Ernie Kovacs Centennial

The Ernie Kovacs Collection: It's Time For Ernie (March 7, 1951)
The Ernie Kovacs Collection

The Ernie Kovacs Collection: It's Time For Ernie (March 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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The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Ernie In Kovacsland (July 6, 1951)
The Ernie Kovacs Collection

The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Ernie In Kovacsland (July 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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The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Ernie In Kovacsland (August 23, 1951)
The Ernie Kovacs Collection

The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Ernie In Kovacsland (August 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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The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Kovacs On The Corner
The Ernie Kovacs Collection

The Ernie Kovacs Collection: 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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The Ernie Kovacs Collection: Kovacs Unlimited (May 28, 1952)
The Ernie Kovacs Collection

The Ernie Kovacs Collection: 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 Collection: December 19, 1955
The Ernie Kovacs Collection

The Ernie Kovacs Collection: 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 Collection: February 20, 1956
The Ernie Kovacs Collection

The Ernie Kovacs Collection: 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 Collection: March 15, 1956
The Ernie Kovacs Collection

The Ernie Kovacs Collection: 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 Collection: April 12, 1956
The Ernie Kovacs Collection

The Ernie Kovacs Collection: 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 Collection: June 12, 1956
The Ernie Kovacs Collection

The Ernie Kovacs Collection: 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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