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When Television Was Young

eBook|Sep 2007
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When television was young ... Legendary movie producer Darryl Zanuck declared, "People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night. Before 5:30, there were only test patterns. Howdy Doody was the first show...


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When television was young ...

Legendary movie producer Darryl Zanuck declared, "People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night. Before 5:30, there were only test patterns. Howdy Doody was the first show of the day. CBS agreed to put I Love Lucy on film only if Desi and Lucy paid part of the production fee. In return, CBS gave them ownership of the shows, including the right to rerun it forever. Kukla, Fran, and Ollie was the first network show broadcast in color. 50,000 fans showed up in a New Orleans department store to meet Hopalong Cassidy. Movie studios would not let motion icture stars appear on television for fear that if people saw the stars on TV, they wouldn't go to the movies.
Filled with fascinating stories, When Television Was Young is a hilarious, entertaining, behind-the-scenes look at the world of the small screen.

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Ed McMahon has known most of the entertainment icons of the last 50 years. He started his television career in Philadelphia and moved to New York in 1958 to appear on Who Do You Trust with Johnny Carson. Ed has interviewed writers, producers, cameramen and stars such as Annette Funicello, Dick Clark, Andy Griffith, Art Linkletter, Gale Storm, Barbara Billingsley, Walter Cronkite, Jerry Mathers, Soupy Sales, Ron Howard, Merv Griffin and more to provide not just a history of early television, but a history told by those who made it happen.


This is the first oral history of early television by those who made it happen. Reminiscences of the stars, the writers, the producers create a feeling of being there when television first came into America's homes.

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Ed McMahon has known most of the entertainment icons of the last 50 years. He started his television career in Philadelphia and moved to New York in 1958 to appear on Who Do You Trust with Johnny Carson. Ed has interviewed writers, producers, cameramen and stars such as Annette Funicello, Dick Clark, Andy Griffith, Art Linkletter, Gale Storm, Barbara Billingsley, Walter Cronkite, Jerry Mathers, Soupy Sales, Ron Howard, Merv Griffin and more to provide not just a history of early television, but a history told by those who made it happen.


-Publisher


When television was young ...

Legendary movie producer Darryl Zanuck declared, "People will soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night. Before 5:30, there were only test patterns. Howdy Doody was the first show of the day. CBS agreed to put I Love Lucy on film only if Desi and Lucy paid part of the production fee. In return, CBS gave them ownership of the shows, including the right to rerun it forever. Kukla, Fran, and Ollie was the first network show broadcast in color. 50,000 fans showed up in a New Orleans department store to meet Hopalong Cassidy. Movie studios would not let motion icture stars appear on television for fear that if people saw the stars on TV, they wouldn't go to the movies.
Filled with fascinating stories, When Television Was Young is a hilarious, entertaining, behind-the-scenes look at the world of the small screen.


-Publisher

PRODUCT DETAIL

David Fisher

Fisher has enjoyed a successful career in television before and since beginning a literary partnership with Anthony Read.

McMahon (Ed)

Ed McMahon is an entertainment icon. In addition to 30 years on "The Tonight Show," he is well-known as the presenter of the Publishers Clearinghouse Sweepstakes and the host of TV's "Star Search," and has appeared in numerous films.