The musical Cowsills - Barbara Cowsill and six of her singing youngsters - star in "A Family Thing," half-hour musical special to be colorcast on the NBC Television Network Saturday, Nov. 23 (8:30 - 9 p.m.).
Buddy Ebsen guest-stars on the show, introducing the family in a home setting chatting with father-founder, Bud Cowsill and joining the youngest of the clan, 9-year-old Susan Cowsill, in a song-and-dance rendition of "The Old Soft Shoe."
Also starring are the rest of the musical Cowsills: Bill, 20; Bob, 19; Paul, 17; Barry, 14, and Johnny 12 (All ages are as of Nov. 23 airdate). The only member of the family not seen on the show is Bob's twin brother, Dick, who is in the Army.
Musical highlights include "What the World Needs Now" "Consider Yourself" "A Doolin' Song" and one of the family best-selling records "We Can Fly."
The Cowsills also sing and play "Indian Lake" while Barbara, who admits she was "drafted," weighs the pros and concs of being a performing mother instead of staying home with the ironing.