Monday, March 26, 2012

This Week in Television History: March 2012 PART IV

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As always, the further we go back in Hollywood history, the more that fact and legend become intertwined. It's hard to say where the truth really lies.

March 30, 1962

Jack Paar films his final episode of The Tonight Show.

Paar had hosted the show since July 1957, six months after Steve Allen stepped down. Paar was known for his emotional outbursts, which included walking off the set of The Tonight Show on February 11, 1960, to protest network censorship of his jokes.

The unflappable Johnny Carson took over as host starting in October 1962.

March 31, 1992

Dateline NBC premieres. NBC had long attempted to catch up with popular newsmagazines on CBS and ABC, which consistently drew top ratings, but failed until the debut of Dateline NBC.

To quote the Bicentennial Minute, "And that's the way it was".

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa

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