September 11, 1974
Little House on the Prairie Pilot movie airs.
Charles (Michael Landon) and
Caroline Ingalls (Karen Grassle) move with their three young daughters, Mary (Melissa
Sue Anderson), Laura (Melissa Gilbert) and Carrie (Lindsay
and Sidney Greenbush) from the big
woods of Wisconsin to the open prairies of Kansas. Their
closest neighbor, Isaiah Edwards (Victor French), helps them settle on the prairie as they encounter
fierce storms, destructive fires, and hostile Native American tribes.
Ultimately, the government forces the family off the land in Kansas.
Note: The events in this pilot are based on the true story
recorded by Laura
Ingalls Wilder in her Little House
series of books. The dramatic portrayals by the actors in the dynamics between
Charles and Caroline are romanticized and modernized, but the personalities of
Laura and Mary are exactly as they were in life, and the line where Mary wanted
to save her peppermint candy (brought to her from Santa Claus by Mr. Edwards) while Laura bit into hers right away
was directly from Wilder's writing.
September 11, 1979
The last Wonder Woman episode (The Phantom of the
Roller Coaster: Part II) aired on CBS-TV.
September 13, 1969
Where Are You! the
first in a series of Scooby-Doo cartoons premiered on CBS.
The original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, was
created for Hanna-Barbera Productions by writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears,
CBS executive Fred
Silverman, and character designer Iwao
Takamoto. The show centers around four kids, whom were unofficially called
"Mystery Inc." whose hobby was mystery solving. The basic premise
remained unchanged through the many series of the franchise: criminal
activities were covered up as faux supernatural events with red herrings and
clues leading up to the eventual undoing. The meddlesome kids were Fred Jones
is the stocky, straight-laced member; Daphne Blake, beautiful but danger-prone
red-head; Velma Dinkley, the pudgy, bespectacled brains of the outfit; Norville
"Shaggy" Rogers, the pencil-thin chow hound and the star of the show,
the gangly, bow-legged Great Dane Scooby-Doo.
The original voice cast featured veteran voice actor Don Messick
as Scooby-Doo, Top 40 radio DJ Casey Kasem
as Shaggy, actor Frank Welker as Fred, actress Nicole
Jaffe as Velma, and musician Indira Stefanianna Christopherson as Daphne.
first episode of "Police Woman" aired on NBC.
Based on an original screenplay by Lincoln C.
Hilburn, the show revolves around Sgt. "Pepper"
Anderson (Angie Dickinson),
an undercover police officer working for the Criminal Conspiracy Unit of
the Los Angeles Police Department.
Sergeant William "Bill" Crowley (Earl
Holliman) was her immediate superior, and Pete Royster (Charles
Dierkop) and Joe Styles (Ed
Bernard) were the other half of the undercover team that
investigated everything from murders to rape and drug crimes. In many
episodes, Pepper went undercover (as a prostitute, nurse, teacher, flight
attendant, prison inmate, dancer, waitress, etc.) in order to get close enough
to the suspects to gain valuable information that would lead to their arrest.
September 13, 1974
first episode of "The Rockford Files" aired on NBC.
Rockford Files stared James
Garner and aired on NBC
between September 13, 1974, and January 10, 1980, and has remained in syndication to the
present day. Garner portrays Los
Angeles-based private investigator Jim Rockford with Noah
Beery, Jr., in the supporting role of his father, a retired
truck driver nicknamed "Rocky".
The show was created by Roy
Huggins and Stephen J. Cannell.
Huggins created the television show Maverick (1957–1962), which starred Garner, and
he wanted to recapture that magic in a "modern day" detective
setting. He teamed with Cannell, who had written for Jack
Webb productions such as Adam-12 and Chase (1973–1974, NBC), to create The
The show was credited as "A Public Arts/Roy
Huggins Production" along with Universal
Studios and in association with Cherokee Productions.
Cherokee was owned by Garner, with partners Meta Rosenberg and Juanita
Bartlett, who doubled as story editor during most of The
Rockford Files run.
The series theme music by composers Mike
Post and Pete
Carpenter was released as a single and went to #10 on
the Billboard Hot 100,
remaining on the chart for 16 weeks. and won a Grammy
Award for Best Instrumental
Arrangement for 1975. In 2002, The Rockford Files was
ranked #39 on TV Guide's 50
Greatest TV Shows of All Time.
talk-show host Oprah Winfrey gives a brand-new Pontiac G-6 sedan, worth
$28,500, to everyone in her studio audience: a total of 276 cars in all.)
had told her producers to fill the crowd with people who “desperately needed”
the cars, and when she announced the prize (by jumping up and down, waving a
giant keyring and yelling “Everybody gets a car! Everybody gets a car!”),
mayhem–crying, screaming, delirium, fainting–broke out all around her. It was,
as one media expert told a reporter, “one of the great promotional stunts in
the history of television.”
Alas, scandal wasn’t far behind. For one thing, the
gift wasn’t really from Oprah at all. Pontiac had donated the cars, paying the
hefty price tag out of its advertising budget, because the company hoped that
that the giveaway would drum up some enthusiasm for its new G-6 line. (To this
end, during the segment, Winfrey herself took a tour of a Pontiac plant,
gushing over the cars’ satellite radios and fancy navigation systems.) The car
company also paid the state sales tax on each of the automobiles it donated.
However, that still left the new-car recipients with a large bill for their
supposedly free vehicles: Federal and state income taxes added up to about
$6,000 for most winners. Some people paid the taxes by taking out car loans;
others traded their new Pontiacs for cheaper, less souped-up cars. “It’s not
really a free car,” one winner said. “It’s more of a 75 percent-off car. Of
course, that’s still not such a bad deal.”
Two months later, Oprah hosted another giveaway
episode, this one for teachers from around the country. Their gifts were worth
about $13,000 and included a $2,249 TV set, a $2,000 laptop, a $2,189
washer/dryer, sets of $38 champagne glasses and a $495 leather duffel bag. This
time, the show’s producers had learned their lesson: they also gave each
audience member a check for $2,500, which they hoped would cover the tax bill
for all the loot. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite–most people in the audience
owed the Internal Revenue Service between $4,500 and $6,000–but the PR gimmick
worked: Oprah’s giveaways have earned some of the highest ratings in the
September 14, 1984
The MTV Awards are held
for the first time. Bette Midler and
Dan Ackroyd co-hosted the show honoring the best music videos from
May 2, 1983, to May 2, 1984. The show was hosted by Dan Aykroyd and Bette Midler at
the Radio City Music
Hall in New York City.
Herbie Hancock was the night's biggest winner, taking home five
awards, followed by Michael Jackson,
who won three. The night's main award, though, went to The Cars for
"You Might Think," making this the first of a very small number
of times in which the winner of Video
of the Year did not take home any other awards that night.
In terms of nominations,
Hancock's "Rockit" and The Police's
"Every Breath You
Take" were the year's most
nominated videos, with each receiving eight nominations apiece. Meanwhile, the
most nominated artist of 1984 was Cyndi Lauper,
who aside from winning the Best Female Video Moonman received nine nominations
that year for two of her videos: six for "Girls
Just Want to Have Fun" and three
Other major nominees that
night included the aforementioned Michael Jackson and The Cars, both of whom
received six nominations for their videos "Thriller" and "You Might Think,"
respectively; ZZ Top, who also received six nominations between their
videos for "Legs," "Sharp Dressed Man," and "Gimme All Your
Lovin';" and Billy Idol,
who got five nominations for "Dancing with Myself" and "Eyes Without a Face." Lastly, David Bowie had
four nominations for his "China Girl"
and "Modern Love" videos, and he was also one of the night's
honorees for the Video Vanguard award.
September 15, 1964
Peyton Place first aired on ABC.
Based upon the 1956 novel of the same name by Grace Metalious, the series was preceded
by a 1957 film adaptation. A total of 514 episodes were broadcast, in
black-and-white from 1964 to 1966 and in color from 1966 to 1969. At the show's
peak ABC ran three new episodes a week. Produced by 20th Century Fox Television. A number of guest stars
appeared in the series for extended periods, among them Dan Duryea, Susan Oliver, Leslie Nielsen, Gena Rowlands, and Lee Grant, who won an Emmy Award for
Outstanding Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a Drama for her role of
tough-as-nails Stella Chernak. The series served as the springboard for such performers as Mia Farrow, Ryan O'Neal, Chris Connelly, David Canary, Mariette Hartley, and Lana Wood.
September 15, 1949
The Lone Ranger premiered on
Clayton Moore was the Lone Ranger and Jay Silverheels was Tonto. The television
series aired from 1949 to 1957, withClayton
Moore in the starring role. Jay
Silverheels, a member of the Mohawk tribe
of Canada played
The Lone Ranger's Indian companion, Tonto.
From 1952 to 1954. due to a contract dispute, John
Hart replaced Moore in the title role. The live-action series
initially featured Gerald Mohr as the narrator. Fred Foy was
both narrator and announcer of the radio series
from 1948 until its ending and then became announcer of the television version,
for which narration of the story was dropped. The Lone Ranger was
the highest-rated television program on ABC in the early 1950s and its first
To quote the Bicentennial Minute, "And that's the way it was".
The original series, Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!, was created for Hanna-Barbera Productions by writers Joe Ruby and Ken Spears, CBS executive Fred Silverman, and character designer Iwao Takamoto. The show centers around four kids, whom were unofficially called "Mystery Inc." whose hobby was mystery solving. The basic premise remained unchanged through the many series of the franchise: criminal activities were covered up as faux supernatural events with red herrings and clues leading up to the eventual undoing. The meddlesome kids were Fred Jones is the stocky, straight-laced member; Daphne Blake, beautiful but danger-prone red-head; Velma Dinkley, the pudgy, bespectacled brains of the outfit; Norville "Shaggy" Rogers, the pencil-thin chow hound and the star of the show, the gangly, bow-legged Great Dane Scooby-Doo.
September 13, 1974