BOWMAN BODY'S COBWEB THEATRE FILMOGRAPHY!

After the Bill Bowman left WXEX-TV in Petersburg, he was off the air for less than a year when WVIR 29 in Charlottesville invited him to reprise the role for a new production . . . Cobweb Theater.

At the time, Mr. Bowman had been working for an independent production company doing all sorts of location programming including sports and wrestling, but a few years earlier (1973, to be exact) he had taken a temporary position to help WVIR get off the ground. In fact, one of the first local programs to originate in the area was Slime Theatre, hosted by Howard Meagle, that Bill inspired. So, when both Shock and Slime ended at about the same time, the WVIR VP Harold Wright approached Bill about reviving his show in Charlottesville, where it ran for two more years under the name of Cobweb Theatre.  (For more about that, click here.)

1977:   Saturday@ 6:00 PM/7:00 PM

9-10-77

9-17-77

9-24-77

 

10-01-77

10-08-77

10-15-77

10-22-77

10-29-77

 

11-05-77

11-12-77

11-19-77

11-26-77

12-03-77

12-10-77

12-17-77

12-24-77

12-31-77

 

NO INFO AVAILABLE

MIGHTY JOE YOUNG

NO INFO AVAILABLE

 

NO INFO AVAILABLE

NO INFO AVAILABLE

NO INFO AVAILABLE

THE PROJECTED MAN

NO INFO AVAILABLE

NO AVAILABLE INFO

PERILOUS VOYAGE

NO AVAILABLE INFO

NO AVAILABLE INFO

NO MOVIE-MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS TELETHON

WAR GODS OF THE DEEP

ANGRY RED PLANET (7 PM)

NO MOVIE-"CHRISTMAS LOST AND FOUND"

THE CAT PEOPLE

"What d'ya mean, no info, no movie?"

In places where you see, "NO INFO AVAILABLE," it simply means that Cobweb Theatre was listed in the paper but there was no movie info listed for the date.  The Staunton News Leader offered movie details for prime time listings, but other movie info was put into a separate column . . . which was not always complete.  This was especially true when Cob Theatre was new.

Special programming occasionally took over the airwaves, so where you see "NO MOVIE," it indicates seasonal or national programming substituted for that week.  Also, sometimes Cobweb Theatre was listed as a 6:30 or 7 PM program, but this is almost certainly an error since NBC national programming began at 8 PM.

As an example of how unreliable a paper's listings can be, consider this listing of the NBC national broadcast of Christmas in Connecticut for Dec. 24, 1977. For a brief moment, fans might have hoped for Bowman Body to host the flick!

1-7-78

1-14-78

1-21-78

1-28-78

  

2-4-78

2-11-78

2-18-78

2-25-78

  

3-4-78

3-11-78

3-18-78

3-25-78

  

4-01-78

4-08-78

4-15-78

4-22-78

4-29-78

  

5-6-78

5-13-78

5-20-78

5-27-78

  

6-3-78

6-10-78

6-17-78

6-24-78

 

 

7-1-78

7-8-78

7-15-78

7-22-78

7-27-78

8-5-78

8-12-78

8-19-78

8-26-78

9-2-78

9-9-78

9-16-78

9-23-78

9-30-78

10-7-78

10-14-78

10-21-78

10-28-78

 

11-4-78

11-11-78

11-18-78

11-25-78

 

12-2-78

12-9-78

12-16-78

12-23-78

12-30-78

1978:  Saturday@ 6:00

JOURNEY TO THE FAR SIDE OF THE SUN

NO INFO AVAILABLE

RED PLANET MARS

RED PLANET MARS (re-list = likely error)

  

NO INFO AVAILABLE

DONOVAN'S BRAIN (6:30)

THE TOMB OF LIGEIA

NO INFO AVAILABLE

  

THE PHARAOH'S CURSE

MISSION STAR DUST

NO INFO AVAILABLE

NO INFO AVAILABLE

  

IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE

THE MONSTER THAT CHALLENGED THE WORLD 

NO INFO AVAILABLE

NO INFO AVAILABLE 

YONGARY: MONSTER FROM THE DEEP 

 

NO INFO AVAILABLE

SPY IN YOUR EYE

VOYAGE INTO SPACE

BEDLAM

  

DESTROY ALL PLANETS

NO INFO AVAILABLE 

NO INFO AVAILABLE

WARNING FROM SPACE

 

 

THE CREEPING UNKNOWN

THE NEANDERTHAL MAN

GAMERA VS MONSTER X

ATTACK OF THE MUSHROOM PEOPLE

THE CONQUEROR WORM

  

MIGHTY JOE YOUNG

MIGHTY JOE YOUNG (re-list = likely error)

NO INFO AVAILABLE

RED PLANET MARS

MASTER OF THE WORLD

MASQUE OF THE RED DEATH

THE BODY SNATCHER

DESTROY ALL MONSTERS

BLACK SABBATH

MAGIC SERPENT

TERROR IN THE CRYPT

ZONTAR:  THE THING FROM VENUS

HORRORS OF THE BLACK MUSEUM

THE THING FROM ANOTHER WORLD

THE CURSE OF DRACULA

DONOVAN'S BRAIN

PLANET OF BLOOD

NO MOVIE-MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS TELETHON

REPTILICUS

THE BLACK SLEEP (erroneously listed as The Black Sheep

NO INFO AVAILABLE

NO INFO AVAILABLE

The filmography below was compiled from listings in the weekly TV guides from the Staunton News Leader between Sept. 11, 1977 and Dec. 24, 1978--though there is a final entry from 1979 when the Bowman Body returned to host a Halloween special featuring Boris Karloff in Bedlam.  The show originally aired at 6:00 PM on Saturdays but moved slightly to 6:30 and again to 7:00 to accommodate national programming changes.  TV listings are fairly accurate, but rarely 100% and depended in part on how seriously both the station and the paper took the task.  If you have additional information, please contact us.

Sunday Oct. 28, 1979 at 8 PM:  
The Bowman Body Halloween Special
Boris Karloff in Bedlam