TV Flop - Chuck Barris Rah-Rah Show Despite Chuck Barris and NBC constantly clashing over the content of The Gong Show, the network was desperate for any prime-time hit in the late 1970s. Therefore, in early 1978, the zany Barris was permitted to create and host The Chuck Barris Rah-Rah Show--an hour-long variety program that featured guest appearances by celebrities and encore performances by some of the more memorable oddball acts from The Gong Show. Few people saw it as it was scheduled on Tuesdays from 8 to 9 p.m--directly against the two most popular TV shows in America at the time: Happy Days and Laverne & Shirley. It was cancelled in April after eight episodes had aired. Noel Holsten, the Orlando Sentinel-Star's TV critic, wrote, "[Barris] reeled around the stage as though he'd been gobbling hallucinogenic mushrooms and looking somewhat like a subterranean fungus." Barris accepted Holsten's bad review with cheerfulness: He read it during an episode of The Gong Show. (The Gong Show was booted off NBC in June.) Here's a brief promo for the February 28 premiere episode of the Rah-Rah Show.
Tags: Chuck  Barris  Rah-Rah  Show  variety  NBC 
Added: 1st May 2017
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Gil Fates on Tonight Show - 1978 Fans of What's My Line? will enjoy this: The long-running game's show's producer, Gil Fates, appears on a 1978 episode of The Tonight Show to promote his new book about WML. Included are clips of Johnny Carson as both a WML panelist and a mystery guest.
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Added: 30th April 2017
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Art Fleming on Whats My Line The first (and best) host of Jeopardy!--Art Fleming--appears as a mystery guest on the syndicated version of What's My Line in February 1973. Jeopardy! was still a noontime staple on NBC when this show aired.
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Added: 29th April 2017
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SS Eastland Disaster - 1915 On Saturday, July 24, 1915 the S.S. Eastland, a Chicago-based passenger steamer ship, welcomed nearly 2,600 people aboard. Most were employees of the Western Electric Company's Hawthorne Works in Cicero, IL and their families. The Eastland was docked at a pier in the Chicago River. Passengers began boarding at 6:30 a.m. Their destination was Michigan City, IN--a three-hour trip across Lake Michigan for a day of fun and recreation at an enormous company picnic. The last passengers boarded the Eastland at about 7:10 a.m. At 7:28 a.m., still tied to the dock, the Eastland took on water, lurched dramatically to its port side (away from the dock) where most of the passengers had moved to, and quickly capsized. About one-third of the passengers--844 people--and four crew members were trapped within the doomed ship and were either crushed to death or drowned in 20 feet of water. How did the catastrophe happen? First, the ship was overloaded with both passengers and the weight of additional lifeboats mandated by new maritime safety laws. In previous trips that summer, the Eastland had carried 1,100 passengers at most. Second, renovations and additions to the Eastland has raised its height and dangerously shifted the ship's center of gravity. Third, the Eastland's ballast tanks were initially empty. If they had been filled before the passengers boarded, they could have provided more stable balance for the Eastland. Twenty-two entire families perished in the disaster. One notable person who had bought a ticket for the Eastland, but fortunately for him arrived at the dock too late to board the ship, was 20-year-old Western Electric employee George Halas. He had intended to play in the baseball game at the company picnic. Halas, after playing 24 games for the New York Yankees in 1919, would later be one of the key figures in founding the National Football League.
Tags: Eastland  maritime  disaster  Chicago 
Added: 27th April 2017
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Frasier - Diane Writes a Play From a 1996 episode of Frasier: Diane Chambers returns! The show's plot has Diane--who heartlessly jilted Frasier in their previous sitcom (Cheers)--travelling to Seattle to stage a play that she wrote. Diane invites Frasier to a dress rehearsal...and he sees some very familiar characters onstage. His reactions and tirade are priceless.
Tags: Frasier  Diane  Chambers  Cheers   
Added: 26th April 2017
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Dr Flame-O on The Gong Show The Gong Show's two-year daytime run on NBC ended in June 1978. In its final week, a few memorable acts were brought back as non-competitive performers just for their entertainment value. One was the silly and creative Dr. Flame-O.
Tags: Dr  Flame-O  Gong  Show 
Added: 21st April 2017
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Shirley Temple - Tra La La La From the 1940 comedy-drama Young People, Shirley Temple performs the musical dance number Tra La La La with co-stars Jack Oakie and Charlotte Greenwood. The plot has the film's three stars playing a vaudeville family who choose to retire from the stage and move to a rural New England community to live a normal life. However, their presence is resented by the stodgy locals who dislike showbiz folks--and anything else that differs from their ways. This is the last sequence of the film. It also turned out to be the swansong of 12-year-old Shirley's career with Twentieth Century Fox--the studio she had single-handedly saved from bankruptcy. Her contract was not renewed as her box-office appeal had diminished markedly as Shirley approached her teenage years. Shirley's two co-stars in this movie both died within a month of each other in the late 1970s.
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Added: 16th April 2017
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Chuck Barris Interview 1993 Conan O'Brien interviews Chuck Barris in this clip from 1993. Chuck discusses his most famous shows: The Newlywed Game, The Dating Game, and, of course, The Gong Show. (Look for a surprise appearance by Gene Gene The Dancing Machine!)
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Added: 16th April 2017
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Carnac the Magnificent - Sis Boom Bah From a 1981 episode of The Tonight Show, Johnny Carson does his Carnac the Magnificent routine--which contains, perhaps, the single funniest answer/question that ever came from this long-running comedy bit.
Tags: Sis  Boom  Bah  Carnac  Johnny  Carson 
Added: 14th April 2017
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Tim Conway - Dentist Sketch From a 1969 episode of The Carol Burnett Show, Tim Conway hilariously plays an inept, novice dentist in this memorable sketch. Harvey Korman, who plays Conway's first patient, was so overcome by laughter that he literally wet his pants during the routine.
Tags: Tim  Conway  dentist  Carol  Burnett  Harvey  Kormann 
Added: 14th April 2017
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