The Frank Sinatra Show (1957 TV series)

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The Frank Sinatra Show
Frank and Nancy Sinatra in 1957.jpg
Frank and Nancy Sinatra at a rehearsal, 1957
Written byJohn Bradford
Directed byKirk Browning
Presented byFrank Sinatra
Country of originUSA
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes32
Producer(s)William Self
Running time25 minutes
Original networkABC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseOctober 18, 1957 (1957-10-18) –
June 27, 1958 (1958-06-27)

The Frank Sinatra Show is an ABC variety and drama series, starring Frank Sinatra, premiering on October 18, 1957, and last airing on June 27, 1958.


This was Sinatra's second attempt at a television series, his first was The Frank Sinatra Show on CBS Television between 1950–1952.

The series was originally slated to consist of thirteen variety episodes, thirteen dramas starring Sinatra, and ten dramas hosted by Sinatra, filmed at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood rather than broadcast live. Sinatra was paid $3 million for the series, and granted near total artistic freedom.

The drama segments of the show fared less well against the variety episodes in ratings and the final total was fourteen live variety shows, eight filmed variety shows, four dramas starring Sinatra, and six dramas hosted by Sinatra. Rather than 36 episodes for the season, ABC cut its losses and reduced the total number to 32.

Sinatra hated rehearsing, and tried to make eleven shows in fifteen days; the series subsequently received a critical mauling and was Sinatra's last attempt at a television series.

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