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    The Spike Jones Show

    The Spike Jones Show

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    CBS (ended 1961)
    Bandleader Spike Jones, and and his group the City Slickers bring variety music and great skits together for this weekly series that aired in the 50's and 60's.
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    The Leslie Uggams Show

    The Leslie Uggams Show

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    CBS (ended 1969)
    The Leslie Uggams Show took over the time slot of the controversial--and cancelled--Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour. This was the first variety show headed by an African-American since The Nat "King" Cole Show in the 1950s. The series boasted an integrated cast and crew which was, and still is, a rarity in network television.
    A memorable feature of the series was a recurring sketch called "Sugar Hill" about a blue-collar family. Uggams and her construction worker husband lived with her mom, brother and hippie sister.
    Tossed against Bonanza, the show didn't stand much of a ratings chance. It aired for half of a season, before being replaced by The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.moreless
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    Talent Scouts

    Talent Scouts

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    CBS (ended 1963)
    Talent Scouts was a summer replacement series and a revival of Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts which ran for ten years ending from 1948-1958. First hosted by Jim Backus for the summer of 1962 as a replacement for The Garry Moore Show, the program had celebrity guests that introduced and mentored young hopeful talent. In it's second season it was a summer replacement for The Red Skelton Show and was now hosted by Merv Griffin. Some of the newcomers that appeared were George Carlin, Jackie Vernon, John Byner, Charles Nelson Reilly, Louise Lasser, Lily Tomlin, Vic Dana and the Herb Hancock Trio.moreless
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    Liberace

    Liberace

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    CBS (ended 1988)
    TV movie about the legendary pianist (1919-1987)