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Re: NATPE 1984 article
« Reply #15 on: October 16, 2020, 09:26:32 PM »
Yes, at least according to "insiders" who spoke to Variety for an article at the time. And apparently stations were pretty angry about it.

Wow. Is this indeed the only reason this version of Truth exists? Would explain why it came back so soon.
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Re: NATPE 1984 article
« Reply #16 on: October 16, 2020, 10:11:43 PM »
Yes, at least according to "insiders" who spoke to Variety for an article at the time. And apparently stations were pretty angry about it.

Wow. Is this indeed the only reason this version of Truth exists? Would explain why it came back so soon.

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Re: NATPE 1984 article
« Reply #17 on: October 16, 2020, 11:03:25 PM »
Sandy Frank came off as an obscenity-free version of Alec Baldwin in "Glengarry Glen Ross." Can't imagine what he said when the cameras were off.

At 8:32 in the segment, he catches himself while saying, "They can tell the distributor [...] to drop dead and go f get lost."

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Re: NATPE 1984 article
« Reply #18 on: October 17, 2020, 01:31:32 AM »
As far as Safer claiming not to know what J! was -- given that he spent most of his career traveling the world and living in Europe for a good deal of the original Art Fleming run, his knowledge of pop culture was likely limited.

Or he was being a good CBS company man and not acknowledging the existence of an NBC show.
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Re: NATPE 1984 article
« Reply #19 on: October 17, 2020, 11:05:25 AM »
I think I can vouch a little for that Feud-Truth deal. Prior to 1980, I believe WAVY aired the twice-a-week Feud. When it went daily, WTAR (now WTKR) aired it at 7 or 7:30 pm, where it stayed until its cancellation. WTAR also aired TTTT80 at noon.
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Re: NATPE 1984 article
« Reply #20 on: October 17, 2020, 12:15:35 PM »
Not to be the old pro who chimes in, but as someone who VIVIDLY recalls those NATPE days, especially Sandy (google how many US flights he grounded by faking a heart attack so he could touch down in pre-Airphone days, sneak to a phone booth and call a station on the fence about acquiring Tune), I can informedly and accurately tell you that station managers, most of whom couldn't tell a game show from a sitcom, dictated what, when and how shows got on the air, often with aggressive guys like Sandy, the King brothers and Dick Robertson (for those that have not seen it, watch Winc's sales pitch on Perfect Match--we've already talked about what a con job the whole "insurance policy" was, and the timing and wording of the pitch was especially sinister (and effective) in hindsight.  As for the soap reruns, think of it this way--you watch a soap opera, or any continuing storyline series, on an episodic basis to see what happens next.  If you already know what happens next, you've lost most of the reason to watch (at least that's how a majority of soap fans think).  In the case of DYNASTY, my first job was tracking how those reruns did on a daily basis.  There were 117 episodes of the show available as of Fall 1985.  During the first 23 1/2 weeks, the reruns were tracking at about an 8 rating on its top station, WCVB/ABC in Boston.  On day 118--which fell during March, when it's damn cold in Boston--the rating fell to 4.5 and never went north of that again.  Dallas had a similar fate on mostly weaker stations.  That would also be another reason why besides the stellar success of Wheel and Jeopardy why so many game shows were made available during those years.  It wouldn't be until 1987 when Cheers and Family Ties had built up enough episodes that stations could buy new comedies, and many crime dramas skewed too male.  So what else could fill the void of the failed soap operas?  Morley didn't interview me...I was still too young. :)  But he could have!

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Re: NATPE 1984 article
« Reply #21 on: October 17, 2020, 03:52:56 PM »
I think I can vouch a little for that Feud-Truth deal. Prior to 1980, I believe WAVY aired the twice-a-week Feud. When it went daily, WTAR (now WTKR) aired it at 7 or 7:30 pm, where it stayed until its cancellation. WTAR also aired TTTT80 at noon.

This seemed to be common in Upstate New York as my research found five stations (WRGB Schenectady, WSTM Syracuse, WICZ Binghamton, WUTR Utica, and WETM Elmira) that both Feud and TTTT80; in Syracuse, Binghamton, and Elmira the two aired together in access. The other markets bordering Albany might toss water on this theory.

NYC: Feud was on WNBC, TTTT80 on WABC
Boston: Feud was on WNAC, TTTT80 on WLVI
Hartford/New Haven: Feud was on WTNH, TTTT80 wasn't cleared
Burlington/Plattsburgh: Feud was on WCAX, TTTT80 wasn't cleared
Springfield, MA: Feud was on WWLP, TTTT80 wasn't cleared
Watertown, NY: WWNY, then sole station in the market, cleared neither (but WSTM was default NBC on cable)

Also, wasn't TTTT80 absent from some major markets such as LA? I know syndication was different back then but that's a pretty big market to not air in.

Wow. Is this indeed the only reason this version of Truth exists? Would explain why it came back so soon.

And here I was thinking that it was a bone to toss to the Goodson-Todman staffers still based in NYC who had very little to do since the previous version of TTTT had ended two years earlier.

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Re: NATPE 1984 article
« Reply #22 on: October 17, 2020, 04:27:43 PM »
Im assuming that was for stations that the show hadnt been airing on? Because in New York both shows has different time slots on different stations (Feud had its prime slot on WNBC, TTTT aired in the morning on WABC where, if Im not mistaken, the first syndicated series was for most of its run).
That would make sense.  In Chicago, FF's prime access slot was on WMAQ (NBC), TTTT80 aired on WFLD (then independent).
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Re: NATPE 1984 article
« Reply #23 on: October 17, 2020, 04:55:31 PM »
In New York both shows has different time slots on different stations (Feud had its prime slot on WNBC, TTTT aired in the morning on WABC where, if Im not mistaken, the first syndicated series was for most of its run).

WABC was one of the few stations in NYC that didn't air Moore/Garagiola TTTT. It went from WNEW (1969-72) to WNBC (1972-75) to WCBS (1975-77) to WPIX (which aired Garagiola into 1979).

In Chicago, FF's prime access slot was on WMAQ (NBC), TTTT80 aired on WFLD (then independent).

It seemed like Field Communications was bullish on TTTT80, besides WFLD and the aforementioned WLVI WKBD in Detroit also picked up TTTT80 (Syndie Feud was homeless that year in Detroit). The one Field market that didn't clear TTTT80* was Philadelphia where TTTT80 ended up on WCAU, paired with Feud.

* No listings for San Francisco seem available for this period, so I can't confirm or deny KBHK's carriage.

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Re: NATPE 1984 article
« Reply #24 on: October 17, 2020, 05:39:55 PM »
Now I'm curious to know how Pearson sold the Louie Feud/O'Hurley Truth package after the alleged Dawson/Ward sales packaging debacle.  Seems like by the 90s,  more stations had the combo, and back-to-back for that matter, no?

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Re: NATPE 1984 article
« Reply #25 on: October 17, 2020, 08:24:12 PM »
Now I'm curious to know how Pearson sold the Louie Feud/O'Hurley Truth package after the alleged Dawson/Ward sales packaging debacle.  Seems like by the 90s,  more stations had the combo, and back-to-back for that matter, no?

Louie Feud had an advantage that (to borrow the term 1980 Viacom used) "Strip" Dawson Feud didn't in that it was already on the air in that form. That was more of a case if "if you have X, you get first crack at Y" rather than "you must take Y if you want X". As a result, what happened in 2000 was a lot more natural than what happened in 1980 since stations seemed more willing to take TTTT as an add-on to Feud than being forced to do so.

The number of stations that aired Louie Feud, O'Hurley TTTT, and CS '01 was relatively high too because why spoil a good thing in Pearson's view?