Thursday, November 19, 2020

Show Notes: Episode 8-9: 60 Minutes

*60 Minutes premiered on CBS in 1968 and has aired ever since, mostly (and since 1975) in the Sunday at 7:00 P.M. timeslot.

*Time to play Still on or Not still on?

West 57th: Not still on!
Primetime Live: Not still on!
48 Hours: Still on!
Dateline: Still on!
60 Minutes Sports: Not still on!
60 Minutes II: Not still on (1999-2005)!
MTV 60 Minutes (AKA 5 Minutes): Never on!

*Wikipedia credits 1953's BBC series Panorama as the first TV newsmagazine.

*60 Minutes became a top 20 show in 1976, a top 10 show the next season, and a number one show in the 1979-1980 season. It was then a fixture in the top 10 well into the Nineties.

*Ed Bradley's passing inspired Washington D.C. newsman Jim Vance to get his own earring as a tribute.

*Lesley Stahl is the current dean of the show, still featured as a correspondent after joining the cast in 1991.

*The book we refer to on the pod is 60 Minutes: 25 Years of Television's Finest Hour by Frank Coffey. The book came out in 1993, when the show was still arguably at its peak.

*Harry Smith covered the anniversary of Woodstock for CBS in 2009, sharing this:

And Woodstock was "something else" for Smith, who recvalled it as a world removed from him at the time.
"In August the summer of '69, I had a brush cut, I was reporting for football practice at (college). It was a completely different world," he said, adding with a smile, "I caught up."

*The Morning Program with Rolland Smith, Mariette Hartley, Mark McEwan, and Bob Saget (!) premiered January 12, 1987, failed, and was quickly replaced (November) by CBS This Morning with Kathleen Sullivan and Harry Smith.

*This particular episode of 60 Minutes debuted March 13, 1983, at 7:00, followed by the comedy lineup of Archie Bunker's Place, Gloria, The Jeffersons, and Newhart. Trapper John, M.D. closed the night. During this 82-83 season, Alice was on Wednesdays (same night as Tucker's Witch!) but returned to Sunday in September.

ABC had Search (not our beloved one), Matt Houston, and The China Syndrome.  NBC's lineup was Voyagers, Chips, and the movie Nightkill.

*The spinoff for kids, 30 Minutes, aired 1978-1982 on Saturday afternoons.

*Two articles from The New York Times about the Thomas Reed case:

*Want to learn more about Moundville, Alabama? Here you go.

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