We, The People


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About

From Wikipedia:

We the People was an American talk show aired on CBS Television (1948-1949) and then on NBC Television (1949-1952).

We the People was a 30-minute talk show, first on CBS for one season and then on NBC for two seasons. The host interviewed politicians, celebrities, and everyday people. The interviews tended to be "up close and personal", interviewing celebrities about difficulties they had to overcome. The non-celebrities were usually people who participated in some type of charitable work. The show was sponsored by Gulf Oil and produced by "Life" magazine.

The TV show aired Tuesdays at 9pm ET, and then Fridays at 8:30pm ET, and was simulcast on radio and TV for a time. The show had been aired on CBS Radio since 1936. In October 1948, We the People was rated #3 on the Hooper Ratings, Hooper being a precursor to Nielsen ratings.

Highlights
James Sheldon on directing the radio show "We, The People," which was then simulcast on television and radio and became a regular television show
04:06
Performer/writer Carl Reiner on the seed of the idea for the "2,000 Year Old Man" from something seen on TV interview series We, the People, and how it was first "performed" by he and Mel Brooks when the two worked together on Your Show of Shows
01:17
James Sheldon on the first time he heard of the Blacklist: when he tried to hire Madeline Lee Gilford on We, The People
01:29
James Sheldon on the challenge of making We, The People visual, since it had started as a radio show
02:18
Who talked about this show

Rod Erickson

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Rod Erickson on going to work for Young & Rubicam and putting We, The People on television
04:25
Rod Erickson on how early advertising on television worked and on broadcasting We, The People
03:08
Rod Erickson on the first television broadcast of We, The People and attempts to improve the show
08:10
Rod Erickson on dealing with Gulf, the sponsor of We, The People
04:29
Rod Erickson on delegating responsibility for We, The People and The Gulf Road Show
02:56

Carl Reiner

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Performer/writer Carl Reiner on the seed of the idea for the "2,000 Year Old Man" from something seen on TV interview series We, the People, and how it was first "performed" by he and Mel Brooks when the two worked together on Your Show of Shows
01:17

James Sheldon

View Interview
James Sheldon on directing the radio show "We, The People," which was then simulcast on television and radio and became a regular television show
04:06
James Sheldon on the first time he heard of the Blacklist: when he tried to hire Madeline Lee Gilford on We, The People
01:29
James Sheldon on the challenge of making We, The People visual, since it had started as a radio show
02:18

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