Incidentally, as part of a months old thread about the Paley Center on the Game Show Forums, we've been discussing Turn-On..Quoting from those forums A post I wrote Oct. 8, 2010
Here is a quote from UPI TV Writer Rick DuBrow's column Monday, February 10, 1969-An excerpt from the Elyria (Ohio) Chronicle-Telegram:Courtesy Newspaper Archive
STATIONS IN Cleveland,
Denver and Little Rock, Ark.,
canceled "Turn-On" last
week. One station manager
"If your naughty little boys
have to write dirty words .on
walls, please don't use our
walls. It's all right to be racy,
but this is just plain dirty."
Though it doesnt say here, the station manager that wrote ABC was said to have been WEWS-TV 5 Cleveland Station Manager Don Perris..
Legend has it that a couple of stations actually cancelled TURN-ON while it was on the air, pulling the ABC feed halfway through the 30-minute program. When doing my research on my LAUGH-IN book, I could find no concrete evidence that this really happened.
I have seen the only TURN-ON episode to be telecast. What was tasteless then is merely silly and dull today. Basic problem was the show had no real form, just gags being thrown at the audience.
They had actually filmed several episodes, and both ABC and the show's producers lost a lot of money when the show was axed after a single night. The negative reaction to the series caused ABC to take a pass on ALL IN THE FAMILY a year or so later.