Today in TV History 1/15





Today is Saturday, January 15, 2022

Today in
Television History

1967 – The Rolling Stones performed on TV’s “Ed Sullivan Show” and were forced to change their lyrics of “Let’s Spend the Night Together” to “Let’s Spend Some Time Together.”

1967 – The first National Football League Super Bowl was played. The Green Bay Packers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs of the American Football League. The final score was 35-10. The game was televised by both CBS and NBC.

1974 – “Happy Days” premiered on ABC-TV.

1981 – The first episode of “Hill Street Blues” aired.

1995 – The first episode of “Star Trek: Voyager” aired.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1959 – Duane Eddy performed “The Lonely One” on “American Bandstand.”

1962 – The Shirelles performed “Baby It’s You” on “American Bandstand.”

1966 – Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels performed “Jenny Take a Ride” and “Little Latin Lupe Lu” on “American Bandstand.”

1966 – Bobby Goldsboro performed “Broomstick Cowboy” and “It’s Too Late” on “American Bandstand.”

1972 – Bread performed “Baby I’m a Want You” on “American Bandstand.”

1983 – The Bus Boys performed “The Boys Are Back In Town” and “American Worker” on “American Bandstand.”

1983 – Ray Parker, Jr. performed “Bad Boy” and “The People Next Door” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 1/14





Today is Friday, January 14, 2022

Today in
Television History

1952 – NBC’s “Today” show premiered.

1972 – NBC-TV debuted “Sanford & Son.”

1976 – “Bionic Woman” debuted on ABC.

1985 – Former Miss America, Phyllis George, joined Bill Kurtis as host of “The CBS Morning News”.

1990 – “The Simpsons” began airing regularly.

1990 – America’s Funniest Home Videos debuted as a regular weekly series. The show was originally aired as a special on November 26, 1989.

1993 – TV talk show host David Letterman announced he was moving from NBC to CBS.

1996 – Fox aired the San Francisco 49er/Dallas Cowboy NFC championship game. The game pulled a 34.2/57 Nielsen rating.

1997 – The Beach Boys guest starred on ABC-TV’s “Home Improvement”.

1998 – NBC agreed to pay Warner Bros. $13 million per episode to retain the TV show “ER.”

1999 – Garth Brooks appeared on Sesame Street. He sang the song called “Together We Make Music”.

2001 – The final episode of “The Jamie Foxx Show” aired.

2002 – NBC’s “Today” celebrated its 50th anniversary on television.

2002 – TNT world premiered the TV movie “Monday Night Mayhem.”

Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 – Sam Cooke performed “I Love You for Sentimental Reasons” and “Desire Me” on “American Bandstand.”

1967 – The Youngbloods performed “Grizzly Bear” on “American Bandstand.”

1967 – Mike Williams performed “Lonely Soldier” on “American Bandstand.”

1978 – Peter Brown performed “Do Ya Wanna Get Funky With Me” on “American Bandstand.”

1978 – High Energy performed “You Can’t Turn Me Off” on “American Bandstand.”

1984 – Quarterflash performed “Take Me to Heart” and “Take Another Picture” on “American Bandstand.”

1984 – Madonna performed “Holiday” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 1/13





Today is Thursday, January 13, 2022

Today in
Television History

1928 – Ernst F. W. Alexanderson gave the first public demonstration of television.

1966 – Elizabeth Montgomery�s character, Samantha, on “Bewitched,” had a baby. The baby’s name was Tabitha.

1973 – ABC aired the final episode of “Alias Smith and Jones.”

1997 – The first episode of “La Femme Nikita” aired.

1998 – NBC agreed to pay almost $13 million for each episode of the TV show E.R. It was the highest amount ever paid for a TV show.

1998 – ABC and ESPN negotiated to keep “Monday Night Football” for $1.15 billion a season.

1998 – One of the 110 missing episodes of the British TV show “Doctor Who” was found in New Zealand.

1998 – The NFL completed a $9.2 billion deal with to keep “Monday Night Football” on ABC and the entire Sunday night cable package for ESPN.

1998 – The 100th episode of “NYPD Blue” aired on ABC.

2001 – TV Guide issued a set of commemorative Elvis Presley covers.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 – Dickie Doo & the Don’ts performed “Click-Click” on “American Bandstand.”

1968 – The Box Tops performed “Cry Like a Baby” on “American Bandstand.”

1968 – Jimmie Rodgers performed “Child of Clay” on “American Bandstand.”

1973 – The Chi-Lites performed “We Need Order” on “American Bandstand.”

1979 – Peaches & Herb performed “Reunited” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 1/12





Today is Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Today in
Television History

1949 – “Arthur Godfrey and His Friends” was debuted on CBS-TV. The show stayed on the network for seven years.

1949 – “Kukla, Fran and Ollie”, the Chicago-based children�s show, made its national debut on NBC-TV.

1955 – Rod Serling�s career began with the TV production of “Patterns.”

1958 – Major league baseball players Stan Musial and Johnny Padres were guests on the “Ed Sullivan Show.”

1964 – The Beatles made their second appearance on BBC-TV’s “Sunday Night at the London Palladium.”

1965 – The dance show “Hullabaloo” premiered on NBC TV.

1966 – The television series “Batman” debuted on ABC.

1967 – “Dragnet” returned to NBC-TV after being off the network schedule for eight years.

1968 – The Supremes appeared in an episode of “Tarzan” on NBC-TV. The ladies played a group of nuns.

1971 – “All In the Family” debuted on CBS-TV.

1991 – “The Superfans,” the #1 fans of the Chicago Bears, sketch debuted on “Saturday Night Live.”

1997 – The first episode of “King of the Hill” was aired.

1997 – On ABC, Paula Abdul made her dramatic acting debut in “In The Shadow of Evil.”

2002 – Conan O’Brien and Liza Powel were married. The two had met when Powel appeared on NBC’s “Late Night with Conan O’Brien” in a skit about advertising a year earlier.

2004 – NBC announced that the series “Frasier” would end the following May after 11 seasons.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1974 – Kool & the Gang performed “Jungle Boogie” and “Funky Stuff” on “American Bandstand.”

1974 – Albert Hammond performed “Half a Million Miles Away” on “American Bandstand.”

1985 – General Public performed “Tenderness” and “Never You Done that” on “American Bandstand.”

1985 – Rebbie Jackson performed “Centipede” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 1/11





Today is Tuesday, January 11, 2022

Today in
Television History

1958 – “Seahunt” debuted on CBS-TV. The show was aired on the network for four years.

1963 – The Beatles made their first national TV appearance in the U.K. They performed the song “Please Please Me” on the show “Thank Your Lucky Stars.”

1983 – “The Joy of Painting” aired for the first time.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1961 – Brian Hyland performed “That’s How Much” on “American Bandstand.”

1963 – Freddy Cannon performed “If You Were a Rock’n’Roll Record” on “American Bandstand.”

1964 – The Crystals performed “Little Boy” on “American Bandstand.”

1964 – Freddy Cannon performed “Abigail Beecher” on “American Bandstand.”

1969 – Dorsey Burnette performed “The Greatest Love” on “American Bandstand.”

1975 – The B.T. Express performed “Do It (Til Your Satisfied)” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 1/10





Today is Monday, January 10, 2022

Today in
Television History

1962 – The NFL entered into a single-network agreement with CBS for telecasting all regular-season games for $4.65 million annually.

1971 – “Masterpiece Theatre” premiered on PBS with host Alistair Cooke. The introduction drama series was “The First Churchills.”

1980 – The final episode of “The Rockford Files” aired on NBC.

1985 – Ted Nugent appeared on TV’s “Miami Vice.”

1999 – The animated series “Batman Beyond” debuted on the WB network.

1999 – HBO began airing the series “The Sopranos.”

2002 – Ethan Zohn was announced as the winner of CBS’ “Survivor 3.”

2005 – CBS fired four executives following the release of an independent investigation about a “60 Minutes Wednesday” story about U.S. President George W. Bush’s military service. The investigation said a “myopic zeal” led to the story being aired that was neither fair nor accurate. Forged documents had been used for proof in the story.

2007 – The iTunes Music Store reached 50 million television episodes sold.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 – George Hamilton IV performed “Why Don’t They Understand” on “American Bandstand.”

1958 – Sal Mineo performed “Party Time” and “Little Pigeon” on “American Bandstand.”

1961 – Buzz Clifford performed “Baby Sittin’ Boogie” on “American Bandstand.”

1963 – Barbara Lynn performed “You’re Gonna Need Me” on “American Bandstand.”

1976 – David Geddes performed “Last Game of the Season” on “American Bandstand.”

1981 – Kool & the Gang performed “Celebration” on “American Bandstand.”

1981 – John Cougar Mellencamp performed “Ain’t Even Done With The Night” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 1/9





Today is Sunday, January 9, 2022

Today in
Television History

1940 – Television was used for the first time to present a sales meeting to convention delegates in New York City.

1955 – The western TV series “Rawhide” premiered. The show was cancelled in 1966.

1977 – Super Bowl XI set a pro attendance record with 103,438. The NBC telecast was viewed by 81.9 million.

1984 – Clara Peller was first seen by TV viewers in the “Where’s the Beef?” commercial campaign for Wendy’s.

1992 – Sting made a guest appearance on the series “The Simpsons,” in the episode “Radio Bart.”

1996 – The first episode of “3rd Rock from the Sun” aired on NBC.

1999 – The first episode of “Providence” aired on NBC.

2001 – ABC-TV aired “The Mole” for the first time.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 – Dion & the Belmonts peformed “Don’t Pity Me” on “American Bandstand.”

1961 – Linda Hopkins appeared on “American Bandstand.”

1965 – Gale Garnett performed “Lovin’ Place” on “American Bandstand.”

1965 – Jumpin’ Gene Simmons performed “The Dodo” and “Haunted House” on “American Bandstand.”

1971 – Cass Elliott performed “A Song That Never Comes” on “American Bandstand.”

1971 – Dave Mason performed “Only You Know and I Know” on “American Bandstand.”

1982 – Quarterflash performed “Harden My Heart” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 1/8





Today is Saturday, January 8, 2022

Today in
Television History

1952 – Marie Wilson came to TV as “My Friend Irma.”

1961 – Robert Goulet made his national TV debut this night on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on CBS.

1966 – The final episode of “Shindig!” was broadcast on ABC-TV. The show featured the Kinks and the Who.

1977 – The cover of TV Guide was “Super Bowl.”

1984 – ABC purchased the remaining 85% of ESPN.

1997 – Mister Rogers received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1966 – Lou Christie performed “Lightning Strikes” on “American Bandstand.”

1966 – The Knickerbockers performed “Lies” on “American Bandstand.”

1972 – The J. Geils Band performed “Lookin’ for a Love” on “American Bandstand.”

1972 – Joe Simon performed “Drowning in the Sea of Love” on “American Bandstand.”

1983 – Lee Ritenour performed “Cross My Heart” and “Keep It Alive” on “American Bandstand.”

1983 – Bobby Nunn performed “She’s Just a Groupie” and “Never Seen Anything Like You” on “American Bandstand.”

2000 – Dick Clark began hosting the game show “Winning Lines.”



Today in TV History 1/7





Today is Friday, January 7, 2022

Today in
Television History

1926 – George Burns and Gracie Allen were married.

1954 – The Duoscopic TV receiver was unveiled this day. The TV set allowed the watching of two different shows at the same time.

1983 – The 100th episode of “The Dukes Of Hazzard” was aired on CBS.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 – Buddy Knox performed “Hula Love” and “Swingin’ Daddy” on “American Bandstand.”

1958 – The Hollywood Frames performed “Buzz-Buzz-Buzz” on “American Bandstand.”

1967 – Neil Diamond performed “You Got to Me” on “American Bandstand.”

1967 – The Electric Prunes performed “I Had Too Much to Dream Last Night” on “American Bandstand.”

1978 – Odyssey performed “Native New Yorker” on “American Bandstand.”

1978 – Alan O’Day performed “Started Out Dancing, Ended Up Making Love” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 1/6





Today is Thursday, January 6, 2022

Today in
Television History

1957 – Elvis Presley made his last appearance on the “Ed Sullivan Show” in New York City.

1963 – “Wild Kingdom” premiered on NBC.

1966 – Duke Ellington�s concert recorded at 5th Avenue Presbyterian Church in New York City, was broadcast on CBS-TV.

1968 – Dick Clark premiered his TV series “Happening ’68.” The show ran through September of 1969.

1968 – The 100th episode of “I Dream of Jeannie” was aired.

1975 – ABC-TV debuted “A.M. America.”

1988 – A seven-fight deal was signed between Mike Tyson and HBO.

1991 – The Perry Mason TV movie “The Case of the Ruthless Reporter” aired.

1999 – Bob Newhart, Alex Trebek, Dennis Franz and Buffalo Bob Smith got a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.

2003 – FOX began airing “Joe Millionaire.”

Today in
American Bandstand History

1968 – Kenny O’Dell performed “Beautiful People” on “American Bandstand.”

1968 – The Turtles performed “She’s My Girl” on “American Bandstand.”

1973 – Billy Paul performed “Me and Mrs. Jones” on “American Bandstand.”

1979 – The Village People performed “YMCA” on “American Bandstand.”