Tuesday, November 10, 2020

This Day in TV History: Tribes (1970)

50 years ago tonight, acclaimed made-for-TV movie Tribes premiered as the ABC Movie of the Week at 8:30. Joseph Sargent directs Darren McGavin, Jan-Michael Vincent, and Earl Holliman in this story of a hippie joining the Marines:

Networks started prime time at 7:30 then, and ABC led off this Tuesday with a new Mod Squad and followed the movie with a new Marcus Welby.  NBC offered The Don Knotts Show, Julia, and its own TV movie: Western The Intruders with quite the cast--Don Murray, John Saxon, Edmond O'Brien, Anne Francis, Edward Andrews. That's not enough? How about Zalman King, Harry Dean Stanton, and a young Harrison Ford?

CBS said, "Rural purge? We don't know anything about that yet," and broadcast Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres, and Hee Haw before To Rome with Love and 60 Minutes.

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