Who Shot J.R.?, March 21 & November 21, 1980

J.R. Ewing was the very definition of a “snake in the grass.” An habitual two-timing scamp, J.R. – played by Larry Hagman – stopped at nothing to get his way. By the end of the third season, the entire world loved to hate this character, and indeed, the 1979-1980 season was broadcast in 53 countries […]

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THE NIGHT STALKER, Dan Curtis Breaks TV Ratings Record, January 11, 1972

This influential television film followed washed-up reporter Carl Kolchak, played by Darren McGavin, as he investigates a Las Vegas serial killer. Based on an unpublished novel by Jeff Rice and a screenplay by Richard Matheson, “The Night Stalker” added just the right amount of sarcastic humor with a vampire horror tale for a fresh, winning […]

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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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Iconservation Restoration: Clint Walker, Cheyenne

Prior to 1955, seeing a man’s masculine torso on the television screen occurred in the flash of an eye.  A glance downward at a spoonful of mashed potatoes from mom’s Swanson TV dinner, and the moment was easily missed. No rewind and no replay, the breathless, ribald moment lost from casual eyes. For millions, full of […]

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The Death of Barnabas Collins, September 11, 1969

By the fall of 1969, ABC’s gothic romance and horror show Dark Shadows had crossed over from being just a daytime television show to a genuine cultural phenomenon. The recently released series soundtrack and massive hit single, Quentin’s Theme, had been released to great fanfare. Toys, books, comics, and board games were in high demand and selling in […]

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