R2: Lana Turner (briefly and in profile only), Ralph Bellamy (the old man), and a pre-tanned George Hamilton.%0D\
Didn''t "The New People" look exactly like a 60s version of LOST?%0D\
I remember so many of those shows from my childhood - and "The Movie of the Week" !
Holly Wood Hills
When there were only three commercial networks, each new series really mattered. Especially the ones with Richard Hatch or Robert Urich.
I wish I could find the early 80''s ABC fall promos-the one that had "Come on along with ABC, we''re reaching out just you and me, come on along, come on along to ABC!" That was a great campaign.
Gosh, I LOVED Premiere week. No VCR''s, Tivo, or multiple cable airings, you missed the pilot, you had to wait for the summer re-run. Getting TV guide with the new fall preview. It was exciting for me especially since it was back to school time.
God, Peter Jennings was so suave - sort of TV news version of Cary Grant.%0D\
No wonder David Muir gave it up to him - repeatedly.
Remember "Jesus Christ everything I want to watch is on the same night." Before you could record or Tivo or internet it. The whole season of fall used to be so much more exciting.
Premiere Week made going back to school more tolerable.
Searching for my year of birth brings up this 1965 ABC promo, hosted by Darrin and Samantha Stevens:
[quote] Who are the actors @ 3:27 and 3:31?\
I thought the guy was Patrick Duffy at first. He looks familiar, like he was a regular on Movies of the Week, maybe Gidget and Beach Party movies, etc. Anyone have guesses?
That movie of the week opening is surreal. Puts me in a trance and takes me back to my childhood. That song, those graphics, that imagery are SO potent and so much ingrained in my TV watching experience that it literally puts me in a trance. Oh, the nights in my jammies watching those cheesy but oh so good movies!
ABC 1982 Matt Houston Dynasty Promo. Opens with crotch shots from Matt Houston star Lee Horsley.
September ''69 "The Brady Bunch" and "Room 222". both hits but one would live on in syndication and become a classic and the other all but forgotten.
Remember when the networks used to have promos that featured all their stars from the upcoming new fall season? How many do you remember from ABC 1979?\
Laverne & Shirley\
Mork & Mindy\
Eight is Enough\
Seeing all these uploaded promo and station idents makes me believe that there might be some value in the huge pile of VHS and Betamax tapes my father has stockpiled in his bedroom and in our garage. It''d be a tremendous amount of work cataloging it and ripping the videos, but I''m sure it''d be worth it in the end.
Thanks to OP for starting this thread. I''ve been fascinated by these Fall promos since I was a tyke and one in particular comes to mind. I''ve tried searching for it for years on youtube, but have had no luck. It was for CBS sometime in the late 60''s or early 70''s, I believe and the lyrics went something like this:\
This is the way, the eye''s got it\
This is to say, you''ve got it,\
Here is the way, HEY, be-lieve it every day, in the Fall,\
That''s the way it goes-\
That''s the way it goes, in the Fall...\
It''s all to-gether now,\
Can anyone help me track down this CBS promo?
Joe in Pgh
In comparison it makes today''s broadcast networks look like they''ve just given up. \
Here is possibly the best TV opening ever.\
Who couldn''t hum this at the time?
Inga Swenson, Marion Ross, Erin Moran, Lionel Stander, and Nancy Dussault
r23 and r27, that promo was INFECTIOUS! Cheesy 80''s TV stars, sure, but there was undeniably something so very uplifting about that whole production, that catchy song and all that "fake happiness" that really does lift one up. TV has really lost something in the digital age, sadly.
Marcus Welby lived on Wisteria Lane!
[quote]Cheesy 80''s TV stars, sure, but there was undeniably something so very uplifting about that whole production, that catchy song and all that "fake happiness" \
You could almost hear each actor screaming "Ive got a job! For at least 13 weeks!"
Can people post some promos for when they originally premiered? For example, I''d love to see how ABC promoed "Dynasty". \
"From the mid of Aaron Spelling comes a story of POWER! GREED! And SEDUCTION! All the way from Denver, Colorado."
Only three networks. TV was so simple, so uncomplicated. It was SPECIAL back then.
Oh r24 - if only one more Lauren Bacall High Point coffee commercial were unearthed and posted to YouTube, you would be a hero to all of DataLounge.
Preview for the Paul Lynde show and what looks to be one of the lamest shows ever made. Check out the blond guy on Paul''s show.
I looked forward to Preview Week all summer! And yes, getting that big fat TV Guide issue was a thrill. I always bought my own copy so it wouldn''t get all grunged up by the rest of the family and their greasy fingers.
I loved Mad Magazine''s version of the TV Guide Fall Preview.%0D\
For Sandy Duncan''s "Funny Face" they had Fatsy Pumpkin''s "Ugly Face"
I loved The New People. But it only lasted half a season.
There was a lot more fun when it was just three networks and everybody watched the big events. Remember when everyone went gaga over this?
It isn''t much talked about these days but Roots was huge when it first came on. It wasn''t like anything anyone had ever seen, I don''t think we even knew what a mini-series was back then. Everyone watched it, and talked about it.
"People who have it all but want more!"%0D\
What, no republicans in 1969?
OP''s clips from 1969 only really have nostalgic value, otherwise I wouldn''t cross the street to see any of that stuff.%0D\
Brady Bunch, Mrs Muir & The Ghost...for goodness sake!
Cool thread. That''s all.
Who''s the blonde in the ABC videos? I recognize all the other faces/shows but not her..
Clearly I wasn''t into blonde chicks..
A smart cable channel could buy these programs for pennies and launch a very fun nostalgia channel. What TV Land is not.
Laud the crap back then and hate the crap of today. I have question for the people in this thread. Did you ever think you would be the old people who reminisce about "back in my day" and complain about "kids these days?"
I''ve been complaining about kids these days since I was eight.
It was amazing how many of ABC''s new shows that season would go on to be hits. ABC development would love that kind of record today.
We''re still havin'' fun... and we''re still the one!
I used to love those promos, R53.
Picture it: Albany, 1980: \
I can still Smell Coast soap watching those promo''s, LOL.
Shows weren''t canceled after two or three airings. They went the whole season and if a total disaster, maybe half a season with a mid season replacement. And sometimes no re-runs in the summer which was replaced with a summer series. Sonny & Cher and Hee Haw started as summer series.
We! Are! Still the One!
R56, I''m pretty sure PINK LADY & JEFF didn''t last up to a half-season.
PINK LADY & JEFF lasted five episodes but that 1980, we are talking 60''& 70''s.
LOL R51! I can identify with you. I think I was born an old man.
This is a CBS 1973-74 season intro. It''s Lucy''s last year as a star on CBS and she''s all but buried in this one. Her brief clips are noticeably out-of-date in their newly hip surroundings, Matt Dillon and GUNSMOKE being her only archaic peer. \
P.S. anyone in 1982 who let Fonzie and Chachi lure them into watching the sinking ship that was HAPPY DAYS got what they deserved.
As a child I found second Darren much more appealing. Only now do I realize it was incipient gaydar.
[quote]When there were only three commercial networks, each new series really mattered. Especially the ones with Richard Hatch or Robert Urich.\
It is all great fun.
That groovy MOTW theme music was by Burt Bacharach, of course.\
Tom Jones and Lee Majors were really hot stuff in 1969.
Haha, loved Dr. Steve Kiley/James Brolin telling Marcus Welby/Robert Young, "You need help and I need 9600 dollars!"\
How much is $9600 in 2011 dollars? And would it tempt a hot young motorcycle-riding doctor into working with fuddy-duddy Dr. Welby?
The "Welby" reruns do hold up well, actually
Big ol' bump.
So the old local news thread made me remember this post from a couple of years ago.
Remember when all the TV stars would film those three minute fall preview commercial sing-a-longs?