New Series 1977
Soap 1st Season Intro
Soap (1977-1981) - A prime time parody of daytime soap operas. Stories of two families in serial format covering such topics as gay sons, alien abduction, demons, murder, kidnapping and runaway ventriloquism. The series made a star of Billy Crystal and also created a spin off for Robert Guillaume with Benson. Also featuring Robert Mandan, Donnelly Rhodes, Katherine Helmond, Diana Canova, , Cathryn Damon, Richard Mulligan, Jay Johnson and Robert Urich.
Lou Grant (1977-1982) - A spin off of the Mary Tyler Moore Show, grumpy old Lou Grant moves to Los Angeles to become newsroom editor of the to newspaper in town. The show as critically acclaimed with The show and Ed Asner winning lots of awards. Also starring Robert Walden, Linda Kelsey, Mason Adams and Jack Bannon. Lou Grant at the TV Museum.
Love Boat Intro
Most Watched 1977 - 1978
1 Laverne and Shirley
Television News 1977
Roots was a Mini Series adapted from the historical novel by Alex Haley. It went on to become the top mini series of all time by not only winning nine Emmys, a Golden Globe, and a Peabody Award but unprecedented Nielsen ratings which crossed racial lines as no show before or since. It is most remembered for newcomer LeVar Burton as Kunta Kinte who we witness being taken into slavery in West Africa and his and his descendants subsequent lives under American slavery. It also starred Ben Vereen, John Amos, Louis Gossett, Jr., Leslie Uggams, Cicely Tyson and O.J. Simpson. Roots the Mini Series
In March of 1977 the David Frost / Richard Nixon interviews aired in in four 90 minute segments. Nixon got $600,000 which he needed and thought he could out maneuver Frost to redeem himself. Though 75% of those who watched believed Nixon guilty and had no business in public service it did manage to help redeem him as an elder statesman on matters or geo politics.The Nixon Frost interview at PBS.
Chico and the Man star Freddie Prinze died of a self inflicted bullet wound. In rapid succession a DUI, a divorce and a law suite became too much for the cocaine and Quaalude addicted star. Freddie Prinze Tribute page
Bill Murray joins the cast of Saturday Night Live replacing replacing Chevy Chase. where he also became Gilda Radner's real life boyfriend. Also Don Novello first appeared on the show as Father Guido Sarducci. Bill Murray SNL.
The Reverend Donald Wildmon upset with sex and violence of TV begins the American Family Foundation with a media blitz to "Turn the Television Off Week." Few do but it is the first rumblings of what will become known as the Religious Right. Donald Wildman at Right Wing Watch.
Outstanding Drama Series - The Rockford Files
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Edward Asner, Lou Grant
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Sada Thompson, Family
Outstanding Continuing Performance By a Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Robert Vaughn, Washington - Behind Closed Doors
Outstanding Continuing Performance By a Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Nancy Marchand, Lou Grant
Outstanding Comedy Series - All in the Family
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Carroll O'Connor, All in the Family
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Jean Stapleton, All in the Family
Outstanding Continuing Performance By a Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Rob Reiner, All in the Family
Outstanding Continuing Performance By a Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series - Julie Kavner, Rhoda
Outstanding Comedy-Variety or Music Series - The Muppet Show
Sanford and Son (1972-1977)
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