New Series 1979
Benson (1979-1986) - A spin off of the successful series SOAP, the butler Benson played by Robert Guillaume moves up to the Governors Mansion. The series follows the wise cracking Benson around the house as he deals with the scattered brained Governor and his dysfunctional family. Also starring James Noble, Missy Gold, Inga Swenson and Jerry Seinfild's first regular gig. Benson TV series.
The Dukes of Hazzard (1979-1985) - Backwoods Georgia moonshiners and cousins Bo and Luke Duke, their 1969 Dodge Charger named the General Lee and their hot girlfriend foil inept police and crooked politicians. Starring Tom Wopat, John Schneider, Catherine Bach, Denver Pyle, Rick Hurst and Sonny Shroyer it becomes a smash hit airing just before the reigning top TV show, Dallas. Dukes of Hazzard website.
The Facts of Life (1979-1988) - A spin-off of Diff'rent Strokes A private school housemother who instills values into her live in brood. Starring Charlotte Rae, John Lawlor, Jenny O'Hara, Lisa Whelchel, Felice Schachter, Julie Piekarski, Kim Fields, Molly Ringwald, Jullie Anne Haddock, and Mindy Cohn. Facts of Life Website.
Nightline (1979-present) - A nightly news show first aired on November 8, 1979 in response to the Iran Hostage Crisis. With Ted Koppel replacing Frank Reynolds it soon became clear that ABC had finally found something to compete with NBC's Johnny Carson. It became a regular nightly show still in production today.
Hart to Hart (1979-1984)
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (1979-1981)
Archie Bunker's Place (1979-1983)
Trapper John, M.D. (1979-1986)
Knots Landing (1979-1993)
Television News 1979
Kurt Russell as Elvis
Elvis! - A TV movie directed by John Carpenter and starring Kurt Russell - who was nominated for an Emmy for his portrayal of Elvis Presley. Kurt Russell did not do the singing which was dubbed by country singer Ronnie McDowell. It drew 43 million viewers. Kurt Russell as Elvis!
C-Span the United States Congress cable channel is launched
The Movie Channel begins broadcasting.
The Emmy's for 1979 - 1980
Outstanding Drama Series - Lou Grant
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series - Ed Asner, Lou Grant
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series - Barbara Bel Geddes, Dallas
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - Stuart Margolin, The Rockford Files
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series - Nancy Marchand, Lou Grant
Outstanding Comedy Series - Taxi
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series - Richard Mulligan, Soap
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series - Cathryn Damon, Soap
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series - Harry Morgan, M*A*S*H
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy or Variety or Music Series - Loretta Swit, M*A*S*H
Outstanding Variety or Music Program - IBM Presents Baryshnikov on Broadway
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All in the Family (1971-1979)
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