News from the Archive

Celebrate Lucy-Desi Days 2006 From Your Desktop

May 29th, 2006

Couldn't get to Jamestown, New York (Lucille Ball's hometown) this weekend to celebrate Lucy-Desi Days 2006? Well, we can't helicopter you to the ship, but we can point you to some fun interviews in our collection featuring memories of Lucy, Desi and the gang.

Although Lucy and Desi passed on before the Archive of American Television was founded, we've interviewed a lot of people involved in the success of "I Love Lucy" -- three of these interviews are online now.

Bob Carroll & Madelyn Pugh Davis -- writers on "I Love Lucy" and her subsequent series
Barbara Eden -- guest star on "I Love Lucy"
Doris Singleton -- actress who played Carolyn Appleby on "I Love Lucy"

Have a safe and happy Memorial Day Weekend!

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"Will & Grace" ends its eight season run

May 16th, 2006

Will & Grace (& Jack & Karen) are throwing their last barb/insult/witticism/pie-in-the-face this week. Not only will fans miss the talented ensemble (all four of whom won Emmy Awards), but also the guest shots by "it" list celebrities that together resemble a merger of Elton John's and Vanity Fair's Oscar parties.

Amazingly, every one of the nearly 200 "Will & Grace" episodes were directed by one person — legendary sitcom creator/director James Burrows. Burrows was interviewed by the Archive of American Television and talked about his experiences directing "Will & Grace" as well as such career highlights as "Taxi," "Cheers," and "Friends."

Click here to access the the Archive's 7-segment interview with James Burrows.

Who was your favorite star to mix it up with Eric, Debra, Sean and Megan? Choose from the list below, or "write in" your favorite.

Kevin Bacon
Alec Baldwin
Eileen Brennan

John Cleese

Glenn Close

Matt Damon

Michael Douglas

Woody Harrelson

Jeff Goldblum

Gregory Hines

Elton John

James Earl Jones


Demi Moore

Britney Spears

Post your vote by entering it in "comments" below.

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The Archive Scores Its One Millionth Video Stream!

May 15th, 2006

Today marks another big moment in Archive of American Television history -- we've reached our ONE MILLIONTH stream on Google Video. That means over 1,000,000 segments have been viewed or partially-viewed by television history enthusiasts worldwide! Even if the average user only viewed 15 minutes of a 30 minute segment (we have no way of knowing what the real average is), that's 250,000 hours watched, or 10,417 full days, or almost 29 years (okay, okay, we'll stop now before we start calculating dog years or fruitfly lifespans)!

How are we celebrating? By finding ways to keep the content coming and by continuing to film interviews with the movers and shakers of television. Just last week, we traveled to New York and interviewed HBO's SHEILA NEVINS, USA Network founder KAY KOPLOVITZ, Court TV host DOMINICK DUNNE, "Golden Girl" RUE MCCLANAHAN, first female network news anchor MARLENE SANDERS, and former ABC president FREDERICK S. PIERCE.

Help us reach our billionth -- please post your comments or email us with your rants and raves about what you've seen so far.

Thanks for your support.

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The Archive is 10!

May 14th, 2006

Today (Sunday, May 14th) is the 10th Anniversary of the Archive of American Television (that’s right, 10 years of quizzing TV legends about their life stories, their career highlights, and anything else we can think of). On this date in 1996, the pilot project for the Archive taped its first interview, with ABC founder Leonard Goldenson.

Just thought you should know....

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Who's Your Favorite TV Mom?

May 8th, 2006

In honor of Mother's Day (next Sunday, May 14th), the Archive of American Television is featuring its online collection of TV Moms! Check out our full-length interviews with:

Barbara Billingsley -- Beaver and Wally's mom June Cleaver on "Leave it to Beaver"

Diahann Carroll -- Corey's mom Julia Baker on "Julia"

Florence Henderson -- Greg, Marcia, Peter, Jan, Bobby and Cindy's mom Carol Brady on "The Brady Bunch"

Jane Wyatt -- Betty, Bud and Kitten's mom Margaret Anderson on "Father Knows Best" AND Mr. Spock's mother Amanda on "Star Trek"

Just click on the interviewee's name link to be taken directly to the Google Video page listing all available interview segements. You'll learn about the life, inspirations and career highlights of each of these talented actresses.

Of course, other TV moms in our vast collection, but not yet online include Shirley Jones, Doris Roberts, Marion Ross, Jean Stapleton, just to name a few.... More interviews are being uploaded regularly, so be sure to check this site frequently.

And, please click the comments link below and tell us who your favorite TV mom of all-time is.

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