DAVID BIANCULLI

Founder / Editor

ERIC GOULD

Associate Editor

LINDA DONOVAN

Assistant Editor

Contributors

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MIKE HUGHES

GARY EDGERTON

ROGER CATLIN

KIM AKASS

GERALD JORDAN

TOM BRINKMOELLER

NOEL HOLSTON

 
 
 
 
 
2012
Jun
21
 
 
On this day in 2006, NBC introduced America's Got Talent, a competition show in the same vein as the hit singing competition, American Idol. Or, perhaps, The Gong Show, depending on your institutional memory.The show, produced by Idol's Simon Cowell, featured talents ranging from dancing and singing to acrobatics and stand-up comedy. And the featured performers ranged from elementary school-age kids to grandparents. The judges for the show's debut season were singer/actress Brandy Norwood, Dav
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
20
 
 
On this day in 1948, CBS introduced what was to become The Ed Sullivan Show, one of television's most enduring variety shows. Originally known as Toast of the Town, the show was hosted by New York Daily News theater columnist Ed Sullivan. He was the quintessential newspaper man, but no one's idea of an on-screen personality. He did not possess rugged Hollywood looks, his delivery was flat and his mannerisms and elocution were parodied throughout his career. But, beginning the very first night
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
19
 
 
On this day in 1967, Paul McCartney sat down for an interview with the British television network ITV's news arm, Independent Television News (ITN), in the garden of his home on Cavendish Avenue in London. McCartney was responding to a media firestorm created by comments he made that were published in the June 17 edition of the then-weekly publication, Life. In the story, "The New Far-Out Beatles" by Thomas Thompson, McCartney talks about using the drug LSD — an unprecedented admissio
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
18
 
 
This day in 1992 marked the debut of CBS's Bodies of Evidence. The police drama, which focused as much on the personal lives of the cops as it did on the cases they solved, starred former Matt Houstonstar Lee Horsley as a veteran homicide detective. His second banana was played by future breakout star George Clooney. Only 16 episodes of Bodies of Evidence were produced. After the show's cancellation, Horsley went on to do a string of TV movies and the short-lived series Hawkeye, a syndicated
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
17
 
 
On this day in 1993, Just two weeks after joining Dan Rather as co-anchor of The CBS Evening News, Connie Chung's one-hour newsmagazine show, Eye to Eye with Connie Chung, made its debut. Produced by CBS News' Andrew Heyward, the Thursday night program also featured regular reports by Bernard Goldberg, Edie Magnus and Russ Mitchell.Chung became caught up in a media firestorm following her January 5, 1995 Eye to Eye interview with Kathleen Gingrich — mother of then-Speaker of th
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
12
 
 
On this day in 1963, TV showman Perry Como's The Perry Como Show ceased its weekly airings on NBC and became a series of monthly shows, alternating with Kraft Suspense Theatre, The Andy Williams Show and The Road West. The weekly Como show continued on for the next four seasons.Perry Como was one of television's earliest stars. The barber-turned-singer already had numerous hit records to his credit when, in 1948, NBC decided to bring cameras into the radio studio and simulcast Como's radio s
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
10
 
 
On this day in 1989, HBO debuted the horror anthology, Tales of the Crypt. The majority of the show's stories were adapted from a series of EC comics from the 1950s.Each episode featured a campy intro and conclusion by the skeletal Crypt Keeper, a puppet voiced by John Kassir and puppeteer Van Snowden (who also gave life to characters ranging from H.R. Pufnstuf to Child's Play's demon doll, Chucky).The show, which ran seven seasons, was executive produced by Hollywood heavyweights Richard Donn
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
9
 
 
This day in 2006 marked Meredith Vieira's final day with the ABC daytime talk show, The View. One of the daytime program's original hosts (along with Star Jones, Debbie Matenopoulous, Barbara Walters and Joy Behar, who initially alternated hosting duties with Walters before becoming a full-time host) Vieira left the popular talk show to replace Katie Couric on NBC's Today show - a role her View co-host, Barbara Walters, held in the 1970s.On Vieira's final day, The View hosts Walters, Behar, Jo
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Apr
29
 
 
Long before the name was borrowed for the Walt Disney Wold Resort's massive sports complex, Wide World of Sports was an ABC anthology series showcasing sporting events ranging from drag racing and bowling to rodeo and track and field. The program, which debuted today in 1961 (and ran in various forms until 1998), was hosted by sportscaster Jim McKay, who gave voice to the indelible opening sequence containing the phrase "the thrill of victory, and the agony of defeat." Additional hosts inclu
 
 
 
  
 
 
2000
May
27
 
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Christy Slewinski

Managing Editor
Our TVWW managing editor, Christy Slewinski, passed away August 23rd, 2013, suddenly and unexpectedly. Earlier in her career, Christy covered the TV beat at the Tribune-Review and the New York Daily News, and also served as the lifestyles/specialty sections editor at the Orlando Sentinel. She also oversaw social media management and Internet projects for various clients nationwide.

She was as great a friend as she was an editor, and she was a terrific editor.

We still grieve the news, and the loss. To her family, whose losses are infinitely greater, our TVWW love and sympathy.

 
 
 
 

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