Archive Newsletter - February, 2010

Welcome to the Television Academy Foundation's Archive of American Television quarterly newsletter. Here are the latest updates about our interview collection and our new online home: EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG


VANESSA WILLIAMS HOSTS OUR NEW PROMO

Vanessa Williams is the star of the Archive’s new promotional video, available to view on the Archive's home page. Hear all about the Archive’s new online home, EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG — and spread the word!





VISIT OUR NEWLY CURATED SHOW PAGES

In celebration of several classic TV show anniversaries, the Archive has created curated pages for Murder, She Wrote's 25th anniversary (hear Angela Lansbury talk about her decision to accept Murder, She Wrote over a Norman Lear pilot); The Jeffersons' 35th anniversary (Isabel Sanford tells of her initial fears of carrying her own show); and Your Show of Shows' 60th anniversary (Sid Caesar describes memorable sketches and characters).


"THE GREATEST SITCOM EPISODE OF ALL-TIME"

With 20th Century Fox's release of The Mary Tyler Moore Show's sixth season, comes the DVD debut of the classic episode "Chuckles Bites the Dust," oft-cited as the greatest sitcom episode of all-time. The Archive's The Mary Tyler Moore Show: "Chuckles Bites the Dust" show page features reminiscences from stars Mary Tyler Moore and Edward Asner; series co-creators, James L. Brooks and Allan Burns; and others.


"HALL OF FAME" INDUCTEES' INTERVIEWS ONLINE

On January 20, seven new inductees were added to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame. The Archive has posted pages for each of these legends with interview highlights, including actress Candice Bergen, art director Charles Lisanby, announcer Don Pardo, show creator/producer Gene Roddenberry, performers Tom & Dick Smothers, and game show creator/producer Bob Stewart.


TWO NEW RELEASES OF “THE ARCHIVE OF AMERICAN TELEVISION PRESENTS”

"Leonard Bernstein Omnibus" presents historic lectures, performances, and master classes from legendary conductor and composer Leonard Bernstein, that originally aired live on the landmark series Omnibus in the 1950s. Another live Omnibus show, "King Lear"— a 1953 production starring Orson Welles, is available for the first time on DVD, for which Variety in their original review opined: "Welles scored a notable triumph [and] on an equal level of attainment was Peter Brook's highly imaginative and fluid staging of the production." Both of these "The Archive of American Television Presents" DVD releases are currently available.



NEW INTERVIEWS ONLINE


The Archive continually uploads new interviews. Some recent interviews we recommend: Sing Along with Mitch host Mitch Miller (don't miss his take on defying the sponsor's attempt to cast "pretty boys" as his singers), The Late Show with David Letterman bandleader Paul Shaffer (watch Shaffer's ad-libbed performance of a "theme song" for his new book), and TV’s “Judge Judy” Sheindlin (her favorite early show title: Hot Bench).



THE ARCHIVE OF AMERICAN TELEVISION AT: EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG



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Founded in 1997, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation’s Archive of American Television has conducted hundreds of videotaped interviews with the legends of television and makes them available worldwide.