Long running variety show, featuring the brother-sister singing duo of Donny and Marie Osmond. The first season also featured all of the Osmond families, but Donny and Marie were obviously the most popular of the bunch so the rest were phased into occasional appearances.
Last Episode04x09 GUESTS: PAUL LYNDE, DIRK BENEDICT,… Aired: Jan. 19, 1979
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Series Fun Facts
- Donny and Marie salute the pioneer days of television.
- George Osmond (October 13, 1917-November 6, 2007) was the patriarch of the Osmond Family. Olive May Osmond (May 4, 1925-August 28, 2004) was the matriarch of the Osmond singing family. The…
[show]George Osmond (October 13, 1917-November 6, 2007) was the patriarch of the Osmond Family. Olive May Osmond (May 4, 1925-August 28, 2004) was the matriarch of the Osmond singing family. The Osmond siblings were born in Ogden, Utah, except Jimmy, who was born in Canoga Park, California. George "Virl" Osmond, Jr (October 19, 1945) was the first born; Thomas "Tom" Rulon (October 26, 1947) was second of nine; Alan (June 22, 1949) was third; Melvin "Wayne" (August 28, 1951) was fourth; Merrill Davis (April 30, 1953) was fifth; Jay (March 2, 1955) was sixth; Donny (December 9, 1957) was seventh; Marie (October 13, 1959) was eighth; and Jimmy (April 16, 1963) completed the ninth sibling. Their father George was in Ogden real estate and selling insurance. The Osmond Brothers began as a barbershop quartet group in their hometown of Ogden, Utah; consisted of brothers Alan, Wayne, Merrill and Jay. The Osmond Brothers quartet was later joined by younger siblings Donny (joining the group at age 6) and Jimmy (joining at age 6). Melvin "Wayne" Osmond (August 28, 1951) was second oldest, Alan (June 22, 1949) was the oldest, of the original singing brothers. During the 1969 Disneyland Park's Summer schedule, the Osmond Brothers appeared for a four week engagement during the month of June, at the Disneyland's Tomorrowland (outdoor) Summer nightly variety show, produced by Bob Jani and Chuck Corsen, Disneyland Entertainment Division. Disneyland Entertainment produced a three month long variety entertainment show, broken down with a month (4 week) engagement for each group booked as a live entertainment amusement park show. The variety show was staged three times, each night, during the four weeks, the first show starting at seven (7:00pm). The three (June, July and August) month summer variety show was an enticement to keep the park's visitors during the night's entertainment package. Arriving from Ogden, Utah, the first night of their Disneyland stage show appearance, father George Osmond, who managed the group, shepherded the six boys onto the outdoor stage at six (6:00 p.m). With the front curtain closed, until the first show-time of the Tomorrowland stage, the nervous and apprehensive group of Osmond brothers huddled in a circle center stage, while papa George conducted a prayer meeting soothing his nervous son's anxiety. The Osmond Brothers were one of three headliner acts-groups featured during the Tomorrowland variety show"s June four week engagement.
- In the summer of 1979, Ralph Nelson was the principle motivation in directing an Osmond (Family) Productions produced NBC TV Movie of the Week special "Christmas Lilies of the Field"…
[show]In the summer of 1979, Ralph Nelson was the principle motivation in directing an Osmond (Family) Productions produced NBC TV Movie of the Week special "Christmas Lilies of the Field" featuring Billy Dee Williams (Homer Schmidt) and Maria Schell (Mother Maria). The NBC film special, aired on December 29, 1979, was planned as a pilot-pick-up order for a mid-season 1980 NBC series replacement. The replacement series was to be based at the hometown Osmond Family Television Studio Production facility, located at 1240 E. 800 N. in Orem, Utah. The film's exterior location Chapel (interiors) and exterior Mother Maria's quarters (interiors) were built on State of Utah owned land, 75 miles North-West, from the Orem-Provo Osmond's studio. The production planned to use this Chapel and Mother Maria's abode location exteriors/interiors for the proposed series. The MOW filmed additional locations in the Salt Lake area. The Osmond brothers and Ralph Nelson would produce the series, Ralph Nelson directing the NBC TV series "Lilies of the Field". The December 29th, 1979, MOW's poor and slim viewer ratings resulted in cancellation of any further series development.