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The list of locally-produced sitcoms is, unsurprisingly, short. A lot of people in the TV business know of Park Street Under, the sitcom produced by WCVB that's believed to have inspired Cheers and is still remembered by Bostonians of a certain age. On the other hand, you have this: Hamtramck, a production of WDIV in Detroit. A disaster according to almost everyone, it caused the station to be inundated with phone calls from offended viewers, mostly from the Polish community. In fact, according to Mort Crim's memoir, word of the show and it's portrayals made it to Poland itself, and those Poles who heard of it also hated it. In fact, when Crim was on assignment there, his interpreter nearly deserted him when she learned that he worked for WDIV. She stayed on only after Mort and crew convinced her they had nothing to do with Hamtramck.

 

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Revisiting the final years of the Oprah show, it's amazing how well produced it was in terms of aesthetic. Talk shows today look so washed out and cheap. The bright lighting has not helped declining budgets in the age of HD at all. Outside of the quality of the show Oprah generally had the best aesthetic look of all the talk shows at the time. The video walls here blend in nicely. I like how the producers use the portrait effect to blur the background. The lighting isn't too harsh and the high definition looks smooth. It's amazing how far things have gone downhill since 2010 for daytime TV.

 

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From WJZ in Baltimore, Jan. 2, 1995, on the day of the network switch in Charm City (WJZ now with CBS, WBAL back with NBC [11 had moved to CBS in 1981, as I remember it, but came back to NBC here], and WMAR now with ABC): a fun and informative deep dive into why this switch was made, and how it affected mostly where viewers would see their favorite shows; look at the 20:29 mark for a BTS shot that is hardly ever seen, and that is on 60 Minutes, where we see what the correspondent looks at (here, the late Ed Bradley) when he or she sits in front of that simulated magazine backdrop (the correspondent sees an image of himself/herself in front of the simulated magazine backdrop, and there are lights around and a small table in front of him/her); 60 Minutes would of course be at 13, where it still is today.

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Two uploads from a recording of the Packers vs. Buccaneers playoff game from the 1997 season (played on January 4, 1998)

 

Most (missing the intro) of the FOX pregame show

 

And since I don't see the link to the intro to the game (which for some reason won't display here due to NFL copyright concerns even though the video itself is still up); here's the link.

 

January 4, 1998 FOX NFL intro (Packers vs. Buccaneers - 1997 NFC Divisional Playoff Game)

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changed game intro link to a separate link since the display is blocked here (though the video isn't)
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