All black musical variety show.
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"Sugar Hill Times" was the first regularly scheduled prime time network television series with an all black cast. This series premiered with the title "Harlem Jubilee" but after the first episode aired CBS learned that the title was already registered for use by a radio station in Los Angeles (KHJ); "Uptown Jubilee" was used for the second episode and that title was found to be too close to another title registered so CBS changed the title to "Sugar Hill Times" starting with the third episode, as reported by the New York Times on October 9, 1949. The show failed to find an audience (it was scheduled against Milton Berle's "Texaco Star Theatre," the hottest show of the 1949/50 season) so after the third episode the shows running time was cut to thirty minutes and the show was moved to air on alternate Thursdays. CBS couldn't find a sponsor in New York willing to pay the low price of $4,000 for the show (a typical hour went for $10,000 on a network at the time) so after five episodes the show was canceled. Two unnamed members of the cast later complained that the shows producer, Barry Woods, had "done nothing to help keep the show alive" but Willie Bryant
, the host of the show, in a letter to the Washington Afro-American newspaper, dated December 27, 1949, stated "Of all the persons who were in any way connected with "Sugar Hill Times" Barry was by far the most interested and the most cooperative. Until the very last he fought to keep the show going, and did so at the risk, sometimes of his own position at CBS. The fault of the closing down of this show lies elsewhere. And were I given the chance to return to TV and name my own producer, I would name Barry Woods!" See more