According to recent reports, Chelsea Handler is getting a new talk show on Netflix. Additionally, the 2014 Emmy nominees were announced and 3 original Netflix programs received some love. What do these two stories have in common? Online streaming platforms like Netflix are becoming a competitor for awards shows and TV in general.
Many people are ditching their cable/satellite subscriptions these days in favor of on-demand streaming providers. Some even say digital streaming will eventually become the primary source of content viewing. If that’s true, then a new era of TV is about to be born.
Whether or not TV soon becomes a forgotten trend of the past, here’s a look at some of TV’s almost forgotten broadcasts from the golden age and beyond.
The transition from Radio to TV as a popular form of entertainment in the early 1950’s is common knowledge. But what’s not as well-known is that many of the popular radio programs attempted to make the transition to television. One of the first was Amos N’ Andy, a sitcom revolving around two stereotypical black guys, who were played by white guys made to look like black guys. Black actors were eventually cast, but it wasn’t enough to save the show.
The Honeymooners was a popular sitcom from the I Love Lucy era that only ran for 1 season, but not for being unpopular. It is believed that star Jackie Gleason didn’t believe the script quality would hold out another season so CBS brought it to an abrupt end. Despite its short run, the “classic 39” episodes were enough to establish its significance in TV history.
Though television was around before WW2, it didn’t become a commercial success until 1947. In those early years television was filmed live. Many of Hollywood’s biggest stars got their start in live TV productions, including James Dean in a story called “Harvest” for Robert Montgomery Presents.
Perhaps one of the most well-known of these live broadcasts was a musical. Peter Pan starring Mary Martin originally aired on March 7, 1955. It was later reshot in color and telecast on Dec. 8, 1960.
If the 1950s was the golden age of television, then the 1960s has become known as the decade of “classic TV.” Action/Adventure programs were a big part of the television landscape. The Fugitive was one such program. It was a weekly anthology show centering on Richard Kimble, a man wrongfully convicted of murdering his wife. The gripping conclusion of his pursuit of the real killer, the one armed man, is remembered as one of the most-watched episodes in TV history. However, a short-lived remake of the series in 2000 is not as well etched in our memory.
Whether you’re a fan of the show or not, everyone knows about Captain Kirk and the crew of the USS Enterprise. Their 5-year mission “to seek out new life and new civilizations” began in Sept. of 1966, but was cut short in 1969. The final two years of their voyage resumed, however, in a Saturday morning cartoon series in the early 70’s.