Variety Was King On TV’s ‘Toast Of The Town’

chorus-girls-performing-on-the-tv-program-toast-of-the-townIt was just 64 years ago today that legendary impresario ED SULLIVAN made his TV debut as host of TOAST OF THE TOWN (later known simply as THE ED SULLIVAN SHOW). Among the many performers who made their TV debuts on the show were BOB HOPE, LENA HORNE, THE BEATLES and WALT DISNEY. In addition, the program became famous for bringing to the home screen scenes from iconic Broadway musicals and dramas. A television staple for decades, it lasted until 1971.

JESSE TYLER FERGUSON’S “FAILED PLAN” LED TO SITCOM SUCCESS

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In tonight’s new episode of the hit ABC sitcom MODERN FAMILY, Mitchell (JESSE TYLER FERGUSON) gets involved in helping Gloria with some legal issues. FERGUSON really gets a chance to shine in this series. After successful Broadway runs in THE 25TH ANNUAL PUTNAM COUNTY SPELLING BEE and ON THE TOWN, he found himself in two very short-lived TV series (THE CLASS, DO NOT DISTURB) before striking gold with MODERN FAMILY. We caught up with actor at the press conference for the show and he talked about how he was about to head back to the stage when this script showed up. Listen in below:
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MODERN FAMILY (with Special Guest Star MINNIE DRIVER) airs tonight on ABC.

A PARADE OF GUEST STARS ON TONIGHT’S “THE GOOD WIFE”

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Tonight’s episode of THE GOOD WIFE brings fans just a little closer to finding out if CHRIS NOTH’S character Peter will be freed from jail and if he’ll rejoin JULIANNA MARGUILIES’ character Alicia. It’s a tricky question and one that could change the entire dynamic of this popular series. At last month’s press conference for the show, Exec Producer/Writer ROBERT KING talked about walking that guilty/innocent line. (Click on the media bar below for audio):
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THE GOOD WIFE airs tonight on CBS and features Guest Stars PETER RIEGERT, DYLAN BAKER and MAMIE GUMMER (Oscar nominee MERYL STREEP’S real-life daughter).

IAN SOMERHOLDER’S KINSHIP TO VAMPIRE DIARIES

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On tonight’s fresh episode of the hit CW series, THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, blood sucker DAMON heads down South to rekindle an old flame. At a recent presser, series star IAN SOMERHOLDER talked about playing the character of DAMON and how VAMPIRE DIARIES is the least ‘sucky’ job he’s ever had. (Click on the media bar below for audio):
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THE VAMPIRE DIARIES airs tonight on THE CW.