Megan Draper (Jessica Paré) sings Zou Bisou Bisou during Don's (Jon Hamm) 'surprise' birthday party.
Show No. 131
Mar. 21, 2012
First hour: Ed welcomes nationally renowned female tribute artist Peter Mac. Peter has captured the essence of Judy Garland in not only his critically acclaimed stage show, Judy and Me, but also in a series of live cabaret shows that are currently playing every Friday and Saturday night at the historic French Quarter Restaurant in West Hollywood. Also in this history: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember "A House Divided," the episode of Dallas that originally aired This Week in TV History, and whose cliffhanger ending launched the "Who Shot J.R.?" phenomenon that dominated entertainment headlines throughout 1980.
Second hour: Ed welcomes author, photojournalist and television writer Marvin J. Wolf (Fallen Angels, Perfect Crimes, Beating the Odds: The Untold Story of the Rise of ABC). Marv's first novel, The Tattooed Rabbi, introduces readers to crime-solving Rabbi Ben Maimon, a master of the Torah, the Talmud and Tae Kwon Do who is also a discerning student of human nature. Topics include the inspiration for the Rabbi Ben character, as well as Marv's early career as a combat photographer during the Vietnam War, his collaborations with Roy Huggins and ABC founding president Leonard Goldenson, and his encounters with John Wayne, Peter Jennings, David Janssen, George Takei and Barbara Walters.
Listen to me on TV CONFIDENTIAL:
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.