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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Great GRAAAPHICS! Love American Style

Television first hit anthology comedy series, Love American Style used blackouts (a la Laugh-In) and sketches about love, sex, and anything else considered racy or taboo in the early 1970’s.  The opening graphics featured orgasmic fireworks, an animated heart, and each week, new guest stars acting out new situations.  The only consistency was the blackout […]

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Philco Playhouse’s Marty, May 24, 1953

Legendary producer Fred Coe helmed NBC’s Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse. He incorporated a pool of talented writers and encouraged the development of original television plays, referred to as teleplays. Early in the series run, writer Paddy Chayefsky delivered a script titled Marty, based on Chayefsky’s observations of a singles bar located in the same building as Philco Playhouse. […]

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