The Sonny & Cher Show

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The Sonny & Cher Show

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Following their very public and bitter divorce, Sonny & Cher each hosted their own variety series. With their solo ventures limping along after one season, a professional reconciliation was reached and the duo reteamed for The Sonny & Cher Show in February 1976.The new series debuted to outstanding ratings and high expectations. With a whole new array of comedy sketches and sets, Sonny & Cher sought to rekindle their former primetime success. Unfortunately, the show never reached the status that their former series, The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour had. While the stars felt that the show was funnier than ever, audiences were not to keen on the couple's new relationship. Many of the barbs that catipulted them into the top ten two years ago didn't go over very well with viewers, now that the couple was divorced. By the end of the 1975-1976 season the show had slipped to number 23 in the Nielson Ratings, not a bad spot, but not on par with CBS's original expectations. The second season of the series brought few changes to the format. An attempt to romantically reunite Sonny & Cher (or at least their alter egos, LaVerne and Alvin) did not seem to be enough to keep the show from slipping in the ratings. Many felt all attempts to catipult the show back into the top 10 were too little too late. Then, to add insult to injury, CBS moved the show from their native Sunday night timeslot, to Fridays at 9, and then finally to Monday at 10. By August 1977 the show had fallen out of the top thirty, the first time in five years. This proved to be enough of a reason to cancel the series. On August 29, 1977 the last episode of the Sonny & Cher Show was aired, thus closing the book on the decades most memorable and beloved variety series.moreless

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  • The Sonny & Cher show

    10
    This is a series they did after the divorce. It premiered with much fan fare. The Sonny & Cher comedy hour was such a huge hit variety show that after the couple broke up the show was over. Both tried doing it on there own. CHER had a little more success then Sonny but the drain of doing a series on her own wore thin and CHER agreed to go back to work with Sonny to do a new variety show. Rumors were all over the place as CHER had run off and married rock star Gregg Allman 9 days after her divorce from Sonny. The tabloids had Sonny & Cher getting remarried but those were false. CHER was again working with Sonny but married and preggy with Gregg Allman's baby. Yep, this was CHER's life at the time. The first outing of the new series had loads of guest stars. Sonny & Cher began the show with like the old show but this time the stage had both there names with a hand that had the fingers crossed. No one knew weather it would work or if they would be funny like they were in the Sonny & Cher comedy hour. They were announced and both came out together to an adoring applause and they talked about there mixed up life divorce etc.... It was awkward but naturally funny. Afterward they sang "LOVE WILL KEEP US TOGETHER". That first outing was one of the much watch shows of all time. It is right up there with Who shot JR and the last episode of "MASH". The rating sadly lapsed and the show lasted a couple of years before being canceled. I have NEVER seen that first show together after the divorce on youtube or anywhere else. It was not included in the Sonny & Cher show DVD set. It's to bad because many legendary acts guest started on that premiere show. Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Bob Hope and many more....... Everyone wanted to do a cameo on that first show it seemed because the press was having a field day with the re teaming of these two after the messy divorce. The network advertised it heavily. This was way before reality television folks. I wnder why that first show airing is not online anywhere?moreless
  • Sonny and Cher singing and kind of acting and generally having fun with their friends.

    8.7
    This is another 70's variety show, this one featuring the singing duo of Sonny and Cher. Sonny and Cher were a big at the time as a singing duo in the 1960's. They went through a couple very public rough patches including a nasty divorce. They patched things up good enough to do a variety show together and it was a big hit. This was their second primetime success. The show included sketch comedy and musical performances. Away from the show the two had much success with their music recording. Sonny went on to be come a Republican Congressman from California until his untimely death in a skiing accident. Cher continued her singing career and even moved into acting where she won an Oscar for her performance in "Moonstruck." Fun to watch at the time, I'm not sure how it would play today.

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  • Another 70's variety show, this one featuring the singing duo of Sonny and Cher.

    9.0
    Sonny and Cher were a big hit as a singing duo in the 1960's. They went through a couple very public rough patches including a nasty divorce. They patched things up good enough to do a variety show together and it was a big hit. This was their second primetime success. The show included sketch comedy and musical performances.



    Away from the show the two had much success with their music recording. Sonny went on to be come a Republican Congressman from California until his untimely death in a skiing accident. Cher continued her singing career and even moved into acting where she won an Oscar for her performance in "Moonstruck."moreless
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