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Actors Studio (TV series)

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6.7/10 TV

Genre  Drama
Original language(s)  English
First episode date  26 September 1948
Number of seasons  2
7.2/10 IMDb

Also known as  The Play's the Thing
Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons  2
Final episode date  June 1950
Presented by  Marc Connelly
Directed by  Ralph Warren (1948) David Pressman (1948–50) Fred Carr (1949) Alex Segal (1949–50) Yul Brynner (1949–50)
Network  American Broadcasting Company
Cast  Marlon Brando, Marc Connelly, Jessica Tandy
Similar  Nothing Sacred, Wide World of Sports, The Wonder Years, Boston Legal, Roots

Actors Studio is an American TV show which aired for 65 episodes, from September 26, 1948 to October 26 on the fledgling ABC Television Network; then from November 1, 1949 to June 23, 1950 on CBS Television. (It was one of the first series to be picked up by a network after being cancelled by another network). It was hosted by Marc Connelly.

The series showcased short pieces of adapted, classic and original drama, performed and produced live each week. Among some of the known authors were William Saroyan, James Thurber, Ring Lardner, Edgar Allan Poe, Irwin Shaw and Budd Schulberg. Featured actors included Martin Balsam, Richard Boone, Marlon Brando, Hume Cronyn, Julie Harris, Jean Muir and Jessica Tandy. Recurring performers included Jocelyn Brando, Tom Ewell, Steven Hill, Kim Hunter and Cloris Leachman.

In February 1950, the series moved to Friday nights and was expanded to one hour, alternating every other week with broadcasts of Ford Theatre. In March, the name of the show was changed to The Play's the Thing.

The series received a Peabody Award in 1948 for pioneering in the field of televised drama.

Broadcast History

NOTE: The most frequent time slot for the series in bold text.

  • Sunday evenings from 8:30-9:00 PM from September 26, 1948–March 13, 1949 on ABC.
  • Thursday evenings from 8:30-9:00 PM from March 24–April 28, 1949 on ABC.
  • Thursday evenings from 9:30-10:00 PM from May 5–26, 1949 on ABC.
  • Wednesday evenings from 8:00-8:30 PM from September 28–October 26, 1949 on ABC.
  • Tuesday evenings from 9:00-9:30 PM from November 1, 1949–January 31, 1950 on CBS.
  • Friday evenings from 9:00-10:00 PM from February 3–17, 1950 on CBS.
  • Friday evenings from 9:00-9:30 from March 3–April 28, 1950; May 26–June 23, 1950 on CBS.
  • Sunday evenings for one episode which aired May 21, 1950.
  • References

    Actors Studio (TV series) Wikipedia