History of Television


History of Television

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The long-running AFS History Of Television program makes a very logical step in 2022 as it in fact becomes a television show. On the last Monday of each month, author and television historian Amanda Reyes joins us to celebrate the work of native Texan film producer Aaron Spelling, who changed the way television operated beginning in the 1960s. We will showcase two original Spelling programs in each episode with critical and historical commentary. Episodes will stream free live on Austin Public Channel 10.

The second installment of the Spelling series will focus on his prolific years as a Made-for-TV movie producer. We will play the 1970 telefilm THE HOUSE THAT WOULD NOT DIE with introductions and interstitial commentary about Spelling, his collaborators and the television production environment at the time these were made.

About THE HOUSE THAT WOULD NOT DIE: Barbara Stanwyck stars as a woman who leaves her job in the big city to settle down in a rambling (and purportedly haunted) ancestral mansion with her niece, played by Kitty Winn (PANIC IN NEEDLE PARK). Soon there are seances, mysterious noises, and men with equally mysterious agendas. Written by Henry Farrell (WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE) and directed by the masterful John Llewellyn Moxey.

About Amanda Reyes: Classic TV lover, slasher fanatic, soap opera addict, podcaster, and stuffed animal collector. Editor of Are You in the House Alone? A TV Movie Compendium: 1964-1999. Listen to Amanda’s podcast Made For TV Mayhem wherever you find your podcasts or click here.

Join us one of three ways.

  1. Tune in to Austin Public Channel 10, either on your Time Warner-equipped cable television or on Austin Public’s web stream here.
  2. Tune into AFS’ YouTube channel for the live stream.
  3. Watch on Twitch here.

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