Nick at Nite Programming: The Ed Sullivan Show

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  1. Steve Arino

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    Hello Out There From TV Land,

    Steve Arino here, wanting to talk with you about another series that aired, in this case briefly, in reruns on Nick at Nite: "The Ed Sullivan Show," reruns of which consisted of 30-minute episodes of "The Ed Sullivan Show" airing from April 29, 1996 - April 29, 1997.

    "The Ed Sullivan Show" made its Nick at Nite debut on April 29, 1996 at 10 P.M. ET / PT as part of the opening night of Nick at Nite's TV Land (later shortened simply to TV Land), after which reruns began airing regularly on Nick at Nite on Saturday nights at 11:30 P.M. ET / PT as part of a weekly rotating programming block from May 4, 1996 - July 6, 1996 known as "Nick at Nite's TV Land Sampler."

    After its weekly Nick at Nite airings ended, "The Ed Sullivan Show" would air twice more on Nick at Nite, both times as part of TV Land Simulcasts "Vote for TV Land" (hosted by Pat Paulsen) on August 18, 1996 and "TV Land's Really Big Shows" on April 29, 1997.

    For 23 years, Edward Vincent "Ed" Sullivan, a homely newspaper columnist from New York City, New York (where he was born on September 28, 1901) was Mr. Sunday Night to millions of American viewers, helping introduce such acts to America as The Beatles, The Dave Clark Five, The Rolling Stones & Topo Gigio.

    Originally making its debut as "Toast of the Town" on June 20, 1948, the series was conceived as a vehicle for Ed Sullivan, with the series becoming "The Ed Sullivan Show" in September 1955, at the start of the show's 8th season.

    During its peak, "The Ed Sullivan Show" introduced acts from comedians a la Joan Rivers to musicians and bands e.g. The Beatles to Broadway casts of shows such as "Oliver," "Camelot" and "South Pacific" and other acts in between, but by the early 1970s, the audience for "Sullivan" was becoming "too old," not "too small," and as a result, CBS unceremoniously canceled "The Ed Sullivan Show" in early 1971, with the unannounced series finale telecast on March 28, 1971.

    3 years later, in September 1974, just before his Birthday, Ed Sullivan, already battling advanced Dementia, was diagnosed with terminal Esophogeal Cancer, a condition Sullivan's family, including daughter Betty, chose to keep from Ed, who would die of the Cancer on October 13, 1974, 15 days after his 73rd Birthday; Ed's memory lives on, however, thanks to Nick at Nite and TV Land as well as the Decades channel, which will begin airing "Ed Sullivan Show" reruns this Fall.
     

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