Archive for the ‘"Jeopardy"’ Category

Harry Friedman-featured in this month’s "Emmy"

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008

Harry Friedman, producer of Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! among many other iconic programs, was interviewed by the Archive in 2007. His story is featured in this month’s EMMY magazine, available now.

UPDATE: 1/1/09 The full article has been posted to the Jeopardy! site.
Read it here.

Detailed description:
Harry Friedman was interviewed for over two hours in Culver City, CA. Friedman described his early career path and how he came to be a writer on The Hollywood Squares in the 1970s. He talked about producing the late 80s version of the show that featured Joan Rivers as the center square. He spoke in great detail about his long association with the game shows Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy! that he began producing in the mid-90s. For Wheel he talked about changes made to the game play through the years, such as the addition of the Jackpot Round and the Mystery Round; as well as the Wheel Watchers Club. For Jeopardy!, he talked about the winning streak of Ken Jennings. The interview was conducted on October 10, 2007.

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"It’s Saturday Night Live…" Don Pardo Interview Posted

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

The third season of Saturday Night Live comes out on DVD today. The Archive interviewed long-time announcer Don Pardo, whose voice has been closely associated with the show since its debut in 1975.

Click here to view Don Pardo’s entire eight-part interview.

Interview description:

Pardo talked about joining NBC in 1944 and defined his duties as a staff announcer. He listed several of the radio and early television series on which he worked and described his trademark announcing style. He talked about his long association with several game shows including the original The Price Is Right, Choose Up Sides (where he appeared on-camera as “Mr. Mischief”), and the original Jeopardy! (that launched the pop culture catchphrase: “Don Pardo, tell her what she’s won!”). Lastly, Pardo spoke in great detail about the series for which he is most closely associated, Saturday Night Live. He then acknowledged leaving his post as staff announcer at NBC having held the position for a record 60 years and 6 months.

TV Exec Roger King Dies – Interview Online

Sunday, December 9th, 2007

Roger King, CEO of CBS Television Distribution, has died at the age of 63. King was interviewed by the Archive of American Television in 2004. His interview is now online. Click here to access his 3-part interview.

Interview description:
King talked about his early years in television, including his position as general manager of Fort Lauderdale station WKID. He discussed the founding of the family business, syndication company “King World,” by his father Charles King, and his later association as an executive with the company. He talked about some of the first shows that “King World” syndicated and the transition to syndicating their own properties that started with the game show Wheel of Fortune. He detailed the continued success of the company with such popular programs as Jeopardy, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and Dr. Phil. Additionally, he talked about the merger between “King World” and CBS, and his subsequent role as CEO of CBS Enterprises.