Today on Forgotten Hollywood, we discuss Judy Garland on getTV
Sony Pictures Television Networks’ getTV has announced a weekly night of variety and talk programming from television’s Golden Age, to air weekly on Mondays. The lineup will be headlined by “The Judy Garland Show” at 5PM (PT). Each week’s programming will be repeated that same night at 8PM (PT).
In 1963, “The Judy Garland Show” was a celebrated entry on CBS’ fall schedule. But, facing “Bonanza” across the dial, the series ultimately didn’t capture enough viewers to last beyond its first season. Nevertheless, it has remained a legendary ‘lost’ series for showcasing the iconic Garland in both solo performances and with guests including Barbra Streisand, Diahann Carroll, Mel Torme, Bobby Darin, Ethel Merman, June Allyson, Jack Jones, and daughters Liza Minnelli and Lorna Luft. One of the show’s many highlights features Garland’s show-stopping rendition of ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic,’ taped just days after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. The performance was intended to help heal the country and still resonates with critics today.
The amazing Judy Garland was a troubled soul, wracked with addiction to pain medication. Her involvement with the television variety show was an opportunity for the star to fight her addiction, and reach a whole new generation of viewers. Sadly, the program was canceled after a year that Garland called one of her happiest times.