When television was young . . .
- Legendary movie producer Darryl Zanuck declared, "People will
soon get tired of staring at a plywood box every night.
- Before 5:30, there were only test patterns. "Howdy Doody" was
the first show of the day.
- CBS agreed to put "I Love Lucy" on film only if Desi and Lucy
paid part of the production fee. In return, CBS gave them ownership
of the shows, including the right to rerun it forever.
- "Kukla, Fran, and Ollie" was the first network show broadcast
- 50,000 fans showed up in a New Orleans department store to meet
- Movie studios would not let motion icture stars appear on
television for fear that if people saw the stars on TV, they
wouldn't go to the movies.
Filled with fascinating stories, "When Television Was Young" is
a hilarious, entertaining, behind-the-scenes look at the world of
the small screen.
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