Camera Three

CBS (ended 1980)




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Camera Three started out as an obscure program that was seen locally in New York before going national on January 22, 1956. It was a daring program with a cultural flavor displaying the arts in all forms from plays to poetry, to music and faith. Airing on CBS Sunday mornings at 11:30 and other places even earlier it was a daring concept hosted by James Macandrew a type of experimentation taking people into different worlds and lifestyles and lasting 24 years on television. Camera Three was an expression of that small and goodly company of directors, producers, writers, technicians, actors and musicians who pump fresh blood into the channels of television. Without them the industry's creativity would soon disappear. Starting out as local New York City program, Camera Three premiered on Saturday, May 16th, 1953 as a co-production between WCBS-TV and the State Education Department of the University of the State of New York, with James Macandrew as the Host and Moderator. The program ran from 2-2:45PM and it's panel of experts covered all manner of topics, from Shakespeare to economics and everything in between. In April of 1954 it won a Peabody Award in the Television Education category, shared with with station KNXT in Los Angeles for its Cavalcade of Books series. The series dramatized classic works of literature, including Herman Melville's "Moby Dick", Edgar Allen Poe's "The Tell-Tale Heart", and over the course of eight weeks in November and December of 1955, Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment". In September of 1978, the network announced that it was cancelling Camera Three, alongside Lamp Unto My Feet and Look Up and Live, to make room for a ninety-minute news show called "Sunday Morning". It was last shown on Sunday, January 21st, 1979. In July of 1979, however, it was announced that PBS, through Boston's WGBH station, would revive Camera Three. It premiered at 9:30PM on Thursday, October 4th, 1979, although individual PBS affiliates presumably could air it other times as well. From October of 1979 to July of 1980, PBS aired 40 episodes of Camera Three, 24 repeats and 16 new episodes. Most sources give July 10th, 1980 as the last broadcast but it was still being shown in early 1983.moreless