• Thursday, November 14th, 2013

    CBS to Mark Anniversary of Beatles’ ‘Ed Sullivan’ Gig, JFK Assassination

    CBS is digging into its archives to commemorate two notable 50th anniversaries: The Beatles' debut performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The net will celebrate classic TV and classic rock music at 8 p.m. on Feb. 9 when its airs a Grammy salute to the Fab Four. The two-hour special, which will tape on Jan. 27, 2014, (the day after the Grammy Awards), will feature top musicians covering classic Beatles tunes. Meanwhile, will stream CBS News’ historic coverage of the JFK...
  • Thursday, November 14th, 2013

    CBS to air Beatles tribute on anniversary of Fab Four’s legendary ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ gig

    Yeah, yeah, yeah. CBS, to the surprise of no one, will mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first 'Ed Sullivan Show' appearance with a two-hour tribute show on Sun., Feb. 9. That's exactly 50 years to the day and hour from the Fab Four's first Ed Sullivan date — a show that drew massive viewership and, depending on one's tolerance for superlatives, either kicked off the '60s or altered pop culture forever. In its formal announcement Thursday, CBS reported it is modestly titling this new show...
  • Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

    Rolling Stones’ ‘Ed Sullivan’ Appearances Coming to DVD

    All of the Rolling Stones' appearances on the Ed Sullivan Show in the Sixties are about to be released for the first time on DVD later this year. The set will be issued in two forms – an abridged version titled Four Ed Sullivan Shows Starring the Rolling Stones, due out on October 4th, and a deluxe package called Six Ed Sullivan Shows Starring the Rolling Stones, in stores on November 1st. The performances collected in the set include some of the band's best-known hits, from "Time Is On My Side" in their first appearance on the show in 1964 through renditions of "Gimme Shelter" and...
  • Thursday, July 21st, 2011

    TCA 2011: Ed Sullivan: No joke teller, but he brought the funny

    Ed Sullivan was one of TV's most awkward hosts. He couldn't tell a joke, couldn't sing and always seemed stiff and unsmiling. And he was one of the greatest friends to some of America's most influential comedians. Sullivan and his influence on popular culture in introducing the country to such groundbreaking comedians as Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson, George Carlin, Alan King, Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers on his variety show during the 1960s will be celebrated in PBS' "The Ed Sullivan Comedy Special," which will premiere Aug. 6.
  • Sunday, September 12th, 2010

    ‘The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring the Beatles’: A Generational Divide

    The DVD begins rather worryingly with generic cod-Beatle music, like that episode of Gilligan’s Island with the Mosquitoes. It’s a world in black and white, one in which the kids are about to go way overboard festooning their brittle limbs with a kaleidoscope of color. This is a moment in history, in part because the Beatles were riding the crest of that particular wave. The timing of this new two-disc DVD set, The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring The Beatles, is perfect, especially if you’re a fan of Mad Men. Never mind the commercials, which don’t just seem quaint when viewed...