Until the Fox television network went on the air in 1986, the American Broadcasting Company -- ABC -- was the young kid on the block. It began in 1943 as a direct descendant of RCA's NBC Blue radio network. Originally known as the Blue Network, the network was re-branded in 1944 as the American Broadcasting Company. On April 19, 1948 the ABC television network went on the air, and so it is in that year that I begin my look at the history of the ABC-TV network logos. Dates on some of the early logos are approximate. If any readers have more accurate information please let me know in the comments. To check out my history of the NBC logo, click here. Logo #1 (1948 - ?) Not surprisingly, ABC's first television logo was directly inspired by radio -- the same is true for NBC as well. Ba
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. I’m counting down the days until the Fall 2012 television season gets underway the only way I know how — by bringing you network promos for TV seasons long gone. Today’s preview is for CBS’s 1966 Fall TV season. Your host for this preview is Garry Moore, a long-time fixture on The Eye. You'll see stars this fall on CBS! (* denotes new series.) Sunday 7pm -- Lassie (1954 - 1971) 7:30pm* -- It's About Time (Starring Frank Aletta, Jack Mullaney, and Imogene Coca; ended after 26 episodes.) 8pm -- The Ed Sullivan Show (1948 - 1971) 9pm* -- The Garry Moore Show (Ended after 19 episodes.) 10pm
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. I’m counting down the days until the Fall 2012 television season gets underway the only way I know how — by bringing you network promos for TV seasons long gone. Today’s preview is for ABC’s 1985 Fall TV season. ABC only returned 11 scripted series in 1985-86, compared to 15 for CBS and 18 for NBC. They also had the most shows from the previous season not returning, with 16. By season's end, ABC had two just shows in the ratings Top 10 (Dynasty and Who's the Boss?), and six in the Top 30. Here's the 1985 ABC Fall preview (in two parts), complete with an appropriation of Randy Newman's "I Love L.A."
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. Today's preview is for NBC's 1975 Fall TV season, dubbed the Superseason. The network debuted nine new series, hoping to build on the successes of young hits like Little House on the Prairie, Chico and the Man, and Sanford and Son. Their boldest play came on Thursday, where the entire prime time lineup was filled with freshman shows. Here's a quick promo from '75. Unfortunately, success proved elusive for these new programs, none of which lasted past the 1975-76 season. Thursday in particular was rough, as NBC was up against ratings powerhouses like The Waltons and The Streets of San Francisco. Th...
You know what's even more awesome than the fact that Winston cigarettes sponsored a cartoon? The fact that the main characters, as was the custom for TV shows of the '50s and early '60s, appeared in ads actually smoking them. Behold, an infamous Winston spot from The Flintstones, circa 1960-61: See, I told you it was awesome. Even better, and almost lost in the clouds of secondhand smoke, is that little gem of pre-Women's Lib chauvinism that starts the ad. As Wilma and Betty toil in the yard, Fred has a brilliant idea - "Let's go around back where we can't see 'em!" He's like Don Draper in an animal pelt. Winston, who also sponsored The Beverly Hillbillies around the same time, pulled its sponsorship from The Flintstones when Wilma became pregnant. I guess even tobacco comp
I have no experience in the television industry, but I have to think that keeping hardcore pornography off the Disney Channel can't be all that hard (no pun intended). Maybe it's just a matter of putting a piece of duct tape over the ACTIVATE PORN button on the big control board for the station feed. Seriously though, kids these days are so damn spoiled. Back in my day, I got tendinitis in my neck by craning it every which way to see through the scrambled Cinemax cable signal. Now all you have to do is sit through a crappy episode of Handy Manny and they just throw the porn at you. Kind of takes the fun out of it if you ask me. Alright, maybe it doesn't.