What's My Line?

Season 16 Episode 9

PREEMPTED WEEK #17 OF 25

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Aired Daily 12:00 AM Nov 01, 1964 on CBS
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      • The other major networks had news about the upcoming elections scheduled, so it is likely CBS did the same. A long football game is a highly unlikely event, and a near impossibility. There was no "overtime" in regular-season games back in those days. With shorter commercial breaks, most pro football games ran about 2-1/2 hours. As a teenager at the time, and intensely interested in space travel and astronauts, I don't remember the death of the astronaut in the plane crash as being treated as "big news." At least, not big enough news to warrant a special program. - cpdelta (2004)

      • From Arne (2004)

        From internet research, here are some possible explanations for the November 1, 1964 "What's My Line?" preemption:

        November 3, 1964 was to be the U.S. Presidential Election day (incumbent Democratic U.S. President Lyndon B. Johnson running against Republican challenger Barry Goldwater, Sr.) The network may have decided at the last minute to air some pre-election coverage.

        There may also have been some news coverage surrounding one of the following events:

        On November 1, 1964, the first attack by Viet Cong against Americans in Vietnam occurred at Bien Hoa air base, 12 miles north of Saigon. A pre-dawn mortar assault killed five Americans, two South Vietnamese, and wounded nearly a hundred others.

        On November 1, 1964, Astronaut Theodore C. Freeman died in an aircraft accident at Ellington Air Force Base, near Houston. Freeman, an Air Force captain and a member of NASA's third group of spacemen, was preparing to land his T-38 training jet when it struck a goose and lost power. He ejected from his aircraft, but did not have sufficient altitude for his parachute to open. Freeman thus became the first American astronaut to lose his life in the quest for the moon.

        There were several NFL games on this date (KC vs Denver, Houston vs Buffalo Bills, Oakland vs San Diego, Cleveland vs Pittsburgh). If CBS was airing one of these games, perhaps it went beyond its scheduled time, and the network needed to change the programming schedule for this evening.

      • Per Gil Fates' handwritten logs, WML was preempted this week for the seventeenth time in its history. However, from Matt Ottinger's collection of vintage TV Guide magazines, we know that TV Guide actually lists an episode airing this week, with Victor Borge on the panel. So now the mystery is, what would have been their last-minute preemption? - Suzanne (2003)

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