Post by Mike Spadoni on Apr 10, 2012 3:46:42 GMT 1
For decades, Saturday night was a great night of original programs on American TV. From "Your Show of Shows," "Your Hit Parade" and Jackie Gleason, to Lawrence Welk, "Perry Mason," "Gunsmoke," "Have Gun Will Travel," "The Love Boat," "Fantasy Island," "The Golden Girls," "Doctor Quinn"--and so many others--Saturday nights didn't mean boredom. Indeed, the 1973-74 CBS Saturday schedule was an embarrassment of riches: "All In The Family," "M*A*S*H," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "The Bob Newhart Show" and "The Carol Burnett Show" were five good reasons not to go out. But the era of original programs on the Big Four broadcast networks is over. The last holdout was Fox, with its one-two reality combo of "Cops" and "America's Most Wanted." Last season, "AMW" moved to cable's Lifetime network. And now "Cops"--a staple of Fox's schedule since 1989--is making way for live sports events. While other countries (including the UK) still have an audience on Saturdays, the broadcast networks have turned the night into a dumping ground for repeats of comedies and dramas (and reality reruns), or the occasional movie or sports event. If there were any new series episodes, they were shows that failed on other evenings and were "burned off" on Saturday nights. RIP Saturday programs: You'll always have a place in my heart.
"Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some."--Alfred Hitchcock