The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas on January 7, 1955 · Page 12
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The Courier News from Blytheville, Arkansas · Page 12

Blytheville, Arkansas
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Friday, January 7, 1955
Page 12
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TWBLYI BLYTHZVTLLE (ARK.)' COURIER NEWS FRIDAY, JANUARY T, 1955 7V for '55: Spectaculars Here To Stay-And They'll Get Bigger By DICK KLEINER KEA Staff Correspondent NEW YORK — (NEA) — There's snow on the crystal ball. Until the repair man gets here, we'll just have to do some good guessing about whither television will drift in '55. But some things seem fairly certain: 1. Spectaculars are here to stay —and they'll get more spectacular, 2. Filmed TV shows will get stronger—even invading one field of TV entertainment hitherto unspoiled. 3. This year, for some stars, is a crucial one. It's a turning-point- year, with old favorites facing declines and new favorites coming up. 4. TV will spend more time improving the non-prime hours to a greater extent—morning, daytime; late night. Those seem to be the major trends. This is, of course, a hazardous time to guess about television, bevause TV's New Year is in September. It's then that the brass dreams up the startling innovations. So any predicting, as of January, is therefore an extra-long distance project. But, judging: on 1954, the spectaculars are permanent residents of the coaxial cable. While they were often dull and severely criticized, they got high ratings. Unquestionably, this was due to the high candle-power of the stars they employed. The "specs'* represent a major change in programming philosophy, and the first real programming difference between radio and TV. Radio — remember radio? — was always scheduled on a definite system. Every Sunday night at seven, for example, was Jack: Benny time- But the specs change all that. You have to have a scorecard around to be sure what's going to be. on TV these days. Your memory is no good .One week there may be a spec, the next week some filmed comedy. At least one network—ABC-TV— believes the old way is best. No spectaculars on ABC. They feel that people still want to know that on such-and-such a night, at such- and-such a time, there'll always be Danny Thomas. But both CBS and NBC are committed to spectaculars — hour-and-a-half or two-hour shows that come on, say, every three or four weeks. • • * More money wiH be poured into, them in '55. Bigger casts. Brighter colors. Bouncier music. Efforts are being made to lure the last un-televised big stnr, Danny Kaye, into a spectacular this year. The announcement late in '54 that Jackie Gleason would film part of his show, next year, plus the earlier decision by Eddie Cantor to go on flim, meant that '55 will see the first filmed comedy shows. Gleason will only film the Honeymooners. skits—with Audrey Meadows and Art Carney—with another half-hour being presented live. He will film in New York. The average life of a good tele- HERE TO STAY — Spectaculars (this was Betty Button's "Satins and Spurs") will get even more spectacular on TV in 1955. FIRST FILMED COMEDY — Jackie Gleason's "Honeymooners" ite (here with Audrey Meadows) on film are start of new trend. jiicy," "Dragnet," and "What's My Line?" are losing their appeal. A writer on one of the most successful TV shows told me he's looking around for another spot, even though his show is top-rated. Rea- time TV, where there is still plenty of time available. The documentary drama — "Draj'net" and '54's smash, "Med- years. and he doesn't want to ride it down. He says they all expect it to begin to slip, even though the quality is just as high. 7oV 7o7' three I ic " ~ are bound to < Jrflw imitator's. One being planned would use that technique on the field of journalism, hitherto always dramatized falsely. Music, probably the world's first form of entertainment, has not been too successful on television. But some of show business' most imaginative men are working on ways of making music visual. Presently, "The Voice of Firestone" and the Chicago Symphony are the only regular network music shows. 1955 may see "The Telephone Hour" enter television, and other plans are in the works. Those are some of the possibilities for 1955 In television. But what makes TV so exciting is its youth —and you never can tell what a youngster will do from one day to the next. Giraffes are readily tamed, but like the mule, kick viciously with hooves that can shred even lions. Jant Russell Has Ntw Million Dollar Movie Contract HOLLYWOOD UK — Jane Russel! has a new movie contract that will give her a million dollars for six pictures in five years, but the payments will be spread over a 20- year period Howard Hughes of RKO Pictures, who drafted the contract, said yesterday that three of the filmi will -bt released by 10th Century-Fox. The contract gives the shapely actress the privilege of making pictures for other companies, including Russfleld Corp., the one she operates with her husband, former football Jtar Bob Waterfleld. TVip/t Silicic/*—; Dead SHIMANE, Jaapn (Si — Shinobu Kato, 29, proposed triple suicide as the solution to his bigamy problem. With his two wives, aged 19 and 39, he set off a stack of dynamite. Kato died; the women lived. . Berkellum 2*6 tnd Californium 3M are the two heaviest atom*. Best-Known Home Remedy VMS RufaM WW.. i So 1955 may. be the turning point • for Lucille Bail, Jack Webb and vision program "seems'to°be"about the "What's My Line?" panelists. New stars that the industry expects to be created in 1955 include such as Nanette Fabray (on Sid three years. For some reason, which maybe psychologists can explain, an audience gets tired of TV show quicker than a radio show. There are already signs that such veteran favorites ns "I Love 6 Caesar's show she's proving good replacement for Imogene Coca): Bob Cunimmgs, who has a new program due; and David Wayne, who may .steal it all with the first color-film show, VNorby." NBC-TV's pioneering work with off-prime-hour programs — "Today," "Home," "Tonight" — has proven so successful that others have followed. CBS-TV's "The Morning Show" was practically a carbon copy of "Today." Expect other copies in '55. One definitely in the works is DuMont's idea of moving i(s local New York late night .show, starring Ernie Kovacs, onto the full network. ABC-TV is committed to a policy of strengthening its daytime schedule. The other networks all plan to pour money and brains into day*.-.— — -•- - ----- - - ONTO THE NET — Ernie Kovacs' local show will spread out. OFF TO STARDOM — Nanette Fakny h»kt WM iw l FILMED AGAINST THE BACKGROUND [ OF THE WORLD'S MOST ^ *v COLLEEN rOWNSENi PAUL POWER. ROBERT CLARK! 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