Hour Glass

NBC (ended 1947)


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Hour Glass

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At a time when only eleven television stations were on the air, this variety program was truly a pioneering effort. Standard Brands coughed up the unprecedented sum of $200,000 in this experiment to see what what worked (and what didn't) in the new medium. Helen Parrish was the hostess of the series which originated from a small studio at NBC's headquarters in Rockefeller Center in New York City. (Entertainer Jay Marshall, recalling his appearance on the show in an article in "Billboard" 6/14/1947 said the studio measured 40x60 feet.) Reviews of the early episodes were harsh, complaining of the program's lack of continuity to tie the acts together and of bad camera work that, for example, would show dancers only from the waist up. Those in charge learned quickly; by the end of its run, reviews were glowing. The network's stations were in New York, Philadelphia and Schenectady, though it's not clear the program was seen on the whole net at the beginning.moreless
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  • great old-scholl TV.

    This was a pretty good television series. As is normal with good television shows, this one did not last long enough. This is a show that I would suggest watching if you get the chance. Check the bargain bins at Wal-Mart, the online movies sites (Amazon.com and such) and all of the cable channels that run old shows. Nick at Nite and TV Land are great for theses kind of shows. They will even do a week long spot for shows that only had 6 or so episodes. Then you have your super stations. They run a bunch of old shows too. All in all a pretty good show that did not get a good enough chance. Sometimes it is a simple as the show it is up against. Look at Law & Order. It is one of the longest running shows on TV. They moved it to go up against Lost. After about 2 weeks of getting pounded in the ratings it was moved back to it's original time slot. Shows like this should be given more of an opportunity.


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