Events in Film & Television in 1975

  • Jan 6 "AM America" premieres on ABC-TV with Bill Beutel as host
  • Jan 6 "Wheel Of Fortune" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Jan 18 "Jeffersons" spinoff from "All in the Family" premieres on CBS
  • Jan 23 "Barney Miller" premieres on ABC TV
  • Jan 24 "Hot l Baltimore" situation comedy premieres on ABC TV

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 25 32nd Golden Globes: Chinatown, Jack Nicholson, & Gena Rowlands win

Actor Jack Nicholson
Actor
Jack Nicholson
Film Producer Robert Evans
Film Producer
Robert Evans
  • Jan 29 First American Annual Comedy Awards, hosted by Alan King
  • Feb 11 Tv drama “Sarah T: Portrait of A Teenage Alcoholic”, starring Linda Blair, premieres on US network NBC

Music awardsMusic Awards

Feb 18 2nd American Music Awards: Olivia Newton-John & John Denver win

Singer and actress Olivia Newton-John
Singer and actress
Olivia Newton-John
Country Singer John Denver
Country Singer
John Denver
  • Mar 1 Colour television transmissions begin in Australia.

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 3 1st People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Barbra Streisand win (Motion Picture) and Alan Alda, Telly Savalas & Mary Tyler Moore win (TV)

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
Actor John Wayne
Actor
John Wayne
Actress Mary Tyler Moore
Actress
Mary Tyler Moore

Film tv awardsFilm Awards

Apr 8 47th Academy Awards: "The Godfather Part II", Ellen Burstyn & Art Carney win

  • May 17 NBC paid $5M for rights to show "Gone with the Wind" one time

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

May 19 27th Emmy Awards: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Robert Blake & Jean Marsh win

  • May 23 28th Cannes Film Festival: "Chronicle of the Years of Fire" directed by Mohammed Lakhdar-Hamina wins the Palme d'Or
  • Jun 7 Sony introduces the Betamax videocassette recorder for sale to the public
  • Jun 11 "Nashville", directed by Robert Altman and starring Ned Beatty and Ronee Blakley, is released
  • Jun 18 NBC News & Information Service (24 hr news) premieres on radio

Film release premierFilm Release

Jun 20 "Jaws", based on the book by Peter Benchley, directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Roy Scheider is released

Director Steven Spielberg
Director
Steven Spielberg
Jaws Novelist Peter Benchley
Jaws Novelist
Peter Benchley
  • Jul 7 TV soap opera "Ryan's Hope" premieres
  • Jul 10 Gladys Knight & Pips Summer Series premieres on NBC-TV
  • Jul 30 7th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Sep 1 Gunsmoke goes off the air

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Sep 1 Jerry Lewis' 10th Muscular Dystrophy telethon

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 6 Tawny Elaine Godin (NY), 18, crowned 48th Miss America 1976

Film release premierFilm Premier

Sep 19 "Fawlty Towers" starring John Cleese, Prunella Scales and Andrew Sachs premieres on BBC2 in the UK

Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese
  • Sep 29 "Three For Money" debuts on NBC-TV
  • Sep 29 Sharon Dahlonega Raiford Bush becomes American television's first African-American weathercaster.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 11 "Saturday Night Live" created by Lorne Michaels premieres on NBC with George Carlin as host

Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Oct 21 Elton John given a star in Hollywood

Singer Elton John
Singer
Elton John
  • Nov 3 Good Morning America premieres on ABC (David Hartman & Nancy Dussault)
  • Nov 7 8th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel

Film release premierFilm Release

Nov 19 "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" based on book by Ken Kesey, directed by Milos Forman and starring Jack Nicholson and Louise Fletcher is released (Academy Awards Best Picture 1976)

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Nov 20 Ronald Reagan announces candidacy for Republican nomination for US President

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Nov 28 "As the World Turns" and "The Edge of Night", the final two American soap operas that had resisted going to pre-taped broadcasts, air their last live episodes.

Event of interestEvent of Interest

Dec 13 1st time "Saturday Night Live" uses a time delay, Richard Pryor hosts

Comedian and Actor Richard Pryor
Comedian and Actor
Richard Pryor
Television Producer Lorne Michaels
Television Producer
Lorne Michaels
  • Dec 16 1st broadcast of "One Day at a Time" on CBS TV