Archive for the ‘"Bonanza"’ Category

“Bonanza” Producer David Dortort Has Died– Archive Interview Online

Wednesday, September 8th, 2010

David Dortort, executive producer of the classic TV westerns Bonanza and The High Chaparral, has died at the age of 93.  When asked in his Archive of American Television interview how he’d like to be remembered, he said: “as a man who brought the message of love, peace, and harmony to television.”

David Dortort’s Archive interview was conducted on August 8, 2002.

Interview description:

David Dortort was interviewed for three hours plus in Los Angeles, CA.  Dortort spoke about his television writing career which began in the 1950s and culminated with his long association as writer and executive producer of the western series Bonanza and The High Chaparral. The interview was conducted by Henry Colman.

David Canary Retiring from “All My Children” in April

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Daytime Emmy-winner David Canary, who has played one of soap’s most famous dual roles– twin brothers Adam & Stuart Chandler on All My Children– is retiring from the series after a 27-year run. Canary is also known for two primetime ’60s TV classics: western Bonanza (playing ranch foreman Candy Canaday) and primetime soap Peyton Place (as Dr. Russ Gehring).

David Canary was interviewed by the Archive of American Television on July 19, 2004 and his interview is now available on EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG

Interview Description:
David Canary was interviewed for two hours plus in New York, NY. Canary spoke in great detail about the daytime soap opera All My Children and the dual role for which he is most well known, the twins “Stuart and Adam Chandler.” He described the challenges of playing the roles and how the show has changed over the years. Canary also talked about his significant work as a regular on primetime’s Peyton Place and Bonanza,, as well as the soap Another World. For Bonanza, he described the production, significant episodes featuring his character “Candy Canaday,” and working with the regular cast. He also detailed guest roles on such series as Gunsmoke. The interview was conducted by Connie Passalaqua.

Director Robert Butler’s Archive Interview is Now Online!

Friday, August 3rd, 2007


Director Robert Butler was responsible for creating the look and feel for many classic television series in a career that spanned five decades. His full Archive of American Television interview is now available online, including detailed accounts of directing the first episodes of Batman, Moonlighting (pilot telefilm) and Hill Street Blues.

Click here to access Robert Butler’s entire five-hour interview.

Interview description:
Butler began by describing his early years breaking into the business as an usher at CBS. He described his experiences in various behind-the-scenes capacities on such classic “live” anthology series as Climax! and Playhouse 90. He described his first break in television directing on the comedy/drama series Hennesey. He detailed his many and varied assignments in series television in the 1960s on such series as The Detectives, Bonanza, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Dr. Kildare, Gunsmoke, The Defenders, The Fugitive, Hogan’s Heroes, The Twilight Zone, Batman, and Star Trek. Butler described his work in the 1970s on television movies (such as Columbo MOWs and James Dean) and feature films. He extensively described his groundbreaking work on the look of Hill Street Blues, for which he directed several of the initial episodes (including the pilot). He talked about his later work on such series as Remington Steele, Moonlighting (the telefilm pilot), Out on a Limb, Midnight Caller (which he also executive-produced), Sisters, and Lois & Clark. The interview was conducted by Stephen J. Abramson on January 14, 2004.