Jay Sandrich

Director


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Jay Sandrich describes his philosophy for directing as "...move the cameras, don't ever move the actors. Make a scene work, then worry about how you're gonna shoot it." Sandrich is an Emmy-award winning director of such iconic television shows as The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Soap and The Cosby Show. In his five-hour Archive interview, he talks at length about his earliest professional experiences, working as a Second Assistant Director and later First Assistant Director at Desilu on programs including I Love Lucy for much of its latter years and witnessing the tumultuous off-screen chemistry of its main stars. He acknowledges that his first lucky break was nepotism- being hired by Desilu because Lucille Ball remembered working with his father (Director Mark Sandrich). He also speaks about working with director/producer Sheldon Leonard on programs including The Danny Thomas Show and The Andy Griffith Show, where his experience working with comic actor Don Knotts inspired him to make sure "laughs came out of the humanity of the character," rather than a laugh track. Next, he describes his experiences working with producer Leonard Stern on the sitcom Get Smart and his decision to leave that show after realizing he just didn't like producing as much as directing. He recalls teaming up again with Stern on He & She, where he learned the value of collaborative work between a director and writer: "I learned that sometimes you can bring writers in instead of shutting them out like some directors want and things work so much better. I can say as a director 'this scene isn't working' but I can't fix it. I don't have that ability to write the words." Mr. Sandrich details his long-term position as director of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, a break he calls "the luckiest day in my career" and chronicles his directing style and philosophy, as well as the evolving role the women's liberation movement played on the show. He talks about the "disaster run-through" of the show's first episode, the clashes with writer/producer James Brooks on-set and the challenges of working with actors from very different backgrounds. He talks about the role of the director on a comedy series and some classic episodes like "Toulouse-Lautrec is one of my Favorite Artists," "Lou Dates Mary" and "The Last Show." Sandrich praises the managerial style of executive Grant Tinker and explains how MTM Enterprises came to be formed. Sandrich discusses working on Phyllis, and The Bob Newhart Show. He stresses the importance of casting for any director. He talks about his experiences on the program Soap, which dealt with non-traditional storylines, remarking on that show's controversies "it was like the whole American society was gonna crumble if this show came on the air." Regarding how he chooses a project he says, "with me, it's, do I like the script? Does it make me laugh?" Discussing directing, he says finding a good writer is key: "Now it's up to us to just make it better and not lose what the writer really put there." He discusses at length his work as the director of the popular 1980s-era sitcom The Cosby Show. He talks in detail about how that show was cast and its origin as being about the "war between parents and kids" as conceived by comedian Bill Cosby. He talks about his role in casting Betty White and Rue McClanahan in The Golden Girls. He touches on the changes in the role of a director on television and his belief that the key to good television "is to hire creative people who can write and direct" and then let them do their job without interference. He talks about being proud to have worked in a field where the comedy he helped create often got people through tough times and tough issues. Sandrich says the best advice he ever got about directing came from an actor, Dick Benjamin: that a director needs to know where a line came from, and what was behind it. "Emotion," he says, "is a very strong word in my vocabulary as a director." Karen Herman conducted the interview on December 4, 2001 in Los Angeles, CA.

"Be honest to yourself and always take stands. Don't be afraid to say what you think. You're not always going to win, but don't give up on a point just because somebody says you're wrong."

Highlights
Jay Sandrich on how good writing inspires him as a director
01:14
Jay Sandrich on the best way for a good show to be made: let creative people do their thing
02:21
Jay Sandrich on why casting is important and what he looks for in talent as a director
02:34
Jay Sandrich on his philosophy of directing, as gleaned from producer Sheldon Leonard
01:51
Jay Sandrich on the "luckiest day in his career," when another director turned down The Mary Tyler Moore Show and it was offered to him
02:03
Jay Sandrich on his fear over his first directing job on The Danny Thomas Show
01:00
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his childhood, his parents, and early influences; on his early interest in sports; on joining the Army
On early experience making documentaries for the Signal Corps while in the Army, and on what he learned; on first discovering television and his interest working for Desilu
On working for Desilu Studios as a second assistant director; on what that job entailed; on working as a first assistant director on I Love Lucy; Ziv Television; on deciding to never again work a job for money; on returning to work at Desilu on I Love Lucy; on the challenges of working on that set with Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz

Chapter 2

On the crew of I Love Lucy, and how he got hired on the show; on beginning to notice problems between Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball, and their different approaches to business; on Lucy's talent
On the technical aspects of television in the 1950s and the three-camera setup for I Love Lucy; on some memorable episodes of I Love Lucy, and on leaving that show to work with Sheldon Leonard on The Danny Thomas Show
On directing a three-camera shoot, the technical aspects of directing; on his philosophy of shooting for comedy; on his first experience as a director on The Danny Thomas Show; on wanting to work on The Dick Van Dyke Show

Chapter 3

On having the opportunity to learn directing for television from some of the masters of the craft as an assistant director; on working on The Dick Van Dyke show pilot; on how Mary Tyler Moore was cast on the show
On working on The Andy Griffith Show; on the show's the laugh track
On producing the first season of Get Smart; on leaving to work on He & She

Chapter 4

On Get Smart and on Buck Henry and Barbara Feldon's contributions to that show; on the Hollywood Blacklist; on how The Mary Tyler Moore Show was conceived; on the role of the women's movement on the show
On the premise, concept, and evolution of The Mary Tyler Moore Show; on going from a terrible rehearsal of the first Mary Tyler Moore Show to a very successful taping
On working with very different actors and acting styles on The Mary Tyler Moore Show; on the titles, theme song, sets, and wardrobe considerations for The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Chapter 5

On the cast of The Mary Tyler Moore Show; on working with the writers on The Mary Tyler Moore Show; on dealing with script issues
On the role of a director on a comedy series; on his demeanor on set and the importance of a studio audience on The Mary Tyler Moore Show; on some classic episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show

Chapter 6

On some classic episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show: "The Lars Affair" with Betty White, "Mary Moves Out," "Chuckles the Clown," and the final episode
On getting the pilot for Soap; on directing Phyllis and one episode of Rhoda
On the formation of MTM Enterprises; on Grant Tinker's executive style and his respect for him

Chapter 7

On directing The Bob Newhart Show pilot; on the role of a director in casting
On the show We'll Get By, created by Alan Alda; on the difference between film and tape; on Lou Grant; on his role in helping to cast WKRP in Cincinnati
On the controversial show Soap; on how Soap was cast; on the challenges of directing Soap

Chapter 8

On the ventriloquist Jay Johnson and his "figure," Bob, on Soap; on the fun he had directing that show; on the producers Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas; on Benson
On working on his first feature film, "Seems like Old Times," a Neil Simon movie; on Love, Sidney and his stint on Night Court
On putting together all the elements for The Cosby Show; on the pilot episode of The Cosby Show

Chapter 9

On the challenges of filming The Cosby Show; on different guest actors who appeared on The Cosby Show: Sheldon Leonard, Stevie Wonder, Lena Horne
On directing the Emmy-award winning episode of The Cosby Show: "Denise's Friend"; on other projects he directed after The Cosby Show; on A Different World; on casting for the pilot of The Golden Girls

Chapter 10

On guest actors on The Cosby Show; on the TV movie Richer or Poorer with Jack Lemmon; other television series he directed for a short time;
On what he looks for in taking a job as director; on the ways the role of a television director has changed; on the ways network interference has changed in television over the years; on his advice to young directors
On having no regrets; on the best advice he's gotten about directing
Shows

Andy Griffith Show, The

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Jay Sandrich on how The Andy Griffith Show was conceived and cast
04:04

Benson

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Jay Sandrich on his only concern with Benson: that Robert Guillaume might have trouble learning lines
02:20

Bill Dana Show, The

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Jay Sandrich on directing The Bill Dana Show, and on honing his directing skills
01:06
Jay Sandrich on directing a few episodes of The Bill Dana Show before it was cancelled, and working with Don Adams on that set and later on Get Smart

Bob Newhart Show, The (1972-78)

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Jay Sandrich on directing the pilot episode of The Bob Newhart Show and how nervous Bob Newhart was
01:26

Captain Nice

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Jay Sandrich on working with Buck Henry on Captain Nice
00:55

Cosby Show, The

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Jay Sandrich on putting together and casting The Cosby Show
09:25
Jay Sandrich on the technical aspects of The Cosby Show and the thrill of having the number one show be about an African American family, and working with Bill Cosby
03:18
Jay Sandrich on the technical challenges of filming The Cosby Show in New York
03:46
Jay Sandrich on how The Cosby Show stayed fresh: the premise being about the war between parents and their kids
02:00
Jay Sandrich on guest actors who appeared on The Cosby Show: Sheldon Leonard, Lena Horne, Stevie Wonder
04:25
Jay Sandrich on The Cosby Show episode "Denise's Friend," and directing an episode that didn't start out as being funny and finding the humor
04:49
Jay Sandrich on the final episode of The Cosby Show, and knowing when a series has gone on too long
03:41
Jay Sandrich on Dizzy Gilllespie appearing on The Cosby Show and being unable to remember his lines
01:10

Danny Thomas Show, The aka Make Room for Daddy

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Jay Sandrich on working with Sheldon Leonard and Danny Thomas on Make Room for Daddy, and their working relationship
05:00
Jay Sandrich on directing The Danny Thomas Show and his philosophy of directing comedy, which he learned from Sheldon Leonard
03:24
Jay Sandrich on working with and learning from Sheldon Leonard and a series of great directors on The Danny Thomas Show (Make Room for Daddy)
05:33

Dick Van Dyke Show, The

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Jay Sandrich on working on the pilot of The Dick Van Dyke Show, on how Mary Tyler Moore was cast, and the talents of Van Dyke
03:48

Different World, A

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Jay Sandrich on The Cosby Show spinoff A Different World, and how it came about
02:00

For Richer, For Poorer

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Jay Sandrich on working with Jack Lemmon on the TV movie For Richer, For Poorer
01:32

Get Smart

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Jay Sandrich on getting offered the job of producing Get Smart by Leonard Stern and deciding he preferred directing to producing
01:50
Jay Sandrich on what made Get Smart work (the team of Buck Henry and Leonard Stern)
01:31
Jay Sandrich on Get Smart as being a cross between Inspector Clousseau and James Bond
01:52
Jay Sandrich on how Barbara Feldon was (almost not) cast as "Agent 99" on Get Smart, and how she handled Don Adams
02:22
Jay Sandrich on the many talents, sometimes unrecognized, of writer Buck Henry on the show Get Smart
01:15

Golden Girls, The

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Jay Sandrich on his role in casting Betty White (originally as "Blanche") and Rue McClanahan on The Golden Girls
02:40

He & She

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Jay Sandrich on the premise and cast of He & She
02:51

I Love Lucy

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Jay Sandrich on how he was hired on I Love Lucy by Jack Aldworth because of his father's past working relationship with Lucille Ball, and on the subject of nepotism
01:34
Jay Sandrich on working as a first assistant director on the set of I Love Lucy during the tumultous period when Lucille Bal and Desi Arnaz were fighting off-screen, and how he survived this and learned from the experience
05:09
Jay Sandrich on the crew of I Love Lucy: Bill Asher, Jack Aldworth, Madeline Pugh Davis and Bob Carroll, and how they welcomed him on the set as an assistant director with very little experience
03:47
Jay Sandrich on the working relationship and particular talents of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz on I Love Lucy
04:40
Jay Sandrich on Desi Arnaz's innovative use of shooting film with three cameras for I Love Lucy
02:27
Jay Sandrich on memorable episodes of I Love Lucy, where he was assistant director
02:11

Lou Grant

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Jay Sandrich on the one week he worked on Lou Grant and how it was not difficult to go from comedy to drama
01:07

Love & War

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Jay Sandrich on the importance of good writing in choosing a project
01:14

Love, Sidney

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Jay Sandrich on the show Love, Sidney based on a film, which had a gay character, though the network wouldn't allow a gay character on the television version
01:19

M*A*S*H

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Jay Sandrich on how Gene Reynolds and Alan Alda had to fight the network to keep the laugh track off of M*A*S*H
00:26

Mary Tyler Moore Show, The

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Jay Sandrich on the "luckiest day in his career," when another director turned down The Mary Tyler Moore Show and it was offered to him, and why he never directed more than 2/3 of any season
02:44
Jay Sandrich on the concept of The Mary Tyler Moore Show and how the women's movement came to play a role on the show
04:00
Jay Sandrich on his directing style for The Mary Tyler Moore Show and clashes with producer/writer James L. Brooks, and on the evolution of Ted Knight's character
04:03
Jay Sandrich on how a disastrous runthrough of the first episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show transformed into a very successful first taping
03:39
Jay Sandrich on the casting of Valerie Harper as "Rhoda" on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
00:41
Jay Sandrich on the relationship between "Mary" and "Rhoda" on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and the difficulties of working with Cloris Leachman
04:34
Jay Sandrich on the cast and characters of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
04:42
Jay Sandrich on working with the writers on The Mary Tyler Moore Show and dealing with script issues
05:22
Jay Sandrich on an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show with a character who is gay and getting that episode on air
01:52
Jay Sandrich on a favorite episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show that presented a difficult writing challenge: when "Lou" sleeps with "Sue Ann" and "Mary" tells "Ted's" secret
01:40
Jay Sandrich on dealing with network interference on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
01:48
Jay Sandrich on classic episodes of The Mary Tyler Moore Show: "Toulouse-Lautrec is one of my Favorite Artists" and "Mary has a Disastrous Day"
03:10
Jay Sandrich on a classic episode of the Mary Tyler Moore Show: "The Lars Affair" with Betty White
01:04
Jay Sandrich on The Mary Tyler Moore Show episode "Mary Moves Out," which featured Penny Marshall and Mary Kay Place
01:29
Jay Sandrich on the myth about why he did not direct the episode The Mary Tyler Moore Show "Chuckles Bites the Dust"
01:23
Jay Sandrich on directing the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
02:15
Jay Sandrich on the difficulty of finding the right leading man to play opposite Mary Tyler Moore on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
01:42
Jay Sandrich on the challenges faced by the writers and cast for the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
03:18
Jay Sandrich on Valerie Harper leaving The Mary Tyler Moore Show
00:47

Mary Tyler Moore Show, The: "Chuckles Bites the Dust"

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Jay Sandrich on the myth about why he did not direct the episode The Mary Tyler Moore Show "Chuckles Bites the Dust"
01:23

Phyllis

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Jay Sandrich on working with Cloris Leachman on Phyllis and dealing with the network on script issues
04:02

Soap

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Jay Sandrich on getting the pilot script for Soap and having to make a tough choice about taking it versus working with Betty White again
Jay Sandrich on first thinking Soap might end his career, and on the writing talents of Susan Harris, as well as casting Billy Crystal, Robert Guillaume, the rest of the cast
06:59
Jay Sandrich on casting Robert Guillaume as "Benson" on Soap
01:53
Jay Sandrich on the joys of directing Soap, for all of its controversies and challenges
02:18
Jay Sandrich on "Jodie Dallas," the character who was gay, on Soap, and the controversies that and other storylines provoked
04:08
Jay Sandrich on the ventriloquist Jay Johnson and his "figure," Bob, on Soap
02:35
Jay Sandrich on how lucky they were to get great guest-actors on Soap
00:16
Jay Sandrich on having fun directing within time constraints, and finding ways to depict sex in a subtle way on Soap
01:45

Untouchables, The

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Jay Sandrich on how his experience working on The Untouchables made him want to go back to directing comedy
00:34

WKRP in Cincinnati

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Jay Sandrich on his role in helping to cast WKRP in Cincinnati
01:57
Topics

Censorship / Standards & Practices

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Jay Sandrich on dealing with network interference on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
01:48

Characters & Catchphrases

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Jay Sandrich on the popularity of Don Adams' "Would you believe" catchphrase from Get Smart
00:22

Classic TV series episodes

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Jay Sandrich on the I Love Lucy episode "Lucy Does the Tango" (1957) in which Lucy dances and crushes the eggs she's trying to hide from Ricky
01:22
Jay Sandrich on the challenges faced by the writers and cast for the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
03:18
Jay Sandrich on the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
02:15
Jay Sandrich on the classic episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show which introduced Betty White as "Sue Anne Nivens"
01:04
Jay Sandrich on a scene in Soap which deals with sexual tension, written from a woman's perspective
01:15
Jay Sandrich on The Cosby Show episode "Denise's Friend," and directing an episode that didn't start out as being funny and finding the humor
04:49

Comedy

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Jay Sandrich on the I Love Lucy episode "Lucy Does the Tango" (1957) in which Lucy dances and crushes the eggs she's trying to hide from Ricky
01:22
Jay Sandrich on the classic episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show which introduced Betty White as "Sue Anne Nivens"
01:04
Jay Sandrich on the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
02:15
Jay Sandrich on the challenges faced by the writers and cast for the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
03:18
Jay Sandrich on a scene in Soap which deals with sexual tension, written from a woman's perspective
01:15
Jay Sandrich on The Cosby Show episode "Denise's Friend," and directing an episode that didn't start out as being funny and finding the humor
04:49

Creative Influences and Inspiration

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Jay Sandrich on learning a valuable lesson about directing from actor Richard Benjamin
01:13

Criticism of TV

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Jay Sandrich on having fun finding ways to depict sex in a subtle way on Soap
01:45

Diversity in Television

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Jay Sandrich on the impact the women's movement came to have on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
01:30
Jay Sandrich on an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show with a character who is gay and getting that episode on air
01:52
Jay Sandrich on the controversies surrounding some of the gay themes of the show Soap
02:53
Jay Sandrich on how Susan Harris brought a woman's perspective to the writing on Soap
01:43
Jay Sandrich on a scene in Soap which deals with sexual tension, written from a woman's perspective
01:15
Jay Sandrich on the thrill of having the number one show in American be about an African American family (The Cosby Show)
01:44
Jay Sandrich on the show Love, Sidney based on a film, which had a gay character, though the network wouldn't allow a gay character on the television version
01:19
Jay Sandrich on what good comedy can do for us socially
01:37

Emmy Awards

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Jay Sandrich on the episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show that won Mary Tyler Moore an Emmy
01:28

Historic Events and Social Change

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Jay Sandrich on the impact the women's movement came to have on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
01:30
Jay Sandrich on an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show with a character who is gay and getting that episode on air
01:52
Jay Sandrich on how Susan Harris brought a woman's perspective to the writing on Soap
01:43
Jay Sandrich on a scene in Soap which deals with sexual tension, written from a woman's perspective
01:15
Jay Sandrich on the controversies surrounding some of the gay themes of the show Soap
02:53
Jay Sandrich on the thrill of having the number one show in American be about an African American family (The Cosby Show)
01:44
Jay Sandrich on the show Love, Sidney based on a film, which had a gay character, though the network wouldn't allow a gay character on the television version
01:19
Jay Sandrich on what good comedy can do for us socially
01:37

Hollywood Blacklist

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Jay Sandrich on his memories of the Hollywood Blacklist and some colleagues who were affected, and why Lucille Ball was accused of being a Communist 
02:22

Industry Crossroads

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Jay Sandrich on his memories of the Hollywood Blacklist and some colleagues who were affected, and why Lucille Ball was accused of being a Communist 
02:22

LGBTQ

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Jay Sandrich on an episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show with a character who is gay and getting that episode on air
01:52
Jay Sandrich on the controversies surrounding some of the gay themes of the show Soap
02:53
Jay Sandrich on the show Love, Sidney based on a film, which had a gay character, though the network wouldn't allow a gay character on the television version
01:19

Memorable Moments on Television

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Jay Sandrich on the I Love Lucy episode "Lucy Does the Tango" (1957) in which Lucy dances and crushes the eggs she's trying to hide from Ricky
01:22
Jay Sandrich on the episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show that won Mary Tyler Moore an Emmy
01:28
Jay Sandrich on a favorite episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show: "Toulouse-Lautrec is one of my Favorite Artists"
01:28

Minorities

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Jay Sandrich on the thrill of having the number one show in American be about an African American family (The Cosby Show)
01:44

Pivotal Career Moments

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Jay Sandrich on learning a valuable lesson about directing from actor Richard Benjamin
01:13

Pop Culture

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Jay Sandrich on the I Love Lucy episode "Lucy Does the Tango" (1957) in which Lucy dances and crushes the eggs she's trying to hide from Ricky
01:22
Jay Sandrich on how Gene Reynolds and Alan Alda had to fight the network to keep the laugh track off of M*A*S*H
00:26
Jay Sandrich on the popularity of Don Adams' "Would you believe" catchphrase from Get Smart
00:22
Jay Sandrich on the challenges faced by the writers and cast for the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
03:18
Jay Sandrich on the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
02:15
Jay Sandrich on the classic episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show which introduced Betty White as "Sue Anne Nivens"
01:04
Jay Sandrich on a scene in Soap which deals with sexual tension, written from a woman's perspective
01:15
Jay Sandrich on The Cosby Show episode "Denise's Friend," and directing an episode that didn't start out as being funny and finding the humor
04:49

Sex & Violence

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Jay Sandrich on having fun finding ways to depict sex in a subtle way on Soap
01:45

Studio and Network Management

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Jay Sandrich on network interference and how Fred Silverman was a rare TV executive who knew how to leave creative people alone to do their job
02:21

TV's Golden Age (1940s & '50s)

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Jay Sandrich on the technical challenges of shooting for both coasts in the 1950s
01:47
Jay Sandrich on how the television comedies of the 1950s, such as The Danny Thomas Show (Make Room for Daddy), would have one, strong director
02:36

Technological Innovation

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Jay Sandrich on the way television was recorded on kinescopes to broadcast on both coasts and the innovation of Desi Arnaz in using film for I Love Lucy
01:42
Jay Sandrich on the inventor Charlie Douglas and his laugh track machine, which was used on The Andy Griffith Show
01:04
Jay Sandrich on the first show (We'll Get By) to tape all four cameras and the difference between film and tape
03:43

Television Industry

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Jay Sandrich on his memories of the Hollywood Blacklist and some colleagues who were affected, and why Lucille Ball was accused of being a Communist 
02:22
Jay Sandrich on dealing with network interference on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
01:48
Jay Sandrich on having fun finding ways to depict sex in a subtle way on Soap
01:45
Jay Sandrich on network interference and how Fred Silverman was a rare TV executive who knew how to leave creative people alone to do their job
02:21

We Laughed

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Jay Sandrich on the I Love Lucy episode "Lucy Does the Tango" (1957) in which Lucy dances and crushes the eggs she's trying to hide from Ricky
01:22
Jay Sandrich on the episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show that won Mary Tyler Moore an Emmy
01:28
Jay Sandrich on a favorite episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show: "Toulouse-Lautrec is one of my Favorite Artists"
01:28

Women

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Jay Sandrich on the impact the women's movement came to have on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
01:30
Jay Sandrich on a scene in Soap which deals with sexual tension, written from a woman's perspective
01:15
Jay Sandrich on how Susan Harris brought a woman's perspective to the writing on Soap
01:43
Jay Sandrich on what good comedy can do for us socially
01:37
Professions

Casting Director

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Jay Sandrich on why casting is important and what he looks for in talent
02:34

Directors

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Jay Sandrich on working as a second assistant director at Desilu Studios in the 1950s, and what that job entailed
01:22
Jay Sandrich on working as a first assistant director on the set of I Love Lucy during the tumultous period when Lucille Bal and Desi Arnaz were fighting off-screen, and how he survived this and learned from the experience
04:59
Jay Sandrich on learning first-hand how the three-camera set up for shooting on film worked on the set of I Love Lucy
02:26
Jay Sandrich on getting the experience of running cameras on the set of The Danny Thomas Show and getting the technical practice he needed to be a director
01:46
Jay Sandrich on learning about directing for comedy from Sheldon Leonard on the set of The Danny Thomas Show
03:24
Jay Sandrich describes his fear over his first stint as director on The Danny Thomas Show
01:40
Jay Sandrich on being turned down by Sheldon Leonard when he asked to direct The Dick Van Dyke Show
02:21
Jay Sandrich on working with and learning from Sheldon Leonard and a series of great directors on The Danny Thomas Show (Make Room for Daddy)
05:33
Jay Sandrich on directing comedy, where he'd "rather laughs came out of the humanity of the character" inspired by the comic talents of Don Knotts and Andy Griffith on The Andy Griffith Show
01:30
Jay Sandrich on learning the importance of collaborative efforts between a director and a writer, as with Leonard Stern on He & She
01:16
Jay Sandrich on his directing style for The Mary Tyler Moore Show and clashes with producer/writer James L. Brooks
04:03
Jay Sandrich on how a disastrous runthrough of the first episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show transformed into a very successful first taping
03:39
Jay Sandrich on the differences in working with the actors Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper, and Cloris Leachman on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
04:34
Jay Sandrich on finding different ways to do a scene on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
00:56
Jay Sandrich on managing all the writers on the The Mary Tyler Moore show
05:33
Jay Sandrich on a favorite episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show that presented a difficult writing challenge
01:40
Jay Sandrich on a director's job: to know when it's working and when it's not, and his demeanor on-set of The Mary Tyler Moore Show  
03:50
Jay Sandrich on the importance of a studio audience on The Mary Tyler Moore Show  
01:17
Jay Sandrich on directing the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
02:15
Jay Sandrich on the challenges faced by the writers and cast for the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
03:18
Jay Sandrich on "the biggest part of the job" - casting, and why it's important for a director and what he looks for in actors
02:34
Jay Sandrich on the first show, We'll Get By, to tape all four cameras and the difference between film and tape
03:43
Jay Sandrich on the challenges of casting the controversial show Soap
05:04
Jay Sandrich on the challenges of directing Soap: keeping all the cast happy as well as dealing with groups protesting the show's religious and gay issues
06:26
Jay Sandrich on having fun directing within time constraints, and finding ways to depict sex in a subtle way on Soap
01:45
Jay Sandrich on how good writing is what inspires him as a director
01:14
Jay Sandrich on casting The Cosby Show
05:43
Jay Sandrich on some of the technical challenges of The Cosby Show, and on working with Bill Cosby
03:18
Jay Sandrich on the problems with cameras they had on The Cosby Show and why they had to replace them
03:46
Jay Sandrich on The Cosby Show episode "Denise's Friend"; directing an episode that didn't start out as being funny and finding the humor
04:49
Jay Sandrich on the final episode of The Cosby Show: on knowing when a series has gone on too long
03:41
Jay Sandrich on how the role of a television director has changed
00:52
Jay Sandrich on how he changed his own directorial style and how editing helped him as a director
01:46
Jay Sandrich on his advice to young directors: always take stands
01:22
Jay Sandrich on learning a valuable lesson about directing from actor Richard Benjamin
01:13

Executives

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Jay Sandrich on his admiration for Grant Tinker as an executive
00:48
Jay Sandrich on working with Grant Tinker, on the formation of MTM Enterprises, and his respect for him as an executive manager
05:18

Producers

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Jay Sandrich on producing the first season of Get Smart only to decide he preferred directing, and leaving the show
00:45

Puppeteer

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Jay Sandrich on the ventriloquist Jay Johnson and his "figure," Bob, on Soap
02:35

Talent Professionals

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Jay Sandrich on why casting is important and what he looks for in talent
02:34

Writers

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Jay Sandrich on a favorite episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show that presented a difficult writing challenge
01:40
Genres

Comedy Series

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Jay Sandrich on I Love Lucy
08:55
Jay Sandrich on watching Lucille Ball work with Red Skelton and honing her comedic talents on I Love Lucy
02:10
Jay Sandrich on directing comedy, where he'd "rather laughs came out of the humanity of the character" inspired by the comic talents of Don Knotts and Andy Griffith on The Andy Griffith Show
01:30
Jay Sandrich on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
19:29
Jay Sandrich on the importance of a studio audience when filming a comedy series
01:17
Jay Sandrich on directing the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
02:15
Jay Sandrich on Soap
13:25
Jay Sandrich on how Bill Cosby got the laughs on the first taping of The Cosby Show
01:22
Jay Sandrich on taking a serious topic and turning it into a funny scene on The Cosby Show
03:38
Jay Sandrich on how humor on television has changed
01:21
Jay Sandrich on what good comedy can do for us socially
01:37
People

Jack Aldworth

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Jay Sandrich on how he was hired onto I Love Lucy by Jack Aldworth because of his father's past working relationship with Lucille Ball
01:34
Jay Sandrich on learning from his mentors: Sheldon Leonard, Leonard Stern, and Jack Aldworth
00:49

Desi Arnaz

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Jay Sandrich on working as a first assistant director on the set of I Love Lucy during the tumultous period when Lucille Bal and Desi Arnaz were fighting off-screen, and how volatile Desi was during this time
03:43
Jay Sandrich on witnessing the marital problems between Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, but their ability to work together, and how Desi was the one who had the business sense
02:16

Edward Asner

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Jay Sandrich on how it took a while for Ed Asner to trust him when they were working on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
01:49

Lucille Ball

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Jay Sandrich on how he was hired onto I Love Lucy by Jack Aldworth because of his father's past working relationship with Lucille Ball
01:34
Jay Sandrich on working as a first assistant director on the set of I Love Lucy during the tumultous period when Lucille Bal and Desi Arnaz were fighting off-screen
03:43
Jay Sandrich on witnessing the marital problems between Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, but their ability to work together, and how Desi was the one who had the business sense
02:22
Jay Sandrich on being amazed at the technicality of Lucille Ball's comedic approach, and watching her ask Red Skelton to teach her pantomime
01:31
Jay Sandrich on being amazed watching the comedic talents of Lucille Ball on the set of I Love Lucy
Jay Sandrich on his memories of the Hollywood Blacklist and why Lucille Ball who was accused of being a Communist 
02:22

Richard Benjamin

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Jay Sandrich on working with Dick Benjamin on He & She and what he learned from the actor 
02:51
Jay Sandrich on learning a valuable lesson about directing from actor Richard Benjamin
01:13

James L. Brooks

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Jay Sandrich on working with writers James L. Brooks, Allan Burns, and others on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
04:27
Jay Sandrich on a favorite episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show that presented a difficult writing challenge and how James L. Brooks resolved it
01:40

Allan Burns

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Jay Sandrich on working with writers James L .Brooks, Allan Burns, and others on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
03:05

Bill Cosby

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Jay Sandrich on wanting to work with Bill Cosby even when there was no script for the pilot episode
02:25
Jay Sandrich on working with and directing Bill Cosby
01:44
Jay Sandrich on directing Sheldon Leonard and Bill Cosby on an episode of The Cosby Show
02:33
Jay Sandrich on directing Stevie Wonder and Bill Cosby on an episode of The Cosby Show
00:59
Jay Sandrich on working with Bill Cosby on The Cosby Show and where ideas for the show came from
02:00

Billy Crystal

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Jay Sandrich on casting Billy Crystal to play the character of "Jodie Dallas" (who was gay) on Soap
00:17

Charlie Douglas

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Jay Sandrich on the inventor Charlie Douglas and his laugh track machine, which was used on The Andy Griffith Show
01:04

Dick Van Dyke

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Jay Sandrich on how Dick Van Dyke got cast on The Dick Van Dyke Show, which had originally been written to showcase Carl Reiner
02:21
Jay Sandrich on the genesis of The Dick Van Dyke Show
00:56
Jay Sandrich on the creative talents of Dick Van Dyke
00:38

Barbara Feldon

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Jay Sandrich on how Barbara Feldon was (almost not) cast as "Agent 99" on Get Smart, and how she handled Don Adams
02:22

Greg Garrison

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Jay Sandrich on how Greg Garrison got him a break by suggesting to Sheldon Leonard to let him direct The Danny Thomas Show (Make Room for Daddy)
01:54

Dizzy Gillespie

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Jay Sandrich on Dizzy Gilllespie appearing on The Cosby Show and being unable to remember his lines
01:10

Andy Griffith

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Jay Sandrich on how Broadway performer Andy Griffith made the switch to television
01:28
Jay Sandrich on directing comedy, where he'd "rather laughs came out of the humanity of the character" inspired by the comic talents of Don Knotts and Andy Griffith on The Andy Griffith Show
01:30

Robert Guillaume

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Jay Sandrich on casting Robert Guillaume as "Benson" on Soap
01:53
Jay Sandrich on his only concern with Benson: that Robert Guillaume might have trouble with learning lines
02:20

Valerie Harper

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Jay Sandrich on the casting of Valerie Harper as "Rhoda" on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
00:29
Jay Sandrich on the relationship between "Mary" and "Rhoda" and working with Valerie Harper, as an improv actress, on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
04:34

Susan Harris

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Jay Sandrich on the writing talents of Susan Harris on Soap
01:43

Buck Henry

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Jay Sandrich on Buck Henry being one-half of the success story behind Get Smart
01:31
Jay Sandrich on the many talents, sometimes unrecognized, of writer Buck Henry on the show Get Smart
01:15

Howard Hesseman

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Jay Sandrich on his role in helping to cast Howard Hesseman on WKRP in Cincinnati
01:57
Jay Sandrich on Howard Hesseman's guest-appearance as a tennis pro on Soap
00:16

Lena Horne

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Jay Sandrich on directing Lena Horne on an episode of The Cosby Show
01:05

Whitney Houston

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Jay Sandrich on how Whitney Houston was almost cast as one of the daughters on The Cosby Show, but she turned the role down
00:46

Ron Howard

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Jay Sandrich on how a young Ron Howard was cast on The Andy Griffith Show
01:11

Ted Knight

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Jay Sandrich on Ted Knight's ad-libbing skills on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
01:36
Jay Sandrich on the challenges faced by the writers and cast for the final episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show
01:27

Don Knotts

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Jay Sandrich on how Don Knotts wrote in his own role on The Andy Griffith Show
01:28
Jay Sandrich on directing comedy, where he'd "rather laughs came out of the humanity of the character" inspired by the comic talents of Don Knotts and Andy Griffith on The Andy Griffith Show
01:30

Cloris Leachman

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Jay Sandrich on the difficulties of working with Cloris Leachman on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
02:18
Jay Sandrich on working with Cloris Leachman again, on her show Phyllis
00:48

Jack Lemmon

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Jay Sandrich on working with Jack Lemmon on the TV movie For Richer, For Poorer
01:32

Sheldon Leonard

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Jay Sandrich on asking Sheldon Leonard for a job opportunity and working with him on The Danny Thomas Show
05:27
Jay Sandrich on learning about directing for comedy from producer Sheldon Leonard on The Danny Thomas Show
01:51
Jay Sandrich on Sheldon' Leonard's practice of using actors as directors, and working with him on The Danny Thomas Show (Make Room for Daddy)
05:33
Jay Sandrich on how Sheldon Leonard conceived The Andy Griffith Show
01:28
Jay Sandrich on directing Sheldon Leonard and Bill Cosby on an episode of The Cosby Show
02:33
Jay Sandrich on Sheldon Leonard's guest role on The Cosby Show episode "Physician of the Year"
02:33
Jay Sandrich on learning from his mentors: Sheldon Leonard, Leonard Stern, and Jack Aldworth
00:49

Gavin MacLeod

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Jay Sandrich on Gavin MacLeod's character, "Murray Slaughter," on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
01:09

Rue McClanahan

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Jay Sandrich on his role in casting Betty White (originally as "Blanche") and Rue McClanahan on The Golden Girls
02:40

Mary Tyler Moore

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Jay Sandrich on how Mary Tyler Moore was cast on The Dick Van Dyke Show after being rejected for The Danny Thomas Show (Make Room for Daddy)
01:19
Jay Sandrich on the relationship between "Mary" and "Rhoda" and working with Mary Tyler Moore on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
04:34
Jay Sandrich on the episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show that won Mary Tyler Moore an Emmy
01:28
Jay Sandrich on the last episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, and how Mary Tyler Moore insisted she wouldn't get a laugh
02:15

Argyle Nelson

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Jay Sandrich on how Argyle Nelson, then head of production at Desilu, gave him his first job and later finding out it was because of Nelson's friendship with his father, Mark Sandrich
02:40

Bob Newhart

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Jay Sandrich on how comedian Bob Newhart was nervous until the cameras turned on on The Bob Newhart Show
01:26

Phylicia Rashad

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Jay Sandrich on how Phylicia Rashad came to be cast on The Cosby Show
02:36
Jay Sandrich on how he could count on Phylicia Rashad's reactions to Bill Cosby to use as cut-aways on The Cosby Show
01:02

John Rich

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Jay Sandrich on working with and learning from director John Rich on The Danny Thomas Show (Make Room for Daddy)
02:01

John Ritter

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Jay Sandrich on working with actor John Ritter on The Bob Newhart Show
00:46

Mark Sandrich

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Jay Sandrich on growing up with his father, director Mark Sandrich, who brought him to the set of the feature film Holiday Inn, starring Fred Astaire
01:44

Tom Selleck

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Jay Sandrich on how Tom Selleck was almost cast on Soap
00:33

Fred Silverman

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Jay Sandrich on how Fred Silverman enabled him to take the necessary measures to assemble the right cast on Soap
00:42
Jay Sandrich on network interference and how Fred Silverman was a rare TV executive who knew how to leave creative people alone to do their job
02:21

Red Skelton

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Jay Sandrich on being amazed at the technicality of Lucille Ball's comedic approach, and watching her ask Red Skelton to teach her pantomime
01:31

Leonard Stern

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Jay Sandrich on being offered a job producing on Get Smart by writer and producer Leonard Stern
01:05
Jay Sandrich on learning the importance of collaborative efforts between a director and a writer, as with Leonard Stern on He & She
01:16
Jay Sandrich on Leonard Stern being one-half of the success story behind Get Smart
01:31
Jay Sandrich on learning from his mentors: Sheldon Leonard, Leonard Stern, and Jack Aldworth
00:49

Tony Thomas

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Jay Sandrich on working with producers Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas on Soap
01:26

Danny Thomas

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Jay Sandrich on working with Danny Thomas and Sheldon Leonard on The Danny Thomas Show (Make Room for Daddy)  
01:38
Jay Sandrich on how Mary Tyler Moore was cast on The Dick Van Dyke Show after being rejected for The Danny Thomas Show (Make Room for Daddy)
01:19

Grant Tinker

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Jay Sandrich on his admiration for Grant Tinker as an executive
02:46
Jay Sandrich on working with Grant Tinker and his respect for him as an executive manager
03:59
Jay Sandrich on calling Grant Tinker, head of NBC, to replace the cameras on The Cosby Show
03:46

Vivian Vance

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Jay Sandrich on how welcoming Vivian Vance was to him when he was a young assistant director on I Love Lucy
01:15

Ed. Weinberger

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Jay Sandrich on how Ed. Weinberger came to be a writer on The Cosby Show
03:42

Betty White

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Jay Sandrich on working with Betty White on The Mary Tyler Moore Show
00:56
Jay Sandrich on a classic episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show: "The Lars Affair" with Betty White
01:04
Jay Sandrich on his role in casting Betty White (originally as "Blanche") and Rue McClanahan on The Golden Girls
02:40

Paul Junger Witt

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Jay Sandrich on working with producers Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas on Soap
01:26

Stevie Wonder

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Jay Sandrich on directing Stevie Wonder and Bill Cosby on an episode of The Cosby Show
00:59

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