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TV Series
    (October 4, 1956-May 18, 1960)
    Originally aired on CBS
    One of the last drama anthology programs
    Staged 'The Miracle Worker,' 'Requiem for a Heavyweight,' 'Forbidden Area,' 'The Comedian,' 'The Helen Morgan Story,' and 'Judgement at Nuremberg'
    Its first production was met with lukewarm reviews.
    It switched to being recorded on video tape to keep costs low after the first season.
    It is argued that it contributed to the death of live television drama by making it too costly to produce.
    It could not compete against the filmed series.
    It could not survive in the changing television climate, despite it being critically acclaimed.
    Rod Serling's scripts were tampered with by the network to avoid offending southerners.
    It was broadcast live in New York for its first year when most television shows were moving west to be pre-recorded in Los Angeles.
    It posed a serious threat to the box office by making quality movie-length programming available for free on television.
    'Requiem for a Heavyweight' swept the 1956 Emmy Awards in the six categories it was nominated.
    Rod Serling received his big break writing for this series.
    It was the last of its genre to be shown on television.

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