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1972: Last Telecast of 'Anna and the King'
December 31, 2012  | By Christy Slewinski
 
This day in 1972, marked the last telecast of the CBS sitcom, Anna and the King.

The short-lived, non-musical series starred Yul Brynner, who famously originated the role of the King of Siam in Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1951 Broadway musical The King and I, as well as the 1956 film adaptation, for which he won a Best Actor Oscar. Samantha Eggar portrayed the role of Anna Owens, the British governess who was hired to educate the King's offspring.

The series was cancelled after 13 episodes.
 
 
 
 
 
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Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is now avaialble on Amazon.

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

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