Events in Film & TV on September 26


1949 Groundbreaking ceremony for the Hollywood sign in Hollywood, Los Angeles; old Hollywoodland sign torn down, reconstruction of a replacement begins with just Hollywood

  • 1953 KERO TV channel 23 in Bakersfield, CA (CBS/NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KODE TV channel 12 in Joplin, MO (ABC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 KUTV TV channel 2 in Salt Lake City, UT (NBC) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WANE TV channel 15 in Fort Wayne, IN (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1954 WCAX TV channel 3 in Burlington, VT (CBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1962 TV comedy series "Beverly Hillbillies" premieres on CBS

Television Debut

1964 TV sitcom "Gilligan's Island", starring Bob Denver as Gilligan, debuts on CBS

  • 1968 "Oliver!" directed by Carol Reed and starring Mark Lester and Ron Moody premieres in London (Best Picture 1969)
  • 1968 1st broadcast of "Hawaii Five-O" on CBS-TV

Television Premiere

1969 TV sitcom "The Brady Bunch" created by Sherwood Schwartz premieres on ABC in the US

  • 1971 WGBY TV channel 57 in Springfield, MA (PBS) begins broadcasting
  • 1979 1984 summer LA Olympic coverage sold to ABC for $225 million

Television Debut

1982 "Knight Rider", starring David Hasselhoff, debuts on NBC

Film & TV History

1986 Bobby (Patrick Duffy) returns to TV show "Dallas", his death is attributed to his wife Pam's bad dream (erases all of last season)

Film & TV History

1992 Roseanne Barr Arnold gets a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame

Film Premiere

2006 Martin Scorsese's "The Departed", starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, and Mark Wahlberg, premieres in New York City (Best Picture 2007)

  • 2010 TV Period drama "Downton Abbey" premieres in the UK created by Julian Fellowes, starring Hugh Bonnevillle and an ensemble cast
  • 2017 The video game Fortnite: Battle Royale is released, eventually becoming one of the most popular games worldwide