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1952: 'I've Got a Secret' Premieres
June 19, 2017  | By David Bianculli
 
One secret about the long-running game show I've Got a Secret — which debuted today in 1952 — is that it was co-created by Allan Sherman of "Hello, Muddah" fame.

Another is that this lightest of formats was staffed by one of the sharpest and funniest of celebrity panels, including lengthy stints by Bill Cullen and Steve Allen (both of whom ended up hosting), Faye Emerson, Jayne Meadows, Henry Morgan, Bess Myerson, and Betsy Palmer.

Garry Moore hosted for the first dozen years, then quit this series and The Garry Moore Show at the same time — Moore or less.

—Excerpted from Dictionary of Teleliteracy: Television's 500 Biggest Hits, Misses and Events


 
 
 
 
 
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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 available on Amazon for $20. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

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