1958 in television
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The year 1958 in television involved some significant events. Below is a list of television-related events during 1958.
- January 14 – Television Wales and the West (TWW), the first ITV franchise for South Wales and West of England, begins broadcasting.
- 17 February 1958 – Pope Pius XII designates St. Clare of Assisi the patron saint of television. Thereafter, placing her icon on a television set was said to improve reception.
- July 1 – The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation links television broadcasting across Canada. The CBC's microwave network between Nova Scotia and British Columbia, completed this year, makes it the longest in the world.
- August 30 – Southern Television, the ITV franchise for South Central and South East England, begins broadcasting.
- October 17 – Fred Astaire makes his TV starring debut in the NBC special, An Evening with Fred Astaire, which later won 9 Emmy Awards and is one of the first TV specials to be preserved on videotape.
- November 30 – During the live broadcast of the Armchair Theatre play Underground on the ITV network in the UK, actor Gareth Jones suffers a fatal heart attack between two of his scenes while in make-up.
- Ampex demonstrates their design for a color Video Tape Recorder.
- In the United Kingdom, the top-rated show of the year was the ITV game show Dotto, adapted from an American game show which in turn was based on children's Connect the dots game.
- The original American version of "Dotto" was the first game show to be implicated in the quiz show scandals, and was cancelled in August.
- Top-rated prime-time game show "Twenty One" was cancelled by NBC in October after former contestant Herb Stempel charged that the series was rigged and that he had been ordered to lose a match to the popular Charles Van Doren.
- Fall – The quiz show scandals resulted in the cancellation of the original big-money game show, CBS' "The $64,000 Question", and creating havoc within the US television industry.
- DuMont company sells its television manufacturing assets to Emerson company. The quality decreases.
- January 4 – Sea Hunt premieres in syndication (1958–1961).
- June 16 - Variety View (1958-1959) (Melbourne, Australia)
- June 19 - Jack Wyatt's Confession premieres on ABC (1958–1959).
- August 25 – Concentration premieres on NBC (1958–1973).
- September 22 – Peter Gunn premieres on NBC (1958–1961).
- September 24 – The Donna Reed Show premieres on ABC (1958–1966).
- September 30 – The Rifleman premieres on ABC (1958–1963).
- October 2 – The Huckleberry Hound Show premieres, Hanna Barbera's second television series (1958–1962).
- October 5 - Lawman premieres on ABC (1958–1962).
- October 5 - Encounter, an anthology series originating from Toronto, Canada, began a five-week run on ABC, having been cancelled after the November 2 episode.
- October 8 – Bat Masterson premieres on NBC (1958–1961).
- October 10 – 77 Sunset Strip premieres on ABC (1958–1964).
- October 10 – Grandstand (UK) debuts on BBC Television (1958–2007).
- October 15 - Mole's Adventure (Japan), the oldest surviving anime television show.
- October 16 – Blue Peter (UK), the world's longest-running children's TV programme, debuts on BBC Television (1958–present).
- October 17 - An Evening With Fred Astaire on NBC; first show prerecorded on color videotape, wins nine Emmy Awards.
- December 22 – Quatermass and the Pit (UK) premieres on BBC Television (1958–1959).
- Autumn Affair premieres (1958-1959) it is the first Australian-produced television soap opera (on ATN-7 in Sydney, starting 1959 also shown on GTV-9 in Melbourne)
- Café Continental (1958-1961) (Sydney and Melbourne Australia)
- Don Messer's Jubilee premieres (1958–1969).
- The Friendly Giant premieres (1958–1985).
- The Shirley Abicair Show (1958) (Sydney and Melbourne Australia)
- Your Life in Their Hands (UK) premieres on BBC Television (1958–1964 and many revivals).
- Gillette Cavalcade of Sports (1946–1960).
- Howdy Doody (1947–1960).
- Meet the Press (1947–present).
- Candid Camera (1948–present).
- The Ed Sullivan Show (1948–1971).
- Bozo the Clown (1949–present).
- Come Dancing (UK) (1949–1995).
- The Voice of Firestone (1949–1963).
- The Jack Benny Show (1950–1965).
- Truth or Consequences (1950–1988).
- What's My Line (1950–1967).
- Your Hit Parade (1950–1959).
- Dragnet (1951–1959).
- Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse (1958–1960)
- I Love Lucy (1951–1960)
- Love of Life (1951–1980).
- Search for Tomorrow (1951–1986).
- Hallmark Hall of Fame (1951–present).
- American Bandstand (1952–1989).
- The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet (1952–1966).
- The Guiding Light (1952–2009).
- The Today Show (1952–present).
- This Is Your Life (1952–1961).
- Panorama (UK) (1953–present).
- The Good Old Days (UK) (1953–1983).
- Disneyland (1954–1958) ends on September 3, to resume on September 12 as Walt Disney Presents (1958–1961).
- Face the Nation (1954–present).
- The Brighter Day (1954–1962).
- The Milton Berle Show (1954–1967).
- The Secret Storm (1954–1974).
- The Tonight Show (1954–present).
- Zoo Quest (UK) (1954–1964).
- Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1962).
- Captain Kangaroo (1955–1984).
- Cheyenne (1955–1962).
- Dixon of Dock Green (UK) (1955–1976).
- Gunsmoke (1955–1975).
- Jubilee USA (1955–1960)
- Mickey Mouse Club (1955–1959).
- The Lawrence Welk Show (1955–1982).
- This Is Your Life (UK) (1955–2003).
- Armchair Theatre (UK) (1956–1968).
- As the World Turns (1956–2010).
- The Ford Show, Starring Tennessee Ernie Ford (1956–1961).
- Hancock's Half Hour (UK) (1956–1962).
- Opportunity Knocks (UK) (1956–1978).
- The Edge of Night (1956–1984).
- The Gale Storm Show, Oh! Susanna (1956–1960).
- The Price Is Right (1956–1965).
- The Steve Allen Show (1956–1960).
- What the Papers Say (UK) (1956–2008).
- Leave It to Beaver (1957–1963).
- The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom (1957–1960).
- The Army Game (UK) (1957–1961).
- The Sky at Night (UK) (1957–present).
- General Motors Presents (Can) (1953–1956, 1958–1961)
Ending this year
- April 28 – Adventures of Superman (1952–1958).
- May 31 – The Polly Bergen Show (1957–1958)
- June – Climax! (1954–1958).
- Hey, Jeannie! (1956–1957; syndication in 1958).
- Kraft Television Theater (1947–1958).
- Life of Riley (1949–1950 and 1953–1958).
- The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show (1950–1958).
- Club Oasis (1957–1958)
- January 4 – Matt Frewer, actor
- January 20 - Lorenzo Lamas, actor, Falcon Crest.
- January 25 - Dinah Manoff, actress & director
- January 26 - Ellen DeGeneres, actress & comedienne.
- January 30 – Brett Butler, actress, Grace Under Fire.
- March 3 – Miranda Richardson, English actress.
- March 7 - Donna Murphy, actress & singer.
- March 10 – Sharon Stone, actress.
- March 21 – Gary Oldman, English actor & filmmaker.
- April 3 – Alec Baldwin, actor.
- April 29 – Michelle Pfeiffer, actress.
- April 29 – Eve Plumb, actress, The Brady Bunch.
- May 23 - Drew Carey, actor, comedian & game show host
- May 30 – Ted McGinley, actor.
- June 12 - Rebecca Holden, actress & singer.
- June 22 – Bruce Campbell, actor & director.
- July 6 – Jennifer Saunders, English actress, comedienne & singer.
- August 16
- August 29 – Michael Jackson, pop singer (died 2009)
- September 24 - Kevin Sorbo, actor.
- October 9 - Michael Pare, actor.
- November 16 – Marg Helgenberger, actress.
- November 22 – Jamie Lee Curtis, actress.
- December 1 - Charlene Tilton, actress & singer, Dallas
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