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July 31

July 31, 1982 – The Television Special Pluto and His Friends Premieres

On July 31, 1982, the 30-minute television special Pluto and His Friends premiered on CBS. It was a shortened version of the Disneyland Anthology Series episode “Pluto’s Day,” and featured four Pluto-centric animated short films: Canine Caddy (released 1941), Bubble Bee (released 1949), Food for Feudin’ (released 1950), and The Simple Things (released 1953). The special was narrated by Gary Owens.

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September 19

September 19, 1992 – The Animated Series Raw Toonage Premieres on CBS

On September 19, 1992, the animated series Raw Toonage premiered on CBS. The show was a packaged animation block featuring the early versions of Bonkers and Marsupilami. The show also featured a parody music video segment called “Totally Tasteless Video.” Although nominated for two Daytime Emmy Awards (Outstanding Writing in an Animated Program and Outstanding Music Direction and Composition), the series only lasted 12 episodes. It featured Jim Cummings as Bonkers, Norman, and Maurice, Jeff Bennett as Jitters, Rodger Bumpass as Grumbles, Nancy Cartwright as Fawn Deer, and Steve Mackall as Marsupilami.

September 18

September 18, 1986 – The Syndicated Series Siskel & Ebert Premieres

“I’m Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times.” “And I’m Gene Siskel of the Chicago Tribune.”

On September 18, 1986, the syndicated movie review program Siskel & Ebert premiered on CBS. Produced by Buena Vista Television, the show was originally called Siskel & Ebert & the Movies. The show had hosts Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert reviewing movies; as the two had different tastes, the show mostly featured arguments between the co-hosts, though the two maintained a strong friendship off-screen. Although Siskel passed away from surgery complications in 1999, the show continued with Ebert and a slew of co-hosts, with Richard Roeper taking over co-hosting duties in 2000, and the show was renamed Ebert & Roeper and the Movies.

September 13

September 13, 1988 – The Television Special Roger Rabbit & the Secrets of Toon Town Premieres on CBS

“But now, there’s a new toon in town, and his name is Roger Rabbit.”

On September 13, 1988, the television special Roger Rabbit & the Secrets of Toon Town premiered on CBS. Hosted by Joanna Cassidy, the special took viewers behind the scenes of the hit combination live-action animation film Who Framed Roger Rabbit, featuring interviews with the actors behind the animated characters, the actors in the film, and those involved in creating the special effects, among others. The special also takes viewers behind the backstory of the film’s humble beginnings, and the history of the golden age of animation, ranging from the Walt Disney Studios to MGM Studios. The film also drew inspiration from early short films where animated characters were in the live-action world, and vice-versa. The special was directed by Les Mayfield.

September 5

September 5, 2001 – The Reality Show The Amazing Race Premieres on CBS

“The world is waiting for you. Good luck. Travel safe. Go!”

On September 5, 2001, the reality adventure game show The Amazing Race premiered on CBS. A joint production between Disney-owned Touchstone Television and CBS productions, the show featured 11 teams of two people, ranging from couples to coworkers, racing around the world to win a $1 million prize. The show has won several Emmy awards for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. The show is hosted by New Zealand television personality Phil Keoghan.

December 11

December 11, 1982 – The CBS Special Winnie the Pooh and Friends Premieres

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“…join the wonderful, whimsical world of Winnie the Pooh for a magical hour of fun with all his friends!”

On December 11, 1982, the special Winnie the Pooh and Friends premiered on CBS in the Walt Disney programming block, a part of the Walt Disney Anthology series. This episode featured a short feature from Winnie the Pooh, along with a couple of other short films featuring Donald Duck and Chip ‘n’ Dale. The special ran for one hour.

September 18

September 18, 1992 – The Sitcom Series The Golden Palace Premieres on CBS

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“Thank you for being a friend.”

On September 18, 1992, the sitcom series The Golden Palace premiered on CBS. The series was a sequel to the hit series The Golden Girls, with three of the cast returning for this series (as character Dorothy Zbornak left at the end of The Golden Girls). This series features the characters buying and running a hotel in Miami. While the original series ran on NBC, CBS won a bidding war to air a full season of The Golden Palace. However, the show didn’t fare as well as its predecessor, and was cancelled after one season. The series starred Betty White as Rose Nylund, Rue McClanahan as Blanche Devereaux, Estelle Getty as Sophia Petrillo, Don Cheadle as Roland Wilson, Cheech Marin as Chuy Castillos, and Billy L. Sullivan as Oliver Webb.