Milton Berle needed a break, so he asked for a week off each month. Replacing his Texaco Star Theater every four weeks was The Buick Circus Hour. The series, originating live from New York, starred Joe E. Brown as a past his prime clown, Delores Gray as a young, naive singer, and John Raitt as the circus owner. The setting provided ample opportunity for many songs and circus acts. It lasted one season.