John Rich

Director


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In his seven-hour Archive interview, John Rich (1925-2012) talks about getting his start in television - as a stage manager for NBC's The Colgate Comedy Hour - and describes his big break into directing on The Ezio Pinza Sho w. He discusses numerous shows he directed throughout his career, including I Married Joan, The Ray Bolger Sho w, Our Miss Brooks, Gunsmoke, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch, and All In the Family, on which he also served as producer. Rich shares his experiences directing the pilot episodes of Maude, The Jeffersons, Barney Miller, and Newhart and speaks of his role as executive producer of Benson   and MacGyver. To conclude, Rich details his thoughts on the state of television directing in the 1990s and offers advice to aspiring directors. Henry Colman conducted the interview on August 3, 1999 in Los Angeles, CA.

"I never plotted anything. I never wrote anything down. It was always in my head. It's the only way to do it. Otherwise, you get nailed to a formula that you think may work. What happens if the actor doesn't like it? I used to let the actors run the first reading on its feet.  I'd say, 'you guys do it. Let me see it.' And they would do some things that would be good; but, they'd fall apart and say 'help'. I would step in and say, 'save this, save that. The impulse to go there is correct, but don't do this....'"

People Talking About ...
Highlights
John Rich on directing Gunsmoke and James Arness
John Rich on the development and casting of the 3rd (and final) pilot and early seasons of All in the Family
Director John Rich on the creation of the classic "ottoman" opening of The Dick Van Dyke Show
John Rich on telling the truth
John Rich on insisting that "MacGyver" would solve every problem without a gun and making an enemy of the NRA
Full Interview

Chapter 1

On his childhood and early influences; on his love of reading, radio and plays
On writing for his high school newspaper; on attending college at the University of Michigan and entering the service during World War II; on studying with Professor Garland Garrison - NBC radio director
On working for radio station WHRV in Michigan

Chapter 2

On reporting basketball for WHRV; on moving to New York and starting the radio program Wanted
On F.B.I involvement with Wanted; on the Willy Sutton episode of Wanted

Chapter 3

On becoming a stage manager at NBC television; on his union activities and working in Hollywood
On working in live television on The Colgate Comedy Hour; On how working on the West Coast differed from the East Coast

Chapter 4

On his efforts to promote the Director's Guild of America; On directing The Ezio Pinza Show  and The Dennis Day Sho w
On the new story, "Let's Watch Florence Chadwick Leave Catalina Island at Midnight and Watch her Swim Across the Channel"
On directing I Married Joan

Chapter 5

On the first broadcast of the Academy Awards; On directing I Married Joan
On directing The Ray Bolger Show; on union minimums in the 1950s; on directing Our Miss Brooks
On sitcoms in the 1950s

Chapter 6

On directing Gunsmoke; on the challenges of directing Westerns; on being in the editing room
On directing Elvis Presley; On the cast of Gunsmoke

Chapter 7

On directing episodes of Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Bat Masterson  and The Twilight Zone
On the 1955 live broadcast of the opening of Disneyland ("Dateline: Disneyland")
On guild strikes and negotiations for pension plans and 1948-1960 movie royalties 

Chapter 8

On the Hollywood Blacklist (and witnessing an actor being fired during a reading of an episode of I Married Joan)
On getting hired to direct The Dick Van Dyke Show; on Carl Reiner and Sheldon Leonard; on banning set visitors on the first 3 days of rehearsals
On the visual aspects of The Dick Van Dyke Show;  On Dick Van Dyke's physical comedy and the creation of the classic "ottoman" opening
On negotiating his deal on The Dick Van Dyke Show with Sheldon Leonard; on his directing style on The Dick Van Dyke Show

Chapter 9

On the writing staff and memorable episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show; on leaving The Dick Van Dyke Show  to make feature films
On feature films, Gilligan's Island  and I Spy

Chapter 10

On directing the first three episodes of Gilligan's Island;  on the talents of creator Sherwood Schwartz and the cast
On directing the first six episodes of The Brady Bunch;  on working with the cast and the casting process
On directing episodes of Gomer Pyle   (briefly)
On the development and casting of the 3rd (and final) pilot and early seasons of All in the Family

Chapter 11

On the casting of Sherman Hemsley as "George Jefferson" on All in the Family; on dress rehearsals of All in the Family; on rehearsing eating scenes
On problems with Standards and Practices; on breakthrough episodes of All in the Family

Chapter 12

On Fred Silverman; on the "Sammy's Visit" episode of All in the Family; on Gloria's pregnancy and All in the Family's only music cue
On leaving All in the Family; on working with Henry Fonda; on directing Barney Miller
On directing the pilot of Maude; On The Jeffersons
On being executive producer on Benson

Chapter 13

On directing and executive producing Benson; On directing the pilot of Newhart
On producing and directing Mr. Sunshine; On producing MacGyve and his favorite episodes of MacGyver
On ending his producing partnership with Henry Winkler; on directing an episode of Murphy Brown
On his thoughts on the industry today; on television shows he watches; on advice to aspiring directors

Chapter 14

On doing a pilot with Walter Slezak on which there was a major problem with the set
On television directing today and the future of television; on career highlights and regrets; on how he'd like to be remembered
On the final shot of the movie The New Interns
On thoughts on people with whom he's worked
Shows

Academy Awards, The

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John Rich on working on the first Academy Awards in 1952; the 3-camera technique

All in the Family

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John Rich on the development and casting of the 3rd (and final) pilot and early seasons of All in the Family
John Rich on how Sherman Hemsley was cast as George Jefferson on All in the Family, and later, The Jeffersons (spin-off)
John Rich on leaving All in the Family
John Rich on shooting rehearsals of All in the Family
Director John Rich on Sammy Davis Jr.'s suggestion, as a guest on The Tonight Show, that he would make a funny guest star on All in the Family (leading to his appearance on the classic episode "Sammy's Visit")
Director John Rich on informing guest star Sammy Davis, Jr. on the way All in the Family was rehearsed
Director John Rich on the invention of the "kiss" for the third act in the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
Director John Rich on the audience's reaction to the kiss in the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
Director John Rich on insisting that guest star Sammy Davis Jr. not use cue cards on the episode "Sammy's Visit"

All in the Family: "Sammy's Visit"

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Director John Rich on Sammy Davis Jr.'s suggestion, as a guest on The Tonight Show, that he would make a funny guest star on All in the Family (leading to his appearance on the classic episode Sammy's Visit)
Director John Rich on the set-up of All in the Family's episode "Sammy's Visit"
Director John Rich on informing guest star Sammy Davis, Jr. on the way All in the Family was rehearsed
Director John Rich on the invention of the kiss for the third act in the All in the Family episode Sammy's Visit
Director John Rich on the audience's reaction to the kiss in the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
Director John Rich on insisting that guest star Sammy Davis Jr. not use cue cards on the episode "Sammy's Visit"

Barney Miller

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Director John Rich on wanting a casting change for the wife in Barney Miller

Bat Masterson

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John Rich on directing Bat Masterson

Benson

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John Rich on ABC President Anthony Thomopoulos' daughter wanting to observe a rehearsal of Benson
John Rich on being an executive producer on Benson (starting on the second season)
John Rich on directing and executive producing Benson

Bonanza

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John Rich on directing Bonanza

Brady Bunch, The

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John Rich on directing the first six episodes of The Brady Bunch; on working with the cast; on casting

Colgate Comedy Hour, The

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John Rich on setting up The Colgate Comedy Hour at the El Capitan Theater

Dennis Day Show. The

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John Rich on directing The Dennis Day Show
John Rich on Jack Benny guest starring on The Dennis Day Show

Dick Van Dyke Show, The

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John Rich on directing and motivating actors on The Dick Van Dyke Show
John Rich on getting hired to direct The Dick Van Dyke Show; on Carl Reiner and Sheldon Leonard; on banning set visitors on the first 3 days of rehearsals
John Rich on the visual aspects of The Dick Van Dyke Show; Dick Van Dyke's physical comedy; and the creation of the classic "ottoman" opening
John Rich on negotiating his deal on The Dick Van Dyke Show with Sheldon Leonard; on his directing style on The Dick Van Dyke Show
John Rich on Carl Reiner and other Dick Van Dyke Show writers
John Rich on his favorite episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Where Did I Come From?" - the birth of Rob and Laura's son
John Rich on Proctor & Gamble and CBS having issues with the "That's My Boy?" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show
John Rich on his favorite episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Where Did I Come From?" - the birth of Rob and Laura's son

Dick Van Dyke Show, The: "That's My Boy?"

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John Rich on Proctor & Gamble and CBS having issues with the "That's My Boy?" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show

Dick Van Dyke Show, The: "Where Did I Come From?"

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John Rich on his favorite episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Where Did I Come From?" - the birth of Rob and Laura's son
John Rich on his favorite episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show - "Where Did I Come From?" - the birth of Rob and Laura's son

Dunninger

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John Rich on being a stage manager at The Dunninger Show

Ezio Pinza Show, The

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John Rich on directing The Ezio Pinza Show

Gilligan's Island

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John Rich on directing Gilligan's Island
John Rich on directing the first three episodes of Gilligan's Island; and the talents of creator Sherwood Schwartz and the cast

Gomer Pyle - USMC

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John Rich on directing episodes of Gomer Pyle

Gunsmoke

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John Rich on directing Gunsmoke when he wanted to switch to drama from comedy directing
John Rich on the actors of Gunsmoke
John Rich on directing Gunsmoke and James Arness

I Married Joan

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John Rich on directing I Married Joan
John Rich on directing I Married Joan, and Joan Davis
John Rich on the Hollywood Blacklist (and witnessing an actor being fired during a reading of an episode of I Married Joan)

I Spy

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John Rich on working with Bill Cosby on I Spy

Jack Carter Show, The

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John Rich on being a stage manager at The Jack Carter Show

Jeffersons, The

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John Rich on casting Mike Evan as "Lionel Jefferson" on All in the Family
John Rich on how Sherman Hemsley was cast as George Jefferson on All in the Family , and later, The Jeffersons (spin-off)

Kraft Television Theatre

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John Rich on being a stage manager at Kraft Television Theatre

Law & Order

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John Rich on acting with Julia Roberts on Law & Order

MacGyver

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John Rich on producing MacGyver

Maude

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Director John Rich on Maude with Bea Arthur

Mr. Sunshine

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John Rich on producing Mr. Sunshine

Murphy Brown

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John Rich on directing one episode of Murphy Brown

Newhart

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John Rich on directing the pilot of Newhart; the concept, format of the series

Our Miss Brooks

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John Rich on directing Our Miss Brooks
John Rich on format changes on Our Miss Brooks

Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse

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John Rich on working with producer/director Fred Coe on The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse

Ray Bolger Show, The

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John Rich on directing The Ray Bolger Show

Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, The

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Director John Rich on Sammy Davis Jr.'s suggestion, as a guest on The Tonight Show, that he would make a funny guest star on All in the Family (leading to his appearance on the classic episode "Sammy's Visit")

Twilight Zone, The

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John Rich on directing two episodes of The Twilight Zone

Wonderful World of Disney, The aka Magical World of Disney, The

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John Rich on the live broadcast of the opening of Disneyland ("Dateline: Disneyland")(airdate: July 17, 1955)

Your Show of Shows

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John Rich on wanting to work on Your Show of Shows
Topics

Censorship / Standards & Practices

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John Rich on problems with Standards & Practices on All in the Family

Characters & Catchphrases

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John Rich on All in the Family's "Archie Bunker"
John Rich on using props to tell backstory of characters - as he did with Sherman Hemsley's "George Jefferson"

Classic TV series episodes

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John Rich on the live broadcast of the opening of Disneyland ("Dateline: Disneyland")(airdate: July 17, 1955)
John Rich on memorable episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show
John Rich on Proctor & Gamble and CBS having issues with the "That's My Boy?" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show
Director John Rich on the audience's reaction to the kiss in the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
Director John Rich on Sammy Davis Jr.'s suggestion, as a guest on The Tonight Show, that he would make a funny guest star on All in the Family (leading to his appearance on the classic episode "Sammy's Visit")

Comedy

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John Rich on memorable episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show
John Rich on Proctor & Gamble and CBS having issues with the "That's My Boy?" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show
Director John Rich on Sammy Davis Jr.'s suggestion, as a guest on The Tonight Show, that he would make a funny guest star on All in the Family (leading to his appearance on the classic episode "Sammy's Visit")
Director John Rich on the audience's reaction to the kiss in the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"

Diversity in Television

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Director John Rich on Sammy Davis Jr.'s suggestion, as a guest on The Tonight Show, that he would make a funny guest star on All in the Family (leading to his appearance on the classic episode "Sammy's Visit")

Emmy Awards

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John Rich on working with Gunsmoke producer Norm McDonnell and assisting the editor, who won the Emmy that year

Hollywood Blacklist

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John Rich on the Hollywood Blacklist (and witnessing an actor being fired during a reading of an episode of I Married Joan)

Minorities

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John Rich on casting Mike Evan as "Lionel Jefferson" on All in the Family
Director John Rich on Sammy Davis Jr.'s suggestion, as a guest on The Tonight Show, that he would make a funny guest star on All in the Family (leading to his appearance on the classic episode "Sammy's Visit")

Pop Culture

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John Rich on memorable episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show
John Rich on Proctor & Gamble and CBS having issues with the "That's My Boy?" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show
John Rich on All in the Family's "Archie Bunker"
John Rich on using props to tell backstory of characters - as he did with Sherman Hemsley's "George Jefferson"
Director John Rich on the audience's reaction to the kiss in the All in the Family episode "Sammy's Visit"
Director John Rich on Sammy Davis Jr.'s suggestion, as a guest on The Tonight Show, that he would make a funny guest star on All in the Family (leading to his appearance on the classic episode "Sammy's Visit")

Studio and Network Management

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John Rich on the live broadcast of the opening of Disneyland ("Dateline: Disneyland")(airdate: July 17, 1955)

TV Theme Songs

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Director John Rich on the creation of the classic "ottoman" opening of The Dick Van Dyke Show

Television Industry

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John Rich on problems with Standards & Practices on All in the Family
Professions

Directors

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John Rich on his early directing responsibilities
John Rich on protecting actors
John Rich on moving from comedy to directing drama- he wanted to direct Playhouse 90 but got Gunsmoke from CBS
John Rich on negotiating his deal on The Dick Van Dyke Show with Sheldon Leonard; on his directing style on The Dick Van Dyke Show
Director John Rich on the casting process
John Rich on the type of directing that isn't done anymore
John Rich on his view of directing today, and his disappointment with television today (1999), and how directors are being phased out by networks. "You don't hire a legend."

Performers

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Director John Rich on the casting process
Genres

Adventure/Espionage Series

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John Rich on producing MacGyver

Comedy Series

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Director John Rich on the creation of the classic "ottoman" opening of The Dick Van Dyke Show
John Rich on the writing staff and memorable episodes of The Dick Van Dyke Show; on leaving The Dick Van Dyke Show to make feature films
John Rich on directing All in the Family
John Rich on All in the Family
Director John Rich on All in the Family
John Rich on directing the pilot of Newhart

Music Shows & Variety Shows/Specials

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

Western Series

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John Rich on directing Gunsmoke
John Rich on directing Gunsmoke and James Arness
People

Richard Dean Anderson

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John Rich on MacGyver's Richard Dean Anderson

Eve Arden

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John Rich on Eve Arden of Our Miss Brooks

James Arness

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John Rich on the actors of Gunsmoke
John Rich on directing Gunsmoke and James Arness

Danny Arnold

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Director John Rich on wanting a casting change for the wife in Barney Miller

Beatrice Arthur

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Director John Rich on Maude with Bea Arthur

Rene Auberjonois

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John Rich on the cast of Benson  

James T. Aubrey

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John Rich on Jim Aubrey

Jim Backus

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John Rich on directing Jim Backus in I Married Joan
John Rich on directing Jim Backus in I Married Joan

Gene Barry

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John Rich on Gene Barry of Bat Masterson

Jack Benny

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John Rich on Jack Benny guest starring on The Dennis Day Show

Milton Berle

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John Rich on watching Milton Berle rehearse

Ray Bolger

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John Rich on directing Ray Bolger
John Rich on Ray Bolger

Jack Carter

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John Rich on being a stage manager and becoming an AD at The Jack Carter Show

Fred Coe

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John Rich on working with producer/director Fred Coe on The Philco-Goodyear Television Playhouse

Hal Cooper

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John Rich on getting Hal Cooper on as Associate Producer for Gilligan's Island

Bill Cosby

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John Rich on working with Bill Cosby on I Spy

Tony Curtis

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John Rich on working with Jerry Lewis and Tony Curtis

Joan Davis

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John Rich on meeting and working with Joan Davis of I Married Joan
John Rich on directing Joan Davis in I Married Joan

Sammy Davis, Jr.

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Director John Rich on informing guest star Sammy Davis, Jr. ("Sammy's Visit") on the way All in the Family was rehearsed
Director John Rich on insisting that guest star Sammy Davis Jr. not use cue cards on the episode "Sammy's Visit"

Dennis Day

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John Rich on working with Dennis Day
John Rich on Jack Benny guest starring on The Dennis Day Show

Bob Denver

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Director John Rich on the cast of Gilligan's Island

Walt Disney

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John Rich on the live broadcast of the opening of Disneyland ("Dateline: Disneyland")(airdate: July 17, 1955)

Hugh Downs

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John Rich on meeting Hugh Downs 

Jerry Van Dyke

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John Rich on Dick Van Dyke's brother, Jerry, and Jerry's role on The Dick Van Dyke Show

Dick Van Dyke

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John Rich on meeting and working wtih Dick Van Dyke 
John Rich on the visual aspects of The Dick Van Dyke Show; Dick Van Dyke's physical comedy; and the creation of the classic "ottoman" opening

Douglas Edwards

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John Rich on his first memories of television - seeing Douglas Edwards do the news on a TV in a hamburger joint

Michael Eisner

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John Rich on Michael Eisner

Mike Evans

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John Rich on casting Mike Evan as "Lionel Jefferson" on All in the Family

Henry Fonda

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Director John Rich on his television movie with Henry Fonda

Zsa Zsa Gabor

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John Rich on directing The Ezio Pinza Show

Robert Guillaume

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Director John Rich on Benson's Robert Guillaume
John Rich on Benson's Robert Guillaume

Sherman Hemsley

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John Rich on casting "George Jefferson" on  All in the Family
John Rich on how Sherman Hemsley was cast as George Jefferson on All in the Family, and later, The Jeffersons (spin-off)
Director John Rich on using props to tell backstory of characters - as he did with Sherman Hensley's "George Jefferson"

Florence Henderson

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Director John Rich on shooting the first few episodes of The Brady Bunch around Florence Henderson 

Norman Lear

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John Rich on working with Norman Lear on The Colgate Comedy Hour
Director John Rich on All in the Family's co-creator Norman Lear
John Rich on casting Mike Evan as "Lionel Jefferson" on All in the Family
John Rich on Norman Lear's involvement and casting on All in the Family
John Rich on how Sherman Hemsley was cast as George Jefferson on All in the Family, and later, The Jeffersons (spin-off)
John Rich on the difficulties of getting All in the Family on the air

Sheldon Leonard

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John Rich on getting hired to direct The Dick Van Dyke Show; on Carl Reiner and Sheldon Leonard; on banning set visitors on the first 3 days of rehearsals
John Rich n negotiating his deal on The Dick Van Dyke Show with Sheldon Leonard; on his directing style on The Dick Van Dyke Show
John Rich on Sheldon Leonard and Carl Reiner's reaction to Rich leaving The Dick Van Dyke Show

Jerry Lewis

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John Rich on working with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin
John Rich on working with Jerry Lewis and Tony Curtis

Art Linkletter

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John Rich on the live broadcast of the opening of Disneyland ("Dateline: Disneyland")(airdate: July 17, 1955)

David Lloyd

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John Rich on writing Mr. Sunshine

Tina Louise

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Director John Rich on the cast of Gilligan's Island

Norman Macdonnell

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John Rich on working with Gunsmoke producer Norm McDonnell and assisting the editor, who won the Emmy that year

Rose Marie

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John Rich on Rose Marie's amazing talent as a comedy straight woman

Dean Martin

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John Rich on working with Jerry Lewis and Dean Martin

Ted Mills

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John Rich on working with Ezio Pinza and Ted Mills on The Ezio Pinza Show

Bob Newhart

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John Rich on directing the pilot of Newhart; the concept, format of the series

Don Nicholl

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John Rich on All in the Family writer Don Nicholl

Carroll O'Connor

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John Rich on the cast of All in the Family
Director John Rich on actor Carroll O'Connor

Jerry Paris

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John Rich on training Jerry Paris to direct The Dick Van Dyke Show

Ezio Pinza

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John Rich on working with Ezio Pinza and Ted Mills on The Ezio Pinza Show

Ronald Reagan

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John Rich on the live broadcast of the opening of Disneyland ("Dateline: Disneyland")(airdate: July 17, 1955); on Reagan as an actor

Robert Reed

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Director John Rich on Robert Reed of The Brady Bunch

Rob Reiner

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John Rich on the casting of Rob Reiner as "Mike Stivic" on All in the Family
Director John Rich on Rob Reiner on the first day of All in the Family

Carl Reiner

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John Rich on directing The Dick Van Dyke Show
John Rich on Carl Reiner and the creation of the opening of The Dick Van Dyke Show
John Rich on Carl Reiner and other Dick Van Dyke Show writers
John Rich on Proctor & Gamble and CBS having issues with the "That's My Boy?" episode of The Dick Van Dyke Show
John Rich on Sheldon Leonard and Carl Reiner's reaction to Rich leaving The Dick Van Dyke Show
John Rich on the casting of Rob Reiner as "Mike Stivic" on All in the Family

Julia Roberts

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John Rich on acting with Julia Roberts on Law & Order

Pernell Roberts

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John Rich on working with Gunsmoke casting agent Lynn Stalmaster and wanting Pernell Roberts

Michael Ross

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John Rich on All in the Family writers Bernie West and Mickey Ross

Aaron Ruben

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John Rich on Aaron Ruben

David Sarnoff

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John Rich on David Sarnoff

Sherwood Schwartz

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John Rich on Sherwood Schwartz writing for I Married Joan
John Rich on Sherwood Schwartz
John Rich on directing Gilligan's Island  
John Rich on Gilligan's Island and the talents of Sherwood Schwartz
Director John Rich on Sherwood Schwartz's The Brady Bunch

George Segal

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John Rich on actor George Segal and top billing in The Jerusalem Post

Jerry Seinfeld

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John Rich on Jerry Seinfeld on Benson

Rod Serling

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John Rich on directing two episodes of The Twilight Zone

Fred Silverman

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John Rich on trading wit with Fred Silverman
Director John Rich on Fred Silverman

Sid Smith

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John Rich on his first shot directing The Colgate Comedy Hour, replacing Sid Smith

Lynn Stalmaster

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John Rich on working with Gunsmoke casting agent Lynn Stalmaster and wanting Pernell Roberts

Sally Struthers

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John Rich on the cast of All in the Family

David Susskind

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John Rich on getting hired by David Susskind to direct a pilot that got cancelled and the beginning of "pay or play"

Jeffrey Tambor

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John Rich on producing Mr. Sunshine

Anthony D. Thomopoulos

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John Rich on ABC President Anthony D. Thomopoulos' daughter wanting to observe a rehearsal of Benson

Bernard West

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John Rich on All in the Family writers Bernie West and Mickey Ross

Henry Winkler

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John Rich on partnering with Henry Winkler to producie Mr. Sunshine
John Rich on ending his producing partnership with Henry Winkler

Robert D. Wood

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John Rich on CBS President Robert D. Wood

Bud Yorkin

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John Rich on working with Bud Yorkin on The Colgate Comedy Hour
Director John Rich on All in the Family's co-creator Bud Yorkin

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