Mary Tyler Moore’s Big BreakMary Tyler Moore’s Big Break
Actress Mary Tyler Moore describes how she nearly didn’t go to the audition for “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” She wowed the show’s creator and director, Carl Reiner, and got the part of Laura Petrie, the wife of Rob Petrie … Continue reading
Primetime Soaps PreviewPrimetime Soaps Preview
Trace the arc of nighttime soaps, from “Peyton Place” to “Dallas,” “Dynasty” and “Knots Landing.” Primetime Soaps premieres Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 8 p.m. ET/PT.
The Carol Burnett Show Crack-upsThe Carol Burnett Show Crack-ups
Margaret Cho and Carol Burnett describe the cast’s famous unscripted fits of laughter. Harvey Korman’s crack-ups were usually in response to Tim Conway’s facial expressions and nuances of comic delivery. According to Burnett, the cast of “The Carol Burnett Show” … Continue reading
Joan Rivers on Being a “Pioneer”Joan Rivers on Being a “Pioneer”
In this interview outtake, Rivers explains why she doesn’t like being called a “pioneer.” Continue reading
Funny Ladies PreviewFunny Ladies Preview
See the first stand-up comediennes to appear on television and the sitcom stars who followed. Funny Ladies includes interviews with Carol Burnett, Mary Tyler Moore, Joan Rivers, Betty White and more. Premieres on PBS on Tuesday, January 15, 2013 at … Continue reading
Carol Burnett’s Big BreakCarol Burnett’s Big Break
This excerpt from Funny Ladies follows Carol Burnett’s first big break, when she performed a song feigning affection for U.S. Secretary of State, John Foster Dulles, known as “The Most Boring Man in America.” Within a week, she was a … Continue reading
Stephen Cannell on the “Dragnet” Style of ActingStephen Cannell on the “Dragnet” Style of Acting
Writer and actor Jack Webb believed realism on the small screen heightened the natural dramatic tension of a show, so when he created the crime drama series “Dragnet” in 1951, he wrote fast-paced, clipped dialogue. But it was difficult for … Continue reading
Rosey Grier on the Kennedy AssassinationRosey Grier on the Kennedy Assassination
Actor Rosey Grier, who also worked as a bodyguard for the Kennedy family, recalls the night congressman Robert F. Kennedy was assassinated and his role in apprehending Sirhan Sirhan and protecting him from an angry crowd.
Rod Serling on Science FictionRod Serling on Science Fiction
“Twilight Zone” creator Rod Serling defends science fiction as a legitimate form of literature. Continue reading
Phyllis Diller on “The Ed Sullivan Show”Phyllis Diller on “The Ed Sullivan Show”
Comedienne Phyllis Diller describes how she ran into trouble with gags and cue cards on the “The Ed Sullivan Show.”
Leonard Nimoy on “Gunsmoke”Leonard Nimoy on “Gunsmoke”
Leonard Nimoy appeared as a guest star on numerous TV series before landing the role of Spock on “Star Trek.” Here, he describes a role as an Indian on the Western series “Gunsmoke.”
Doc Severinsen on Johnny CarsonDoc Severinsen on Johnny Carson
“The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson” bandleader Doc Severinsen shares his memories and impressions of his long-time friend and boss, Johnny Carson. He recalls the moment he realized that Carson had become a major star.