Kukla, Fran, and Ollie – The Color Show, August 30, 1953

RCA, the parent company to NBC, needed the perfect show to launch their new NTSC (a branch of the FCC) approved color system. Certainly, hits like Dragnet, Milton Berle’s Texaco Star Theater, or Your Show of Shows could provide colorful excitement to the medium.  RCA, however, believed Kukla, Fran, and Ollie provided every element needed for an experimental tryout […]

Read the rest of this entry »

THE MILTON BERLE SHOW: Uncle Milton Bows Out With a BANG, June 6, 1956

After an amazing run in television, Milton Berle had persevered in several formats over 8 seasons and 336 hour long episodes. In 1956,  no other show nor star had enjoyed a longer television run. The broadcast of June 6, 1956 was significant for several reasons. For one, it was the final broadcast of The Milton […]

Read the rest of this entry »

Producer’s Showcase, March 7, 1955

NBC chief Pat Weaver called them Spectaculars! These were lavish, big budget specials from the 1950s. Most were broadcast live and in color, and associated with select producers. Broadway star Mary Martin had just won her 4th Tony award, and Weaver spared no expense mounting Peter Pan. The Washington Post predicted it “to be the TV accomplishment […]

Read the rest of this entry »