The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour is an American variety show starring American pop-singer Cher and her husband, Sonny Bono. The show ran on CBS in the United States, when it premiered in August 1971. The show was canceled May 1974, due to the couple's divorce, though the duo would reunite in 1976 for the identically-formatted The Sonny & Cher Show, which ran until 1977.
The Judy Garland Show is an American musical variety television series that aired on CBS on Sunday nights during the 1963-1964 television season. Despite a sometimes stormy relationship with Judy Garland, CBS had found success with several television specials featuring the star. Garland, who for years had been reluctant to commit to a weekly series, saw the show as her best chance to pull herself out of severe financial difficulties.Production difficulties beset the series almost from the beginning. The series had three different producers in the course of its 26 episodes and went through a number of other key personnel changes. With the change in producers also came changes to the show's format, which started as comedy/variety but switched to an almost purely concert format.While Garland herself was popular with critics, the initial variety format and her co-star, Jerry Van Dyke, were not. The show competed with Bonanza, then the fourth most popular program on television, and consistently performed poorly in the ratings. Although fans rallied in an attempt to save the show, CBS cancelled it after a single season.TV Guide included the series in their 2013 list of 60 shows that were "Cancelled Too Soon".
Claymation's dancing raisins---a pop-culture phenomenon in the '80s---took viewers on musical tours in this Saturday-morning series. 'Raisin' creator Will Vinton won an Academy Award for a 1974 Claymation short titled 'Closed Mondays.'
The Diahann Carroll Show is a series of four musical variety television specials, starring Diahann Carroll, that aired on CBS in 1976. The show was a summer replacement for The Carol Burnett Show.The series' four episodes were taped over a period of five days. Guests on the premiere episode included Telly Savalas and Sammy Davis, Jr. Other guests during the brief season included composer Marvin Hamlisch, Betty White, Phyllis Diller and Johnny Mathis. Carroll's costumes were designed by Bob Mackie.Reviews were generally positive where Carroll's performance was concerned, but the limited production values and scripting were less well received.At the time, Carroll told Jet Magazine that "Considering the facts that we filmed four one-hour shows in only five days, I must say that I am very proud of what we have .... It was hard work, but I wouldn't have missed the experience for the world and I hope that television audiences will feel as good about the shows as we do."