"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
Hal Kanter (1918-2011) was interviewed for three hours in Encino, CA. Kanter talked extensively about his first television work as a writer for famed comedian, Ed Wynn, on The Ed Wynn Show. He talked about how he ultimately wrote and directed The George Gobel Show . Kanter recalled his pioneering sitcom, Julia, which starred Diahann Carroll, and featured the first black, female lead on television. Kanter also mentioned his writing for the "Academy Awards" shows and dozens of feature films. The interview was conducted by Sam Denoff on May 22, 1997.