February 5, 1967-June 8, 1969. This program is a repeat. "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour" was a breath of fresh air, but to CBS the Smothers Brothers seemed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, with the wrong things to say.
Actor-singer Dean Jones is the host for this weekly melange of satire aimed at every facet of American life.
Guests: Janet Leigh, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Carol Robinson, Ken Greenwald. Series regulars include Dick Clair and Jenna McMahon, (lampooning modern life), singer Gerri Granger(who joins the company in the weekly vaudeville show segment), and commentator Alex Dreier, (spoofing documentaries.)
Created and produced by Saul Iison and Ernest Chambers, who originated "The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour."
The show ran from February 6th, 1969-May 1st, 1969. In late March, the show became "The Dean Jones Variety Hour." Both formats proved unsuccessful and the series was dropped after a thirteen week run.
Seventh show of the series.
September 25, 1962-June 23, 1970. One of television's most inventive and popular comedians, Red Skelton hosted his own series for twenty years, seven of them in a one-hour format, "The Red Skelton Hour" on CBS. Skelton began his television career on NBC September 30, 1951 with a half-hour filmed variety series lasting until June 21, 1953. He then began his CBS affiliation, and began hosting "The Red Skelton Show," a half-hour variety show broadcast live until October 18, 1960, and subsequently on videotape. This series aired from October 13, 1953, continuing until June 26, 1962. From July 21, 1954 through September 8, 1954, "The Red Skelton Revue" was broadcast live on CBS in a one-hour format. Red Skelton returned to NBC in a half-hour taped format for his final series. "Red" as the show was known, premiered September 14, 1970. The first four broadcasts included introductions by Vice President Spiro T. Agnew (September 14, 1970), Dean Martin (September 21, 1970), Jack Benny (September 28, 1970), and Johnny Carson (October 5, 1970) who got his big break writing for Skelton in the early 1950's. Red Skelton's last first-run regularly scheduled television program aired on March 15, 1971.
1971-1973 (Syndicated). This half-hour variety series was hosted by singer Kenny Rogers and his group, the First Edition. In the fall of 1972 the show's title was changed to "Rollin' with Kenny Rogers and the First Edition."
Glen's guests are Valerie Harper, Paul Lynde, and The Raiders. Plus regulars: Larry McNeely, R.G. Brown, Mike Curb Congregation, Marty Paich orchestra.
Musical Highlights: The Raiders perform "Birds of a Feather". The Raiders & Glen sing "Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian".
Comedy Sketches: Valerie Harper (Rhoda on "The Mary Tyler Moore Show") in her singing debut, and playing the six wives of Henry VIII (Paul Lynde).