The Reading Room: Mike Dann Sets CBS’ 1969 Schedule

Welcome to a new Wildcard Wednesday! This week, I’m sharing a treat for my fellow TV nerds. Here’s a series of three articles that ran in TVGuide during July 1969. It followed Mike Dann on three days in February and March of that year (with a post-script from April), as he went about his business and prepared the CBS schedule for the upcoming season.

Other topics include the snagging of Get Smart and the decision to replace the ousted The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour with The Leslie Uggams Show. (The second article literally covers the meeting where the execs set the tentative version of the schedule — which took place 50 years ago this week!) So, without further adieu, here’s a spotlight on Mike Dann…





Come back next week for another Wildcard post! And stay tuned Monday for this week’s Musical Theatre rarity!