John's success on Broadway coincided with the heyday of live television. His talent as a singer and entertainer placed him in high demand. John starred in two variety series during the 1950s, The Buick Circus Hour and The Chevy Show. The historic 1957 live color special of Annie Get Your Gun starring Mary Martin and John proved to be a classic of the period. Over the years John was guest on countless series, including The Ed Sullivan Show, Kraft Music Hall, The Colgate Comedy Hour, The Bell Telephone Hour, The Late Show with David Letterman, Shirley Temple’s Storybook, Third Rock from the Sun, The Academy Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors, Death Valley Days, Sesame Street, The Tony Awards and Great Performances. In 2004 he was featured in the documentary film Broadway: The Golden Age and the PBS special Broadway: The American Musical.

Here is a partial list of John’s television appearances:

2004 Broadway: The American Musical
2003 Broadway: The Golden Age (movie theatres, then PBS)
2002 The Richard Rodgers Gala
2002 The 56th Annual Tony Awards
2002 Hollywood Greats
1998 Biography
1996 The 38th Annual Grammy Awards
1996 Third Rock from the Sun
1995 Great Love Songs
1995 ABC Afterschool Specials
1994 Late Show with David Letterman
1992 Evening at Pops
1987 We the People 200: The Constitutional Gala
1985 New Love, American Style
1985 Rodgers and Hammerstein: The Sound of American Music
1982 Broadway Plays Washington on Kennedy Center Tonight
1975 Sing, America, Sing!
1972 Salute to Oscar Hammerstein II
1971 The Virginia Graham Show
1971 The 25th Annual Tony Awards
1971 The David Frost Show
1968 The Joey Bishop Show
1967-1968 The Mike Douglas Show
1966 Today
1962-1964 The Steve Allen Playhouse
1961 Yves Montand on Broadway
1961 The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show
1961 What About Linda?
1960 Val Parnell's Sunday Night at the London Palladium
1960 Shirley Temple Theatre
1960 Death Valley Days
1959-1966 The Bell Telephone Hour
1959 The Garry Moore Show
1959 The 31st Annual Academy Awards
1958-1959 The Chevy Show
1958 The Lux Show
1958 The Patrice Munsel Show
1958 The Linkletter Show
1957 Annie Get Your Gun
1957-1959 The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
1955 The Colgate Comedy Hour
1955 Producers' Showcase
1954 The Buick-Berle Show
1954 Frontiers of Faith
1952-1957 The Ed Sullivan Show
1952 The Jane Froman Show
1952 The Arthur Murray Party
1952 The Buick Circus Hour
1951-1953 This Is Show Business
1950 Pulitzer Prize Playhouse
1949 The Ed Wynn Show