"RAZZMATAZZ" was a News and Entertainment program aimed primarily for teen and young adult audiences. Airing in the United States on the CBS Television Network, it starred entertainment ... See full summary »
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...  Himself - Host 1 episode, 1977
Stephanie Mills ...  Herself 1 episode, 1977
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"RAZZMATAZZ" was a News and Entertainment program aimed primarily for teen and young adult audiences. Airing in the United States on the CBS Television Network, it starred entertainment personality Brian Tochi, who replaced the show's original host, Barry Bostwick, after the first season. The show ran from 1977 to 1982. This Emmy-winning news magazine series was produced by the veteran news producer, Don Hewitt, and had the same production team as CBS's prime news show, "60 MINUTES". Written by Book by Daniel Einstein, "Special Edition: A Guide to Network Television Documentary Series" 1997 0810832208

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Razzmatazz - Sunny 70s young teen show
26 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Here's a show that gets virtually no notice among retro-TV fans, but filled a hole in commercial TV children's programming when most offerings were the typical inane cartoons of the late 1970s and early 1980s.

Razzmatazz offered young teens a hodgepodge of stories about kids and the stuff kids are interested in. Sort of a cross between "Big Blue Marble" and "Real People." Brian Tochi's amiable hosting is the main thing I recall about the series, connecting with the target audience better than Barry Bostwick (to be fair, Toshi was closer in age to the viewers than Bostwick).

The show had a respectable five-year run, however, by the early 1980s networks could more freely define what constituted "childrens programming" and the trend in Saturday morning offerings became Smurfs, GI Joe, Thundercats, He-Man, et al, resulting in shows like Razzmatazz and The Big Blue Marble quickly becoming relics.


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