Donny and Marie Summary

  • Donny and Marie is 60 Minutes long
  • 5 Taping(s) per week
  • Opened September 21, 1998
  • Show Closed: May 19, 2000
  • Comedy/Talk Show/ Variety Show
  • TV Broadcast

Donny and Marie are America's quintessential brother and sister team. People remember them as teens from their hit musical variety show "Donny and Marie," back in the 1970's and this show is a reboot of that format.

Donny and Marie Cancellation Details

The rich talent of Donny and Marie failed to win over a a new generation but the show managed to eek out two years before syndication interest waned on the terrible ratings and the show was cancelled

Donny and Marie Broadcast Time

The show is Broadcast in syndication at 10AM daily

Donny and Marie Host Profile

America's classic brother and sister team starred in this musical variety show which aired on ABC. The two are a classic, spawning memorable songs such as "I'm a Little Bit Country, I'm a Little Rock n' Roll", "Vegas Love", and "I Know This Much is True". In their heyday, their following was so fanatic it was dubbed "Osmondmania".

Donny and Marie Background

When "Donny and Marie" premiered January 16, 1976, Donny was 18 years old and Marie was 16. They were the youngest hosts ever of a weekly national TV series. In fact, Marie's 18th birthday party was telecast on the show. One of the highest-rated variety series in TV history, "Donny and Marie" was a phenomenon, one in which songs, phrases, even hairstyles from the TV show became the rage among their young fans. From Donny's teeth and purple socks (both subjects of Marie's jokes) to their "I'm a little bit country, I'm a little rock n' roll" duets, they became forever part of American pop culture. Eventually, the series--produced by Sid and Marty Krofft of Saturday morning TV fame--moved its production to the Osmonds' home state of Utah, where they built a state-of-the-art studio. Winning two People's Choice Awards as Favorite Variety Series, "Donny and Marie" spent four seasons on ABC, 1976-79 (during its final season, it was reformatted as "The Osmond Family Show"). Their music career as a duo, not so coincidentally, also flourished. During the run of the series, Donny and Marie claimed four Top 40 singles, "Deep Purple" (1976), "Ain't Nothing Like The Real Thing" (1976), "(You're My) Soul And Inspiration" (1978) and "On The Shelf" (1978), and three gold albums "Donny & Marie Featuring Songs From Their TV Show" (1976), "New Season" (1976) and "Goin' Coconuts" (1978). The latter was a soundtrack of songs from the duo's only starring motion picture. Other than concert tours in the early 80's, their popular Hawaiian Punch TV commercials, and guest spots, Donny and Marie had not regularly performed together since the series. "Donny & Marie," their new entertainment/talk series, marked their reunion in 1998. Their most recent crowning achievement was hosting the final Miss America pageant of the millennium.

Donny & Marie is an American talk show revival that was hosted by Donny and Marie Osmond. The show aired in syndication and was produced by Dick Clark Productions. The duo were big fans of music, so unlike other TV talk shows of the time, this show had a "house band".

ABC Television Studio

57 West 66th Street
New York, NY 10023
Directions: Take the 1 train to 66th Street - Lincoln Center and walk East on 66th street towards Central Park West. The studio is located between Central Park West and Columbus Ave.
Studio Information

Donny and Marie Ticket Information

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Donny and Marie Show Schedule

This show tapers at 9AM every weekday and free tickets are available to the public

Cast Members

Host
Donny Osmond
Host
Marie Osmond

Production Credits

Creative Team

Musical director/keyboards
Jerry Williams
Guitar
Kat Dyson
Bass
Paul Peterson
Drums
Nick Vincent