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|Created by||Charles Basch
|Directed by||Jay Strong|
Bob Russell (hosts)
Harry Breuer (bandleaders)
Nick Perito (piano)
|Country of origin||United States|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original channel||NBC (1949-51)
|Original run||29 August 1949 – 14 December 1951|
Versatile Varieties, also known as Bonnie Maid Versatile Varieties and Bonny Maid Versatile Varieties, was a TV series that ran from 1949 to 1951 on NBC, CBS and ABC under three different formats. The sponsor was "Bonnie Maid Linoleum".
- On NBC, from August 29, 1949 to January 19, 1951 on Fridays from 9pm to 9:30pm ET, was a variety show set in a nightclub, where those not performing in the various acts would be seen sitting at tables on the sidelines. Eva Marie Saint, Anne Francis, Edie Adams, and Janis Paige appeared as "Bonnie Maids", dressed in plaid kilts, hosting and doing live ads for the sponsor. Original host George Givot was replaced after two months by comedian Harold Barry, and then later by singer Bob Russell. Guest stars included Mary Small, Lon Chaney, Jr., Bela Lugosi, and Peggy Ann Garner. On January 26, replaced by Henry Morgan's Great Talent Hunt, which lasted until June 1.
- On CBS, from January 28 to July 22, 1951, a Sunday morning children's TV show hosted by Lady Iris Mountbatten.
- On ABC, from September 21, 1951 to December 14, 1951, seven episodes were aired Fridays 9:30 to 10pm ET, alternating with sci-fi anthology Tales of Tomorrow.
- Alex McNeil, Total Television, Fourth edition (New York: Penguin Books, 1980) ISBN 0-14-024916-8
- Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, Third edition (New York: Ballantine Books, 1964) ISBN 0-345-31864-1
- 1949-50 United States network television schedule
- 1950-51 United States network television schedule
- 1951-52 United States network television schedule