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earnhardtfan4life

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Any Test Shows before MRN?
« on: May 30, 2011, 08:34:41 PM »
I was just curious when Fred came back to Pittsburgh and began work on MRN did he attempt any test shows or pilots for the program before it went to the first known MRN episode.  I was curious if he did any TV work in 1964-66.  I guess he came back to Pittsburgh in 1963, I think.  There is a gap of time between CBC Mister Rogers and the known MRN.  I was wondering if he did more Children's Corner when he arrived back to the states.

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Re: Any Test Shows before MRN?
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2011, 03:04:21 PM »
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The CBC Mister Rogers was brought back to station WQED in Pittsburgh in 1964 and was used until 1966 it was a very different format of the CBC version the make believe set looked like the Children's Conner set until 1966 then Fred started working on the neighborhood sometime in 1965 made 100 Mister Rogers neighborhood programs for the  EEN eastern educational network  from 1966 to 1968 which used a  Kinescope of the CBC Neighborhood make-believe broadcast from 1963 to 1964 if you go to the Paley center of Media in NY NY or LA CA you can find the the WQED version of the CBC version of Mister Rogers from 1964 to  1966 so I hope this helps
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Re: Any Test Shows before MRN?
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2011, 09:09:07 PM »
Alright now, I'm confused.

The first Public television broadcast of MRN was I think 1968.  So did he make 100 episodes of MRN for EEN before the Public broadcast of '68?  Or those 100 episodes he made for EEN are the first 100 episodes of MRN broadcasted on PBS?  I wonder if we know how many shows in all he ever made.  It must be close to a 1000 shows at least counting everything (CBC, Children's Corner).

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Re: Any Test Shows before MRN?
« Reply #3 on: June 01, 2011, 12:46:14 AM »

Mike
 there were 895 Mister Rogers neighborhood from Feb 19th 1968 to Aug 31th 2001 plus 100 programs that were for the EEN before Feb 19 1968 so there were a total of 995 programs PBS did not come around until 1970 so the first 130 neighborhood were from Feb 19th 1968 to Aug 16 1968
so it would be fun to see how many shows there were you may be right on the 1000 shows it might be 1995 programs so I don't want to confuse you
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