CBS in History (Part 5)

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Events in Film & TV

Events 401 - 500 of 510

Television Premiere

1978-03-10 "The Incredible Hulk", starring Bill Bixby as David Banner, premieres on CBS

Television Finale

1978-03-29 Variety TV show "The Carol Burnett Show" last airs on CBS in the US, having won 25 Emmy Awards

Television Premiere

1978-04-02 TV show "Dallas" starring Larry Hagman and Barbara Bel Geddes premieres on CBS as a 5 week mini-series; ratings success leads to a 13 year run

  • 1978-09-18 "WKRP in Cincinnati", an ensemble TV sitcom created by Hugh Wilson and set in a struggling radio station debuts on CBS
  • 1978-09-29 "Flying High," debuts on CBS
  • 1978-10-23 CBS raises LP prices to $8.98
  • 1978-12-13 CBS' premiere of "Lovey: A Circle of Children Part II", sequel to "A Circle of Children", which is also based on Mary Mac Cracken

Television Premiere

1978-12-27 CBS Television's premiere of its version of "Les Miserables", starring Richard Jordan and Anthony Perkins

  • 1979-01-26 "The Dukes of Hazzard" premieres on US TV network CBS
  • 1979-02-04 "Co-Ed Fever," TV Comedy, debut & cancelled that outing on CBS
  • 1979-02-05 Sears Radio Theater premieres on CBS
  • 1979-02-26 CBS' premiere of NYC sitcom "Flatbush", which received many derision phone calls about it from Brooklynites to CBS

Television Premiere

1979-03-04 "The Ordeal of Patty Hearst", television movie directed by Paul Wendkos, premieres on CBS

Music History

1979-03-16 CBS-TV airs "Wings Over the World" with Paul McCartney

  • 1979-05-29 CBS premiere of Melissa Anderson's modern "Survival of Dana", her first "bad girl" role, in which Anderson's title character leaves her North Dakota town for Los Angeles after her parents' divorce
  • 1979-12-27 Soap Opera "Knots Landing" premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1980-02-01 Sears Radio Theater moves from CBS to Mutual Broadcasting System

Film & TV History

1980-11-10 Dan Rather refuses to pay his cabbie, CBS pays $12.55 fare

Television Premiere

1980-12-11 "Magnum P.I." starring Tom Selleck premieres on CBS

Film & TV History

1981-03-06 Walter Cronkite signs off as anchorman of "CBS Evening News"

  • 1981-03-09 Dan Rather becomes primary anchorman of CBS-TV News
  • 1981-04-28 "We’re Fighting Back" premieres on CBS in the US, based on the formation of the Guardian Angels
  • 1981-08-13 Last broadcast of "The Waltons" on CBS-TV
  • 1981-12-04 "Falcon Crest" premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1982-03-25 1st broadcast of "Cagney & Lacey" starring Sharon Gless and Tyne Daly on CBS-TV
  • 1982-04-12 3 CBS employees shot to death in NYC parking lot
  • 1982-05-21 "WKRP in Cincinnati", an ensemble TV sitcom created by Hugh Wilson and set in a struggling radio station, 90th and final episode airs on CBS
  • 1982-12-31 CBS Mystery Theater final episode on radio after 8 years
  • 1983-02-02 CBS' premiere of fact based WW2 drama "The Scarlet and the Black", based on the life of Monsignor Hugh O'Flaherty

Daytona 500

1983-02-20 25th Daytona 500: 3rd win in the event for Cale Yarborough; first time an in-car camera goes into victory lane before a national CBS Sports audience

Television Finale

1983-02-28 Final TV episode of "M*A*S*H", a 2-hour special directed by series star Alan Alda titled "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen", airs (CBS); record 125 million watch in the US

Music History

1984-02-07 Michael Jackson awarded a 4-ft-high platinum disc by CBS

Television Premiere

1984-03-19 American sitcom "Kate & Allie" premieres on CBS TV starring Susan Saint James and Jane Curtin

Television Premiere

1984-04-22 CBS premiere of TV film "Pope John Paul II", starring Albert Finney in title role

  • 1984-09-30 CBS' premiere of "Murder She Wrote", starring Angela Landsbury
  • 1985-01-15 CBS' premiere of TV made teen drug abuse drama, "Not My Kid", based on the previous year's book by Beth Polson
  • 1985-06-15 "Pryor's Place" children's show last airs on CBS-TV

Film & TV History

1985-07-03 CBS announces a 21% stock buy-back to thwart Ted Turner's takeover

Television Premiere

1985-08-16 CBS' premiere of its TV adaptation of "Death of A Salesman", starring Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich

  • 1985-09-18 "The Equalizer" TV spy/crime drama debuts in the US on CBS (starring Edward Woodward)
  • 1985-10-26 CBS' premiere of fact based TV film "Children of the Night", based on sociology student Lois Lee's expose on female crime and inconsistent enforcement of prostitution laws in Los Angeles

Television Premiere

1985-11-05 CBS premieres "Stone Pillow", a dramatic made-for-TV movie starring Lucille Ball as a homeless woman

Film & TV History

1985-12-01 TV mini series "Anne of Green Gables" based on the novel by Lucy Maud Montgomery, starring Megan Follows is first shown on CBS in Canada

  • 1986-04-06 CBS' fact based "Nobody's Child", story of Marie Balter
  • 1986-05-20 Flintstones 25th Anniversary Celebration airs on CBS-tv
  • 1986-09-14 CBS premiere of true life "The Last Days of Patton"
  • 1986-09-29 "Designing Women" TV comedy, debuts on CBS
  • 1987-04-12 CBS' premiere of fact-based World War II drama "Escape from Sobibor"
  • 1987-08-31 Michael Jackson's "Bad" video, directed by Martin Scorcese, premieres during TV special "Michael Jackson: The Magic Returns" on CBS
  • 1988-01-15 NFL analyst Jimmy "The Greek" Snyder makes several questionable comments about African Americans during a lunchtime interview on CBS' NFL Today; fired the next day
  • 1988-01-16 Jimmy "the Greek" Snyder fired from CBS for racial remarks
  • 1988-01-19 "48 Hours" premieres on CBS-TV

Film & TV History

1988-01-25 US Vice President George H. W. Bush and Dan Rather famously clash on "CBS Evening News" as Rather attempts to question Bush about his role in Iran-Contra affair

  • 1988-11-14 Sitcom "Murphy Brown" starring Candice Bergen premieres on CBS
  • 1988-12-14 CBS' $1.1 B bid wins exclusive 1990-94 major-league baseball rights

Television Premiere

1989-01-09 "Pat Sajak Show" premieres on CBS

  • 1989-02-22 1st Spanish commercial on network TV (Pepsi-Cola-CBS Grammy Award)
  • 1989-04-23 CBS' premiere of fact based "The Littlest Victims", based on Newark, N.J. physician James Oleske as the first doctor to discover AIDS in children
  • 1989-06-12 "Doctor Doctor", TV Comedy starring Matt Frewer, debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1989-07-23 FOX-TV tops ABC, NBC & CBS for 1st time (America's Most Wanted)
  • 1990-02-08 "60 Minutes" commentator Andy Rooney suspended by CBS for racial remarks attributed to him by a gay magazine
  • 1990-02-09 "Bradys" return to TV for 6 episodes on CBS TV
  • 1990-03-21 "Normal Life" starring Max Gail, Moon Unit & Dweezil Zappa premieres on CBS-TV

Television Premiere

1990-03-21 TV sitcom "Sydney" starring Valerie Bertinelli, Matthew Perry and Craig Bierko premieres on CBS-TV

  • 1990-04-13 Final episode of Pat Sajak's late night TV show on CBS
  • 1990-05-21 Last episode of "Newhart" airs on CBS-TV, with a special twist of an ending
  • 1990-05-28 "Dave Thomas Comedy Show" debuts on CBS-TV
  • 1990-06-25 "Dave Thomas Comedy Show" last airs on CBS-TV
  • 1991-01-14 "Barbara DeAngelis Show" premieres on CBS-TV
  • 1991-01-21 CBS News correspondant Bob Simon and four TV crew captured and held for 40 days by Iraqis in the Persian Gulf
  • 1991-05-03 356th & final episode of CBS second longest running series TV show "Dallas", (2nd only to "Gunsmoke")
  • 1991-09-27 "Princesses" premieres on CBS TV
  • 1992-03-30 CBS TV premieres overnight news program "Up To The Minute"
  • 1992-09-04 "Scared Silent" is 1st non news program to be seen on 3 networks simultaneously. (CBS, NBC & PBS), about child abuse hosted by Oprah
  • 1993-01-05 Price is Right model Janice Pennington sues CBS for show accident

Film & TV History

1993-01-14 David Letterman announces his show is moving from NBC to CBS

Television Debut

1993-04-21 Action TV series "Walker, Texas Ranger" starring Chuck Norris debuts on CBS

  • 1993-05-13 CBS' soap opera "Knots Landing" ends 14 year-run with 334th show in Netherlands and US
  • 1993-06-01 Connie Chung joins Dan Rather as anchors of CBS Evening News
  • 1993-08-30 "Late Show with David Letterman" debuts on CBS, from the Ed Sullivan Theater in NYC; Bill Murray is his first guest, Billy Joel performs
  • 1994-05-01 Charles Kuralt, American broadcast journalist (On the Road) retires from CBS
  • 1995-01-10 "Late Late Show" with Tom Snyder premieres on CBS at 12:30 AM; program airs until 1999
  • 1995-05-20 CBS News fires co-anchor Connie Chung
  • 1995-08-01 Westinghouse purchases CBS-TV network

Film & TV History

1995-09-28 Mary Tyler Moore returns to series TV in "New York News" on CBS; cancelled after 8 episodes

  • 1997-05-23 Mel Karmazin replaces Peter Lund as CEO of CBS TV
  • 1997-11-11 CBS News anchor Dan Rather renews his contract to 2002
  • 1997-12-01 Westinghouse formally changes its name to CBS
  • 1998-01-13 CBS pays $4 billion to televise AFC games for 8-years
  • 2003-09-23 Crime drama "NCIS" starring Mark Harmon, Michael Weatherley, Pauley Perrette and David McCallum premieres on CBS in the US

Film & TV History

2005-01-03 Craig Ferguson becomes the host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS

Television Debut

2005-01-23 "Numb3rs", starring Rob Morrow and David Krumholtz, debuts on CBS

Television Premiere

2007-09-24 "The Big Bang Theory" created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady and starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons and Kaley Cuoco premieres on CBS

Television Premiere

2009-09-22 Crime drama "NCIS LA" starring Chris O'Donnell, LL Cool J, and Daniela Ruah premieres on CBS

Film & TV History

2011-03-07 Charlie Sheen is fired from the CBS sitcom "Two and a Half Men"

Film & TV History

2014-07-01 Jennifer Love Hewitt joins the CBS series "Criminal Minds"

Film & TV History

2015-09-08 Comedian Stephen Colbert debuts as the new host of CBS's "The Late Show"


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