On this day in music history: September 12, 1966 - “The Monkees” TV series makes its network debut on NBC. Produced by Bob Rafelson and Bert Schneider (for Columbia Pictures Screen Gems television division), the groundbreaking, Emmy award winning show runs for fifty eight episodes over two seasons, and launch the band into worldwide superstardom. Inspired by The Beatles first film “A Hard Day’s Night”, the producers launch a wide search looking to cast actors to portray the fictional rock band. Out of the four hundred actors that show up for the open casting call, they narrow it down to fourteen that are screen tested and are pared down to the final four. Those final four are former child actor Micky Dolenz, former jockey and stage actor Davy Jones, and musicians Mike Nesmith and Peter Tork. The series and its music finds great popularity with younger generations of fans when it is rebroadcast in syndicated reruns. The Monkees complete series is released as a ten disc Blu-ray disc limited edition box set (+ bonus 7") to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the shows debut. Originally scheduled for release in January of 2016, it is delayed by several months due to production delays. The set is finally released in July of 2016.