|Written by||Ron Cowen
Robert J. Crean
Ellen M. Violet
|Directed by||Paul Bogart
Robert Butler (director)
William A. Graham (director)
David Greene (director)
George Schaefer (director)
|Theme music composer||Aaron Copland|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Executive producer(s)||Barbara Schultz|
|Running time||90 mins.|
|Original release||January 29, 1967– February 10, 1970|
CBS Playhouse is an American anthology drama series that aired on CBS from 1967 to 1970. Airing twelve plays over the course of its run, the series was nominated for a number of awards and featured many noteworthy actors and playwrights.
The CBS Playhouse series was announced in 1966, with CBS announcing a $500,000 outlay for new scripts to film. CBS was specifically looking to "encourage authors to write original and significant dramas for television," and offered $25,000 per optioned script. This occurred shortly after ABC announced its dramatic arts program ABC Stage 67, along with many CBS dramas.
Playhouse ultimately commissioned thirteen playwrights to write scripts for the series. The first program aired in 1967, called The Final War of Olly Winter starring Ivan Dixon and written by noted playwright Ronald Ribman. According to CBS, over 30 million people watched the broadcast, making it a popular hit for the time.
Twelve broadcasts ultimately occurred before production stopped due to lack of sponsorship funding. CBS would later revive the genre in CBS Playhouse 90, which would refer back to both CBS Playhouse and the early drama series Playhouse 90 that broadcast in the late 1950s.
CBS broadcast twelve teleplays over the three television seasons between 1967 and 1970.
The CBS Playhouse series of broadcasts were nominated for a number of awards over the course of its run. In total, the dramatic series was nominated for twenty-eight Primetime Emmy Awards, including ten wins, and seven Directors Guild of America awards, including three wins. CBS Playhouse was also honored with a Peabody Award in 1967.
- New York Times: C.B.S. SEEKS OUT ORIGINAL DRAMAS. June 22, 1966.
- TV.com: ABC Stage 67
- New York Times: Where's CBS Playhouse? October 23, 1966.
- Advertisement from early 1967 as seen in many national newspapers.
- New York Times: TV Drama Faces Cutback in Fall. May 22, 1970
- TV.com: CBS Playhouse
- Television Obscurities: Status Guide: CBS Playhouse
- IMDb: Awards for CBS playhouse
- Emmys.com: CBS Playhouse
- Profile for CBS Playhouse from PeabodyAwards.com (accessed 11/8/2014)