What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Sep 04, 1966 on CBS



  • Notes

    • THE END OF SUMMER AND THE END OF AN ERA!!! Due to the fact that the next day was Labor Day, this technically was the last episode of the summer of 1966. It also was the end of an era as WML would, from that point forward, be broadcast in "living color." Unfortunately, the era ended on a rather down note as the panel went a very poor 1 for 3 on the evening. In the first game, the panel was absolutely stumped by the bat girl for the Modesto Reds, the Class A minor league affiliate of the Kansas City A's. In the second game, the panel was once again confounded. This time it was by a sponge diver from Tarpon Springs, Florida. The panel did gain some redemption in the mystery guest round as they correctly identified long-time favorite Joey Bishop who, unknown to them, was making his final-ever appearance on the show. Joey definitely looked as if he was having a great time and promoted two upcoming films he was in, "Who's Minding the Mint?" and "Texas Across the River." At the end of the evening, John mentioned that next week the show was going to be broadcast in color and, sadly, that they would be moving to a new studio, meaning that they would be getting a whole new crew. However, little did anyone know that next week would also start the countdown to the end of "The Line." - Sargebri (2008)

      As was mentioned earlier, the next week, WML would begin being broadcast in color, as were most of the other shows on television that year. However, it would also be WML's final season on CBS. In 1967, CBS executives decided to execute a purge of all of their prime time game shows including "To Tell the Truth," "I've Got a Secret" and "Password." However, this wouldn't be the only purge that CBS would engage in. In 1971, the network's new head of programming, Fred Silverman, decided to get rid of every rural-themed series on CBS in what has gone down in infamy as "The Rural Purge." After the 1970-1971 season, shows that were thought to only appeal to rural audiences as well as older viewers, including "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Mayberry RFD" and "Green Acres," as well as "The Ed Sullivan Show," were cancelled, despite the fact that many of these shows were still highly rated at the time. Ironically, the year after the purge, a rural drama set in the Depression premiered and became an instant classic. That show, of course, was "The Waltons," which ran from 1972 to 1981. - Sargebri (2008)