Thursday, August 3, 2023

Show Notes and Video Playlist: Episode 11-9: Sonny and Cher

*Thanks to our listeners for voting in our variety show poll and choosing Sonny and Cher!

*Below is the official video playlist for this episode, and it's packed with promos, commercials, comedy, music, bloopers, and more! You will even see some of the material from the episode we discuss on the pod. Just click below!

*And remember, you can always check out our official YouTube page for all of our past podcasts and episode-specific playlists for each one!

*The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour aired on CBS from August 1971 to May 1974. It spawned The Sonny Comedy Revue (ABC, 13 episodes) and Cher (CBS, about a season and a half before Cher ended it to relaunch the show with Sonny). Then they had one more run together with CBS' The Sonny and Cher Show.

*The original version launched as a Summer show in 1971 Sundays at 8:30, moved to Wednesdays at 8:00 in 1972, and came back in 1976 as a Friday 9:00 show. It ended its run in Summer 1977 Mondays at 10:00.

*Sonny Bono became mayor of Palm Springs in 1988 and a U.S. Congressman in 1995.

*ABC had a "This Is the Place to Be" campaign in the early Seventies:

*The "official" listed heights of the couple are 5'7" for Cher and 5'5" for Sonny.

*Shields and Yarnell had their own variety show (didn't everyone?) on CBS at this time. They did the robot mime on many other shows, including The Muppet Show.

*David Steinberg's self-titled Canadian show aired this season, too, premiering on CTV and running in syndication in the USA/

*Props to the Tina Turner website I consulted for info on her performances.

*We have a lot more to go in Season 11, but we will see you in Season 12 for Donny and Marie!

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