What's My Line?

Season 18 Episode 44


Aired Sunday 10:30 PM Jul 02, 1967 on CBS



  • Notes

    • During the end credits, Hal Simms announced that this episode was prerecorded. From Gil Fates' logs, we know this episode was taped on June 18, 1967. In his logs, Gil Fates also notes, "Call this preemption #25A since it was not seen in New York City." - Suzanne (2004)

      Both "WML?" and its lead-in, "Candid Camera," were preempted on this day by the New York CBS flagship station, WCBS-TV (Channel 2), in favor of a locally produced, hour-long CBS-TV special, "Eye on Art: The Walls Come Tumbling Down," which ran from 10:00 to 11:00 PM. This color special was described by The New York Times in the television listings section of its July 2, 1967 edition thus: "Experimental trends and the artist's changing role in the 1960's." The narrator was WCBS's arts and entertainment editor, Leonard Harris, who would subsequently appear on the syndicated "WML?" in its later years as a guest panelist. - W-B (2008)

      This special "Eye on Art" presentation received a full-court press in the New York Metropolitan Edition of the July 1-7, 1967 issue of TV Guide magazine. The description of the program (designated as a "Discussion") was given in the program listings section on page A-30 as follows:

      "'The Walls Come Tumbling Down,' a look of 'what's happening' on the New York art scene: sculptures made of neon lights, moving steel and large plywood shapes; a bizarre phone booth, and 'total art' that is something like psychedelic interior decoration. This study traces current trends back to the abstract expressionism of Willem de Kooning and Jackson Pollock. Among those artists observed at work and in relaxation are Claes Oldenburg, Robert Rauschenberg, Barnett Newman and Jackie Cassen. The late Jackson Pollock is seen working on two of his action constructions."

      A full-page complementary advertisement purchased by Channel 2 was seen on the adjacent TV Guide page A-31, with this ad copy:

      "Paintings in the '60s may rock, shake, shimmy or spill over the floor. What they must not do is just hang there. WCBS-TV brings you an inside look at the art revolution that is breaking through conventional 'walls of canvas'...takes viewers to the Museum of Modern Art for the retrospective show of Jackson Pollock (a fiery forerunner in the movement)...and presents some of the artists (Tony Smith, Robert Rauschenberg and others) who are currently exciting and/or scandalizing the public. Narrated by WCBS-TV News correspondent Leonard Harris."

      While Channel 2 "passed" on "WML?" and "Candid Camera" on this occasion -- and preempted them both -- the two mainstay CBS programs were shown this evening by the Hartford, Connecticut CBS affiliate, WTIC-TV (Channel 3, now WFSB-TV). - W-B (2008)