In 1971, when 95% of all TV shows were still family-friendly, CBS trotted out this pleasant, 8-episode Sunday night summer series. "The Ice Palace" was a big-scale, as well as unique, ... See full summary »
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Laurindo Almeida Laurindo Almeida 1 episode, 1971
Kaye Ballard 1 episode, 1971
Godfrey Cambridge 1 episode, 1971
Vikki Carr ...  Herself - Guest Hostess 1 episode, 1971
Jack Carter Jack Carter ...  Himself 1 episode, 1971
Dick Clair Dick Clair 1 episode, 1971
The Cowsills The Cowsills 1 episode, 1971
John Davidson ...  Himself - Guest Host 1 episode, 1971
Jack DeLeon ...  Himself 1 episode, 1971
Frank Gorshin 1 episode, 1971
Dean Jones ...  Himself - Guest Host 1 episode, 1971
Lynn Kellogg Lynn Kellogg 1 episode, 1971
Carol Lawrence ...  Herself - Guest Hostess 1 episode, 1971
The Lennon Sisters ...  Themselves - Guest Hostesses 1 episode, 1971
Gloria Loring 1 episode, 1971
Johnny Mathis ...  Himself - Guest Host 1 episode, 1971
Jenna McMahon Jenna McMahon 1 episode, 1971
Roger Miller ...  Himself - Guest Host 1 episode, 1971
Peter Nero Peter Nero ...  Himself 1 episode, 1971
Sammy Shore 1 episode, 1971
Skiles and Henderson Skiles and Henderson 1 episode, 1971
Sunday's Child Sunday's Child 1 episode, 1971
Leslie Uggams ...  Herself - Guest Hostess 1 episode, 1971
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In 1971, when 95% of all TV shows were still family-friendly, CBS trotted out this pleasant, 8-episode Sunday night summer series. "The Ice Palace" was a big-scale, as well as unique, variety show; all the regulars were stars of the Ice Capades, and they performed inside the fictitious title locale. The guest stars listed hosted one episode each. A perfect way to end a warm summer night! Written by William Bennett Warfield

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23 May 1971 (USA) See more »

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A forgotten but well-done family series that SHOULD be unearthed from the vaults!
24 November 2005 | by Moax429See all my reviews

When "The Ice Palace" first aired in the summer of 1971, I was only 9 years old, and my family and I was in the process of moving to Lansing, Michigan from the Detroit suburb of Warren.

I've never seen the first seven episodes (the station in Detroit which was the CBS affiliate at that time didn't bother showing "The Ice Palace," opting to show a package of old Paramount movies instead), but I do remember seeing the final episode on Sunday, July 25, 1971 (by that time we had settled into our new Lansing, Michigan home, and WJIM-TV (now known as WLNS-TV), the Lansing CBS affiliate, did show "The Ice Palace").

My Father (may he rest in peace) asked me and my younger Sister, after perusing the TV listings, "How'd you kids like to stay up tonight and watch the ice show?," to which my Sister and I enthusiastically agreed (it was still summer vacation). So for the occasion my Dad bought some Lay's Potato Chips, dip, and an eight-pack of Royal Crown (RC) Cola.

This final episode of "The Ice Palace" did ring a bell; John Davidson was the guest host. In the final segment of that episode, the ladies of the ice-dancing chorus, clad in gold-lame Vegas-style outfits, did a lavish production number, after which Davidson, donning a tuxedo and ice skates(!), pulled up a seat which looked like an ice block and sang Three Dog Night's then-recent hit "Joy to the World," as the chorines sat around him with big smiles on their faces. (I also remember singer Jack Jones was a guest on that same episode of "The Ice Palace;" I don't recall the song he sang, but I do remember Jones didn't skate.)

As I said in my plot summary, this was indeed a perfect way to end a warm summer night, especially when it has many nice memories attached! Unlike the recent glut of ice-skating specials, the performers on "The Ice Palace" were very well-rehearsed, and seemed to enjoy performing without showing any egotistical airs. And the production numbers were also well-done without being too overly glitzy.

So, how many shows are there today like "The Ice Palace" the whole family can enjoy, and you'd let your kids stay up for? None, right?

Now that both CBS and Paramount are Viacom companies, if Paramount was smart they should dig into CBS' vaults and put the entire eight episodes of "The Ice Palace" on DVD (that would easily comprise a box set). So what if some of the songs are dated and some of the guests now forgotten? It'd still be great to see this show again, especially when it has some pleasant memories encoded in it and today's parents can enjoy with their children something they used to watch when they were their kids' ages!

("The Ice Palace" is now on the list at TV Shows on DVD.com. I strongly urge anyone else who remembers the show and would like to see it again on DVD, please go to that website and vote for it!)

So PLEASE, Paramount - see what you can do to put "The Ice Palace" on DVD (assuming CBS still has the show in their vaults and didn't let the copyrights lapse)!


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