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TV Academy Announces 22nd Hall of Fame Inductees

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Hall of Fame Committee has selected actor/director/producer Ron Howard, sportscaster Al Michaels, executive Leslie Moonves, journalist Bob Schieffer, and producer Dick Wolf as the newest inductees into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame. Inventor Philo T. Farnsworth will also be inducted posthumously. The group will be honored at the 22nd Annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 11, 2013.

Additionally, this year’s Hall of Fame will benefit the Archive of American Television! As Jerry Petry, Chairman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation (parent organization of the Archive ) stated, “Each of this year’s honorees has had their achievements and personal stories chronicled in our Archive, and we can’t think of a better way to honor them than to perpetuate the good work of the Foundation.”

As Petry alluded, the Archive of American Television has conducted interviews with all but one of the new honorees – Philo T. Farnsworth passed away before the Archive’s inception, but we did interview his wife, Elma “Pem” Farnsworth. Below enjoy selections from Archive interviews with or touting this year’s Hall of Fame inductees:

Ron Howard on playing “Opie” on The Andy Griffith Show:

Al Michaels on the 1980 Olympics’ “Miracle on Ice:”

Leslie Moonves on the future of television:

Bob Schieffer on the role of the mainstream media:

Dick Wolf on the importance of casting:

Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo’s idea for all-electronic television at age fourteen:

More from our Featured Story on the 22nd Annual Hall of Fame Inductees.

And the Nominees Are…

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

The 2012 Primetime Emmy Award season began today with the official nomination announcement at 8:40 AM EST. Congratulations to all the nominees for the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards!

The Archive of American Television would also like to congratulate our interviewees who were nominated this year:

Mark Burnett for Outstanding Reality Program (Shark Tank) and Outstanding Reality-Competition Program (The Voice)

Kevin Clash for Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program, (Sesame Street: Growing Hope Against Hunger)

Robert Dickinson for Outstanding Lighting Design/Lighting Direction For A Variety Special (84th Annual Academy Awards, 54th Annual Grammy Awards)

Michael J. Fox for Outstanding Guest Actor In A Comedy Series (as himself on Curb Your Enthusiasm) and Outstanding Guest Actor In A Drama Series (as “Louis Canning” on The Good Wife)

Vince Gilligan for Outstanding Director in a Drama Series (Breaking Bad) and Outstanding Drama Series (Breaking Bad)

Louis J. Horvitz for Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special (54th Annual Grammy Awards)

Kathryn Joosten for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series, (as “Karen McCluskey” on Desperate Housewives)

Susan Lacy for Outstanding Nonfiction Series (American Masters)

Steven Levitan, Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series (Modern Family)

Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd, Outstanding Comedy Series (Modern Family)

James Lipton for Outstanding Nonfiction Series (Inside the Actors Studio)

Chuck Lorre for Outstanding Comedy Series (Big Bang Theory)

Don Mischer for Outstanding Directing For A Variety Special (84th Annual Academy Awards)

Jonathan Murray for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program (Project Runway)

Sheila Nevins for Outstanding Children’s Nonfiction, Reality or Reality-Competition Program (The Weight of the Nation for Kids), Outstanding Nonfiction Series (The Weight of the Nation), Outstanding Nonfiction Special (Bobby Fischer Against The World, Gloria: In her Own Words), Exceptional Merit In Documentary Filmmaking (Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory)

Hector Ramirez for Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Series (Dancing With The Stars), Outstanding Technical Direction, Camerawork, Video Control For A Miniseries, Movie Or A Special (54th Annual Grammy Awards, Kennedy Center Honors)

Tim Van Patten for Outstanding Director in a Drama Series (Boardwalk Empire)

Matthew Weiner, Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series (Mad Men, 2 nominations)

Betty White for Outstanding Host For A Reality Or Reality-Competition Program (Betty White’s Off Their Rockers)

View the full list of nominees here and a playlist of clips from nominated Archive interviewees here.

Tune in for the 64th Annual Primetime Emmys on September 23rd at 7e/4p on ABC!

2012 Television Academy Hall of Fame

Thursday, March 1st, 2012

Two and a Half Men star and Emmy winner Jon Cryer will host tonight’s 21st Annual Television Hall of Fame Gala at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Performers Vivian Vance and Bill Frawley, executive Michael Eisner, show creator-producer Chuck Lorre, executive producers Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray, host Mario Kreutzberger (aka Don Francisco), and lighting director Bill Klages will become the newest inductees into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame.

Presenters at tonight’s ceremony include: Gail Berman presenting to Mary-Ellis Bunim & Jonathan Murray, Garry Marshall presenting to Michael Eisner, Sofia Vergara presenting to Mario Kreutzberger, Walter Miller presenting to Bill Klages, Peter Roth presenting to Chuck Lorre, Doris Singleton presenting to Vivian Vance, and Barry & Stan Livingston presenting to William Frawley. Mary-Ellis Bunim, Vivian Vance and William Frawley will be inducted posthumously.

The Archive of American Television has conducted interviews with several of the new honorees, and with many of their colleagues. Below enjoy selections from Archive interviews with or touting this year’s Hall of Fame inductees:

Congratulations to all of the honorees!

More from our Featured Story on the 21st Annual Hall of Fame Inductees.

TV Academy Announces 21st Annual Hall of Fame Inductees

Monday, November 28th, 2011

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Hall of Fame Committee has selected performers Vivian Vance and Bill Frawley, executive Michael Eisner, show creator-producer Chuck Lorre, executive producers Mary-Ellis Bunim and Jonathan Murray, actor Sherman Hemsley, host Mario Kreutzberger (aka Don Francisco), and lighting director Bill Klages as the newest inductees into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame. The group will be honored at the 21st Annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at The Beverly Hills Hotel on March 1st, 2012.

“The group of inductees for this year’s Hall of Fame has had a remarkable impact in all areas of the television industry, from performers and hosts to producers and executives,” said Mark Itkin, chair of the Hall of Fame selection committee. “It is a tremendous privilege to chair this committee and be able to honor this group with the recognition that they so greatly deserve.”

The Archive of American Television has conducted interviews with several of the new honorees, and with many of their colleagues. Below enjoy selections from Archive interviews with or touting this year’s Hall of Fame inductees:

I Love Lucy actress Doris Singleton and director William Asher on Vivian Vance and William Frawley:

Michael Eisner on how television has changed and where it’s headed:

Melissa McCarthy on how Chuck Lorre fought for her to play “Molly” on Mike and Molly:

Tom Freston on the creation of Bunim/Murray’s The Real World:

Sherman Hemsley on developing his famous character, “George Jefferson:”

Mario Kreutzberger aka Don Francisco on hosting Sabado Gigante:

Bill Klages on directing the lighting for JFK’s inaugural gala:

More from our Featured Story on the 21st Annual Hall of Fame Inductees.

Toasting a Legend: The Television Academy Presents “An Evening Honoring Carl Reiner”

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Congratulations to Carl Reiner, who will be honored by The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in North Hollywood this evening! Panelists paying tribute to the television legend include Mel Brooks, Jon Cryer, Ann Morgan Guilbert, Bonnie Hunt, Rose Marie, Larry Matthews, Bill Persky, Rob Reiner, Paul Reiser, Eva Marie Saint, Garry Shandling, and Dick Van Dyke. The event is sold out, but you can watch the live webcast at 7:30pm PST at emmys.com.

Reiner’s career in television began in the 1940s with appearances on The Fashion Story and The Fifty-fourth Street Review, and continues today with a recurring role on Hot in Cleveland. He’s won multiple Emmys, and in his Archive Interview, Reiner shares a fun fact about how his then-rules for wearing his toupee complicated his first Emmy win for The Dick Van Dyke Show:

“I didn’t wear my hair because if I had worn my hair and sat in the audience, it would be suggesting that I think I’m gonna win. I remember saying, ’should I put my hair on?’ Because my rule of thumb is if it’s national … local shows I never wore it. If I went on an interview show I never wore my hair during the day … If it’s a national show, I’ll wear it. But I decided that night, I said, ‘honey, if I put my rug on, people are gonna think I think I’m gonna win.’ So I said, ‘I’m gonna not wear it. If I win, I’ll go up there.’

In his acceptance speech, Reiner earned a huge laugh with the line, “If I’d known I was going to win, I would have worn my hair.”

He’s a winner with or without the toupee in our book.

Watch below for more memorable moments from Reiner’s career:

On creating The 2000 Year Old Man with Mel Brooks:

On working with Sid Caesar and Imogene Coca:

On winning his first Emmy:

On working with the writers of The Dick Van Dyke Show:

Watch Carl Reiner’s Full interview online:
http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/people/carl-reiner

Recap: The TV Academy Celebrates Women in Comedy

Friday, June 3rd, 2011

(l-r): Margaret Cho, Caroline Rhea, Bonnie Hunt, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Carol Leifer, Elayne Boosler & Lily Tomlin (PictureGroup)

Recently, the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences hosted “Ladies Who Make Us Laugh”, an event devoted to women in comedy hosted at the Academy’s Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre. Guests included comedians Bonnie Hunt, Margaret Cho, Caroline Rhea, Carole Leifer, Elayne Boosler, Lily Tomlin and Mary Lynn Rajskub.

The Pop Culture Passionistas were on the red carpet for the Archive of American Television to find out more about these extraordinary performers. Here’s a playlist featuring those interviews:

Watch the entire An Evening with the Ladies Who Make Us Laugh panel discussion here:

Alan Armer, Producer of “The Fugitive” and Former TV Academy President, Has Died

Wednesday, December 8th, 2010

Alan Armer, who won an Emmy Award as the producer of the classic adventure series The Fugitive, has died at the age of 88.  Armer served as the President of the Hollywood Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the early 1970s and began his career at local L.A. TV’s KNBH (KNBC) in the 1950s.

Alan Armer’s Archive interview was conducted on July 15, 2008.

Interview Description:

Alan Armer talked about his early years growing up during the Great Depression.  He spoke about his studies in speech and drama and his practical experience as an announcer in radio, and acknowledged winning a World’s Fastest Talker contest, while a teenager, speaking 617 words in 57 seconds.  He described his years in local television in Los Angeles at KNBH (now KNBC) where he worked in many capacities and developed the series Lights, Camera, Action, a showcase for new young acting talent.  He chronicled his work as a producer at 20th Century Fox in series television, where he produced My Friend Flicka and Broken Arrow.  With Broken Arrow’s production falling during the era of the Hollywood Blacklist, Armer revealed that the series’ original writers could not be hired, rejected by the sponsor (but that he later employed them on The Fugitive).  He spoke in great detail about his association as executive producer with the classic crime series The Untouchables.  For this series, he commented on: the controversy that arose due to the show’s portrayal of Italian-Americans, the necessity to tone down the show’s depiction of violence, and Robert Stack’s performance as Eliot Ness.  He then talked about his work with Quinn Martin on the series The Fugitive.  For The Fugitive, he gave his impressions of the cast, commented on the series highly-rated finale, and noted the series’ Emmy win for Best Drama Series.   He also touched on later Quinn Martin-produced series The Invaders and Cannon.  Lastly, he talked about serving as President of the Hollywood Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the early 1970s, and the increase in membership and creation of the Film Group screenings during his tenure.  The interview was conducted by Stephen J. Abramson.

Primetime TV Crimefighters TV Academy Event Coverage Posted

Friday, November 5th, 2010

The Archive was on the scene for coverage of the TV Academy’s Primetime TV Crimefighters Event red carpet arrivals. Video clips posted include panelists Mike Connors, Marg Helgenberger, Thomas Gibson, Boris Kodjoe, Matt Passmore, Mary McCormack, Carlos Gomez, and Angie Harmon. Thanks to the Pop Culture Passionistas for shooting and editing the footage.

Visit the special video page at EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG

62nd Primetime Emmy Noms Announced Today

Thursday, July 8th, 2010

With the 62nd Primetime Emmy Nominations, the Archive of American Television congratulates all of the nominees, including our interviewees:
Paris Barclay (comedy series direction, Glee)
Ken Burns (producer nonfiction series, National Parks: America’s Best Idea)
Kevin Clash (producer children’s nonfiction program, When Families Grieve)
Robert A. Dickinson (lighting direction, 82nd Annual Academy Awards)
Dick Ebersol (exec producer special class programs, Vancouver Olympics Opening Ceremony)
Sharon Gless (supporting actress drama series, Burn Notice)
Louis J. Horvitz (variety special direction, The Kennedy Center Honors)
Shirley Jones (guest actress drama series, The Cleaner)
Susan Lacy (exec producer nonfiction series, American Masters)
Christopher Lloyd (producer/writer comedy series, Modern Family)
Sheila Nevins (producer nonfiction special, Teddy: In His Own Words & exceptional merit filmmaking Sergio)
Tim Van Patten (miniseries direction, The Pacific)
Betty White (guest actress comedy series, Saturday Night Live)
Dick Wolf (producer nonfiction series, American Masters)

Special note: With 126 total series nominations, Saturday Night Live has now become the most-nominated series of all-time.

Watch the Emmy Awards Sunday, August 29 on NBC!

TV Academy Hall of Fame: 2010

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

Tonight, seven new inductees will be added to the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Hall of Fame at a special ceremony at the Beverly Hills Hotel— actress Candice Bergen, art director Charles Lisanby, announcer Don Pardo, show creator-producer Gene Roddenberry (posthumously), performers Tom and Dick Smothers, and game show creator-producer Bob Stewart.

Television Academy Chairman-CEO John Shaffner notes: “Each year, the Television Academy has the privilege of honoring television greats that have contributed to the development and success of this ever-evolving medium.” “This year’s inductees have challenged and shaped popular culture, changed television for the better and entertained us royally while doing so. We are very pleased to be able to induct them into the Hall of Fame for their many achievements.”

The Archive of American Television has conducted interviews with several of the new inductees, click on the links below to view their interviews.

Charles Lisanby – Art Director

Don Pardo – Announcer

Tom and Dick Smothers – Performers

Bob Stewart – Game Show Creator/Producer

See also the Archive’s newly posted pages for:

Actress Candice Bergen

Show Creator/Producer Gene Roddenberry.