Events in Film & TV on September 22

Theater Premiere

1913 George M. Cohan's play "Seven Keys to Baldpate" premieres in NYC

  • 1949 WFMY TV channel 2 in Greensboro-High Point, NC (CBS) 1st broadcast

Britain's First-Ever TV Ad

1955 Commercial television begins in the UK with the launch of ITV, soon airs the 1st advert on UK TV, for Gibbs SR toothpaste

  • 1955 On BBC radio Grace Archer is killed in a barn fire on Brookfield Farm - the BBC denies this was to spoil the launch of rival network ITV
  • 1957 Western "Maverick" premieres on ABC television starring James Garner
  • 1958 KTVK TV channel 3 in Phoenix, AZ (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1964 "Man from U.N.C.L.E." premieres starring Robert Vaughn and David McCallum on NBC-TV: open channel D

Theater Premiere

1966 Edward Albee's play "Delicate Balance" premieres in NYC (Pulitzer Prize for Drama 1967)

  • 1966 KMEB TV channel 10 in Wailuku, HI (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1968 KMTC (now KDEB) TV channel 27 in Springfield, MO (IND) 1st broadcast
  • 1969 "Music Scene" debuts on ABC-TV

Television Debut

1976 TV dama "Charlie's Angels" starring Farrah Fawcett, Kate Jackson and Jaclyn Smith debuts

Television Premiere

1982 Sitcom "Family Ties starring Michael J. Fox premieres on NBC

  • 1985 37th Emmy Awards: "Cagney & Lacey", "The Cosby Show" and Tyne Daly win

Television Debut

1987 US TV series "Full House" starring Bob Saget and John Stamos debuts

Television Debut

1989 "Baywatch" starring David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson debuts on NBC

Television Debut

1994 "Friends" TV sitcom created by David Crane and Marta Kauffman debuts on NBC, starring Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry and David Schwimmer

Television Debut

1999 "The West Wing" created by Alan Sorkin and starring Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe and Richard Schiff, debuts on NBC

Emmy Awards

2002 54th Emmy Awards: The West Wing, Friends, Michael Chiklis and Allison Janney win

Television Debut

2004 "Lost" created by J.J. Abrams and starring Matthew Fox and Evangeline Lilly debuts on ABC in the US

Film & TV History

2004 Teen noir series "Veronica Mars" created by Rob Thomas and starring Kristen Bell premieres on UPN in the US

Television Premiere

2009 Crime drama "NCIS LA" starring Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J, and Daniela Ruah premieres on CBS

Emmy Awards

2013 65th Prime time Emmy Awards: "Breaking Bad" and "Modern Family" win

  • 2019 Billy Porter becomes the first openly gay actor to win an Emmy for lead actor in a drama series for "Pose"