Monday, April 04, 2016

This Week in Television History: April 2016 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.

April 4, 1969
The CBS Television Network fired The Smothers Brothers because the brothers failed to submit an episode of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour to network executives before its broadcast. 
The network claimed the second to last show of the season was turned in late, and claimed that their tardiness constituded a breach of contract justifying their dropping of the series. The network ultimately refused to run the episode anyway because they said it "would be considered irreverent and offensive by a large segment of our audience". That episode is on the Smothers Brothers: The Best of Season 3 DVD. 

April 4,  1971
The final episode of Hogan's Heroes aired. 
Rockets Or Romance: Three mobile rocket launchers are aimed at London and awaiting detonation, or destruction. With radio detection trucks patrolling the area and one rocket sitting inside Stalag 13, directing the Allied bombers could turn into a suicide mission. Timeline: Klink tells Hogan the Germans will stop the Allies from Capturing Munich-which was captured in March 1945.

April 4, 1986
The final episode of Knight Rider aired. 

Voo Doo Knight:  Michael tries to stop a voodoo woman who is using mind control on innocent people and forcing them to commit crimes for her.

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


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Tony Figueroa
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