New Series 1956
The Dinah Shore Chevy Show (1956-1963) - Dinah Shore sang her way into millions of living rooms in her weekly one hour musical variety show. Brought to you by Chevrolet and the song "See the USA in your Chevrolet..." Dinah Shore
The Steve Allen Show (1956–1960) - After handing over The Tonight Show to Jack Paar Steve Allen took his zany brand of humor to a prime time comedy variety hour. With supporting cast of comedians Don Knox, Tom Posten, Louie Nye and Bill Dana in the famous Man of the Street interviews. The Steve Allen Show.
Playhouse 90 (1956–1961) - The most respected of the live drama anthologies with an unusual 90 minute format. Though in the second season it moved to video tape. A starting point for many including Rod Sterling, Robert Redford, John Frankenheimer and Sidney Lumet. Playhouse 90.,
The Price Is Right (1956–1965) - The first 10 year run hosted by Bill Cullen and announced by Don Prado was far more subdued than the second run that ran from 1972 to the present. Four contestants sat calmly behind a long studio desk and bid on products. Price is Right.
Queen for a Day (1956–1964) - Hosted by Jack Bailey who asked the live audience "Would YOU like to be Queen for a day?" Good works contestants were brought on stage, their stories told and then a winner was decided by an audience applause meter. Queen for a Day
My Friend Flicka (1956–1958)
Series End 1956
Cisco Kid (1950–1956).
Most Watched 1956 -1957
1. I Love Lucy
Television News 1956
Elvis Presley appears on the Ed Sullivan Show and Rock and Roll goes mainstream. This very sanitized version of Don't Be Cruel is indicative of the times. To be fair to Elvis Presley, below is a video of his very first television appearance and a much better example of what he was doing live in concert at the time. Elvis on Ed Sullivan
The first video recording machine is produced by Ampex. It is used to televise Douglas Edwards and the News on CBS in New York and played back three hours later on the West Coast. Ampex Tape changes Television.
The Enmmy's 1956 - 1957
Best Series, Half Hour or Less: Phil Silvers Show
TV Guide Schedule 1956
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Fiftes - Ticky Tacky - 1950s
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