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What talk shows have been taped in Houston?

I know that Debra Duncan was taped in Houston and what else?

also Texas Justice is still taped at the Fox 26 studios.

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The reason I ask is because I was watching abc13 KTRK when I got home last night, it was about 1:00am and there was this talk show called "Confessions" with Wash Allen. He had an auddience and everything. I had never heard of it so I looked it up on the internet and I found this on the KCOH website.

If your taste for talk radio gravitates toward conversation focusing on interpersonal relationships, check out "Confessions" with nationally syndicated host, Wash Allen. Wash plays the music from 11 AM until 12:00 PM every weekday when he opens up the phone lines to his "soothsayers" and the fun begins. "Confessions" with Wash Allen continues until 2 PM.

But thats a radio show taped in Houston and I saw the TV Show. Does anyone know about this?

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John Bradshaw had a syndicated show, The Bradshaw Difference, that was taped in Houston, I think. It was in about 1996. It was not done all that well- the lighting was poor and all looked very drab. He was nominated for a Daytime Emmy award.

The local TBN station KETH 14 produces shows which go regional- to the Gulf Coast and San Antonio. And what about Lakewood- I guess they go world-wide. Second Baptist Church is shown nationally. Not exactly talk shows, however.

Our PBS has had a few shows go national like Mary Lou's Flip-Flop-Shop. I thought it was very well done but again not a talk show. Ernie Manouse may have something going regional or national. I wish channel 8 would show those more often.

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What talk shows have been taped in Houston?

I know that Debra Duncan was taped in Houston and what else?

also Texas Justice is still taped at the Fox 26 studios.

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DebraDuncanCrowd.jpg

The reason I ask is because I was watching abc13 KTRK when I got home last night, it was about 1:00am and there was this talk show called "Confessions" with Wash Allen. He had an auddience and everything. I had never heard of it so I looked it up on the internet and I found this on the KCOH website.

If your taste for talk radio gravitates toward conversation focusing on interpersonal relationships, check out "Confessions" with nationally syndicated host, Wash Allen. Wash plays the music from 11 AM until 12:00 PM every weekday when he opens up the phone lines to his "soothsayers" and the fun begins. "Confessions" with Wash Allen continues until 2 PM.

But thats a radio show taped in Houston and I saw the TV Show. Does anyone know about this?

I saw the Wash Allen show also. It was a total waste of time. I could not believe someone paid to put that on TV. It was a bunch of unrelated clips, some looked several years old, spliced together. I could never determine the point.

The Debra Duncan Show was very good. I love her personality- she is really entertaining. I enjoyed it when she sang and winked and pointed but I wonder if she was not generic enough to go national. I don't think she could hide all that personality. Was her studio a problem? It seemed very narrow compared to other shows. When I visited the 13 studios for the Kitirik show in the 1960's it seemed quite expansive. I think that dome predates the Harris County Domed Stadium.

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I saw the Wash Allen show also.  It was a total waste of time.  I could not believe someone paid to put that on TV.  It was a bunch of unrelated clips, some looked several years old, spliced together.  I could never determine the point.

The Debra Duncan Show was very good.  I love her personality- she is really entertaining.  I enjoyed it when she sang and winked and pointed but I wonder if she was not generic enough to go national.  I don't think she could hide all that personality.  Was her studio a problem?  It seemed very narrow compared to other shows.  When I visited the 13 studios for the Kitirik show in the 1960's it seemed quite expansive.  I think that dome predates the Harris County Domed Stadium.

I went to the Debra Duncan show and I loved it!! She seems so personable!! :)

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Debra Duncan is becoming a comedienne now. She did a comedy set at the Laughstop Willowbrook on New Years Eve. She will tell us how it went tomorrow on her talk show on 950 KPRC, 1-3 PM.

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Our PBS has had a few shows go national like Mary Lou's Flip-Flop-Shop. I thought it was very well done but again not a talk show. 

A big chunk of Mary Lou's funding came from the religious sector. She had to shoot two endings to each segment. One with the normal ending and the other with the Christian ending. Do you know how that translated into the nationally syndicated show? ie is it considered a religious show or not?

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Never mind.

The image you posted is hosted at Paver Connection.

And I was recently looking into having them do work at my house.

Pave Stone is a cool product for patios, etc.

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Oh, someone else actually caught "Confessions"...

And this is where the TV Nerd shows up to provide info.

The first few weeks KTRK rebroadcast it, It still had the old, early 90's graphics on it and everything (including ch. 39's logo, branded as "39 HTV"). It's been replaced with a generic address graphic.

Some of the clips show cameras with one of the old KPRC logos on them, so I don't know what that's about. The shows in their entirety actually had a point, this infomercial is just to pimp out the production company.

As for decent shows...

-Good Morning Houston. That was on forever, and it was the #1 rated local talk show in the country from 1985-91. It also got 40% of all viewers in the area during the 9AM hour at the height of it's run.

-59 South. This was in the day before AM News started at 5AM and stations may actually sign off at times! Community service show wedged in at 5:30 AM on Ch. 2, before NBC News/Local News

-Debra Duncan *Almost* ended up being syndicated. The first season's rating's weren't high enough for that to happen though...

*End of Geekiness*

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Hey Big 2 News:

Lets see if you go back that far.

I still watch Channel Two because of memories of it's glory days in the 1960's thru 1980's, hoping to catch a remaining glimmer of those days. I had a great deal of respect for the staff of that period. Ray Miller, Ron Stone, Doug Johnson (and Sid Lasher? I think) had great personalities and produced the finest quality programing for the times- thoughtfully written and delivered.

On the topic of Houston TV talk shows, Channel 2 had two of the best, also in this period. Daily, at noon, the fabulous and gracious Joanne King had an hour or half hour show. I remember her being the most elegant and beautiful person I had ever seen on TV at that time. I was completely mesmerized by her. While being a perfect Southern Lady, she also was quite progressive exploring edgy topics of the day.

When she decided to resign from the rigors of a daily show, there was great sadness. Ron Stone, the lead anchorman, did a documentary on her fascinating life and I remember it being so beautifully filmed at her grandparent's antebellum Mt. Vernon style mansion, Rosewood, formerly located near Westheimer @ Fondren. (She has since relocated it to the Fulshire area I believe.) In the early 1960's she became internationally known for giving one of the most lavish parties of that era at her splendid Rivercrest mansion. Several of the rooms in this home are among the most elegant in the country- really! It's a recreation of a French palace.

Nancy Ames, a national NBC TV star was hired to replace Joanne King. Ames had just done a show for NBC called The Week That Was (?) where she used her well honed singing and entertaining skills to interpret the topics of the day. On her Houston show, she had a wonderful pianist, Danny Ward, and performed lovely songs in both English and Spanish. She seemed to be a bit groovier and more down to earth. She also lived in Rivercrest and often filmed segments for her show at her estate. She was interested in organic gardening and cooking. Ames and Ward are now event producers who stage some of the grandest events in the nation including the Texas Inauguration Ball in Washington D.C..

Did you ever have the opportunity to work with any of these legends?

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Yes, Dialing for Dollars was on for about 30 years starting in the mid to late 1960's on KTRK 13 the KiTiRiK network. Betty Rogers and Paul Schmit were the early and long time hosts. The young and dashing male hosts who seemed to not stay around too long included Bob Hilton and Don Nelson among others. Nelson is still there today, a fixture on the morning news.

The show was renamed Good Morning Houston around 1980 I believe. Betty Rogers stayed on for a while and Jan Glen, the perky former West Texas cheer leader joined in. Remember those fashion segments? Every Wednesday was Ben Shaw day. He was a model agency director and represented some of our towns best models including Dallas Hill and her daughter Wilomina(?), Warner Roberts, and Molly Ward I believe. Warner Roberts later had her own talk show on channel 39 or 26 at mid-day. (She was all about love.)

But the main thing about Dailing for Dollars was just that- THE DIALING! Oh it was so exciting.............at the opening of each show they made the big announcement of the COUNT and the AMOUNT. They had cut every page up of the local telephone directory into small sections. For example, if the COUNT was 3 from the bottom, that was the telephone number they would call from the section they had drawn and if that person answered, they would ask for the COUNT and the AMOUNT. The jackpot went up $10.00 for every person that did not answer or did not know the COUNT and the AMOUNT when they were called.

We faithfully watched every day in the summer and on school holidays but they never called. We always thought their bin had lost our little slip. Can you imagine the thrill of the station interns when the new telephone directories had to be prepared for the bin! Remember their set? Yellow and lime green lattice work with plastic ivy. It was a garden party scene and they had a live audience that sat at round tables. They had all the big stars of the day on that were travling the country pushing their new projects. I was fortunate to obtain a movie poster autographed by Jack Lemon while in Houston appearing on Dailing for Dollars, from the estate of Betty Rogers, that once hung in her office.

If they still had this show would they call it Pushing for Dollars?

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Did any of the shows have a live auddince in the studio?

Good Morning Houston?

Dialing for Dollars?

Nance Ames Show?

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I can only remember a live studio audience at Dialing for Dollars.

I cannot remember Channel 2 ever having a show with a live audience except for Mary Jane's Magic Castle which was a childrens show staring Mary Jane Vanderver broadcast from the old studio in the quonset hut near the Galleria. The Jerry Lewis MD Telethon was once a show drawing a tremendous number of people to Channel 2 but it seems they have greatly limited that lately.

Today Channel 2 has Gimmie the Mike with an audience which I assume is filmed at the Channel 2 studio.

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Good Morning Houston never had an audience, except for the annual Jefferson Awards show where families of the winners would be invited to an actual audience...

The MDA Telethon used to have a bunch of fishbowl locations (Including car lines at the studios). Where can you find that kind of involvement today? I recall that throughout the 80's, they rented out the floor of The Summit for their huge phonebanks. They used to be really big on seasonal food drives as well, but I think that may have shifted over to 11 or 26 over the years.

One show that nobody's mentioned yet is the ill-fated Ron Stone Show (90-92)

It had several formats and timeslots as it jumped from 11:30 AM to 4:30PM, and had an audience some days or a roundtable discussion on others.

There was also This Day with Katharine. It featured the late Katharine Blissard, and from what I recall, it was similar in format to the original version of Later. An extended, in depth discussion with one person on their life and their accomplishments. I think it was actually the predecessor to 59 South, or it may have just aired before it.

Gimme The Mike's set is actually Studio B at KPRC, which is usually the sparse Sports Sunday set, and was the primary news set into the mid 90's.

I just plain don't watch 2 any more. I haven't been that happy since '95. The earliest version of News 2 Houston was fine, though it just seemed odd to have Jan Carson bumped down to a beat reporter, and Doug Johnson do his farewell on tape.

As for Big 2 News, that was a little before my time. Here's a random snap from that period though!

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-Gotta love the 70's! Interesting photo from Allen Pkwy, though.

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It seems like Ron Stone took over the Chris Chandler show when it became the Scene at Five with weather predictor Doug Johnson.

The Big 2 News photo above looks like Larry Rasco in center as anchorman, Doug Johnson on right and I am not sure if that is Bill Worell to the left who did the sports. What was the sports guy they had near this period who died very young and later two of his sons came along and took their fathers place?

Does anyone remember what happened to Larry Rasco? I heard he met an unfortunate demise. Ron Stone ended up taking over his duties and they lived just a few houses apart.

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Do you guys think Houston will ever get another talk show? Ethier national/local/or syndicated national?

Gimme the Mike is nation wide, but each market has there own show.

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We have a number of talk shows in Houston now. Who cares if the rest of the country knows about them?

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Man do I miss the old people at Channel 2. All the names mentioned above brought great old memories.

When Steve Wussieman and his crew took over the station they fired "the old timers" in favor of new meat, one of them was Dominique Sachse. I still enjoy her but the others not so much.

Anyone remember Ted Shaw? He was on the air for like 40 something years. He was the weatherman and a very good one.

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Could other people get the Debra Duncan show out of town? The reason I ask is because look at this. http://abclocal.go.com/wjrt/ontv/072700_LT_Debra.html

Or is that just a link?

Interesting how the site for ABC 12 has a headline for show that says "Only on ABC13".

I actually ran into her at the Clear Channel building's deli this morning. I think she does her radio show from there.

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Want to be An Audience Member? Tickets for the Debra Duncan show are ABSOLUTELY free!!! We would love to have you as a member of our audience or maybe even a guest. So drop us an email or call our ticket information line (713) 218-2800.

*LOVELY!!! There is our lovely...

Bay City/Flint/Saginaw... um Michigan!?

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anyone know what road that is! LOL

Park is target of sex sting

Park rangers out in full force

(06/03/05)--A popular Genesee County park has become the center of a series of sex-sting operations.

US-23 seeing more new barrels

Freeway construction in full swing

(06/01/05)--If you travel on US-23 or I-75, pay close attention. Just when you thought the construction couldn't get any worse, it does.

(these people aren't used to traffic? LMAO!! Michiganians don't need to come to Houston!! we see a new barrel almost weekly er..daily. LOL!)

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look they got a "Radar" like we do ;) er... not the same thing as KPRC's Channel 2's loveable (gags) pooch!

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LOL!! Thanks for the update. So what if I go up there and call them "Michiganians" :P LOL!!

As my friend said you can find anywhere in the state using your hand. (I assume the right)

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I was surfing the internet to see if i could ever find out why they took the debra duncan show off of channel 13. I happened upon this site and was surprised to see how many people remember all the old shows in Houston. Dialing for Dollars, boy that brings back lots of memories!

I was surprised to see how Debras show was marketed way up north. I thought it was just a local Houston show. My sister and me had went to one of her shows around the time it was a big thing in Houston. Granted it was no Oprah show, but non the less it was pretty decent for being a "local" talk show. And the fact that it was live was a bit nerve racking when we were sitting in the auidence. The camera man made me and my sister his project i think and kept the camera in our face most the show when it was not focused on Debra and her guest. I actually got a bit tired of the camera in my face and made a silly face on live tv.....he didnt put me on to much after that.......lol....

We met Debra after the show and she is not like she appears on TV. She seemed a bit stand offish......get my drift........ I didnt really watch to much of her show after that.

But i have always wondered what caused the final demise of her show.....Anyone know? I always thought that maybe because the show went down hill. it got pretty ridiculous after awhile........One show in paticular that was just horrible was the one where they marketed it as if Ricky Martin would be on the show.......It was old footage of a interview Debra did with him when he was with Menudo and they were playing in Houston. The entire show she did that day was about the most ridiculous thing i ever seen on tv.....playing all of Martins song over and over and having people who "looked" and "sang" like Martin be the guest of the show....It was pretty pathetic. I am thinking maybe that was the nail in the coffin for that show......Hopefully anyways..........lol

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It went off becuse the producer of the show wanted it to go off with a high-note.

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I went to Debra Duncan's show shortly after it debuted and got the chance to meet her afterwards and didn't find her to be stand-offish at all. In fact she was really friendly and went into great detail about her life and how she ended up coming to Houston. In fact she told me that the real spelling of her name is Deborah, but KTRK changed it to Debra because the real spelling couldn't be fit into the logo they wanted for the show.

ABC/Disney had launched the show with the intentions of eventually taking it national within two years after its debut. However the national syndication plans never panned out because although Debra achieved decent ratings in Houston (usually running second in her timeslot) there wasn't enough excitement generated to go ahead with a national launch. Although I found her to be nice and pleasant, Ms. Duncan, nor the production of her show, in my opinion didn't have the 'star' quality to stand out on a national stage.

To illustrate this point, the guests on the show in which I was an audience member were Bob and Elyse Lanier, a cooking segment, and a woman who claimed to be able to take to animals...let's just say the highlight of that day for me was meeting Ms. Duncan.

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I saw the 'Judge Alex' Show on tv today. The show is filmed in Houston at the KRIV studio's. Although its filmed in Texas, the judge is till representing Florida by having the Florida flag behind him.

Does anyone know how you get tickets for shows like that?

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In the earliest days, virtually all local TV was live. The original owner of Channel 2 expected it would not only be live but remote so he equipped the original studios in the Milby Hotel downtown with only one camera and put two on a remote truck.

After network feeds began filling prime time on TV, Channel 2 kept up a lot of local programming, entertainment and otherwise, in addition to the required Pretty Serious Programs in the Sunday morning ghetto.

They tried several times to come up with a late nite talk show to follow Carson when the Tonight show was on until midnight. These included Midnight with Marietta hosted by Marietta Marich, who was with one of the local theatre companies (not the Alley I don't think). There was also the Bill Calder show

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That's Calder on the right, a KPRC DJ in the era when KPRC was playing big band and swing and jazz; next to him is comedian Bill Dana. The next person looks like Skitch Henderson to me; then there are the members of the Kingston Trio and somebody else.

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The guest is identified as Poncie Ponce, whoever that is; does anybody recognize the lady cohost? Hint: the initials are MM.

These were both in 1964, pre-video tape so probably done live.

KPRC also regularly did a Saturday night program, After Midnight?, which was off-beat humor, skits, a little bit of wierdness, etc.

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^ I can't believe Houston had talkshows like that! I am impressed! Have any of those shows from Houston's past gone nationwide?

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^ I can't believe Houston had talkshows like that! I am impressed! Have any of those shows from Houston's past gone nationwide?

There are good new talk shows on cable access channel. There's a cable access show that gets well known guests, and notable locals. I bet the local media folks are pretty comfortable in this town for duration of their career.

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Wow! I was just randomly searching the site and came upon this nearly 5 years after the last post. Its funny through that gap in time, Deborah Duncan came back to TV as a news anchor, and for a few years now has been the host of another local talk show (with a much smaller set though).

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They tried several times to come up with a late nite talk show to follow Carson when the Tonight show was on until midnight. These included Midnight with Marietta hosted by Marietta Marich, who was with one of the local theatre companies (not the Alley I don't think). There was also the Bill Calder show

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The guest is identified as Poncie Ponce, whoever that is; does anybody recognize the lady cohost? Hint: the initials are MM.

The lady must be Marietta Marich. It was her show. My father remembers it being a good show.

Marietta Marich is an American actress, singer, writer, stage director and television host, best known for her role in the 2003 film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Like several other Houston TV stars, she lives in the Briargrove Park neighborhood.

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Is the EDIT option gone?

The MM lady in the photo is Maxine Messenger...before she had her hair done at Michael-Lyndon's. Maxine had a talk show too. It was called Maxine at the Mark. It was broadcast live in the mid 1980's from the Adams Mark Hotel on Briarpark Drive.

Marietta Marich, another local MM, had a show on NBC with her husband Bob in the 1950's and 1960's. Here is a link to a 1958 photo of her from Life magazine.

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In the earliest days, virtually all local TV was live. The original owner of Channel 2 expected it would not only be live but remote so he equipped the original studios in the Milby Hotel downtown with only one camera and put two on a remote truck.

After network feeds began filling prime time on TV, Channel 2 kept up a lot of local programming, entertainment and otherwise, in addition to the required Pretty Serious Programs in the Sunday morning ghetto.

They tried several times to come up with a late nite talk show to follow Carson when the Tonight show was on until midnight. These included Midnight with Marietta hosted by Marietta Marich, who was with one of the local theatre companies (not the Alley I don't think). There was also the Bill Calder show

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That's Calder on the right, a KPRC DJ in the era when KPRC was playing big band and swing and jazz; next to him is comedian Bill Dana. The next person looks like Skitch Henderson to me; then there are the members of the Kingston Trio and somebody else.

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The guest is identified as Poncie Ponce, whoever that is; does anybody recognize the lady cohost? Hint: the initials are MM.

These were both in 1964, pre-video tape so probably done live.

KPRC also regularly did a Saturday night program, After Midnight?, which was off-beat humor, skits, a little bit of wierdness, etc.

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The MM lady in the photo is Maxine Messenger...before she had her hair done at Michael-Lyndon's. Maxine had a talk show too. It was called Maxine at the Mark. It was broadcast live in the mid 1980's from the Adams Mark Hotel on Briarpark Drive.

Marietta Marich, another local MM, had a show on NBC with her husband Bob in the 1950's and 1960's. Here is a link to a 1958 photo of her from Life magazine.

Life

Poncie Ponce was a star of Hawaiian Eye back in the 60s

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Poncie Ponce was a star of Hawaiian Eye back in the 60s

In an earlier post someone mentioned Bill Worrell and a Channel 2 sportscaster who died. That was Bill Enis? One of his sons Bart is still in town and does work on Astro's games.

Someone also mentioned Chris Chandler's show on Channel 2 at 5:00pm.

I cannot remember the name of a local afternoon music and talk show on Channel 2 with Paul Schmidt in the 50s and one of the top performers on the show was a young Johnny Nash of "I Can See Clearly Now" fame.

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I cannot remember the name of a local afternoon music and talk show on Channel 2 with Paul Schmidt in the 50s and one of the top performers on the show was a young Johnny Nash of "I Can See Clearly Now" fame.

Paul Schmitt was music director of Ch. 2 in the early years and appeared on several shows, probably not all on camera. The show Johnny Nash appeared on was Matinee with Dick Gottlieb, a daily show at 4pm. 13 year old Nash, a student at Jack Yates Jr. Hi, had been overheard singing for his fellow caddies at a local golf course and his number passed along to Channel 2. He debuted on September 2, 1953, and went on to be a regular.

Schmitt and his TuneSchmitts were on Matinee and I think also the show with Howard Hartman and others earlier in the afternoon called The Guys Next Door or something. Hartman was a baritone crooner and father of Lisa Hartman Black; he played piano himself, as I recall.

Schmitt supposedly had the distinction of turning down an early appearance by a young singer managed by Col. Tom Parker named Elvis whom Schmitt said was 'not what TV is looking for.'

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The lady must be Marietta Marich. It was her show. My father remembers it being a good show.

Marietta Marich is an American actress, singer, writer, stage director and television host, best known for her role in the 2003 film, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Like several other Houston TV stars, she lives in the Briargrove Park neighborhood.

Maybe best known to people in Timbuktu from that film but if you were around Houston in the 50s you knew the name; it appeared regularly in the entertainment pages of the papers from her work in local theater (still can't remember which one she was with but it wasn't the Alley). She was on another Channel 2 show before she got her own, I think, but I can't remember which. It may have been Howard Hartman's The Guys Next Door or Gottlieb's Matinee.

Her husband Bob Marich was a director at Channel 2 for a long time.

I only stayed up to see Midnight with Marietta once; it was aimed at a mature audience so I found it very boring.

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Maybe best known to people in Timbuktu from that film but if you were around Houston in the 50s you knew the name; it appeared regularly in the entertainment pages of the papers from her work in local theater (still can't remember which one she was with but it wasn't the Alley). She was on another Channel 2 show before she got her own, I think, but I can't remember which. It may have been Howard Hartman's The Guys Next Door or Gottlieb's Matinee. Her husband Bob Marich was a director at Channel 2 for a long time. I only stayed up to see Midnight with Marietta once; it was aimed at a mature audience so I found it very boring.

Marietta Marich went on the air at KPRC in 1955 as hostess of a late night movie program called "MGM Theater". MGM was one of the first studios to sell its library of movies to TV and KPRC was one of the first TV stations to buy them. It started at 10:30pm, right after the 10pm news, and Marietta was the live hostess, introducing the movie and appearing live in many of the commercial breaks.

Marietta proved to be so good on TV -- and popular with viewers -- she soon got her own show, one that came on after the movie. That was the beginning of Midnight with Marietta. It was in style and format a local late night talk show, with celebrity guests and Paul Schmidt and his piano trio providing musical accompaniment, often for Marietta herself, who was a very good singer. She was a band-singer with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra in the early 50s before "retiring" to get married.

Over time, in the late 50s, Midnight with Marietta also presented some serious news/interviews with political guests and news makers. I'll never forget the series of broadcasts she co-hosted with KPRC News Director Ray Miller, where they both went after a rabid ultra right wing group called The Christian Anti-Communism Crusade, a Houston-based group that saw Communists under every bed and behind every tree. Marietta and Miller invited the leaders of that group in to be inteviewed and debated by some well known politicians and journalists who opposed them, and the right wingers came off looking like the dangerous nut cases they were. They faded away into insignificance not long after that.

Marietta has always been known as an actress of considerable ability. She's done any number of small movie and television roles over the years, but the mystery is why she has never been a "star." Whatever, in the early 60s, she and her husband Bob Marich started their own local theater group on Main Street in Midtown -- Houston Music Theater. It was several blocks south of the intersection of Main and Richmond, across the street from that old Prince's Drive-in in fact. It specialized in Broadway musicals of course, all featuring the best local talent. I remember seeing a number of her shows there in the 60s and they were all very well done and worth the trip to midtown from the Clear Lake area, where I lived at the time.

Houston Music Theater operated at the midtown location until the early 70s. I think they had to close because they lost their lease, or something like that. At any rate, sometime in the mid 70s, she and Bob brought Houston Music Theater back to life at the Royal Coach Inn on the SW Freeway, where it became the Royal Coach Dinner Theater. I also saw a lot of their shows there too. That venture only lasted a few years, because the Royal Coach kept changing hands and new owners had no use for a dinner theater. I think that was the Marichs' last attempt at presenting "live" theater in Houston.

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Marietta Marich went on the air at KPRC in 1955 as hostess of a late night movie program called "MGM Theater". MGM was one of the first studios to sell its library of movies to TV and KPRC was one of the first TV stations to buy them. It started at 10:30pm, right after the 10pm news, and Marietta was the live hostess, introducing the movie and appearing live in many of the commercial breaks.

Marietta proved to be so good on TV -- and popular with viewers -- she soon got her own show, one that came on after the movie. That was the beginning of Midnight with Marietta. It was in style and format a local late night talk show, with celebrity guests and Paul Schmidt and his piano trio providing musical accompaniment, often for Marietta herself, who was a very good singer. She was a band-singer with the Tommy Dorsey orchestra in the early 50s before "retiring" to get married.

I'm having serious second thoughts about the time lines in some of the info I put into the posting just before this one. I know that it was in 1955 that KPRC put old movies on after the 10pm news, to compete with the very popular "Late Show" with Jim Ross over on Ch 11, which was then KGUL in Galveston. (It moved to Houston and became KHOU sometime just after 1960)

But I'm forced to admit that I'm hazy on what time the movie started, and how long KPRC carried them, because I know that KPRC also carried the Tonight Show with Steve Allen, and later the Jack Paar Show from NBC in the same time slot they're still in. Both those shows came on after the 10pm news and were only an hour long. So that means KPRC's late movie must have started after the Tonight Show.

At some point in the late 50s, KPRC stopped carrying the late movies when they gave Marietta her own show, Midnight with Marietta, which went on live right after the Tonight Show with Jack Paar.

I'm hoping someone whose memory is more dependable than mine can come to my rescue here. Bruce?

Edited by FilioScotia

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You have already run circles several times around my knowledge. I grew up 50 miles from Houston and only read about Marietta and lived away from here for almost all the 60s so my knowledge is rather limited, although I certainly knew more than that Wiki article SpaceAge got the info from and IMDB is even less helpful. Thanks for everything you have posted.

I was under the impression Midnight with Marietta was a Saturday night only show, that there was something else during the week. Not likely I would have been up to watch TV that late during the week, although I probably would have been awake many nights, under the covers, with my cans on, listening to my Zenith Transocceanic.

I have only a couple of TV schedules from the 50s; one in 53 and one in 54 both show a Movie Showtime on 2, starting as late as 11:30; one from later in the decade on a Sunday shows nothing.

A quick search for 'Marich' on R-I's Classic TV forum turned up nothing. A more intensive search for retro Houston TV schedules in the 50s might turn up something plus a search for variations of Marich and Marietta, perhaps? There's one guy who has posted a number of Retro Houston TV schedules but he never lived here and gets some names wrong.

Given everything you've already posted about her it's a shame there's not more information to research.

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