Toast of the Town

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Welcome to the Toast of the Town guide at tv.com.
The Toast of the Town guide covers the first 7 seasons of Ed Sullivan's long-running variety series. (Seasons 8 through 23 are on the The Ed Sullivan Show guide.)
In 1948, the fledgling CBS television network was planning a weekly variety series. Newpaper columnist Ed Sullivan was chosen as host. The series premiered on June 20, 1948. From the very first broadcast, Mr. Sullivan was criticized for his lack of charisma. He looked stiff, awkward and uncomfortable. But Sullivan had an understanding of show business and his show gradually gained a following. On September 18, 1955, the series was given its new title The Ed Sullivan Show
Thanks to everyone who's helped on this guide, including:
--Jim Brent (of Burbank, CA), who provided most of the guest lists from 1952 through 1960.

Ed Sullivan

Ed Sullivan

Host

Bern Bennett

Bern Bennett

Announcer (1948-1949)

Ralph Paul

Ralph Paul

Announcer (1964-1971)

Art Hannes

Art Hannes

Announcer (1949-1964)

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