Events in Film & Television in 1976

  • Jan 1 NBC replaces the peacock logo
  • Jan 14 "The Bionic Woman" with Lindsay Wagner debuts on ABC (later NBC)
  • Jan 16 "Donny & Marie" [Osmond] musical variety show premieres on ABC TV

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Jan 24 33rd Golden Globes: One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Jack Nicholson, & Louise Fletcher win

  • Jan 27 "Laverne & Shirley" spinoff from "Happy Days" premieres on ABC TV

Music awardsMusic Awards

Jan 31 3rd 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
  • Feb 1 "Rich Man, Poor Man" mini-series premieres on ABC TV

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Feb 1 Sonny & Cher resume TV show, despite real-life divorce

Goddess of Pop  Cher
Goddess of Pop
Cher
  • Feb 2 "Rich Little Show" debuts on NBC-TV

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Feb 8 "Taxi Driver" directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster, is released (Palme d'Or 1976)

Film Director Martin Scorsese
Film Director
Martin Scorsese
Actor Robert De Niro
Actor
Robert De Niro
Actress Jodie Foster
Actress
Jodie Foster

Film tv awardsFilm and TV Awards

Mar 4 2nd People's Choice Awards: John Wayne & Katharine Hepburn win (Motion Picture) and Telly Savalas & Carol Burnett win (TV)

  • Mar 29 48th Academy Awards: "One Flew over the Cuckoo's Nest", Jack Nicholson & Louise Fletcher wins

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Apr 1 "Helter Skelter", detailing Charles Manson's cult "family", their capture, trial, conviction and aftermath, premieres on CBS

Murderer Charles Manson
Murderer
Charles Manson

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Apr 6 1st quadrophonic movie track: "Ladies & Gentlemen The Rolling Stones"

Drummer Charlie Watts
Drummer
Charlie Watts

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Apr 9 "All the President's Men", directed by Alan J. Pakula, based on the novel by Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward detailing their Watergate investigation, starring Dustin Hoffman and Robert Redford, is released

Actor Dustin Hoffman
Actor
Dustin Hoffman
Investigative Reporter Carl Bernstein
Investigative Reporter
Carl Bernstein
Actor Robert Redford
Actor
Robert Redford

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Apr 20 George Harrison sings lumberjack song with Monty Python

Singer-Songwriter George Harrison
Singer-Songwriter
George Harrison
Comedian and Actor Michael Palin
Comedian and Actor
Michael Palin
Actor, Comedian John Cleese
Actor, Comedian
John Cleese

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Apr 22 Director Ingmar Bergman leaves Sweden due to taxation

Director, Writer Ingmar Bergman
Director, Writer
Ingmar Bergman
  • May 11 Last broadcast of "Marcus Welby, MD" on ABC-TV

Film tv awardsTelevision Awards

May 17 28th Emmy Awards: The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Jack Albertson & M Learned win

  • May 28 29th Cannes Film Festival: "Taxi Driver" directed by Martin Scorsese wins the Palme d'Or
  • Jun 7 NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor & David Brinkley, premieres
  • Jun 11 "Magnificent Marble Machine" last airs on NBC-TV

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Jun 12 "Yes, Yes, Yes" by Bill Cosby hits #46

Actor/Comedian Bill Cosby
Actor/Comedian
Bill Cosby
  • Jun 24 1975 movie "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" released in Germany
  • Jul 12 1st "Family Feud" game show debuts on ABC hosted by Richard Dawson
  • Jul 21 9th San Diego Comic-Con International opens at El Cortez Hotel
  • Aug 30 Tom Brokaw becomes news anchor of NBC's "Today Show"

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Sep 6 Jerry Lewis' 11th Muscular Dystrophy telethon, Dean Martin appears

Comedian Jerry Lewis
Comedian
Jerry Lewis
  • Sep 11 Dorothy Kathleen Benham (Minn), 20, crowned 49th Miss America 1977

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Sep 22 "Charlie's Angels" starring Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith debuts

  • Sep 27 TV drama “Dawn: Portrait of A Teenage Runaway", starring Eve Plumb premieres on US network NBC
  • Sep 29 "Alice" debuts on CBS-TV
  • Oct 24 27th Formula One WDC: James Hunt wins by one point (this season served as the inspiration for the 2013 film "Rush")

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Nov 14 "Network", directed by Sidney Lumet, starring Faye Dunaway, Peter Finch and William Holden, premieres in Los Angeles and New York City (Finch - Academy Awards Best Actor 1977)

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Nov 21 "Rocky" directed by John G. Avildsen and starring Sylvester Stallone premieres in New York (Best Picture 1977)

Actor/Director Sylvester Stallone
Actor/Director
Sylvester Stallone

Film release premierFilm Premier

Dec 18 "A Star is Born" film directed by Frank Pierson with Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson, premieres

Singer-songwriter & Actress Barbra Streisand
Singer-songwriter & Actress
Barbra Streisand
  • Dec 18 "Wonder Woman" debuts on ABC