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Joan Rivers’ That Show Available for the First Time Since Its Original NBC Broadcast

08-22-2011 10:06 AM CET | Arts & Culture

Press release from: Film Chest

/ PR Agency: Greenleaf & Associates
BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Fans new and old can now enjoy Joan Rivers’ That Show – available to the public for the first time since its original network broadcast more than four decades ago – being released by Film Chest on its American Pop Classics label.

On Aug. 22, the first 65 episodes (of 250) of That Show will be available on free, ad-supported Hulu and the Hulu Plus subscription service. The episodes are remastered from the original broadcast tapes for the highest audio/visual quality. More episodes will follow on Hulu and Hulu Plus.

Long before The Joan Rivers Show in the early ’90s – when her daughter (and future co-star), Melissa, was barely a year old – Rivers hosted her first talk show, That Show, airing weekdays in syndication 1968-69 on NBC.

Taped in New York City and produced by the young working mother and her husband, Edgar, each show hosted a top celebrity, as well as an “expert” tackling the day’s featured subject. In Joan’s now-beloved brash, staccato style, the guests and the subject were frequently at odds: An etiquette writer vs. boxer Rocky Graziano; a psychotherapist who had written a book on martial arts vs. James Earl Jones, star of The Great White Hope.

The hit show – which boosted the NBC time slot to its highest rating in years – is a virtual time capsule of the day, featuring such high-profile celebrity guests as Johnny Carson (her first guest), Soupy Sales, Ed Sullivan, Florence Henderson, David Susskind, James Earl Jones and many more!

At “300 words a minute,” the Emmy-winning Rivers – with her high energy and irreverent wit – hilariously tears into a multitude of subjects from her own life: from nudism to buying a new car … Only Joan can host a show about podiatry and leave the audience in tears.

That Show episodes are presented in full screen with an aspect ratio of 4 x 3 and original sound.

That Show (65 episodes)
Film Chest /American Pop Classics
Genre: Variety
Original Release: 1968-69 (Color)
Not Rated
Format: Digital Download Only
Running Time: Approx. 23 Minutes per Episode
Available: August 22, 2011


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About Film Chest:
Film Chest, headquartered in New York City, boasts one of the world’s largest digitized libraries (10,000+ hours) of classic feature films, television, foreign imports, documentaries, special interest and audio, which it continues to grow aggressively. Founded in 2001, the company offers high-quality content (much in HD) for a wide variety of production and distribution needs and produces collector’s sets for consumers. In 2010, Film Chest unveiled two new labels. HD Cinema Classics are films that have been painstakingly restored in HD and 5.1 stereo – utilizing state-of-the art digital technology – from original film assets. American Pop Classics restores classic American film and TV shows from the ’30-70s. Film Chest releases theatrically, on DVD and digitally on iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Verizon FIOS and more. Visit us online at

Film Chest
100-118 Congress St.
Bridgeport, CT 06604
Karen Brundage

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