1956/57 – I Love Lucy was #1 on CBS Monday.
Note: Any BOLD shows were cancelled in 1956 season; Break The Bank was cancelled
in the ninth season.
The Jack Benny Show and Private Secretary were on CBS Sunday at 7:30 PM.
The Jack Benny Show and The Marge And Gower Champion Show were on CBS Sunday at 7:30 PM during the summer.
The Goodyear Playhouse and The Alcoa Hour were on NBC Sunday ay 9:30 PM.
Cheyenne and Conflict were on ABC Tuesday at 7:30 PM.
Armstrong Circle Theatre and The Kaiser Aluminum Hour were on NBC Tuesday at 9:30 PM.
Armstrong Summer Playhouse and Show For A Summer Playhouse were on NBC Thursday at 9:30 for the summer.
20th Century Fox Hour and The U.S. Steel Hour were on CBS Wednesday at 10 PM.
The Ed Sullivan Show celebrated ten years on CBS.
Meet The Press celebrated ten years on NBC.
Original Amateur Hour celebrated ten years on TV.
Biggest New Hit: The Ford Show was #19 on NBC Thursday. Tennessee Ernie Ford wore many hats for the show; he was the
host, singer, comedian and the star. The funny thing is the show wasn't named after him whatsoever. The name came from The
Ford Motor Company, the sponsor. Either way, The Ford Show became a big NBC hit for both parties involved.
Movies 2 TV:
Broken Arrow was based on the 1950 James Stewart movie.
ABC Presents was known as Quest For Adventure
DuPont Cavalcade Theater to DuPont Theater.
On Trial to The Joseph Cotten Show–On Trial
Press Conference to Martha Roundtree's Press Conference in April 1957.
Schlitz Playhouse Of Stars to Schiltz Playhouse in November 1956.
Tonight to Tonight! America After Dark on January 28, 1957.
Tonight! America After Dark to The Jack Paar Show on July 29, 1957.
Do You Trust Your Wife was on CBS Tuesday at 10:30 PM.
The Ford Show was on NBC Thursday at 9:30 PM.
The $64,000 Challenge was on CBS Sunday at 10 PM.
CBS aired My Favorite Husband reruns in the summer of 1957.
CBS aired The Jimmy Durante Show reruns in the summer of 1957.
NBC aired Adventure Theater reruns in the summer of 1957.
NBC aired The Charlie Farrell Show reruns in the summer of 1957.
Encore Theatre was the reruns of Ford Theatre episodes.
Festival Of Stars was the reruns of The Loretta Young Show episodes. Jim Ameche was the host.
Key Club Playhouse was the reruns of Ford Theatre episodes.
Moment Of Decision was the reruns of Ford Theatre episodes.
The Playhouse was the reruns of Schlitz Playhouse Of The Stars.
S.R.O. Playhouse was the reruns of Schlitz Playhouse.
Show For A Summer Evening was the reruns of the syndication series, Heinz Playhouse.
NBC revived the former LIVE CBS series, The Web, during the summer of 1957. The NBC version was filmed.
NBC revived Summer Playhouse for the summer. It was last seen in 1954.
CBS revived The Herb Shriner Show.
CBS revived Pick The Winner for the 1956 Presidential year.
CBS revived The Spike Jones Show. It was last seen on NBC in 1954.
Flight #7 returned to ABC for the summer.
ABC revived Enterprise; it was last seen in 1955 on ABC.
ABC revived Open Hearing as a LIVE interview show. The last time, it was a documentary show.
ABC revived Industries For America. It was last seen in 1951–1952.
After the failure of The Honeymooners and the Jackie Gleason produced show, Stage Show, last season, The Jackie Gleason
Show returned to CBS in the same time slot, Saturday at 8 PM.
Those Whiting Girls returned to CBS after a year absence.
The Big Moment replaced The Big Story for the summer.
Destiny replaced Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater for the summer.
High–Low replaced The Ford Show for the summer.
The Julius LaRosa Show replaced Perry Como for the summer.
Undercurrent replaced The Lineup for the summer.
Ford Theatre went from NBC to ABC.
Midwestern Hayride went from NBC to ABC.
Omnibus went from CBS to ABC.
The first season of Playhouse 90 was LIVE.
Real Life couple, Howard Duff & Ida Lupino, starred in Mr. Adams and Eve as…get this...a Hollywood married couple!
Wow! What a real stretch for them!
As of this season, Schlitz Playhouse Of Stars was no longer LIVE.
Sports Focus was Howard Cosell's first series.
Press Conference moved to Sunday afternoon for three months, then returned to prime time in April 1957.
Nat "King" Cole was the first major black performer to headline a network variety show.
Cowboy Theatre started on NBC Saturday afternoon in September 1956.
Cowtown Radio was produced at Cowtown Ranch in New Jersey. The owner, Stoney Harris, was one of the commentators.
The Whirlybirds supposed to be on CBS. Instead, it went to syndication.
Xavier Cugat and his then wife, Abbe Lane, starred in The Xavier Cugat Show.
1956/57 Fall Season
One Season (1956/57)
The Adventures of Jim Bowie – 1956–1958, ABC, western, Scott Forbes
Broken Arrow – 1956–1958, ABC, western, John Lupton
Circus Boy – 1956/57, NBC; 1957/58, ABC, adventure, Mickey Braddock
Date with the Angels – May 1957–1958, ABC, comedy, Betty White
Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre – 1956–1961, CBS, western anthology, Dick Powell
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show – 1956–1963, NBC, variety, Dinah Shore
The Gale Storm Show – 1956–1959, CBS; 1959/60, ABC, comedy, Gale Storm
Lawrence Welk's Top Tunes And New Talent – 1956–1959, ABC, talent, Lawrence Welk
The Nat "King" Cole Show – 1956–1957, NBC, musical variety, Nat "King" Cole
Playhouse 90 – 1956–1961, CBS, dramatic anthology
Richard Diamond, Private Detective – July 1957–1959, CBS; 1959/60, NBC, detective drama, David Janssen
Tales Of Wills Fargo – March 1957–1962, NBC, western, Dale Robertson
To Tell The Truth – December 1956–1967, CBS, game, Bud Collyer
Treasure Hunt – 1956/57, ABC; 1957/58, NBC, quiz, Jan Murray
Twenty-One – 1956–1959, NBC, game, Jack Barry
West Point Story – 1956/57, CBS; 1957/58, ABC, military anthology, Donald May
The Adventures Of Hiram Holiday – NBC, comedy, Wally Cox
The Adventures Of Jim Bowie – ABC, western, Scott Forbes
The Adventures Of Sir Lancelot – NBC, adventure, William Russell
The Brothers – CBS, comedy, Gale Gordon
The Buccaneers – CBS, adventure, Robert Shaw
Circus Time – ABC, variety, Paul Winchell
Conflict – ABC, dramatic anthology
Giant Step – CBS, quiz, Bert Parks
Hey Jeannie – CBS, comedy, Jeannie Carson
The Herb Shriner Show – CBS, comedy/variety, Herb Shriner
The Jackie Gleason Show – CBS, comedy variety, Jackie Gleason
The Jonathan Winters Show – NBC, comedy/variety, Jonathan Winters
The Joseph Cotten Show – NBC, dramatic anthology, Joseph Cotten
Noah's Ark – NBC, medical drama, Paul Burke
Pick The Winner – CBS, political, Walter Cronkite
The Ray Anthony Show – ABC, musical variety, LIVE, Ray Anthony
Stanley – NBC, comedy, LIVE, Paul Lynde, Buddy Hackett
Tales Of The 77th Bengal Lancers – NBC, adventure, Phil Carey
Wire Service – ABC, newspaper drama, Dane Clark
The Walter Winchell Show – NBC, variety, 13 episodes, Walter Winchell
16 out of 36 new series SURVIVED for 1957/58
ABC – 5/10, The Adventures of Jim Bowie, Broken Arrow,
Date With The Angels, Lawrence Welk's Top Tunes And New Talent & Treasure Hunt
CBS – 6/13, Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theatre, The
Gale Storm Show, Playhouse 90, Richard Diamond, Private Detective, To Tell The Truth & West Point Story
NBC – 5/13, Circus Boy, The Dinah Shore Chevy Show,
The Nat "King" Cole Show, Tales Of Wells Fargo & Twenty-One
Mid season shows
The Billy Graham Crusade – 1957–1959, ABC, religion, Billy Graham
Cowtown Rodeo – 1957, 1958, ABC, rodeo, Marty Glickman
Destiny – 1957, 1958, CBS, dramatic anthology, reruns, Francis L. Sullivan
Enterprise – July 1957–1958, ABC, documentary
Famous Fights – July/December 1957, ABC, sports
The Last Word – June 1957–1958, CBS, informational/panel, Dr. Bergen Evans
Meet McGraw – July 1957–1958, NBC, detective drama, Frank Lovejoy
Mike Wallace Interviews – April 1957–1957/58, ABC, interview, Mike Wallace
Mr. Adams and Eve – January 1957–1958, CBS, comedy, Howard Duff, Ida Lupino
Open Hearing – February 1957–1958, ABC, public affairs, LIVE, John Secondari
Sports Focus – June 1957–1958, ABC, sports news/commentary, LIVE, Howard Cosell
Cancelled Mid Season Shows
ABC Presents – ABC, documentary
Action Tonight – NBC, dramatic anthology
Air America – CBS, documentary, Walter Cronkite
The Andy Williams And June Valli Show – NBC, music, Andy Williams
The Big Beat – ABC, music, Alan Freed
The Big Moment – NBC, sports drama, Bud Palmer
Can Do – NBC, quiz, Robert Alda
Cowboy Theatre – NBC, western anthology, Monty Hall
Flight #7 – ABC, travelogue
The Galen Drake Show – ABC, children's variety, Glen Drake
The George Sanders Mystery Theater – NBC, dramatic anthology, George Sanders
Georgia Gibbs And Her Million Record Show – NBC, music, Georgia Gibbs
The Helen O'Connell Show – NBC, music, LIVE, Helen O'Connell
High–Low – NBC, quiz, LIVE, Jack Barry
Hold That Note – NBC, quiz, Bert Parks
Industries For America – ABC, documentary
The Jimmy Dean Show – CBS, musical variety, Jimmy Dean
Key Club Playhouse – ABC, dramatic anthology
The Marge And Gower Champion Show – CBS, comedy, Marge Champion
Moment Of Decision – ABC, dramatic anthology
Panic – NBC, dramatic anthology, William Van Voorhis
The Playhouse – CBS, dramatic anthology, 4 episodes, reruns
S.R.O. Playhouse – CBS, dramatic anthology, reruns
Show For A Summer Evening – NBC, dramatic anthology
The Spike Jones Show – CBS, comedy/variety, Spike Jones
Summer Playhouse – NBC, anthology, reruns, Jane Wyman
Theater Time – ABC, dramatic anthology, reruns, Anita Louis
Those Whiting Girls – CBS, comedy, Margaret Whiting, Barbara Whiting
The Vincent Lopez Show – CBS, music, Vincent Lopez
The Xavier Cugat Show – NBC, music, LIVE, Xavier Cugat, Abbe Lane
You're On Our Own – CBS, quiz, Steve Dunne
The New Adventures Of Charlie Chan – June 1957–1958, syndication, mystery, J. Carrol Naish
The Sheriff Of Cochise – 1956–1960, syndication, police drama, John Bromfield
The Silent Service – March 1957–1958, syndication, dramatic anthology, Thomas M. Dykers
State Trooper – January 1957–1959, syndication, crime drama, Rod Cameron
The Whirlybirds – January 1957–1959, syndication, adventure, Ken Tobey
Two Seasons (1955/56)
The Adventures Of Robin Hood – 1955–1958, CBS, adventure
The Alcoa Hour – 1955–1957, NBC, dramatic anthology, LIVE
Alfred Hitchcock Presents – 1955–1960, CBS; 1960–1962, NBC; 1962–1964, CBS; 1964/65, NBC, suspense
Big Surprise – 1955–1957, NBC, quiz
Bold Journey – July 1956–1959, ABC; travel documentary
Bowling Stars – April 1956–December 1957, ABC, sports
Cheyenne – 1955–1963, ABC, western
Crossroads – 1955–1957, ABC, dramatic anthology
Crusader – 1955–1957, CBS, international intrigue
Do You Trust Your Wife? – January 1956–1957, CBS, quiz
Dr. Hudson's Secret Journal – 1955–1957, syndication, medical drama
Encore Theatre – 1956, 1957, NBC, dramatic anthology, reruns
Festival Of Stars – 1956, 1957, NBC, dramatic anthology, reruns
The Ford Show Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford – 1956–1961, NBC, musical variety
Gunsmoke – 1955–1975, CBS, western
High Finance – July–December 1956, CBS, quiz
Highway Patrol – 1955–1959, syndication, crime drama
It's Polka Time – July 1956–1957, music
The Julius LaRosa Show – 1956–1957, NBC, musical variety
The Kaiser Aluminum Hour – July 1956–1957, NBC, dramatic anthology, LIVE
The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp – 1955–1961, ABC, western
My Friend Flicka – February 1956–1957, CBS; 1957/58, NBC, adventure
National Bowling Champions – April–Dec 1956, NBC; 1957, ABC, sports
Navy Log – 1955/56, CBS; 1956–1958, ABC, military anthology
The People's Choice – 1955–1958, NBC, comedy
The Phil Silvers Show – 1955–1959, CBS, comedy
Press Conference – July–Sept 1956, NBC; 1956/57, ABC, interview
Sergeant Preston Of The Yukon – 1955–1958, CBS, police drama
$64,000 Challenge – April 1956–1958, CBS, quiz
The Steve Allen Show – June 1956–1960, NBC, variety
Telephone Time – April 1956–1957, CBS; 1957/58, ABC, dramatic anthology
20th Century Fox Hour – 1955–1957, CBS, anthology
The Vic Damone Show – July 1956–1957, CBS, musical variety
The Vise – December 1955–1957, ABC; 1957–1960, NBC, detective drama
Wednesday Night Fights – 1955–1960, ABC, boxing
Three Seasons (1954/55)
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin – 1954–1959, ABC, western
The Bob Cummings Show – January/September 1955, NBC; July 1955–1957, CBS; 1957–1959, NBC, comedy
Caesar’s Hour – 1954–1957, NBC, comedy/variety
Climax! – 1954–1958, CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE
Compass – 1954–1957, ABC, travelogue
Country Music Jubilee – January 1955–1960, ABC, country music
December Bride – 1954–1959, CBS, comedy
Disneyland – 1954–1983, anthology
Father Knows Best – 1954/55, CBS; 1955–1958, NBC; 1958–1960, CBS
The George Gobel Show – 1954–1959, NBC; 1959/60, CBS, comedy variety
Lassie – 1954–1971, CBS; 1971–1974, Syndication, adventure
The Lawrence Welk Show – 1954–1971, ABC, music
The Lineup – 1954–1960, CBS, police drama
The Millionaire – January 1955–1960, CBS, dramatic anthology
People are Funny – 1954–1961, NBC, quiz
Producers' Showcase – 1954–1957, NBC, anthology
Science Fiction Theatre – April 1955–1957, syndication, sci fi anthology
Shower Of Stars – 1954–1958, CBS, musical variety, LIVE
$64,000 Question – June 1955–1959, CBS, game
Spotlight – June 1955–1959, CBS, dramatic anthology
Tonight – 1954–1957, NBC, talk/variety
Undercurrent – July 1955–1958, CBS, dramatic anthology, reruns
Four Seasons (1953/54)
Annie Oakley – January 1954–1957, syndication, western
The Big Picture – 1953–1959, ABC, documentary
The Danny Thomas Show – 1953–1957, ABC; 1957–1965, CBS, comedy
Dollar A Second – 1953/54, DUM; summer of 1954, NBC; 1954/55, ABC; summer of 1955, NBC; 1955/56, ABC; summer of 1957,
The Loretta Young Show – 1953–1961, NBC, dramatic anthology
Medic – 1954–Nov 1956, medical drama
Midwestern Hayride – June 1954–1956, NBC; July 1957–1958, ABC; 1959, NBC, musical variety
Omnibus – 1953–1956, CBS; 1956/57, ABC, culture
Person to Person – 1953–1961, CBS, interview
Red Barber's Corner – 1953–1955, CBS; 1955–1958, NBC, sports commentary
U.S. Steel Hour – 1953–1955, ABC; 1955–1963, CBS, dramatic anthology, LIVE
Five Seasons (1952/53)
The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet – 1952–1966, ABC, comedy
The Adventures Of Superman – 1952–1958, syndication, adventure
Coke Time – April 1953–1957, NBC, music, LIVE
Death Valley Days – 1952–1975, syndication, western anthology
Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents – January 1953–1957, syndication, anthology
DuPont Theater – 1952–1957, NBC, dramatic anthology
Ford Theatre – 1952–1956, NBC; 1956/57, ABC, dramatic anthology
General Electric Theater – February 1953–1962, CBS, dramatic anthology
The Life Of Riley – January 1953–1958, NBC, comedy
Name That Tune – June 1953–1954, NBC; 1954–1959, CBS, game
Private Secretary – February 1953–1957, CBS, comedy
This Is Your Life – 1952–1961, NBC, testimonial
Two For The Money – 1952/53, NBC; 1953-1957, CBS, quiz
Six Seasons (1951/52)
The Dinah Shore Show – November 1951–1957, NBC, music
Dragnet – January 1952–1959, NBC, police drama
Goodyear TV Playhouse 1951–1960, NBC, dramatic anthology
I Love Lucy – 1951–1957, CBS, comedy
I’ve Got A Secret – June 1952–1967, CBS, game
Life Is Worth Living – February 1952–1955, DUM; 1955–1957, religious
Masquerade Party – 1952, NBC; 1953, 1954, CBS; 1954–Fall 1956, ABC; 1957, NBC; 1958, CBS; 1958/59, NBC; October
1959–January 1960, CBS; Jan–Sept 1960, NBC, quiz/panel
The Red Skelton Show – 1951–1953, NBC; 1953– 970, CBS, 1970/71, NBC; variety
Schlitz Playhouse– 1951–1959, CBS, dramatic anthology
Seven Seasons (1950/51)
The Adventures Of Wild Bill Hickok – April 1951–1958, syndication, western
The George Burns & Gracie Allen Show – 1950–1958, CBS, comedy
The Jack Benny Show – 1950–1964, CBS; 1964/65, NBC, comedy
Lux Video Theatre – 1950–1954, CBS; 1954–1957, NBC, LIVE
You Asked For It – December 1950–1952, DUM; 1951–1959, ABC, audience participation
You Bet Your Life – 1950–1961, NBC, quiz
Eight Seasons (1949/50)
Armstrong Circle Theatre – June 1950–1957, NBC; 1957–1963, CBS, dramatic anthology
The Arthur Murray Party – 1950, ABC; 1950/51, DUM, 1951/52, ABC; 1952, CBS; 1952/53, DUM; 1953, CBS; 1953/54 –
1954/55, NBC; 1956, CBS; 1956/57, NBC, musical variety
Beat The Clock – March 1950–1958, CBS, quiz
The Big Story – 1949–1957, NBC, dramatic anthology
The Lone Ranger – 1949–1957, ABC, western
Pantomime Quiz – July 1950–1951, CBS; Jan–March 1952, NBC; 1952/53, CBS; 1953/54, DUM; summer of 1954,
CBS; Jan–March 1955, ABC; 1955–1957, CBS; 1958/59, ABC, quiz
Robert Montgomery Presents – January 1950–1957, NBC, dramatic anthology
The Voice of Firestone – 1949–1954, NBC; 1954 – 1959, ABC, music
What’s My Line? – February 1950–1967, CBS, game
Your Hit Parade – summer of 1950–1958, NBC; 1958/59, CBS, music
Nine seasons (1948/49)
Arthur Godfrey & His Friends – January 1949–1959, CBS, musical variety
Arthur Godfrey’s Talent Scouts – 1948–1958, CBS, talent
Break The Bank – 1948/49, ABC; 1949–1952, NBC; 1952/53, CBS; summer of 1953, NBC; Jan 1954 - 1956, ABC; 1956/57,
The Jane Wyman Show – April 1949–1958, NBC, dramatic anthology
The Perry Como Show – 1948–1950, NBC; 1950–1955, CBS; 1955–1963, NBC, variety
Studio One – 1948–1958, CBS, dramatic anthology
Ten seasons (1947/48)
The Ed Sullivan Show – June 1948–1971, CBS, variety
Meet The Press – November 1947–1965, NBC, interview
Original Amateur Hour – January 1948–1949, DUM; 1949–1954, NBC; 1955–1957, ABC; 1957/58, NBC; May
1959, CBS; March 1960, ABC, talent
Eleven seasons (1946/47)
Gillette Cavalcade Of Sports – 1946–1960, NBC, boxing
Kraft Television Theatre – May 1947–1958, NBC, dramatic anthology