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Happy New Year and Happy 40th to “Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve!”

Saturday, December 31st, 2011

Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest reaches its 40th annual edition with tonight’s Dec. 31, 2011- January 1, 2012 special. Dick Clark and Ryan Seacrest will host the program starting at 10:00 p.m. (ET & PT) on ABC, and New Year’s Rockin’ Eve: The 40th Anniversary Party, hosted by Fergie and Jenny McCarthy, will air immediately before, at 8:00 p.m. Entertainment at this year’s festivities will include Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Pitbull, Hot Chelle Rae, the Band Perry, Blink-182, Christina Perri, Florence and the Machine, Gym Class Heroes, LMFAO, OneRepublic, Nicki Minaj, Taio Cruz, and

Dick Clark spoke about his first New Year’s special in 1959 and his inauguration of New Year’s Rockin’ Eve in 1972 (competing with Guy Lombardo who at that time “owned” New Year’s Eve on TV), when he was interviewed by the Archive of American Television on July 29, 1999:

Have a safe and happy New Year, everyone!

“The Electric Company” Turns F-O-R-T-Y

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

You gotta love a show with a character named “Easy Reader.” Morgan Freeman portrayed him, a laid back Easy Rider-esque guy who loved reading on PBS’ The Electric Company. Bill Cosby and Rita Moreno joined Freeman on the program – the first show from The Children’s Television Workshop (CTW) after the hugely successful Sesame Street.

In her Archive Interview, CTW co-founder Joan Ganz Cooney discusses the creation of The Electric Company, a show geared towards seven to nine-year-olds that taught youngsters the basics of reading and grammar. She describes how government funds, allocated for then-First Lady Pat Nixon’s literacy initiative, proved crucial to the development of the show, which debuted on October 25, 1971:

The Electric Company utilized songs, animation, and live sketches to teach phonics and fundamentals. Popular skits included “The Adventures of Letterman” (no, not David, but an animated superhero who loved wordplay), “Here’s Cooking at You” (a spoof of Julia Child’s cooking show), and “The Six-Dollar and Thirty-Nine Cent Man” (you can guess the show being parodied there). Archive interviewee Rita Moreno reflects on the show’s delicate balance of entertainment and education:

A new version of The Electric Company now airs on PBSKids. Learn more about the original version at our show page: