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Broadcasting (25/Feb/1957) - 'Montgomery' Seeks New Time As 'Crisis' Fills Monday Slot





'Montgomery' Seeks New Time As 'Crisis' Fills Monday Slot

A NEW mystery-melodrama series, probably to be called Crisis, is expected to be announced officially by NBC-TV this week as a Monday evening offering for next fall. It will occupy the 10-11 p.m. EST period, thus evicting Robert Montgomery Presents, a tenant in the 9:30-10:30 p.m. slot for the past seven years.

The new program also will extend NBC-TV's network service from 10:30 to 11 p.m. and place it directly against Studio One on CBS-TV. NBC-TV is combing its schedule for a new time period for the Montgomery show, which it hopes to retain in the program lineup [B-T, Feb. 18].

Crisis will be programmed on a 52-week basis (as was Montgomery). Ten programs will be produced on film by Alfred Hitchcock; another ten on film by Revue Productions, and 22 will be produced live and in color by MCA-TV and will originate in New York. Five of the Hitchcock products and five of the Revue series will be repeated in the 10-week summer period.

Mr. Hitchcock's pact with NBC-TV is not expected to affect his present film program series, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, seen on CBS-TV Sundays, 9:30-10 p.m. EST. Although he appears on that series, Mr. Hitchcock's associates largely produce it. He will not appear on the programs presented on NBC-TV, however, since his contract with CBS-TV does not permit it.