CBS (ended 1958)




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CLIMAX! a dramatic anthology series hosted by William Lundigan and co-hosted by Mary Costa, brought such introductions as James Bond in Casino Royale, Philip Marlowe in The Long Goodbye Leona Stevenson in Sorry, Wrong Number and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde to the small screen. Also known as Mystery Theatre, once a month from September 30, 1954 to April 17, 1958 Shower of Stars, a variety program aired in the Climax! timespot also hosted by William Lundigan then Jack Benny. Of special note, eleven of the Climax! scripts were sold to the movies. And each episode cost upward of $40,000. Climax! was first done live then film and later taped productions. 1955 EMMY nominations Best Actress: Ethel Barrymore (nominated)"The Thirteenth Chair". Best Actress: Dorothy McGuire (nominated)"The Gioconda Smile". Best Art Direction: James Dowell Vance (nominated) Best Written Dramatic: David Dortort (nominated)"An Error In Chemistry". 1956 EMMY nominations Best Producer: Martin Manulis (nominated) Best Director: John Frankenheimer (nominated)"Portrait in Celluloid". Best Dramatic Series: (nominated) Best Camerawork: A.J. Cunningham (nominated) Best Art Direction: James Dowell Vance (nominated) Best Television Adaptation: Rod Serling (nominated)"The Champion". 1957 EMMY nominations Best Series: - one hour or more (nominated) 1958 EMMY nominations Best Dramatic Anthology Series: (nominated) Best Art Direction: Beulah Frankel (nominated)