Lillian Brown, the makeup artist of nine US presidents, stopped Richard Nixon's sobbing before he was about to go on national television to announce his resignation by telling him a funny story so that his makeup wouldn't be ruined. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lil…
Spock was originally going to have red skin, but the idea was scrapped because the makeup looked like blackface on a monochrome television. legendsrevealed.com/enter…
Executives at McGraw Hill were curious to find out why their accountant was on television racing a Mclaren F1 GTR, chartering Concorde trips and showing up to work in a Ferrari. Turns out he had been embezzling Β£2.8 million from them the past 5 years since he was recruited! telegraph.co.uk/news/ukne…
David Hasselhoff holds the record for being the most watched man on television, appearing in various shows from the 1970's to the present, most notably starring in Baywatch which had over 1 billion weekly viewers in 1996. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dav…
Susan Bennett, the voice of Siri, also was the voice of many other things such as the voice of the public address system at Delta Airlines, or for television advertisements for many major companies like Ford, McDonald's, and the Home Depot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sus…
The actors of β€œThe Big Bang Theory” are amongst the highest paid television actors ever. Earning $1 million, plus profits per episode. businessinsider.com/big-b…
On April Fools Day 1965 the BBC aired an interview with the supposed inventor of "SmelloVision" who cut onions and brewed coffee to prove he could transmit scents through a television screen. Viewers called and confirmed that they had received the smells. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sme…
Even though Philo Farnsworth, the inventor of electronic television, was disappointed by it for most of his life, he changed his mind the day he saw Neil Armstrong walk on the Moon thanks to his invention, telling his wife "this has made it all worthwhile". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
β€žPut Him in Buccaβ€œ was a Candid Camera Style Iraqi television program. Fake bombs were placed in celebritiesβ€˜ cars without their knowledge and soliders in on the prank β€ždiscoveredβ€œ them at military checkpoints. The celebrities then were threatened with detention and execution. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Put…
Up until 1972, tennis balls used to be black and white, and were changed to their neon color today because people had trouble seeing them on television. cnn.com/style/article/art…
The tallest structure in the United States is a television broadcast tower in North Dakota en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KVL…
Sean Connery wasn't the first to portray James Bond on screen. In 1954 a live television adaptation of Casino Royale aired, starring American actor Barry Nelson as Bond. tvobscurities.com/2009/02…
"I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (In Perfect Harmony)" is a pop song that originated as the jingle "Buy the World a Coke" in the 1971 "Hilltop" television commercial costing $250k ($1.6m today). The New Seekers later recorded the song which climbed to UK #1 and US #7 in 1971 and 1972. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I%2…
In 1977, a speaker claiming to be a representative of an intergalactic government hijacked British television, warning humanity to give up its weapons en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Carole Hersee from Test Card F holds the Guinness World record for the longest television appearance in history - nearly 8 continuous years. She also designed clothes for the films Last Emperor and Flash Gordon. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tes…
Today I learned about Jerry Mander, an American activist and author best known for his 1978 book "Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television", in which he argues that many of the problems with television are inherent in the medium and technology itself, and thus cannot be reformed. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fou…
While the British TV show "The Avengers" started being filmed in color in 1966, UK viewers could only watch it in black and white, as there was no color broadcasting in their country. However, this decision was made with US export in mind, as Americans already did have color television in 1966. shropshirestar.com/news/l…
Today I learned of the BBC series Casualty. At 34 seasons and more than 1100 episodes it is the longest-running emergency medical drama television series in the world en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cas…
Only 2 of 4 members of hit 70s disco band Boney M sang on their studio recordings. The iconic deep baritone of Bobby Farrell was actually their producer Frank Farian. In live performances backing vocalist helped to mitigate the vocal deficiencies. Television performances were lip synced. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bon…
The first depiction of breastfeeding on television was in Sesame Street in 1977. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bre…
Disney television enforced a 65th Episode Rule from the late 1990s-mid 2000s. With 65 episodes, one episode can be broadcast each weekday, reaching the 65th episode at the end of the 13th week. This is why shows Lizzie McGuire and Even Stevens were canceled at their peak of popularity fr24news.com/a/2020/04/di…
Broadcast television lasted 13 years before the first commercial was shown on NBC for a watch. bebusinessed.com/history/…
To avoid confusion, television broadcasts of 'Inception' in Japan include text in the corner of the screen to remind viewers which level of the dream each scene takes place in. famousfix.com/topic/incep…
Some people experience visual snow, a condition in which they continuously see white or black flickering dots similar to that of a television screen en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vis…
I'm the aftermath of the Soviet Unions collapse, thousands of statues of Lenin and Stalin were toppled. In Yekaterinburg there was a statue put in place of a popular television character based on Al Bundy from Married With Children. Gena Bukin from the Russian sitcom "Being Happy Together" tripadvisor.com/Attractio…
The domain name ".tv" is actually the country code domain for Tuvalu, a country in Polynesia. Due to its popularity from its similarity to 'television', the Tuvalu government sought to capitalize on it and nearly 10% of its revenue comes from royalties from .tv addresses. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/.tv
"Korla Pandit's Adventures In Music" was television's first all-music program. Korla Pandit claimed to be from Delhi and became friends with celebrities like Errol Flynn and Bob Hope. In truth, he was an African-American, which was revealed only after his death. His son refused to believe it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kor…
Because UK television wasn't allowed to use the word "ninja" in kids' programming titles in the 1980s, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles became known as Hero Turtles there. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nin…
The creators of the Game of Thrones TV series, Benioff and Weiss, had no prior experience in television and only limited experience writing movie scripts. Their original pilot episode was so poorly received at test screenings that HBO demanded that they re-shoot 90% of it. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gam…
Back in February of 2013 a guy hacked into his local television station and broadcasted on the emergency service that zombies are attacking the city youtu.be/f3cuD9ApBs8
The first time Led Zeppelin allowed one of their songs to be used in a television series was The Sopranos season three 'Fortunate Son', which aired in 2001. latimes.com/entertainment…
Blazing Saddles had a television spin off that ran for four seasons, of which only one episode was ever aired. The series was made to get around a contract with Mel Brooks that required a TV show before they could make a sequel film, WB simply made an series without telling Brooks. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bla…
Prior to After Earth's (2013) abysmal box-office performance, Will Smith had plans for the film to spawn a sequel, an animated television series, a video game, theme-park attractions, and a social media platform. screenrant.com/will-smith…
For the 1990 film "Arachnophobia," advertisers were uncertain as to whether they should market the film as a thriller or a comedy. Therefore, television spots promoting the film billed it as a "thrill-omedy". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ara…
The opening scene for the first episode of The Grand Tour cost Β£2.5 million (equivalent to $3.2 million) to make, making it the most expensive scene made in television history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
All of the adult-male parts on You Can't Do That on Television were played by the same actor: Les Lye en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Les…
The 30 second ad on television was created after tobacco companies could no longer advertise (1971), that the 15 second ad was inspired by MTV (1984), and that the "unskippable" 5 second ad was created by Geico after research showed 94 percent of YouTube viewers skipped prerolled ads (2015) cbc.ca/radio/undertheinfl…
To disprove reports of his death after a weeks-long disappearance, the President of Turkmenistan appeared on state television driving a rally car around a flaming gas crater known as "Hell's Gate" abc.net.au/news/2019-08-0…
Lisa Kudrow's (Phoebe from FRIENDS) first recurring television role was Ursula Buffay, the eccentric waitress on the NBC sitcom Mad About You. She reprises her role as Phoebe Buffay some time later, and also Cameos as Ursula, her twin sister. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
,the longest running animation series is "Sazae-San",the anime began airing in Japan in October 1969 and it's still ongoing.The show currently holds the Guinness World Record for the longest-running animated television series.lt has also been adapted into a radio show and theatric plays. guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Today I learned about American television pioneer Philo T. Farnsworth invented the first functional image dissector in 1927. On September 7 of that year, the image dissector successfully transmitted its first image, a simple straight line. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ima…
The 1983 movie "Trading Places" with Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy became a Christmas Eve classic in Italy, being broadcast by Italian television every year since 1986. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tra…
Betty White's television career has gone on for so long that her first job was in 1939 and involved singing songs on one of the first experimental TV channels en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bet…
The world's first television commercial aired on July 1, 1941was only 10 seconds long, and was an advertisement for Bulova watches. It cost the company a total of $9. businessinsider.com/first…
Today I learned about Marion Stokes, a Philadelphia woman who began taping whatever was on television in 1979 and didn't stop until her death in 2012.. The 71,000 VHS and Betamax tapes she made are the most complete collection preserving this era of TV. They are being digitized by the Internet Archive. atlasobscura.com/articles…
The Radio Corporation of America of Harrison, New Jersey, invented the test pattern for black-and-white television in 1939. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ind…
"Green Screening" is known as a "Chroma Key" in the television and movie industry since any distinct and uniform color can be used--not just green--as long as the foreground is visually different from the background. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
Petra, the Blue Peter dog for 15 years, who was so loved there is even a statue of her at BBC television centre, was actually a replacement. The original Petra died two days after her debut and the show makers hastily found a lookalike to avoid upsetting the viewers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blu…
Today I learned about John Carpenter who called his father on the popular television show "Who wants to be a Millionaire" and told him that he was going to win the million dollars. youtube.com/watch?v=2f9OJ…
Rian Johnson directed both the much maligned 'The Last Jedi' and the Breaking Bad episode 'Ozymandias' which is widely considered one one the best episodes in the best series in the history of television. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ria…

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