News from the Archive

The Archive's Interview with Stephen J. Cannell Featured in the Latest Issue of EMMY Magazine

June 13th, 2006

Readers of the latest issue of emmy magazine are being treated to excerpts from the Archive of American Television's terrific 4-1/2 hour interview with television legend Stephen J. Cannell. Loyal Archive blog readers, however, can see the whole interview (by clicking here) any time on Google Video.

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Stephen J. Cannell was interviewed for four-and-a-half hours in Pasadena, CA. Cannell talked about the challenges of battling dyslexia and using his innate storytelling ability to break into the television business. He described his work with Jack Webb on the series Adam-12 for which he served as head writer/ story editor. He discussed his continued work in series television as a creator/ producer, on such series as Toma, Baretta, and some of the biggest hits of the 1970s, Baa-Baa Blacksheep and The Rockford Files. For Rockford, he talked about creating the series, selling it to the network, and working with series star James Garner. He spoke in great detail about his hit series of the 1980s and 90s, which included The Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy, and The Commish. Throughout the interview, Cannell spoke about his approach to storytelling and characterization as well as the processes involved in producing a series for television. The interview was conducted by Stephen J. Abramson on June 23, 2004.

Mr. Cannell also has a great website of his own. Check it out by clicking here.

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Andy Griffith turns 80!

May 31st, 2006


June 1st is Andy Griffith’s 80th birthday. The Archive of American Television is proud to feature our two-hour interview with Griffith, which took place in North Carolina.

In his interview, Griffith recalls how his Broadway debut in "No Time for Sergeants" led to appearances on live television shows, including The U.S. Steel Hour, The Steve Allen Show, and Playhouse 90. He fondly remembers his long association with producer Sheldon Leonard, including the creation and run of The Andy Griffith Show.

Click here to access Andy Griffith's interview segments.

The Archive has interviewed several of the key contributors to The Andy Griffith Show, including Mayberry’s favorite deputy— Don Knotts — also available for viewing on Google Video.

Please comment on:
What's your favorite episode of The Andy Griffith Show?
(Here are some choices, but feel free to write-in your vote, too.)

“The Pickle Story”
“Convicts-At-Large”
“Man in a Hurry”
“Opie and the Spoiled Kid”
“Barney’s First Car”
“Dogs, Dogs, Dogs”
“Mountain Wedding”
“Opie the Birdman”
“Citizen’s Arrest”
“Barney’s Sidecar”
“My Fair Ernest T. Bass”

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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
Cher

John Cleese

Glenn Close

Matt Damon

Michael Douglas

Woody Harrelson

Jeff Goldblum

Gregory Hines

Elton John

James Earl Jones

Madonna

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
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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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