George Schlatter

Producer


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About this interview

In his two-and-a-half-hour Archive interview, George Schlatter  talks about his early interest in television and his short-lived music career. He describes getting his big break producing The Dinah Shore Chevy Show and producing specials for Victor Borge and Jonathan Winters. He chronicles his year producing The Judy Garland Show for CBS and producing the first five years of The Grammy Awards. He discusses various aspects of producing, including his belief in the importance of "accident" in television. He outlines his years as the producer of the groundbreaking comedy series Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In, how he discovered talents Goldie Hawn and Lily Tomlin, and how the show attracted a broad range of guest stars, including future president Richard M. Nixon. He speaks of producing Real People, a forerunner of reality television, and of producing George W. Bush's Inauguration Special in 2001. Dan Pasternak conducted the interview on March 6, 2002 in Los Angeles, CA.

"'Laugh-In' was an accident. The first screening of 'Laugh-In' was a disaster, because nobody knew what to expect. 'You and your crazy friends took our money and went out and had a good time, but we can't air this because people won't understand it.' I said, 'Well, you understood it, and the audience is smarter than you are.'"

Highlights
George Schlatter on Richard M. Nixon's appearance on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
01:53
George Schlatter on the catchphrases of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
02:24
George Schlatter on his early career at MCA
05:59
George Schlatter on the importance of  "accident" in television
02:00
George Schlatter on dealing with failure
01:29
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his early life and influences; on what attracted him to television; on his early music career and his job at MCA
16:58
On producing The Dinah Shore Chevy Show; on producing a special for Victor Borge

Chapter 2

On producing a special for Jonathan Winters; on his philosophy of comedy; on producing The Judy Garland Show
13:09
On how to cope with failure; on producing The Grammy Awards telecast for 5 years
12:21

Chapter 3

On how Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In came to be; on casting Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In; on the creative forces and humor of the show
16:27
On his personal politics; on the influence of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In; on the process of producing the show
12:47

Chapter 4

On the set and production elements of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In; on the cast of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In; on guest stars and the end of the show
15:52
On the creation of Real People; on producing Real People; on the cast of the show
13:02

Chapter 5

On the importance of "accident"; on the craft of producing
16:09
On his Emmy Awards; on his proudest career achievements and how he'd like to be remembered
11:39
Shows

Dinah Shore Chevy Show, The

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George Schlatter on booking and producing The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
08:20

Grammys, The

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George Schlatter on producing The Grammy Awards
10:09

Judy Garland Show, The

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George Schlatter on how he came to produce The Judy Garland Show
02:32
George Schlatter on producing The Judy Garland Show
04:39

Real People

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George Schlatter on the end of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and the beginning of Real People
01:39
George Schlatter on producing Real People
03:08
George Schlatter on the hosts of Real People
02:52
George Schlatter on finding and choosing stories for Real People
04:34
George Schlatter on some of his favorite stories covered by Real People
01:25
George Schlatter on Peter Billingsly on Real People
01:03
George Schlatter on the effect of That's Incredible on Real People 
01:15

Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In

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George Schlatter on screening Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In for executives
00:59
George Schlatter on the creation of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
03:55
George Schlatter on casting Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
01:50
George Schlatter on the crew of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
02:35
George Schlatter on the cast of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
02:42
George Schlatter on the humor and politics of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
05:26
George Schlatter on public reaction to and the influence of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
02:27
George Schlatter on the process of producing Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
02:49
George Schlatter on the set and production elements of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
00:32
George Schlatter on the involvement of Dan Rowan and Dick Martin in the production of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
02:03
George Schlatter on the cast of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
07:21
George Schlatter on the catchphrases of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
02:24
George Schlatter on the guest stars of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
02:46
George Schlatter on Richard M. Nixon's appearance on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
01:53
George Schlatter on the end of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In and the beginning of Real People
01:39
Topics

Characters & Catchphrases

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George Schlatter on the catchphrases of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
02:24

Classic TV series episodes

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George Schlatter on Richard M. Nixon's appearance on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
01:53

Comedy

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George Schlatter on Richard M. Nixon's appearance on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
01:53

Memorable Moments on Television

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George Schlatter on Richard M. Nixon's appearance on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
01:53

Pop Culture

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George Schlatter on the catchphrases of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
02:24
George Schlatter on Richard M. Nixon's appearance on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
01:53

Richard M. Nixon

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George Schlatter on Richard M. Nixon's appearance on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
01:53

Television and the Presidency

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George Schlatter on Richard M. Nixon's appearance on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
01:53

We Laughed

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George Schlatter on Richard M. Nixon's appearance on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
01:53
Professions

Producers

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George Schlatter on booking and producing The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
08:20
George Schlatter on the process of producing Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
02:49
George Schlatter on the craft of producing
08:33
Genres

Awards Shows

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George Schlatter on producing The Grammy Awards
10:09
George Schlatter on creating and producing The American Comedy Awards
03:31

Comedy Series

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George Schlatter on producing Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
29:14
George Schlatter on producing Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
15:52

Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials

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George Schlatter on booking and producing The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
08:20
George Schlatter on producing The Judy Garland Show
07:11

Reality TV

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George Schlatter on producing Real People
14:54
People

Victor Borge

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George Schlatter on producing a special for Victor Borge
02:32

Ruth Buzzi

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George Schlatter on the cast of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
02:42
George Schlatter on Ruth Buzzi in Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
00:25

Goldie Hawn

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George Schlatter on casting Goldie Hawn in Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
00:52
George Schlatter on Goldie Hawn in Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
00:38

Dick Martin

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George Schlatter on the involvement of Dan Rowan and Dick Martin in the production of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
02:03

Richard M. Nixon

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George Schlatter on Richard M. Nixon's appearance on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
01:53

Sarah Purcell

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George Schlatter on the hosts of Real People
02:52

Dan Rowan

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George Schlatter on the involvement of Dan Rowan and Dick Martin in the production of Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
02:03

Dinah Shore

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George Schlatter on booking and producing The Dinah Shore Chevy Show
08:20

Lily Tomlin

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George Schlatter on Lily Tomlin in Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
00:53

Fred Willard

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George Schlatter on Fred Willard on Real People
01:53

Flip Wilson

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George Schlatter on Flip Wilson in Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
00:50

Jonathan Winters

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George Schlatter on producing a special for Jonathan Winters
02:47

JoAnne Worley

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George Schlatter on various cast members in Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In
01:55

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