(1) "LIVE" WATCH: The kinescope copy of tonight's live transmission is the 29th surviving such show from within the post-Dorothy era to keep the "live" wording intact on announcer Johnny Olson's intro.
(2) "WML?" PANEL WATCH: Tonight, Jayne Meadows becomes the third female guest panelist in the post-Kilgallen era - and the second if not counting regular guest panelist Phyllis Newman - to be introduced first and sit on the far end of the panel. It should be noted that prior to the beginning of the "curtain entrance" era in 1955, there were some instances of female guest panelists introduced first, whenever Miss Kilgallen was off; but for several years from about 1955-1956 until after Dorothy's passing, Arlene Francis was usually introduced first whenever Dolly Mae was on vacation, or assignment, or otherwise indisposed, as well as the usual procedure of Miss Francis' alternating with the "Voice of Broadway" columnist in taking the far seat on the panel desk.
(3) One of the co-stars of "Dinner at Eight" alongside Arlene was Mindy Carson. Miss Carson was a pop singer of the late 1940's and into the 1950's who had recorded for such labels as RCA Victor and Columbia. Among her better known hits were the double-sided smash "Candy and Cake" / "My Foolish Heart" (RCA Victor 20-3204, 1950), and "Wake the Town and Tell the People" (Columbia [4-]40537, 1955). She also had a minor hit with a novelty duet with Guy Mitchell, "('Cause I Love You) That's a-Why" (Columbia [4-]39879), in 1952. Like most pop singers who became famous in the pre-rock 'n' roll era, Miss Carson's run on the charts faded after the mid-to-late 1950's (one of her last significant chart entries was a cover of Ivory Joe Hunter's "Since I Had You Baby," released on Columbia [4-]40789 in 1956), and she then appeared in various Broadway productions over the next several years, including the aforementioned "Dinner at Eight" revival.
(4) "WML?" CREDITS CRUNCH WATCH: The overly odious "crunching" procedure for the end credit sequence was once again applied by GSN on its most recent airing of tonight's show on January 18, 2008.
(5) Following the January 18, 2008 airing of tonight's show, GSN ran the April 30, 1962 edition of "I've Got a Secret," hosted by Garry Moore. The panel on this edition consisted of Alan King (filling in for Bill Cullen who was still on vacation), Betsy Palmer, Henry Morgan and Bess Myerson, and the celebrity guest was noted opera singer Helen Traubel. The first guests were the famed Tin Pan Alley songwriters and brothers Charles Tobias, Harry Tobias and Henry Tobias. - W-B (2008)