ABC Stage 67

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ABC Stage 67
Evening Primrose Anthony Perkins Charmian Carr 1966 redone.jpg
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
Alex Segal
Frank Perry
Paul Bogart
Franklin J. Schaffner
Theme music composer Elmer Bernstein
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Francis Productions
Release
Original channel ABC
Picture format Color
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 14, 1966 (1966-09-14) – May 4, 1967 (1967-05-04)

ABC Stage 67 is the umbrella title for a series of 26 weekly shows that included dramas, variety shows, documentaries, and original musicals.[1]

It premiered on ABC on September 14, 1966 with Murray Schisgal's The Love Song of Barney Kempinksi,[2] directed by Stanley Prager and starring Alan Arkin as a man enjoying the sights and sounds of New York City in his last remaining hours of bachelorhood. Arkin was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Single Performance By An Actor in a Leading Role in a Drama and the program was nominated as Outstanding Dramatic Program.[3]

Future programs included appearances by Petula Clark, Bobby Darin, Sir Laurence Olivier, Albert Finney, Peter Sellers, David Frost, and Jack Paar.

Ultimately, ABC's effort to revive the popular anthology series format from the 1950s failed.[2] Scheduled first against I Spy on Wednesdays and then The Dean Martin Show on Thursdays, the show consistently received low ratings. Its last production, an adaptation of Jean Cocteau's one-woman play The Human Voice starring Ingrid Bergman, aired on May 4, 1967.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (9th ed.). New York: Ballantine Books. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Terrace, Vincent (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2007 (Volume 1 A-E). 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. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (1976). The Complete Encyclopedia of Television Programs 1947-1976 (Vol. 1). South Brunswick and New York: A.S. Barnes and Company. ISBN 0-498-01561-0.

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