This Week's Monkees TV Almanac (9/11-17/11)
Topic: 45 Revolutions Per Monkee!
SEPTEMBER 11, 1967
"It's A Nice Place To Visit..." (prod. #4752) first aired at 7:30/6:30 Central Time on NBC as the 33rd episode of The Monkees. The sponsor of the week was Kellogg's, and the song featured was "What Am I Doing Hangin' 'Round?" (Murphy / Castleman).
This episode introduced The Monkees TV series' second season on The Peacock Network. Also on this day, 12 1/2 hours before "It's A Nice Place To Visit..." was scheduled to air, The Monkees themselves, after a long, grueling summer of touring and recording (the upcoming 4th album, Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn & Jones, Ltd.), reported to Screen Gems Studio 7 in Hollywood to resume production on their television show; first on the agenda was episode #4768, "Hillbilly Honeymoon" (a.k.a. "Double Barrell Shotgun Wedding") (to air on NBC in late October as Monkees Episode No. 39), by Peter Meyerson.
SEPTEMBER 11, 1971
"The Monkees On The Line," Episode No. 28 of The Monkees (prod. #4739, aired on NBC March 27 and August 28, 1967), was repeated at noon (EDT) on CBS, with a new song added: "Little Girl," written by Micky Dolenz.
With this repeat, The Monkees TV show entered its third and final season on CBS Saturday Afternoons.
SEPTEMBER 12, 1966
"The Royal Flush" (prod. #4701) first aired @ 7:30/6:30 p.m. Central Time in Living Color on NBC Television as the premiere episode of The Monkees, a comedy-fantasy series from Raybert/Screen Gems TV Productions heavily influenced by The Beatles' movies A Hard Day's Night (United Artists, 1964) and Help! (United Artists, 1965), which reflected the misadventures of an unknown, young, longhaired, modern-dressed group and its dreams on the way to fame and fortune. Produced by Robert Rafelson and Bert Schneider, it starred David Jones, Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, all of whom were chosen from a lot of 437 applicants who answered an ad in the September 8, 1965 issues of The Hollywood Reporter and Daily Variety.
The sponsor of the week was Kellogg's, and the songs were were Boyce & Hart's "This Just Doesn't Seem To Be My Day" and Goffin & King's "Take A Giant Step." The third Monkees episode to be filmed, "The Royal Flush" was the first to be helmed by James Frawley, an initial member of innovative NYC comedy troupe The Premise, who would go on to direct the bulk of The Monkees' 58 half-hour segments (32 to be exact). Frawley would soon be greatly rewarded for his efforts on "The Royal Flush"; it won the Emmy for Outstanding Directorial Achievement In A Comedy Series for 1966-67.
The success of the TV series and the hit records it helped generate made The Monkees the rage of America, imitating and, at times, even eclipsing The Beatles' own success! The series cranked out 58 episodes for 2 seasons on NBC, finally ending in September 1968. But what a following The Monkees have had during the course of that run: 2 Emmy Awards, 4 #1 hit albums, 3 #1 hit singles, and 2 sold-out concert tours...not to mention the admiration and adulation of fans worldwide, something which continues to thrive to this very day!!
SEPTEMBER 12, 1970
"The Monkees Watch Their Feet," Episode No. 49 of The Monkees (prod. #4743, aired on NBC January 15 and September 9, 1968), was repeated at 12:30p.m. (EDT) on CBS.
This retelecast precipitated a second season of repeats of The Monkees on CBS Saturdays, taking place on the fourth anniversary of the series debut.
SEPTEMBER 13, 1969
"I Was A Teenage Monster," Episode No. 18 of The Monkees (prod. #4725, aired on NBC January 16, 1967), was repeated @ noon (EDT) on CBS, with a new song added: "Good Clean Fun," written by Michael Nesmith.
This launched a 4-year stretch of retelecasts of The Monkees television series on Saturday Afternoons.
SEPTEMBER 16, 1972
"Monkees Marooned," Episode No. 40 of The Monkees (prod. #4755, aired on NBC October 30, 1967 and May 13, 1968), was repeated @ 1:00 p.m. (EDT) on ABC.
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