Cop/Detective/Mystery Series


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Cop/Detective/Mystery series describes shows featuring recurring protagonists who engage in solving or preventing crimes.

Highlights
Sharon Gless on getting letters from female cops who went into the field because of Cagney & Lacey
Steven Bochco on the elements that defined NYPD Blue
Harve Bennett on the genesis and influence of The Mod Squad
Dennis Franz on working on NYPD Blue
Angela Lansbury on the audience who watched Murder, She Wrote
Nina Tassler on the development of CSI: Cyber
Who talked about this genre

Howard Anderson, Jr.

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Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles for Dragnet
Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles for The Fugitive
Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles for I Spy
Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles for Mission: Impossible
Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles for Mod Squad
Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles for The Untouchables
Howard Anderson Jr. on creating the opening titles and special effects for Charlie's Angels

John Aniston

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John Aniston on guest-starring on Kojak

John Astin

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John Astin on directing CHiPs

Reza Badiyi

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Reza Badiyi on directing Hawaii Five-O
Reza Badiyi on directing Baretta; on the character "Tony Baretta"

George Barris

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Custom car designer George Barris on making prop police cars street-legal

Donald Bellisario

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Donald Bellisario on the creation of Magnum, P.I.
Donald Bellisario on specific episodes of Magnum, P.I.
Donald Belisario on creating JAG

Harve Bennett

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Harve Bennett on the genesis and influence of The Mod Squad
Harve Bennett on writing and producing The Mod Squad  and its effect on popular culture 

Dick Berg

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Dick Berg on working on writing features for Universal and creating Johnny Staccato 
Dick Berg on being under contract to Universal and deciding the get into producing on the series Checkmate
Dick Berg on writing SuspicionAlfred Hitchcock Presents, and The Third Man

Steven Bochco

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Steven Bochco on the elements that defined NYPD Blue
Steven Bochco on L.A. Law
Steven Bochco on his early interest in portraying the private lives of cops
Steven Bochco on the casting of Hill Street Blues
Steven Bochco on the pilot of Hill Street Blues and how it ultimately defined the series in terms of violence and consequence
Steven Bochco on Cop Rock
Steven Bochco on creating NYPD Blue

Robert Butler

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Robert Butler on directing black and white and color episodes of The Fugitive; on directing The Fugitive episode "Corner of Hell"
Robert Butler on directing several episodes of The Twilight Zone
Robert Butler on directing Columbo  
Robert Butler on directing and creating the trademark style elements of Hill Street Blues
Robert Butler on working with the cast of Hill Street Blues; on why he stayed as a regular director on Hill Street Blues
Robert Butler on directing the pilot of Moonlighting

Stephen J. Cannell

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Stephen J. Cannell on the genesis of 21 Jump Street  and working with a newly created Fox network

Reuben Cannon

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Reuben Cannon on casting for IronsideEmergency!The Rockford FilesBaretta  and Sanford and Son
Reuben Cannon on casting for IronsideEmergency!The Rockford FilesBaretta  and Sanford and Son
Reuben Cannon on casting for IronsideEmergency!The Rockford FilesBaretta  and Sanford and Son
Reuben Cannon on casting Moonlighting

Glenn Gordon Caron

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Glenn Gordon Caronon creating Moonlighting and casting the leads
Glenn Gordon Caron on the premise, pilot, and music of Moonlighting
Glenn Gordon Caron on recurring gags, the writers' room and production problems on Moonlighting
Glenn Gordon Caron on memorable episodes of Moonlighting, leaving day-to-day operations, and the legacy of Moonlighting

Thomas Carter

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Thomas Carter on directing Hill Street Blues
Thomas Carter on directing Miami Vice  (Part 1)
Thomas Carter on directing Miami Vice (Part 2)

Michael Chiklis

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Michael Chiklis on starring in The Commish at the age of 27; on his character "Tony Scali" and the show's production schedule
Michael Chiklis on auditioning for and playing "Detective Mackey" on The Shield
Michael Chiklis on the challenges of playing "Detective Vic Mackey" on The Shield; on the look and tone of the show; on the finale

Alf Clausen

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Alf Clausen on scoring Moonlighting  (Part 1)
Alf Clausen on composing the score and recording the music for Moonlighting (Part 2)

Robert Conrad

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Robert Conrad on auditioning for and shooting Hawaiian Eye

Jeanne Cooper

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Jeanne Cooper on working on suspense and detective series
Jeanne Cooper on working on L.A. Law with her son Corbin Bernsen

Barbara Corday

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Barbara Corday on pitching Cagney & Lacey in 1974 and on being involved in the women's movement at the time
Barbara Corday on creating Cagney and Lacey
Barbara Corday on Cagney & Lacey

Richard Crenna

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Richard Crenna on directing The Rockford Files, starring James Garner and guest-starring Rita Moreno

Judy Crown

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Judy Crown on being the hair stylist for Moonlighting
Judy Crown on styling hair for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and CSI: NY

Jane Curtin

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Jane Curtin on playing "Joanne Webster" in the series Unforgettable  

William Daniels

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William Daniels on appearing on McCloud and on being cast as the voice of "KITT" on Knight Rider

Richard Donner

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Richard Donner on directing Kojak

David Dortort

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David Dortort on being President of the Writers Guild of America, producing The Restless Gun, and on his career as a novelist

Charles Dubin

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Charles S. Dubin on directing Medical Center, and on directing Ironside, starring Raymond Burr
Charles S. Dubin on directing Hawaii Five-O, starring Jack Lord
Charles S. Dubin on directing Kojak, starring Telly Savalas

Hector Elizondo

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Hector Elizondo on appearing on Kojak
Hector Elizondo on appearing on Columbo
Hector Elizondo on appearing on The Rockford Files with James Garner
Hector Elizondo on guest-starring on Monk

Ruth Engelhardt

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Ruth Engelhardt on packaging The Mod Squad produced by Aaron Spelling and Danny Thomas

Nanette Fabray

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Nanette Fabray on her guest appearance on Murder, She Wrote

Edie Falco

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Edie Falco on appearing on Homicide: Life on the Street
Edie Falco on appearing on Law & Order

Norman Felton

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Norman Felton on executive producing The Man from U.N.C.L.E.

Mike Fenton

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Mike Fenton on casting Vega$ with Robert Urich 

Tom Fontana

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Tom Fontana on writing and producing Homicide: Life on the Street
Tom Fontana on writing and producing Homicide: Life on the Street (Part 2)

John Forsythe

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John Forsythe on providing the voice of "Charlie" on Charlie's Angels

Dennis Franz

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Dennis Franz on bringing authenticity to his role on N.Y.P.D. Blue
Dennis Franz on working on Hill Street Blues
Dennis Franz on working on Hill Street Blues
Dennis Franz on working on NYPD Blue
Dennis Franz on working on NYPD Blue
Dennis Franz on working on NYPD Blue

Ron Friedman

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Ron Friedman on writing for Starsky and Hutch

Chuck Fries

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Chuck Fries on Ziv Productions producing Highway Patrol starring Broderick Crawford

Arthur Gardner

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Arthur Gardner on producing The Detective s starring Robert Taylor

James Garner

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James Garner on playing "Jim Rockford" on The Rockford Files

David Gerber

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David Gerber on going to work for Columbia Pictures Television and producing Police Story
David Gerber on producing Police Story
David Gerber on producing Police Woman
David Gerber on producing Joe Forrester 
David Gerber on producing David Cassidy: Man Undercover
David Gerber on shepherding In the Heat of the Night  starring Carroll O'Connor
David Gerber on shepherding In the Heat of the Night

Herschel Burke Gilbert

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Herschel Burke Gilbert on supervising the music for The Detectives

Paul Michael Glaser

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Paul Michael Glaser on playing "Dave Starsky" on Starsky and Hutch  (Part 1)
Paul Michael Glaser on playing "Dave Starsky" on Starsky and Hutch (Part 2)

Lesli Linka Glatter

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Lesli Linka Glatter on directing NYPD Blue

Sharon Gless

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Sharon Gless on the lead-up to getting Cagney & Lacey; on meeting future husband Barney Rosenzweig
Sharon Gless on fine-tuning the character of "Christine Cagney" on Cagney & Lacey
Sharon Gless on creating a realistic cop show, and on Tyne Daly and Gless being honored by the New York Police Department for Cagney & Lacey

Leonard Goldberg

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Leonard Goldberg on producing Starsky and Hutch
Leonard Goldberg on the creation of Charlie's Angels, originally titled "The Alley Cats" 
Leonard Goldberg on the final Spelling-Goldberg production, T.J. Hooker

Jerry Goldsmith

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Jerry Goldsmith on composing the theme and incidental music for The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Jerry Goldsmith on composing for Jericho and being nominated for Emmy Awards for composing for Thriller  and The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Jerry Goldsmith on composing the theme for The WaltonsBarnaby JonesPolice Story, and Hawkins

Louis Gossett, Jr.

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Louis Gossett, Jr. on early television appearances on shows like The Nurses and East Side/West Side

Walon Green

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Walon Green on writing for Hill Street Blues
Walon Green on how working on police and legal shows impacted his view of law enforcement, and on working with former policeman Bill Clark on many shows
Walon Green on writing for Law & Order
Walon Green on writing for NYPD Blue
Walon Green on showrunning the 2003 revival of Dragnet for Dick Wolf
Walon Green on writing for Law & Order: Criminal Intent which was airing on the USA cable network

Earl Hamner, Jr.

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Earl Hamner on writing spec scripts for The  Alfred Hitchcock Hour

Arthur Hiller

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Arthur Hiller on directing Perry Mason and working with Raymond Burr
Arthur Hiller on directing The Third Man
Arthur Hiller on directing The Detectives with Robert Taylor and Adam West
Arthur Hiller on directing Route 66 and Naked City
Arthur Hiller on Route 66, Naked City, and Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse

Leslie Hoffman

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Leslie Hoffman on doing stunt work for Police Story
Leslie Hoffman on a stunt she performed on Columbo  involving a spiral staircase
Leslie Hoffman on performing stunts for The Hardy Boys Mysteries
Leslie Hoffman on doing stunts for Charlie's Angels
Leslie Hoffman on doing stunts for CHiPs
Leslie Hoffman on doing stunts for Remington Steele

Monica Horan

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Monica Horan on her first TV role on L.A. Law

Roy Huggins

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Roy Huggins on creating 77 Sunset Strip
Roy Huggins on creating 77 Sunset Strip
Roy Huggins on creating The Fugitive 
Roy Huggins on writing Baretta
Roy Huggins on co-creating The Rockford Files  with Stephen J. Cannell

Kim Hunter

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Kim Hunter on working with Peter Falk on Columbo
Kim Hunter on guest starring on Murder, She Wrote

Eddie Foy III

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Eddie Foy III on casting Charlie's Angels
Eddie Foy III on casting Hill Street Blues

Herb Jellinek

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Herb Jellinek on Moonlighting, starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis

Geri Jewell

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Geri Jewell on writing a treatment for 21 Jump Street and appearing on the episode

Lamont Johnson

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Lamont Johnson on directing several episodes of Have Gun - Will Travel and Naked City
Lamont Johnson on directing Peter Gunn, and on working with show creator Blake Edwards

Elodie Keene

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Elodie Keene on the formula for editing shows like Hart to Hart
Elodie Keene on directing episodes of NYPD Blue
Elodie Keene on directing The Closer with Kyra Sedgwick, and on the positive impact it has had for women on television
Elodie Keene on directing The Wire for show creator David Simon

Ernest Kinoy

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Ernest Kinoy on writing for Naked City

Bernie Kopell

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Bernie Kopell on guest-starring on Hawaii Five-O

Rita Lakin

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Rita Lakin on being story editor for The Mod Squad
Rita Lakin on creating The Rookies with producer Aaron Spelling

Angela Lansbury

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Angela Lansbury on Murder, She Wrote
Angela Lansbury on Murder, She Wrote

Glen A. Larson

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Glen A. Larson on writing for McCloud
Glen A. Larson on creating Magnum, P.I.

Barry Levinson

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Barry Levinson on Shades of Blue

Richard Lewis

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Richard Lewis on producing the pilot Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer
Richard Lewis on producing M Squad
Richard Lewis on the deals that get made between networks and studios and on producing the series Checkmate

Judith Light

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Judith Light on playing the recurring character "Elizabeth Donnelly" on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

William Link

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William Link on the genesis and production of Mannix
William Link on the legacy of Columbo

Stewart MacGregory

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Stewart MacGregory on being stage coordinator for Americana  and Barney Blake, Police Reporter
Stewart MacGregory on acting as stage coordinator for Armstrong Circle Theatre  and Martin Kane, Private Eye

Will Mackenzie

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Will Mackenzie on directing Moonlighting
Will Mackenzie on directing the Moonlighting episode "Atomic Shakespeare"

William H. Macy

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William H. Macy on appearing on the pilot of Law & Order, and the shooting style of the show

Abby Mann

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Abby Mann on writing the made-for-television movie The Marcus Nelson Murders, which was the pilot movie for Kojak
Abby Mann on creating Skag

Bob Markell

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Bob Markell on working on the show Danger
Bob Markell on working on Danger
Bob Markell on the comparison between Perry Mason and The Defenders
Bob Markell on working on the pilot for Hawk
Bob Markell on working on N.Y.P.D.

Leslie H. Martinson

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Leslie H. Martinson on directing Bourbon Street Beat
Leslie H. Martinson on directing 77 Sunset Strip
Leslie H. Martinson on directing Hawaiian Eye
Leslie H. Martinson on the declining years of Warner Bros. and directing The Roaring 20's
Leslie H. Martinson on directing Mannix
Leslie H. Martinson on directing Cannon
Leslie H. Martinson on directing CHiPs
Leslie H. Martinson on directing Ironside

Kent McCray

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Kent McCray on associate producing Philip Marlowe starring Phil Carey

David Milch

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David Milch on writing for Hill Street Blues
David Milch on co-creating and writing NYPD Blue (Part 1)
David Milch on co-creating and writing NYPD Blue (Part 2)

Paul Monash

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Paul Monash on writing Foreign Intrigue, his first writing job for television
Paul Monash on writing for Desilu, and on writing "The Scarface Mob," the pilot for The Untouchables
Paul Monash on writing "The Scarface Mob," the pilot for The Untouchables
Paul Monash on writing Cain's Hundred

Thomas W. Moore

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Thomas W. Moore on programming and developing 77 Sunset Strip
Thomas W. Moore on programming and developing The Untouchables, Adventures in Paradise, and The FBI
Thomas W. Moore on programming and developing Batman

Garrett Morris

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Garrett Morris on his dramatic work including appearances on ER and Hill Street Blues and Hunter

Anne Nelson

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Anne Nelson on Hawaii Five-O

Alan Neuman

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Alan Neuman on directing Mary Kay and Johnny and Lights Out

Horace Newcomb

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Horace Newcomb on how Hill Street Blues changed the television industry
Horace Newcomb on Magnum, P.I.'s cumulative narrative

Edward James Olmos

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Edward James Olmos on being cast as "Martin Castillo" on Miami Vice
Edward James Olmos on playing "Martin Castillo" on Miami Vice

Pam Polifroni

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Pam Polifroni on casting Hawaii Five-O

Joyce Randolph

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Joyce Randolph on appearing on Martin Kane, Private Eye

Del Reisman

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Del Reisman on producing The Untouchables
Del Reisman on Robert Stack as "Elliott Ness" on The Untouchables, and on the violence of the show
Del Reisman on working on The Lieutenant, and on producer Gene Roddenberry
Del Reisman on doing freelance writing in the 1970s for shows like The Streets of San Francisco, Cannon, Banacek, Little House on the Prairie, Lou Grant, and Cagney & Lacey

Ted Rich

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Ted Rich on editing McMillian & Wife
Ted Rich on editing Hill Street Blues and the new editing style it brought about

Rita Riggs

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Rita Riggs on costuming V.I.P.

Doris Roberts

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Doris Roberts on Remington Steele

Meta Rosenberg

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Meta Rosenberg on developing the series Ironside
Meta Rosenberg on developing and executive producing The Rockford Files
Meta Rosenberg on executive producing The Rockford Files

Barney Rosenzweig

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Barney Rosenzweig on the idea for and several cast changes for Cagney & Lacey
Barney Rosenzweig on what Cagney & Lacey was about at its core and social issues addressed on the show
Barney Rosenzweig on the cast and the legacy of Cagney & Lacey and what it did for the portrayal of women on television, and on how it changed television

Stanley Ralph Ross

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Stanley Ralph Ross on writing Columbo
Stanley Ralph Ross on writing for and appearing on Banacek
Stanley Ralph Ross on writing for a The Mod Squad episode guest-starring Louis Gossett, Jr.

Thomas Del Ruth

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Thomas Del Ruth on becoming director of photography for Mrs. Columbo
Thomas Del Ruth on being director of photography for Simon & Simon
Thomas Del Ruth on acting as director of photography for JAG

Alfred Schneider

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Alfred Schneider on how the Italian-American reaction to The Untouchables led to ABC agreeing to not use the term "mafia"
Alfred Schneider on regulating portrayals of violence in Roots versus S.W.A.T. and The Six Million Dollar Man

William Self

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William Self on assistant producing and assistant directing China Smith
William Self on developing Batman
William Self on developing The Green Hornet

Ralph Senensky

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Ralph Senensky on directing four episodes of The Fugitive starring David Janssen and the success of the series

William Shatner

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William Shatner on starring in T.J. Hooker

Sid Sheinberg

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Sid Sheinberg on MCA's syndication and television business in the '80s and the series Law & Order

James Sheldon

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James Sheldon on directing one episode of Cagney & Lacey
James Sheldon on why he enjoyed directing Route 66 and Naked City
James Sheldon on trying to connect with Rock Hudson over James Dean on the set of MacMillan and Wife

David Shore

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David Shore on writing for NYPD Blue

Mark Snow

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Mark Snow on The Rookies being the first show he worked on and getting the job through his then-brother-in-law, Georg Stanford Brown
Mark Snow on writing the theme song for the third season of Starsky and Hutch
Mark Snow on writing the theme song for Hart to Hart
Mark Snow on composing for Hart to Hart
Mark Snow on composing for Blue Bloods

Herbert F. Solow

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Herbert F. Solow on the legacy of Desilu's productions, including Mission: Impossible and The Untouchables

Aaron Spelling

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Aaron Spelling on Charlie's Angels

Ben Starr

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Ben Starr on writing the pilot for Perry Mason

Brandon Stoddard

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Brandon Stoddard on developing Moonlighting

Nina Tassler

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Nina Tassler on buying CSI: Crime Scene Investigation as an executive at CBS
Nina Tassler on the then-upcoming end of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Nina Tassler on the development of CSI: Cyber

Daniel J. Travanti

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Daniel J. Travanti on playing "Captain Frank Furillo" on Hill Street Blues
Daniel J. Travanti on the casting process of Hill Street Blues
Daniel J. Travanti on starring on Hill Street Blues
Daniel J. Travanti on playing "Captain Frank Furillo" on Hill Street Blues
Daniel J. Travanti on starring in the series Missing Persons

Lou Weiss

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Lou Weiss on Richard Diamond, Private Detective 

John Wells

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John Wells on executive producing Southland

Joseph M. Wilcots

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Joseph M. Wilcots on working on The FBI, and Gunsmoke, and on joining the union

Dick Wolf

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Dick Wolf on the appeal of police and medical dramas

Frederic Ziv

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Frederic Ziv on producing Highway Patrol starring Broderick Crawford; on problems with Broderick Crawford