A big thank you to CHCH Morning Live hosts Tim Bolen and Annette Hamm as well as producer Tansy Ko for inviting me on Wednesday to talk about my latest pet project — a special “TV on Film” 16mm screening. It premieres this Saturday at 1 p.m. at The Westdale Theatre in Hamilton and repeats again next Wednesday, Sept. 27.
On the big Westdale screen will be projected rare, 16mm reels from 1963 and 1972 showcasing new and returning shows on CBS. The Tiffany network earned its nickname in ’72 with a killer rookie lineup, including major hits M*A*S*H, Maude, The Waltons and The Bob Newhart Show. They joined a dominant network schedule which already included TV’s No. 1 series, All in the Family, plus The Mary Tyler Moore Show, The Carol Burnett Show, Hawaii Five-0 and Mission: Impossible.
I’ll be there putting these shows in context with the times. The half-hour, 1963 reel, “CBS: The Stars Address,” features legendary news anchor Walter Cronkite. He announces that the CBS Nightly News will be expanded from 15 minutes to a full 30 minutes that fall. This is a generation before all-news networks such as CNN or Fox News.
Just two months after the 1963 CBS Fall Preview reel was circulated among affiliate stations to promote the new season, Cronkite spent four straight days on the air in the wake of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy.
Also between films, I’ll be quizzing theatergoers with TV trivia questions. Some very cool prizes will be awarded, thanks to generous contributions from the streaming service Paramount+ — part of the CBS family and a sponsor here at brioux.tv — as well as our friends at CBC.
Watch the video for more details. To get tickets, follow this link to @thewestdale.ca.