Archive for the ‘"Rockford Files"’ Category

“The Garner Files” – Straight-Shooter James Garner Publishes his Memoir

Tuesday, November 1st, 2011

According to early reviews, Archive Interviewee James Garner doesn’t hold back in his new memoir, The Garner Files. Television’s “Maverick” and star of The Rockford Files takes a keen look back at his personal life and career in this autobiography, co-authored by Jon Winokur. Garner shares childhood experiences, production tales of TV series on which he’s worked, and even critiques every movie he’s ever made. Some of his own reviews are far from kind. Of 1966’s Mr. Buddwing Garner states, “Zero stars. (‘Worst picture I ever made. What were they thinking? What was I thinking?’)”.

Fellow archive interviewee Julie Andrews penned the book’s introduction, and interviewee David Chase, who got his start in television on The Rockford Files, provides anecdotes of working with Garner.

Garner is both a successful film and television star, and the title of his memoir offers a nod to one of the TV shows for which he’s best known. In the following excerpt from Garner’s 3-hour Archive interview, he discusses the intense physical demands of shooting that popular detective program, The Rockford Files:

The Garner Files (Simon & Schuster), out today, is now available for purchase.

Watch James Garner’s full Archive interview here: www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/james-garner

Show Creator Stephen J. Cannell has died— Archive interview Online

Friday, October 1st, 2010

Stephen J. Cannell spanned many decades as a writer-producer, where he helmed such series as The Rockford Files, The Greatest American Hero, 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy, and The Commish.  He won the Emmy Award in 1978 for The Rockford Files (Outstanding Drama Series).

Interview description:

Stephen J. Cannell was interviewed for three-and-a-half hours in Pasadena, CA.  Cannell talked about the challenges of battling dyslexia and using his innate storytelling ability to break into the television business.  He described his work with Jack Webb on the series Adam-12 for which he served as head writer/ story editor.  He discussed his continued work in series television as a creator/ producer, on such series as Toma, Baretta, Baa-Baa Blacksheep, and one of the biggest hits of the 1970s, The Rockford Files.  For Rockford, he talked about creating the series, selling it to the network, and working with series star James Garner.  He spoke in great detail about his hit series of the 1980s and 90s, which included The Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy, and The Commish.  Throughout the interview, Cannell spoke about his approach to storytelling and characterization as well as the processes involved in producing a series for television.  The interview was conducted by Stephen J. Abramson on June 23, 2004.

Composer Mike Post’s Archive of American Television Interview is Online!

Friday, October 12th, 2007


Mike Post, who composed the theme songs for Hill Street Blues, The Greatest American Hero, and L. A. Law, and many others spoke about his long and distinguished career in music composition. Post was one of the featured composer’s last night at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences evening “Another Opening Another Show” which celebrated TV Theme Music. Among the other composers in attendance were Archive interviewees Earle Hagen and Vic Mizzy (to be posted online soon).

Click here to watch Mike Post’s 3-hour Archive of American Television interview (in 6 parts).

Interview Description:
Mike Post was interviewed for nearly three hours in Burbank, CA. Post talked about his early interests in music and his formative years as a studio musician. He discussed his first big break in television as the musical director of the newly revamped The Andy Williams Show (1969-71), making him the youngest person to have that title at the time. He discussed his longtime partnership with Pete Carpenter and their collaborative efforts on many of the major dramatic shows of the 1970s and ‘80s. He spoke about his chance meeting with Stephen J. Cannell that led to his extensive work with Cannell and his colleagues Dick Wolf and Steven Bochco. He described the work of a television composer as someone who layers their art on another’s in a true spirit of collaboration. He outlined his compositions and memorable theme songs for such series as The Rockford Files, Hill Street Blues, The Greatest American Hero, L.A. Law, Cop Rock (theme by Randy Newman) and Law & Order. He was interviewed on May 25, 2005 by Stephen J. Abramson.

The Archive’s Interview with Stephen J. Cannell Featured in the Latest Issue of EMMY Magazine

Monday, June 12th, 2006

Readers of the latest issue of emmy magazine are being treated to excerpts from the Archive of American Television’s terrific 4-1/2 hour interview with television legend Stephen J. Cannell. Loyal Archive blog readers, however, can see the whole interview (by clicking here) any time on Google Video.

Full Description:

Stephen J. Cannell was interviewed for four-and-a-half hours in Pasadena, CA. Cannell talked about the challenges of battling dyslexia and using his innate storytelling ability to break into the television business. He described his work with Jack Webb on the series Adam-12 for which he served as head writer/ story editor. He discussed his continued work in series television as a creator/ producer, on such series as Toma, Baretta, and some of the biggest hits of the 1970s, Baa-Baa Blacksheep and The Rockford Files. For Rockford, he talked about creating the series, selling it to the network, and working with series star James Garner. He spoke in great detail about his hit series of the 1980s and 90s, which included The Greatest American Hero, The A-Team, 21 Jump Street, Wiseguy, and The Commish. Throughout the interview, Cannell spoke about his approach to storytelling and characterization as well as the processes involved in producing a series for television. The interview was conducted by Stephen J. Abramson on June 23, 2004.

Mr. Cannell also has a great website of his own. Check it out by clicking here.