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    Did a bit of digging. Didn't find much on individual episodes. But a broader picture.

    GERALDO RIVERA was on there sometimes...

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    ABC officially premiered Wide World of Entertainment on January 1st, 1973 following a try-out run from November 21 - Decembet 8, 1972. There were nights, in fact whole weeks, with Cavett or Jack Paar hosting talking shows, but their were also comedy specials

    Broadcast History

    Jan. 1973- Nov. 1979 M-F 11:30-Conclusion
    Nov. 1979- Mar. 1980 M-F 11:50-Conclusion
    Mar. 1980- Jan. 1981 M-Th 11:50-Conclusion + Fri 11:30-Conclusion
    Jan. 1981- Mar. 1981 M-Th 12:00-Conclusion + Fri 11:30-Conclusion
    Mar. 1981- Oct. 1982 M-F 12:00 Conclusion

    http://www.oldtvtickets.com/archives...aar_tonit.html

    www.colorado.edu/programcouncil/history.html

    The Trivia Bowl became the largest non-athletic event at CU and was featured in countless magazines and international publications and was featured on network news programs, television’s That’s Incredible, The Wonderful World of Disney, and was modified slightly in an ABC Wide World of Entertainment Special.

    Many individual episodes noted here:
    http://www.atvaudio.com/ata_title_sc...current_page=4

    including (each title link expands):
    ABC LATE NIGHT WIDE WORLD SPECIAL: SALUTE TO WHAT'S MY LINE'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY
    #839 (1975-05-28)

    And NOW I remember... MONTY PYTHON was on here too, in infamously cut episodes.

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/comedy/guide/ar...99002137.shtml

    The US networks, never slow to pick up on a trend, wanted a piece of the action too and ABC acquired Python from the BBC's US distribution agent Time-Life Films. When ABC ran the series in its Wide World Of Entertainment slot in October 1975 the Pythons were horrified that the shows had been haphazardly re-edited, thus losing the essential continuity. When ABC refused to stop treating the series in this manner the Pythons, in an unprecedented move, took them to the US courts in a battle for artistic rights. The historic court case ended in mixed fortunes for the Pythons when the judge agreed that their artistic rights had been violated but refused to halt the ABC broadcasts owing to the complex nature of the BBC's US distribution rights. The Pythons then won on appeal which - although too late to stop ABC's original broadcasts - meant that they gained control over subsequent US broadcasting of the programmes.

    Somewhere there must be a complete episode guide...???
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    Believe me when I tell you that THE WEREWOLF OF WOODSTOCK is not worth even the $5.00 that this eBay seller is offering it for. He sure does have a lot of conditions for selling his stuff. I tend to stay away from sellers like that. Here's some TV Guide ads for ABC WIDE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT in case you didn't see them in my other thread:
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark R. Hill
    I watched Vincent Price and Alice Cooper in WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE on ABCWWE in c. May 1975. I was in the hospital and had to lobby to run the TV so late. I think it was the same night (a Friday) that PLANET OF THE APES premiered on CBS. I ordered a pizza during APES and the nurses stopped in to have some.
    Actually, I think that special was just called "ALICE COOPER: THE NIGHTMARE." It got a VHS release from Warner Home Video. WELCOME TO MY NIGHTMARE was the name of the concert film that got a theatrical release about that time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Mark R. Hill
    WEREWOLF OF WOODSTOCK: Considered a ‘lost’ film, producer Dick Clark (yes THE Dick Clark who sold his soul to the Devil for eternal youth) reportedly had all copies of this film destroyed. Seems even Devil Clark couldn’t get rid of all the skeletons in his closet cause here is a very nice print of the movie that shames him to this day!
    Oh the joys of hyperbole! The copy I saw opened with an '80's-era Telepictures logo, so at one time it was solicited for syndication. Clark would not have needed to have the movie "destroyed" because there was likely little interest in it beyond the initial broadcast: it's shot on video, looks cheap, and as others who've watched it will vouch, it's not even good camp.
    Nonetheless, it is kinda sad that with the explosion of cable channels out there, no one is programming any of the TV movies of our youth.
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    I remember having an involuntary "ick" feel to all these shows because they were videotaped. Back then, video productions were associated with cheapness.

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    I think many Americans have that 'ick' feeling about VT drama/horror, preferring filmed suspense ala NIGHT GALLERY, whereas it's quite normal to many Brits. The association with 'cheapness', obviously stems from the fact that soaps are videotaped, whereas 'serious' drama is on film. But personally, I think VT can add a lot of atmosphere that film can't, it's more direct and film is more sophisticated. The US show DARK SHADOWS was videotaped, and that was quite popular in the States.
    Reality shows and documentaries of today, are back to VT as well, when they used to be film. Sit-coms are still VT in the UK, in America most are now film.
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    I have a promo of Wide World of Entertainment on DVD-R and apparently the show "In Concert" was a part of it as well.
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    Release now up over on NewVideo.
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    In addition to the made-for-TV movies and THRILLER episode imports ABC's WIDE WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT featured comedy showcases, salutes (Walt Disney, Redd Foxx, Israel, Bogie, etc), music specials, issue-themed programs such as HAS MARRIAGE HAD IT? (hosted by Dyan Cannon), Guiness Book of World Record specials, the Geraldo-hosted GOODNIGHT AMERICA, the Python compilations, studio tributes (20th Century Fox, Columbia, and even American International Pictures!), and much more.

    A week of concert specials was derived from the April 6, 1974 CALIFORNIA JAM at the Ontario Motor Speedway. That line-up included Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Black Oak Orkansas, Rare Earth, Eagles, Emerson Lake & Palmer, Seals & Crofts, and Earth Wind & Fire.

    Bernadette Peters and Bruce Davison joined together for a sketch comedy program called BREAKUP that ran December 26, 1973, while a couple months earlier (October 23) the showcase was HONEYMOON SUITE - a quartet of stories featuring Herb Edelman, Michael Callan, Gary Collins, Rosie Marie, Chuck McCann, Morey Amsterdam, Richard Deacon, Fannie Flagg, & Mary ANn Moberly.

    The April 10, 1975 show was devoted to the premiere of AT LONG LAST LOVE. George Hamilton hosted.

    Dick Clark contributed music specials and even played himself in the telefilm MR. & MRS. AND THE BANDSTAND MYSTERY.

    A few of the films that I believe escaped the IMDB listing:
    A GIFT OF TERROR (August 6, 1973)
    with Denise Alexander, Christopher Connelly, Michael Callan, Edd Byrnes

    MURDER AT MALIBU (May 19, 1975)
    with Michael Parks, Susan Strasberg, Christina Hart, Peter Hooten & Mary Frann

    SHOCK-A-BYE BABY (October 13, 1976)
    with Fritz Waver & Richard Mulligan
    (this may be a retitling of ROCK-A-DIE BABY)

    VISIT FROM A DEADMAN (September 14, 1977)
    with Alfred Drake

    A few more of the THRILLER episodes that run on WIDE WORLD MYSTERY or MYSTERY OF THE WEEK:
    SCREAMER, THE NEXT VOICE YOU SEE, COLOR OF BLOOD, SIGN IT DEATH, AN ECHO OF THERESA, LADY KILLER, and GOOD SALARY, PROSPECTS, FREE COFFIN.

    The MYSTERY OF THE WEEK programs that ran in 1977 utilized both the original telefilms produced for WIDE WORLD MYSTERY as well as THRILLER episodes. The THRILLER episodes even continued to air in the early 1980s, Friday nights following an episode of THE AVENGERS.

    Incidentally it was Craig Stevens and Jo Ann Pflug that reprised the roles of Nick & Nora Charles for one of the films, cleverly titled NICK AND NORA.

    I'm not sure if the 1975 special IT'S A BIRD, IT'S A PLANE, IT'S SUPERMAN was part of the series, and there's a telefilm from the same year titled PLEASE STAND BY FOR MURDER (starring Shirley Knight) which I only have a vague memory of and wonder if it too was part of the WIDE WORLD format.

    Lela Swift, one of the pioneer women directors in television, helmed a number of the WIDE WORLD MYSTERY telefilms. Yes, they were shot on video and inexpensive but given the time slot you can't expect that the network would have thrown a lot of money behind the productions. Despite their economy the TV movies were still populated with a good roster of character actors.

    A few of the shows are kicking about on video (besides the THRILLER set), but a box set would be most welcome.

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    Maybe someone here can help me out. I recall seeing a shot on video mystery thingy, about 1976, something about a woman about to give birth to a baby with two hearts, and in the end, others did, as they were all destined to go to space on a UFO or something? It was really weird. Or am I dreaming thing program actually aired?

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    Lela Swift directed many episodes of the original "Dark Shadows".

    I believe "It's A Bird, It's A Plane, It's Superman" was part of this. This was a videotaped version of the Broadway stage play & it was the only time it aired.

    "Murder At Malibu" was a likely rerunning of this film as it originally ran as one of their primetime "Movie of the Week" as I do recall seeing it in primetime.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fred Adelman View Post
    Marc:

    I finally found the TV Guide ads for THRILLER episodes that WPIX (Channel 11) showed in 1979:
    Fred, what day was MYSTERY THEATER on WPIX? I don't recall that at all.
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    Hello,

    My first post! Mainly prompted cause I saw this thread I'm doing a little research in around 'cult' TV movies & advertising.

    The ABC 'Wide World of Mystery', is that sometimes miss-identified as The ABC 'Mystery of the Week' Series? Or did the series go by both names? Also can anyone say if 'The Space-Watch Murders' by Howard Rayfiel was one of these films? Long lost I fear.

    I'm also intrigued by the advertisements Fred Adelman had tracked down - a couple of years ago going by the age of this thread, lol. Any one come upon similar for Space-Watch? I'd love to see that. I know was broadcast in 1975, so even a broadcast date would be fab.

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