This Is Show Business

This Is Show Business is an American panel discussion program about the entertainment industry, hosted by Clifton Fadiman, which aired on CBS Television from July 15, 1949 to March 9, 1954, and then again as a summer series on NBC Television from June 26 to September 11, 1956.[1]

This Is Show Business
Panelist Sam Levenson, Jack Benny, panelist George S. Kaufman and host Clifton Fadiman in 1953
GenreTalk show
Directed byByron Paul
StarringClifton Fadiman
Sam Levenson
Abe Burrows
George S. Kaufman
Walter Slezak
Jacqueline Susann
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons6
Producer(s)Irving Mansfield (1956)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time2426 minutes
Original networkCBS (19491954)
NBC (1956)
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseJuly 15, 1949 (1949-07-15) 
September 11, 1956 (1956-09-11)


Guest celebrities, such as Billie Burke, Merv Griffin, or Dave Garroway[2] dropped by to visit the panel of intellectuals and humorists, including Sam Levenson, Abe Burrows, and playwright George S. Kaufman. In September 1951, This Is Show Business entered television history as the first CBS program to have been televised live from the Atlantic to the Pacific coasts. Kaufman, who was Jewish, was suspended due to viewer complaints after the 21 December, 1952, Christmas broadcast in which he said, "Let's make this one program on which no one sings "Silent Night"!"[1]

On 29 September, 1953, Jackie Gleason, Phil Foster, and John Raitt were the guest stars.[3]

After a five-year run on CBS, the series resumed for the summer of 1956 on NBC. This time the panel consisted of Burrows, along with new co-panellists actor Walter Slezak, and actress and future author, Jacqueline Susann.[1] Susann's husband, Irving Mansfield, was producer of the later episodes. Byron Paul was the director.[1]


In its first season, This Is Show Business preceded Toast of the Town, later The Ed Sullivan Show, on the CBS Sunday lineup. In the 1950-1952 seasons, This Is Show Business alternated with The Jack Benny Program preceding Ed Sullivan.

In the last full season on CBS, the series followed The Red Skelton Show on Tuesday evenings and faced competition from Danny Thomas, then on ABC with his Make Room for Daddy and Fireside Theater, an anthology series on NBC.[4]


  1. McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television:The comprehensive guide to programming from 1948 to the present. Penguin Books. p. 832. ISBN 0-14-024916-8.
  2. "This Is Show Business (1956)". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 26, 2011.
  3. "This Is Show Business (September 29, 1953)". IMDB. Retrieved March 27, 2011.
  4. McNeil, Total Television, appendix, national television schedule

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