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Norby (sitcom, starring David Wayne)

    (NBC Evenings, 1955)

    [This sitcom which lasted only a few months, is notable primarily
     because of the fact it was sponsored by Eastman Kodak and was the
     first filmed color network TV series on NBC which had developed
    "compatible color". (An earlier CBS color transmission system 
     wasn't compatible with black and white sets, and so it failed
     to get final approval from the FCC.) And although episodes of
     various live variety shows and specials did air in color earlier,
     this was the first weekly series in which every episode was
     filmed in color, and aired in NBC's compatible color system.

     Despite the misperception that "Bonanza" was the first such NBC
     filmed color series in "compatible color", Norby preceded Bonanza
     by four years. Although a noble effort was made by all, this
     sitcom suffered from its early evening time slot of 7:00 pm,
     which in those days was not in "PrimeTime" for many network
     affiliated stations, so the show wasn't carried nationwide, 
     despite the novelty of compatible color.]


Theme: "Norby"

     Composers: Dean Elliot (ASCAP), and
                Roy Alfred (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Summit Music Corporation (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Summit Music Corporation (ASCAP)
                       of Great Neck, NY

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