Thursday, May 13, 2021

Show Notes: Bonus Episode: 1971 Saturday Morning TV

*Thanks for listening to this bonus episode looking at the Spring 1971 Saturday morning lineup, and get ready for Season 9 coming soon!

*Since we recorded this episode, as members of our Facebook group know, I have obtained a copy of Harry and Wally's excellent The TV Schedule Book, which we use as our main resource for this episode.

(I did not pay $1,080 for it)

*Fred Silverman was head of Programming at CBS at this point in time and was involved in Saturday morning. Notably, when he was running Saturday mornings before his promotion, he developed Scooby-Doo for CBS.

*Laugh-In aired on NBC from January 1968 to March 1973.

*We will have an In the Know segment (audio) with Josie in this week's YouTube playlist for the show thanks to the upload of animation historian Greg Ehrbar. If you can't wait to see it:

*Josie and the Pussycats in Outer Space premiered in the 1972-73 season on CBS.

*The Super Globetrotters cartoon we refer to premiered on NBC in 1979.

*Check out RetroFan #2 for a history of The Groovie Ghoulies in all its formats.

*Edward Lear is no relation to Norman, just for the record.

*I was mistaken on the 1971 Heckle and Jeckle on NBC being the Filmation ones, as Mike points out, but we will include the newer intro in the playlist since it's a little more unique.

*Lancelot Link dubbed human voices over the chimp actors. TV Party reports it was the highest-budgeted Saturday morning show of all time as of 1971. The sets cost money, and they developed new ways of lighting to be able to shoot the chimps' faces. Synchronizing the voices to the footage was a painstaking process. I did start looking into how they "trained" the "performers," don't want to know.

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