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.
  • February 17 – 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.[1]
  • April 19 - Chronicle Broadcasting Network, the predecessor of ABS-CBN in the Philippines, launches DZXL-TV Channel 9.
  • July 1 – The Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) 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.
  • September 16 – Orson Welles's The Fountain of Youth is broadcast on NBC-TV's Colgate Theatre.[1]:424–425 Filmed in 1956 for a proposed Desilu series, the half-hour program airs only once and becomes the only unsold pilot ever to win a Peabody Award.[2][3]:307
  • October 17 – Fred Astaire makes his TV starring debut in the NBC special, An Evening with Fred Astaire, which later won nine 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.

Television shows[edit]

Series on air in 1958[edit]


Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Debut
April 28 Adventures of Superman 1952
May 31 The Polly Bergen Show 1957
June 7 The Life of Riley 1953
June 26 Climax! 1954
September 6 Club Oasis 1957
September 15 The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show 1950
October 1 Kraft Television Theater 1947
Unknown Hey, Jeannie! 1958


Date Name Notability
January 4 Matt Frewer Actor (Max Headroom)
January 20 Lorenzo Lamas Actor (Falcon Crest)
January 25 Dinah Manoff Actress & director (Soap)
January 26 Ellen DeGeneres Actress & talk show host (Ellen)
January 30 Brett Butler Actress (Grace Under Fire)
March 3 Miranda Richardson Actress
March 10 Sharon Stone
March 21 Gary Oldman Actor & filmmaker
April 3 Alec Baldwin Actor (30 Rock)
April 29 Eve Plumb Actress (The Brady Bunch)
Michelle Pfeiffer Actress
May 23 Drew Carey Actor, comedian, game show host (The Price Is Right)
May 30 Ted McGinley Actor (Married... with Children)
June 12 Rebecca Holden Actress & singer
June 22 Bruce Campbell Actor (Burn Notice) & director
July 6 Jennifer Saunders Actress, comedian (Absolutely Fabulous)
August 16 Angela Bassett Actress
Madonna Singer & actress
August 18 Madeleine Stowe Actress (Revenge)
August 29 Michael Jackson Singer and actress, (died 2009)
September 21 Penny Smith TV presenter
September 24 Kevin Sorbo Actor (Hercules: The Legendary Journeys)
October 9 Michael Paré Actor
November 12 Nick Stellino Chef, author and TV presenter
November 16 Marg Helgenberger Actress (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)
November 22 Jamie Lee Curtis Actress (Anything But Love)
December 1 Charlene Tilton Actress (Dallas)
December 10 John J. York US soap actor


  1. ^ Welles, Orson, and Peter Bogdanovich, edited by Jonathan Rosenbaum, This is Orson Welles. New York: HarperCollins Publishers 1992 ISBN 0-06-016616-9
  2. ^ Adams, Val, "Peabody Awards for 1958 Listed". The New York Times, April 8, 1959.
  3. ^ Arnaz, Desi. A Book. New York: William Morrow, 1976. ISBN 0688003427
  4. ^ "Oldest TV Anime's Color Screenshots Posted". Anime News Network. June 19, 2013. Retrieved January 2, 2014.