7-part series celebrating the first 50 years of CBS broadcasting.
This was a February 1978 special celebrating the CBS network's 50th anniversary. Instead of cramming it all into four hours as NBC had done in 1976, CBS spread it out over a week: two hours on Sunday, two and a half hours on Saturday, and an hour on each of the weeknights. Each night celebrated series that were famous on that night (LASSIE and ED SULLIVAN, etc. on Sunday, I LOVE LUCY and MAUDE, etc. on Monday, etc.) and then they would have other features about news, sports, special events, etc. They even talked about the radio era, especially on Sunday's outing. The parade of stars at the beginning is very nostalgic, because many of those people are gone now.
Starring: Lucille Ball , Bea Arthur , George Burns , Mary Tyler Moore , Walter Cronkite , Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gormé , and Arthur Godfrey.
It was CBS that took the concept to a new level with a massive, week-long celebration of its fiftieth anniversary. Hosted by Walter Cronkite and Mary Tyler Moore, “CBS: On The Air – A Celebration of 50 Years” ran for an astounding nine-and-a-half-hours over the course of one week, beginning Sunday, March 26th, 1978 and ending Saturday, April 1st, 1978. Never before or since has a television network gone to such lengths to commemorate and reflect on its history.
The following lists the shows that encompassed the nine-and-a-half hours of celebration: This DVD is only one episode of the following programs that are part of the week-long celebration.
“ CBS: On The Air – A Celebration of 50 Years: The Night of 100 Stars” (Sunday, March 26th, 1978)
“CBS: On The Air – A Celebration of 50 Years: Have a Laugh on Us” (Monday, March 27th, 1978)
“CBS: On The Air – A Celebration of 50 Years: Chills and Thrills with a Laugh Chaser” (Tuesday, March 28th, 1978)
“CBS: On The Air – A Celebration of 50 Years: Dreams Come True” (Wednesday, March 29th, 1978)
“CBS: On The Air – A Celebration of 50 Years: Join the Family” (Thursday, March 30th, 1978)
“CBS: On The Air – A Celebration of 50 Years: We’re Getting Personal” (Friday, March 31st, 1978)
“CBS: On The Air – A Celebration of 50 Years: A Rootin’, Tootin’, Hootin’ & Hollerin’ Salute to Cowboys and Clowns” (Saturday, April 1st, 1978)