Sunday, September 18, 2016

The Premiere of 'I Dream of Jeannie'

"I Dream of Jeannie" debuted on NBC on September 18, 1965.
September 18, 1965
In 1964, Bewitched which starred Elizabeth Montgomery on ABC was the #2 TV show. Wanting a similar piece of the pie, NBC offered I Dream of Jeannie the following year. The show was inspired by the movie The Brass Bottle which starred Barbara Eden as a mortal (Burl Ives played the genie!) Creator Sidney Sheldon didn’t want a blond to play the role of Jeannie since Montgomery was a blond, but nobody read the role as he intended except for Eden. Sheldon wanted the first season to be filmed in color, but NBC didn’t want to pay for the extra expense as they didn’t have much hope that the show would last very long. Though never a ratings winner, the show stayed on the air for five years.