Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials


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Music & Variety Shows and Specials describe shows featuring one or more musical and/or comedy performance, frequently including guest stars.  For dramatic specials, see: TV Movies/Miniseries/Dramatic Specials.

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Steve Binder on producing and directiing Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special
George Carlin on the material he was forced to censor when appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show
Who talked about this genre

Edie Adams

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Edie Adams on her show, Here's Edie

Berle Adams

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Berle Adams on secretly replacing scripts written by The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show staff writers with better ones written by Danny Arnold and Roland Kibbee
Berle Adams on his clients Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis breaking up their act before fulfilling a four-episode contract to appear on The Colgate Comedy Hour, and how he convinced them to appear on the show anyway
Berle Adams on how the television special An Evening With Fred Astaire came to be
Berle Adams on the controversy over Fred Astaire winning the Emmy for Best Actor for An Evening With Fred Astaire

Ray Aghayan

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Ray Aghayan on costume design for The George Gobel Show
Ray Aghayan on costume design for The Judy Garland Show
Ray Aghayan on his first impressions of Judy Garland; on her costume choices for The Judy Garland Show

Charlie Andrews

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Charlie Andrews on working as a writer/producer on Arthur Godfrey's various shows Arthur Godfrey Time, Arthur Godfrey and His Friends, and Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts
Charlie Andrews on producing the Miss U.S.A.  pageant and other pageants

George Balzer

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George Balzer on working on the Jack Benny Specials
George Balzer on writing for The Red Skelton Show
George Balzer on writing for The Don Knotts Show

Bob Banner

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Bob Banner on directing and producing The Fred Waring Show
Bob Banner on producing The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
Bob Banner on producing Peggy Fleming Visits the Soviet Union
Bob Banner on producing The Colgate Comedy Hour
Bob Banner on working with Frank Sinatra on a number of his television specials
Bob Banner on producing The Jimmy Dean Show
Bob Banner on working with Ethel Merman on the special A Salute to American Imagination
Bob Banner on Carol Burnett's contributions on The Garry Moore Show
Bob Banner on producing The Carol Burnett Show
Bob Banner on Solid Gold's popularity in Israel
Bob Banner on working on various Perry Como Specials
Bob Banner on the decline of variety programming in the '80s and '90s
Bob Banner on working with Jim Henson and Muppets on The Jimmy Dean Show  and A Sesame Street Christmas 
Bob Banner on producing It's Showtime at the Apollo
Bob Banner on producing Solid Gold
Bob Banner on producing Star Search

Paris Barclay

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Paris Barclay on directing a music video for Bob Dylan
Paris Barclay on directing the music video for LL Cool J's "Mama Said Knock You Out"

Ted Bergmann

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Ted Bergmann on commercial placement and the stars on Cavalcade of Stars
Ted Bergmann on producing the precursor to The Grammys, original titled The Best On Record

Milton Berle

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Milton Berle on getting approached by Texaco to star in their new TV show, Texaco Star Theater
Milton Berle on the beginnings of Texaco Star Theater
Milton Berle on the lore of him stealing jokes for Texaco Star Theater
Milton Berle on how he contributed to the success of Texaco Star Theater
Milton Berle on memorable live television mishaps on Texaco Star Theater
Milton Berle on a memorable live television mishap with Red Buttons on Texaco Star Theater
Milton Berle on the mishap with the "Barber of Seville" sketch on Texaco Star Theater and how it affected the subsequent sketch
Milton Berle on a typical work-week on Texaco Star Theater
Milton Berle on memorable guest stars on Texaco Star Theater
Milton Berle on a memorable flashback scene on Texaco Star Theater

Shelley Berman

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Shelley Berman on coming up with new material for his 22 Ed Sullivan Show performances; on dealing with censors on live television

Steve Binder

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Steve Binder on Shindig and Hullabaloo
Steve Binder on producing Petula, and the controversy surrounding a segment of it (part 1)
Steve Binder on producing and directing Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special
Steve Binder on producing and directing 1977's The Barry Manilow Special
Steve Binder on directing Diana Ross in Central Park (1985)

Sam Bobrick

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Sam Bobrick on getting a job in the ABC mailroom, and on starting to write jokes for The Ray Bolger Show
Sam Bobrick on writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
Sam Bobrick on writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
Sam Bobrick on writing for The Kraft Music Hall

Vin Di Bona

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Vin Di Bona on producing On Stage America

Pat Boone

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Pat Boone on his path to Ted Mack's Original Amateur Hour
Pat Boone on going on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts
Pat Boone on his show The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom and TV in the 1950s

Al Borden

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Al Borden on being propmaster for The Colgate Comedy Hour
Al Borden on being propmaster on The Colgate Comedy Hour
Al Borden on being propmaster for Texaco Star Theater  with Milton Berle
Al Borden on being propmaster for The Bob Hope Chevy Show
Al Borden on being propmaster Bob Hope's USO specials
Al Borden on being propmaster on Bob Hope's specials

Bernie Brillstein

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Bernie Brillstein on getting Muppet Ralph the dog on The Jimmy Dean Show
Bernie Brillstein on Elvis Presley on Stage Show

Carol Burnett

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Carol Burnett on starting to like television when she did musical comedy/variety on The Garry Moore Show
Carol Burnett on how she became a regular on The Garry Moore Show
Carol Burnett on the famous "Went with the Wind!" sketch on The Carol Burnett Show
Carol Burnett on her co-stars and how she created characters on The Carol Burnett Show
Carol Burnett on her favorite moment on The Garry Moore Show - on her last day on the show when the cast purposely ruined a scene to see how she'd react
Carol Burnett on the variety format and whether or not she thinks it could make a comeback

Vince Calandra

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Vince Calandra on getting hired to handle cue cards for The Ed Sullivan Show
Vince Calandra on doing cue cards and being production coordinator on The Ed Sullivan Show
Vince Calandra on moving from production into talent coordinating on The Ed Sullivan Show
Vince Calandra on being promoted to talent coordinator for The Ed Sullivan Show; on how he scouted talent; on booking meetings and pay scales for The Ed Sullivan Show; on how he booked the Beatles' appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964
Vince Calandra on first meeting The Beatles; on The Beatles' historic first performance on The E d Sullivan Sh; on controversial performances on The Ed Sullivan Show
Vince Calandra on some of the comics and guests on the show: Alan King, John Byne, Topo Gigio, Senor Wences, Alan King, Fred Astaire, and more; on the cancellation of the show
Vince Calandra on the cancellation of The Ed Sullivan Show
Vince Calandra on becoming a talent executive for The Mike Douglas Show; on some of the show's guests and working with Mike Douglas

George Carlin

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George Carlin on how the HBO specials helped contribute to his long career

Kevin Carlisle

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Kevin Carlisle on working on The Garry Moore Show
Kevin Carlisle on being a choreographer on The Dean Martin Show, and on the dance styles of the 1960s
Kevin Carlisle on working with Barry Manilow on the Barry Manilow Specials
Kevin Carlisle on choreographing Solid Gold
Kevin Carlisle on choreographing various celebrity specials

Diahann Carroll

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Diahann Carroll on The Sammy Davis Jr. 60th Anniversary Celebration special (airdate: February 4, 1990)

Marge Champion

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Marge Champion on dancing on Admiral Broadway Revue
Marge Champion on dancing on Your Show of Shows
Marge Champion on leaving Admiral Broadway Revue  and going on the road with Gower Champion 
Marge Champion on working on The Dinah Shore Show  and various other television shows in the late '50s
Marge Champion on appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show  with Gower Champion and touring the Soviet Union with Ed Sullivan
Marge Champion on dancing with Gower Champion on The Perry Como Show
Marge Champion on her and Gower Champion's final television appearance on The Bell Telephone Hour

Cyd Charisse

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Cyd Charisse on her first television appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
Cyd Charisse on The Hollywood Palace produced by Nick Vanoff
Cyd Charisse on the Cyd Charisse Special  and Center Stage: Cyd Charisse  and working with various choreographers including Tony Charmoli
Cyd Charisse on appearing on Gene Kelly's American in Pasadena  special 
Cyd Charisse on appearing on The Kennedy Center Honors  to honor Donald O'Connor

RuPaul Charles

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RuPaul Charles on hosting The RuPaul Show on VH1

Tony Charmoli

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Tony Charmoli on choreographing Giselle McKenzie for Your Hit Parade and the challenges of working in live TV
Tony Charmoli on choreographing for an hour long show versus an half hour show while working on The Dinah Shore Show
Tony Charmoli on choreographing for The Danny Kaye Show
Tony Charmoli on Danny Kaye's writing team for The Danny Kaye Show
Tony Charmoli on choreographing for The Julie Andrews Hour
Tony Charmoli on choreographing for the variety-series The Julie Andrews Hour
Tony Charmoli on winning an Emmy for choreographing and directing for a Mitzi Gaynor special
Tony Charmoli on winning and Emmy for directing and choreographing the special Gypsy In My Soul for Shirley MacLaine

Roy Christopher

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Roy Christopher on doing production design for The Richard Pryor Show
Roy Christopher on doing production design for Midnight Special
Roy Christopher on doing production design for The Carol Burnett Show (1991), and on working with Carol and Lucille Ball
Roy Christopher on doing art direction for The Dean Martin Show and The Pat Boone Show

Dick Clark

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Dick Clark on Dick Clark's Caravan of Music, later renamed American Bandstand, and on moving from doing the radio to television version of Bandstand
Dick Clark on the many decades of American Bandstand

Ron Clark

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Ron Clark on writing for The Jimmy Dean Show
Ron Clark on writing for The Jackie Gleason Show
Ron Clark on writing for The Steve Allen Comedy Hour
Ron Clark on writing for The Danny Kaye Show
Ron Clark on writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
Ron Clark on writing for The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour  
Ron Clark on writing for Kraft Music Hall
Ron Clark on writing for The Tim Conway Comedy Hour

Roy Clark

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Roy Clark on his first television appearance, on the local series The Hayloft Conservatory of Musical Interpretation
Roy Clark on appearing on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts
Roy Clark on appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show, and on performing with Sullivan
Roy Clark on guest-starring on The Jonathan Winters Show, which led to Hee Haw
Roy Clark on hosting Hee Haw on CBS
Roy Clark on Hee Haw
Roy Clark on Hee Haw (Part 2)

Robert Clary

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Robert Clary on appearing on The Garry Moore Show

Alf Clausen

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Alf Clausen on being a copyist for The Carol Burnett Show  and various feature films
Alf Clausen on working as an arranger and music director on Donny & Marie
Alf Clausen on being music director for The Mary Tyler Moore Comedy Hour

Art Clokey

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Art Clokey on working on The Dinah Shore Chevy Show

Nick Clooney

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Nick Clooney on hosting a teen dance show (The Nick Clooney School Salute) in Lexington, Kentucky and integrating the show

Andy Rooney with Emerson College

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Andy Rooney on writing for television shows, including Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts and The Garry Moore Show

Gary Owens with Emerson College

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Gary Owens on Goldie Hawn on Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, and the rest of the cast of the show

Hal Kanter with Emerson College

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Hal Kanter on writing for The Danny Kaye Show

Doug Herzog with Emerson College

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Doug Herzog on the early influence of Saturday Night Live on his career and on the explosion of cable television

Jack Riley with Emerson College

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Jack Riley on writing for The Don Rickles Show

John Conte

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John Conte on announcing for the "NBC Spectaculars" for Max Liebman Presents and Producers' Showcase
John Conte on hosting the music series Mantovani

Tim Conway

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Tim Conway on his 10 year guest appearance on The Carol Burnett Show
Tim Conway and Harvey Korman on their first appearances on The Carol Burnett Show
Tim Conway and Harvey Korman on The Carol Burnett Show
Tim Conway and Harvey Korman on the end of The Carol Burnett Show

Pierre Cossette

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Pierre Cossette on producing television specials for Dionne Warwick and Jose Feliciano

Richard Crenna

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Richard Crenna on appearing on The Lily Tomlin Comedy Hour with Richard Pryor

Judy Crown

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Judy Crown on her first television hairdressing job on The Starland Vocal Band

Michael Dann

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Michael Dann on Milton Berle and Texaco Star Theater
Michael Dann on revamping Your Hit Parade
Michael Dann on taking The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour off the air

Bill Davis

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Bill Davis on how he came to work in New York on The Jimmy Dean Show
Bill Davis on directing Hullabaloo
Bill Davis on directing The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour
Bill Davis on directing Hee Haw (Part 2)

Elias Davis

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Don Knotts Show
Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour
Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Carol Burnett Show

Joe DeTullio

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Joe DeTullio on working in the art department at Saturday Night Live
Joe DeTullio on doing production design for Saturday Night Live

Sam Denoff

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Sam Denoff on writing for The Steve Allen Show on ABC in 1961

Robert Dickinson

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Robert Dickinson on light design and winning an Emmy for Solid Gold

Charles Dubin

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Charles S. Dubin on directing "Judy and Her Guests, Phil Silvers and Robert Goulet," the 1963 special that served as the pilot for The Judy Garland Show
Charles S. Dubin on directing The Dinah Shore Chevy Show, The Virginian, The Meanest Man in the West, Tarzan, and The Big Valley

Ruth Engelhardt

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Ruth Engelhardt on packaging Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

Rod Erickson

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Rod Erickson on going to work for the advertising agency Foote, Cone & Belding as executive director of the radio version of "Your Hit Parade" on behalf of American Tobacco
Rod Erickson on how early advertising on television worked and on broadcasting We, The People
Rod Erickson on the Gulf sponsored programs We, The People and The Gulf Road Show
Rod Erickson on how Holiday Hotel, sponsored by Packard, got on the air produced by Felix Jackson
Rod Erickson on working on The Fred Waring Show, sponsored by General Electric 
Rod Erickson on working on The Arrow Show, sponsored by Arrow Shirts

Nanette Fabray

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Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show
Nanette Fabray on appearing on Texaco Star Theater with Milton Berle
Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Arthur Murray Party
Nanette Fabray on appearing on Caesar's Hour
Nanette Fabray on co-starring on Caesar's Hour
Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Dinah Shore Show
Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Danny Kaye Show
Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Andy Williams Show
Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, and Art Linkletter's House Party
Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Carol Burnett Show
Nanette Fabray on appearing on Ford Startime
Nanette Fabray on appearing on The Bell Telephone Hour
Nanette Fabray on appearing in the special Alice Through the Looking Glass

Jamie Farr

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Jamie Farr on Sherwood Schwartz writing for The Red Skelton Show

Bob Finkel

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Bob Finkel on The Perry Como Show
Bob Finkel on troubleshooting The Eddie Fisher Show
Bob Finkel on The Dinah Shore Chevy Shore
Bob Finkel on The Andy Williams Show
Bob Finkel on the disappearance of music/variety shows
Bob Finkel on creating/producing The Jerry Lewis Show
Bob Finkel on the difficulties of residuals for variety shows 

Tom Fontana

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Tom Fontana on writing for America: A Tribute to Heroes 

Ian Fraser

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Ian Fraser on music direction for several Julie Andrews specials

Tom Freston

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Tom Freston on the creation of MTV

Ron Friedman

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Ron Friedman on writing for The Danny Kaye Show
Ron Friedman on writing for The Jonathan Winters Show

Betty Garrett

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Betty Garrett on appearing on the Art Carney Specials
Betty Garrett on appearing on The Chevy Show and The Lloyd Bridges Show
Betty Garrett on appearing on The Colgate Comedy Hour

Greg Garrison

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Greg Garrison on directing The Kate Smith Hour
Greg Garrison on directing Texaco Star Theater
Greg Garrison on directing The Standard Oil Anniversary Show for NBC
Greg Garrison on working with Hubbell Robinson and Jim Aubrey, and on making a deal to direct The Judy Garland Show and The Keefe Brasselle Show
Greg Garrison on directing a Danny Kaye Special
Greg Garrison on directing specials for Jack Paar, including Jack Paar Presents and on working with Jonathan Winters on those shows
Greg Garrison on directing specials for Jonathan Winters
Greg Garrison on why the variety show dropped out of favor with audiences
Greg Garrison on directing and producing The Dean Martin Show
Greg Garrison on producing and directing The Dean Martin Show and The Dean Martin Celebrity Roasts >

Mitzi Gaynor

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Mitzi Gaynor on appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, the same night The Beatles were on
Mitzi Gaynor on her television specials

Julian Gomez

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Julian Gomez on editing Damon Wayans: The Last Stand, and on giving his creative input on projects he's editing

Mary Lynn Gottfried

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Mary Lynn Gottfried on working as a receptionist for The Ed Sullivan Show
Mary Lynn Gottfried on The Ed Sullivan Show

Herb Granath

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Herb Granath on working during the beginnings of television on The Tonight Show with Steve Allen
Herb Granath on working during the beginnings of television on The Milton Berle Show

Andy Griffith

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Andy Griffith on appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show, and on his feelings about New York City

Jon Hamm

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Jon Hamm on his experiences doing live television on Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock

Dwight Hemion

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Dwight Hemion on directing Timex All-Star Jazz Show
Dwight Hemion on producing and directing Kraft Music Hall
Dwight Hemion on directing the Barbra Streisand Specials
Dwight Hemion on directing the Frank Sinatra Specials
Dwight Hemion on directing The Kraft Music Hall
Dwight Hemion and Gary Smith on the highlights of their partnership, including the special Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
Dwight Hemion and Gary Smith on the highlights of their partnership, including the special Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

Skitch Henderson

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Lyle "Skitch" Henderson on The Lawrence Welk Show

Leslie Hoffman

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Leslie Hoffman on performing stunts for The Chuck Barris Rah Rah Show

Hal Holbrook

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Hal Holbrook on his one-man show Mark Twain Tonight, which he performed on CBS in 1967, produced by David Susskind
Hal Holbrook on meeting Ed Sullivan and appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show as "Mark Twain"

Louis J. Horvitz

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Louis J. Horvitz on the concept for Solid Gold, which he directed
Louis J. Horvitz on Tony Verna asking him to direct Live Aid

Seaman Jacobs

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Seaman Jacobs on the format of The Ed Wynn Show, and on various bits that Ed Wynn did on his show
Seaman Jacobs on writing for George Burns' specials
Seaman Jacobs on writing for The Bob Hope Specials
Seaman Jacobs on writing for The Tim Conway Show

Herb Jellinek

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Herb Jellinek on The Lawrence Welk Show, and on the different formats shows were shot in

Geri Jewell

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Geri Jewell on the impact of her role on The Facts of Life and appearing on Norman Lear's special I Love Liberty

Shirley Jones

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Shirley Jones on appearing on Lux Video Theatre's "Dark Victory" and on The Ed Sullivan Show

Lucille Kallen

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Lucille Kallen on writing for Admiral Broadway Revue
Lucille Kallen on writing for Admiral Broadway Revue
Lucille Kallen on writing for Your Show of Shows
Lucille Kallen on writing for Your Show of Shows
Lucille Kallen on writing for Your Show of Shows and The Imogene Coca Show
Lucille Kallen on writing for Your Show of Shows and The Imogene Coca Show
Lucille Kallen on writing for Max Liebman Presents and The United States Steel Hour
Lucille Kallen on writing for The Bell Telephone Hour
Lucille Kallen on her decision to retire from writing for television and focus on writing novels and on Your Show of Shows having been a training ground for comedy writers

Elodie Keene

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Elodie Keene on directing for Ryan Murphy on the series Popular, Nip/Tuck, Glee, and American Horror Story

Lynwood King

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Lynwood King on directing the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon

Don Roy King

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Don Roy King on directing Saturday Night Live
Don Roy King on directing Saturday Night Live

Ernest Kinoy

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Ernest Kinoy on writing for The Imogene Coca Show
Ernest Kinoy on his adaptation of Pinocchio 
Ernest Kinoy on his adaptation of Brigadoon  in 1966

Eartha Kitt

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Eartha Kitt on performing on The Ed Sullivan Show

William Klages

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William Klages on lighting an Ethel Merman Special
William Klages on working on Barbra Streisand's TV specials
William Klages on working on the Barbra Streisand Specials

Arnie Kogen

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Arnie Kogen on his involvement with MadTV
Arnie Kogen on writing for The Dean Martin Show
Arnie Kogen on going to write for The Carol Burnett Show
Arnie Kogen on writing for The Carol Burnett Show
Arnie Kogen on writing for Donny & Marie
Arnie Kogen on writing for The Jacksons

Harvey Korman

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Harvey Korman on joining The Danny Kaye Show
Harvey Korman on being a "second banana" to Danny Kaye
Tim Conway and Harvey Korman on their first appearances on The Carol Burnett Show
Tim Conway and Harvey Korman on The Carol Burnett Show
Tim Conway and Harvey Korman on the end of The Carol Burnett Show

Mario Kreutzberger

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Mario Kreutzberger on Sabado Gigante's legacy as the longest-running variety show on television

Perry Lafferty

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Perry Lafferty on directing Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge along with Buzz Kulik
Perry Lafferty on directing The Victor Borge Show and Kay Kyser's Kollege of Musical Knowledge
Perry Lafferty on producing The Imogene Coca Show, and on directing The Arthur Murray Party
Perry Lafferty on producing Your Hit Parade, directed by Norman Jewison
Perry Lafferty on producing The Big Show
Perry Lafferty on producing The Mary Tyler Moore Comedy Hour

Gene LeBell

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Gene LeBell on a stunt/dialogue scene he did on The Jack Benny Program with Count Billy Varga in 1962, and his experience working with Benny

Norman Lear

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Norman Lear on writing for Ford Star Review and The Colgate Comedy Hour
Norman Lear on writing for The Colgate Comedy Hour
Norman Lear on writing for The Martha Raye Show
Norman Lear on writing for The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show
Norman Lear on writing for The Andy Williams Show
Norman Lear on writing for The George Gobel Show

Jack Lemmon

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Jack Lemmon on his variety special 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, S' Gershwin

Barry Levinson

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Barry Levinson on writing for The Carol Burnett Show

Jerry Lewis

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Jerry Lewis on The Colgate Comedy Hour

Charles Lisanby

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Charles Lisanby on designing sets on The Kraft Music Hall

Jay Livingston

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Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on music for Satins and Spurs - one of television's first 90-minute spectaculars
Ray Evans and Jay Livingston on music for Satins and Spurs - one of television's first 90-minute spectaculars

Loretta Long

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Loretta Long on appearing in some commercials and on her debut in the variety series Soul!

Sam Lovullo

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Sam Lovullo on producing Hee Haw and The Jonathan Winters Show
Sam Lovullo on producing Hee Haw
Sam Lovullo on producing Hee Haw
San Lovullo on producing Hee Haw
Sam Lovullo on producing Hee Haw
Sam Lovullo on producing Hee Haw
Sam Lovullo on producing Hee Haw
Sam Lovullo on producing Hee Haw
Sam Lovullo on producing Swing Out, Sweet Land

Susan Lucci

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Susan Lucci on guest hosting Saturday Night Live

Stewart MacGregory

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Stewart MacGregory on working with Perry Como on The  Kraft Music Hall

Bob Mackie

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Bob Mackie on Judy Garland and The Judy Garland Show
Bob Mackie on the famous curtain-rod dress he made for Carol Burnett "Went With the Wind," a spoof of "Gone With the Wind" on The Carol Burnett Show
Bob Mackie on costume design for The Carol Burnett Show
Bob Mackie on working with Cher on Cher and The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour

Anita Mann

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Anita Mann on appearing as a dancer on "The T.A.M.I. Show"
Anita Mann on dancing on Shindig!
Anita Mann on appearing on Elvis: The '68 Comeback Special
Anita Mann on choreographing Cher, and on working with Cher and Bob Mackie
Anita Mann on choreographing The Jacksons and on working with the Jackson family, including Michael Jackson
Anita Mann on working with Jim Henson on various Muppet projects including The Fantastic Miss Piggy Show
Anita Mann on choreographing Solid Gold
Anita Mann on choreographing the Miss America Pageant for which she won an Emmy Award

Penny Marshall

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Penny Marshall on appearing on Saturday Night Live

Dick Martin

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Dick Martin on the writing, title, and era of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In

Wink Martindale

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Wink Martindale on his hit song "Deck of Cards," and on performing it on The Ed Sullivan Show

Jerry Mathers

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Jerry Mathers on working on variety shows in the 1950's on live TV with Ed Wynn

Kent McCray

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Kent McCray on the experience of working as a stagehand for NBC on shows like The Colgate Comedy Hour and All Star Revue
Kent McCray on being unit manager for Bob Hope on a show from Alaska, also featuring Ginger Rogers
Kent McCray on being unit manager for a Bob Hope USO show that also featured Mickey Mantle
Kent McCray on traveling around the country as an associate producer on Bob Hope's USO Shows
Kent McCray on traveling to South Korea to associate produce Bob Hope's USO shows

Bob McGrath

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Bob McGrath on his association with musician Mitch Miller and working on the Mitch Miller Show
Bob McGrath on one of his first jobs in television, working on the NBC Opera Theatre
Bob McGrath on Mitch Miller's musical preferences and conducting style on Sing Along With Mitch

Ed McMahon

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Ed McMahon on playing a clown on the circus show Big Top, produced by Charles Vanda
Ed McMahon on appearing on the Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon

Anne Meara

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Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara on rehearsals and material for The Ed Sullivan Show

Mitch Miller

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Mitch Miller on making the transition to television, and on his series Sing Along with Mitch
Mitch Miller on creating and hosting Sing Along with Mitch

Walter C. Miller

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Walter C. Miller on directing Sing Along with Mitch
Walter C. Miller on leaving NBC to direct the Barbra Streisand special The Belle of 14th Street with choreographer Joe Layton
Walter C. Miller on directing ...And Debbie Makes Six starring Debbie Reynolds
Walter C. Miller on directing Annie, the Women in the Life of a Man starring Anne Bancroft
Walter C. Miller on directing 'S Wonderful, 'S Marvelous, 'S Gershwin starring Jack Lemmon and Fred Astaire for which he won an Emmy Award
Walter C. Miller on directing Doug Henning's World of Magic, and on the challenges of doing magic on television
Walter C. Miller on directing Sha Na Na
Walter C. Miller on directing Liberty Weekend
Walter C. Miller on directing Liberty Weekend, with Whitney Houston
Walter C. Miller on directing Sinatra: Concert for the Americas and his friendship with Frank Sinatra
Walter C. Miller on directing the 1989 Presidential Inaugural Gala
Walter C. Miller on directing Dolly Parton's Christmas at Home
Walter C. Miller on directing A Capital Fourth

Don Mischer

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Don Mischer on the Motown 25 Special that made his production company well known - where Michael Jackson first does the moonwalk
Don Mischer on working with Dolly Parton
Don Mischer on producing Barbara Walters Specials

John Moffitt

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John Moffitt on joining The Ed Sullivan Show as a PA
John Moffitt on The Beatles' appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show
John Moffitt on The Beatles' appearances on The Ed Sullivan Show  (cont.)
John Moffitt on directing The Richard Pryor Show

Leslie Moonves

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Leslie Moonves on the CBS 9/11 tribute

Mary Tyler Moore

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Mary Tyler Moore on her special, Mary's Incredible Dream (1976)

Thomas W. Moore

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Thomas W. Moore on programming and developing The Frank Sinatra Show
Thomas W. Moore on programming and developing The Jerry Lewis Show, and The Hollywood Palace

Howard Morris

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Howard Morris on co-starring on Admiral Broadway Revue
Howard Morris on co-starring on Your Show of Shows
Howard Morris on co-starring on Caesar's Hour
Howard Morris on The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special
Howard Morris on directing Laverne & Shirley, The Love Boat, and The Beatrice Arthur Special

Robert Mott

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Robert Mott on a sound effects blooper on The Jackie Gleason Show
Robert Mott on doing sound effects for The Arthur Godfrey Show
Robert Mott on doing sound effects for The Ed Sullivan Show 
Robert Mott on working on The Garry Moore Show
Robert Mott on moving to Los Angeles and working on The Red Skelton Show

E. Roger Muir

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E. Roger Muir on directing NBC Opera Theatre
E. Roger Muir on directing Your Hit Parade

Thad Mumford

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Thad Mumford on writing for The Flip Wilson Show

Anne Nelson

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Anne Nelson on helping put together the deal for The Ed Wynn Show
Anne Nelson on negotiating contracts for CBS in the 1960s, including for The Judy Garland Show and The Carol Burnett Show
Anne Nelson on The Red Skelton Show

Alan Neuman

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Alan Neuman on directing The Three Flames Show
Alan Neuman on directing the Kate Smith Hour
Alan Neuman on working with Kate Smith on Kate Smith Hour
Alan Neuman on directing Broadway Open House
Alan Neuman on directing various variety shows on location and outdoors

Bob Newhart

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Bob Newhart on his short-lived variety show The Bob Newhart Show

Bernie Orenstein

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Bernie Orenstein on getting a job writing on The Hollywood Palace after The Les Crane Show was cancelled
Bernie Orenstein on producing The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show with Saul Turteltaub

Gail Parent

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Gail Parent on writing for The Carol Burnett Show (Part 1)
Gail Parent on writing for The Carol Burnett Show  (Part 2)

Marty Pasetta

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Marty Pasetta on directing The Smothers' Brothers Comedy Hour
Marty Pasetta on directing Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii

Arthur Penn

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Arthur Penn on working on The Colgate Comedy Hour

Don Pike

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Don Pike on being technical director for Lights Out  and Your Hit Parade 
Don Pike on acting as color coordinator for The Perry Como Show

David Pollock

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Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Don Knotts Show
Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour
Elias Davis and David Pollock on writing for The Carol Burnett Show

Mike Post

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Mike Post on what he learned working with various musical guests on The Andy Williams Show

Carroll Pratt

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Carroll Pratt on providing a laugh track for The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour, The Brady Bunch, Gilligan's Island, My Favorite Martian, Happy Days, and The Andy Griffith Show
Carroll Pratt on providing a laugh track for The Carol Burnett Show, The Jeffersons, Mama's Family, and The Bob Newhart Show, and on not getting screen credit for his work
Carroll Pratt on providing a laugh track for Hee Haw, on dealing with regional and ethnic audiences when creating a laugh track, and on creating a laugh track for American shows that have been dubbed into another language

Charlotte Rae

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Charlotte Rae on performing on The Ed Sullivan Show
Charlotte Rae on working with Milton Berle on The Jackie Gleason Show

Hector Ramirez

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Hector Ramirez on how shooting a variety show differs from shooting a sitcom

Joyce Randolph

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Joyce Randolph on the cast of The Honeymooners  (on Calvalcade of Stars and The Jackie Gleason Show)

Arthur Rankin, Jr.

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Arthur Rankin Jr. on Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing The Cricket on the Hearth and The Ballad of Smokey the Bear with James Cagney
Arthur Rankin Jr. on The Wacky World of Mother Goose with Margaret Rutherford
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing The Little Drummer Boy
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing Frosty the Snowman with Jimmy Durante
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing The Mad, Mad, Mad Comedians
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing Santa Claus is Coming to Town with Fred Astaire and Mickey Rooney
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing Here Comes Peter Cotton Tail and The Mouse on the Mayflower
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing Mad, Mad, Mad Monsters
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing The Year without a Santa Claus starring Shirley Booth
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing First Christmas, and on getting the rights to White Christmas from Irving Berlin
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing The First Easter Rabbit
Arthur Rankin Jr. on adapting The Hobbit for television
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing Jack Frost with Buddy Hackett
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing Leprechaun's Christmas Gold
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing The Coneheads
Arthur Rankin Jr. on producing The Wind in the Willows

Keith Raywood

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Keith Raywood on working on Lorne Michaels' The New Show, and Saturday Night Live
Keith Raywood on working on various MTV and VH1 productions including the MTV Video Music Awards, MTV Unplugged, and VH1 Storytellers
Keith Raywood on ways in which he presents music on television, including the Eagles Hell Freezes Over special on MTV
Keith Raywood on production designing The Concert for New York City after 9/11
Keith Raywood on production designing for Lip Sync Battle

Marian Rees

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Marian Rees on working on The  Dennis Day Show
Marian Rees on to work as a production assistant on An Evening With Fred Astaire 

Carl Reiner

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Performer/writer Carl Reiner on Your Show of Shows
Performer/writer Carl Reiner on Your Show of Shows and Caesar's Hour

Ed Resnick

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Ed Resnick on shooting Korla Pandit's Adventure in Music

John Rich

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John Rich on being stage manager/AD on The Colgate Comedy Hour
John Rich on directing The Ezio Pinza Show

Heino Ripp

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Heino Ripp on acting as technical director for Admiral Broadway Revue and Your Show of Shows
Heino Ripp on being technical director for The Perry Como Show
Heino Ripp on The Perry Como Show traveling to other countries, including London and Cuba
Heino Ripp on acting as technical director for the Barbra Streisand Specials
Heino Ripp on being technical director for Saturday Night Live

Thomas Schlamme

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Thomas Schlamme on directing Whoopi Goldberg's HBO special Whoopi Goldberg: Direct from Broadway
Thomas Schlamme on directing Bette Midler's HBO special Art or Bust

George Schlatter

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George Schlatter on booking and producing The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
George Schlatter on producing The Judy Garland Show

Herbert S. Schlosser

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Herbert S. Schlosser on the genesis of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
Herbert S. Schlosser on programming Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In, and on the show being a huge hit for NBC
Herbert S. Schlosser on programming The Flip Wilson Show, and on other NBC variety shows
Herbert S. Schlosser on Saturday Night Live

Arthur Schneider

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Arthur Schneider on editing The Colgate Comedy Hour
Arthur Schneider on editing The Dinah Shore Chevy Show and This Is Your Life
Arthur Schneider on editing Milton Berle's Texaco Star Theater
Arthur Schneider on editing The Perry Como Show
Arthur Schneider on editing Your Show of Shows
Arthur Schneider on editing the Bob Hope Specials
Arthur Schneider on editing the Bob Hope Specials
Arthur Schneider on editing for The Julie Andrews Show, with guest-star Gene Kelly
Arthur Schneider on editing for The Dean Martin Show
Arthur Schneider on editing his final Bob Hope Special, and on those being his favorites

William Self

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William Self on producing The Frank Sinatra Show
William Self on an unsold pilot, and on the difficulties he had with producing The Frank Sinatra Show

John Shaffner

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John Shaffner on set design for Star Search
John Shaffner on set design for David Copperfield

William Shatner

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William Shatner on the experience of hosting Saturday Night Live

Jack Shea

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Jack Shea on being hired for the "Bob Hope Specials" and "Jerry Lewis Specials" and on Jerry Lewis' personality and Bob Hope's interest in the quality of the writing staff
Jack Shea on directing The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour and working with Glen Campbell and his parents

James Sheldon

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James Sheldon on directing Holiday Hotel
James Sheldon on directing The Eddie Albert Show and working with Eddie Albert

Treva Silverman

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Treva Silverman on writing for The Dean Martin Show

Fred Silverman

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Fred Silverman on promoting variety shows like The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour

Garry Simpson

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Garry Simpson on directing Macbeth for NBC- considered NBC's first "spectacular"
Garry Simpson on directing Four Star Revue
Garry Simpson on directing Jimmy Durante, Ed Wynn, and Jackie Gleason on Four Star Revue
Garry Simpson on directing the Ford Festival

Gary Smith

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Gary Smith on doing art direction for Perry Como's The Kraft Music Hall
Gary Smith on his duties as a set designer and on working with Harry Belafonte on "Tonight with Belafonte" on The Revlon Revue
Gary Smith on working with Perry Como on The Kraft Music Hall
Gary Smith on producing The Judy Garland Show
Gary Smith on producing The Bell Telephone Hour and Ford Presents the New Christy Minstrels, and on how he came to produce Hullabaloo
Gary Smith on producing the special Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
Gary Smith producing Hullabaloo
Gary Smith producing The Kraft Music Hall
Gary Smith on producing various shows in London for Lew Grade including James Paul McCartney and Peter Pan, starring Mia Farrow
Gary Smith on producing Singer Presents Tony Bennett, directed by Dwight Hemion, and on producing Sammy for Sammy Davis, Jr.
Gary Smith on producing Burt Bacharach: Opus No. 3 and Bette Midler: Ol' Red Hair Is Back
Gary Smith on working with Barbra Streisand on her various specials
Gary Smith on working with Neil Diamond
Gary Smith on the end of the variety format

G.E. Smith

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G.E. Smith on being music director for Saturday Night Live (Part 1)
G.E. Smith on being music director on Saturday Night Live (Part 2)

Sid Smith

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Sid Smith on the format, setup, and surveys on Your Hit Parade
Sid Smith on the studio and music setup, musical guests, and favorite memories of Eddie Condon's Floor Show
Sid Smith on directing Your Hit Parade
Sid Smith on directing Jimmy Durante on All Star Revue
Sid Smith on directing Jimmy Durante on The Jimmy Durante Show
Sid Smith on the writing, format, guests and audience response to The Jimmy Durante Show
Sid Smith on becoming one of the main directors of The Bell Telephone Hour
Sid Smith on the staging of and memorable performances on The Bell Telephone Hour
Sid Smith on his seventeen year association with Bob Hope, directing Bob Hope Specials
On directing and producing the Miss U.S.A. and Miss Universe pageants
Sid Smith on directing Bob Hope Specials
Sid Smith on directing Circus of the Stars

Dick Smith

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Dick Smith on his work on Hour Glass with Bert Lahr and his spinning toupee

Tom Smothers

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the changing social and political views in the sixties as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour came on the air
Tom and Dick Smothers on the variety show genre and  working with CBS executives on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
Tom and Dick Smothers on how their comedy show transcended the variety format

Dick Smothers

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Tom and Dick Smothers on the changing social and political views in the sixties as The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour came on the air
Tom and Dick Smothers on the variety show genre and  working with CBS executives on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
Tom and Dick Smothers on how their comedy show transcended the variety format

Herbert F. Solow

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Herbert F. Solow on producing the documentary, Elvis: That's the Way It Is

Jean Stapleton

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Jean Stapleton on consciously trying to avoid being typecast as "Edith Bunker," by declining, among other things, guest appearances on variety shows that were a variation of "Edith"

Ben Starr

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Ben Starr on his first television job, writing for The Jack Carter Show; on the show's intense production schedule

Jeremy Stevens

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Jeremy Stevens on writing for Playboy After Dark
Jeremy Stevens on writing for The Richard Pryor Show
Jeremy Stevens on writing for Saturday Night Live
Jeremy Stevens on writing for Saturday Night Live

Dick Stiles

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Dick Stiles on working at CBS Television City as a page in the early '60s and on becoming a draftsman for The Red Skelton Show

Jerry Stiller

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Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara on rehearsals and material for The Ed Sullivan Show

Gale Storm

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Gale Storm on appearing on Milton Berle's variety show
Gale Storm on her appearances on The Perry Como Show
Gale Storm on hosting the NBC Comedy Hour nine times
Gale Storm on her memories of filming scenes for a special with Bob Hope
Gale Strom on the producer of The Colgate Comedy Hour Ernie Glucksman

George Sunga

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George Sunga on being Production Supervisor on The Judy Garland Show
George Sunga on being Associate Producer on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour
George Sunga on producing The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour

William Tankersley

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William Tankersley on CBS Standards & Practices' problems with The Smothers Brothers' Comedy Hour

June Taylor

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June Taylor on the June Taylor Dancers appearing on Toast of the Town (later The Ed Sullivan Show)
June Taylor on expanding the number of June Taylor Dancers when they appeared on The Jackie Gleason Show, and on working with Jackie Gleason
June Taylor on the kinds of numbers the June Taylor Dancers performed on Toast of the Town  (later The Ed Sullivan Show), and on rehearsal and budget for that show
June Taylor on the June Taylor Dancers performing on Cavalcade of Stars
June Taylor on the June Taylor Dancers on Cavalcade of Stars
June Taylor on the June Taylor Dancers on The Jackie Gleason Show
June Taylor on doing choreography for The Jackie Gleason Show
June Taylor on choreographing The Jackie Gleason Show
June Taylor on choreographing Stage Show
June Taylor on choreographing American Scene Magazine
June Taylor on choreographing the 1966 version of The Jackie Gleason Show
June Taylor on the potential for variety shows to make a come back

Mel Tolkin

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Mel Tolkin on writing for Admiral Broadway Revue
Mel Tolkin on writing for Your Show of Shows
Mel Tolkin on writing for Your Show of Shows
Mel Tolkin on writing for Your Show of Shows
Mel Tolkin on writing for Caesar's Hour
Mel Tolkin on writing for Caesar's Hour
Mel Tolkin on writing for The Danny Thomas Show
Mel Tolkin on writing for I'm Dickens ... He's Fenster and for The Danny Kaye Show with Larry Gelbart
Mel Tolkin on writing The Sid Caesar, Imogene Coca, Carl Reiner, Howard Morris Special, and on his deal with Universal Television

Ret Turner

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Ret Turner on costume designing for The Sonny and Cher Comedy Hour
Ret Turner on costume designing for Donny & Marie

Saul Turteltaub

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Saul Turteltaub on writing The Super Comedy Bowl with writing partner Bernie Orenstein
Saul Turteltaub on writing for The Carol Burnett Show
Saul Turteltaub on leaving The Carol Burnett Show to be a producer for The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show
Saul Turteltaub on producing The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show and decisions he regrets making on the show
Saul Turteltaub on writing a special for Cass Elliot and how that led to Marlo Thomas asking he and his partner Bernie Orenstein to produce That Girl

Leslie Uggams

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Leslie Uggams on getting her start in television as a child on The Milton Berle Show and other variety shows
Leslie Uggams on appearing Your Show of Shows and The Milton Berle Show as a child and her interactions with the performers and writers
Leslie Uggams on her work on Sing Along with Mitch
Leslie Uggams on appearing on The Ed Sullivan Show
Leslie Uggams on The Leslie Uggams Show

Tony Verna

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Tony Verna on directing Live Aid and Sport Aid

Tucker Wiard

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Tucker Wiard on working on The Carol Burnett Show

Andy Williams

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Andy Williams on the genesis of The Andy Williams Show
Andy Williams on his Christmas specials and songs

Larry Wilmore

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Larry Wilmore on writing for In Living Color

Ben Wolf

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Ben Wolf on shooting The Red Skelton Show
Ben Wolf on working on the special Brigadoon, for which he won an Emmy

Bud Yorkin

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Bud Yorkin on associate directing The Dinah Shore Show
Bud Yorkin on associate directing The Tony Martin Show
Bud Yorkin on producing The Tennessee Ernie Ford Show
Bud Yorkin on directing Light's Diamond Jubilee  for David O. Selznick
Bud Yorkin on writing, producing and directing An Evening with Fred Astaire
Bud Yorkin on producing The Andy Williams Show

Leo Yoshimura

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Leo Yoshimura on production designing for Saturday Night Live

Alan Young

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Alan Young on his first TV show The Alan Young Show

Lauren Zalaznick

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Lauren Zalaznick on the creation of Pop Up Video for VH1

Alan Zweibel

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Alan Zweibel on meeting Lorne Michaels and being hired to write for Saturday Night Live
Alan Zweibel on writing for Saturday Night Live
Alan Zweibel on writing for Saturday Night Live
Alan Zweibel on writing for the Lorne Michaels-produced The New Show
Alan Zweibel on writing for Saturday Night Live