Monday, April 15, 2013

This Week in Television History: April 2013 PART III

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.

April 15, 1948
Hollywood Screen Test debuts. 
TV talent show Hollywood Screen Test debuts on this day in 1948. Unlike other talent shows, the program featured aspiring professionals, not pure amateurs, performing in drama and comedy sketches with established stars. Grace Kelly, Jack Klugman, and Jack Lemmon all got their big break on the show, which ran until 1953.
April 19, 1938
The National Broadcasting Company launched experimental television broadcasts from the Empire State Building. 

These experiments aired only five hours a week to very few TV households.
 

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

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Tony Figueroa








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