Network: CBC Television Network
Broadcast Run: 1969 to 1970
Broadcast Medium: Television
Aired at various times, during the summer of 1972. Aired Thursday nights from March 22 to June 21, 1973. Aired Wednesday nights during the summer of 1973. Repeated Tuesday and Thursday afternoons, in the autumn of 1973.
This anthology of half hour programs was written and presented by Norman Corwin, a long time radio producer and writer in the 1960s. This series offered quirky stories and atypical casting. Canadian and American actors were cast in comedies, dramas, science fiction stories and fantasy plays.
For instance, Don Harron was cast as a man possessed by the spirits of two historical figures. Fred Gwynne, who played Herman Munster on the ABC series, performed in a piece called Aunt Dorothy’s Playroom. Gwynne and co-star Diane Baker took part in a TV show where the children are adults.
Another episode featured American comedian and writer Stan Freberg, and Milton Berle was cast in a musical about a renegade molecule.
William Shatner, Rip Torn, Cicely Tyson, Barry Morse, Leslie Neilsen, Donald Sutherland and a young Beau Bridges were seen during the show’s limited run.
Directors for the series included Herb Roland and George McCowan. The producers were Arthur Joel Katz, Arjo Productions. This imaginative series was syndicated in the United States, but failed to attract an audience sufficient to secure a renewal.
Written by John Corcelli – September, 2005