Drama Series


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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Drama describes shows involving recurring characters who must deal with emotional, difficult or changing circumstances (excluding shows which clearly fit into other genres, such as adventure or sci-fi series). Themes include: coming-of-age, social and political concerns, and family issues.

Highlights
David Chase on how the Journey song "Don't Stop Believin'" came to be used on the last episode of The Sopranos; on the reaction to the finale
Aaron Spelling on producing Melrose Place
John Amos on appearing as "Percy Fitzwallace" on The West Wing
Edie Falco on Oz
Michael Learned on being cast as "Olivia Walton" on The Waltons
Ernest Kinoy on writing for Route 66
Who talked about this genre

Chris Albrecht

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Chris Albrecht on programming The Sopranos

Debbie Allen

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Debbie Allen on being cast in the TV show Fame
Debbie Allen on the link between TV shows, Fame and Glee

John Amos

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John Amos on appearing as "Percy Fitzwallace" on The West Wing

Charlie Andrews

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Charlie Andrews on co-creating and writing Studs' Place

John Aniston

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John Aniston on appearing on The West Wing and Mad Men

Janet Ashikaga

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Editor Janet Ashikaga on editing The West Wing

Edward Asner

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Ed Asner on acting as Lou Grant in the series Lou Grant

Alan Ball

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Alan Ball on the premise of, storylines, and writing for Six Feet Under
Alan Ball on writing for and the characters of Six Feet Under
Alan Ball on the writing, characters, and storylines of True Blood

Paris Barclay

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Paris Barclay on directing Dick Van Dyke in an episode of Diagnosis Murder
Paris Barclay on directing NYPD Blue
Paris Barclay on directing and later producing NYPD Blue

Bonnie Bartlett

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Bonnie Bartlett on guest-starring on The Waltons
Bonnie Bartlett on playing "Grace Snider Edwards" on Little House on the Prairie, and on working with Michael Landon
Bonnie Bartlett on playing "Ellen Craig" on St. Elsewhere
Bonnie Bartlett on guest-starring on Midnight Caller, Wiseguy, Home Improvement, and ER
Bonnie Bartlett on appearing in The Deliberate Stranger, Once and Again, Tuesdays with Morrie, and Better Call Saul

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 Quantum Leap
Donald Belisario on creating JAG

Harve Bennett

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Harve Bennett producing Rich Man, Poor Man

Dick Berg

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Dick Berg on producing the series Dolphin Cove  and other projects

Milton Berle

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Milton Berle on his appearance on Beverly Hills, 90210

Steven Bochco

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Steven Bochco on City of Angels and the importance of the series' predominantly African-American cast and crew

Paul Bogart

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Paul Bogart on directing The Defenders; on his favorite episodes
Paul Bogart on directing The Defenders

Haskell Boggs

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Haskell Boggs on acting as director of photography for Little House on the Prairie
Haskell Boggs on acting as director of photography for Father Murphy and Highway to Heaven
Haskell Boggs on acting as director of photography for Highway to Heaven
Haskell Boggs on acting as director of photography for Bonanza and on working with Michael Landon on Highway to Heaven

Anthony Bourdain

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Anthony Bourdain on writing for the series Treme

Eric Braeden

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Eric Braeden on co-starring in The Rat Patrol as "Captain Hans Dietrich" and the show not accurately depicting historical facts

Joshua Brand

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Joshua Brand on writing for The White Shadow
Joshua Brand on summing up The White Shadow
Joshua Brand on creating and writing A Year in the Life starring Richard Kiley
Joshua Brand on developing and writing Northern Exposure
Joshua Brand on casting Northern Exposure
Joshua Brand on creating and writing I'll Fly Away, Going to Extremes, and Northern Exposure
Joshua Brand on his overall feelings on The Americans

Connie Britton

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Connie Britton on playing "Tami Taylor" on Friday Night Lights
Connie Britton on playing "Rayna Jaymes" on Nashville

James L. Brooks

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James L. Brooks on Lou Grant

Allan Burns

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Allan Burns on the creation of Lou Grant and making the show a drama rather than a comedy

Robert Butler

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Robert Butler on directing the pilot of Moonlighting

Reuben Cannon

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Reuben Cannon on casting Palmerstown U.S.A.
Reuben Cannon on casting Touched By an Angel

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
Glenn Gordon Caron on casting Medium; on style choices on the show and a typical work week

Thomas Carter

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Thomas Carter on acting in and directing The White Shadow  (Part 1) 
Thomas Carter on directing The White Shadow (Part 2)

David Chase

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David Chase on creating The Sopranos, coming to HBO, casting James Gandolfini, and the character of "Tony Soprano"
David Chase on the female characters on The Sopranos
David Chase on "Uncle Junior" and "Tony's" crew on The Sopranos
David Chase on the writing, directing, and editing on The Sopranos
David Chase on arguing with HBO over having "Tony Soprano" murder someone on The Sopranos
David Chase on how the Journey song "Don't Stop Believin'" came to be used on the last episode of The Sopranos; on the reaction to the finale

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

Robert Conrad

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Robert Conrad on the basic premise of Hawaiian Eye
Robert Conrad on playing "Greg 'Pappy' Boyington" on Baa-Baa Black Sheep

Bill Conti

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Bill Conti on composing the theme and pilot music for Earl Hamner, Jr.'s Falcon Crest 

Joan Ganz Cooney

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Joan Ganz Cooney on The Golden Age of Television

Jeanne Cooper

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Jeanne Cooper on the show Bracken's World

Barbara Corday

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Barbara Corday on writing for Sons and Daughters and various other Universal Television Shows

Alexander Courage

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Alexander Courage on scoring episodes of The Waltons

Richard Crenna

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Richard Crenna on playing James Slattery on Slattery's People
Richard Crenna on directing Lou Grant, starring Ed Asner

Michael Dann

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Michael Dann on getting The Defenders on the air

John Debney

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John Debney on composing for Fame
John Debney on composing the theme song for Sisters
John Debney on composing for Hatfields & McCoys and Texas Rising
John Debney on composing for Bonnie and Clyde

Kelley Dixon

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Kelley Dixon on editing Breaking Bad
Kelley Dixon on editing Breaking Bad

Elinor Donahue

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Elinor Donahue on her recurring role on Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman

Louis Dorfsman

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Louis Dorfsman on being Art Director for CBS' ad campaign to save The Waltons with then CBS President Robert Wood

Charles Dubin

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Charles S. Dubin on directing The New People, Room 222, Of Men and Women, Sanford and Son, and The 10th Level
Charles S. Dubin on directing Lou Grant with Ed Asner and Nancy Marchand
Charles S. Dubin on directing various series including Charlie's Angles, Trapper John, MD, and Supertrain
Charles S. Dubin on directing Jennifer Slept Here, Amanda's, The Four Seasons, Murder, She Wrote, and Hotel
Charles S. Dubin on directing Matlock, Starman, Square One, and Father Dowling Mysteries

Dick Van Dyke

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Dick Van Dyke on the differences between working on comedy and drama

Hector Elizondo

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Hector Elizondo on co-starring on the series Cane as "Pancho Duque"

Edie Falco

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Edie Falco on Oz
Edie Falco on The Sopranos (Part 1)
Edie Falco on The Sopranos (Part 2)
Edie Falco on Nurse Jackie

Tom Fontana

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Tom Fontana on creating, writing, and producing Oz
Tom Fontana on creating and writing The Philanthropist 

Ron Friedman

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Ron Friedman on writing for Fantasy Island

Betty Garrett

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Betty Garrett on appearing on The Chevy Show and The Lloyd Bridges Show
Betty Garrett on appearing on The Fugitive, starring David Janssen

David Gerber

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David Gerber on producing the ABC After School Special  "Follow the North Star" and getting involved in the editing process
David Gerber on shepherding thirtysomething  for MGM

Melissa Gilbert

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Melissa Gilbert on getting cast as Laura Ingalls on Little House on the Prairie
Melissa Gilbert on "The Lord is My Shepherd"episode of Little House on the Prairie

Vince Gilligan

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Vince Gilligan on the casting choices for Breaking Bad; on knowing Bryan Cranston needed to play "Walter White"; on how his association playing the dad on Malcolm in the Middle role helped this character

Lesli Linka Glatter

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Lesli Linka Glatter on directing Twin Peaks
Lesli Linka Glatter on directing Freaks and Geeks
Lesli Linka Glatter on directing Gilmore Girls
Lesli Linka Glatter on directing Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing
Lesli Linka Glatter on directing Mad Men
Lesli Linka Glatter on directing and executive producing Homeland

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

Leonard Goldberg

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Leonard Goldberg on the creation of Family

Jerry Goldsmith

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Jerry Goldsmith on composing for various made-for-television movies in the '70s including The Homecoming, the pilot for The Waltons
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

Walter E. Grauman

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Director Walter Grauman on his work on The Untouchables

Walon Green

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Walon Green on writing an episode of The Man in the High Castle and an episode of Mercy Street, and on staying active in the industry

Jon Hamm

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Jon Hamm on his first experience on the set of a serialized drama - on Providence
Jon Hamm on shooting The Unit after shooting the pilot for Mad Men
Jon Hamm on getting cast on Mad Men, production on the series, working with Matthew Weiner, and the series finale
Jon Hamm on directing two episodes of Mad Men, working with the cast, and what he'll miss about the show

Earl Hamner, Jr.

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Earl Hamner on writing for the show The Kate Smith Hour
Earl Hamner on writing for the show It's a Man's World
Earl Hamner on writing the pilot for The Long, Hot Summer
Earl Hamner on the genesis of The Waltons
Earl Hamner on the casting process for The Waltons and the cast of the show
Earl Hamner on the children cast on The Waltons and how cast changes were handled on the show
Earl Hamner on producing The Waltons
Earl Hamner on his favorite episodes of The Waltons
Earl Hamner on creating the show Apple's Way
Earl Hamner on writing for the TV show Boone
Earl Hamner on working with Oprah Winfrey on the TV show Brewster Place
Earl Hamner on producing Snowy River: The McGregor Saga
Earl Hamner on producing an episode of Masterpiece Theater for PBS
Earl Hamner on working with Sylvia Sidney on the TV drama Morningstar/Eveningstar

Jonathan Harris

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Jonathan Harris on co-starring on The Third Man as "Bradford Webster"

Patricia Heaton

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Patricia Heaton on her first steady television gig, on Thirtysomething

Arthur Hiller

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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 stunts for Melrose Place

Hal Holbrook

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Hal Holbrook on guest-starring on Sons of Anarchy

Felicity Huffman

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Felicity Huffman on American Crime

Roy Huggins

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Roy Huggins on writing and producing King's Row  at Warner Bros.Television
Roy Huggins on creating Run For Your Life

Eddie Foy III

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Eddie Foy III on casting Route 66
Eddie Foy III on casting Family

Frank Inn

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Frank Inn on working as a trainer on Lassie
Frank Inn on Lassie and the PATSY awards, and on the end of his association with Rudd Weatherwax

David Isaacs

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David Isaacs on acting as a consulting producer for Mad Men  for Matthew Weiner

Alan Jaggs

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Alan Jaggs on editing The Waltons  and working at Lorimar

Allison Janney

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Allison Janney on auditioning for The West Wing and playing "C.J. Cregg"
Allison Janney on working with The West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin and director Thomas Schlamme
Allison Janney on her co-stars and memorable episodes of The West Wing
Allison Janney on the final season of The West Wing and her Emmy wins for the show

Kathryn Joosten

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Kathryn Joosten on the cast of Desperate Housewives; on specific episodes of the show; on her Emmy wins for the show; on the end of Desperate Housewives; on her last day on set; on her character's death on the show; on the fate of the other characters on the show

Elodie Keene

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Elodie Keene on editing various Aaron Spelling shows, including Fantasy Island
Elodie Keene on directing My So-Called Life
Elodie Keene on directing ABC Family series like Pretty Little Liars
Elodie Keene on directing scenes on Switched at Birth in sign language
Elodie Keene on directing The Fosters, and on doing socially conscious work

David E. Kelley

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David E. Kelley on creating and producing Picket Fences
David E. Kelley on co-creating Doogie Howser, M.D.
David E. Kelley on meeting Steven Bochco and writing and showrunning L.A. Law
David E. Kelley on Picket Fences' Emmy wins; on the show's legacy
David E. Kelley on creating and exiting Chicago Hope; on his writing process; on the end of Chicago Hope
David E. Kelley on creating The Practice, getting it picked up at ABC, and changing the storytelling of the show because of its time slot; on spinning off Boston Legal from The Practice
David E. Kelley on having a strong point of view on issues on Boston Legal; on why the show ended
David E. Kelley on creating Ally McBeal; on the dialogue, visual fantasies, the dancing baby, and the music on the show; on being the only producer in history to win Emmys for drama and comedy series in one year (The Practice and Ally McBeal); on Ally McBeal's Time magazine cover

Ernest Kinoy

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Ernest Kinoy on writing The Defenders (Part 2)
Ernest Kinoy on writing for Route 66
Ernest Kinoy on writing for Saints and Sinners

Jack Klugman

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Jack Klugman on "The Blacklist" episode of The Defenders

Glen A. Larson

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Glen A. Larson on writing for It Takes a Thief
Glen A. Larson on writing the first two 90 minute episodes of The  Six Million Dollar Man
Glen A. Larson on creating Quincy, M.E.

Piper Laurie

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Piper Laurie on portraying "Catherine Martell" on Twin Peaks

Michael Learned

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Michael Learned on playing "Olivia Walton" on The Waltons (Part 1)
Michael Learned on playing "Olivia Walton" on The Waltons (Part 2)
Michael Learned on appearing on the series Nurse

Barry Levinson

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Barry Levinson on Homicide: Life on the Street
Barry Levinson on Oz

Warren Littlefield

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Warren Littlefield on ER

Sidney Lumet

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Sidney Lumet on being assistant director on Danger
Sidney Lumet on directing Danger and You Are There

William H. Macy

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William H. Macy on co-writing an episode of thirtysomething in 1991 with his writing partner Steven Schachter

Nancy Malone

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Nancy Malone on directing Beverly Hills 90210  and the issues with one of the actors who was late

Jerry Mathers

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Jerry Mathers on working on Matinee Theater

Kent McCray

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Kent McCray on working on Little House on the Prairie, Father Murphy, and Highway to Heaven

S. Epatha Merkerson

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S. Epatha Merkerson on Dick Wolf wanting her for the role of "Lt. Anita Van Buren" on Law & Order and how she portrayed her character
S. Epatha Merkerson on her character, production, censorship on, and the cancellation of Law & Order

Walter C. Miller

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Walter C. Miller on directing Fame and Hangin' In

Harry Morgan

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Harry Morgan on playing "Bill Gannon" on Dragnet
Harry Morgan on Dragnet

Horace Newcomb

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Horace Newcomb on The Sopranos being a game changer

Estelle Parsons

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Estelle Parsons on hosting the series Mothers By Daughters

Timothy Van Patten

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Timothy Van Patten on the MTM drama The White Shadow
Timothy Van Patten on directing The Sopranos
Timothy Van Patten on his work on The Sopranos
Timothy Van Patten on his work on The Wire
Timothy Van Patten on his work on Deadwood
Timothy Van Patten on working on the HBO drama Boardwalk Empire

Dick Van Patten

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Dick Van Patten on the premise of the TV show Mama; his character "Nels" and what it was like working on the show with the cast and crew
Dick Van Patten on how he got involved with the TV show Eight is Enough and working on the show with the cast and crew

Pam Polifroni

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Pam Polifroni on casting The Homecoming: A Christmas Story, and The Waltons
Pam Polifroni on casting The Love Boat and Hotel for Aaron Spelling and Douglas S. Cramer

Abraham Polonsky

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Abraham Polonsky on writing for Kraft Television Theatre and Seaway

Marian Rees

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Marian Rees on producing Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection
Marian Rees on producing Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection  (Part 2)
Marian Rees on producing Masterpiece Theatre's American Collection (Part 3)

Della Reese

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Della Reese on starring as "Tess" on Touched by an Angel

Del Reisman

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Del Reisman on working on Bracken's World
Del Reisman on working with Anthony Quinn on the series The Man in the City
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

Gene Reynolds

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Gene Reynolds on producing Lou Grant (Part 1)
Gene Reynolds on producing Lou Grant (Part 2)

Ted Rich

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Ted Rich on editing various shows for MTM Productions including Bay City Blues 

Meta Rosenberg

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Meta Rosenberg on selling the series Slattery's People

Howard Rosenberg

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Howard Rosenberg on dramatic series

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; on how it changed television

Marion Ross

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Marion Ross on her role as "Sophie Berger" in Brooklyn Bridge

Thomas Del Ruth

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Thomas Del Ruth on how he became involved with Aaron Sorkin's The West Wing  
Thomas Del Ruth on acting as director of photography on The West Wing
Thomas Del Ruth on acting as director of photography on The West Wing
Thomas Del Ruth on acting as director of photography for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Joseph Sargent

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Joseph Sargent on directing Lassie

Richard Schiff

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Richard Schiff on acting in The West Wing
Richard Schiff on performing in The West Wing

Thomas Schlamme

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Thomas Schlamme on directing "Ambush", a live episode of ER
Thomas Schlamme on the genesis of The West Wing
Thomas Schlamme on casting The West Wing
Thomas Schlamme on The West Wing  and the Clinton White House
Thomas Schlamme on shooting The West Wing  in Washington, DC
Thomas Schlamme on the cast of The West Wing
Thomas Schlamme on Aaron Sorkin's writing process on The West Wing
Thomas Schlamme on the legacy of The West Wing
Thomas Schlamme on creating Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip

Alfred Schneider

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Alfred Schneider on how a controversial episode of Bus Stop ("A Lion Walks Among Us") led to the demise of ABC President, Oliver E. Treyz, as well as further inquiries into the effects of violence on television
Alfred Schneider on the decision not to allow two men to kiss on Thirtysomething

William Self

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William Self on developing Bracken's World

Ralph Senensky

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Ralph Senensky on directing Raymond Burr in Ironside
Ralph Senensky on directing several episodes of The Waltons

James Sheldon

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James Sheldon on directing West Point

David Shore

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David Shore on writing for the Canadian series Traders
David Shore on writing for the series Beggars and Choosers

Garry Simpson

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Garry Simpson on directing Breck Golden Showcase for CBS in 1962

John Singleton

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John Singleton on cold-calling the writers of American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson to tell them he wanted to direct it
John Singleton on American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson
John Singleton on Empire

Mark Snow

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Mark Snow on composing for Dynasty and being fired because Douglas S. Cramer didn't like his work
Mark Snow on composing for Falcon Crest
Mark Snow on composing for Smallville

Herbert F. Solow

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Herbert F. Solow on how Then Came Bronson was created

Aaron Spelling

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Aaron Spelling on producing Beverly Hills, 90210

Darren Star

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Darren Star on how Beverly Hills, 90210 was developed
Darren Star on why the school was called "West Beverly High" instead of "Beverly Hills High School" on Beverly Hills, 90210
Darren Star on developing the pilot of Beverly Hills, 90210 with Aaron Spelling 
Darren Star on wanting Beverly Hills, 90210 to be a more modern, honest take on being a teenager or "thirtysomething for teenagers"
Darren Star on casting Beverly Hills, 90210
Darren Star on why and how Beverly Hills, 90210 tackled social issues, particularly at the start of the series
Darren Star on controversial storylines on Beverly Hills, 90210, including "Brenda Walsh" sleeping with "Dylan McKay" in the first season's "Spring Dance" episode
Darren Star on Beverly Hills, 90210's rise to popularity
Darren Star on working with the cast of Beverly Hills, 90210
Darren Star on why Shannen Doherty left Beverly Hills, 90210
Darren Star on creating Melrose Place and its relationship to Beverly Hills, 90210
Darren Star on the censorship issues that arose on Melrose Place, particularly involving the character "Matt Fielding," who was gay
Darren Star on a memorable moment on Melrose Place: "Kimberly Shaw" taking off her wig
Darren Star on his favorite relationships and characters to write on Melrose Place
Darren Star on the legacy of Beverly Hills, 90210
Darren Star on the impact of Melrose Place and its thematic connection to two of his other shows, Beverly Hills, 90210 and Sex and the City
Darren Star on creating Central Park West

John Strauss

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Publicist John Strauss on encouraging the audience to write in to save The Waltons

Richard Thomas

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Richard Thomas on playing "John-Boy Walton" on The Waltons
Richard Thomas on playing "John-Boy Walton" on The Waltons
Richard Thomas on starring on The Adventures of Swiss Family Robinson
Richard Thomas on playing "Frank Gaad" on The Americans

Grant Tinker

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Grant Tinker on Lou Grant

Daniel J. Travanti

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Daniel J. Travanti on appearing on Route 66
Daniel J. Travanti on appearing on East Side/West Side with Moses Gunn
Daniel J. Travanti on starring in Poltergeist: The Legacy and his semi-retirement

Leslie Uggams

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Leslie Uggams on appearing on The Good Wife
Leslie Uggams on appearing on Nurse Jackie
Leslie Uggams on appearing on Empire

Ellen M. Violett

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Ellen M. Violett on writing The Defenders
Ellen M. Violett on writing for The Defenders

W.G. Snuffy Walden

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W.G. Snuffy Walden on his first composition for TV - for thirtysomething; on composing the theme for thirtysomething
W.G. Snuffy Walden on composing for thirtysomething
W.G. Snuffy Walden on composing for The Wonder Years
W.G. Snuffy Walden on composing for Sisters
W.G. Snuffy Walden on composing for I'll Fly Away
W.G. Snuffy Walden on composing for The West Wing
W.G. Snuffy Walden on composing for My So-Called Life
W.G. Snuffy Walden on a demonstration of The West Win g theme
W.G. Snuffy Walden on his Emmy win for The West Win g
W.G. Snuffy Walden on composing for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
W.G. Snuffy Walden on composing for Friday Night Lights

George Watters

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George Watters on editing Little House on the Prairie for Michael Landon

Matthew Weiner

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Matthew Weiner on his parents' influence on his show Mad Men; "there's a lot of Betty Draper" in his mother, who pursued a law school degree later in life; on his parents' take on the show
Matthew Weiner on how many details on Mad Men  are derived from memories of his childhood
Matthew Weiner on his first film script "Horseshoe" that was the genesis of Mad Men; on how he got the film finished on a very limited budget
Matthew Weiner on the genesis of Mad Men  - which he started scripting while a writer at Becker
Matthew Weiner on his process for writing the pilot of Mad Men
Matthew Weiner on the title of his show Mad Men
Matthew Weiner on the impact The Sopranos had on him and his writing for Mad Men
Matthew Weiner on The Sopranos
Matthew Weiner on Mad Men
Matthew Weiner on identifying with the characters "Peggy Olson" and "Pete Campbell" on Mad Men
Matthew Weiner on the character "Betty Draper" on Mad Men
Matthew Weiner on the character "Sally Draper" on Mad Men
Matthew Weiner on molding the character "Don Draper" alongside the actor Jon Hamm; on who he wanted "Don" to be
Matthew Weiner on shooting the second script (after the pilot) of Mad Men and the controversy over editing that episode
Matthew Weiner on the popularity of Mad Men and its audience
Matthew Weiner on the style and realism of Mad Men, including the costuming
Matthew Weiner on the Mad Men episode, "Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency," which includes the infamous lawnmower scene 
Matthew Weiner on the Mad Men episode, "Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency"; on the cardinal sin of television (married woman having an affair); on the ending of season four
Matthew Weiner on how much of Mad Men has been pre-conceived
Matthew Weiner on how JFK's assassination played into Mad Men's plotlines
Matthew Weiner on literary influences on Mad Men, including John Cheever
Matthew Weiner on the reason Mad Men's "Don Draper" could not remain a bachelor
Matthew Weiner on the "business model" for Mad Men; on differences with the network over sponsors
Matthew Weiner on how Hilton was integrated into Mad Men although they were never a formal sponsor
Matthew Weiner on the then-future of Mad Men
Matthew Weiner on the then-future of Mad Men and how he wants it to end; on not being done with the show yet
Matthew Weiner on seasons five and six of Mad Men
Matthew Weiner on seasons six and seven of Mad Men
Matthew Weiner on season 7b of Mad Men

John Wells

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John Wells on writing and producing China Beach
John Wells on writing and producing The West Wing

Ethel Winant

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Ethel Winant on producing The Great Adventure

Terence Winter

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Terence Winter on getting hired to write for season two of The Sopranos
Terence Winter on the early writing staff of The Sopranos on season two, the buzz surrounding the show, and working with David Chase
Terence Winter on the success of The Sopranos; on rules for writing The Sopranos and the writers' room on the show; on Steve Buscemi's work on The Sopranos
Terence Winter on writing the characters and relationships on The Sopranos
Terence Winter on memorable episodes of the show; on the impact of 9/11 on The Sopranos
Terence Winter on working with David Chase, creator of The Sopranos
Terence Winter on  working with the other writers on The Sopranos; on planning the end of The Sopranos; on the series finale
Terence Winter on his development deal with HBO that led to the creation of Boardwalk Empire; on the budget for and development of the characters for the pilot of Boardwalk Empire; on Martin Scorsese directing the pilot
Terence Winter on casting and plotting out Boardwalk Empire
Terence Winter on the characters on Boardwalk Empire
Terence Winter on the characters on Boardwalk Empire contd.; on a typical production week and working with HBO
Terence Winter on the opening sequence and music of the show; on his favorite episodes of Boardwalk Empire; on teasers for season four

Bud Yorkin

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Bud Yorkin on producing Henry Fonda and the Family

Jeff Zucker

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Jeff Zucker on his affinity for ER as a viewer and an executive
Jeff Zucker on his admiration for The West Wing and its success
Jeff Zucker on how Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip suffered because it premiered at the same time as 30 Rock, another NBC show that took place behind the scenes of a late night sketch comedy show