Home (1988 TV series)

Starring Robb Weller
Sandy Hill
Gary Collins
Cristina Ferrare
Dana Fleming
Beth Ruyak
Hanala Stadner
Sarah Purcell
Country of origin USA
Running time 30 minutes (1988-1989)
60 minutes (1989-1991, 1992-1994)
90 minutes (1991-1992)
Original network ABC
Original release January 18, 1988 – April 8, 1994

Home, also referred to as The Home Show, was a daytime informational talk show which aired on ABC from 1988 to 1994.

The program was co-hosted by Robb Weller and Sandy Hill during the first season.

Gary Collins hosted the show for the remainder of its run. Co-hosts included Cristina Ferrare, Dana Fleming, Beth Ruyak and Sarah Purcell. Decorating and craft segments were frequently presented by Hanala Sagal aka Suzan Stadner, Fitness Expert and Sally Marshall, Dian Thomas, Carol Duvall and Kitty Bartholomew. Marc Summers and Wil Shriner presented segments on the latest in technology (computers, home gaming, etc.).

The show's various directors were Arthur Forrest (who directed the pilot), Booey Kober, Bob Loudin, Jerry Kupcinet, Paul Forrest and Bob Levy.

Mother Love joined the show as the announcer in the final season, replacing Bob Hilton.

Broadcast history

The series began as a half-hour program on January 18, 1988; reruns of Mr. Belvedere filled the four-month long gap between the cancellation of game show Bargain Hunters and the premiere of Home. After a 60-minute trial run in September 1988, it expanded permanently to an hour in January 1989 (upon the cancellation of Ryan's Hope), with reruns of Growing Pains moving from 11 AM to noon. However, some affiliates only carried one half hour of the program (this practice would carry over later to its successor, Mike and Maty). Home later expanded to 90 minutes and took over the noon slot once Match Game was cancelled in 1991. The show reverted to 60 minutes in 1992, as the network officially abandoned the noon time slot in favor of giving that time back to local affiliates, which in most cases, pre-empted the final half-hour in favor of local news.

The series was set to be cancelled in 1993, but this decision was reversed after ABC affiliates expressed dissatisfaction with its planned replacement, the importation of The Shirley Show from Canada's CTV, hosted by Shirley Solomon (which would later find a home in American syndication). Several stations, however, eventually placed the series in late night timeslots due to ratings issues or giving priority to local lifestyle or talk shows, such as the (City)'s Talking format seen on several ABC affiliates owned by Hearst Television.

Notwithstanding the temporary reprieve, Home aired its last broadcast in April 1994; its time slot would be taken over by Mike and Maty until 1996, when it was replaced by Caryl & Marilyn: Real Friends. After only a year, this series was replaced by The View in 1997, which occupies the time slot to this day and eventually gained back all clearance from the network's affiliates at its proper time.

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