Cher (TV series)

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Genre Variety
Directed by Art Fisher
George Schlatter
Presented by Cher
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26
Original network CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original releaseFebruary 16, 1975 (1975-02-16) 
January 4, 1976 (1976-01-04)

Cher is an American variety show that premiered on CBS in 1975, hosted by singer-actress Cher. The show had many famous musical guests. It followed a TV special featuring Elton John, Bette Midler, and Flip Wilson as guests. Cher premiered at 7.30pm on Sunday, February 16, 1975, and finished the season ranked 1st among variety shows and 22nd among all programs, with a 21.3 average household share, [1] also receiving the most fan mail of any CBS program at the time. [2] The first season aired Sundays at 7:30 and the second aired at 8:00.

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Cher American singer, actress and television host

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The show featured Cher interviewing various celebrity guests ranging from musicians, actors, and pop culture figures. The series also featured sketches and comedic field reports. Cher would also perform her songs along with a live band. David Geffen, with whom Cher had an affair while waiting for her divorce from Sonny to be finalized, [3] served as producer. [4]

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With her then-husband Sonny Bono, Cher had co-starred in The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour for CBS from 1971 to 1974, before the two divorced amid major bitterness and acrimony. Each partner would get their own series: Cher got this series on CBS, while Sonny (who got to keep all of the staff and intellectual property from the Comedy Hour) got The Sonny Comedy Revue . Cher was allowed to keep the Comedy Hour's musical director, Jimmy Dale, and Comedy Hour director Art Fisher also directed several Cher episodes. The two were to face each other head-to-head in the ratings, but ABC canceled the Revue before Cher premiered.

Sonny Bono American entertainer, musician and politician

Salvatore Phillip "Sonny" Bono was an American singer-songwriter, producer, actor, and politician who came to fame in partnership with his second wife Cher, as the popular singing duo Sonny & Cher. He was mayor of Palm Springs, California from 1988 to 1992, and the Republican congressman for California's 44th district from 1995 until his death in 1998.

<i>The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour</i> television series

The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour is an American variety show starring American pop singer Cher and her then-husband Sonny Bono. The show ran on CBS in the United States, when it premiered in August 1971. The show was canceled in May 1974, due to the couple's divorce, though the duo would reunite in 1976 for the identically-formatted The Sonny & Cher Show, which ran until 1977.

The Sonny Comedy Revue, starring Sonny Bono, was a variety show that aired on ABC in 1974 for one season. It was his first solo effort after the end of his marriage to Cher and the resulting cancellation of their variety show The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour.

By the end of the season, Sonny and Cher had set aside their differences and agreed to reunite. She later stated that doing the show alone was overwhelming. [5] Cher was immediately replaced by a revived The Sonny & Cher Show, with a new production and writing team. With Sonny, the show lasted until 1977.

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