Thursday, February 07, 2013

TV Confidential Archives: Week of Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2013

Show No. 171 with guests Joseph Dougherty, Dan Farren and Wesley Hyatt
Original Airdate: Week of Jan. 30-Feb. 5, 2013
 
First hour: Pop culture critic author and television historian Wesley Hyatt (Television’s Top 100: The Most Watched American Broadcasts, 1960-2010, Kicking Off the Week: A History of Monday Night Football on ABC Television) joins Ed for a look at Super Bowl ratings, past and future, as well as how network programming strategy for Super Bowl Sunday has changed over the years. Also in this hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen remember Walt Disney’s appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, which was originally broadcast 60 years ago This Week in TV History. Plus: a look at how Dallas will approach this season in the wake of the death of Larry Hagman.  

Second hour: Emmy Award-winning writer/producer Joseph Dougherty (Pretty Little Liars, thirtysomething) and comedian, producer, and comedy scholar Dan Farren join Ed, Tony and Donna in paying tribute to the life and career of Ernie Kovacs, the legendary comedian whose influence on television is still evident today, particularly on late night shows such as Saturday Night Live and The Late Show with David Letterman. At a time when most network executives still considered television to be nothing more than “radio with pictures,” Ernie Kovacs was among the first — if not the first — to really understand the visual possibilities of the medium
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