This Was Television On December 5

1952: The Abbott and Costello Show premieres

The acclaimed comedy duo were long-since stars of stage, screen, and radio by the time they came to TV.  Their half-hour syndicated program blended comedy skits and musical numbers, echoing the format of their 1940s radio show. They didn’t have quite as much longevity on the small screen, however; The Abbott and Costello Show ran only until May 1954. -A.D.

Today’s Birthdays: Amy Acker, scientist (36); Morgan Brittany, Ewing kin (61); Margaret Cho, all-American (44); Walt Disney, animator (d. 1966); Alex Kapp Homer, mean mom (43); Frankie Muniz, Middleman (27); Nick Stahl, carnival worker (33).

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