NBC in History (Part 5)

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Events in Film & TV

Events 401 - 500 of 551

Television Premiere

1976-06-07 NBC Nightly News with John Chancellor & David Brinkley, premieres

  • 1976-06-11 "Magnificent Marble Machine" last airs on NBC-TV

Film & TV History

1976-08-30 Tom Brokaw starts as news anchor of NBC's "The Today Show"

  • 1976-09-27 TV drama “Dawn: Portrait of A Teenage Runaway", starring Eve Plumb premieres on US network NBC

Film & TV History

1976-11-07 "Gone With The Wind", 1939 Oscar-winning film epic starring Vivien Leigh and Clark Gable, makes broadcast television debut on NBC; aired in two parts over consecutive nights; earns a then record 65% share of TV viewers

  • 1977-05-16 TV drama “Alexander: The Other Side of Dawn”, starring Leigh McCloskey, follow up to "Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway" premieres on US network NBC, focusing on what happened to him after Dawn left L.A. to return to her hometown
  • 1977-05-29 NBC News & Information Service (24 hr news) ends on radio
  • 1977-09-15 TV LA drama "CHiPs" debuts on NBC in US
  • 1978-03-22 The Rutles mockumentary "All You Need is Cash" debuts on NBC television

Television Finale

1978-04-01 "The Bob Newhart Show" last airs on NBC-TV

  • 1978-04-16 NBC's premiere of miniseries "Holocaust"
  • 1978-09-01 Last broadcast of "Columbo" starring Peter Falk on NBC
  • 1978-09-29 "For Richer, For Poorer," TV Daytime Soap; last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1978-10-28 NBC's premiere of Kiss' acting debut, "Kiss Meets The Phantom of the Park" TV film
  • 1978-11-03 First broadcast of "Different Strokes" on NBC TV
  • 1978-12-11 NBC premiere of "A Woman Called Moses"
  • 1979-02-07 "Supertrain", TV Anthology, Superbomb of 1979, debuts on NBC
  • 1979-04-18 "Real People" premieres on NBC TV

Television Premiere

1979-10-14 NBC premiere of U.S. TV adaptation of Helen Keller's life story "The Miracle Worker"

  • 1980-01-10 Last broadcast of "The Rockford Files" on NBC

Television Debut

1980-06-23 "David Letterman Show" debuts on NBC-TV daytime

  • 1980-12-30 "Wonderful World of Disney" last performance on NBC-TV
  • 1981-01-15 Police drama "Hill Street Blues" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1981-02-06 "Brady Brides" debuts on NBC TV
  • 1981-05-15 SCTV Network 90, sequel to Second City Television, debuts on NBC
  • 1981-09-04 Newscaster David Brinkley is released by NBC
  • 1981-10-31 1st live US radio drama in 25 years (Halloween Story on NBC)
  • 1982-01-04 Bryant Gumbel became co-host of NBC's "Today Show"
  • 1982-01-07 TV series "Fame", based on the film of the same name, starring Debbie Allen and an ensemble cast premieres on NBC TV
  • 1982-01-10 NBC's premiere of TV film "Will: G. Gordon Liddy", based on the Watergate conspirator, participant and convict
  • 1982-02-01 "Late Night With David Letterman" debuts on NBC-TV; Bill Murray is his first guest
  • 1982-06-10 American TV sitcom "Taxi" last airs on ABC, cancelled after 4 seasons and 15 Emmy Award wins; moves to NBC in the fall, airing for 1 season and wins 3 more Emmys

Television Premiere

1982-09-22 Sitcom "Family Ties starring Michael J. Fox premieres on NBC

Television Debut

1982-09-26 "Knight Rider", starring David Hasselhoff, debuts on NBC

  • 1982-09-29 Situation comedy "Cheers" premieres on NBC-TV, starring Ted Danson and Shelley Long
  • 1982-12-31 NBC radio cancels almost all of its network daily features

Television Premiere

1983-01-23 "A-Team" with Mr T premieres on NBC

Daytime Emmy Awards

1983-06-06 Betty White becomes 1st woman to win Outstanding Game Show Host at Daytime Emmy Awards for NBC's "Just Men"

  • 1983-07-29 "Friday Night Videos" premieres on NBC TV
  • 1983-10-10 NBC premiere of true life drama "Adam", based on John Walsh's son's murder
  • 1984-01-04 "Night Court" starring Harry Anderson, created by comedy writer Reinhold Weege, premieres on NBC TV; runs for 9 seasons
  • 1984-01-09 "TV's Bloopers & Practical Jokes" premieres on NBC TV (Whoops)
  • 1984-01-31 Edwin Newman retires from NBC News after 35 years with the network
  • 1984-06-02 "Welcome To Fun Zone" hosted by Dr Demento airs on NBC-TV
  • 1984-07-30 Soap Opera "Santa Barbara" premieres on NBC TV
  • 1984-09-16 1st broadcast of "Miami Vice" on NBC-TV

Television Premiere

1984-09-20 "The Cosby Show" premieres on NBC-TV starring Bill Cosby and Phylicia Rashad

  • 1984-10-08 NBC's premiere of TV made "The Burning Bed", based on Francine Hughes
  • 1984-10-23 NBC airs BBC footage of Ethiopian famine
  • 1984-11-12 NBC premiere of "Victims for Victims: The Theresa Saldana Story", fact based telepic of actress Saldana's near fatal attack and its aftermath
  • 1984-11-18 NBC premiere of the first part of fact based crime mystery "Fatal Vision", based on Joe McGinnis' novel about Jefferey MacDonald and the 1970 murders of his then-pregnant wife and two children
  • 1985-06-14 "Michael Nesmith In Television Parts" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1985-09-14 "The Golden Girls", starring Bea Arthur, Betty White, Rue McClanahan, and Estelle Getty, debuts on NBC
  • 1985-09-29 "Alfred Hitchcock Presents," returns to NBC-TV

Television Debut

1985-09-29 "Amazing Stories" by Steven Spielberg, debuts on NBC-TV

Film & TV History

1985-09-30 Howard Stern gets fired from WNBC AM (NY)

  • 1985-11-11 1st AIDS theme TV movie - "An Early Frost" screens in US on NBC
  • 1985-11-17 NBC's premiere of controversial TV thriller "Hostage Flight"

Television Premiere

1985-11-24 NBC miniseries "Mussolini: The Untold Story" starring George C. Scott premieres in the US

  • 1985-12-08 NBC premiere of thriller "Final Jeopardy", starring Richard Thomas and Mary Crosby
  • 1985-12-11 General Electric acquires RCA Corp & its subsidiary, NBC

Music History

1986-05-22 American singer and actress Cher calls David Letterman an a**hole on his "Late Night" TV program (NBC)

  • 1986-06-11 "Blacke's Magic" last airs on NBC-TV
  • 1986-09-07 NBC premiere of "The French Connection" film based TV sequel "Popeye Doyle"
  • 1986-09-15 1st broadcast of legal drama "L.A. Law" created by Steven Bochco, with ensemble cast including Corbin Bersen, Jill Eikenberry and Harry Hamlin on NBC
  • 1986-09-29 NBC true life drama "Adam: His Song Continues" premieres, sequel to "Adam" (1983)
  • 1986-12-07 NBC premiere of miniseries "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna" (Part 1)
  • 1986-12-08 NBC premiere of miniseries "Anastasia: The Mystery of Anna" (Part 2)
  • 1987-03-08 "A Team" last aired on NBC-TV after 4 years
  • 1987-10-24 NBC technicians accept pact, end 118 day strike
  • 1987-11-13 Sonny & Cher perform together for the final time, singing "I Got You Babe" on 'Late Night with David Letterman' (NBC)
  • 1988-01-24 NBC premiere of fact based "The Murder of Mary Phagan"
  • 1988-08-22 NBC premieres "Later" with Bob Costas (1st guest Linda Ellerbee)
  • 1988-10-07 WNBC 660 final transmission, WFAN moves from 1050 to 660 & WUKQ begins on 1050 at 5:30 PM (NYC radio)
  • 1988-10-10 NBC premieres tele-biopic, "Winnie", starring Meredith Baxter and based on life of [Gwyanna] Winifred Sprockett

Television Premiere

1988-10-22 "Devil Worship: Exposing Satan's Underground" TV special hosted by Geraldo Rivera screens on NBC

  • 1988-12-01 NBC bids a record $401 million to capture television broadcasting rights for the 1992 Barcelona Summer Olympic Games
  • 1988-12-20 NBC signs lease to stay in NYC, 33 more years

Film & TV History

1989-03-24 NBC rebroadcasts Mary Martin and Cyril Ritchard's 1960 version of "Peter Pan" for the first time since 1973

  • 1989-03-27 1st African American soap opera, "Generations" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1989-04-05 NBC's "Late Night With David Letterman" becomes 1st network TV show broadcast in Dolby Stereo
  • 1989-05-14 Final TV episode of "Family Ties" airs on NBC with a 36 million audience
  • 1989-06-25 "Day By Day" last airs on NBC-TV

Television Debut

1989-07-05 "Seinfield" (originally titled The Seinfeld Chronicles" screens its pilot episode starring Jerry Seinfeld, Jason Alexander, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Michael Richards on NBC

  • 1989-07-23 FOX-TV tops ABC, NBC & CBS for 1st time (America's Most Wanted)
  • 1989-09-22 "Baywatch" starring David Hasselhoff and Pamela Anderson debuts on NBC
  • 1989-10-02 TV true life drama "A Cry for Help: The Tracey Thurman Story" premieres on NBC in the US
  • 1989-12-04 NBC's premiere of "Howard Beach: Making A Case for Murder", based on December 1986 murders of black youths by white youths in New York City
  • 1989-12-29 Jane Pauley says goodbye to NBC's "Today" show
  • 1990-02-05 Notre Dame becomes 1st team to sell its game to a major network (NBC)

Television Premiere

1990-03-31 "Carol & Company" starring Carol Burnett premieres on NBC-TV

  • 1990-06-25 NBC decides to air episodes of "Quantum Leap" for 5 straight days

Television Premiere

1990-09-13 "Law and Order" created by Dick Wolf first premieres on NBC

  • 1991-01-06 "Real Life With Jane Pauley" premieres on NBC-TV
  • 1991-01-28 "A Closer Look" with Faith Daniels premieres on NBC-TV

Film & TV History

1991-06-06 NBC announces Jay Leno will succeed Johnny Carson as host on "The Tonight Show" on May 25, 1992

  • 1992-02-06 "Late Night's 10th Anniversary Show At Radio City Music Hall" on NBC

Television Finale

1992-04-30 208th & final episode of "The Cosby Show" on NBC-TV

  • 1992-05-09 Final episode of "Golden Girls" airs on NBC-TV

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