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…
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…
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
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…
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…
One of television’s first interracial kisses, between Star Trek’s Captain Kirk and Lieutenant Uhura, was originally supposed to be between Spock and Uhura. However, when William Shatner (Captain Kirk) heard, he said 'If anybody is gonna get to kiss Lieutenant Uhura it’s gonna be me.’ syfy.com/syfywire/little-…
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…
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…
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…
Professor Farnsworth from Futurama is named after the man who invented television. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
By 2010, MTV was not focusing on music anymore. As part of their re-branding, they dropped the long-running tagline β€œMusic Television” from their logo, officially ending their music video era. rollingstone.com/culture/…
In 1958 Cuba became the second country in the world to have color TV broadcasts. However, the Cuban Revolution made them end in 1959 after broadcasting stations were seized, and Cuban television then remained solely black and white until 1975. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
The television show Community had a 3 year long Beetlejuice gag with hardly any payoff. youtube.com/watch?v=19FMU…
Other than huge global sports events like the Olympics and FIFA World Cups, the most watched television broadcasts of all time have been Muhammad Ali boxing matches, with the Ali-Spinks 1978 fight topping the list. He regularly drew global television audiences in the 70s and 80s. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Roger Bowen, who played Lt. Col. Henry Blake in the 1970 film MASH, died one day after the death of McLean Stevenson, who played Lt. Col. Henry Blake in the television adaptation of the film en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rog…
The Hubble telescope can take images that are 1.5 Billion Pixels. More than can be fit on 600 HD television screens. The largest and sharpest image being that of the Andromeda Galaxy. sci.esa.int/web/hubble/-/…
Today I learned of the E/I or educational and informative standards that regulate the content of network television programming aimed at a youth audience, forcing networks to drop the classic Saturday morning cartoons. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Reg…
In 1987 the first episode of the British youth television show Network 7 featured a live demonstration of how to clone a credit card and showed it working. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Net…
Today I learned of Dawn Wells, the first woman to wear short shorts on television as she played Mary Ann on Gilligan’s Island parade.com/253846/linzlow…
William Safire was asked to prepare a speech for president Nixon to read on television to the world if Buzz Aldrin and Neil Armstrong became stranded on the moon. businessinsider.com/nixon…
Richard Pryor hosted his own kids show on network television that drew comparisons to sesame street. An episode titled "Sex Education" featured Robin Williams as a guest. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pry…
The character Roz Doyle (played by Peri Gilpin in Frasier 1993-2003) is named as a tribute to a producer of the television series Wings (having the same creators as Frasier), who died from breast cancer in 1991 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roz…
Crispen Glover's father was Bruce Glover, one of the most well-known characters actors of the 60's and 70's; a staple of television's hay-day appearing on Perry Mason, Gunsmoke, The Mod Squad, Mission Impossible, Adam-12 and Barney Miller. He was also in Diamonds Are Forever and Walking Tall. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bru…
Today I learned of Hedviga Golik a Croatian woman who died in front of her television in her apartment in Zagreb in 1966 and was found 42 years later in 2008 gizmodo.com/woman-who-die…
Today I learned about "Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs". It is one of the most controversial cartoons in Warner Brothers history, being one of the Censored Eleven. Because of its unflattering and stereotypical use of darky iconography, the cartoon has been rarely seen on television since its production in 1943. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coa…
Oprah Winfrey has such a severe phobia of chewing gum that it's banned from her television studio and this includes audience members. It all stems from her grandmother leaving gum all around the house to save for a later chew. It didn't stop Reese Witherspoon from chewing it in front of her dailyedge.ie/oprah-winfre…
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…
Green is used as a backdrop for TV and electronic cinematography more than any other color because television weathermen tended to wear blue suits. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chr…
In 2018 β€œOne of the four greatest wing chun masters” challenged an MMA fighter during live broadcast television in China. However, despite being knocked down 6 times in a row by the MMA fighter the fight was considered a draw by the referee scmp.com/sport/martial-ar…
Because of crossover episodes and references between NBC programs, Cheers, Fraiser, Seinfeld, Caroline in the City, Friends, Law & Order and How I Met Your Mother are all part of a shared television universe. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
One of the first recorded applications for a closed circuit television system (CCTV) was back in 1942 in Nazi Germany, where it was used to monitor the launch of V2 rockets. timesofindia.com/india/Le…
Of the 20 most watched television broadcasts, 19 are Super Bowls. The lone TV series episode, at #9, is the series finale of M*A*S*H in 1983. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Actors who have used drugs, visited prostitutes, or broken the law are not allowed to appear on television, movies, or other forms of broadcast (radio and advertisement) in China bbc.com/news/world-asia-c…
St. Claire of Assisi, who died in 1253 A.D., was named the Patron Saint of Television by Pope Pius XII in 1958, based on an incident in which she claimed the moving image and sound of a Catholic Mass had been miraculously projected on the wall of her room when she was too sick to attend. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cla…
Today I Learned that Matthew Perry (Chandler from Friends) made his debut on British television playing a shy character whose life changes for the better as he begins to charm people by throwing his dog in the air, in a show called "The Dog Thrower". timeout.com/london/comedy…
The original reason no photography was allowed in the Sistine Chapel is because Nippon TV of Japan obtained exclusive photographic, film and television rights in exchange for funding the chapels restoration project (3 million). The rights expired in 1997 but the ban is still upheld today. nytimes.com/1990/03/29/ar…
Newton Minow, then FCC chairman, called television a "vast wasteland" in 1961. In his "honor", Sherwood Schwartz named the ship on Gilligan's Island after him in 1964. Minow is still alive at 94. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/S._…
Stereoscopic 3D television was demonstrated for the first time in August of 1928. bairdtelevision.com/stere…
Fred Fuchs wasn't some random guy who worked on the Bram Stoker's Dracula video game that was made fun of regularly by James Rolfe's character Angry Video Game Nerd, but is actually a television and film producer who helped make the movie as well as Godfather Part III, among other films. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fre…
During the cold war Fred Rogers appeared as a guest on a Soviet Television Program called "Good Night Little Ones" youtube.com/watch?v=4a247…
Westerns were once so popular, that by 1959 there were 30 Western TV shows airing on US television, even though there were only 3 real channels. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wes…
A small portion of television static you see between channels is caused by cosmic background radiation, remnants of the 'Big Bang'. ripleys.com/weird-news/st…
In 1936 BBC broadcasted television using a mechanical spinning disc transmitter and display with a peak resolution of 240 lines. The mechanical system did not scan the televised scene directly, instead a 17.5 mm film was shot, rapidly developed and then scanned while the film was still wet. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mec…
Russian television made an official 'House M.D.' remake called "Doctor Richter' en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc…
Regis Philbin holds the world record for most hours on U.S. television: between 1958 and 2011, he racked up 16,746.50 hours in front of the camera--an average of one hour per day for 52 years guinnessworldrecords.com/…
Before it was declared a public domain in 2016, Warner/Chappell has been collecting an estimated $2 million annually from people who use the "Happy Birthday" song, mainly in creative works like movies and television shows. arstechnica.com/tech-poli…
A Belarusian television company associated with the government of Belarus, created a show featuring four nerdy scientists living next to an attractive waitress named The Theorists. When the actors found out their show was an unlicensed rip of The Big Bang Theory, they quit. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Julius Caesar's book, "Commentary on the Gallic War," a chronicle of his military campaign in Gaul, he mentions two real centurions, Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo. Their fictionalized exploits were used as the basis for the television series "Rome." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Com…
Samuel J. Seymour, the last surviving witness of the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln, lived long enough to be interviewed on national television on February 9, 1956. historycollection.co/man-…
The first time the movie Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was broadcast on American television the first 40 minutes was not shown, because the football game that preceded it went into overtime. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil…
Mister Rogers once used an egg timer and simply let it run for sixty seconds on a television broadcastβ€”in order to demonstrate how long a minute is. Unlike most TV made for kids, "Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood" was deliberately slow and contemplative. villagevoice.com/2018/06/…
Due to rumours that his film "Cannibal Holocaust" showed real deaths, director Ruggero Deodato was accused of murder. The charges were dropped after the four allegedly-dead actors were interviewed for a television show and Deodato explained his special effects in court. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Can…
Super Bowl I is the only Super Bowl to have been broadcast live in the U.S. by 2 television networks, CBS and NBC, but their tapes were either lost or recorded over, so no full game video existed. In 2016, the NFL compiled footage from over a dozen sources and stitched together the game. nflcommunications.com/Pag…
Irish was the majority language spoken throughout Ireland until the late 1700s, however today only circa 75,000 people speak Irish on a daily basis. Irish is classified as β€˜definitely endangered’ by UNESCO, yet today there are vibrant Irish medium television, and radio stations michelthomas.com/learn-ir…
Some countries require its citizens to pay a "TV license" if they intend to watch select television broadcasts. This allows broadcasters to raise fund for their services without having to show advertisements. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel…
The television series Cold Case has never officially been released on home media due to licensing issues with music used in each episode. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
The average American, in 2018, watched roughly 3.13 hours of On-Demand television per day. Over the year, this adds up to 1,142 hours spent staring at the screen. statista.com/statistics/2…
The Who’s song "Squeeze Box" was originally intended for a television special planned in 1974. In the planned performance of the song, the members of the band were to be surrounded by 100 topless women playing accordions. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Squ…
The only country in the world without television is Tuvalu en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim…
In 1962, Miriam Margolyes (the actress who plays Professor Sprout in the Harry Potter films) was the first person to say "fuck" on British television en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mir…
, the producers of the H.R.Pufnstuf kid's television show successfully sued McDonald's for copyright infringement due to their McDonaldland commercial series. After several years in appeals, they won a million-dollar settlement. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sid…
The last thing on BBC Television before it was switched off on the eve of the Second World War was a Mickey Mouse show which was aired at around 12.35pm on 1st September 1939. Seven years later BBC Television returned with a repeat of the same Mickey Mouse programme. news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_ne…
The film V for Vendetta aired completely uncensored on China's national television in 2012. When asked, the State Administration of Radio, Film, and Television said it was not aware of a ban on the anarchist film en.wikipedia.org/wiki/V_f…
Dean Martin mocked the Rolling Stones on his show, their first television appearance in America. They played two songs, but the entire set was cut down to just 65 seconds. ultimateclassicrock.com/r…
Despite movies and television, never put a raw steak or other raw meat on a black eye. The bacteria on raw meat poses a high risk of infection, and this method of treating a black eye has no scientific basis. aao.org/eye-health/diseas…
Nickelodeon, a children's television channel, used to run an ad during the mid 2000s warning about the dangers of hidden sugars and how to correctly identify them. youtu.be/qe7UlKPMHUw
In 1977 Japan made its own Spiderman television series youtu.be/g1PePr8hAsc
Today I learned of "Dinner for One", the most frequently repeated television programme ever. It is a decades-long December 31st tradition in numerous countries but is virtually unknown in the UK and the USA en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Din…
When Buddy Holly was killed in a plane crash, his pregnant wife heard the news on television and suffered a miscarriage as a result. Since then, it became policy to notify family of tragedy before names became public. content.time.com/time/art…
Britain's power stations have to learn television schedules to anticipate when there will be a huge power draw as everyone turns on their electric kettles during a break in a soap opera or sporting event. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_…
A newly discovered fragment of the oldest surviving copy of the New Testament indicates that, as far as the Antichrist goes, theologians, scholars, heavy metal groups, and television evangelists have got the wrong number. Instead of 666, it's actually the far less ominous 616 independent.co.uk/news/uk…
Keanu Reeves starred in a Coca-Cola commercial in 1983. It was one of his first acting gigs, along with other commercials and a few made-for-television movies. He even shaved his legs in order to better play the part. people.com/movies/keanu-r…
All of NBC's 1983 fall shows were cancelled by the end of their first season. This is the first and only time this has ever happened in television history. portablepress.com/blog/20…
The Joker, played by actor Caesar Romero in the 60’s television Batman show, refused to shave his mustache so they painted over it. metv.com/lists/11-things-…
One controversial scene in Hitchcock's Psycho was when Marion flushed the money down the toilet because "no flushing toilet had appeared in mainstream film and television in the United States at that time". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psy…
Recalling President Nixon's earlier enthusiasm for debates by Presidential candidates, Senator George McGovern offered to pay for national television time for a series of debates before the election, but Mr. Nixon turned him down. nytimes.com/1972/10/19/ar…
Aimi Eguchi was a member of AKB48. She was featured in the Japanese magazine Weekly Playboy, and appeared in a television commercial. Suspicions arose amongst AKB48 fans and on June 19, 2011, Ezaki Glico finally admitted that Eguchi was a fake created by the company, disappointing many fans. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aim…
The Ween album, The Mollusk, was a direct influence on the influential animated television series Spongebob SquarePants. Stephen Hillenburg, the show's creator, contacted the band shortly after the album's release, also requesting a song from them which later became "Loop de Loop". jambase.com/article/ween-…
Today I learned that prior to the invention and mass use of video tape, the only way to preserve a television broadcast was with a Kinescope, which basically is a movie camera focused on a TV monitor. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kin…
In 1971, β€œAll In The Family” introduced the first gay character to American television vulture.com/2012/05/all-i…
ALF was the first television show to be presented in Dolby Surround Sound! omgviews.com/alf-fun-fact…
In 2007, the Russian company Rossiya broadcasted television footage showcasing the Russians planting a flag at the bottom of the ocean in the North Pole. A 13 year old boy from Finland noticed some of the footage the station used was from the film Titanic. telegraph.co.uk/news/worl…
A television critic, Richard Ingrams, wrote a caustic condemning review about 'Fawlty Towers'. John Cleese took revenge by naming one of the guests in the second series "Mr. Ingrams", who is caught in his room with a blow-up sex doll. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faw…
Giorgio A. Tsoukalos, who is known for his appearances on the television series Ancient Aliens, worked as a bodybuilding promoter and a volunteer in IFBB sanctioned bodybuilding contests, including Mr. Olympia for several years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gio…
Inattentional deafness is when someone is concentrating on a visual task like reading, playing games, or watching television and are unresponsive to you talking, they aren't ignoring you necessarily, they may not be hearing you at all. jneurosci.org/content/35/…
When Dutch biking company VanMoof began shipping their bikes to the USA a lot of them were arriving to their new customers damaged, so they decide to put an image of an expensive, flat-screen television on the cardboard boxes. vanmoof.com/blog/tv-bike-…
The 90’s hip hop group Arrested Development sued the producers of the Arrested Development Fox television series in 2003 over the alleged use of their name. The lawsuit was quietly settled for an undisclosed sum. wikipedia.org/wiki/Arrest…
When television networks re-run older shows in syndication, they often speed the shows up slightly to fit in more commercials. latimes.com/entertainment…
Danny DeVito is an accomplished movie and TV producer. Through his company Jersey Films, he has helped produce Pulp Fiction, Erin Brokovich, Garden State, Get Shorty, and the television show Reno 911! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dan…
Today I learned about Reverend Kiyoshi Tanimoto, a survivor of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima. He appeared on the American television show This is Your Life, where the host surprised him by bringing out the copilot of the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thi…
, John Williams, famed composer of the themes from Star Wars and Jaws also wrote many television themes, including Gilligan's Island, Lost In Space and Wagon Train. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
In 1985, Eastern Airlines 980 crashed at the highest elevation of any commercial accident, preventing investigators from retrieving the black boxes. Then in 2016 two American hikers claimed to have found the black boxes, but the tape was a recording of the β€œI Spy” television series en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eas…
There are zero known surviving episodes of β€œThe Television Ghost”; an experimental television series from the early-1930’s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The inventor of the television was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi…
Charles Addams's original name for Pugsley Adams was "Pubert," but changed it when it when it was being considered for a television series because it sounded too sexual. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pug…
The sequel Bill and Ted’s Bogus Journey changed its name from the original β€œBill and Ted Go To Hell” because, in 1991, they were unable to advertise a film with the word hell in it on television before 9PM. nytimes.com/1991/07/14/mo…
Aldwych was one of the many subway stations used by Londoners as bomb shelters during WWII. It is still in very good condition and has been used in numerous Films and television productions. mic.com/articles/84483/9-…
The day World War II started in 1939, BBC ceased all television broadcasts. They later resumed them in 1945, restarting at the same spot when it had been cut off - during a Mickey Mouse cartoon earlytelevision.org/ww2_h…
On Nov. 26, 1977 a television station in southern England had their broadcast hijacked by an entity referring to itself as Vrillon of the Ashtar Galactic Command who disrupted regular programming to give a six-minute message about humanity's future. The mystery has never been solved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
Lloyd Robertson is the longest-serving network news anchor in television history! en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Llo…

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