Decades of Rose Marie

‘Wait For Your Laugh,’ last year’s documentary feature on the late Rose Marie, will make its TV premiere tonight at 9 pm ET/PT on over-the-air channel Decades.

Wait For Your Laugh chronicles the 90-year career of the entertainer best known for playing Sally Rogers on The Dick Van Dyke Show. It includes interviews with Van Dyke, Carl Reiner, Tim Conway and Peter Marshall, along with a bevy of clips — from her vaudeville career as “Baby Rose Marie,” her time on The Hollywood Squares, her role on Van Dyke, and much more.

Decades will follow Wait For Your Laugh with two classic TV shows featuring Rose Marie: a 1957 guest appearance on the venerable Gunsmoke, at 11 pm, and a 1970 episode of The Doris Day Show, on which she was a regular, at 11:30 pm. Here’s that Gunsmoke episode:

Decades’ three-title Rose Marie tribute will also air Friday starting at 8 pm.

Why is Wait For Your Laugh debuting on Decades? We don’t know for sure, but according to its director Jason Wise, “Rose Marie adored this channel, as do so many others who perfectly align with the subject and message…I cannot think of a better first place on television to show my film.”

Added Neal Sabin, vice chairman of Weigel Broadcasting Co., which co-owns Decades with CBS: “It fits in so well with our mission to relive, remember and relate to the entertainers and pop culture touch points from across the decades.”

Finally, let’s hear from Rose Marie’s daughter, Georgiana Guy-Rodrigues: “I’m so very thrilled that Wait For Your Laugh will be premiering on TV for my mother’s fans who were unable to see it in the theaters. So many of her fans are television fans, and now they will be able to see just how extraordinary and vast her 90-year career was.”

You can watch Decades free with an antenna hooked up to your TV set. For the channel number in your area, go to and follow the steps in this video:


About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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