Today in TV History 12/31/22

Saturday, December 31, 2022

Today in Television History

1968 – In the U.K., the TV special “Elvis” aired on BBC2-TV.

1971 – Peter Duel was found dead in his apartment in Hollywood Hills of an apparent suicide. Duel played the role of Hannibal Heyes in the series “Alias Smith and Jones.”

1972 – “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” special aired for the first time.

1984 – ESPN debuted in Hawaii, making it available in all 50 states.

1988 – “Simon & Simon” was aired for the last time on CBS.

2000 – CBS Sports aired a two-hour special that told the stories behind the 2000 Paralympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

Today in
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand History

1966 – Mrs. Miller performed “Downtown” and “A Lover’s Concerto” on American Bandstand.

1966 – The Blues Magoos performed “We Ain’t Got Nothin’ Yet” on American Bandstand.

1983 – ABC performed “That Was Then, but This Is Now” and “S.O.S.” on American Bandstand.

1983 – Oingo Boingo performed “Wake Up It’s 1984” on American Bandstand.

1994 – A taped performance by KISS was played on ABC’s “Dick Clark’s New Years Rockin’ Eve ’94.”

2001 – In New York, Dick Clark counted down to midnight from Times Square for the 30th consecutive year.

2005 – Regis Philbin hosted “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” from Times Square. It was the first time in 32 years that Dick Clark was unable to host the show.

Today in
Saturday Night Live History

2003 – There is nothing available for this date…at this time.

Saturday Night Live Quote


Now, Garth, if you hurl, then I’m gonna spew. And if I spew, chances are someone else is gonna honk, alright? And if that happens it could set off a peristaltic chain reaction.
– Mike Myers (as Wayne)



Today in TV History 12/30/22

Friday, December 30, 2022

Today in Television History

1953 – The first color TV sets went on sale for about $1,175.

1954 – James Arness made his dramatic TV debut in “The Chase.” The “Gunsmoke” series didn’t begin for Arness until the fall of 1955.

1980 – “The Wonderful World of Disney” was cancelled by NBC after more than 25 years on the TV. It was the longest-running series in prime-time television history.

1984 – CBS began airing the series “Crazy Like a Fox.”

Today in
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand History

1967 – Rose Garden performed “Next Plane to London” on American Bandstand.

1967 – A tape of The Who performing “I Can See for Miles” was aired on American Bandstand.

1972 – Rick Springfield performed “What Would the Children Think” on American Bandstand.

1978 – Chanson performed “Don’t Hold Back” on American Bandstand.

1978 – Justin Heywood performed “Forever Autumn” on American Bandstand.

1999 – Dick Clark was the first guest on David Letterman’s “Late Show.”


“The Territory” on Disney+

THE TERRITORY Shortlisted for Best Doc Feature Oscar | Streaming on Disney+

The Territory


Sundance Award-Winning Doc About the Indigenous Fight to Protect Their Land in Brazil is Now Streaming on Disney+
From the Uru-eu-wau-wau Community, First-Time Feature Filmmaker Alex Pritz and Award-Winning Producers Sigrid Dyekjær and Darren Aronofsky
Dir: Alex Pritz | 83 min. | Brazil/Denmark/United States | 2022 | Documentary
Produced by: Darren Aronofsky, Will N. Miller, Sigrid Dyekjær,
Lizzie Gillett, and Gabriel Uchida
Synopsis: THE TERRITORY provides an immersive on-the-ground look at the tireless fight of the Indigenous Uru-eu-wau-wau people against the encroaching deforestation brought by illegal settlers and an association of non-native farmers in the Brazilian Amazon. With awe-inspiring cinematography showcasing the titular landscape, and richly textured sound design, the film takes audiences deep into the Uru-eu-wau-wau community, and provides unprecedented access to the settlers illegitimately clearing land and a network of desperate farmers advocating for access to colonize the protected rainforest.

Partially shot by the Uru-eu-wau-wau people, the film relies on verité footage, captured over three years, as the community risks their lives to set up their own news media team in the hopes of exposing the truth.

**Winner: Special Jury Award for Documentary Craft and
World Cinema Documentary Audience Award, Sundance**
**Winner: Best Documentary, Seattle International Film Festival**
**Winner: True Life Fund, True/ False**
**Jury Special Mention, CPH: DOX**
**DOC NYC Shortlist Selection**
**Gotham Awards – Best Documentary Nominee**
**Seven-Time Cinema Eye Awards Nominee**
“Sharply crafted… makes an impact.” – Guy Lodge, VARIETY

“Urgent [and] visually spellbinding.” – Robert Daniels, ROGER EBERT. COM

“Gorgeously and… ingeniously conceived… [Paints] an intimate first-hand portrait of joy, pain, and community, before bursting with rip-roaring intensity as it captures a high-stakes struggle for survival unfolding in the moment.” 
– Siddhant Adlakha, INDIEWIRE

“Moving… goes right to the heart of what filmmaking can be.”






306 – Rolling Dog Ranch

Jack and his wife Sue are in Montana meeting up with some amazing people who are taking animal rescue to whole new level!  First, a couple that left big city life to run a ranch dedicated to animals in need. They meet blind and disabled dogs, horses and cats — each with an amazing story.  Then, they head to a groundbreaking animal shelter. This is one adventure that is sure to touch your heart.



313 – Singapore Zoo

Jack heads to Asia to visit an oasis in the bustling city of Singapore – the Singapore Zoo.  Regarded as one of the top zoos in the world, this open-concept park is full of surprises for Jack and Sue, like orangutans swinging in the trees just feet above their heads; and pygmy hippos, rhinos, chimpanzees, elephants and a whole lot more, including a visit to one of the world’s only night safari parks.  This is an adventure you won’t want to miss!


808 – Zulu Nation

Jack heads into South Africa’s Zululand and Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park – the oldest nature reserve in Africa, where he encounters Baboons, Elephant, Rhino and more, all after witnessing the birth of a baby at the Zulu Nyala Game Reserve.


1311– California: Wolves & Meerkats

Come along with Jack and Suzi as they meet some mighty meerkats living in California’s desert, and visit a wolf sanctuary dedicated to saving the misunderstood species.





Cocker spaniel Dusty has a severely infected ear, and Dr. Andrew Marchevsky will have to get creative to cure this long-lasting ailment. Then, it’s a scorcher at the Reptile Park, and newly laid alligator eggs are in danger of overheating. Can Tim Faulkner save the next generation of these incredible reptiles?





7409 – The Force of the Horse

Today, we meet a golden retriever who helps his handler find herself again after a scary experience abroad. Plus, a miniature horse named Honey always raises the spirits of her handler when she needs an extra lift.


8:00-8:30 AM ET                  JACK HANNA’S INTO THE WILD (E/I) 

8:30-9:00 AM ET                  JACK HANNA’S INTO THE WILD (E/I)

9:00-9:30 AM ET                  JACK HANNA’S INTO THE WILD (E/I)

9:30-10:00 AM ET                JACK HANNA’S INTO THE WILD (E/I)

10:00-10:30 AM ET              PET VET DREAM TEAM (E/I)

10:30-11:00 AM ET              TAILS OF VALOR (E/I)



RATING – TVG, 13-16




Today in TV History 12/29/22

Thursday, December 29, 2022

Today in Television History

1949 – KC2XAK of Bridgeport, CT, became the first ultrahigh frequency (UHF) television station to begin operating on a regular daily schedule.

1965 – CBS acquired the rights to the NFL regular-season games in 1966 and 1967, with an option for 1968, for $18.8 million per year.

1985 – Phil Donahue and a Soviet radio commentator hosted the “Citizens’ Summit” via satellite TV.

Today in
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand History

1973 – Eddie Kendricks performed “Keep On Truckin'” and “Boodie Down” on American Bandstand.

1979 – Terry Desario with K.C performed “Yes, I’m Ready” on American Bandstand.

1979 – The Captain & Tennille performed “Do That To Me One More Time” on American Bandstand.

1984 – Donna Summer performed “Supernatural Love” and “I’m Free” on American Bandstand.



Check off this NYC Bucket List Tour in 2023 for TV/Movie Buffs!

I haven’t been to this attraction, but it sounds fun for TV and movie fans!

Looking for a unique experience in New York City to cross off on your 2023 bucket list? Look no further than On Location Tours’ NYC TV & Movie Bus Tour, the picture-perfect sightseeing experience for film buffs of all ages! This 3-hour guided tour through the most filmed city in the world explores locations from over 60 films and series, and lets you follow in the footsteps of your favorite onscreen characters. On the tour, you’ll visit your favorite Friends at the iconic Friends apartment building; stop by Washington Square Park, as seen in Girls, The Mindy Project, Glee, Someone Great, and When Harry Met Sally; get a glimpse at popular hotels featured in American Hustle, Ocean’s 8, and Home Alone 2; take a photo in front of the iconic firehouse as seen in the Ghostbusters franchise; see the ‘Original Soupman’ and other locations from Seinfeld, and more! The tour ends at McGee’s Pub, the original inspiration for MacLaren’s in How I Met Your Mother, where you can grab a pint and re-live iconic show moments in the shoes of Barney, Ted, Robin, Lily and Marshall.

This tour explores several different Manhattan neighborhoods, including Midtown/Times Square, Flatiron District, Tribeca, Greenwich Village, and Chelsea. As a result, families and friends often find this experience an ideal way to tour the city! It runs as both a public tour and a private tour. The public tour runs daily and costs $61 for adults and $45 for children ages 6-9. The private tour also runs daily and costs $135/person for up to 22 passengers (3-person minimum required).  Tour guides are local actors and actresses and share behind-the-scenes fun facts and trivia about the different sites.


Today in TV History 12/4/22

Sunday, December 4, 2022

Today in Television History

1990 – Madonna appeared on “Nightline” to defend her “Justify My Love” video. She denied the video’s explicit contents were intended to stir up controversy and get her publicity. The video was banned by MTV.

2002 – The first part of an interview with John Houston, Whitney Houston’s father, was aired on ABC’s “Celebrity Justice.” In the interview he stated to his daughter, “You get your act together, honey, and you pay me the money that you owe me. If you do that, you haven’t got a lawsuit.” John Houston had filed a lawsuit against his daughter for failure to pay for negotiating work with Arista and drug charges from 2000.

Today in
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand History

1965 – Gary Lewis & the Playboys performed “Everybody Loves a Clown” on American Bandstand.

1976 – Judy Collins performed “Send in the Clowns” on American Bandstand.

1982 – America performed “Right Before Your Eyes” on American Bandstand.

1982 – Scandal performed “Goodbye to You” on American Bandstand.

Today in
Saturday Night Live History

1950 – Pamela Stephenson was born.

1964 – Fred Armisen was born.

1982 – The Smothers Brothers and Laura Branigan were guests on Saturday Night Live.

1993 – Charlton Heston and Paul Westerberg were guests on Saturday Night Live.

1999 – Christina Ricci and Beck were guests on Saturday Night Live.

2010 – Robert DeNiro and Diddy-Dirty Money were guests on Saturday Night Live. Diddy-Dirty Money performed “Coming Home” and “Dance on the Floor” (featuring Swizz Beatz).

Saturday Night Live Quote

Kenny G will be releasing a CD fully comprised of Christmas songs. Happy birthday, Jesus – HOPE YOU LIKE CRAP!
– Norm Macdonald

Today in TV History 12/3/22

Saturday, December 3, 2022

Today in Television History

1968 – Elvis Presley’s NBC-TV special “Elvis” was aired.

1987 – The 200th episode of “Knots Landing” aired.

Today in
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand History

1959 – The Drifters performed “Dance With Me” and “True Love, True Love” on American Bandstand.

1966 – Otis Redding performed “Fa Fa Fa Fa Fa” on American Bandstand.

1966 – Music Machine performed “Talk Talk” and “The People in Me” on American Bandstand.

1977 – The Village People appeared on American Bandstand.

1983 – Glen Shorrock performed “Little Girls Get Lonely” and “Til I Love You” on American Bandstand.

1983 – James Ingram performed “Party Animal” on American Bandstand.

Today in
Saturday Night Live History

1983 – The Smothers Brothers, Big Country, Tom Seaver, Ron Luciano and Larry Holmes were guests on Saturday Night Live.

1988 – Danny DeVito, Arnold Schwartzenegger, Maria Shriver and the Bangels were guests on Saturday Night Live.

1994 – Roseanne Barr and Green Day were guests on Saturday Night Live.

2005 – Dane Cook and James Blunt were guests on Saturday Night Live.

2011 – Steve Buscemi and The Black Keys were guests on Saturday Night Live. The Black Keys performed “Lonely Boy” and “Gold in the Ceiling.”

Today in TV History 12/1/22

Thursday, December 1, 2022

Today in Television History

1975 – “The Edge of Night” became the first serial in television history to switch networks.

1978 – The 100th episode of “The Rockford Files” aired on NBC.

1985 – The TV movie “Perry Mason Returns” aired.

1994 – The Game Show Network was launched.

1998 – Westinghouse Electric changed its name to CBS Corp. Westinghouse had owned CBS since November 1995.

2004 – NBC anchor Tom Brokaw made he final appearance as anchor on “NBC Nightly News”. He began his run on the show in April 1982. It was planned that Brokaw would host at least three documentaries a year for NBC.


Today in
Saturday Night Live History

1984 – Ed Begley Jr. and Billy Squier were guests on Saturday Night Live.

1990 – John Goodman and Faith No More were guests on Saturday Night Live.

2001 – Derek Jeter and Bubba Sparxxx & Shakira were guests on Saturday Night Live.


Today in TV History 11/30/22

Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Today in Television History

1956 – CBS replayed the program “Douglas Edward and the News” three hours after it was received on the West Coast. It was the world’s first broadcast via videotape.

1971 – ABC-TV aired “Brian’s Song.” The movie was about Chicago Bears’ Brian Picolo and his friendship with Gale Sayers.

Today in
Dick Clark’s American Bandstand History

1929 – Dick Clark was born in Mount Vernon, NY.

1960 – The Chimes performed “Once in a While” on American Bandstand.

1963 – Chubby Checker performed “Loddy Lo” on American Bandstand.

1968 – Merilee Rush performed “Reach Out” on American Bandstand.

1974 – Lattimore performed “Let’s Straighten It Out” on American Bandstand.

Today in
Saturday Night Live History

1999 – “Saturday Night Live: 25th Anniversary” was released on DVD.