Cher (TV series)

Cher is an American variety show that premiered on CBS in 1975, hosted by singer-actress Cher. The show had many famous musical guests. It followed a TV special featuring Elton John, Bette Midler, and Flip Wilson as guests. Cher premiered at 7:30pm on Sunday, February 16, 1975, and finished the season ranked first among variety shows and twenty-second among all programs, with a 21.3 average household share,[1] also receiving the most fan mail of any CBS program at the time.[2] The first season aired Sundays at 7:30 and the second aired at 8:00.

Cher
Logo of the show
GenreVariety
Directed byArt Fisher
George Schlatter
Presented byCher
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26
Release
Original networkCBS
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseFebruary 16, 1975 (1975-02-16) 
January 4, 1976 (1976-01-04)

Overview

The show featured Cher interviewing various celebrity guests ranging from musicians, actors, and pop culture figures. The series also featured sketches and comedic field reports. Cher would also perform her songs along with a live band. David Geffen, with whom Cher had an affair while waiting for her divorce from Sonny to be finalized,[3] served as producer.[4]

With her then-husband Sonny Bono, Cher had co-starred in The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour for CBS from 1971 to 1974, before the two divorced amid major bitterness and acrimony. Each partner would get their own series: Cher got this series on CBS, while Sonny (who got to keep all of the staff and intellectual property from the Comedy Hour) got The Sonny Comedy Revue. Cher was allowed to keep the Comedy Hour's musical director, Jimmy Dale, and Comedy Hour director Art Fisher also directed several Cher episodes. The two were to face each other head-to-head in the ratings, but ABC canceled the Revue before Cher premiered.

By the end of the season, Sonny and Cher had set aside their differences and agreed to reunite. She later stated that doing the show alone was overwhelming.[5] Cher was immediately replaced by a revived The Sonny & Cher Show, with a new production and writing team. With Sonny, the show lasted until 1977.

References

  1. The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1463. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  2. Witbeck, Charles (6 June 1975). "Bicentennial Minutes 'a network hit'". Boca Raton News. Retrieved 4 July 2016.
  3. Higgins, Bill (November 2, 2012). "How David Geffen Romanced Cher and Built a Music Empire". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on January 21, 2016. Retrieved January 17, 2016.
  4. Crampton, Luke; Rees, Dafydd (1999). Rock Stars Encyclopedia. Dorling Kindersley. ISBN 0-7894-4613-8.
  5. Bego, Mark (2001). Cher: If You Believe. Taylor Trade Publications. pp. 97–105. ISBN 0-8154-1153-7.
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