Beakman's World was an American educational children's television show. The program is based on the Universal Press Syndicate syndicated comic strip You Can with Beakman and Jax created by Jok Church; the series premiered on Wednesday, September 16, 1992, on TLC, on various other channels a few days through syndication on 220 other channels. On September 18, 1993, it moved from national syndication to CBS's Saturday morning children’s lineup. At the peak of its popularity, it was seen in nearly 90 countries around the world; the series was canceled in 1998. Reruns returned to national syndication in September 2006, after which it was transferred to local stations such as KICU; the show debuted a year prior to Bill Nye the Science Guy. The show's host, Paul Zaloom, still performs as Beakman in live appearances around the globe; the program starred Paul Zaloom as Beakman, an eccentric scientist who performed comical experiments and demonstrations in response to viewer mail to illustrate various scientific concepts from density to electricity to flatulence.
When his experiments were successful, he would exclaim "Zaloom!", referring to his last name. Over the years, Beakman was aided in his experiments by a female assistant just as in the comic strip on which it was based; the assistant's name changed throughout the show's run. Beakman was assisted by his "lab rat" Lester. In the pilot episode, Lester was a puppet, but in every subsequent episode he was a clueless, crude man in a tattered rat suit. In a running joke, it was sometimes implied that his character was supposed to be a rat in moments where he would appear to be in pain because someone was standing on his tail, because he was being tickled, something was on his prosthetic nose, etc. Just as however, he was identified by himself and others as a guy in a rat suit, or as a serious actor with a bad agent. Unwilling to help with challenges or other segments, Lester was persuaded by Beakman with the promise of food. Another occasional cast member is the unseen cameraman "Ray", played by prop-master Ron Jancula's hands.
Ray assists Beakman by handing him various items, such as the "boguscope". It is suggested throughout the program that Ray has a romantic crush on the show's unnamed make-up lady. Actress Jean Stapleton appeared on the show as Beakman's mother, "Beakmom". In some of the skits during the show the character Professor I. M. Boring makes appearances and talks about various science topics. Zaloom appeared as various "guest scientists" and historic figures, such as Thomas A. Edison, Robert H. Goddard and Philo T. Farnsworth; when Senta Moses was added to the show's cast, the producers began to use a majority of the sound effects from the NBC game show Scrabble. One segment of the show was the famed "Beakman Challenge". During this segment, Beakman would challenge Lester to do a stunt that illustrated a basic scientific feat. During the first season every challenge related to either air pressure or Bernoulli's principle; the show addressed this during the second season, by having Lester exclaim to Beakman "AIR PRESSURE!
IT'S ALWAYS AIR PRESSURE!" In episodes, the rest of the cast would sometimes have their turn to perform a "Beakman Challenge" under their own name and challenge Beakman to accomplish the feat. During the show, the following verbal warning was given: "Any experiment performed at home should be done with adult supervision and all appropriate safety precautions should be taken. All directions should be followed and no substitutions should be used." At the beginning and end of the show, as well as before or after commercial breaks, the show featured short scenes portraying puppet penguins and Herb, at the South Pole watching Beakman's World on television. The penguins were named after Don Herbert. Mark Ritts was one of the puppeteers operating the penguins. Beakman's World plays in several other countries, it is distributed by Sony Pictures Television in the U. S. and in other countries. The Beakman's World theme song was composed by Mark Mothersbaugh of Devo fame; the Beakman's World theme is an amalgam of Synthpop.
An accordion is used for its main riff. The song prominently features a wide array of wacky sound effects. On September 7, 2004, a DVD entitled The Best of Beakman's World was released; this DVD is a direct transfer of the VHS tape of the same name, features only experiments and segments taken from The Beakman Challenge. There have yet to be any full-episode releases on VHS or DVD. All 4 seasons were available on Netflix with the exception of the following five episodes: 9, 24, 31, 51 and 66, as noted in the chart above, their streaming license ended on September 30, 2014, the content was removed from their site. Beakman's World returned to television on MeTV beginning on October 2, 2016, showing two episodes every Sunday, followed by an hour of Bill Nye the Science Guy. In 1998, the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal opened an interactive exhibit called Beakman's World On Tour, based on the television show; the 4,000-square-foot exhibit toured dozens of cities in the United States. Beakman’s World was nominated for and won num
The National Broadcasting Company is an American English-language commercial terrestrial television network, a flagship property of NBCUniversal, a subsidiary of Comcast. The network is headquartered at 30 Rockefeller Plaza in New York City, with additional major offices near Los Angeles and Philadelphia; the network is one of the Big Three television networks. NBC is sometimes referred to as the "Peacock Network", in reference to its stylized peacock logo, introduced in 1956 to promote the company's innovations in early color broadcasting, it became the network's official emblem in 1979. Founded in 1926 by the Radio Corporation of America, NBC is the oldest major broadcast network in the United States. At that time the parent company of RCA was General Electric. In 1930, GE was forced to sell the companies as a result of antitrust charges. In 1986, control of NBC passed back to General Electric through its $6.4 billion purchase of RCA. Following the acquisition by GE, Bob Wright served as chief executive officer of NBC, remaining in that position until his retirement in 2007, when he was succeeded by Jeff Zucker.
In 2003, French media company Vivendi merged its entertainment assets with GE, forming NBC Universal. Comcast purchased a controlling interest in the company in 2011, acquired General Electric's remaining stake in 2013. Following the Comcast merger, Zucker left NBCUniversal and was replaced as CEO by Comcast executive Steve Burke. NBC has thirteen owned-and-operated stations and nearly 200 affiliates throughout the United States and its territories, some of which are available in Canada and/or Mexico via pay-television providers or in border areas over-the-air. During a period of early broadcast business consolidation, radio manufacturer Radio Corporation of America acquired New York City radio station WEAF from American Telephone & Telegraph. Westinghouse, a shareholder in RCA, had a competing outlet in Newark, New Jersey pioneer station WJZ, which served as the flagship for a loosely structured network; this station was transferred from Westinghouse to RCA in 1923, moved to New York City. WEAF acted as a laboratory for AT&T's manufacturing and supply outlet Western Electric, whose products included transmitters and antennas.
The Bell System, AT&T's telephone utility, was developing technologies to transmit voice- and music-grade audio over short and long distances, using both wireless and wired methods. The 1922 creation of WEAF offered a research-and-development center for those activities. WEAF maintained a regular schedule of radio programs, including some of the first commercially sponsored programs, was an immediate success. In an early example of "chain" or "networking" broadcasting, the station linked with Outlet Company-owned WJAR in Providence, Rhode Island. C. WCAP. New parent RCA saw an advantage in sharing programming, after getting a license for radio station WRC in Washington, D. C. in 1923, attempted to transmit audio between cities via low-quality telegraph lines. AT&T refused outside companies access to its high-quality phone lines; the early effort fared poorly, since the uninsulated telegraph lines were susceptible to atmospheric and other electrical interference. In 1925, AT&T decided that WEAF and its embryonic network were incompatible with the company's primary goal of providing a telephone service.
AT&T offered to sell the station to RCA in a deal that included the right to lease AT&T's phone lines for network transmission. RCA spent $1 million to purchase WEAF and Washington sister station WCAP, shut down the latter station, merged its facilities with surviving station WRC; the division's ownership was split among RCA, its founding corporate parent General Electric and Westinghouse. NBC started broadcasting on November 15, 1926. WEAF and WJZ, the flagships of the two earlier networks, were operated side-by-side for about a year as part of the new NBC. On January 1, 1927, NBC formally divided their respective marketing strategies: the "Red Network" offered commercially sponsored entertainment and music programming. Various histories of NBC suggest the color designations for the two networks came from the color of the pushpins NBC engineers used to designate affiliate stations of WEAF and WJZ, or from the use of double-ended red and blue colored pencils. On April 5, 1927, NBC expanded to the West Coast with the launch of the NBC Orange Network known as the Pacific Coast Network.
This was followed by the debut of the NBC Gold Network known as the Pacific Gold Network, on October 18, 1931. The Orange Network carried Red Network programming, the Gold Network carried programming from the Blue Network; the Orange Network recreated Eastern Red Network programming for West Coast stations at KPO in San Francisco. In 1936, the Orange Network affiliate stations became part of the Red Network, at the same time the Gold Network became part of the Blue Network. In the 1930s, NBC developed a network for shortwave radio stations, called the NBC White Network. In 1927, NBC moved its operations to 711 Fifth Avenue in Manhattan, occupying the upper floors of a building de
227 (TV series)
227 is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from September 14, 1985, to May 6, 1990. The series stars Marla Gibbs as a sharp-tongued, inner-city resident gossip and housewife, Mary Jenkins and lower floor neighbors Sandra Clark and Pearl Shay; the series was adapted from a play written in 1978 by Christine Houston about the lives of women in a predominantly black apartment building in 1950s Chicago. The setting of the series, was changed to present-day Washington, D. C; the show was created as a starring vehicle for Marla Gibbs, who had become famous as Florence Johnston, the sassy maid on The Jeffersons, had starred in Houston's play in Los Angeles. This role was similar in nature to that of tart-tongued Florence. According to Gibbs, 227 was offered to ABC, but sold to NBC. Since The Jeffersons was still on the air on CBS, the new 227 show was scheduled to begin in 1986. However, when The Jeffersons was abruptly and unexpectedly canceled in 1985, Gibbs was free to begin, 227 went into production a year earlier than had been planned.
227 followed the lives of people in a middle-class apartment building, 227 Lexington Place, in Northeast, Washington, D. C; the show was centered around a nosy, tart-tongued, but loving housewife. Her husband, had his own construction company, their daughter, was boy-crazy yet smart and studious, it was King's first acting role. Cast in 227 was Sandra Clark, Mary's young neighbor who bickered back and forth with her about their respective views on life. Although their relationship was antagonistic at first and Sandra became good friends as time went on. Living in the building was Pearl Shay, a feisty-but-kind-hearted busybody neighbor, known for snooping and had a sharp sense of humor. Pearl had a grandson named Calvin Dobbs, whom Brenda had a crush on and would date in the series' run. Rose Lee Holloway was Mary's level-headed best friend and the voice of reason among 227's residents, she and Mary were seen sitting on the front stoop of the building, exchanging rumors and gossip, with Pearl adding sly commentary and humor from her front window.
Rose had a daughter named Tiffany, Brenda's closest friend, but she disappeared after the second season, although she was mentioned occasionally. In the premiere episode, Rose became the unexpected landlord of the building after the building's stingy slumlord Mr. Calloway died. Rose stayed on as landlady until the fourth season. In the first season, both Helen Martin and Curtis Baldwin, who had only been recurring stars, appeared in nearly every episode. In the second season's opening credits and Baldwin shared a title card, thus making them official full-time cast members. Martin had her own title card for the third and fifth seasons, while Regina King and Baldwin shared a title card together in those years. By the time taping started on the third season in 1987, Jackée Harry, who had just won an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress changed her stage name to Jackée, which she used until 1994. In the fourth season, an 11-year-old child prodigy named Alexandria DeWitt became the Jenkins' houseguest.
Vaughn received her role after she appeared on Star Search and declared to host Ed McMahon that her favorite show was 227. However, Alexandria left during Calvin's graduation episode near the end of season four to reunite with her father who after completing his archaeological dig in the Amazon had moved to London to catalogue his items. After the fourth season, Jackée's television pilot, entitled Jackée, found Sandra moving to New York City and finding work at a spa. NBC aired the episode on May 11, 1989; the pilot was rejected, Jackée left the show. In the show's final season, Toukie Smith, Barry Sobel, Stoney Jackson, Kevin Peter Hall and Paul Winfield joined the cast in an effort to stop the show's declining ratings. In the end, the cast additions proved fruitless, 227 ended its run in the spring of 1990. With the exception of The Cosby Show and A Different World, 227 achieved higher ratings than other sitcoms airing at the time with a predominantly African American cast during the first two seasons of its original run on NBC.
1985–1986: #20 1986–1987: #14 1987–1988: #27 1988-1989: #35 1989-1990: #60 NBC aired daytime reruns of 227 from September 1989 to July 1990. The show went into syndication in the fall of 1990, it has aired on cable's BET, TV One, TV Land, UP. Selected Minisodes from the first season are available to view for free on Crackle. 227 aired on Encore Black from November 12, 2013 to November 30, 2015. The show is distributed by Sony Pictures Television. 227 aired back-to-back episodes on Logo starting at midnight on New Year's Day 2016. In January 2017, the series began airing on Antenna TV; the series started airing on OWN weekend nights starting December 2, 2017. On September 28, 2004, Columbia Tristar Home Entertainment released the complete first season of 227 on DVD in Region 1. On February 7, 2017, Mill Creek Entertainment re-released the first season on DVD in Region 1, it is unknown as to. 2
Metromedia Square was a radio and television studio facility located at 5746 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California on the southeastern corner of Sunset and Van Ness Avenue in the Los Angeles metropolitan area. For decades it was recognizable by the ladder-like snake on the building's roof; this work of art was called "Starsteps" and was dismantled when ownership of the building changed hands in 2000. It was one of the Los Angeles landmarks. Metromedia Square was one of the LA landmarks that had previous landmark status in the late 20th century, until demolition in the first couple of years in the 21st century; the site was first known as the Nassour Studios, built in 1946 and opened January 1, 1947 by brothers William and Edward Nassour. Over 100 independent films were shot there under the Nassour Studio banner. There were four sound stages ranging in size from around 7,600 square feet to just over 13,000 square feet. Nassour's modern Art Deco-styled projection room and modern offices were located in the buildings fronting Sunset Boulevard.
Dressing rooms were constructed adjacent to stages 1 and 2. An old converted two story apartment building located down the street on Van Ness housed producers and writers; the big stage had removable panels. It was used to film the jungle river scenes in Africa Screams; the lot was small so an underground facility for storage was necessary. A large freight elevator was installed for access. In 1950 the Nassour brothers sold their studio to the Times Mirror Company, publisher of the Los Angeles Times. Times-Mirror was looking for a facility to permanently house KTTV, its new television station which commenced broadcasting the previous year; the facility was renamed KTTV Studios. The New York City-based firm Metromedia purchased the property along with KTTV in 1963. In 1967 Metromedia undertook an extensive renovation and expansion of the facility, which included a new office tower and building housing various Metromedia enterprises, including the Harlem Globetrotters, the Ice Capades, the Foster & Kleisler advertising firm and Wolper Productions, the latter of, purchased by the company in 1964.
The renovation brought about a name change, from KTTV Studios to Metromedia Square. Los Angeles radio stations KLAC and KMET, which Metromedia purchased in separate 1963 and 1965 transactions, moved there in 1976. Television producer Norman Lear moved into the property in 1973 and headquartered his company, Tandem Productions, in the building. Lear started videotaping his television series here in the fall of 1975, including but not limited to: All in the Family. One of his other classic shows and Son, remained taped at NBC Studios in Burbank. Shows such as Diff'rent Strokes, The Facts of Life, One Day at a Time, The Jeffersons relocated to Universal City Studios by 1982. In 1986, Metromedia sold most of its television interests to News Corporation, KTTV became a cornerstone station of the new Fox Broadcasting Company; as a result, the studios became the Fox Television Center, though Metromedia continued to own the building and the land on which it was situated, leasing the property to Fox and KTTV.
The Fox Broadcasting Company launch announcement was made from the property, on October 9, 1986, the flagship show was broadcast live, The Late Show, Starring Joan Rivers. Shows like the Metromedia and Fox-produced Small Wonder and NBC's Saved by the Bell as well as the sketch comedy series In Living Color, the first season of MAD TV were among the last series to be taped at this complex. Few Fox television shows were taped at the Fox Television Center; the direct-to-syndication seasons of Mama's Family were filmed here. KTTV and the Fox network operations moved to their own new building in West Los Angeles in 1996, the corporate home of the Fox Television Stations group. Meanwhile, the radio stations' studios remained there long after they were no longer owned by Metromedia. KTWV moved to new studios in Culver City in 1997, Miracle Mile neighborhood on L. A.'s Wilshire Boulevard on February 18, 1995. KLAC became acquired by Clear Channel Communications and moved to studios shared with Clear Channel's other AM stations, which are now located in Burbank.
The Fox Broadcasting Company, which had maintained some business offices at the 20th Century Fox studios in Los Angeles' Century City neighborhood while at the Television Center, moved its complete base of operations to the Century City studio lot shortly after the KTTV move. This new facility, known as the Fox Network Center, is the home to the network's live studio productions, such as Fox NFL Sunday. Metromedia sold the land to the Los Angeles Unified School District in 2000; the building was demolished by the school district in 2003. Replacing the old studios is Helen Bernstein High School, a campus which opened in 2008. 227 All's Fair All in the Family Catchphrase Celebrity Bowling Concentration The Cross-Wits Diff'rent Strokes D
Square Pegs is an American sitcom that aired on CBS during the 1982–1983 season. The series follows Patty Greene and Lauren Hutchinson, two awkward teenage girls desperate to fit in at Weemawee High School. Created by former Saturday Night Live writer Anne Beatts, the pilot introduces an eclectic group of eight freshmen on their first day at Weemawee High School; the series was much acclaimed by critics at the time for its realistic look at teenage life, reflecting a sensibility somewhat similar to the John Hughes teen comedies of years. Patty Greene not quite beautiful yet, but well cultured and intelligent. While clever and well-adjusted, she seems awkward and a social misfit when amongst the "popular" students. Patty hates her eyeglasses. Patty's close friend Lauren Hutchinson struggles with her weight, has braces, wears unusual clothing, does not fit in with the popular crowd. However, much more so than Patty, Lauren desires to be in with the in crowd, the series' episodes revolve more or less around her dragging Patty into various schemes in attempts to make them more popular.
Lauren and Patty are surrounded by colorful supporting characters. Their friends Marshall Blechtman and Johnny "Slash" Ulasewicz are a pair of lovable geeks. Marshall is a motormouthed would-be comedian, while Johnny is a soft-spoken new wave fan Though off in his own reality most of the time, Johnny Slash states that he " do drugs and isn't a hippie" and on more than one occasion displays unexpected intuition and empathy regarding Marshall and the girls; the two help to maintain a school radio station. Several episodes indicate that Marshall is attracted to Johnny to Patty; the popular kids whom Patty and Lauren are trying to impress are Jennifer DiNuccio, the quintessential buxom Valley girl, her boyfriend Vinnie Pasetta, a handsome greaser hood, LaDonna Fredericks, Jennifer's friend and the sole minority character in the cast. Vinnie is cool but dense, using the "Why don't you make like a tree and get out of here?" Line three years before the character Biff in 1985's Back to the Future. LaDonna is known for sassy remarks such as "Shoot, you think this place is crowded?
You should have seen our living room. Those were the three worst Sundays of my life." The typical official high school activity culture is personified by preppy Muffy B. Tepperman, the endlessly chipper chairperson of the Weemawee Pep Committee, head of the Morals Club, chairman of the Science Fair Committee and member of the Future Nurses of America. Muffy has a memorably pompous, oratorical speaking style and begins many sentences with "It behooves me to tell you..." or an elongated "People...". Though even more inept, Muffy's unawareness and/or lack of concern with her failure to fit in with the popular kids is in stark contrast to the motivation of the show's protagonists, does not stop her from relentless involvement in peppy activities. An ongoing gag throughout the series is Muffy's fundraising for Weemawee's adopted "little Guatemalan child," Rosarita; as the series progresses, Muffy's charitable intentions become more and more frivolous, asking the school community to provide the girl with her own apartment away from her parents, cable TV, a second pair of culottes, swimwear, a split-level duplex, her own cleaning lady.
This group of eight students, though of varied academic standing, are always in the same classes. The recurring staff members at the school are: Ms. Alison Loomis, a feminist liberal arts teacher who complains about her ex-husband Mr. Rob "Lovebeads" Donovan, who continuously brings up his antics in the 1960s and always stops just short of completing references to smoking pot Mr. John Michael Spacek, the affected but married drama teacher Dr. Winthrop Dingleman, the grinning, square principalSeries creator Anne Beatts appeared in two episodes as Miss Rezucha. Home life of the students is depicted, but Patty's father is prominently featured in the Christmas episode, played by Tony Dow, best known as the character Wally Cleaver in Leave It to Beaver. Before the opening credits and theme song begin, every episode starts with the following dialogue appearing in a montage of stills from the school: Lauren: Listen. I've got this whole high school thing psyched out, it all breaks down into cliques.
Patty: Cliques? Lauren: Yeah, you know. Cliques. Little in-groups of different kids. All we have to do is click with the right clique, we can have a social life that's worthy of us. Patty: No way! Not with cleavage. Lauren: I tell you, this year we're going to be popular. Patty: Yeah? Lauren: Yeah. If it kills us. To reflect high schoolers' tastes of the moment, new wave music was an important facet of the show's style; the show's opening and closing theme songs, "Square Pegs", an untitled instrumental reminiscent of "Chopsticks" composed by Tom Scott, are performed by The Waitresses. In some episodes, "Chopsticks" is the opening theme and "Square Pegs" the closing theme, in others these are reversed; the Waitresses appear in the premiere episode as a band performing at the school dance. They sing "I Know What Boys Like" during a scene, "Square Pegs" during the clo
The Facts of Life (TV series)
The Facts of Life is an American sitcom and a spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes that aired on NBC from August 24, 1979, to May 7, 1988, making it one of the longest-running sitcoms of the 1980s. The series focuses on Edna Garrett as she becomes a housemother at the fictional Eastland School, an all-female boarding school in Peekskill, New York. A spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes, the series featured the Drummonds' former housekeeper Edna Garrett becoming the housemother of a dormitory at Eastland School, a private all-girls school; the girls in her care included spoiled rich girl Blair Warner. The pilot for the show was aired as the last episode of the first season of Diff'rent Strokes and was called "The Girls' School." The plot line for the pilot had Kimberly Drummond requesting that Mrs. Garrett help her sew costumes for a student play at East Lake School for Girls, the school Kimberly attended in upstate New York, as her dorm's housemother had quit. Mrs. Garrett agrees to help, puts on a successful play and solves a problem for Nancy.
Mrs. Garrett is asked to stay on as the new housemother but states she would rather remain working for the Drummonds at the end of the pilot. Following the pilot, the name of the school was changed to Eastland and characters were replaced, with Natalie, Cindy and Mr. Bradley becoming part of the main group featured. Although Kimberly Drummond is featured as a student at East Lake, her character did not cross over to the spinoff series with Mrs. Garrett. In the show's first season, episodes focus on the troubles of seven girls, with the action set in a large, wood-paneled common room of a girls' dormitory. Appearing was the school's headmaster, Mr. Steven Bradley and Miss Emily Mahoney, an Eastland teacher, dropped after the first four episodes. Early episodes of the show revolve around a central morality-based or "lesson teaching" theme; the show's pilot episode plot included a story line in which Blair Warner insinuates that her schoolmate Cindy Webster is a lesbian, because she is a tomboy and shows affection for other girls.
Other season one episodes deal with issues including drug use, eating disorders, parental relationships and peer pressure. The producers felt that there were too many characters given the limitations of the half-hour sitcom format and that the plot lines should be more focused to give the remaining girls more room for character development. Four of the original actresses—Julie Anne Haddock, Julie Piekarski, Felice Schachter and Molly Ringwald —were written out of the show, although the four did make periodic guest appearances in the second and third seasons and all but Molly Ringwald appeared in one "reunion" episode in the eighth season. Mr. Bradley's character was dropped and replaced by Mr. Charles Parker, played by actor Roger Perry. Perry would make appearances through the beginning of season 5. In addition to being housemother to the remaining girls, Mrs. Garrett became the school dietitian as the second season began. Jo Polniaczek, a new student from the Bronx, arrived at Eastland on scholarship.
A run-in with the law forced the four to be separated from the other girls and work in the cafeteria, living together in a spare room next to Mrs. Garrett's bedroom; the season two premiere of the retooled series saw an immediate ratings increase. By its third season, Facts of Life had become NBC's #1 comedy and #2 overall NBC program, beating its predecessor, Diff'rent Strokes, for the first time. In 1983, Jo and Blair graduated Eastland Academy in the anticipated season four finale "Graduation". To keep the four girls under one roof, the hour-long season five premiere "Brave New World" saw Mrs. Garrett go into business for herself and open a gourmet food venture named Edna's Edibles; the four girls would come to work with Mrs. Garrett in this new refreshed space. In September 1985, NBC moved the seventh season of the series to its burgeoning Saturday night lineup at 8:30, as a lead-in for the new series The Golden Girls at 9 p.m. In an attempt to refresh the "ratings work horse" and increase ratings, George Clooney was added to the regular cast and Mrs. Garrett's store was gutted by fire in the season seven premiere "Out of the Fire".
The follow-up episodes "Into the Frying Pan" and "Grand Opening" had the girls join together to rebuild the store with a pop culture-influenced gift shop, called Over Our Heads. The changes proved successful. By the end of the season, TV Guide reported, "Facts' success has been so unexpected that scions of Hollywood are still taken aback by it... Facts has in fact been among NBC's top-ranked comedies for the past five years, it finished twenty-third overall for the 1985–1986 season, handily winning its time slot against its most frequent competitors and Benson. Lisa Whelchel stated,'We're overlooked because we've never been a huge hit. Charlotte Rae reduced her role in seasons six and seven and decided to leave the series altogether, believing she had done all she could do with her character and desired to move on to other projects. In season eight's promoted one-hour premiere, "Out of Peekskill" Mrs. Garrett married the man of her dreams and joined him in Africa while he worked for the Peace Corps.
Mrs. Garrett convinces her sister, Beverly Ann Stickle
American Broadcasting Company
The American Broadcasting Company is an American commercial broadcast television network, a flagship property of Walt Disney Television, a subsidiary of the Disney Media Networks division of The Walt Disney Company. The network is headquartered in Burbank, California on Riverside Drive, directly across the street from Walt Disney Studios and adjacent to the Roy E. Disney Animation Building, But the network's second corporate headquarters and News headquarters remains in New York City, New York at their broadcast center on 77 West 66th Street in Lincoln Square in Upper West Side Manhattan. Since 2007, when ABC Radio was sold to Citadel Broadcasting, ABC has reduced its broadcasting operations exclusively to television; the fifth-oldest major broadcasting network in the world and the youngest of the Big Three television networks, ABC is nicknamed as "The Alphabet Network", as its initialism represents the first three letters of the English alphabet, in order. ABC launched as a radio network on October 12, 1943, serving as the successor to the NBC Blue Network, purchased by Edward J. Noble.
It extended its operations to television in 1948, following in the footsteps of established broadcast networks CBS and NBC. In the mid-1950s, ABC merged with United Paramount Theatres, a chain of movie theaters that operated as a subsidiary of Paramount Pictures. Leonard Goldenson, the head of UPT, made the new television network profitable by helping develop and greenlight many successful series. In the 1980s, after purchasing an 80 percent interest in cable sports channel ESPN, the network's corporate parent, American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. merged with Capital Cities Communications, owner of several print publications, television and radio stations. In 1996, most of Capital Cities/ABC's assets were purchased by The Walt Disney Company; the television network has eight owned-and-operated and over 232 affiliated television stations throughout the United States and its territories. Some of the ABC-affiliated stations can be seen in Canada via pay-television providers, certain other affiliates can be received over-the-air in areas within the Canada–United States border.
ABC News provides news and features content for select radio stations owned by Citadel Broadcasting, which purchased the ABC Radio properties in 2007. In the 1930s, radio in the United States was dominated by three companies: the Columbia Broadcasting System, the Mutual Broadcasting System, the National Broadcasting Company; the last was owned by electronics manufacturer Radio Corporation of America, which owned two radio networks that each ran different varieties of programming, NBC Blue and NBC Red. The NBC Blue Network was created in 1927 for the primary purpose of testing new programs on markets of lesser importance than those served by NBC Red, which served the major cities, to test drama series. In 1934, Mutual filed a complaint with the Federal Communications Commission regarding its difficulties in establishing new stations, in a radio market, being saturated by NBC and CBS. In 1938, the FCC began a series of investigations into the practices of radio networks and published its report on the broadcasting of network radio programs in 1940.
The report recommended that RCA give up control of either NBC NBC Blue. At that time, the NBC Red Network was the principal radio network in the United States and, according to the FCC, RCA was using NBC Blue to eliminate any hint of competition. Having no power over the networks themselves, the FCC established a regulation forbidding licenses to be issued for radio stations if they were affiliated with a network which owned multiple networks that provided content of public interest. Once Mutual's appeals against the FCC were rejected, RCA decided to sell NBC Blue in 1941, gave the mandate to do so to Mark Woods. RCA converted the NBC Blue Network into an independent subsidiary, formally divorcing the operations of NBC Red and NBC Blue on January 8, 1942, with the Blue Network being referred to on-air as either "Blue" or "Blue Network"; the newly separated NBC Red and NBC Blue divided their respective corporate assets. Between 1942 and 1943, Woods offered to sell the entire NBC Blue Network, a package that included leases on landlines, three pending television licenses, 60 affiliates, four operations facilities, contracts with actors, the brand associated with the Blue Network.
Investment firm Dillon, Read & Co. offered $7.5 million to purchase the network, but the offer was rejected by Woods and RCA president David Sarnoff. Edward J. Noble, the owner of Life Savers candy, drugstore chain Rexall and New York City radio station WMCA, purchased the network for $8 million. Due to FCC ownership rules, the transaction, to include the purchase of three RCA stations by Noble, would require him to resell his station with the FCC's approval; the Commission authorized the transaction on October 12, 1943. Soon afterward, the Blue Network was purchased by the new company Noble founded, the American Broadcasting System. Noble subsequently acquired the rights to the American Broadcasting Company name from George B. Storer in 1944. Meanwhile, in August 1944, the West Coast division of the Blue Network, which owned San Francisco radio station KGO, bought Los Angeles station KECA f