It’ll be “A Family Thing” in more ways than one Saturday night on NBC-TV.
“A Family Thing” is the name of the 30 minute musical special and a performing family, the musical Cowsills, will star.
Showtime is 7:30 p.m.
Buddy Ebsen, guest-star of the show, will introduce the family in a home setting, chatting with father-founder Bud Cowsill.
Ebsen then will join Susan, 9, youngest in the family for a son-and-dance rendition of “The Old Soft Shoe.”
Besides dad, there is Mrs. Cowsill and the “youngsters,” Bill, 20; Bob, 19; Paul, 17; Barry, 14, and Johnny, 12.
The spotlight will fall on the songs “What the World Needs Now,” “Consider Yourself,” “A Doolin’ Song” and “We Can Fly,” one of the family’s top-selling records.
Barry, John and Susan will sing “Happiness” and the five Cowsill boys present a barbershop medley of “Sweet Adeline,” “You Are My Sunshine” and others.
Ebsen, incidentally, is perhaps best known as the non-musical star of “The Beverly Hillbillies,” despite the fact that he played in 1928 as a dancer in the Ziegfeld production of Whoopee,” starring Eddie Cantor.