Archive for the ‘"Lou Grant’ Category

"The Simpsons" Hits the Big Screen

Thursday, July 26th, 2007

After years and years of gossip and teasers about a Simpsons feature film, the time has come! This weekend marks the opening of The Simpsons Movie — marking the iconic television series’ transition to the big screen.

In 2003, the Archive of American Television interviewed James L. Brooks, the executive producer of The Simpsons. In the interview parts 9 and 10, he speaks in-depth about the creation of The Simpsons.

Click here to access James L. Brooks 11-part interview.

Interview description:
James L. Brooks was interviewed for five-and-a-half hours (in two sessions) in Bel-Air, CA. Mr. Brooks spoke of his early days as a page at CBS – working his way up to the newsroom. After working in documentaries, Brooks turned to comedy, where he wrote scripts for Hey Landlord, The Andy Griffith Show and My Three Sons before co-creating (with Gene Reynolds) Room 222. In 1970, MTM Productions teamed Brooks with Allen Burns, where they created and produced The Mary Tyler Moore Show. They were also producers on the spin-off series Rhoda, Phyllis and Lou Grant. After leaving MTM, Brooks produced Taxi, The Associates, and The Tracy Ullman Show. Mr. Brooks also talked about the craft of writing and producing for television and his continuing work as executive producer on The Simpsons. The two-part interview was conducted by Karen Herman on January 17 and February 12, 2003.

Also available, is a full interview with Phil Roman, the founder of Film Roman, which currently oversees the animation of The Simpsons.

2006-07 Primetime Emmy Awards Nominations Announced

Thursday, July 19th, 2007

Nominations for the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards were announced today. With this year’s nominations, ER has become the most-nominated television series of all time with 120 nominations (Cheers has 117). Sally Field, who was first nominated for an Emmy in 1977 for Sybil (she won), received her seventh career nomination and her first as a regular in a series, for Brothers & Sisters.

Another Emmy perennial, Edward Asner has received his 16th Emmy nomination. Asner holds the record for most acting Emmys won by a male actor (7). He is nominated for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for The Christmas Card. Asner was inducted into the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 1996.

Edward Asner was interviewed by the Archive of American Television on April 7, 1999 in North Hollywood, CA.

Click here to access all Edward Asner interview segments.

Interview description:

Asner began by describing his start as an actor in theatre and in “live” television. He talked about his appearances in filmed series television in the ’60s such as in Naked City, Route 66, and The Defenders; his appearance as a regular on the political drama Slatterly’s People (1964-65); as well as television movies. He discussed the portrayal of his most memorable role, that of “Lou Grant,” which he played on the sitcom, The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-77) and its dramatic spin-off Lou Grant (1977-82). He discussed many of his other notable television appearances such as in the miniseries Roots and Rich Man, Poor Man; the telefilms The Life and Assassination of the Kingfish and The Gathering; and the series The Trials of Rosie O’Neill. He also discussed his political activism in the 1980s and his role as Screen Actors Guild President from 1981-85.

Tune in to the 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday, September 16 on FOX.