2012
Jun
6
 
 
On this day in 1988, HBO premiered Sex and the City. The half-hour comedy starred Sarah Jessica Parker as a columnist who chronicled her single lifestyle and dating experiences — and those of her friends — in a New York newspaper...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
5
 
 
This day in 1954 marked the last telecast of the NBC variety show, Your Show of Shows. The live, weekly, 90-minute show was filled with comedy sketches and musical and dance performances. The show had weekly guest stars and a slate of regulars, but its breakout stars were Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
4
 
 
On this day in 1949, the DuMont network introduced the variety show, Cavalcade of Stars. Much like its contemporaries, NBC's Texaco Star Theatre and CBS's The Ed Sullivan Show, the live broadcast featured a variety of stage and screen actors performing in skits and vaudeville-style acts...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
3
 
 
On this day in 1996, PBS premiered Kratts' Creatures, a weekday kids' series hosted by brothers Chris and Martin. The duo traveled the globe to observe and interact with a variety of animals, birds, reptiles, insects and other creatures...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
2
 
 
On this day in 1981, ABC aired one of the most remembered — or, perhaps, most misremembered — episodes of The Barbara Walters Special. The telecast featured interviews with Lauren Bacall, Nancy Reagan, and Katherine Hepburn. It was during Walter's sit-down with Hepburn, on the set of Broadway's The West Side Waltz, when Hepburn said: "I'm a very strong, I've become a sort of, you know, thing," says Hepburn...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
Jun
1
 
 
On this day in 2009, former Late Night with Conan O'Brien host Conan O'Brien took the reigns of the storied late show, The Tonight Show, from Jay Leno...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
30
 
 
On this day in 2011, cable's VH1 introduced its first hour-long scripted series, Single Ladies, in the form of a two-hour telefilm. The series, executive produced by Queen Latifah's Flavor Unit Entertainment, starred Stacey Dash, LisaRae McCoy and Charity Shea as three friends with different opinions on relationships...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
29
 
 
On this day in 1999, Showtime premiered its adaptation of the 1955 Jerome Lawrence-Robert E. Lee play, Inherit the Wind. The drama was inspired by the Scopes "monkey trial," in which teacher John Scopes was put on trial for teaching Darwin's theory of evolution in Tennessee...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
28
 
 
On this day in 1984, CBS aired the final original episode of the sitcom One Day at a Time, perhaps the only series finale in TV history that featured only one member of the show's credited cast...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2012
May
26
 
 
On this day in 1969, ABC debuted The Dick Cavett Show. More specifically, the prime time Dick Cavett Show. It was the second incarnation of Cavett's talker, which originally premiered as a daytime show in March, 1968...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 
 

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