Get behind the scenes stories and a unique historical perspective of the most influential television shows in history from media professor and former CBS executive Jim McKairnes.
Back in the mid-to-late 1970s, two things in particular got TV shows on the air — and, more important TV viewers to it.
Where there’s a Will & Grace, there’s a way for every possible old TV series to get a dusting off and revival. But remaking old cancelled shows with the same cast isn’t necessarily a new thing. The question might be: Is it a thing that anyone is really looking for?
Can a movie-of-the-week change the television industry and shake Capitol Hill in the process? This one did. And the effects are still being felt. It's part of a 60-year discussion about the effects of TV violence.
As the explosive 1960s came to an end, there was only one way up for TV: Grown up.
The 2004 Super Bowl led to a super mess for the TV biz when a flash of breast was milked for a decade's worth of controversy.
In the fall of 1975, NBC took a chance on an unproven producer, an unproven cast, and an unproven idea. Live comedy in late-night would never been the same. Especially after Richard Pryor came by.
When HBO's The Sopranos aired its final episode, it left fans scrambling for answers about what. just. happened. And 13 years later they still are. How have other TV shows made their own farewells through the years?
A long time ago in a TV galaxy far away, the reigning host of NBC's Tonight Show (Jack Parr) told a joke about a toilet that got network censors so nervous they deleted it without telling the host. The next night, he quit on the air.
Discovered at 19, a rising and wild popular primetime sitcom lead over the next three years, Freddie Prinze was apparently a celebrity conflicted by success. The conflict lead to a dark night of depression -- and a gun -- in January 1977.
In the world of television, there are good shows, there are bad shows, and there are fiascos. "Pink Lady and Jeff" is a 1980 variety series that stands out as one of the worst things ever put on the air. (Spoiler Alert: When staring in an American TV series, it usually helps to speak English.)