Drama


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Interviewees discuss classic episodes of television dramas.

Highlights
Larry Hagman on the infamous "Who shot J.R.?" storyline of Dallas
Neil Travis on editing Kunte Kinte's capture in part one of Roots
Dorothy Fontana on Star Trek's creation of aliens using "the Horta" from "The Devil in the Dark" episode as an example
Edie Falco on the finale of The Sopranos
Sharon Gless on the controversial Cagney & Lacey episode "The City is Burning" and her character's sometimes offensive attitudes
Jon Hamm on going to dark places while playing "Don Draper" on Mad Men and how "Don's" journey ends in the final episode (the Coca-Cola commercial)
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Chris Albrecht

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Chris Albrecht on the ending of The Sopranos

Edie Falco

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Edie Falco on the finale of The Sopranos

Tom Fontana

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Tom Fontana on his favorite St. Elsewhere episodes and the finale of the show
Tom Fontana on the Homicide: Life on the Street episode "The Subway"

Dorothy Fontana

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Dorothy Fontana on Star Trek's creation of aliens using "the Horta" from "The Devil in the Dark" episode as an example

Lesli Linka Glatter

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Lesli Linka Glatter on directing the classic Mad Men episode "Guy Walks into an Advertising Agency"

Sharon Gless

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Sharon Gless on presenting alcoholism in the two-part "Turn Turn Turn" episode on Cagney & Lacey, and winning an Emmy for it
Sharon Gless on the controversial Cagney & Lacey episode "The City is Burning" and her character's sometimes offensive attitudes
Sharon Gless and Cagney & Lacey executive producer Barney Rosenzweig on developing the theme of alcoholism for "Christine Cagney" and her father on the show

Larry Hagman

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Larry Hagman on the infamous "Who shot J.R.?" storyline of Dallas

Jon Hamm

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Jon Hamm on going to dark places while playing "Don Draper" on Mad Men and how "Don's" journey ends in the final episode (the Coca-Cola commercial)

Jeffrey Hayden

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Jeffrey Hayden on Quincy's plots, including the episode "Seldom Silent, Never Heard," that influenced the passing of the Orphan Drug Act (ODA)

Elodie Keene

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Elodie Keene on directing Claire Danes and Jared Leto on My So-Called Life

Norman Lloyd

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Norman Lloyd on directing the Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode "The Jar"
Norman Lloyd on what he thought of the final episode of St. Elsewhere

William H. Macy

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William H. Macy on the live episode of ER

Richard Matheson

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Richard Matheson on writing for The Lawman, including the suspenseful "Thirty Minutes"
Richard Matheson on The Twilight Zone episodes "Nick of Time" and "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," both of which starred William Shatner
Richard Matheson on the Twilight Zone episode "Little Girl Lost" and how real life inspired the story
Richard Matheson on his surprise that The Twilight Zone episode "The Invaders" has become a classic

Leonard Nimoy

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Leonard Nimoy on his creation of "Mr. Spock's" Vulcan salute and its use in the episode "Amok Time"
Leonard Nimoy on the Star Trek episode "The Devil in the Dark," and "Spock's" mind meld ability

Timothy Van Patten

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Timothy Van Patten on his "story by" credit for the "Pine Barrens" episode of The Sopranos

Cliff Robertson

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Cliff Robertson on the classic Twilight Zone episode "The Dummy" (SPOILERS!)

Barney Rosenzweig

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Sharon Gless and Barney Rosenzweig on developing the theme of alcoholism for "Christine Cagney" and her father on Cagney and Lacey

Maxine Stuart

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Maxine Stuart on [SPOILER ALERT!] The Twilight Zone: "Eye of the Beholder" and the irony in the show's casting, considering the show's message about conformity

Neil Travis

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Neil Travis on editing Kunte Kinte's capture in part one of Roots

Terence Winter

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Terence Winter on the series finale of The Sopranos

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