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Gunsmoke arrives and the era of westerns begins. Hollywood studios come aboard, pushing out live dramas. Fifteen-minute programs continue to disappear.

DuMont dies. Its last remaining programs were occasional sporting events. Its last program was Boxing from St. Nicholas Arena, at 9pm on Mondays, followed by At Ringside at 10:45. It, and the network, ended April 6, 1956. Game show What’s the Story ran until September 23, 1955, 9:30 on Wednesdays. Four popular DuMont shows moved to ABC.

Sunday 7pm 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC You Asked For It Famous Film Festival Chance of a Lifetime The Original Amateur Hour Life Begins at Eighty . . .
CBS Lassie The Jack Benny Program / Private Secretary The Ed Sullivan Show General Electric Theater Alfred Hitchcock Presents Appointment with Adventure What’s My Line?
NBC It’s a Great Life Frontier The Colgate Variety Hour Goodyear Television Playhouse / The Alcoa Hour The Loretta Young Show Justice

Monday 7pm 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC Kukla, Fran and Ollie
7:15 John Charles Daly and the News
Topper (reruns) TV Reader’s Digest The Voice of Firestone The Dotty Mack Show Medical Horizons The Big Picture . . .
CBS . . . The Adventures of Robin Hood The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show Arthur Godrey’s Talent Scouts I Love Lucy December Bride Studio One
NBC . . . The Tony Martin Show
7:45 Camel News Caravan
Caesar’s Hour Medic Robert Montgomery Presents . . .

Tuesday 7pm 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC Kukla, Fran and Ollie
7:15 John Charles Daly and the News
Warner Bros. Presents The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp Make Room for Daddy Du Pont Cavalcade Theater Talent Varieties . . .
CBS . . . Name That Tune The Phil Silvers Show Navy Log Meet Millie The Red Skelton Show The $64,000 Question My Favorite Husband
NBC . . . The Dinah Shore Show
7:45 Camel News Caravan
The Milton Berle Show Jane Wyman’s Fireside Theater Armstrong Circle Theatre / Pontiac Presents Playwrights ’56 Big Town

Wednesday 7pm 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC Kukla, Fran and Ollie
7:15 John Charles Daly and the News
Disneyland MGM Parade Masquerade Party Enterprise The Wednesday Night Fights
CBS . . . Brave Eagle Arthur Godfrey and His Friends The Millionaire I’ve Got a Secret The United States Steel Hour / The 20th Century Fox Hour
NBC . . . Coke Time with Eddie Fisher
7:45 Plymouth News Caravan
Screen Director’s Playhouse Father Knows Best Kraft Television Theater This Is Your Life Midwestern Hayride

Thursday 7pm 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC Kukla, Fran and Ollie
7:15 John Charles Daly and the News
The Lone Ranger Life Is Worth Living Stop the Music Star Tonight Down You Go Outside U.S.A. . . .
CBS . . . Sergeant Preston of Yukon The Bob Cummings Show Climax! Four Star Playhouse The Johnny Carson Show Wanted
NBC . . . The Dinah Shore Show
7:45 Camel News Caravan
You Bet Your Life The People’s Choice Dragnet Ford Theatre Lux Video Theatre

Friday 7pm 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC Kukla, Fran and Ollie
7:15 John Charles Daly and the News
The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin Ozzie and Harriet Crossroads Dollar a Second The Vise Ethel and Albert
CBS . . . The Adventures of Champion Mama Our Miss Brooks Crusader Schlitz Playhouse of Stars The Lineup Person to Person
NBC . . . Coke Time with Eddie Fisher
7:45 Plymouth News Caravan
Truth or Consequences The Life of Riley The Big Story Star Stage Gillette Cavalcade of Sports 10:45 Red Barber’s Corner

Saturday 7pm 7:30 8pm 8:30 9pm 9:30 10pm 10:30
ABC . . . Ozark Jubilee Lawrence Welk’s Dodge Dancing Party Tomorrow’s Careers . . .
CBS The Gene Autry Show Beat the Clock Stage Show The Honeymooners Two for the Money It’s Always Joan Gunsmoke Damon Runyon Theater
NBC The Big Surprise The Perry Como Show People Are Funny Texaco Star Theater: The Jimmy Durante Show The George Gobel Show Your Hit Parade

ABC: Grand Ole Opry aired monthly, 8-9pm on Saturdays. Warner Bros. Presents rotated three series: Kings Row, Cheyenne, and Casablanca. The Original Amateur Hour moved from NBC. Chance of a Lifetime, Life is Worth Living, Life Begins at Eight, and Down You Go moved from DuMont. The Wednesday Night Fights, formerly named Pabst Blue Ribbon Bouts, moved from CBS.

CBS: Fort Star Jubilee ran monthly, 9:30-11pm on Saturdays. Shower of Stars ran monthly, 8:30-9:30 on Thursdays. The Ed Sullivan Show was formerly named Toast of the Town. The Phil Silvers Show was formerly named You’ll Never Get Rich. Douglas Edwards with the News aired at 6:45 on some affiliates, and at 7:15 on others. My Friend Flicka ran Fridays at 7:30, February 10, 1956-February 1, 1957.

NBC: Color Spread ran monthly, 7:30-9pm on Sundays. Producers’ Showcase ran monthly, 8-9:30 on Mondays. The Martha Raye Show and The Chevy Show each ran monthly, 8-9pm on Tuesdays. Max Liebman Presents ran monthly, 9-10:30pm on Saturdays. The Colgate Variety Hour was formerly named The Colgate Comedy Hour.

Captain Kangaroo debuts on October 3, 1955 and would run until December 8, 1984 on CBS. Daytime soap As the World Turns debuts on April 2, 1956, and would run until September 17, 2010 on CBS. The Edge of Night also debuts on April 2, and would run until December 28, 1984. Syndicated public affairs program The Open Mind debuts in May 1956.

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