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Tonight in 1975 — TRILOGY OF TERROR debuted on the ABC MOVIE OF THE WEEK.

DARK SHADOWS mastermind Dan Curtis directed Karen Black (and a doll that gave a generation nightmares).

"I did it all with smoke and mirrors,” Curtis said, "The Zuni doll was a little hand puppet. But it worked."
10:28 PM - Mar 04, 2024
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Tonight in 1982 — POLICE SQUAD! debuted on ABC.

The funniest thing I've ever seen on network TV, by a wide margin.
#PoliceSquad #1980sTV #ClassicTV
07:49 PM - Mar 04, 2024
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Tonight in 1971 — Isabel Sanford made her debut as Louise Jefferson on ALL IN THE FAMILY.

Ten years later, she became the first Black actress to win an Emmy for Best Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (for THE JEFFERSONS).

“At last,” she said, before thanking God and Norman Lear.
#IsabelSanford
09:21 PM - Mar 02, 2024
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Happy 89th birthday, Porky Pig!

He made his debut in I HAVEN’T GOT A HAT released Mar 2, 1935.
#LooneyTunes
07:47 PM - Mar 02, 2024
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A working replica of Rosie the Robot from THE JETSONS now exists, thanks to a former Navy Engineer.

And she has the iconic voice of Jean Vander Pyl (using audio from the cartoon).

https://people.com/former-...
04:30 PM - Mar 02, 2024
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18 Alfred Hitchcock films are streaming on Tubi including:

THE 39 STEPS (1935)
SUSPICION (1941)
NOTORIOUS (1946)
STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951)
DIAL M FOR MURDER (1954)
NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)

https://tubitv.com/person/...
#AlfredHitchcock
10:09 AM - Mar 02, 2024
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Today in 1960 — THE FAMILY CIRCUS debuted in newspapers.

The syndicated comic strip was written and drawn by Bill Keane for 51 years.

His son Jeff Keane — the inspiration for 3-year-old Jeffy — took over in 2011.
#TheFamilyCircus #ComicStrip
10:19 PM - Mar 01, 2024
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Tonight in 1978 — GOLDIE debuted on CBS.

Goldie Hawn hosted George Burns, John Ritter, and Shaun Cassidy in this primetime special.

And she stands in for Gracie in an adorable bit w/ George. Watch: https://youtu.be/_5GeYnv_p...
#GoldieHawn #1970sTV
10:04 PM - Mar 01, 2024
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Tonight in 1976 — GRIFFIN AND PHOENIX: A LOVE STORY w/ Peter Falk and Jill Clayburgh debuted on ABC.

I was way too young for a TV movie about terminally ill people falling in love, but I watched. 😭

It's on YouTube if you feel emotionally prepared: https://youtu.be/OYHwdoOWI...
08:35 PM - Feb 27, 2024
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E. Duke Vincent (1932-2024) — Emmy-winning producer.

With partner Aaron Spelling he produced VEGA$, DYNASTY, 90210, MELROSE PLACE, CHARMED and more.

He also produced 39 TV movies + 7 miniseries in a 40-year career.

https://variety.com/2024/t...
07:56 PM - Feb 27, 2024
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Tonight in 1979 — MRS. COLUMBO debuted on NBC.

This misbegotten spinoff starred Kate Mulgrew as Columbo's previously unseen wife, a reporter.

After bad ratings (and flack from Falk and COLUMBO's creators), it was retooled and retitled.

13 episodes were produced, 11 are on Tubi.
11:00 PM - Feb 26, 2024
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“It was always so much fun being around him….He was never depressed by failure or seduced by applause. He couldn’t stand snobbery, fakes, or social climbers. Jackie was street people. He related to the masses."
— Audrey Meadows

Jackie Gleason (1916–1987) was born on this day.
08:08 PM - Feb 26, 2024
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Today in 1961 — DAVEY AND GOLIATH debuted in syndication.

The stop-motion animated series was produced by GUMBY creator Art Clokey.

All episodes (including a 2004 special produced by Clokey’s son) are on Tubi: https://tubitv.com/tv-show...
#1960sTV #ClassicTV #DaveyAndGoliath
09:56 PM - Feb 25, 2024
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Heads up that Tubi streams a bunch of silent films: Buster Keaton, Harold Lloyd, METROPOLIS, etc.

Some are public domain transfers, but others are recent restorations, like Cohen Media Group Keaton releases.

I've found 100+ so far. A treasure trove! #SilentFilm #silentfilm Heads up that Tubi str
08:32 PM - Feb 24, 2024
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Tonight in 1975 — Sergio Leone's A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS had its network TV premiere on ABC.

A new prologue (directed by Monte Hellman) was shot to reframe The Man With No Name as a hero.

It's painfully obvious this is not Clint Eastwood. Watch: https://youtu.be/ppZuqec9l...
10:46 PM - Feb 23, 2024
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"Life is intrinsically, well, boring and dangerous at the same time. At any given moment the floor may open up. Of course, it almost never does; that's what makes it so boring.”
― Edward Gorey (1925-2000) #BornOnThisDay
07:17 PM - Feb 22, 2024
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Tonight in 1960 — Suzanne Pleshette starred on ALFRED HITCHCOCK PRESENTS, three years before THE BIRDS.

"Hitch Hike” co-stars Robert Morse (a year before his Tony-winning B'way role in HOW TO SUCCEED IN BUSINESS).

Watch: https://therokuchannel.rok...
11:35 PM - Feb 21, 2024
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"All of the men (on CAGNEY & LACEY) had trouble because, the stories weren't about them. And men aren’t used to that.”

Happy birthday, Tyne Daly. 👑
#TyneDaly #CagneyAndLacey
08:50 PM - Feb 21, 2024
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Tonight in 1968 — Peter Falk made his debut as COLUMBO in PRESCRIPTION: MURDER on NBC.

He would play the character for 35 years.

“He was perfect,” co-creator William Link said. "And then he got better.”
#Columbo #1970sTV #1960sTV #ClassicTV
08:43 PM - Feb 20, 2024
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Tonight in 1975 — REALLY ROSIE debuted on CBS.

Carole King sang, composed, and voiced Rosie in this animated special based on Maurice Sendak’s "Nutshell Library” books.

Songs include the banger "Chicken Soup with Rice.”

On Internet Archive: https://archive.org/detail...
10:27 PM - Feb 19, 2024
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Today in 1968 — MISTER ROGERS' NEIGHBORHOOD debuted on NET (the forerunner of PBS).

For more than 30 seasons and 900 episodes, Fred Rogers taught us the value of kindness, gratitude, and chilling out with your crew.
#MisterRogers
09:26 PM - Feb 19, 2024
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Tonight in 1973 — Cecil B. DeMille’s THE TEN COMMANDMENTS (1956) had its world TV premiere on ABC.

It’s aired nearly early year since, as foretold in the Book of Nielsen.
#TCMParty
10:00 PM - Feb 18, 2024
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Tonight in 1979 — Hal Holbrook and Katharine Ross starred in MURDER BY NATURAL CAUSES on CBS.

COLUMBO creators Richard Levinson and William Link wrote this delightfully twisty Neo-Noir about a mentalist and his murderous wife.

Tons of fun. YouTube: https://youtu.be/qCoGSRZSh...
10:38 PM - Feb 17, 2024
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Tonight in 1980 — THE TOWERING INFERNO (1974) made its network TV premiere on NBC.

“Let 'em burn” Gene Siskel wrote in The Chicago Tribune 🔥
#1980sTV #TheToweringInferno
08:43 PM - Feb 17, 2024
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Tonight in 1971 — MAYBE I’LL COME HOME IN THE SPRING debuted on the ABC. MOVIE OF THE WEEK.

Sally Field shines as a hippie who returns to her family.

Nuanced social commentary, lyrically directed by Joseph Sargent + shot by Russell Metty.

YouTube https://youtu.be/v-no3swkj...
09:55 PM - Feb 16, 2024
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Tonight in 1988 — TANNER ’88 debuted on HBO.

Robert Altman’s documentary on a faux presidential candidate brilliantly blurred the lines of reality (before it was a genre).

Starring Michael Murphy and Cynthia Nixon. Written by Garry Trudeau. Catnip for politics junkies. Streaming on MAX.
11:09 PM - Feb 15, 2024
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If somebody compiled all the James Garner and Mariette Hartley Polaroid commercials it would be the best show on streaming.
09:18 PM - Feb 15, 2024
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Tonight in 1972 — THE CBS LATE MOVIE debuted.

Feature films — including genre titles never before on network TV — made this franchise competitive w/ Carson.

British reruns like THE AVENGERS came later and made this a destination for many of us!
#ClassicTV #1970sTV
09:33 PM - Feb 14, 2024
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Tonight in 1971 — BEN-HUR made its world TV premiere on CBS.

85 million people tuned in to see William Wyler’s Oscar-winning epic starring Charlton Heston.
#TCMParty #BenHur #1970sTV
08:11 PM - Feb 14, 2024
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Happy Valentine's Day from DRACULA, released on this day in 1931.

Bela Lugosi was 48 when he played cinema's first sexy vampire, proving it's never too late to get your mojo working.
#Dracula #BelaLugosi #ValentinesDay
07:22 PM - Feb 14, 2024
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