And the winners are…(1/9/1955)

From the pages of a magazine called Motion Picture Daily/Fame Magazine(via the 1/9/55 Chicago Tribune), comes the results of a poll naming the best in TV for 1954. And now, the winners:

BEST EMCEE: Ed Sullivan, whose “Toast of the Town” also won Best Variety Hour.

BEST COMEDIAN: George Gobel.

BEST COMEDIENNE(who also won BEST COMEDY TEAM with her Cuban bandleader husband): Lucille Ball.

MOST PROMISING NEW STARS: Dick Shawn, Eva Marie Saint.

POPULAR VOCALISTS: Perry Como(MALE), Dinah Shore(FEMALE).

NEWS COMMENTATOR: John Cameron Swayze.

SPORTSCASTER: Mel Allen(how ’bout that!)

BEST ANNOUNCER: George Fenneman(You Bet Your Life).

MOST UNIQUE NEW PROGRAM: Disneyland.

BEST NEW DRAMATIC PROGRAM: Medic.

MOST EFFECTIVE USE OF COLOR: Max Liebman’s Spectaculars.

BEST COMEDY SERIES: The Jackie Gleason Show.

BEST PANEL DISCUSSION SERIES: Meet The Press.

BEST DRAMATIC PROGRAM: Studio One.

BEST MYSTERY PROGRAM: Dragnet.

Incidentally, there was also an item in that day’s Trib about a radio Western, called a sort of “Western Dragnet” which was about to be adapted for TV: Gunsmoke. No doubt it would be one of the winners in the 1955 poll.

 

 

 

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