The ABC Afternoon Playbreak

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The ABC Afternoon Playbreak
Genre Anthology
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 9
Production
Running time 90 mins.
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format Color
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 31, 1973 (1973-10-31) – February 13, 1975 (1975-02-13)

The ABC Afternoon Playbreak is an American television anthology series that was broadcast on ABC from 1973 to 1975. The ninety-minute dramas aired once a month and featured some of the more popular television and film stars of the 1970s (Diana Hyland, Bradford Dillman, Patty Duke, Diane Baker, David Hedison).[1]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1

  1. "The Things I Never Said" (October 31, 1973)
  2. "A Special Act of Love" (November 14, 1973)
  3. "Mother of the Bride" (January 9, 1974)
  4. "Miss Kline, We Love You" (February 27, 1974)
  5. "Last Bride of Salem" (May 8, 1974)

Season 2

  1. "Can I Save My Children?" (October 17, 1974)
  2. "Heart In Hiding" (November 14, 1974)
  3. "Oh, Baby, Baby, Baby..." (December 5, 1974)
  4. "The Girl Who Couldn't Lose" (February 13, 1975)

ABC's Matinee Today[edit]

The series was preempted in December 1973 for the pilot of ABC's Matinee Today, another dramatic anthology series. The pilot ran daily for five days, but never returned to the ABC schedule. The five episodes are frequently listed as part of The ABC Afternoon Playbreak.[2]

  1. "I Never Said Goodbye" (December 3, 1973)
  2. "The Other Woman" (December 4, 1973)
  3. "Alone With Terror" (December 5, 1973)
  4. "My Secret Mother" (December 6, 1973)
  5. "The Mask of Love" (December 7, 1973)

Awards[edit]

The 14 episodes of these two related anthologies won 18 Daytime Emmy Awards and were nominated an additional 16 times.[3]

Prolific director Burt Brinckerhoff was nominated for a 1974 Daytime Emmy Award for his direction of "The Mask of Love" episode.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent (1976). The Complete Encyclopedia of Television Programs, 1947-1976 (Volume 1). South Brunswick and New York: A.S. Barnes and Company. ISBN 0-498-01561-0.
  2. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2007 (Volume 1). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-3305-6.
  3. ^ O'Neil, Thomas (2000). The Emmys (3rd ed.). New York: Berkley Publishing Group. ISBN 0-399-52611-0.
  4. ^ IMDB.com, Retrieved 2010-12-22

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