CTVA US Documentary - "Camera Three" (CBS/PBS)(1956-80)

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Camera Three (1956-80)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox [Uploaded Feb 2018]
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive / Writers Guild of America (wga)

Camera Three (New York Local)(1953-55)
Camera Three (season 1) (CBS) (Early 1956)
Camera Three (season  2) (CBS) (1956-57)
Camera Three (season  3) (CBS) (1957-58)
Camera Three (season  4) (CBS) (1958-59)
Camera Three (season 5) (CBS) (1959-60)
Camera Three (season 6) (CBS) (1960-61)
Camera Three (season 7) (CBS) (1961-62)
Camera Three (season 8) (CBS) (1962-63)
Camera Three (season  9) (CBS) (1963-64)
Camera Three (season 10) (CBS) (1964-65)
Camera Three (season 11) (CBS) (1965-66)
Camera Three (season 12) (CBS) (1966-67)
Camera Three (season 13) (CBS) (1967-68)
Camera Three (season 14) (CBS) (1968-69)
Camera Three (season 15) (CBS) (1969-70)
Camera Three (season 16) (CBS) (1970-71)
Camera Three (season 17) (CBS) (1971-72)
Camera Three (season 18) (CBS) (1972-73)
Camera Three (season 19) (CBS) (1973-74)
Camera Three (season 20) (CBS) (1974-75)
Camera Three (season 21) (CBS) (1975-76)
Camera Three (season 22) (CBS) (1976-77)
Camera Three (season 22) (CBS) (1977-78)
Camera Three (season 24) (CBS) (1978-79)
Camera Three (season 25) (PBS) (1979-80)

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CAMERA THREE
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 New York local (1953 to 15-Jan-1956)
CBS Sunday Morning (22-Jan-1956 to 21-Jan-1979)
PBS Sunday Prime Time (04-Oct-1979 to 10-Jul-1980)
 
Producer Robert Herridge (1953-1955)
Producer Lewis Freedman (1956 to 27-Jul-1958)

"Camera Three," presented by
the WCBS-TV (New York) Public Affairs Department in cooperation with the New York State Education Department

US Arts Documentary series 1956-80

Host James Macandrew

Arts featured:
Painting, Sculpture
Books: Writers, Poets
Theatre, Films & Television: Actors, Directors
Music & Dance: Opera, Ballet, Classical Music, Jazz, Rock 'n' Roll, Reggae etc

"Camera Three" musical signature was written and performed by Larry Adler.

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"Camera Three" started out as an obscure program that was seen locally in New York before going national on 22-Jan-1956.
It was a daring program with a cultural flavor displaying the arts in all forms from plays to poetry, to music and faith.
Airing on CBS Sunday mornings at 11:30 and other places even earlier it was a daring concept hosted by James Macandrew a type of experimentation taking people
into different worlds and lifestyles and lasting 24 years on television.
"Camera Three" is an expression of that small and goodly company of directors, producers, writers, technicians, actors and musicians who pump fresh blood
into the channels of television. Without them the industry's creativity would soon disappear.

"Camera Three," presented in cooperation with the New York State Education Department as a public service, originates 'live' from WCBS-TV, New York.

Starting out as local New York City program, Camera Three premiered on Saturday, 16-May-1953 as a co-production between WCBS-TV and the State Education Department
of the University of the State of New York, with James Macandrew as moderator/host. At first, the series ran from 2-2:45PM.
Its panel of experts covered all manner of topics, from Shakespeare to economics and everything in between.
In April of 1954 it won a Peabody Award in the Television Education category, shared with with station KNXT in Los Angeles for its Cavalcade of Books series.
The series also dramatized classic works of literature, including Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,”
and over the course of eight weeks in November and December of 1955, Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. On 18-Dec-1955.

In September of 1978, the network announced that it was cancelling Camera Three, alongside Lamp Unto My Feet and Look Up and Live, to make room for a ninety-minute news
show called Sunday Morning.
It was last shown on Sunday, 21-Jan-1979. In July of 1979, however, it was announced that PBS, through Boston’s WGBH station, would revive Camera Three,
with the blessing of CBS. It premiered at 9:30PM on Thursday 04-Oct-1979, although individual PBS affiliates presumably could air it other times as well.
From October of 1979 to July of 1980, PBS aired 40 episodes of Camera Three, 24 repeats and 16 new episodes.
Most sources give 10-July-1980 as the last broadcast but it was still being shown in early 1983.
The last new episode may have been shown on July 10th 1980, however. Both the Paley Center for Media and the Library of Congress have several hundred episodes of
Camera Three in their collections (~340 at the Paley Center and ~225 at the Library of Congress).
UCLA’s Film & Television Collection has six, including one it says airs in 1983 which might be a documentary produced by Camera 3 Productions and not a proper episode of the series.

James F. Macandrew won the Governors Award of the New York Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in on 14-April-1963.

"Camera Three" program has won high critical acclaim, having received an EMMY and Peabody, Ohio State and Robert E. Sherwood Memorial Awards among others.

Dancer Myra Kinch appeared on Camera Three as a soloist three times.

*NOTE: James F. Macandrew Host and pioneer in educational broadcasting who helped build New York City's public radio and television systems.
Died of a heart attack on 18-Jan-1988 at the age of 82.
When he retired as director of broadcasting for the city's Board of Education and of its station WNYE-TV in 1971, Mr. Macandrew won a special Emmy Award for 34 years
in the vanguard of educational broadcasting.
Most educators then saw little potential in radio as a teaching aid. Mr. Macandrew differed and in 1938 became coordinator of broadcasting for the school system. First Programs
Over the years, Mr. Macandrew also directed a teaching series, ''The Living Blackboard,'' and moderated ''Camera Three,'' broadcast nationally by CBS.
"If the airwaves can tempt us to laugh and to dance,'' Mr. Macandrew once said, ''they can also tempt as to think.''

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