The Bombing of Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941

On July 1, 1941, under the helm of William Paley, CBS and NBC began commercial broadcasting. Theater Guild charter member Worthington Miner was tapped to develop 15 hours of television a week for CBS. Those hours were filled with broadcasts of fairy tales, sports shows, quiz shows, and talk shows, and 2 daily news programs, one […]

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The Time Element, November 10, 1958

In late 1957, months after ending television’s #1 show, I Love Lucy, Desi Arnaz’ hatched a plan to create another significant series from Desilu Studios.  RKO studios was near bankruptcy, and Arnaz saw the property as the ideal television mega-studio property for Desilu’s continued growth. Desi Arnaz sold CBS the rerun’s of I Love Lucy for $6 million, and […]

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The Baby, December 8, 1952 – January 18, 1953

This I Love Lucy story arc is the pinnacle of the television event for entertainment. As Christmas, 1952 approached, TV’s top show was enjoying record-breaking ratings and enormous publicity. American audiences had flipped for Lucy Ricardo’s independent spirit and Lucille Ball’s comic genius. The second season premiere, the famous “candy factory episode” had placed Ball and the […]

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Chuckles Bites the Dust, October 25, 1975

On the eve of the home video explosion, TV viewers gathered at the same time, on the same channel, entering a type of national collective consciousness, as millions of minds, eyes, and ears would be tuned to their favorite programs. Some programming, such as Mary Tyler Moore (and much like I Love Lucy, Dick Van Dyke, and All […]

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Network Massacre, Summer 1971

In the early days of television, the experimental nature of programming offered almost free reign for the networks. As broadcasts expanded into daytime, late night, and weekends, local television stations were eager for network fare. By the late 1960s, however, the FCC began tightening the ropes for programming, implementing regulations regarding children’s programming, public service […]

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