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The Edie Adams Show (1962-64)
aka Here's Edie
 Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive

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THE EDIE ADAMS SHOW (aka "Here's Edie")
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ABC Production
Producer/Director Barry Shear

ABC (Thursdays 10:00-10:30pm Eastern) (30 min)

US Music Variety series 1962-64  21 episodes x 30 min (26Sept63-19Mar64)

Hosted by singer-comedienne Edie Adams.
regulars:
Don Chastain, Peter Hanley
The Peter Matz Orchestra,
The Paul Godkin Dancers
The Randy Rayburn Singers

Alternated weekly with The Sid Caesar Show (1963-64 season)

Edie Adams - Archive Interview Part 1 of 10
Edie Adams - Archive Interview Part 2 of 10
Edie Adams - Archive Interview Part 3 of 10
Edie Adams - Archive Interview Part 4 of 10
Edie Adams - Archive Interview Part 5 of 10
Edie Adams - Archive Interview Part 6 of 10
Edie Adams - Archive Interview Part 7 of 10
Edie Adams - Archive Interview Part 8 of 10
Edie Adams - Archive Interview Part 9 of 10
Edie Adams - Archive Interview Part 10 of 10

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[00] Here's Edie (pilot)
09Apr1962 ABC Monday
Producer David Oppenheim
guests
Andre Previn
Dick Shawn

Edie Adams presents 30 minutes of comedy and musical moods with guest stars Dick Shawn and Andre Previn.
Highlights:
Edie Adams sings, "Bilbao", "My Ship" and "When My Sugar Walks Down the Street".
Edie does some of her incomparable impersonations of Shirley Temple ("On the Good Ship Lollipop"),
Jeanette MacDonald i "Italian Street Song''), Ruby Keeler ("42nd Street'") and Marilyn Monroe ("'S' Wonderful").
Dick Shawn does a comedy bit on a new dance craze for the kids.
Andre Previn plays the piano. [RF]

[01] Here's Edie: Special #1
23Oct1962 ABC Tuesday
Producer/Director Barry Shear
guests
Peter Falk
Duke Ellington

Highlights:
Edie's talking will be done through her musical numbers, including "I Got It Bad and That Ain't Good",
"Beginning to See the Light", "Sophisticated Lady", "A Train", "Satin Doll", "Lonely Town" and "When I Fall In Love".
Peter Falk does a funny routine as a New York cab driver.
Edie sings and dances to David Rose's "The Stripper".
Edie performs "When I Fall In Love" accompanied by the Claremont String Quartet.
Duke Ellington and his band accompanied by Edie perform "Satin Doll".
Peter Matz has some noted jazz soloists accompanying Edie, alto saxman Johnny Hodges, trumpeter Ray Nance,
baritone saxman Harry Carney.
*First of eight half-hour specials. The series was first suggested to be called "Where's Edie?" [RF]

[02] Here's Edie: Special #2
13Dec1962 ABC Thursday
Producer/Director Barry Shear
guests
Bob Hope
Sir Michael Redgrave

Summary:
Edie Adams takes advantage of her London stay to add some of its character to her show. You'll be hearing
her sing against a background of the Thames River, Hyde park, the remains of blitzed ruins, in vintage
costumes for madrigals like "With Her Head Tucked Underneath Her Arms", with sidewalk minstrels, Cockney kids.
You'll see the Grenadier Guards at Wellington Barracks and even get a bit of Shakespeare on the Lambeth Bridge
from Sir Michael Redgrave himself.
Edie joins Bob Hope at the Royal command performance presented to Queen Elizabeth.
Highlights:
Edie wanders the old town singing "Up the Old Kent Road" with a group of Buskers in Hyde Park.
Edie performs "If You Were the Only Boy in the World" in a World War II ruin, and
Edie does "What Kind of Fool Am I?" in a big gaming room.
Edie sings "Consider Yourself" with a group of Cockney children.
Edie and Bob do a comedy sketch together.
Sir Michael Redgrave reads the soliloquy from Shakespeare's "Henry V".
*Edie was filming the Bob Hope movie "Call Me Bwana" during their this performance. [RF]

[03] Here's Edie: Special #3
20Jan1963 ABC Sunday
Producer/Director Barry Shear
guests
Saxophonist Stan Getz
guitarist Laurindo Almeida
The Roger Wagner Chorale
Highlights:
Edie sings "Something's Coming" and "I Wish You Love" both with a Bossa Nova beat.
Edie backed by famed Flamenco guitarist Laurindo Almeida backs her vocal of Ravel's "Habanera".
The Roger Wagner Chorale gives a full-voiced resounding treatment of the classic "Praelusio" and
joins Edie in "Desa Finado," a stirring climax to the show.
*NOTE The third in the Here's Edie Specials.
Stan Getz is known as Mr. Bossa Nova. [RF]

[04] Here's Edie: Special #4: The First Las Vegas Show
26Feb1963 ABC Tuesday
Producer/Director Barry Shear
guests
Eddie Fisher
Charlie Barnett

Highlights:
Edie mimics Jeanette MacDonald, Shirley Temple and Ethel Merman.
Eddie Fisher sings "This Nearly Was Mine". [RF]

[05] Here's Edie: Special #5
16Mar1963 ABC Saturday
Producer/Director Barry Shear
guests
Hoagy Carmichael
Rowan and Martin

Comic Hank Henry
The Homer Garrett Dancers
The Eligibles

Highlights:
Edie opens with "Home on the Range" accompanied by Jerry Fieldings Orchestra.
Rowan and Martin do a sketch of a shoot-out titled "High Noon Duel in the Sun".
Hoagy Carmichael plays two of his songs "Old Buttermilk Sky" and the theme from the television series "Laramie".
Burlesque comic Hank Henry, Rowan and Martin and The Eligibles do 'jubilation' for a big square dance number
done to the tune of "Jubilation T. Cornpone", (one of the hit numbers from the Broadway show "Lil Abner"
in which Edie Adams starred).
Edie sings "Go West Young Man".
Hoagy and Edie duet with "Aura Lee" and "Ragtime Cowboy Joe".
For the finale Edie sings "America the Beautiful" against a Nevada sunset some 15 miles south of Las Vegas. [RF]

[06] Here's Edie: Special #6
19Apr1963 ABC Friday
Producer/Director Barry Shear
guests
Buddy Hackett
Highlights:
Edie sings Brahms' "Lullaby" to her three year old daughter Mia.
A special feature of the program will be the 90-voice United Nations Children's Choir of Southern California.
The youngsters, dressed in costumes of their "Old World" lands, will pay tribute to love in its highest forms.
They will sing "Let There Be Peace on Earth," a song representing the love of God.
Buddy and Edie clown with "You're So Much a Part of Me", a story of unrequited love, caveman style.
Buddy and Edie duet with four other fat men for "Good, Food, Food".
Edie closes the program with a medley of Narcissist songs such as "I Love Me". [RF]

[07] Here's Edie: Special #7
26May1963 ABC Sunday  
Producer/Director Barry Shear
guests
Andre Previn
Dick Shawn

Highlights:
Edie Adams reprises most of her April 1962, pre-Oscar show which won her two EMMY nominations.
Edie sings "My Ship" and "Bilbao" from the Three Penny Opera.
Andre Previn's Gershwin medley at the piano.
Dick Shawn's comedy bit on a new dance craze for the kids.
Edie impersonates Bonnie Baker, Helen Kane, Ruby Keeler, Dorothy Lamour and Elizabeth Taylor as Cleopatra. [RF]

[08] Here's Edie: Special #8
18Jun1963 ABC Tuesday
guests
Bob Hope
Lionel Hampton

Highlights:
Bob Hope joins Edie Adams tonight with
more space and government gags and a song from their current movie "Call Me Bwana".
Edie and the United Nations Children's Choir sing "Peace on Earth".
Edie performs a haunting version of "Little Girl Blue."
Lionel Hampton and his big band go full blast for "Flying Home" which rounds out Edie's last show of the season. [RF]
*Last show of the season returns in the fall as "The Edie Adams Show".

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ABC Thursdays 10:00-10:30pm Eastern (30 min)
alternates with The Sid Caesar Show

Sid's and Edie's
Goodman Ace is the head writer
Selma Diamond, Jay Burton and Tony Webster are his writing team.
Regulars include Gisele Mackenzie and Joey Forman
The Eligibles do the singing and dancing.
The Peter Matz Orchestra

[00] Sid Caesar - Edie Adams Together [one hour premiere]
19Sep1963 ABC Thur
guests
also starring Gisele Mackenzie and Joey Forman.
Sid as head of a newly-emerged middle-eastern nation, and Edie as his chief wife, and Joey Forman as an
official of the New York World's Fair seeking a pavillion from their country, Sid and Edie trade on their
country's underdevelopment in the featured comic routine. [RF]

2.01 [09] The Edie Adams Show
26Sep1963 ABC Thur
guests
Zsa Zsa Gabor
Eddie Sauter
Stan Getz

Highlights:
Edie sings "Love is the Only Thing".
Edie does some singing impressions of other noted performers.
Zsa Zsa, seated on a white horse, will do a plush imitation of Edie's Western-style commercial.
Edie retaliates with a devastating takeoff of the diamond-laden Hungarian actress.
Edie does her interpretation of Elizabeth Taylor's standin during the filming of "Cleopatra."
Sauter will conduct his own composition, "Once Upon A Time," with Getz, as sax soloist.
Miss Adams' other musical essays will he a comedy ballad by Hugh Martin and Timothy Grey,
"It Never Entered My Mind," and an impression of Eva Tanguay singing "I Don't Care".
Eddie Sauter, pioneer in the modern jazz musical form, and saxophonist Stan Getz. [RF]

[--] The Sid Caesar Show: 03Oct1963

2.02 [10] The Edie Adams Show
10Oct1963 ABC Thur
guests
Louis Nye
Dodger shortstop Maury Wills
Highlights:
Featured skit, of course, is an odd-ball version of a Japanese baseball game version of "Casey at Bat".
Maury plays a Kabuki-type umpire, Louis is the TV commentator and Edie plays The Wind and runs the bases.
Louis Nye plays a cowardly bullfighter after a flamenco dancer.
Edie sings a Villa Lobos number, "Lose That Long Face" and "That's All".
Maury Wills also shows off his folk-singing abilities with "Wayfaring Stranger". [RF]

[--] The Sid Caesar Show: 17Oct1963
 
2.03 [11] The Edie Adams Show
24Oct1963 ABC Thur
guests
Al Hirt
Nancy Wilson

Highlights:
Edie and Nancy duet on "The Children's Prayer".
Al Hirt and his group perform "Muskrat ramble".
Edie spoofs a sexy weather report girl in a sketch.
*NOTE: Edie won a battle with her producer to perform before a live audience this season. [RF]

[--] The Sid Caesar Show: 31Oct1963
 
2.04 [12] The Edie Adams Show
07Nov1963 ABC Thur
guests
Allan Sherman
comedian George Furth
also with regular Don Chastain
Highlights:
Allan Sherman reprises his famous, "Hello Mudder" routine.
Allan joins Edie for an unusual discussion on modern poets and poetry.
The U.N. Children's Choir sings "Climb Every Mountain" and "Let There Be Peace on Earth."
Edie sings "Love Is the Only Thing". [RF]

[--] The Sid Caesar Show: 14Nov1963
 
2.05 [13] The Edie Adams Show
21Nov1963 ABC Thur
guests
Opera singer Lauritz Melchoir celebrating his 50th year as an Opera singer.
Count Basie and His Band
Highlights:
Edie with Count Basie and His Band sings "One O'Clock Jump"
Count Basie and His Band perform "Splanky".
Comic George Furth teams with Edie in a domestic skit.
Lauritz and Edie team up for "Deep In My Heart". [RF]

[--] The Sid Caesar Show: 28Nov1963
 
2.06 [14] The Edie Adams Show
05Dec1963 ABC Thur
guests
Sammy Davis Jr.
comedy team of Charlie Brill and Mitzi McCall
Highlights:
Sammy performs a soliloquy from "Cyrano de Bergerac".
Sammy sings "Stella By Starlight" and "Come Rain or Come Shine".
Edie sings "There's No Business Like Show Business".
Edie plays a nagging housewife in a skit with Brill-McCall called "Chatty Wife" with Brill as a tired business
executive coming home to a delightful wife in his dreams.
Sammy does his impressions of James Cagney, Richard Widmark and Marlon Brando. [RF]

[--] The Sid Caesar Show: 12Dec1963
 
2.07 [15] The Edie Adams Show
19Dec1963 ABC Thur
guests
Andre Previn
Rowan and Martin

with Don Chastain and Peter Hanley.
Highlights:
Rowan and Martin spoof old-time vaudeville.
The finale is done to "Consider Yourself" a tune by Andre Previn and his wife Dory Langdon.
Rowman and Martin hurl pies at Edie and Andre with the TV camera as the final target.
Edie sings "Wives and Lovers".
Don, Edie and Peter join in voice and shirt in a comical rendition of "Triplets".
Edie petitioning Andre for a bit of "classical" music vocalizes the venerable "Melancholy Baby" to his piano
and Andre follows with "Around the World in 80 Days". [RF]

[--] The Sid Caesar Show: 26Dec1963
 
2.08 [16] The Edie Adams Show
02Jan1964 ABC Thur
guests
jazz clarinetist Pete Fountain
pantomimist Cliff Norton
with regular Don Chastain
Highlights:
Edie does an impression of Jayne Mansfield.
*NOTE: Singer Don Chastain was a former Golden Gloves boxer. His father Clyde was a professional boxer and
fought two world championship bouts in the middleweight and welterweight divisions. At 17 Don had fought six
bouts, winning five and losing one. He had also been singing on the radio since he was nine years old.
The time came when Don had to decide between boxing and a singing career. He chose singing. His ability to
sing jazz is truly a rare find and a natural with improvisations and comedy as well. [RF]

[--] The Sid Caesar Show: 09Jan1964
 
2.09 [17] The Edie Adams Show
16Jan1964 ABC Thur
guests
Terry-Thomas
Spike Jones

Bettie Kovacs 16-year-old daughter of Edie Adams and Bettie's school friend Debbie Dawson.
Highlights:
Edie opens the show with "Washington Square".
In a skit titled "Wandering Stranger", Edie and Terry-Thomas offer their impressions of an absent-minded
African explorer who is interviewed by a female reporter upon his return from a safari.
Bettie and Debbie duet with "Kumbaya".
*NOTE: Spike Jones reunited his group of zany musicians for the first time in five years for the show. [RF]

[--] The Sid Caesar Show: 23Jan1964

[--] The Edie Adams Show: 30Jan1964:  pre-empted

2.10 [18] The Edie Adams Show
06Feb1964 ABC Thur
Written by Robert Lauer and Edie Adams
Directed by Gordon Wiles
Choreographer Paul Gordon
guests
Bobby Darin
Highlights:
Edie opens with "I've Got the World on a String"
Bobby sings "This Was Nearly Mine" and "Mack the Knife".
In a comedy sketch "School for Bad Cowboys", Bobby assisted by Edie is involved with teaching the finer
points of being a 'heavy' to actors seeking roles in TV westerns.
Edie sings "Here I'll Stay".
In the program finale, Edie and Darin blend voices in a salute to the late Kurt Weil. [RF]

[--] The Sid Caesar Show: 13Feb1964


2.11 [19] The Edie Adams Show
20Feb1964 ABC Thur
guests
Woody Herman
comedy team of Mitzi McCall and Charlie Brill
Jack Sheldon Jazz Group
Highlights:
Edie & Woody duet with "Kansas City", "Apple Honey" and "Happiness is a Thing Called Joe".
Woody Herman performs "Woodchoppers Ball" and a "Jazz Hoot".
Mitzi McCall and Charlie Brill do a sketch about fun at a laundromat. [RF]

[--] The Sid Caesar Show : 27Feb1964

2.12 [20] The Edie Adams Show
05Mar1964 ABC Thur
guests
John Raitt
Louis Nye

guitarist Charlie Byrd
comedy team of Mitzi McCall and Charlie Brill
Highlights:
Edie sings "I Believe In You".
Louis Nye, Mitzi McCall and Charlie Brill appear in a wild take-off on a film spectacular producer by
L. Cheapo Productions titled "The Lion of Carthage".
Charlie "Bossa Nova" Byrd demonstrates that he's a superlative guitarist whatever kind of music he does. [RF]

[--] The Sid Caesar Show :  12Mar1964

2.13 [21] The Edie Adams Show
19Mar1964 ABC Thur
guests
Johnny Mathis
Soupy Sales
Alan Sues

Highlights:
Soupy Sales portrays Hollywood gabster Jimmy Fiddlestix, who with a series of film clips, offers a commentary
on the movietown Oscar derby.
Johnny Mathis sings "Bye, Bye, Barbara" and "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World".
Edie, Soupy and Alan as "The Roaches" a new singing group are interviewed during a recording session in which
they chant "You Ain't Gonna Step on Me". [RF]

[--] The Sid Caesar Show:  26Mar1964


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