Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Your HOLIDAY SOR-BAY: Tracey Ullman

Here is a "HOLIDAY SOR-BAY" little spark of madness that we could use to artificially maintain our Christmas spirit.

Today in Television History

December 30, 1959
Comedian Tracey Ullman is born in Hackbridge, England. She attended theater school from ages 12 to 16. At age 21, she began performing with an avant-garde drama group, the Royal Court Theater, where she won rave reviews. She landed her own U.S. TV show in 1987. The Emmy-winning Tracey Ullman Show ran from 1987 to 1990. The show featured short skits starring Ullman and a regular cast of players, and also aired short animated segments-one was an offbeat cartoon about underachieving 10-year-old named Bart Simpson and his oddball family. The cartoon was later spun off into its own hit show, The Simpsons.

December 30, 1984
Crazy Like a Fox first aired.
The series starred Jack Warden as Harry Fox, a free-spirited private detective who lived by his wits and John Rubinstein as his high-strung attorney son, Harrison, who unwillingly, and frequently, found himself dragged into his father's cases.
The show's opening would always feature Harry and Harrison talking on the phone in their offices like this:
·        Harrison: Hello?
·        Harry: Harrison, I need your help.
·        Harrison: Dad, you keep forgetting. I'm a lawyer. You're the detective!
·        Harry: Aw, come on son. All I need is a ride. What could possibly happen?

Originally airing Sundays at 9 PM (EST), the show was a hit in its first season, even cracking the Nielsen Top 10 with an average household share of 19.9. However, midway through the second season, CBS brought back its Sunday Night Movie, which displaced the show (along with Trapper John, M.D., which followed Crazy Like a Fox up to that point) and resulted in it being bounced around to various time slots, which caused ratings to drop significantly and led to its cancellation at the end of the season.

Stay Tuned

Tony Figueroa
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