The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present
The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present is a trade paperback reference work by the American television researchers Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, first published by Ballantine Books in 1979. That first edition won a 1980 U. S. National Book Award in the one-year category General Reference; the ninth edition came out in 2007. The title of early editions did not include the words "and cable". In 2007, co-author Tim Brooks stated that the ninth edition may be the last one released of the book. According to the authors, the book is an attempt to list all commercially broadcast network series shown in the evening or nighttime hours in the United States, it lists programs which were syndicated in the U. S. and, effective with the sixth edition in 1995, cable television series if, at the time they were aired, the cable network carrying them was available in at least 50% of U. S. homes. Other criteria for inclusion: The series must have been carried on a commercial network.
Programs produced for and by public broadcasters such as National Educational Television and the Public Broadcasting Service are excluded unless at some point in their existence they had a prime time network or commercial cable television run. The series must have run for at least four weeks on the same night of the week at the same time, or at least have been planned to do so in the event that it was cancelled prior to this, thus and miniseries presented on consecutive nights are excluded, with an exception being made for the seminal miniseries Roots and miniseries like North and South, Book II, presented in a nightly format but subsequently rerun on a weekly basis. The 2007 ninth edition includes individual listings for cable networks themselves; the book includes other features such as season-by-season schedule charts from 1946 to 2006, list of top thirty Nielsen rated programs from October 1950 to May 2007, list of Emmy Award winners season-by-season, trivia quiz games. The eighth edition was published in 2003, followed by the ninth edition on 18 October 2007.
Included is "The Top 100 Series of All Time", an updated ranking of the authors' first-ever ranking of the most popular TV shows from the book TV's Greatest Hits published in 1985, that includes data through the 2006-2007 season. The ranking is based on points for the number of seasons these shows were on and their audience-size ranks for every season. Thus, the series were credited for their longevity; some series that were on the air had moved up on the list. 60 Minutes, which ranked #9 on the 1985 list, had since risen to #1 by virtue of its continued popularity
The Bob Crane Show
The Bob Crane Show is an American sitcom that aired on NBC. The series starred Bob Crane as Bob Wilcox, a man in his 40s who quits his job as an insurance salesman to return to medical school; the series co-starred Patricia Harty as his wife Ellie Wilcox, who becomes the family's breadwinner while Bob is in school. After initial delays, the series debuted on March 6, 1975; the Bob Crane Show was canceled after 13 weeks. The Bob Crane Show was titled Second Start and NBC planned to debut it in the fall of 1974. However, the Federal Communications Commission re-instituted its Prime Time Access Rule, which limited the broadcast networks to programming only three of the four hours of the prime time programming block; this decision led NBC to delay the series until January 1975. Crane re-shot the pilot, leading to another delay to March 1975. Crane expressed his desire that his series be what he called "hard comedy", which he described as comedy that "goes for the fences. It's what you might call take-a-risk comedy because if you don't hit a home run, you might strike out.
It's either a belly laugh or it's no go and no show."MTM Enterprises produced the series, filmed with a three-camera setup in front of a studio audience with a sweetened laugh track. Bob Crane.... Bob Wilcox Patricia Harty.... Ellie Wilcox James Sutorius.... Jerry Mallory Todd Susman.... Marvin Susman Erica Petal.... Pam Wilcox Jack Fletcher.... Dean Lyle Ingersoll Ronny Graham.... Ernest Busso The Bob Crane Show debuted with a Nielsen rating of 23, a disappointment to the network. NBC cancelled the series after 13 weeks. Series star Crane blamed the failure on the lack of chemistry among the characters, he compared The Bob Crane Show to its fellow series, The Mary Tyler Moore Show and The Bob Newhart Show, in wishing that the same sorts of character relationships on those series had been present in his. "I had nobody to talk to.... In my series, I had no Bill Daily." Alwood, Edward. Straight News. New York, Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-08437-4. Tropiano, Stephen; the Prime Time Closet: A History of Gays and Lesbians on TV.
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Friends and Lovers (TV series)
Friends and Lovers is an American sitcom starring Paul Sand which centers on a musician in Boston and his personal relationships. It was Sand's only starring role in a television series; the show aired from September 14, 1974, to January 4, 1975. Paul Sand: Robert Dreyfuss Michael Pataki: Charlie Dreyfuss Penny Marshall: Janice Dreyfuss Dick Wesson: Jack Riordan Steve Landesberg: Fred Meyerbach Craig Richard Nelson: Mason Woodruff Jack Gilford: Ben Dreyfuss Jan Miner: Marge Dreyfuss Robert Dreyfuss is a young bachelor and double-bass player who returns to Boston after living in Denver, for three years and wins a job playing with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, he is a romantic who falls in love with the women he meets, but he has little luck with them because he is shy, dour-faced, tends to say the wrong things at the wrong time. In sharp contrast, his older brother Charlie is aggressive, physically fit, athletic. Charlie is protective of Robert, while Charlie's affection-starved wife Janice mocks Robert for his romantic failures, Robert gets caught in the middle of the arguments to which Charlie and Janice are prone.
Charlie and Janice have a three-year-old son named Brendan, mentioned in the first episode, but Brendan never appears in the show and is never discussed in any other episode. Ben and Marge are Charlie's parents. In the orchestra, Robert makes friends with an Austrian violinist, Fred Meyerbach, who has a strained relationship with his father, they must deal with the young and overweight conductor, Mason Woodruff, the antagonistic orchestra manager, Jack Riordan. Paul Sand was a rising star – he had won a Tony Award on Broadway and received good reviews for his appearances on The Carol Burnett Show and The Mary Tyler Moore Show – when MTM Enterprises decided to give him his own situation comedy in 1974. In order to give the show the maximum possible exposure to new viewers, CBS aired Friends and Lovers on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. between two blockbuster hit situation comedies, All in the Family at 8:00 p.m. and The Mary Tyler Moore Show at 9:00 p.m. – arguably the best time slot for a new series in the autumn of 1974.
The show received much publicity, touted as the "sleeper" hit of the fall 1974 season. James L. Brooks and Allan Burns were the executive producers of the show. Writers included Linda Bloodworth-Thomason, Gordon Farr, Lowell Ganz, Steve Gordon, Andrew Johnson, Monica Mcgowan Johnson, Arnold Kane, Allan Leicht, Coleman Mitchell, Phil Mishkin, Geoffrey Neigher, Mary Kay Place, Steve Pritzker, Bud Wiser. Episode directors were Peter Bonerz, Bob Claver, Tim Kiley, Robert Moore, Alan Rafkin, Jay SandrichThe show was filmed in color before a studio audience; some critics expressed disappointment in Friends and Lovers – the Boston Herald American's Anthony La Camera called it "a downright disappointment" and the Boston Globe's Percy Shain said it was "mundane and average, with few laughs" – but others gave it more favorable reviews. The premiere episode on September 14, 1974, was the 14th-most-watched show of the week, during its run the show had good ratings – for example, a 36 share in early October 1974 – and was the 25th most-viewed television show of the season.
However, its ratings paled in comparison to those of the shows after it. Given the high hopes the network had had for the show, it was considered a ratings disappointment for its advantageous time slot and, in fact, one of the bigger disappointments of the fall 1974 season. CBS cancelled the show after only 15 episodes, the last of, broadcast on January 4, 1975. Along with The Texas Wheelers and Lovers was one of the first two MTM Enterprises shows to be cancelled. In January 1975, two weeks after it last aired and Lovers was replaced in its time slot by a new show, The Jeffersons. A better fit for CBS's Saturday-evening line-up, The Jeffersons was a major hit which aired in first-run production for the next ten years. Leszczak, Bob. Single Season Sitcoms, 1948–1979. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland and Publishers, Inc. 2012. ISBN 978-0-7864-6812-6. Tvobscurities.com Fall 1974: CBS – Television Obscurities IMDb Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers ctva.biz Paul Sand in Friends and Lovers Friends and Lovers on IMDb Friends and Lovers at The Interviews: An Oral History of Television
David Sanford Milch is an American writer and producer of television series. He has created several television shows, including Deadwood. Milch graduated summa cum laude from Yale University, where he won the Tinker Prize in English and was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon chapter, along with future U. S. president George W. Bush, he earned a MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop at the University of Iowa. To avoid the draft during the Vietnam War, Milch enrolled in Yale Law School but was expelled for shooting out a police car siren with a shotgun. Milch worked as a writing teacher and lecturer in English literature at Yale. During his teaching career, he assisted Robert Penn Warren and Cleanth Brooks in the writing of several college textbooks on literature. Milch's poetry and fiction have been published in the Southern Review. In 1982, Milch wrote a script for Hill Street Blues, which became the episode "Trial by Fury"; this began his career in television. He worked five seasons on Hill Street Blues as executive story editor and as executive producer.
Milch earned two Writers Guild Awards, a Humanitas prize, a Primetime Emmy Award while working on that show. Milch created NYPD Blue with Steven Bochco and served as executive producer of that series for seven seasons, he received three Primetime Emmy Awards during his time with the series. Milch co-created the patrol police drama Brooklyn South with Bochco, Bill Clark, William S. Finkelstein in 1997 while still working on NYPD Blue. After NYPD Blue, Milch created. From 2004 to 2006, Milch produced Deadwood, a dramatic series for HBO. Milch served as creator and executive producer; the series received critical acclaim and garnered Milch two Primetime Emmy Award nominations for writing and producing. The series ended in 2006 after three seasons. There were plans for two feature-length movies to conclude the series, but after many rumors, star Ian McShane said the sets had been struck and the films were unlikely to be produced. McShane presented David Milch with the 2006 Outstanding Television Writer Award at the Austin Film Festival.
Milch began production in 2006 on John from Cincinnati, another dramatic series for HBO. The series was canceled after its first season. Initial ratings had been increased steadily. Ratings for the final episode were more than 3 million. In October 2007, HBO renewed its contract with Milch. A pilot was commissioned for Last of the Ninth, "a drama set in the New York Police Department during the 1970s, when the Knapp Commission was formed to ferret out corruption in the force." Collaborating with Milch on Last of the Ninth was former NYPD Blue writer and friend Bill Clark. In December 2008, The Hollywood Reporter stated that Last of the Ninth would not be picked up by the network. In January 2010, Milch announced that he was developing a new drama for HBO entitled Luck, based around the culture of horse racing. Michael Mann directed Dustin Hoffman was cast in the lead role. HBO picked up the series on July 14, 2010; the series ceased production after three horse deaths on set. Milch confirmed that he had signed on for the film adaptation of Quantic Dream's 2010 video game Heavy Rain.
In October 2011, New York magazine reported that Milch, working with NYPD Blue collaborator Steven Bochco, would produce an as yet untitled legal drama for NBC. Set in a high powered Washington, D. C. law firm, the show would center on a lawyer with a dark past named Ted Tapman. In November 2011, HBO announced that it had entered into a deal with David Milch's Redboard Productions to produce films and television series based on the literary works of William Faulkner, while The Wall Street Journal reported that Milch has been working on a project for HBO about the fictional Mississippi county Yoknapatawpha County created by Faulkner. In July 2013 HBO announced at the Television Critics Association Press Tour that Milch was developing a new series for the cable network tentatively titled The Money; the show would depict a dynastic New York media family. Irish actor Brendan Gleeson was cast in the lead role as a family patriarch and media mogul, it was announced on March 2014 that HBO had passed on the project.
On April 20, 2017, Ian McShane announced that Milch has submitted a script for a two-hour Deadwood movie to HBO. " two-hour movie script has been delivered to HBO. If they don’t deliver, blame them." McShane said that he has spoken to Milch about some of the script and hoped to meet for lunch soon to discuss the film. He said of the original cast returning that "we’d all love to do it... It would be nice to see all of the old gang again." The film began production in October 2018. Milch is Jewish, he has been married to Rita Stern since 1982. They have three children. Milch has lost millions of dollars gambling, he has stated. He developed a heart condition in the 1990s. During the filming of NYPD Blue, he suffered a heart attack while arguing with actor David Caruso over the script. Milch is an owner of thoroughbred racehorses; as a co-owner with Mark and Jack Silverman, he won the 1992 Breeders' Cup Juvenile with the colt Gilded Time. Milch owned outright Val Royal. Hill Street Blues Bay City Blues Beverly Hills Buntz Capital News L.
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Doc (1975 TV series)
Doc is an American sitcom produced by MTM Enterprises which aired on CBS from September 13, 1975 to October 30, 1976. Doc starred Barnard Hughes as Dr. Joe Bogert, an elderly, kind-hearted general practitioner who divided his time between dealing with his dysfunctional patients and his more dysfunctional family; the series costarred Elizabeth Wilson as Joe's wife Annie, Judith Kahan as his daughter Laurie, John Harkins as Laurie's husband, Mary Wickes as Joe's nurse, Tully. During the first season, the show had good ratings due to its timeslot. CBS however thought the ratings should be better considering the scheduling and ordered the show to be redone; when it returned in the fall of 1976, the format had been retooled, with Dr. Bogert now a widower, working at a down and out city clinic. Mary Wickes was the only other cast member from the first season to remain, but she departed after the first episode. Ratings slipped and the series was canceled in October 1976. Barnard Hughes as Dr. Joe "Doc" Bogert Elizabeth Wilson as Annie Bogert Judith Kahan as Laurie Bogert Fenner John Harkins as Fred Fenner Mary Wickes as Nurse Beatrice Tully Irwin Corey as Happy Miller Audra Lindley as Janet Scott David Ogden Stiers (Stanley Moss Herbie Faye as Ben Goldman Ray Vitte as Woody Henderson Doc on IMDb Doc at TV.com
The United States of America known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U. S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D. C. and the largest city by population is New York City. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico; the State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean; the U. S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The diverse geography and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Paleo-Indians migrated from Siberia to the North American mainland at least 12,000 years ago. European colonization began in the 16th century; the United States emerged from the thirteen British colonies established along the East Coast. Numerous disputes between Great Britain and the colonies following the French and Indian War led to the American Revolution, which began in 1775, the subsequent Declaration of Independence in 1776; the war ended in 1783 with the United States becoming the first country to gain independence from a European power. The current constitution was adopted in 1788, with the first ten amendments, collectively named the Bill of Rights, being ratified in 1791 to guarantee many fundamental civil liberties; the United States embarked on a vigorous expansion across North America throughout the 19th century, acquiring new territories, displacing Native American tribes, admitting new states until it spanned the continent by 1848. During the second half of the 19th century, the Civil War led to the abolition of slavery.
By the end of the century, the United States had extended into the Pacific Ocean, its economy, driven in large part by the Industrial Revolution, began to soar. The Spanish–American War and World War I confirmed the country's status as a global military power; the United States emerged from World War II as a global superpower, the first country to develop nuclear weapons, the only country to use them in warfare, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Sweeping civil rights legislation, notably the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Voting Rights Act of 1965 and the Fair Housing Act of 1968, outlawed discrimination based on race or color. During the Cold War, the United States and the Soviet Union competed in the Space Race, culminating with the 1969 U. S. Moon landing; the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991 left the United States as the world's sole superpower. The United States is the world's oldest surviving federation, it is a representative democracy.
The United States is a founding member of the United Nations, World Bank, International Monetary Fund, Organization of American States, other international organizations. The United States is a developed country, with the world's largest economy by nominal GDP and second-largest economy by PPP, accounting for a quarter of global GDP; the U. S. economy is post-industrial, characterized by the dominance of services and knowledge-based activities, although the manufacturing sector remains the second-largest in the world. The United States is the world's largest importer and the second largest exporter of goods, by value. Although its population is only 4.3% of the world total, the U. S. holds 31% of the total wealth in the world, the largest share of global wealth concentrated in a single country. Despite wide income and wealth disparities, the United States continues to rank high in measures of socioeconomic performance, including average wage, human development, per capita GDP, worker productivity.
The United States is the foremost military power in the world, making up a third of global military spending, is a leading political and scientific force internationally. In 1507, the German cartographer Martin Waldseemüller produced a world map on which he named the lands of the Western Hemisphere America in honor of the Italian explorer and cartographer Amerigo Vespucci; the first documentary evidence of the phrase "United States of America" is from a letter dated January 2, 1776, written by Stephen Moylan, Esq. to George Washington's aide-de-camp and Muster-Master General of the Continental Army, Lt. Col. Joseph Reed. Moylan expressed his wish to go "with full and ample powers from the United States of America to Spain" to seek assistance in the revolutionary war effort; the first known publication of the phrase "United States of America" was in an anonymous essay in The Virginia Gazette newspaper in Williamsburg, Virginia, on April 6, 1776. The second draft of the Articles of Confederation, prepared by John Dickinson and completed by June 17, 1776, at the latest, declared "The name of this Confederation shall be the'United States of America'".
The final version of the Articles sent to the states for ratification in late 1777 contains the sentence "The Stile of this Confederacy shall be'The United States of America'". In June 1776, Thomas Jefferson wrote the phrase "UNITED STATES OF AMERICA" in all capitalized letters in the headline of his "original Rough draught" of the Declaration of Independence; this draft of the document did not surface unti
The Washington Post
The Washington Post is a major American daily newspaper published in Washington, D. C. with a particular emphasis on national politics and the federal government. It has the largest circulation in the Washington metropolitan area, its slogan "Democracy Dies in Darkness" began appearing on its masthead in 2017. Daily broadsheet editions are printed for the District of Columbia and Virginia; the newspaper has won 47 Pulitzer Prizes. This includes six separate Pulitzers awarded in 2008, second only to The New York Times' seven awards in 2002 for the highest number awarded to a single newspaper in one year. Post journalists have received 18 Nieman Fellowships and 368 White House News Photographers Association awards. In the early 1970s, in the best-known episode in the newspaper's history, reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein led the American press' investigation into what became known as the Watergate scandal, their reporting in The Washington Post contributed to the resignation of President Richard Nixon.
In years since, the Post's investigations have led to increased review of the Walter Reed Army Medical Center. In October 2013, the paper's longtime controlling family, the Graham family, sold the newspaper to Nash Holdings, a holding company established by Jeff Bezos, for $250 million in cash; the Washington Post is regarded as one of the leading daily American newspapers, along with The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, The Wall Street Journal. The Post has distinguished itself through its political reporting on the workings of the White House and other aspects of the U. S. government. Unlike The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post does not print an edition for distribution away from the East Coast. In 2009, the newspaper ceased publication of its National Weekly Edition, which combined stories from the week's print editions, due to shrinking circulation; the majority of its newsprint readership is in the District of Columbia and its suburbs in Maryland and Northern Virginia.
The newspaper is one of a few U. S. newspapers with foreign bureaus, located in Beirut, Beijing, Bogotá, Hong Kong, Jerusalem, London, Mexico City, Nairobi, New Delhi and Tokyo. In November 2009, it announced the closure of its U. S. regional bureaus—Chicago, Los Angeles and New York—as part of an increased focus on "political stories and local news coverage in Washington." The newspaper has local bureaus in Virginia. As of May 2013, its average weekday circulation was 474,767, according to the Audit Bureau of Circulations, making it the seventh largest newspaper in the country by circulation, behind USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Daily News, the New York Post. While its circulation has been slipping, it has one of the highest market-penetration rates of any metropolitan news daily. For many decades, the Post had its main office at 1150 15th Street NW; this real estate remained with Graham Holdings when the newspaper was sold to Jeff Bezos' Nash Holdings in 2013.
Graham Holdings sold 1150 15th Street for US$159 million in November 2013. The Washington Post continued to lease space at 1150 L Street NW. In May 2014, The Washington Post leased the west tower of One Franklin Square, a high-rise building at 1301 K Street NW in Washington, D. C; the newspaper moved into their new offices December 14, 2015. The Post has its own exclusive zip code, 20071. Arc Publishing is a department of the Post, which provides the publishing system, software for news organizations such as the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times; the newspaper was founded in 1877 by Stilson Hutchins and in 1880 added a Sunday edition, becoming the city's first newspaper to publish seven days a week. In 1889, Hutchins sold the newspaper to Frank Hatton, a former Postmaster General, Beriah Wilkins, a former Democratic congressman from Ohio. To promote the newspaper, the new owners requested the leader of the United States Marine Band, John Philip Sousa, to compose a march for the newspaper's essay contest awards ceremony.
Sousa composed "The Washington Post". It became the standard music to accompany the two-step, a late 19th-century dance craze, remains one of Sousa's best-known works. In 1893, the newspaper moved to a building at 14th and E streets NW, where it would remain until 1950; this building combined all functions of the newspaper into one headquarters – newsroom, advertising and printing – that ran 24 hours per day. In 1898, during the Spanish–American War, the Post printed Clifford K. Berryman's classic illustration Remember the Maine, which became the battle-cry for American sailors during the War. In 1902, Berryman published another famous cartoon in the Post—Drawing the Line in Mississippi; this cartoon depicts President Theodore Roosevelt showing compassion for a small bear cub and inspired New York store owner Morris Michtom to create the teddy bear. Wilkins acquired Hatton's share of the newspaper in 1894 at Hatton's death. After Wilkins' death in 1903, his sons John and Robert ran the Post for two years before selling it in 1905 to John Roll McLean, owner of the Cincinnati Enquirer.
During the Wilson presidency, the Post was credited with the "most famous newspaper typo" in D. C. history according to Reason magazine. When John McLean died in 1916, he put the newspap