The Academy of Country Music Awards celebrates its 50th year 8 p.m. Sunday on CBS. Who won its first year? Roger Miller ("Dang Me") was named man of the year. "Hee Haw" co-host Buck Owens was best male vocalist. His ex-wife, Bonnie Owens was named top female singer for "Don't Take Advantage of Me."
This is my final column for The Inquirer. Ah,
but we've seen some things together,
haven't we, dear readers? I wish you all happy viewing. Long rule TV!
When SNL started in 1975, it was called simply Saturday Night because ABC already had a variety show, Saturday Night Live with Howard Cosell. NBC changed to the current title after the Cosell show was canceled three months later.
Prequels aren't restricted to live action. Animated TV has brought us Baby Looney Tunes, A Pup Named Scooby Doo, Muppet Babies, and The Flintstone Kids. Oh, and Yo-Yogi! You really haven't lived until you've seen a teenage Huckleberry Hound.
Yee Ha! Super Bowl halftime has become a superstar gig, with Katy Perry doing the honors on Sunday. But it used to be a more homey affair, as at Super Bowl VIII in 1974 when the headliner was Judy Mallett, then reigning Miss Texas, on fiddle.
A true child of TV, David Hiltbrand has worked as a critic at People and as a columnist and editor at TV Guide.