ability. If I owned a recording studio, I might be getting a little nervous about all of this. Enjoy and share!

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Jimmy and Billy Joel loop their voices on an iPad app to form a 2-man doo-wop group — singing “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by The Tokens in 4-part harmony. Sub…

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By Request…The ABC Pebble Beach Display

By Request…The ABC Pebble Beach Display

These photos were taken in 1967 at Pebble Beach, California. For the first time, the 26th Annual Bing Crosby Classic was broadcast live and in color over ABC, Saturday, Jan 21 (6:00-7:30 PM., EST and Sunday, Jan 22, (5:00-7:00 PM,.EST).

Arnold Palmer and 168 other top pros were there for the event. Before the cameras were taken to their locations on the course, ‘ABC’s Wide World Of Sports’ did a piece on how they were covering the tournament in color and these shots are from the set up of that piece. Wish the video was available!

There are 25 camera here. 12 are Norelcos and 12 are RCA TK41s, which all of course all color, but there was 1 RCA TK60 too. The TK60 was the graphics card camera and would shoot the black and white text overlays in the days before computer graphics came along.

Usually the trucks could only handle four camera and if that is the case, this is six trucks of equipment. If they could handle six, this is four trucks worth. The TK41s are brand new and these are the dozen that RCA built for them in the final special order run done in 1966 when the last 24 TK41s were made. 12 for ABC and 12 for stations with a back order, including KTLA. My TK41 was among this last two dozen.



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‘Today’ Show…Recycling At It’s Best!

‘Today’ Show…Recycling At It’s Best!

Dave Garroway was not the only one that needed a little optical help. News man Frank Blair needed some help too, but his reading glasses were useless when it came to reading the prompter.

In search of a solution, the engineering department went digging for a fix. They found it on the front of a 1948 Pilot Model 37 home television receiver. The tiny picture tube in the Pilot looked a lot bigger with the aid of the magnifying glass accessory available for an additional $11. If it worked there, it should work on the teleprompter, and it did.

On the left is the modified glass on Blair’s news camera. In the center, the Pilot set with magnifier, and on the right, the original ‘Today’ team. In that photo, Blair is on the left, Garroway and J. Fred Muggs are center and Jack Lescoulie is on the right.



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Jackie Kennedy’s White House Tour…Then, And 50 Years Later

Jackie Kennedy’s White House Tour…Then, And 50 Years Later

At this link is Scott Pelley’s 2012 CBS News story that celebrates the 50th anniversary of that famous broadcast with an interview of the show’s producer, Perry Wolf with the fascinating backstory.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bfsVQpU3v3w

CBS Correspondent Charles Collingwood and crew visited the White House on January 15, 1962 for the all day taping, with no retakes. After editing, the show aired to a combined audience of 52 million on February 14, 1962. Until I saw Pelley’s report, I had never known that it aired on all three networks.

At the link below is the entire program. This is the film version that Mcgraw Hill distributed to schools, but is the same as the original.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CUP9gY_5MzI

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Bill Cullen’s & Goodson -Todman’s First Television Show… ‘Winner Take All’


Bill Cullen’s & Goodson -Todman’s First Television Show…

‘Winner Take All’ began on CBS Radio on June 3, 1946. Original emcee Ward Wilson stepped down after just three months at the helm, and announcer Bill Cullen stepped in as a temporary host on September 9. Cullen’s work on the show stunned executives, who made his hosting job permanent.

CBS, noting the show’s popularity on radio, added the series to television on July 1, 1948 with Bud Collyer as host. The radio series continued with Cullen for another two years, with Collyer taking over radio in August 1950. The televised show, while popular, bowed on October 3, 1950.

Over the next couple of year, the show came and went on CBS Television several times in different day parts.

Meanwhile NBC was looking for a show to replace its faltering game ‘It’s In The Bag’ at 10:30 AM. They struck a deal with the new Goodson-Todman partnership to air a daytime version of ‘Winner Take All’ with Cullen returning as emcee.

Debuting on February 25, 1952, the series originally went against ‘Arthur Godfrey Time’ on CBS. On April 7, CBS permanently slotted another program at 10:30 to provide a new network opponent to Winner – ‘Bride and Groom’. Winner ended on April 25 after just nine weeks. The announcer was Don Pardo.

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After uploading Bill’s final TJW, it made sense to go back to the beginning and focus on Bill’s first TV game show, Winner Take All. Similar in structure to …

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‘Today’…The Debut Video, January 19, 1952

‘Today’…The Debut Video, January 19, 1952

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At the link above, you’ll see the first nine minutes of ‘Today’ as host Dave Garroway introduces the show, the concept and the cast.

On the left below is our friend Frank Merklein behind a TK30 with an early teleprompter and Electro Zoom lens shooting Dave on that opening day. Frank is 92 now and doing fine in Florida.

In the center is a shot from about halfway down the set which had been up for a couple of weeks before the debut, but the electronics were not completely operable till the Monday before the start. Starting January 2, the cast, production team, news writers and crew were required to report to the set at 4AM to help get everyone acclimated to the early schedule.

On the right is a long shot from across the street taken from the 30 Rock building. This shows the high camera position that you’ll see shots from in the video. This street side studio was created inside the RCA Exhibition Hall on 49th Street. This space is now occupied by Christie’s Auction House. The 49th Street entrance to 30 Rock is about 100 feet to the right on the side of the street the photo was taken from. Enjoy and share.



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The “Other” Me…Me As The Sheriff On ‘Squidbillies’


The “Other” Me…Me As The Sheriff On ‘Squidbillies’

Most of you may not know this, but I am a cartoon voice actor too. It occurred to me that I had not mentioned this here in quite a while, so, since I’m going into Atlanta this morning to record another ‘Squidbillies’ episode, now seems to be a good time to let you in on our little secret. Here’s another clip of me “in uniform”.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lpq5lJMMyvk

The embedded video clip of me in the booth is from a couple of years back but the “bulldog” joke shot was from one of our first sessions in 2006. I was forty pounds heavier then. Our 8th season debuts in September and thankfully, we are received each year with open arms and ratings that top all the other Adult Swim shows. We’re quite well known in the younger demos.

‘Squidbillies’ is a legacy show of sorts. We are the third longest running show on Adult Swim, just behind ‘Space Ghost’ and ‘Aqua Teen Hunger Force’. Hopefully we’ll have another eight years on the air. You can’t imagine how much fun doing this show is. I laugh till I cry most days and my ribs are sore from laughing for a few days after each session.

I was not the original Sheriff, but was chosen to replace the great character actor Charles Napier after the first few episodes of season one were recorded. I was shocked to hear how similar we sounded in tone and timber. As a real Georgia boy, the accent comes naturally but I do add just a tad extra. Here’s a clip of Napier talking about his role in ‘The Blues Brothers’. Enjoy and Share! Bobby Ellerbee
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This Is Fun! Raw Footage ’30 Rock’ Live Rehearsal 10/14/10


This Is Fun! Raw Footage ’30 Rock’ Live Rehearsal 10/14/10

Shot from the 8H balcony seats, here is raw footage of the afternoon rehearsal of the live show. This is a follow up to today’s earlier produced piece. This is natural room sound so you’ll have to turn your volume up. Enjoy and Share!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D6M1iWT16lo

Rehearsal for “30 Rock” live.

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’30 Rock’…Behind The Scenes Of The LIVE Broadcast From 8H


’30 Rock’…Behind The Scenes Of The LIVE Broadcast From 8H

This 12 minute piece is full of great stuff, all shot in the real NBC Studio 8H. ’30 Rock’ was usually filmed at New York’s Silvercup Studios, but on October 14, 2010, the show was done live in 8H. Just like in the days before video tape, it was done a second time live for the west coast audience.

The show’s director was right at home as she was the director on SNL for many years, which the fictional show in the series was based on. I’ll be adding raw footage from this rehearsal later today. Enjoy, share and visit the EOAG page!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DXi5cNTr8Iw

Go behind the scenes with the cast of 30 Rock as they produce and comment on the live shows. All rights belong to NBC. 30 Rock fans: find me at redundanttors…

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AS RARE AS IT GETS! The State Of Color 1966…ABC, CBS, NBC

AS RARE AS IT GETS! The State Of Color 1966…ABC, CBS, NBC

Copy And Save This Link! This is the most detailed and in depth report on the start of colorizing that you will ever see. These four pages from a Broadcasting Magazine special report from January 1966 lay out exactly who had what, where!

At the time, ABC had a total of 10 TK41s and was adding color telecine and tape.

CBS had a total of 18 color cameras…split evenly between the Broadcast Center and Television city were 6 RCA TK41s and 12 Norelco PC 60s. They had placed an order for 50 cameras with Norelco in 1964 and those were coming in with no problem. The real problem was a “reel” problem…getting color tape machines and telecine. RCA could have helped, but as we all know, CBS would rather take a sharp stick in their “eye” than buy from them.

It’s interesting to note that at the CBS Broadcast Center, which opened in November of 64, Studios 41 and 46 were color capable. Although equipped with black and white Marconi Mark IV cameras, the other studios were designed for color and the lights were already there and were just basically waiting to be upgraded. Television City had two color studios as well…33 and 41 and both TVC and BC had a third color capable studio.

It’s no surprise that NBC lead the way in color. By the time this story was published, the only black and white show in prime time was ‘I Dream Of Jeannie’ which colorized the next season.

Between New York and Burbank, NBC had 47 TK41s in use with 8 more inbound to 30 Rock and 5 more headed for a third new mobile unit. 6 more TK41s were headed to Washington for a total of 10 there.

Thanks to this article, we now know that NBC’s 8H was colorized in June of 1963. These were the cameras that were used on ‘The Perry Como Show’ from the Zeigfeld Theater, which tells us when Perry’s show moved to Brooklyn.

NBC 8G and 3A were colorized by the summer of 1966. Here’s a surprise…NBC’s Studios 3K, the first color studio in the building, shared 4 cameras with 6A until the summer of ’66.

There is a lot more very interesting information here, so please read this, share this and SAVE this!

http://j-shea.com/TVCity/color_migration_010366.pdf

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Confirmation! CBS Buys Marconi Color Cameras…October 31, 1966

Confirmation! CBS Buys Marconi Color Cameras…October 31, 1966

It was always my opinion that CBS only kept the Norelco PC60s at Studio 50 (The Ed Sullivan Theater), for eighteen months or so. Now that is confirmed with this article that appeared on my sixteenth birthday in Broadcasting Magazine.

In another Halloween quirk, it was October 31, 1965 when the ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ went color in Studio 50 with the Norelcos. The show had actually been broadcast in color the prior three weeks, but those shows came from Television City while the New York studio was being finished.

As stated in the article, the five Mark VIIs would arrive in the summer and that makes eighteen months. As we’ve learned, Studio 50 had big magnetic field problems caused by the subway generators just behind the backstage wall. In field tests of a prototype Mark VII, that was not much of a problem but it was for the Norelcos. As Paul Harvey would say, “Now we know…the rest of the story”.



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Censored! The CBS And ABC “Programs & Practices” Kill Buttons

Censored! The CBS And ABC “Programs & Practices” Kill Buttons

On the left is the CBS censor box with a “Video Delete” button. On the right is the ABC version with an audio and video delay option. They are used differently on live and taped shows. I’m sure CBS would have loved to have had this box handy in 2004 for Janet Jackson’s wardrobe malfunction. See it crystal clear in this clip…
http://youtu.be/npF1lkKEM9o?t=3m55s

On a pretaped show, after the show is taped and delivered to the network for air, it has to be viewed for quality control as it is played into the servers where it is archived and made ready for real time playback. This is when the censors take a look too. The editors at the show have probably already edited out any of the “7 Forbidden Words”, but if not, the censor would hit the button and mark the tape with a tone and further editing would be done.

If there was a live event, like a big football game where the fans and players were intense rivals, they may choose to run the show with a delay of a 5 to 7 seconds. Should someone give the finger to the camera or call someone an A hole, they could hit the button and go back to live coverage instantly, by which time the “obscene” event would have passed.

By the way, “Nipplegate” caused CBS to be fined $550,000 but the fine was appealed and never paid to the FCC, but you and bet that about ten times that much was spent on lawyers.


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The Wayback Machine…Fall Television Lineup 1959


The Wayback Machine…Fall Television Lineup 1959

Just like Mr. Peabody and Sherman, we’re stepping back in time to look at the Thursday night line ups on ABC, CBS and NBC. This should bring back a few memories! Remember getting up to change the channel?

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What you would’ve watched on a typical Thursday night on ABC, CBS and NBC in the fall of 1959. Gale Storm, Donna Reed, Real McCoys, Pat Boone, Untouchables, …

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I Love Lucy At The Sixth Annual Emmy Awards

Ultra Rare! First Emmy Kinescope Footage…’I Love Lucy’ Win

At about a minute in, you’ll see two KHJ TK10s dip on their pan to avoid bumping lenses as Vivian Vance passes them on the way to receive her Emmy as Best Supporting Actress. Presenting the award is Richard Denning, Lucy’s old radio costar of ‘My Favorite Husband’.

This is February 11, 1954 at the Hollywood Palladium with Ed Sullivan (not shown) as MC of the Sixth Annual Emmy Awards. Lucy and Desi also win for Best Situation Comedy, but due to theirs, and Vance’s comments about the absence of an award for writers, that category was added the very next year. Thier award is presented by Preston Foster who was with Lucy in her first screen test at RKO.

The Seventh Annual Emmy Awards show in 1955 would be the first nationally televised program. It would air on NBC with Steve Allen as host, but that I know of, there is no footage of that…only an audio track.

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I Love Lucy At The Sixth Annual Emmy Awards

I Love Lucy At The 6th Annual Emmy Awards! In these excerpts from the earliest existing Emmy Awards telecast, Vivian Vance accepts the Emmy for Best Series Supporting Actress (from none other than Lucy’s former radio co-star Richard Denning) and then Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz accept the Emmy award…

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First Ever Emmy Winning Show…’Pantomime Quiz’


First Ever Emmy Winning Show…’Pantomime Quiz’

‘Pantomime Quiz’, was a game show produced and hosted by Mike Stokey. Running from 1947 till 1959, it has the distinction of being one of the few television series—along with ‘The Arthur Murray Party’, ‘Down You Go’, ‘The Ernie Kovacs Show’, ‘The Original Amateur Hour’, and ‘Tom Corbett, Space Cadet’ to air on all four TV networks in the US during the Golden Age of Television.

Based on the parlor game of Charades, Pantomime Quiz was first broadcast locally in Los Angeles from November 13, 1947 to 1949. In that format, it won an Emmy Award for “Most Popular Television Program” at the first Emmy Awards ceremony.

‘Pantomime Quiz’ was picked up by CBS Television in October 1949 and ran on that network, usually during the summers, until August 28, 1951. After this, NBC Television took it as a midseason replacement from January 2 to March 26, 1952. CBS then took back the series from July 4 to August 28, 1952.

The DuMont Television Network took the series from October 20, 1953, to April 13, 1954, after which it went back to CBS from July 9 to August 27, 1954.

ABC finally took the charades game for a mid-season slot much like NBC, airing the durable quiz from January 22 to March 6, 1955. After CBS took it back they ran it for three more summers (July 8 to September 30, 1955; July 6 to September 7, 1956; July 5 to September 6, 1957) before the network dropped the program altogether.

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PANTOMIME QUIZ was a television game, based on the parlor game Charades, show produced and hosted by Mike Stokey. Running from 1947—1959, it has the distinct…

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The First Emmy Winners….January 25, 1949

The First Emmy Winners….January 25, 1949

The first ever Emmy Awards came just three short years after the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was founded by Syd Cassyd on November 14, 1946. TV sets in private homes were still something of a novelty and only 4,000 homes in Los Angeles had televisions.

The show was telecast on KTSL, which was owned by Don Lee, and the awards were for local shows only, but that would soon change. Here is a list of the six awards presented that night…

Most Outstanding Television Personality: Twenty-year-old Shirley Dinsdale and her puppet sidekick “Judy Splinters” for ‘The Judy Splinters Show’.

The Station Award for Outstanding Overall Achievement: KTLA, which was the first commercial television station west of the Mississippi River.

Technical award: Engineer Charles Mesak of Don Lee Television for the work in TV camera technology.

The Best Film Made for Television: ‘The Necklace’, which was a half hour adaptation of Guy de Maupassant’s classic short story.

Most Popular Television Program: ‘Pantomime Quiz’.

A special Emmy is presented to Louis McManus for designing the statuette. Syd Cassyd had originally wanted to call the award the “Ike”, which was a tip of the hat to the Iconoscope tube, but that name that was to closely associated with the soon to be President, Dwight “Ike” Eisenhower. Instead, the award was named the “Immy” in honor of the Image Orthicon tube and quickly feminized to “Emmy” to complement the design chosen for the statuette, which depicted a winged, idealized woman holding an atom.

Her wings represented the muse of art, and the atom and its electrons the science and technology of the new medium. The Television Academy rejected 47 proposals before accepting the statuette designed by television engineer Louis McManus, whose wife served as its model.

Below left, Shirley Dinsdale and her puppet sidekick “Judy Splinters”. In the center is Los Angeles Mayor Fletcher Bowron opening the ceremonies and on the right, the first six Emmy winners.

For a more in depth read on the history of the Emmy, go here…
http://www.emmys.com/academy/about/history



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David Letterman’s 5th Anniversay Show, Studio 8H (In Full)


Afternoon Delight! Now That You Have Time…Take A Look!

Here’s the whole Letterman 5th Anniversary Show from NBC Studio 8H in 1987. You won’t believe who’s in the band tonight, and Joe Cocker and Wilson Pickett do a mean version of “Midnight Hour”. There are favorite clips, stupid pet tricks, thrill cams and more! Visit the Eyes Of A Generation page, enjoy and share!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_iu5W3L0w3w

Letterman’s 5th anniversary show from 1987 featuring Jay Leno, Chris Elliot, Carol Leifer, Wilson Pickett, Joe Cocker, and many others. Copyright NBC.

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‘The Little Rascals’…Not Everything Was Peachy Keen!


‘The Little Rascals’…Not Everything Was Peachy Keen!

A lot of us grew up watching Spanky, Buckwheat, Darla and “our gang”, but we never knew that Alfalfa was such a handful. Child actors are a breed unto themselves and that territory is ground zero for difficulties of all sorts, but Carl Switzer seems to be the lizard king of them all. Here’s the sad but true tale of what happened, on the set and off, as told by the cast and director.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yXej6sSCaPc

This is an episode of one of my favorite E! shows,(in the pre-Kardashian era) Mysteries and Scandals. Hosted by A.J. Benza. Enjoy. For entertainment pruposes…

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One “Result” Of The 1987 NABET Strike At NBC…The Robots

One “Result” Of The 1987 NABET Strike At NBC…The Robots

In the photo below, we see one of the first uses of robotic pedestals at NBC on the WNBC News set. This came shortly after the strike.

In 1986, GE bought RCA for 6.4 billion dollars. That was quite a deal considering RCA had 3 billion in the bank! Part of the RCA package of course was the acquisition of NBC. Some will be surprised to know that, in the beginning, GE owned RCA and NBC from 1926 till 1930 when new antitrust laws forced the sale.

When GE took over, there was pandamonium. GE head, Jack Welsh and his merry band took the job of destroying NBC’s culture to heart and things got pretty nasty everywhere…from the executive suites to the studios. One of the big pushback efforts came from NABET. As you can read in the Chicago Tribune article below, not a lot was accomplished in the strike and a lot of hard feelings came out of it…especially on the GE side. This brought on the first wave of “bean counters” in broadcasting and nothing has been the same since. Comments are welcome!

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/1987-10-29/features/8703210494_1_nbc-strike-nabet-job-security

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50 Years From CBS Television City…Part 7, The Game Shows


50 Years From CBS Television City…Part 7, The Game Shows

The Game segment has two parts and this is the link to the second part. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5p9Tr9bfbIo

In the first segment, Art Linkletter is our host and takes us through a long string of historic game shows. Ever see Walter Cronkite or Mike Wallace host a game show? You are about too!

In the second segment, Bob Barker takes us behind the scenes of ‘The Price Is Right’ and in both segments, you’ll see more famous people, including two US Presidents, than you can count. Steve Allen playing a flying piano, Johnny Carson is in two segments shooting an apple of Gary Moore’s head and giving Lucy an answer only he could give. From ‘Beat The Clock’ to ‘Hollywood Squares’…it’s all here. Enjoy and share!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mf-MIdwJb0w

Art Linkletter looks at some of the panel and quiz shows shown on CBS. Through the magic of television, he appears on the sets of “Match Game” and “The Price…

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50 Years From CBS Television City…Part 6, The Dramas


50 Years From CBS Television City…Part 6, The Dramas

Beau Bridges host this segment on some of the great dramatic presentations from here, and the list is quite long, but here’s an interesting side note on the first clip you’ll see from ‘Playhouse 90’.

‘The Old Man’ was staged live in Studio 31. A huge set was built that included a tremendous canvas water pool, that was about 18 inches deep. It was so heavy that after they took it up, they noticed the floor sloped and inch and a half in the pool area.

‘Climax’, ‘The Twilight Zone’ and a lot more is here. Enjoy and share!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5LHN93EnQY

Beau Bridges hosts a segment on CBS 50 Years from Television City, focusing on Drama Shows. Special aired 4/27/02.

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50 Years From CBS Television City…Part 5, The Sitcoms


50 Years From CBS Television City…Part 5, The Sitcoms

The Sitcom segment has two parts and this is the link to the second part. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=htyaNaWa5vA

John Ritter hosts this segment from Studio 31, home of ‘All In The Family’ and spends most of the first segment on this historic show.

In the second segment, we’ll go from the first TVC sitcom, ‘My Friend Irma’ to ‘The Steve Harvey Show’, with clips from 16 shows in between. Enjoy and share!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQ6AEFxXWXA

John Ritter hosts a segment on CBS 50 Years from Television City, focusing on Sitcoms. Special aired 4/27/02.

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50 Years From CBS Television City…Part 4, The Specials


50 Years From CBS Television City…Part 4, The Specials

Carol Burnett walks us through time with a who’s who list of stars that have done specials at CBS and starts with the first one…’Stars In The Eye’, from 1952 hosted by Jack Benny. We’ll also see clips from ‘The Edsel Show’ with Bing Crosby and shows by Sid Ceasar, Ann Margret, Danny Thomas, Kate Smith, Doris Day, Lilly Tomlin, Shirley MaClaine, Johnny Cash, George Burns, Elton John and more. Enjoy and share!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j3_M2EoUcpE

Carol Burnett hosts a segment on CBS 50 Years from Television City, focusing on Specials. Special aired 4/27/02.

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50 Years From CBS Television City…Part 3, The Variety Shows


50 Years From CBS Television City…Part 3, The Variety Shows

The Variety Show segment has two parts and this is the link to the second part. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShnIw82D5js

Tom and Dick Smothers are the hosts of this segment and we start with their great show with a rundown of their production week which puts them in the studio all day Thursdays for camera blocking.

The second segment starts with Glenn Campbell and ends with an absolute must see scene from Tony Orlando with Phyllis Diller losing her wig. We’ll also see Sony and Cher, Red Foxx, The Jacksons and more. What we don’t see is Carol Burnett’s show so I’m thinking there is a third part which is not online. Enjoy and Cher?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYV11QSToAI

The Smothers Brothers host a segment on CBS 50 Years from Television City, focusing on Variety Shows. Special aired 4/27/02.

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50 Years From CBS Television City…Part 2, The Talk Shows


50 Years From CBS Television City…Part 2, The Talk Shows

The Talk Show segment has two parts and this is the link to the second part.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2fWWdxFiQFA

The first segment, hosted by Craig Kilborn features great footage from Art Linkletter, Merv Griffin, Dinah Shore, Mike Douglas and more. The second part starts with Merv Griffin talking about how most of his shows were lost to the reuse of video tape stock and continues with Tom Snyder? Yes…Tom Snyder.

After his many years on ‘Tomorrow’ at NBC (73-82), David Letterman convinced Snyder and CBS to create the ‘Late, Late Show’ to follow his show. Surprise! You’ll want to see both parts!

There’s also footage of Bill Maher, Dennis Miller and Letterman. Enjoy and Share!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkFQXtJetyo

Craig Kilborn hosts a segment on CBS 50 Years from Television City, focusing on Talk Shows. Special aired 4/27/02.

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50 Years From CBS Television City…Part 1, The Soap Operas


50 Years From CBS Television City…Part 1, The Soap Operas

CBS dedicated its new $7 million Hollywood production and office facility, Television City, on November 15, 1952. This special with Carol Burnett as host aired in April of 2002. As you’ll see as we go, this was done during the Hitachi period at TVC and the live cameras are SK 110 models built to CBS specs. Enjoy and Share!

John McCook hosts a segment on CBS 50 Years from Television City, focusing on Soaps. Special aired 4/27/02.

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Just For Fun! Can You Guess What’s Going On Here?

Just For Fun! Can You Guess What’s Going On Here?

Hint: this is somewhere under the rainbow!

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Here’s Where The Weekend ‘NBC Nightly News’ Comes From

This is where Lester Holt anchors the weekend edition of NBC’s ‘Nightly News’ show. This is Media Room 1, which is one of four small studios inside Studio 6E, otherwise known as the Global Media Center.

The control room for all four is right next door. This was the main news desk used by Tom Brokaw and Brian Williams in 3C from 1998 till 2008. In ’08, a new set and desk was built in 3B where the weeknight show is done now. The control room for 3B is under the ‘Today’ studio in the basement of Studio 1A, across 49th Street.

Below you see the single robotic camera in the studio on the left and just to the left of the camera is a production desk with the prompter controls. That’s me at the desk and on the right, a shot of me in the monitors in front of the desk. Notice the virtual set on the wall monitor. Enjoy and share.



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