Friday, March 13, 2020

Show Notes: Episode 7-11: Network Promos

*We hope you enjoy this detour into the promotional aspects of BOTNS-era network TV--an area that is often under-discussed but fondly remembered!

*The Chicago Teddy Bears aired for 13 episodes in 1971 on CBS. Set in 1920s Chicago, it somehow failed despite a cast including Marvin Kaplan, John Banner, and Art Metrano!

*Gimme a Break aired 6 seasons, 1981-1987, on NBC. Never a big hit, it was a modest success for the network and now airs in reruns on Antenna TV.

*Still the One by Orleans appeared on the Waking and Dreaming LP and made it to #5 on the Billboard Hot 100.

*CBS was the #1 rated network in total viewers for the 1984-1985 season, but after the 1985-1986 season, NBC was #1 for the first time ever (it had tied with CBS twice, but it was years ago) behind The Cosby Show, Golden Girls, and more.

*Here is an interview with Jake Holmes, who wrote jingles like Be All That You Can Be and many, many others/

*Check out our previous discussion of Charlotte Rae here in our Facts of Life episode.

*Who do you think won the battle of the network promos?

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