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TV Seasons

1978

1978/79 – Laverne & Shirley was #1 on ABC Tuesday, second year running.

Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1978 season; Good Times was cancelled in the sixth season.

Anniversary:

The Lawrence Welk Show celebrated twenty–five years on TV.

The Tonight Show celebrated twenty–five years on TV.

Walt Disney celebrated twenty–five years on TV.

Biggest New Hit: Mork & Mindy tied with Happy Days at #3 on ABC Thursday. What can I say? Robin Williams is one funny guy. He is hilarious as Mork, the alien from Ork.

British Ties:

Miss Winslow And Son was adapted from Miss Jones & Son.

The Ropers was based on ITV series, George & Mildred.

Return Of The Saint is a ITV series, originally started in 1978. CBS added the series to CBS Late Movie.

Daytime:

M*A*S*H was on CBS weekdays from September 1978–September 1979.

Laverne And Shirley was on ABC weekdays from April 1979–June 1980.

Death: Jack Soo died from the cancer of esophagus on January 11, 1979. The following May, a special Barney Miller episode was dedicated to him in his honor.

Movies 2 TV:

The Bad News Bears was based on the 1976 movie, The Bad News Bears, starring Walter Matthau and Tatum O’Neal. Some actors on the TV series became stars in their own right. Corey Feldman was a movie star in the 1980’s. Kristoff St. John and Tricia Cast became soap stars on The Young And The Restless. Billy Jacoby was in the last NBC season of Silver Spoons, then Billy Jayne was on the hit FOX sitcom, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose. Jacoby and Jayne are the same person. Catherine Hicks has much success with 7th Heaven on WB; The Bad News Bears was her first series.

Delta House was based on the 1978 John Belushi hit movie, Animal House. John Vernon, Stephen Furst, Bruce McGill & James Widdoes reprised their movie roles. John Belushi wasn't available; his movie character's brother, Blotto, joined the TV show instead.

The Paper Chase was based on the 1973 movie. John Houseman reprised his Best Supporting Oscar winning role for the series.

Name Change: Operation: Runaway to The Runaways.

Reruns: CBS aired Moses–The Lawgiven reruns in the summer. It was last seen on CBS in 1975.

Simultaneous: Lyndia Goodfriend and Scott Baio were on Happy Days and Who's Watching The Kids. They played sister/brother on the latter. Their Happy Days characters married the Cunningham kids, Richie and Joanie.

Spin Offs:

Hee Haw Honeys from Hee Haw.

Hello, Larry from Diff’rent Strokes, it was based on Phillip Drummond’s army buddy, Larry Alder.

Mork & Mindy from Happy Days, Robin Williams was a big hit with the Happy Days audience in February 1978.

The Ropers from Three’s Company, The Ropers moved to Cheviot Hills after they sold the apartment building, where they were the landlords of Jack, Janet and Christy.

Tidbits:

At the end of the season, everyone wondered Who Shot JR on Dallas. It was so big that the producers filmed alternate endings. Stay tuned!

Charlotte Rae’s first known success was on Car 54, Where Are You? She played Sylvia Schnauser, Leo’s wife. Leo was played by Al Lewis, who later became Grandpa Munster on The Munsters with Fred Gwynne, who was Al’s partner on Car 54. Isn’t that confusing? Anyway, Charlotte is best known for playing Edna Garrett on Diff’rent Strokes and The Facts Of Life.

Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman met on the Taxi set in 1979; their characters fall in love as much in real life. They was married on January 28,1982 and had three kids together. To this day, they had one of the most successful Hollywood married couple. Hmm, real love lasted in Hollywood! Who ever thought that?

Who's Watching The Kids pilot was named Legs, with a slightly different storyline.

Billy, Billy, Billy. You sure have outrageous daydreams – a famous surgeon to rock star to the world's irresistible bachelor. Billy, you forgot to dream about one thing – a famous movie star. You should have stick with that dream. Some dreams come true. Just ask Steve Guttenberg. He's living his dream.

Centennial was a epic mini series with a star–studded cast. It had a huge budget of $25 million and featured over 100 speaking parts.

Since Robin Williams became a huge star on ABC's Mork & Mindy this season, NBC rerun the Laugh In specials from the 1977 season as a series in the summer of 1979. In fact, NBC just wanted to ride the wave of Robin Williams. Robin was a minor performer on Laugh In.

Sydney Goldsmith was Stockard Channing's co star in Stockard Channing In Just Friends; the series lasted for a few months. She was again HER co star in another failed sitcom, The Stockard Channing Show, next season. Even that series didn't last. CBS gave up on Stockard Channing after the second try.

Cliff Hangers was three series – Stop Susan Williams, The Secret Empire and The Curse Of Dracula.

 

1978/79 Fall Season

One Season (1978/79)

Mork & Mindy –1978–1982, ABC, comedy, Robin Williams, Pam Dawber

Taxi – 1978–1982, ABC; 1982/83, NBC, comedy, Judd Hirsh, Danny DeVito, Tony Danza

WKRP In Cincinnati – 1978–1982, CBS, comedy, Gary Sandy, Gordon Jump, Loni Anderson

Vega$ – 1978–1981, ABC, detective, Robert Urich

 

Cancelled TV Shows

American Girls – CBS, adventure/drama, Priscilla Barnes

Apple Pie – ABC, comedy, 2 episodes, Rue McClanahan, Dabney Coleman

Battlestar Galactica – ABC, sci-fi, Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch, Dirk Benedict

Dick Clark’s Live Wednesday – NBC, variety, Dick Clark

Eddie Capra Mysteries – NBC, mystery, Wendy Phillips

Flying High – CBS, adventure, Connie Sellecca

Grandpa Goes To Washington – NBC, comedy, Jack Albertson

In The Beginning – CBS, comedy, 5 episodes, McLean Stevenson

Kaz – CBS, detective, Ron Leibman

Lifeline – NBC, medical documentary, Jackson Beck

Makin' It – ABC, adventure, David Naughton

Mary – CBS, variety, 3 episodes, Mary Tyler Moore, Swoosie Kurtz, Michael Keaton

The Paper Chase – CBS, drama, John Houseman

People – CBS, newsmagazine, Mike Shaw, Phyllis George

Sword Of Justice – NBC, adventure, 10 episodes, Dack Rambo

W.E.B. – NBC, drama, 4 episodes, Alex Cord

The Waverly Wonders – NBC, comedy, 4 episodes, Joe Namath

Who’s Watching The Kids – NBC, comedy, Scott Baio, Lynda Goodfriend, Jim Belushi

 

4 out of 22 new series SURVIVED for 1979/80

ABC – 3/5, Mork & Mindy, Taxi & Vegas

CBS – 1/9, WKRP In Cincinnati

NBC – 0/8,

 

Mid season shows

Angie – February 1979–1980, ABC, comedy, Donna Pescow, Robert Hays

B.J. & The Bear – February 1979–1981, NBC, adventure, Greg Evigan, Claude Akins

Bad News Bears – March 1979–1980, CBS, comedy, Jack Warden, Catherine Hicks

The Chisholms – March 1979–1980, western, Robert Preston

Detective School – July 1979–1980, ABC, comedy, LaWanda Page

Diff’rent Stokes – November 1978–1985, NBC; 1985/86, ABC, comedy, Gary Coleman, Conrad Bain

The Dukes Of Hazzard – January 1979–1985, CBS, comedy/adventure, John Schneider, Tom Wopat

Hello Larry – January 1979–1980, NBC, comedy, McLean Stevenson

Kate Loves A Mystery – February 1979–1980, NBC, detective drama, Kate Mulgrew

Prime Time Sunday – June 1979–1980, NBC, newsmagazine, Tom Snyder

Real People – April 1979–1984, NBC; human interest, Fred Willard, Bryon Allen

The Ropers – March 1979–1980, ABC, comedy, Norman Fell, Audrey Lindley

Salvage 1 – January–November 1979, ABC, adventure, Andy Griffith, Joel Higgins

The White Shadow – November 1978–1981, CBS, drama, Ken Howard

 

Cancelled Mid Season Shows

Billy – CBS, comedy, Steve Guttenberg

Brothers & Sisters – NBC, comedy, Chris Lemmon

Centennial – NBC, historical drama, Raymond Burr, Richard Chamberlain

Cliff Hangers – NBC, three serials

Co-Ed Fever – February 4, 1979, CBS, comedy, 1 episode, David Keith

Comedy Theatre – NBC, comedy anthology, failed pilots

The Curse Of Dracula – NBC, serial, 10 episodes, Michael Nouri

David Cassidy–Man Undercover – NBC, crime drama, David Cassidy

Dear Detective – CBS, crime drama, Brenda Vaccaro

Delta House – ABC, comedy, Michelle Pfeiffer

Doctors' Private Lives – ABC, medical drama, 4 episodes, Ed Nelson

Dorothy – CBS, comedy, 4 episodes, Dorothy Loudon

The Duke – NBC, detective drama, 5 episodes, Robert Conrad

Flatbush – CBS, comedy, 3 episodes, Joseph Cali

Friends – ABC, comedy/drama, Charles Aiken

Hanging In – CBS, comedy, 4 episodes, Bill Macy

Harris And Company – NBC, family drama, 4 episodes, Renee Brown

Highcliffe Manor – NBC, comedy, 4 episodes, Shelley Fabares

Hizzonner – NBC, comedy, Diana Muldaur

Laugh In – NBC, comedy/variety, Robin Williams, Wayland Flowers

Little Women – NBC, drama, 5 episodes, Jessica Harper, Eve Plumb

The MacKenzies Of Paradise Cove – ABC, adventure, Shawn Stevens

Married: The First Year – CBS, drama, 4 episodes, Leigh McCloskey

The Mary Tyler Moore Hour – CBS, comedy/variety, Mary Tyler Moore

Miss Winslow And Son – CBS, comedy, Darleen Carr

Presenting Susan Anton – NBC, musical variety, 4 episodes, Susan Anton

The Secret Empire – NBC, serial, 10 episodes, Peter Breck

Stockard Channing In Just Friends – CBS, comedy, Stockard Channing

Stop Susan Williams – NBC, serial, 10 episodes, Ray Walston, Marj Dusay

Studs Lonigan – NBC, drama, 3 episodes, Harry Hamlin, Jessica Harper

Supertrain – NBC, dramatic anthology, 9 episodes, Edward Andrews

Sweepstakes – NBC, dramatic anthology, Edd Byrnes

13 Queens Boulevard – ABC, comedy, 7 episodes, Eileen Brennan, Jerry Van Dyke

Time Express – CBS, drama/supernatural, 4 episodes, Vincent Price

Turnabout – NBC, comedy, Sharon Gless, James Sikking

Whodunnit? – NBC, quiz, Ed McMahon

 

Syndication

Bonkers – syndication, comedy, Bill Hudson, Brett Hudson, Mark Hudson

The Comedy Shop – syndication, comedy, Norm Crosby

Dance Fever – January 1979–1987, syndication, dance, Deney Terrio

The $1.98 Beauty Show – 1978–1980, syndication, comedy, Rip Taylor

Hee Haw Honeys – syndication, comedy/variety, Misty Rowe

PM Magazine – 1978–1990, syndication, magazine

 

Late Night

Return Of The Saint – CBS, mystery/adventure, Ian Ogilvy

 

Two Seasons (1977/78)

Carter Country – 1977–1979, ABC, comedy

Chips – 1977–1983, NBC, crime drama

Dallas – April 1978–1991, CBS, soap

Family Feud – 1977–1985, syndication, quiz

Fantasy Island – January 1978–1984, ABC, romantic drama

How The West Was Won – February 1978–1979, ABC, western

The Incredible Hulk – March 1978–1982, CBS, adventure

Joe & Valerie – April 1978–1979, NBC, comedy

Lou Grant – 1977–1982, CBS, drama

The Love Boat – 1977–1986, ABC, comedy

Lucan – December 1977–1978, ABC, adventure

Operation Petticoat – 1977–1979, ABC, comedy

Project UFO – February 1978–1979, NBC, drama

The Runaways – April 1978–1979, NBC, drama

Second City TV – 1977–1981, syndication, comedy

Sha Na Na – 1977–1981, syndication, musical variety

Soap – 1977–1982, ABC, comedy

Szysznyk – August 1977–1978, CBS, comedy

That's Hollywood – 1977–1982, syndication, documentary

20/20 – June 1978–present, ABC, newsmagazine

 

Three Seasons (1976/77)

Alice – 1976–1985, CBS, comedy

The Big Event – 1976–1981, NBC, various

Charlie’s Angels – 1976–1981, ABC, crime drama

Eight Is Enough – March 1977–1981, ABC, drama

The Gong Show – 1976–1980, syndication, comedy/audience participation

The Hardy Boys Mysteries – January 1977–1979, ABC, adventure

In Search Of... – 1976–1982, syndication, documentary

The Joker's Wild – 1976–1986, syndication, quiz

The Muppet Show – 1976–1981, syndication, variety

The New Adventures Of Wonder Woman – December 1976–1979, CBS, adventure

Quincy, M.E. – 1976–1983, NBC, crime drama

Three’s Company – March 1977–1984, ABC, comedy

What’s Happening!! – 1976–1979, ABC, comedy

 

Four Seasons (1975/76)

The Cross–Wits – 1975–1980, syndication, quiz

Donny & Marie – January 1976–1979, ABC, variety

Family – March 1976–1980, ABC, drama

Laverne & Shirley – January 1976–1983, ABC, comedy

Match Game P.M. – 1975–1982, syndication, game

Nashville On The Road – 1975–1983, syndication, music

One Day At A Time – December 1975–1984, ABC, comedy

Saturday Night Live – 1975–present, NBC, variety

Starsky & Hutch – 1975–1979, ABC, crime drama

Welcome Back, Kotter – 1975–1979, ABC, comedy

 

Five Seasons (1974/75)

Barney Miller – January 1975–1982, ABC, comedy

The Jeffersons – January 1975–1985, CBS; comedy

Little House On The Prairie – 1974–1983, NBC, drama

Lorne Greene's Last Of The Wild – 1974–1979, syndication, wildlife/nature

Pop! Goes The Country – 1974–1982, syndication, music

Rhoda – 1974–1979, CBS, comedy

The Rockford Files – 1974–1980, NBC, crime drama

The $25,000 Pyramid – 1974–1979, syndication, quiz

Weekend – 1974–1979, NBC, newsmagazine

 

Six Seasons (1973/74)

Don Kirshner's Rock Concert – 1973–1981, syndicated, music

Good Times – February 1974–1979, CBS, comedy

Happy Days – January 1974–1984, ABC, comedy

The Tomorrow Show – 1973–1982, NBC, talk

 

Seven Seasons (1972/73)

Barnaby Jones – January 1973–1980, CBS, crime drama

M*A*S*H – 1972–1983, CBS, comedy

The Midnight Special – February 1973–1981, NBC, music

The Waltons – 1972–1981, CBS, drama

 

Nine Seasons (1970/71)

All In The Family – January 1971–1979, CBS, comedy

Monday Night Football – 1970–2006, ABC, sports

That Good Ole Nashville Music – 1970–1985, syndication, music

 

Eleven Seasons (1968/69)

Hawaii Five-O – 1968–1980, CBS, crime drama

Hee Haw – 1971–1993, syndication, variety

60 Minutes – 1968–present, CBS, newsmagazine

 

Twelve Seasons (1967/68)

Wild Kingdom – 1971–1988, syndication, wildlife

 

Eighteen Seasons (1961/62)

The David Susskind Show – 1961–1987, syndication, talk

 

Twenty five Seasons (1954/55)

The Lawrence Welk Show – 1972–1982, syndication, music

The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson – 1962–1992, NBC, talk/variety

Wonderful World of Disney – 1954–1983, anthology

 

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