Vintage Television

Vintage TV: ABC’s AM America and Monty Python

What would happen if Monty Python hosted a morning television news program?

It actually happened once. In 1975, ABC debuted AM America, its first morning news show. At about the same time, Monty Python released their seminal film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, and were, I’m sure, looking for promotional opportunities. Somebody at ABC thought it might be amusing to have Eric Idle, Michael Palin, Graham Chapman, Terry Jones, and Terry Gilliam sit at the anchor desk for an hour. Here it is, with all the pesky news bits clipped out for maximum Pythonage.

I think the best parts of this clip are the looks on Peter Jennings’ face and at the end when Eric, Michael, and Graham carry host Stephanie Edwards away and then dismantle the set.

If you don’t remember AM America, it’s because it was canned after ten months. Clearly, Monty Python’s antics did not help AM America catch on.

Last updated on 24 December 2019 by Jim Grey

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2 thoughts on “Vintage TV: ABC’s AM America and Monty Python

  1. Dani says:

    Oh how timely! I’m highlighting ‘Holy Grail’ quotes this week on my Live Messenger profile. Tuesday: “We are now the Knights Who Say Ekke-ekke-ekke-ekke-ptang-zoo-boing. “

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