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TV: “The Bing Crosby Show”

May 1, 1964 - Bing Crosby said yesterday his role as a husband and father in his new situation comedy, “The Bing Crosby Show,” would be rather revolutionary as compared to the usual television pattern.

“We have a switch,” the singer said. “Old Dad doesn’t get played for a patsy by his women folk. Doesn’t that grab you? A father who can make decisions — and stick to his guns — will be the beginning of a new future in television. It’s likely to be the greatest innovation since the talkies.”

A film recording of Crosby was screened at an ABC meeting at 7 West 66th Street, where advertising representatives watched a preview of next season’s programming.

ABC will begin its 1964-65 season Sept. 13 and present the premiere of all shows within that week. Crosby’s show will premiere on Monday, Sept. 14 at 9:30 p.m.

In the program, Crosby and Beverly Garland will play a married couple rearing two teenaged daughters. Crosby will portray a former entertainer turned architectural designer with a penchant for singing. Most episodes will contain at least one song. The roles of the daughters will be played by Carol Faylen and Diane Sherry.

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