Press Release - 12.22.17
THIS NEW YEAR, TRAVEL BACK TO THE 1970s WITH getTV WITH SPECIAL NEW YEAR’S EVE AND NEW YEAR’S DAY PROGRAMMING, KICKING OFF DECEMBER 31 AT 1PM ET/12 C
SPEND NEW YEAR’S EVE WITH SONNY & CHER AND THEIR FABULOUS GUESTS, INCLUDING DICK CLARK, CARROLL O’CONNOR, JEAN STAPLETON, REDD FOXX, MUHAMMAD ALI,
TOM JONES, THE JACKSON 5 AND MORE
CELEBRATE NEW YEAR’S DAY WITH “AMERICA’S FIRST FAMILIES OF FUNNY” AS getTV SALUTES THE GENIUS OF NORMAN LEAR, BEGINNING JANUARY 1 AT 6AM ET/5 C
CULVER CITY, CA – December xx, 2017 - What better way to ring in 2018 than to travel back to the 1970s, courtesy of getTV, and its special New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day programming, beginning December 31 at 1PM ET/12 C. getTV invites you to spend New Year’s Eve with Sonny & Cher and a glittering lineup of guest stars, with 17 hours of back-to-back episodes of the variety series “The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour”/”Cher”/”The Sonny and Cher Show.” Their featured guests are a “who’s who” of 1970s superstars, including TV greats Carroll O’Connor, Jean Stapleton and Sally Struthers of “All in the Family,” Redd Foxx of “Sanford and Son,” Carol Burnett, Harvey Korman and Lyle Waggoner of “The Carol Burnett Show,” Ted Knight and Betty White of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Hollywood leading man Burt Reynolds, musical giants Bette Midler, Elton John, Tom Jones and The Jackson 5 and legendary athletes Muhammad Ali and Joe Namath.
getTV viewers will have the opportunity to once again celebrate New Year’s Eve with the legendary television host Dick Clark, who joins Sonny & Cher for the 11:00-midnight hour (ET). For nearly three decades, Clark personally ushered in the new year every year with his “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” TV specials from Times Square.
Then, beginning at 6AM ET/5 C on New Year’s Day, getTV will honor one of television’s most prolific and honored producers, Norman Lear, with “America’s First Families of Funny,” a marathon of some of the best and most well-remembered episodes featuring the three families from his award-winning sitcoms from the ‘70s, The Bunkers from “All in the Family,” The Sanfords from “Sanford and Son” and The Evanses from “Good Times.” All three of these series will be joining getTV’s regular weekday lineup beginning Tuesday, January 2, with two episodes of “Good Times” at 5PM ET/4C and 12 midnight ET/11C; two episodes of “Sanford and Son” at 6PM ET/5C and 11PM ET/10C; and two episodes of “All in the Family” at 7PM ET/6C and 10PM ET/9C.
Lear’s first series, “All in the Family,” is one of television’s most acclaimed and groundbreaking programs. Focusing on the lives of intolerant blue-collar worker Archie Bunker and his family, the show tackled such controversial issues as race, menopause, homosexuality, rape, infidelity, the Vietnam War, religion, miscarriages and abortion.
Based on a British comedy series, “Til Death Do Us Part,” “All in the Family” premiered on January 12, 1971 and ran for nine seasons with a total of 205 episodes. Nominated for a total of 56 Emmy Awards, it won 22 Emmys, including four for Best Comedy Series, four for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Carroll O’Connor), three for Best Actress in a Comedy Series (Jean Stapleton), two for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series (Rob Reiner) and two for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (Sally Struthers). Along with “The Cosby Show” and “American Idol,” “All in the Family” is one of the three TV shows that was number on in the Nielsen ratings for five consecutive TV seasons. The show remained in the top 10 for seven of its nine seasons.
“Sanford and Son” debuted on January 14, 1972 and ran for six seasons with a total of 138 episodes. Like “All in the Family,” it was based on a British comedy series, and starred racy nightclub comic Redd Foxx as Fred G. Sanford, a cantankerous, prejudiced African American junk dealer living in the Watts neighborhood of Los Angeles with his frustrated son Lamont. Over the course of its run, it was nominated for seven Emmy Awards, including two for Outstanding Comedy Series and three for Best Actor in a Comedy Series (Redd Foxx).
“Good Times,” which premiered on February 8, 1974, also ran for six seasons, but with a total of 133 episodes. It starred Esther Rolle and John Amos as Florida and James Evans, who live in a housing project in a poor, inner city neighborhood of Chicago with their three children. The eldest, J.J., was played by Jimmie Walker, whose frequent use of the expression “Dy-no-mite” became a popular catchphrase.
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