Monday, May 18, 2009

CBS Fall Lineup Promos for 1978 and 1979

It's been awhile since I posted any classic TV stuff (and almost a week since I posted anything at all), so let's correct that now.

Here are promos for CBS's fall lineups for 1978 and 1979. CBS was highly successful at this time, with hits such as All in the Family, M*A*S*H, The Incredible Hulk, The Jeffersons, and Dallas, just to name a few. These years are right at the end of CBS's status as "The Tiffany Network," just a few years before NBC would be resurrected from the dead thanks to The Cosby Show and Cheers. I love this era of TV, not just because it was my first exposure to the joy that is (or at least can be) TV, but because TV still seemed big and eventful, that it "mattered," before the ubiquity of cable and the Internet. There's very little about TV today that is really exciting anymore. *sigh*

In 1978, CBS's slogan was "Turn Us On, We'll Turn You On." Here is a sample of what they thought turned America on back then.



In 1979, their new slogan (and catchy jingle) was "We're Lookin' Good." Did they look good? You be the judge.



Do you have any favorite TV memories you'd like to see here? Let me know!

3 comments:

Illuminati said...

Awesome! In the top promo, who is the woman dancing with the sequenced top? Is that Valerie Harper?

Phillyradiogeek said...

I don't know, neither did the commentators on the clip at YouTube. She certainly caught viewers eyes though!

Anonymous said...

sequined top? Towards the end - the last promo that said Specials? That was Shirley McClaine

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