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The Ernie Kovacs Show
Also known as "Kovacs Unlimited"
Genre Comedy
Written by Louis M. Heyward
Mike Marmer
Starring Boris Karloff
Ernie Kovacs
Bill Wendell
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
Production
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original airing 30 December 1952
Status Ended

The Ernie Kovacs Show was a comedy show first hosted by comedian Ernie Kovacs in Philadelphia during the early 50s, then shown on national television, still hosted by Kovacs, during the rest of that decade. The original studio location was on the 4th floor of the WRCV-TV (now KYW-TV) studio location at 1619 Walnut Street in Philadelphia. That studio was very small and accommodated approximately 45 audience members. The basement studio of the same building is where The Mike Douglas Show was aired from June 1965 until July 1972. This studio was totally gutted and transformed into offices for an architectural firm in 2002.

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ABC-TV specials

A series of monthly half-hour specials for ABC in 1961–62, also called The Ernie Kovacs Show, is often considered Kovacs' best television work. Shot on videotape using new editing and special effects techniques, it won a 1961 Emmy Award. Kovacs and co-director Joe Behar also won the Directors Guild of America award for a November 1961 installment, based on Kovacs' "Eugene" character. Kovacs' last ABC special was aired posthumously, on January 23, 1962.

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