Tag: game shows

TV Listings Flashback: NBC Prime Time, September 21, 1973

TV Listings Flashback: NBC Prime Time, September 21, 1973

TV & Radio
Rather than share the entire prime time schedule as I've done before, I want to share this fantastic, large newspaper ad touting NBC's prime time television lineup from the evening of September 21, 1973. This is the ad as printed in The Cincinnati Enquirer. Click on the ad for a larger version, and then let's talk about this greatness. Remember that visiting any of the Amazon show title links below will help me in keeping this site running! OK, first things first. I had never seen that NBC 73 logo before and it is glorious. If anyone has a color specimen please let me know. Now let's look at that lineup: 7:00 To Tell the Truth 7:30 The New Dating Game 8:00 Sanford and Son 8:30 The Girl with Something Extra 9:00 Needles and Pins 9:30 The Brian Keith Show
Cool Stuff: Name That Tune Control Box from NBC

Cool Stuff: Name That Tune Control Box from NBC

Auction Finds
Here's a really cool piece of vintage TV technology I came across. It's the control box from the NBC game show Name That Tune, which aired on the network from 1952-1954, 1974-75, and 1977. The auction for this box claims it's from the '50s version of the show, which I suppose is possible, except for one thing that contradicts that. See if you can guess what it is. This certainly looks simple enough to be from the 1950s, but a few things make me think it's from the '70s. The first is the faux wood grain DYMO label tape, which I don't think was around in the '50s. But mostly, that NBC logo on the "Made by NBC Electric Shop" label looks newer. Unless this was used internally for a few decades before the public saw it, it's most definitely from the '70s. In fact, that trapezoid N rol
Fall TV Preview Madness! (ABC, 1974)

Fall TV Preview Madness! (ABC, 1974)

TV & Radio
In Fall TV Preview Madness, I present a network television schedule preview special from the distant past. We see the good, bad, and ugly for a network's entire upcoming fall slate. This is it folks, the shows everyone will be talking about at the water cooler and the Twitter this fall. Let's get right to it -- it's the ABC lineup for 1974! Good things are coming to ABC in '74! Like their Daytime lineup of General Hospital, One Life to Live, and All My Children. And don't forget The Brady Bunch and wacky game shows like Password, Let's Make a Deal, Split Second, The New $10,000 Pyramid, The Newlywed Game, plus the human drama of The Girl in My Life. On Funshine Saturday it's time for outrageous family fun with Hong Kong Phooey, The New Adventures of Gilligan, Devlin, Korg,...
This Week in History! (March 24-30)

This Week in History! (March 24-30)

History
March 24, 1989: The Exxon tanker Valdez accidentally hits the state of Alaska, spilling about 11 million gallons of oil. Capt. Joseph Hazlewood was later convicted of negligent discharge of oil and failing to leave a note at the scene of an accident. What's scary is that it's not even one of the 50 worst oil spills of all-time. March 27, 1884: The first long-distance telephone call takes place, between New York and Boston. Contrary to urban legend, the content of the call was not "Red Sox suck!" March 27, 1998: The Food and Drug Administration approves the use of Viagra; sales of used Corvettes and Mustangs drop 78%. March 28, 1930: Constantinople changes its name to Istanbul; provides fodder for quirky rock bands of the future. March 28, 1979: An accident at the Three Mile ...
Ninja Warrior haiku

Ninja Warrior haiku

TV & Radio
If there's a better show on TV right now than Ninja Warrior (Sasuke), I haven't found it. Inspired by the greatness of this classic piece of programming, I'm dusting off my quill pen and composing a few haikus in honor of it. I've also included some clips, which will probably get yanked at some point. Speed, grace, strength, talent a Ninja Warrior needs That and a wetsuit Check out Nagano This guy is a friggin' beast It's not even fair He's a weird old dude But I'm about half his age He could kick my ass
Strolling through the fields of the TV dead

Strolling through the fields of the TV dead

TV & Radio
Next to the NFL Draft, the most exciting administrative period of the television year is when the networks announce their upcoming schedules (known in the business as Upfronts). Sad, I know, but true. But before I turn my astute analytical skills on next year's new shows, I'd like to take a moment to remember the fallen. Some canceled shows are undeserving of their fate; they are taken off the air before their time thanks to a fickle fan base or clueless (gutless) network executives. Then again, some were around far longer than they deserved. Here's a partial rundown (a full listing is available at The Futon Critic): The Class (CBS) - Some dismissed this as a poor man's Friends, but I felt this was the most promising new comedy since Scrubs. I wasn't totally sold on The Class a...