Produced by the ABC as its television network was just getting off the ground, this program was one of the first dramatic series television to attract top-name actors and actresses. ... See full summary »

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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Produced by the ABC as its television network was just getting off the ground, this program was one of the first dramatic series television to attract top-name actors and actresses. Performing plays by such authors as Poe and Thurber, cast members included current well-known performers like Julie Harris and Cloris Leachman, as well as up-and-coming talents like Marlon Brando. The series was renamed "The Play's the Thing" midway through its final season. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Episodes 1.1 through 2.5 were broadcast on the ABC-TV network at various times: Ep. 1.1 through 1.25 were broadcast on Sunday evenings between 8:30 and 9:00 PM Eastern Time. Ep. 1.26 through 1.31 were broadcast on Thursday evenings between 8:30 and 9:00 PM Eastern Time. Ep. 1.32 through 1.35 were broadcast on Thursday evenings between 9:30 and 10:00 PM Eastern Time. Ep. 2.1 through 2.5 were broadcast on Wednesday evenings between 8:00 and 8:30 PM Eastern Time. See more »

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