Today in TV History 6/4





Today is Thursday, June 4, 2020

Today in
Television History

1955 – The “Mickey Rooney Show” was aired on NBC for the last time.

1981 – The final episode of “The Waltons” aired. Six TV movies aired between 1982 and 1997.

1997 – The final episode of “Married With Children” aired.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1958 – Danny & the Juniors performed “Rock ‘n’ Roll is Here to Stay” and “Dotty” on “American Bandstand.”

1959 – Johnny and the Hurricanes performed “Crossfire” and “Red River Rock” on “American Bandstand.”

1962 – Ferrante and Teicher performed “Smile” and “Lisa” on “American Bandstand.”

1966 – The Sunrays performed “Andrea” and “Still” on “American Bandstand.”

1966 – Roy Orbison performed “Pretty Woman” and “Twinkle Toes” on “American Bandstand.”

1977 – T-Connection performed “Do You Wanna Do” on “American Bandstand.”

1977 – The Addrisi Bros. performed “Slow Dancin’ Don’t Turn Me On” on “American Bandstand.”

1983 – The Hollies performed “Stop in the Name of Love” and “Casualty” on “American Bandstand.”

1983 – Robert Hazard performed “Escalator of Life” and “Change Reaction” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 6/3





Today is Wednesday, June 3, 2020

Today in
Television History

1948 – The last episode of “The Admiral Broadway Revue” was aired. It was the first comedy variety program on television.

1969 – The final episode of “Star Trek” aired on NBC.

1980 – ESPN began televising college world series games.

1985 – After five years, the characters of Nancy and Chris Hughes returned to CBS-TV’s “As the World Turns.”

1992 – Bill Clinton, while campaigning for U.S. President, played saxophone on the “Arsenio Hall Show”.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1959 – Preston Epps performed “Bongo Rock” on “American Bandstand.”

1967 – Jefferson Airplane performed “White Rabbit” and “Somebody to Love” on “American Bandstand”.

1973 – Buffy St. Marie performed “Mister Can’t You See” and “He’s An Indian Cowboy in the Rodeo” on “American Bandstand.”

1973 – Bill Withers performed “Lean on Me” on “American Bandstand.”

1978 – Jimmy “Bo” Horne performed “Dance Across the Floor” on “American Bandstand.”

1978 – K.C. and the Sunshine Band performed “It’s the Same Old Song” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 6/2





Today is Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Today in
Television History

1953 – BBC-TV aired the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in Westminster Abbey.

1957 – Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev was interviewed on CBS’s “Face the Nation.”

1978 – On “Midnight Special” Crystal Gayle hosted to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers.

1999 – The final episode of “Star Trek: Deep Space Nine” aired.

2003 – In the U.S., federal regulators voted to allow companies to buy more television stations and newspaper-broadcasting combinations in the same city. The previous ownership restrictions had not been altered since 1975.

2003 – It was announced that Scholastic Entertainment would start a new cartoon called “The Misadventures of Maya and Miguel.”

Today in
American Bandstand History

1961 – Bobby Lewis performed “Tossin’ and Turnin'” on “American Bandstand.”

1961 – Carla Thomas performed “A Love of My Own” on “American Bandstand.”

1979 – Anita Ward performed “Ring My Bell” on “American Bandstand.”

1984 – Van Stephenson performed “Modern Day Delilah” and “What the Big Girls Do” on “American Bandstand.”

1984 – The video of Paul Young’s “Love of the Common People” was aired on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 6/1





Today is Monday, June 1, 2020

Today in
Television History

1953 – Raymond Burr made his network-TV acting debut. It was in “The Mask of Medusa” on ABC-TV’s “Twilight Theater.”

1959 – BBC-TV aired “Juke Box Jury” for the first time.

1966 – The final episode of “The Dick Van Dyke Show” aired.

1980 – Cable News Network (CNN) made its debut as the first all-news station.

1999 – BBC Knowledge was launched on digital television.

2009 – Conan O’Brien debuted as the host of NBC’s “Tonight Show.” In January 2010 he stepped down after a dispute with the network.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1959 – Dion & the Belmonts performed “A Teenager in Love” on “American Bandstand.”

1960 – The Flamingos performed “Nobody Loves Me Like You Do” on “American Bandstand.”

1961 – Tony Orlando performed “Halfway to Paradise” on “American Bandstand.”

1968 – The Irish Rovers performed “The Unicorn” and “Whiskey on a Sunday” on “American Bandstand.”



Today in TV History 5/31





Today is Sunday, May 31, 2020

Today in
Television History

1962 – “Tell It To Groucho” aired for the last time on CBS.

1964 – The Dave Clark Five appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” for the first of 11 appearances.

1990 – The first episode of “Seinfeld” aired on NBC.

1992 – The final episode of “Night Court” aired on NBC.

1999 – VH1’s “Behind the Music” began airing nightly. The premiere show was “The Red Hot Chili Peppers: Behind the Music.”

Today in
American Bandstand History

1960 – Johnny & the Hurricanes performed “Down Yonder” on American Bandstand.

1960 – Preston Epps performed “Bongo, Bongo, Bongo” on American Bandstand.

1963 – Brian Hyland performed “I’m Afraid to Go Home” on American Bandstand.

1969 – Dorsey Burnette appeared on American Bandstand.

1969 – Classics IV performed “The River is Wide” and “I’d Wait a Million Years” on American Bandstand.

1975 – Disco Tex and the Sex-O-Lettes performed “I Wanna Dance wit’Choo” on American Bandstand.

1980 – Peter McIan performed “Solitaire” on American Bandstand.



Today in TV History 5/30





Today is Saturday, May 30, 2020

Today in
Television History

1975 – On “Midnight Special,” Joan Baez welcomed Kool & the Gang into the studio.

1980 – On “Midnight Special,” the Temptations hosted. The guests were Firefall and Robbie Dupree.

1981 – “Nightline” extended from four nights a week to five nights a week.

1996 – John Tesh hosted “Entertainment Tonight” for the last time.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1961 – Johnny Burnette performed “Big Big World” on American Bandstand.

1963 – Lesley Gore performed “It’s My Party” on American Bandstand.

1964 – April & Nino performed “I’m Confessin'” and “Tea for Two” on American Bandstand.

1970 – Bobbi Martin performed “For the Love of Him” and “Give a Woman Love” on American Bandstand.

1981 – Don McLean performed “Yesterday Once More/Nothing Remains the Same” on American Bandstand.



Today in TV History 5/29





Today is Friday, May 29, 2020

Today in
Television History

1949 – The TV comedy variety show “Candid Camera” moved to NBC.

1962 – Barbra Streisand appeared on “The Garry Moore Show.”

1988 – NBC aired “To Heal A Nation,” the story of Jan Scruggs’ effort to build the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

2002 – Kelsey Grammer and his production company, Grammnet Inc., were ordered to pay more than $2 million in unpaid commissions to his former talent agency.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1971 – The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band performed “Mr. Bojangles” and “House on Pooh Corner” on American Bandstand.

1976 – Fifth Dimension performed “Love Hangover” on American Bandstand.

1976 – Jim Stafford performed “Jasper” on American Bandstand.

1982 – Patrice Rushen performed “Forget Me Not” on American Bandstand.



Today in TV History 5/28





Today is Thursday, May 28, 2020

Today in
Television History

1969 – Judy Collins appeared on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.

1986 – Dick Clark’s “America Picks the No. 1 Songs” TV special aired.

1990 – “The Dave Thomas Comedy Show” debuted on CBS.

1994 – “Cafe America” aired for the last time on NBC.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1962 – Smokey Robinson and the Miracles performed “I’ll Try Something New” on American Bandstand.

1966 – The Gentrys performed “Keep On Dancing” and “Everyday I Have to Cry” on American Bandstand.

1966 – The Olympics performed “Mine Exclusively” on American Bandstand.

1977 – Alan O’day performed “Undercover Angel” on American Bandstand.

1977 – Shalamar performed “Uptown Festival” on American Bandstand.

1983 – Simple Minds performed “Promised You a Miracle” and “Somewhere, Someone, Summertime” on American Bandstand.

1983 – Naked Eyes performed “Always Something There to Remind Me” and “Fortune and Fame” on American Bandstand.

1986 – Dick Clark’s “America Picks the No. 1 Songs” TV special aired.



Today in TV History 5/27





Today is Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Today in
Television History

1950 – Frank Sinatra made his TV debut on NBC’s “Star-Spangled Review.”

1961 – Johnny Cash appeared on NBC’s “The Deputy.”

1982 – The final episode of “Bosom Buddies” aired on ABC.

1982 – The final episode of “Mork and Mindy” aired on ABC.

1987 – Jim and Tammy Bakker appeared on “Nightline” following the PTL scandal.

1988 – The final episode of “Punky Brewster” aired on NBC.

1994 – “The Arsenio Hall Show” aired for the last time. The show was revived for a single season in 2013.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1967 – The Buckinghams performed “Kind of a Drag” and “Mercy Mercy Mercy” on American Bandstand.

1972 – Love Unlimited performed “Walkin’ in the Rain with the One I Love” on American Bandstand.

1972 – Peter Yarrow performed “Don’t Ever Take Away My Freedom” on American Bandstand.

1978 – Donna Summer performed “Last Dance” on American Bandstand.

1978 – The Brooklyn Dreamers performed “Music, Harmony, and Rhythm” on American Bandstand.



Today in TV History 5/26





Today is Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Today in
Television History

1965 – The Rolling Stones appeared on “Shindig!” along with Jackie De Shannon, Sonny and Cher and Jimmy Rodgers.

1970 – The final episode of “I Dream of Jeannie” aired.

Today in
American Bandstand History

1959 – The Four Lads performed “Fountain of Youth” on American Bandstand.

1960 – Bobby Vee performed “What Do You Want?” on American Bandstand.

1979 – Carrie Lucas performed “Dance with You” on American Bandstand.

1984 – The Romantics performed “One in a Million” and “Open Your Door” on American Bandstand.

1984 – Sergio Mendes performed “Olympia” on American Bandstand.