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ABC Announces Fall TV Schedule

Apr. 1, 1963 - ABC announced its fall schedule today with one of the network’s most prominent series since 1958, “Naked City,” shockingly absent. The schedule certainly represents the most complete turnover of nighttime scheduling any network has ever announced, with 17 new programs on the list and only 10 holdovers from its current schedule. The schedule includes two 90-minute shows — “Arrest and Trial” on Sunday nights, and the new, expanded “Wagon Train” in color. In addition to “Wagon Train,” ABC will have two new shows in color — “The Adventures of Jamie McPheeters” and “The Greatest Show on Earth.” “Fight of the Week” is shifted to Friday nights, and the boxing matches will be taped rather than presented live. Holdovers include “Ben Casey,” “Combat!”, “McHale’s Navy,” “The Flintstones,” “Donna Reed,” “My Three Sons,” “77 Sunset Strip,” and “Lawrence Welk.” Among the new programs is the two-hour Jerry Lewis show each Saturday night. There’s a new psychiatric show, “Breaking Point”; a new college campus show, “Channing”; one new comedy, “The Patty Duke Show”; one new variety hour, “The Jimmy Dean Show”; a science fiction show, “The Outer Limits”; and a folk-singing show, “Hootenanny.” But no “Naked City.”


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