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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Starting with Episode 2.6, the show was broadcast on the CBS-TV network: Ep. 2.6 through 2.19 were broadcast on Tuesday evenings between 9:00 and 9:30 PM Eastern Time. Ep. 2.20 and 2.21 were broadcast on Friday evenings between 9:00 and 10:00 PM Eastern Time. See more »

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