April 26, 2015: Greatest Episodes of All Time

You'll find eighteen more ads today, from the June 21-27, 1997 and June 28-July 4, 1997 issues of TV Guide Magazine, and from June 26-July 3, 1997 issues of The Blade, plus one Random Pages gallery addition, a Monday, 6/23/97 story by Chris Borrelli, "WJZE Snaps Up Fired Program Director," about Lyn Casye, and also includes an item about Channel 24's news, soon to be led by Virgil Dominic. There's one addition to the CBS gallery, a Friday, 7/4/97 ad for an Independence Day special, What's Right With America (Patrick Duffy, Timothy Busfield). There's also one addition to the FOX gallery, a Sunday, 6/22/97 ad and close-up description for World Bowl '97, the World League of American Football championship game in Barcelona (James Brown, Howie Long, Terry Bradshaw, Ronnie Lott). The Barcelona Dragons defeated the Rhein Fire, 38-24. There's one addition to the PBS gallery, too, a Friday 7/4/97 ad for A Capitol Fourth, another Independence Day special. There are four additions to the Buckeye CableSystem gallery starting with a Thursday, 6/26/97 ad for "Kazaam" on the Disney Channel (Shaquille O'Neal). Next is a Monday, 6/30/97 ad for Crossfire on CNN, sponsored by MidAm, followed by another 6/30/97 ad, for Talk Soup on E!, sponsored by the University of Toledo. There's also a Wednesday, 7/2/97 half-page ad for "Family Friendly TV" on the Family Channel, ToledoVision 5, Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. There's one addition to the ToledoVision 5 gallery, a Thursday, 7/3/97 ad for Macy's 4th of July Spectacular on Independence Day. There are nine additions to the Vintage Cable Ads gallery (all TV Guide ads) starting with a Wednesday, 6/25/97 ad for James Taylor: Live by Request on A&E, followed by a Friday, 6/27/97 ad for Dennis Miller Live on HBO with guest Jerry Seinfeld (Rebel without a Pause). Next is a full-page color ad for TV Land, from the June 28-July 4, 1997 issue of TV Guide which featured the "100 Greatest Episodes of All Time." The ad had William Conrad as Frank Cannon, Charlie the Tuna, Phil Silvers as Sgt. Bilko, Flip Wilson as Geraldine, Ed Sullivan, Bruce Weitz as Mick Belker, Eva Gabor as Lisa Douglas, Felix Silla as Cousin Itt, Dick Wilson as Mr. Whipple, James Arness as Matt Dillon, Mike Connors as Mannix, Bob Cranc as Col. Hogan, Carolyn Jones as Morticia Addams, Bamboo Harvester as Mister Ed, Denzel Washington as Dr. Phillip Chandler, and Sonny (Bono) and Cher. There's also a Saturday, 6/28/97 full-page ad for HBO's The Mr. Vegas All-Night Party starring Drew Carey (Old Four Eyes), followed by a Sunday, 6/29/97 ad for E! True Hollywood Story (Michael Landon). The other four ads are for Nick-at-Nite's TV Land and TV Guide Magazine's salute to the Greatest Episodes of All Time on Nick-at-Nite. The Monday, 6/30/97 ad had pictures of Mary Tyler Moore and James Arness and was for Mary Tyler Moore, "Chuckles Bites the Dust," (the number 1 episode) The Dick Van Dyke Show, "It May Look Like a Walnut," The Odd Couple, "Fat Farm," Mister Ed, "Leo Durocher Meets Mister Ed," and Gunsmoke, "The Jailer." The Tuesday, 7/1/97 ad had pictures of Veronica Hamel and Daniel J. Travanti and Lucille Ball and was for I Love Lucy, "Lucy Does a TV Commercial," Bewitched, "Divided He Falls," Green Acres, "A Star Named Arnold is Born," and Hill Street Blues, "Grace Under Pressure." The Wednesday, 7/2/97 ad had pictures of Henry Winkler and Andy Kaugman and was for Happy Days, "Richie Fights Back," The Odd Couple, "Password", Taxi, "Latka the Playboy," The Bob Newhart Show, "Death Be My Destiny," and Brooklyn Bridge, "When Irish Eyes are Smiling." The Thursday, 7/3/97 ad had pictures of Lucille Ball and Denzel Washington and was for I Love Lucy, "Lucy's Italian Movie," The Dick Van Dyke Show, "Coast to Coast Big Mouth," and St. Elsewhere, "Time Heels." These ads are great reminders of how good TV Land was when it first began, only to become what it is now, where you never know what'll be on, what time shows will start and what time they'll finish and if they'll break the record for the longest commercial breaks. It's become UNWATCHABLE! At least we have Me-TV. Today's last ad is an addition to the Other Vintage ads gallery, a Friday, 6/27/97 ad for that evening's Rally by the River, headlined by REO Speedwagon. More July 1997 ads, from the July 5-11, 1997 issue of TV Guide Magazine and from the online archives of The Toledo Blade, are on the way..