Front and Centre (1963)

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Debuting July 3, 1963, on the CBC, Front and Centre launched many an important career in its brief 12-episode lifespan. The series was written by Chris Beard and Terry Kyne, who would later team for the influential satirical series Nightcap. Among the up-and-coming guest performers showcased were country & western singers Ian and Sylvia Tyson and Tommy Hunter, all of whom would go on to their own popular starring series. Another of the guests was comedian Alan Blye, who in 1967 would join forces with Chris Beard to put the American variety series The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour on the map (the team also adopted Front and Centre's distinctive thrust stage for the Smothers Brothers' opus). Front and Centre concluded its short but memorable run on September 18, 1963.