Monday, February 02, 2015
This Week in Television History: February 2015 PART I
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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.
February 2, 1950
What's My Line debuted on CBS television.
What's My Line? is a panel game show which originally ran in the United States on the CBS Television Network from 1950 to 1967, with several international versions and subsequent U.S. revivals. The game tasks celebrity panelists with questioning contestants in order to determine their occupations. It is the longest-running U.S. primetime network television game-show. Moderated by John Charles Daly and with panelists Dorothy Kilgallen, Arlene Francis, and Bennett Cerf, What's My Line? won three Emmy Awards for "Best Quiz or Audience Participation Show" in 1952, 1953, and 1958 and the Golden Globefor Best TV Show in 1962.
After its cancellation by CBS in 1967, it returned in syndication as a daily production which ran from 1968 until 1975. There have been several international versions, radio versions, and a live stage version.In 2013, TV Guide ranked it #9 in its list of the 60 greatest game shows ever.
February 6, 1940
Thomas John "Tom" Brokaw is born.
Television journalist and author best known as the anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News from 1982 to 2004. He is the author of The Greatest Generation (1998), a runaway bestseller, and other books and the recipient of numerous awards and honors. He is the only person to host all three major NBC News programs: The Today Show, NBC Nightly News, and, briefly, Meet the Press. He currently serves as a Special Correspondent for NBC News and works on documentaries for other outlets.
February 8, 1985
The last episode of The Dukes of Hazzard aired.
Boss Hogg grudgingly agrees to participate in Rosco's magic act during a talent revue at the Boar's Nest. Boss plans to use the "disappearing lady" act as a way to get to a scheduled appointment, but it works out too well. A pair of escaped felons, whom Boss helped put away, kidnap Boss and hold him for ransom. When Rosco is unable to make Boss "reappear," Bo and Luke investigate and determine foul play was involved. Rosco is convinced Boss really did disappear into thin air, leaving the Duke boys to ride to Boss' rescue.