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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- The initial 1976-77 success of the ABC Network's "Donny and Marie" variety show series, produced by the older brothers, George Osmond, patriarch of the Osmond family enterprises, constructed…
[show]The initial 1976-77 success of the ABC Network's "Donny and Marie" variety show series, produced by the older brothers, George Osmond, patriarch of the Osmond family enterprises, constructed a multi-million dollar "Hollywood style" TV studio in Orem, adjacent to the foothills of Provo, Utah in 1977. The first 1976-77 ABC TV season, the show taped weekly at the Hollywood KTLA TV (formerly Warner Brothers 1920-1940) Studios, on Sunset Boulevard. With the show's popularity and successful ratings, the show's success came at a cost. George Osmond and the family built and operated, at great expense, a first class television studio in Orem, Utah, where the show was produced from the second 1977-1978 season. "The Donny and Marie Show" continued being produced at the Osmond's Orem studio through the fourth 1978-1979 season. Unbeknown, that the ABC network would cancel their show, marking its final season ending in the Spring of 1979. The move (along with changes to the show's format) proved unsuccessful and the series was canceled. "Cal" Calvin McWhorter, KTLA TV Studio's construction coordinator, accepted the Osmond Family's job offer as their Orem Studio's production facility manager. Cal's brother Ed McWhorter, working with his brother Cal in the KTLA Studio's construction shop, and as a KTLA #33 (IATSE) union stage technician, moved with the Osmond's series to Utah as a construction coordinator. The Osmond's Orem studio facility was unique as a first in the Salt Lake-Provo area providing a "Hollywood" production facility with rehearsal rooms, offices, two fully equipped television-tape studio/stages, a complete lighting package, also including construction, paint, scenic, graphics, drapery, costume and wardrobe departments, engineering with video show-tape editing personnel. The facility offered a major employment opportunity to the Salt Lake and Provo communities. Popular as a tourist sight, the family's open door policy allowed visitors entrance to the sight, where a "wall of fame" had been constructed in the administrative exterior studio forecourt. Each week, the show's celebrity guests implanted their hand print, foot print and signature on a rectangular concrete slab, with the concrete slab hung on the wall of fame. Osmond Productions endeavored to develop film projects for the entertainment industry utilizing their facility. Commercial accounts from Ohio video taped their TV promotions and ads at the studio. The Osmond's developed other special entertainment projects, which aired on various network outlets. The Osmond Family sold the studio when it was no longer feasible to continue operating it. Jimmy Osmond later purchased the sight back, refurbishing the buildings, turning the property into Osmond Real Estate company until 1993, when the real estate company moved.
- 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.
- It was due to a popular appearance by a pair of actresses from the former series The Brady Bunch that led to the creation of the sitcom-musical variety hybrid "The Brady Bunch Variety Hour" (1976).