The Leslie Uggams Show

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The Leslie Uggams Show
Dick Van Dyke Leslie Uggams 1969.JPG
Dick Van Dyke as the guest for the show's premiere in 1969.
Genre Variety
Written by Ernest Chambers
Frank Shaw
Presented by Leslie Uggams
Starring Johnny Brown
Lincoln Kilpatrick
Narrated by Roger Carroll
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10
Production
Producer(s) Ernest Chambers
David Winters
Running time 45–48 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 28, 1969 (1969-09-28) – December 14, 1969 (1969-12-14)

The Leslie Uggams Show is an American variety television series starring actress/singer Leslie Uggams. The series aired on CBS as part of its 1969 fall lineup, and was the second variety series to feature an African American host since 1956's The Nat King Cole Show.

Synopsis[edit]

The Leslie Uggams Show gave Uggams, who had first come to wide public notice as a singer on the early 1960s hit Sing Along With Mitch, her own program to showcase herself and other black performers; unlike other early variety programs which were hosted by black entertainers but featured a large number of whites in the cast, only one of Uggams' regulars, comedian Dennis Allen, was white. A recurring feature of the program was the ongoing series of sketches entitled "Sugar Hill", which dealt with the lives of middle class black family in a large American city.[1]

The series took over the time slot of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour that CBS pulled due to its controversial content. Scheduled against the venerable Western Bonanza, which was still a massive hit for NBC, and a series of fairly recent (by the standards of the era) movies on ABC, The Leslie Uggams Show had difficulty developing an audience and was cancelled in December 1969.[1]

Cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Ep # Title Air date
1 Episode 1 September 28, 1969
Guest stars: David Frye, Dick Van Dyke, Marc Copage, Sly & the Family Stone
2 Episode 2 October 5, 1969
Guest stars: Glenn Ash, Don Knotts
3 Episode 3 October 12, 1969
Guest stars: John Banner, Robert Clary, Bob Crane, Larry Hovis, Werner Klemperer
4 Episode 4 October 26, 1969
Guest stars: Kaye Ballard, Raymond Burr, The Turtles
5 Episode 5 November 2, 1969
Guest stars: Jim Nabors, Smith, Jackie Vernon
6 Episode 6 November 9, 1969
Guest stars: Bob Denver, David Frye, Robert Guillaume, Johnny Mathis
7 Episode 7 November 16, 1969
Guest stars: Ken Berry, David Frye, Dick Van Dyke
8 Episode 8 November 23, 1969
Guest stars: Sammy Davis, Jr., Bobby Goldsboro, Mitch Miller, Sammy Shore
9 Episode 9 December 7, 1969
Guest stars: Ruth Buzzi, Mike Connors, Stevie Wonder
10 Episode 10 December 14, 1969
Guest stars: Glenn Ash, Kaye Ballard, The Temptations

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Leslie Uggams Show". museum.tv. Retrieved 2008-11-03. 

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