Fred Silverman


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Joseph Barbera

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Joseph Barbera on Fred Silverman

Ted Bergmann

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Ted Bergmann on Fred Silverman's interest in Three's Company
Ted Bergmann on developing Three's Company and ABC picking up the show

Steven Bochco

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Steven Bochco on Fred Silverman providing the genesis for Hill Street Blues [briefly]
Steven Bochco on NBC president Fred Silverman's prediction that Hill Street Blues would be a hit

Allan Burns

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Allan Burns on Fred Silverman's ideas to make CBS young and urban and loving The Mary Tyler Moore Show

LeVar Burton

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LeVar Burton on early screen tests and production meetings on Roots

Vince Calandra

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Vince Calandra on Alan Thicke and Fred Silverman not getting along

Gilbert Cates

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Gilbert Cates on teaching acting at Syracuse University, to student Fred Silverman 

Joan Ganz Cooney

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Joan Ganz Cooney on Fred Silverman helping to find an Executive Producer for The Children's Television Workshop

Michael Dann

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Michael Dann on Fred Silverman's scheduling advice to promote Born Free as a children's show
Michael Dann on Fred Silverman

Dick Van Dyke

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Dick Van Dyke on working with executive Fred Silverman on Diagnosis Murder

Dick Ebersol

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Dick Ebersol on troubles between Fred Silverman and Lorne Michaels, and Michaels leaving the show
Dick Ebersol on Fred Silverman leaving ABC for NBC and ultimately firing Ebersol

Michael Eisner

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Michael Eisner on first meeting Fred Silverman at CBS who tried to explain to him Hollywood Squares by just playing him the audio; he would later compete with him after going to ABC

Tom Freston

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Tom Freston on hiring Fred Silverman to be part of what would become Comedy Central

Chuck Fries

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Chuck Fries on Fred Silverman

Larry Gelbart

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Larry Gelbart on working with then-NBC executive Fred Silverman, who commissioned the comedy series United States

Gary David Goldberg

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Gary David Goldberg on becoming story editor on MTM's The Tony Randall Show

Leonard Goldberg

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Leonard Goldberg on his and Aaron Spelling's relationship with ABC during the production of Charlie's Angels

Leonard H. Goldenson

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Leonard Goldenson on the decision to air Roots on consecutive nights

Julian Goodman

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Julian Goodman on Fred Silverman

Robert Guillaume

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Robert Guillaume on Fred Silverman

Monty Hall

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Monty Hall on re-negotiating his contract for Let's Make a Deal

Dean Hargrove

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Dean Hargrove on working with Fred Silverman producing the Perry Mason movies
Dean Hargrove on producing Matlock, starring Andy Griffith, with Fred Silverman

Valerie Harper

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Valerie Harper on Fred Silverman wanting her to spin-off to Rhoda

Herb Jellinek

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Herb Jellinek on various people with whom he's worked in his career: Fred Silverman

Jack Klugman

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Jack Klugman on Fred Silverman trying to find projects for him

Harvey Korman

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Harvey Korman on The Harvey Korman Show

Sid Krofft

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Sid and Marty Krofft on the premise of Pink Lady

Marty Krofft

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Sid and Marty Krofft on the premise of Pink Lady

Perry Lafferty

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Perry Lafferty on Fred Silverman

Glen A. Larson

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Glen A. Larson on working with CBS executive Fred Silverman

Art Linkletter

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Art Linkletter on the cancellation of Art Linkletter's House Party by programmer Fred Silverman, and on his friendship with William S. Paley

Warren Littlefield

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Warren Littlefield on how he first came to work for NBC

Loring Mandel

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Loring Mandel on writing for Love of Life at the behest of Fred Silverman

Bob Markell

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Bob Markell on working with Fred Silverman at CBS
Bob Markell on working with Fred Silverman

Garry Marshall

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Garry Marshall on network executive Fred Silverman suggesting a show which became Me and the Chimp
Garry Marshall on ABC executive Fred Silverman's buying Laverne & Shirley
Garry Marshall on ABC executive Fred Silverman's use of crossovers and lead-ins

Peter Marshall

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Peter Marshall on the history of Hollywood Squares before he became host

Leslie Moonves

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Leslie Moonves on his role as CBS network president

Carroll O'Connor

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Carroll O'Connor on CBS network programmer and later In the Heat of the Night producer Fred Silverman
Carroll O'Connor on producer Fred Silverman meeting with about the series In the Heat of the Night, an idea of MGM executive Lynn Loring

Dick Van Patten

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Dick Van Patten on how Fred Silverman chose him for his role on the TV show Eight is Enough

Frederick S. Pierce

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Frederick S. Pierce on bringing in Fred Silverman to run ABC programming
Frederick S. Pierce on his working relationship with Fred Silverman
Frederick S. Pierce on Fred Silverman's departure from ABC

John Rich

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

Lee Rich

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Lee Rich on Fred Silverman wanting him to cast a big name for The Homecoming: A Christmas Story - the movie that inspired the series The Waltons
Lee Rich on Fred Silverman's plan for airing Roots
Lee Rich onFred Silverman

Jay Sandrich

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Jay Sandrich on how Fred Silverman enabled him to take the necessary measures to assemble the right cast on Soap
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

Herbert S. Schlosser

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Herbert S. Schlosser on Fred Silverman's tenure at NBC

Esther Shapiro

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Esther Shapiro on working with Fred Silverman and Anthony D. Thomopoulos at ABC

Aaron Spelling

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Aaron Spelling on getting Charlie's Angels on the air

Ben Starr

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Ben Starr on Fred Silverman not liking the original pilot script for Diff'rent Strokes, but liking Gary Coleman

Bob Stewart

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Bob Stewart on the genesis of the short-lived primetime game show The Face is Familiar
Bob Stewart on the genesis of The $10,000 Pyramid

Marlo Thomas

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Marlo Thomas on the TV movie remake of It's a Wonderful LifeIt Happened One Christmas

Tony Thomas

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Tony Thomas on Soap's cancellation in 1981

Grant Tinker

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Grant Tinker on CBS Executive Fred Silverman
Grant Tinker on CBS executive Fred Silverman
Grant Tinker on NBC executives Brandon Tartikoff and Fred Silverman

Daniel J. Travanti

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Daniel J. Travanti on waiting to hear if he was cast after his audition for Hill Street Blues, and on being approved by Fred Silverman to be cast

Tom Werner

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Tom Werner on helping to get Three's Company made
Tom Werner on working with Fred Silverman and other talented ABC Executives

Ruth Westheimer

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Dr. Ruth Westheimer on starring in the 1990 unsold comedy pilot Dr. Ruth's House 

Ethel Winant

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Ethel Winant on Fred Silverman and Rod Serling

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