News from the Archive

Another Reason To Be a Fan of Carol Burnett

July 21st, 2014
Carol Burnett

We're fans of the do-gooder stories here at the Archive. Those wonderful tales of people going out of their way to make someone's life easier or happier in some way. Here's one such story that gives us a little extra faith in humanity, courtesy of the one and only Carol Burnett. Watch as she shares how the kindness of a stranger launched her career, and how she paid that kindness forward.

People helping people. That's what it's all about.

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Remembering James Garner

July 20th, 2014
James Garner

We're sad to hear of the passing of actor James Garner, who died at the age of 86 on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at his home in Los Angeles, CA. Garner started out in entertainment as an actor/model and got his first break on Broadway in "The Cain Mutiny."  His first big television role came when he was cast as "Bret Maverick" in the classic western series, Maverick. He enjoyed a prolific feature film career as well, starring in "The Americanization of Emily," and "Gran Prix," before his next successful television role as "Jim Rockford" on The Rockford Files. Garner also appeared in several made-for-television movies, including Heartsounds (with Mary Tyler Moore), and the 13-hour mini-series Space. He was a spokesman for Polaroid, appearing in several memorable commericals for the company in the 1970s and '80s, and became known to a whole new generation thanks to his turn in the 2004 film, "The Notebook."

Below are some selections from his 1999 Archive interview:

On how he became an actor:

On the genesis of Maverick:

On production on The Rockford Files:

On his Polaroid commercials:


Watch James Garner's full Archive interview and read his obituary in The New York Times.

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Remembering Bob Costello

July 18th, 2014
Bob Costello

We're sad to hear of the recent passing of producer Bob Costello, who died on May 30, 2014 at the age of 93. Costello began his career as a production manager at NBC in 1951, working on live shows like Mr. Peepers. He served as an associate producer on the sitcom Bonino, and moved up to the role of producer on The Armstrong Circle Theatre when the program switched to an hour-long format in 1955. Costello went on to produce The Nurses, The Patty Duke Show, and Dark Shadows. He also produced several daytime dramas, including Another World, One Life to Live, and Ryan's Hope, for which he won multiple Emmys. When he retired from production, Costello served as a professor at New York University’s Maurice Kanbar Institute of Film and Television. 

Below are some clips from Costello's 1998 Archive interview:

On the role of a producer:

On his legacy:


Watch Bob Costello's full Archive interview, and read his obituary in The East Hampton Star.

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The Seinfeld Chronicles: No Elaine, No Gain

July 5th, 2014

So Jerry Seinfeld's manager George Shapiro has some talks with NBC. Then Jerry Seinfeld and Larry David chat about what they'd do if they had a TV show. Yadda yadda yadda, you get Seinfeld. Well, here's the yadda explained: how 25 years ago, the relatively unsuccessful pilot "The Seinfeld Chronicles" became the start of one of NBC's biggest hits. Turns out some network notes ARE worth taking.



The secret to successful sitcom episodes? Just ask yourself, "How will we make our friends laugh? Because no one in America will ever see these."

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Tips From Uncle Milty

June 27th, 2014
Milton Berle

He was television's very first star. Milton Berle wowed viewers back in 1948 with Texaco Star Theater, one of TV's most popular early programs. So how did "Mr. Television" find success?

Wise words.

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