Merv Griffin & Judy Garland Return to TV on Monday, October 12

Merv Griffin Show logo photo credit Reelin' in the Years Productions, LLC

Merv Griffin Show logo photo credit Reelin’ in the Years Productions, LLC

Starting Monday, Sony Pictures Television Networks’ GetTV service will be airing a full night of vintage variety programs every week, featuring The Judy Garland Show, which ran on CBS in the 1963-64 TV season, and episodes of The Merv Griffin Show from the 1960s and ’70s. A third hour will feature network musical variety specials, many of which haven’t been seen since they were first broadcast.

The Judy Garland Show starts Monday, October 12 @ 8PM.  The first episode include Judy’s long-time friend and childhood co-star Mickey Rooney with Jerry Van Dyke; the program originally aired December 8, 1963.

The Judy Garland Show was a high-profile failure in its time, canceled by CBS after a single season that saw several executive producer and format changes. The program evolved from a musical variety vehicle with sketches, to an hour of her performing in a concert-like setting.

Jeff Meier, senior vice president of programming for GetTV, likes the historic synergy of having the show on a network based on the Culver City studio lot where Garland made many of her MGM films.

“Goose bumps go through me when I think of that,” he said.

Merv Griffin (right) and sidekick Arthur Treacher in 1969.

Merv Griffin (right) and sidekick Arthur Treacher in 1969.

GetTV has picked up 50 of Griffin’s programs from Reelin’ in the Years Productions, which licenses the show for the estate of the late host and game show impresario. Meier believes Griffin’s affection for old Hollywood — he often booked veteran stars who reflected on their careers — is a good fit for his network, which draws much of its programming from the Columbia Pictures film library.

Griffin’s show was surprisingly substantive as well, giving platforms to politicians (Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Richard Nixon) and civil rights leaders (the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., Dick Gregory) during the 1960s. There is also an unpredictability rarely seen in current talk shows. In a 1965 episode, artist Andy Warhol gives one-word answers in his interview.

Artist Andy Warhol. Photo credit Reelin' in the Years Productions, LLC

Artist Andy Warhol. Photo credit Reelin’ in the Years Productions, LLC

During the ’70s, Griffin invented and produced the popular game shows Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune – which by 1986 made him a very rich man when he sold his company to Columbia Pictures Television for $250 million. Merv Griffin died of Cancer at 82 in 2007.

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The Merv Griffin Show is widely considered one of the premier talk shows in the history of television. Hosted by the charming and intelligent Merv Griffin, this ground-breaking show was known for in-depth interviews with celebrities and newsmakers, innovative stand-up comedy and stellar musical performances. Over the course of its run from 1962 – 1986, the show garnered 10 Emmy Awards and welcomed more than 25,000 guests.

Produced by Reelin’ In The Years Productions, this unprecedented 12-DVD retrospective celebrates the enduring legacy of The Merv Griffin Show and is packed with 44 classic episodes. Spanning 42 hours, this expansive set features interviews and performances with over 200 guests from the worlds of entertainment, politics, music, sports, fashion, literature and art which have not been seen for decades. The Merv Griffin Show 1962 – 1986 is a cultural treasure trove providing insight into almost a quarter century of American thought, style and attitudes.

Over its 42 hours, viewers will be entertained by the likes of Richard Pryor, Mel Brooks, Whitney Houston, Jerry Seinfeld, the Everly Brothers, George Carlin, Willie Mays and Aretha Franklin; enlightened by Salvador Dali, Dr. Timothy Leary, Ray Bradbury, Andy Warhol and Maya Angelou; and inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Gloria Steinem, Pres. Ronald Reagan, and Sen. Robert F. Kennedy. Among the film and TV legends interviewed by Griffin in this collection are John Wayne, Bette Davis, Gene Wilder, Laurence Olivier, Ingrid Bergman, Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Warren Beatty, the cast of The Golden Girls, Dennis Hopper, Jayne Mansfield, George Clooney, Jane Fonda and the final interview with Orson Welles who died just a few hours after the show.

The set also includes 7 hours of bonus interviews, musical performances, and comedy as well as a newly filmed interview with Jay Leno. An accompanying 52-page booklet, with extensive liner notes, rare photos and memorabilia and a foreword by Dick Cavett completes the package. The episodes have been newly transferred from recently discovered master tapes, making for a spectacular viewing and listening experience.

Special features:

The Merv Griffin Show – 1962-1986

52-page booklet, with extensive liner notes, rare photos and memorabilia and a foreword by Dick Cavett


September 2, 1965 – Phyllis Diller, Capt. Mitsuo Fuchida, Frederick Ayer, Jr.

September 8, 1965 – Richard Pryor, Phil Spector

September 14, 1965 – Dionne Warwick, Dick Gregory

October 6, 1965 – Andy Warhol & Edie Sedgwick, Reni Santoni & Renee Taylor

October 21, 1965 – Carol Burnett, Roddy McDowall, Oscar Levant

-Bonus Section-

November 9, 1962 – Danny Kaye, Dolores Wilson, Shelly Berman

May 1965 – News Segment-Interview With Merv Griffin


November 11, 1965 – George Carlin, Henny Youngman, Minnie Pearl, Frankie Laine,

Col. John Glenn

February 4, 1966 – Willie Mays, Tallulah Bankhead, Lionel Hampton

July 18 & 19, 1966 – Dr. Timothy Leary, Mort Sahl, Marion Williams

-Bonus Section-

December 30, 1965 – Salvador Dali

January 10, 1966 – Bob Crane

February 23, 1966 – Phil Spector

March 7, 1966 – Redd Foxx

June 9, 1966 – Norman Rockwell


July 20, 1966 – Jayne Mansfield, Henny Youngman, Monti Rock III, Dr. Henry Brill

August 1, 1966 – Everly Brothers, Richard Pryor, Jerry Lewis, Dagmar, Charlie Callas

July 6, 1967 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Harry Belafonte

-Bonus Section-

August 10, 1966 – Freddy Martin

September 1, 1966 – Adam West & Burt Ward

January 18, 1967 – Jane Fonda & Roger Vadim


October 3, 1967 – Sen. Robert F. Kennedy, Carl Reiner

December 20, 1967 – Richard M. Nixon, David Susskind

August 18, 1969 – Woody Allen, Moms Mabley, Hedy Lamarr, Ted Sorensen, Leslie Uggams

November 21, 1970 – John Wayne

-Bonus Section-

May 14, 1970 – Gore Vidal


October 28, 1971 – Dennis Hopper, Willie Mays, James Brolin, Diane Baker

December 6, 1972 – Isaac Hayes, Staple Singers, Luther Ingram, Albert King, Johnnie Taylor,

Carla Thomas, Emotions

April 27, 1973 – Jack Benny

-Bonus Section-

December 21, 1971 – Eva Gabor (Guest Host), Chuck Norris

December 27, 1971 – Roger Miller (Guest Host), Glen Campbell, Dick Clark

January 13, 1972 – James Caan

June 7, 1972 – Warren Beatty


July 31 & August 1, 1973 – Ingrid Bergman, Jacqueline Bisset, George Segal, Richard Pryor, Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge, Rex Reed

October 12, 1973 – Lucille Ball, Bob Hope, Lucie Arnaz,

Desi Arnaz, Jr., Gary Morton, Gale Gordon

November 29, 1973 – Bette Davis, Walter Pidgeon, Olivia De Havilland, Samantha Eggar,

William Wyler

-Bonus Section-

December 5, 1975 – James Michener


February 16, 1976 – John Denver, Starland Vocal Band

November 30, 1976 – Farrah Fawcett-Majors, Lindsay Wagner, Marie Osmond,

Michael Learned, Gladys Knight

September 22, 1977 – Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Alex Haley, Louis Gossett, Jr.

-Bonus Section-

July 8, 1977 – Steve Martin

January 12, 1978 – Ray Bradbury

February 14, 1978 – Joan Rivers


November 7, 1978 – Lillian Carter, Andy Williams, Loretta Lynn

June 25, 1979 – President Gerald Ford, Gene Wilder

October 31 & November 1, 1979 – Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Anne Bancroft, Rob Reiner & Penny Marshall, Gene Wilder, Gene Hackman

December 20, 1979 – Steve Martin, Carl Reiner, Jackie Mason

-Bonus Section-

November 21, 1979 – Barbara Walters


January 9, 1980 – Francis Ford Coppola, Gene Hackman, Cindy Williams, Talia Shire,

Frederic Forrest

May 28, 1980 – Brooke Shields & Christopher Atkins, Mickey Rooney

August 22, 1980 – Shelley Winters, Charles Grodin, June Carter Cash, Irving Stone

-Bonus Section-

August 29, 1980 – Muhammad Ali, Larry Holmes


October 6, 1980 – Dick Cavett Interviews Merv Griffin

August 24, 1981 – Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby

May 24, 1982 – William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley

May 26, 1982 – Sylvester Stallone, Burgess Meredith, Talia Shire, Mr. T, Carl Weathers

-Bonus Section-

November 2, 1981 – Olivia Newton-John & John Travolta

February 15, 1982 – Maya Angelou

June 25, 1982 – Orson Welles (Guest Host), Andy Kaufman


June 30, 1982 – Carole King, Gloria Steinem, Jane Fonda, Loretta Swit, Lee Grant

December 22, 1982 – Sir Laurence Olivier

June 23, 1983 – Whitney Houston, Cissy Houston, Clive Davis, Sandy Duncan

September 27, 1983 – President Ronald Reagan, Nancy Reagan

July 19, 1984 – Jim Henson & Frank Oz, Muppets, Dabney Coleman

-Bonus Section-

January 17, 1983 – Don Rickles & Mr. T

March 24, 1983 – Rosa Parks


October 14, 1985 – Orson Welles, Barbara Leaming

November 5, 1985 – Betty White, Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan, Estelle Getty

-Bonus Section-

October 19, 1984 – Alec Baldwin

November 2, 1984 – Bill Maher

October 9, 1985 – George Clooney

February 6 & 11, 1986 – Merv Teaches Jay Leno How To Host A Talk-Show

Jay Leno (Guest Host), Jerry Seinfeld


Hilarious moments from the Westinghouse show 1965-1967


December 6, 1965 – Freddie & The Dreamers – “I’m Telling You Now”

June 6, 1966 – Mrs. Miller – “Downtown”

September 21, 1966 – Screamin’ Jay Hawkins -” I Put A Spell On You”

October 11, 1966 – The Mitchell Trio (Featuring John Denver) – “Your Friendly, Liberal, Neighborhood Ku Klux Klan”

November 11, 1966 – Nina Simone – “Work Song”

September 17, 1967 – Stevie Wonder – “I Was Made To Love Her”

November 1, 1967 – Aretha Franklin – “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man”

February 20, 1971 – Merle Haggard – “Amazing Grace”

August 11, 1972 – Sammy Davis, Jr. – “The Candy Man”

August 5, 1976 – Liberace – “Chopsticks”

July 3, 1981 – Hank Williams, Jr. -“Family Tradition”

July 14, 1981 – Smokey Robinson – “The Tracks Of My Tears”

June 29, 1984 – Weird Al Yankovic – “I Lost On Jeopardy”

PROMO TRAILERS 1971 & 1972


Highlights From Merv’s Final Show – September 5, 1986


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