"We couldn't get black people on the air until 'Julia' came along to prove that white people will watch black people on television. I feel some gratification when I see that."
About This Interview
In his three-hour Archive interview, Hal Kanter (1918-2011) talks extensively about his first television work as a writer for famed comedian, Ed Wynn, on The Ed Wynn Show. He discusses how he ultimately wrote and directed The George Gobel Show. Kanter recalls his pioneering sitcom, Julia, which starred Diahann Carroll, and featured the first black, female lead on television. Kanter also mentions his writing for the Academy Awards shows and dozens of feature films. Sam Denoff conducted the interview in Encino, CA on May 22, 1997.