If there is anyone who asks why there are no more variety TV shows (& American Idol doesn't count!), look no further than infamous sportscaster Howard Cosell's attempt at being the Major Bowes of the 1970's.
Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell was ABC's muddled attempt to cling onto an already dying genre by bringing major luminaries from both the sports & entertainment fields in one mulligan stew of a variety show which had everything from a warmed-over Scottish pop band, The Bay City Rollers to John Wayne giving a Right-wing screed about violently doing away with anti-American hippie types. And worst of all, Mr. Cosell had the CHUTZPAH to have athletes (as well as himself) SING! Just be thankful that TV today isn't as bad as it was over 30 years ago!moreless
Saturday Night Live With Howard Cosell was the answer to a question that no one asked. By the time it premiered,television audiences had pretty much given up on the old-style variety show. Only the Carol Burnett Show,with its heavy emphasis on comedy,was doing well. ABC thought that a one hour show,broadcast live,and featuring Howard Cosell as host,would be just the ticket. Boy,were they wrong. Cosell,then riding high as one of the commentators on Monday Night Football,was the man folks loved to hate. This is fine when the main focus is a football game;not so good when you\'re asking a guy to be the next Ed Sullivan. Live satellite feeds,pop singers,comedians,and sports personalities were all part of the mix,but it didn\'t matter. The show was canceled after half a season.moreless
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