Ernie Kovacs Centennial

It’s Time for Ernie: Wed, Mar 7, 1951
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It’s Time for Ernie: Wed, Mar 7, 1951

Ernie performs cartoon gags, relates directly to us through the television set and even does something we’d probably do during the show . . . get a drink of water.

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Ernie in Kovacsland: Fri, Jul 6, 1951
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Ernie in Kovacsland: Fri, Jul 6, 1951

Ernie was given this nightly prime-time slot as a summer replacement for popular puppet show Kukla, Fran And Ollie on the NBC network.

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Ernie in Kovacsland: Thu, Aug 23, 1951
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Ernie in Kovacsland: Thu, Aug 23, 1951

Ernie was given this nightly prime-time slot as a summer replacement for popular puppet show Kukla, Fran And Ollie on the NBC network.

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Kovacs On the Corner
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Kovacs On the Corner

Ernie was given this network daytime half-hour variety show from January through March of 1952, originating from WPTZ and airing nationally on NBC.

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Kovacs Unlimited - May 28, 1952
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Kovacs Unlimited - May 28, 1952

Ernie’s daily show for CBS started in a midday slot of 45 minutes and moved to mornings at one hour at the beginning of 1953. Kovacs transplanted his Philly wake-up show to New York City and was now seen by a national audience.

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The Ernie Kovacs Show - December 19, 1955
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The Ernie Kovacs Show - December 19, 1955

After “Kovacs Unlimited” was canceled, Ernie did a similar program in a late-night slot for the fledgling DuMont network from April 1954 to April 1955, and then landed at NBC that fall.

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The Ernie Kovacs Show - February 20, 1956
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The Ernie Kovacs Show - February 20, 1956

After “Kovacs Unlimited” was canceled, Ernie did a similar program in a late-night slot for the fledgling DuMont network from April 1954 to April 1955, and then landed at NBC that fall.

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The Ernie Kovacs Show - March 15, 1956
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The Ernie Kovacs Show - March 15, 1956

After “Kovacs Unlimited” was canceled, Ernie did a similar program in a late-night slot for the fledgling DuMont network from April 1954 to April 1955, and then landed at NBC that fall.

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The Ernie Kovacs Show - April 12, 1956
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The Ernie Kovacs Show - April 12, 1956

After “Kovacs Unlimited” was canceled, Ernie did a similar program in a late-night slot for the fledgling DuMont network from April 1954 to April 1955, and then landed at NBC that fall.

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The Ernie Kovacs Show - June 12, 1956
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The Ernie Kovacs Show - June 12, 1956

After “Kovacs Unlimited” was canceled, Ernie did a similar program in a late-night slot for the fledgling DuMont network from April 1954 to April 1955, and then landed at NBC that fall.

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