MTM will again figure prominently in this year’s 10th annual Museum of Television & Radio’s Los Angeles TV festival, which will kick off March 3 with a reunion of the MTM series “St. Elsewhere” and close with a tribute to Mary Tyler Moore.
Cable service HBO also receives its time in the spotlight during this year’s festival, with nights devoted to its series “Tales From the Crypt” and “The Larry Sanders Show” (one of only two new series featured, along with CBS’ “Picket Fences”), as well as the Fox Broadcasting Co. series “Roc,” which is produced by HBO Independent Prods.
In addition to Moore, whose long-running CBS series capped last year’s festival, the 17-program event at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art will feature an evening with George Carlin, a tribute to producer Roy Huggins, retrospectives/reunions on the original “The Untouchables,””Kojak” and “Mission: Impossible” and evenings devoted to the Smothers Brothers and “The Flip Wilson Show.”
The festival may also end up paying its first tribute to an on-hiatus series, ABC’s “Homefront,” which is currently off the web’s schedule but expected to return some time this spring.
Three screenings of rarely seen programs round out the festival, including the very first segments featuring Jackie Gleason as Ralph Kramden–dubbed the “Lost ‘Lost Honeymooners’ “–not seen since they originally aired as part of “The Jackie Gleason Show” in the early 1950s.
Two vintage music specials will also be shown: “Frank Sinatra: To the Ladies, ” a 1960 Valentine’s Day special; and “Cher (and Friends),” the actress/singer’s first 1975 solo spec after her split from Sonny Bono, featuring appearances by Elton John and Flip Wilson.
Tickets are available to Museum and LACMA members starting Feb. 2 and the general public Feb. 5, with all events to be held in LACMA’s 600-seat Leo S. Bing Theater. As usual, cast and crew will participate in all programs except for the three special screenings. A complete schedule follows:
“St. Elsewhere,” 8 p.m., March 3; George Carlin, 8 p.m., March 4; “Kojak,” 7 p.m., “Frank Sinatra: to the Ladies,” 9:30 p.m., March 5; “The Larry Sanders Show,” 7 p.m., “Picket Fences,” 9:30 p.m., March 6.
Salute to Roy Huggins, 8 p.m., March 10; “The Untouchables,” 8 p.m., March 11 ; “The Flip Wilson Show,” 7 p.m., “Cher (and Friends),” 9:30 p.m., March 12; “Homefront,” 7 p.m., “Tales From the Crypt,” 9:30 p.m., March 13.