1 9 7 7 – 1 9 9 5 (USA)
85 x 30 minute episodes
Starting as a monthly item in August 1977, ABC Weekend Specials offered some original live-action and cartoon productions and some repeats of ABC’s irregularly scheduled Short Story Specials and ABC Afterschool Specials.
Most of its stars were at best in the second rank of the business, and the stories were largely unexceptional comedies or light dramatic fare.
By 1985 the emphasis switched to animated shows, including some pilots for series like The Puppy’s Further Adventures, and a few more familiar voices participated, such as Michael York and Samantha Eggar.
An animated character, feline Cap’n O. G. Readmore, became a recurring element with his versions of children’s tales like “Jack and the Beanstalk.”
The series was also known by its subtitle from 1977-79, Children’s Novels for Television.