Monday, December 21, 2020

Today in TV History: 50 and 40 years ago tonight

40 years ago tonight, CBS got into the Christmas spirit with one of The Jeffersons' yuletide episodes, "All I Want for Christmas." In it, George plays Santa at the community center and makes a promise he may not be able to keep to an orphan played by the great Meeno Peluce! The long-running series had 4 other seasonal installments during its run.

ABC had an interesting lineup on this Sunday night: a reair of the Rankin-Bass Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town at 7:00, and an original movie A Time for Miracles starring Kate Mulgrew as Elizabeth Bailey Seton, the first native-born American to become a saint.

And in between those two offerings? ABC ran an episode of Charlie's Angels with this description on IMDB: Spunky Maggie Cunningham hires the Angels to find her son Clifton, but the routine missing person's case turns out to be only the tip of an iceberg involving prostitution, smuggling and murder

Tis the season!

NBC debuted Coach of the Year with BOTNS fave Erin Gray and Robert Conrad. I think this has shown up in countless dollar DVD bins over the years:

On December 21, 1970, NBC's holiday offering led off the Monday lineup: A Red Skelton special featuring Freddie the Freeloader.  ABC had a primetime match-up between the Bucks and the Lakers--Monday Night Basketball?

CBS led off with "Baker's Dozen," a Gunsmoke that originally aired Christmas Night in 1967. It isn't a Christmas episode, but it involves orphans! Later that night, one of The Doris Day Show's Christmas episodes, "It's Christmas Time in the City," premiered.

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