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Today in TV: January 12, 2014

Adam West
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Here are some notable events for today in TV history:

  • "Arthur Godfrey and his Friends" debuted on CBS on this date in 1949.
  • "Kukla, Fran, and Ollie" made the jump from local Chicago TV to NBC on this date in 1949.
  • Rod Serling's TV career began on this date in 1955 with the live TV play, "Patterns."
  • Stan Musial and Johnny Padres appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on this date in 1958.
  • The Beatles made their second appearance on "Sunday Night at the Palladium" on this date in 1964.
  • The music show "Hullabaloo" made its debut on NBC on this date in 1965.
  • "Batman" featuring Adam West in his signature role debuted on ABC on this date in 1966.
  • "Dragnet" came back to NBC on this date in 1967.
  • The Supremes appeared as a group of nuns on "Tarzan" on this date in 1968.
  • The innovative sitcom, "All in the Family" debuted on CBS on this date in 1971.
  • Robert Smigel's "Superfans" sketch made its first appearance on "Saturday Night Live" on this date in 1991.
  • The Fox animated series, "King of the Hill" made its debut on this date in 1997.
  • Paula Abdul made her dramatic acting debut on this date in 1997 on the ABC TV movie, "In the Shadow of Evil."
  • Conan O'Brien married Liza Powel on this date in 2002.

NBC announced the end of the series "Frasier" on this date in 2004. The series ran 11 years.

Here are some notable birthdays for today:

  • Kirstie Alley, who went from a game show contestant to roles on "Cheers" and "Victoria's Closet" celebrates a birthday today.
  • Howard Stern, a judge on "America's Got Talent" was born on this date.
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