On Nov 22, 1963 while watching TV reports of JFK's death, Annie Shapiro had a stroke and slipped into a coma. 29 years later she awoke in bed as a 79 year old grandmother still married to her husband. Her first words upon sitting up were "Turn on the television. I want to watch I Love Lucy" cbc.ca/listen/live-radio/…
Today I learned of the 'Toddler's Truce', where no TV programmes were scheduled to air in post-war Britain between 6-7 PM. The thinking was that ending the programmes at 6 would give parents time to put children to bed before evening programmes began; it would remain in place until 1957 mentalfloss.com/article/3…
Judge Judy earns $47 MILLION a year for taping 'Judge Judy.' In an interview she said that every 3 years she would present her salary request to the CBS TV Distribution President. Once, when he gave her a counter offer in an envelope, she refused to open it saying "This isn't a negotiation." goodhousekeeping.com/life…
Sonny and Cher at the lowest point of their career started a lounge act that was so depressing the audience would heckle them. Cher started heckling them back. Sonny would reprimand her and then Cher would heckle and berate Sonny. This became the basis for their TV variety show years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Che…
For 18 months, a village in Wales was mystified as to why their broadband internet crashed at 7am every morning, until engineers "picked up a large burst of electrical interference" springing from one dude turning on his very old TV. independent.co.uk/life-st…
Today I learned of the CSI Effect. Due to popular TV shows exaggerating the capabilities and techniques of forensic science in criminal investigations, many jurors have begun to demand a greater amount of evidence from the prosecution during trials, raising the standard of proof needed for a conviction. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CSI…
OJ Simpson had a prank TV show called 'Juiced'. In one episode he tries to sell his white Bronco saying to the prospective buyer that if they "ever get into some trouble and have to get away, it has escapability." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O._…
In the UK you need an annual license to watch broadcast TV. But today in 2021 you can still apply for a black and white TV License incase your TV can't do colour! tvlicensing.co.uk/faqs/FA…
Russell Crowe cornered and assaulted a TV producer after the BBC cut out his reading of a poem during his best actor award acceptance speech at the BAFTAs. theguardian.com/media/200…
Due to US prison regulations, there is a whole manufacturing industry dedicated to clear plastic TVs, radios and CD players without speakers (headset only) and even snacks (The Whole Shabang ) nbcnews.com/business/busi…
The famous image of musician Johnny Cash flipping the bird came about as a result of his frustration that a TV crew from the UK filming his performance in San Quentin prison were between him and the audience and wouldn't β€œclear the stage” upon him asking them to do so... wikipedia.org/wiki/At_San…
When Die Hard was finally made, Bruce Willis was mostly known for TV. His $5 million fee was seen as a huge risk. The film ended up taking at least $140 million. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Die…
The 1972 TV show Kung Fu ended after only 3 seasons, due to injuries, not ratings. The show had solid ratings throughout its run. However, Carradine felt he had sustained too many injuries on the show and could not go on. Thus, Kung Fu ended after three years. metv.com/lists/10-hard-hi…
Today I learned of TV show 'Captain Power and the Soldiers of the Future' a late 80s show that had an interactive game play section where a toy can be used to shoot and get shot at by the bad guys. retrogamesuperhyper.com/2…
When filming the TV series "The Mandalorian" in 2019, the crew ran out of Stormtrooper costumes, so they reached out to the local branch of a Star Wars fan organisation, whose members came to join the filming in their own home-made Stormtrooper costumes cbr.com/the-mandalorian-5…
The real-life inspiration for "The Americans" was not Cold War spies, but 10 Russian deep-cover agents captured in 2010; but the show creator was unimpressed by the public's lukewarm reaction to the case, and figured the story would make for better TV if set in the Cold War. entertainment.time.com/20…
A man tried to mummify his amputated leg inside a BBQ grill placed inside of a storage unit. However, after falling behind on payments, the grill was sold to a local entrepreneur who saw the leg as a way for fame, fortune, and a roadside attraction. A feud over ownership was settled on court TV. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin…
ITunes helped save "The Office" when it reached four of the top five slots for downloaded TV shows in the platform. That’s when the people behind the show learned that their audience skewed young, rather than the white-collar workers they thought would be watching mentalfloss.com/article/6…
When the FBI went undercover to expose the McDonald's Monopoly promotion scam that occurred between 1989-2001 they posed as a production company that interviewed supposed winners for TV commercials and named it Shamrock Productions with the byline β€œβ€˜Cause you’re just lucky” printed on their van. decider.com/2020/02/04/mc…
Lily Tomlin walked out of a live TV interview when another guest made an outrageously sexist comment (6:29 of video). youtube.com/watch?v=Pu89u…
A woman sued a TV weatherman after he predicted a sunny day, causing her to go out lightly dressed - and when it turned stormy, she caught the flu, missed 4 days’ work, spent $38 on medication, and suffered stress. The case was settled out of cΠΎurt for $1000, and the weatherman apologised to her kahanelaw.com/wacky-wedne…
In 2014, Stephen Collins, the actor who played Eric Camden on 7th Heaven TV Show as well as Commander Decker on Star Trek the Motion Picture, confessed to diddling children and then moved to Iowa to live in seclusion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ste…
NBC executives hated the script for the Seinfeld episode, 'The Chinese Restaurant', and only agreed to allow it to be filmed after co-creator Larry David threatened to quit. It is now considered a ground-breaking episode of TV, and the best example of Seinfeld's 'show about nothing' premise en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Samsung has been leading the global TV set market in every year since 2006, and in 2020 had nearly twice the revenue of the 2nd biggest manufacturer, LG. gizmochina.com/2021/02/25…
In 1964, David Bowie appeared on TV as the spokesperson for the "Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Men with Long Hair." He was protesting the treatment he and other post-Beatles long-haired men recieved on the streets of England. It was all a publicity stunt. mashable.com/2016/03/17/d…
The concept of putting strangers together in a limited environment for an extended period of time and recording the drama that ensued (ie. Reality TV) was originated by the Dutch series Nummer 28 in 1991. A year later, 'The Real World' on MTV came out. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rea…
The first episode of 'The Ed Sullivan Show' - the show that gave America its first looks at Elvis, the Beatles, and the Doors, among other acts - is considered lost. What makes this extra tragic is that it is also the TV debut of the team of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Los…
In 1949, the Admiral television company sponsored the Admiral Broadway Revue TV show on NBC and DuMont. Six months later, they canceled the show not because it was unsuccessful, but because it was so popular they couldn't keep up with the manufacturing demand for TV sets. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adm…
Roger Moore, known as the James Bond of the 70's, also starred in the TV series 'The Persuaders'. Moore was paid an unheard of sum of Β£1 million for a single series, making him the highest-paid TV actor in the world in the 1970's. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rog…
When the Seinfeld finale originally aired on NBC, TV Land paid tribute by not programming any shows opposite it, instead showing an image of a closed office door with hand written notes that said, "We're TV Fans so... we're watching the last episode of Seinfeld. Will return at 10pm et, 7pm pt". screenrant.com/seinfeld-b…
Joyce Vincent, the woman who died in her apartment and lay undiscovered in front of her TV which kept running for three years, was actually very popular in real life but somehow, no one noticed when she died. theguardian.com/film/2011…
The first Carmen Sandiego TV show was a PBS Kids game show wikipedia.org/wiki/Where_…
The 1947 classic "It's a Wonderful Life" was a box-office flop, and didn't become popular until the late 70's when its copyright expired and TV channels could play it for free. independent.co.uk/arts-en…
:In January 1960, white jazz pianist Dave Brubeck canceled a twenty-five-date tour of colleges and universities across the American South after twenty-two schools had refused to allow his black bassist, Eugene Wright, to perform. He also canceled a tv show where they didn't want to show him. amacad.org/publication/da…
Today I learned of The Box, a music video TV Network that existed from 1985-2001. It was similar to MTV but the music videos that aired were selected by viewer request via telephone. Many videos would show up on The Box and would be quite popular before they ever appeared on MTV. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Despite how TV shows and movies depict New York City, it only has four or five "stereotypical" alleys and cannot be filmed at the majority of them; as a result, almost every NYC alley scene is shot at the same location: Cortlandt Alley, situated in Manhattan's Tribeca-Chinatown neighborhood bloomberg.com/news/articl…
A 1992 Japanese TV show combined English lessons with gymnastic exercise programs. On the show, three gymnasts would perform synchronized exercises while chanting phrases like, "Hasta la vista, baby," "Spare me my life!", "I was robbed by two men!", and "I have a bad case of diarrhea." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zui…
There is a phenomenon where millions of people in Britain all simultaneously turn on their electric kettles during commercial TV breaks causing massive power surges countrywide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_…
When stuck for a name, producers of the TV series chose the name "the Addams Family" after creator Charles 'chas' Addams. Up till this point, they were simply 'a family' of Gomez, Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley, and Fester in his books and syndicated cartoons. 27east.com/arts/recalling…
In 1977 a UK TV news bulletin was interrupted by a voice claiming to be the 'Ashtar Galactic Command' and instructed humanity to abandon its weapons, so it could participate in a 'future awakening' and 'achieve a higher state of evolution'. After six minutes, the broadcast returned to normal. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sou…
An Elmo cameo was written for the 2011 Muppets film but was stopped by Children's TV Workshop lawyers. Ironically, the scene featured the Muppets attempting to recruit Elmo but getting stopped by his lawyers. hollywoodreporter.com/new…
Grace Slick -- singer of Jefferson Airplane -- went through a blackface phase, performing on tv & gracing the cover of a magazine in blackface. dangerousminds.net/commen…
Peep Show was originally conceived as a sitcom in the style of Beavis and Butt-head revolving around two characters watching and discussing tv. Parts of that remain in the earliest episodes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pee…
The dialogue spoken in the children's TV show "Pingu," is an invented grammelot "penguin language," or, "Penguinese." The language was developed solely by Italian voice actor Carlo Bonomi, who recorded the voices without a script. Bonomi voiced all the characters within the first four series. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pin…
The toy β€œBop It!” was originally designed as a TV remote for kids called the β€œChannel Bopper” theguardian.com/culture/2…
In 1953, Swanson overestimated the number of frozen turkeys that it would sell on Thanksgiving by 260 tons. The company decided to slice up the extra meat and repackage it--creating the first ever TV dinner. smithsonianmag.com/histor…
The Channel 4 TV network in the UK does not produce any programming (including news) inhouse and instead purchases/commissions programming from independent production companies. channel4.com/corporate/ab…
An escaped convict was captured in Wisconsin after living for 3 years in a homemade bunker in the woods. The bunker was so sophisticated that it even had a TV, fans, and lights that were powered by pedaling a bicycle. bgr.com/2019/09/01/bunker…
In UK the maximum amount of airtime allowed for TV commercials is 12 minutes for any particular clock hour wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_adv…
All of the character in 'Scooby Doo' were based on character in the 50s TV show 'The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.' Shaggy was originally a beatnik, then a hippy. Legendary DJ Casey Kasem originally balked at voicing a hippie but grew to love the character as Shaggy evolved thru the series. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…

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