Many great and memorable television shows have been produced here. The Sonny and Cher Show was filmed here from 1976 to 1977 and American Bandstand was produced here from 1963 to 1989. The musical variety series “Shindig!” made its debut on ABC TV on September 16, 1964 and continued until January 8, 1966. The show was hosted by Jimmy O’Neill, a disc jockey in Los Angeles at the time who also created the show along with his wife Sharon Sheeley and a few others.
Shindig!’s premiere episode was actually the second pilot, after ABC rejected the original one. It featured Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers and The Righteous Brothers. The series featured other “British invasion” bands and performers including The Beatles, The Who and The Rolling Stones.
For over 50 years, this location was the West Coast headquarters of the American Broadcasting Company before they moved to the Walt Disney Studios in Burbank.
ABC Television Center
4151 Prospect Avenue
Los Angeles CA 90027
Other shows that were filmed there was America’s Funniest Home Videos, America’s Funniest People and the late-night TV show Rick Dees Into the Night. The first two shows were ratings bombs, but Rick Dees Into the Night forced Johnny Carson into early retirement because The Tonight Show simply couldn’t compete.