Archive for the ‘Television Academy’ Category

Cast and Creators Appear at the TV Academy’s "Funnybone of the ’80s"

Tuesday, November 17th, 2009

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences hosted “Funnybone of the ’80s” last night with the cast and creators of some of the great sitcoms of the 1980s— Cheers, Designing Women, Murphy Brown, and Night Court.

The Archive spoke to a few of the guests on the press line, including cast members Ted Danson (Cheers), Kelsey Grammer (Cheers), Joe Regalbuto (Murphy Brown), and Charles Robinson (Night Court).

Seven New Inductees Into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Hall of Fame Committee has selected Candice Bergen, Charles Lisanby, Don Pardo, Gene Roddenberry, Tom and Dick Smothers and Bob Stewart to be the next inductees into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame, Television Academy Chairman-CEO John Shaffner announced today.

The new group of inductees will be honored at a special ceremony on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Producing the Hall of Fame Gala are Lee Miller and Kevin Hamburger.

“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,” Shaffner said. “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.”

Hall of Fame candidates are submitted from the Television Academy’s membership and the industry at large to the Hall of Fame selection committee, chaired by Mark Itkin, partner, William Morris Endeavor. This year’s committee includes Mike Darnell, president, alternative entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company; Brian Graden, president, programming, for MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo; renowned television producer-director Lee Miller: Anne Sweeney, co-chair, Disney Media Networks and President, Disney – ABC Television Group; and Thomas Walsh, award-winning production designer and current president of the Art Directors Guild.

More from the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences Press Release.

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

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 on actress Candice Bergen and show creator/producer Gene Roddenberry.

Happy Father’s Day

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences celebrated TV Dads on Thursday June 18th and the Archive of American Television was there to catch a few of the “adored and endeared” fathers on the press line. Among the beloved patriarchs present were Stephen Collins, Bryan Cranston, Jon Cryer, Patrick Duffy, Michael Gross, Bill Paxton, Dick Van Dyke, Dick Van Patten, and Reginald VelJohnson.

Below, the Archive talks with Big Love’s Bill Paxton on how his character fits in with the TV dads of earlier eras and Family’s Ties‘ Michael Gross and Meredith Baxter talk about the family values of their show and the fun they had on the set.

TV Art Director and Sculptor Dick Stiles Passes

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
(Above) Dick Stiles (pictured 2nd from left) participates in the unveiling of
the Jim Henson wall sculpture on the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame Plaza in 2005.

L to R: Phil Wayne, Sculpture Committee chairman; Dick Stiles, Hall of Fame Sculptor;
Lisa Henson and Dick Askin, former chairman of the Television Academy.

We were truly saddened to learn that Emmy-nominated television art director and sculptor Dick Stiles died Monday of pneumonia and heart failure. Stiles worked tirelessly on the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame Sculpture Committee during the past two decades, serving three terms as co-chair as well as sculpting many of the works himself. Along with being an Archive interviewee, Dick was a staunch supporter of the Archive, even giving his time to allow us to chronicle his creation of the Jim Henson wall sculpture (above) at the Television Academy.

In the above clip (part 3 of 3 of his interview), he discusses his work with the Television Academy. His full interview can be seen here.

Interview description:
Television Art Director Dick Stiles spoke about working at CBS’ Television City and the introduction of color TV, as well as about the craft of drafting and art direction. He detailed his work on various other productions, culminating in a 27-year career as the art director of “Wheel of Fortune”. He also talked about his contributions in the selection and creation of sculptures on the plaza of the Television Academy’s headquarters. Mr. Stiles was interviewed June 21, 2003.

Vote for your Favorite TV moment!

Thursday, September 11th, 2008

Carol Burnett channels Scarlett O’Hara, Sammy Davis Jr. plants a kiss on Archie Bunker.. as does Mulder on Scully.. Who Shot JR is finally revealed.. and it’s Suzanne Pleshette at a B&B in Vermont…! Vote for your favorite TV moment! Visit to cast your ballot for the most memorable comedy or drama episode. Winners will be announced during the live Primetime Emmy telecast September 21 on ABC!

MSN Entertainment Celebrates 60 Years Of Emmy

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

MSN and the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences are presenting classic clips from 60 years of the Primetime Emmy Awards. Additionally, Emmy winners who have been interviewed by the Archive of American Television share their stories about their Emmy-winning work and their experiences on Emmy night.

Click here to access dozens of clips posted on MSN.

Below are three of the video pieces: Doris Roberts discusses her work on Everybody Loves Raymond and her Emmy acceptance speeches, Joseph Barbera talks about pitching Huckleberry Hound and what winning the Emmy meant to him, and Tim Conway & Harvey Korman talk about their work together and comedic Emmy appearances.

Emmy Archive: Doris Roberts
Emmy Archive: Doris Roberts

Emmy Archive: Joseph Barbera
Emmy Archive: Joseph Barbera

Emmy Archive: 'The Carol Burnett Show'
Emmy Archive: 'The Carol Burnett Show'

TV’s Most Memorable Moments – Vote online!

Tuesday, August 19th, 2008

The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards are soon approaching, and many of our Archive interviewees have been honored with nominations this year. Visit to watch and vote on your favorite comedy and dramatic moments from classic television shows. The audience favorites will be revealed on the Emmy Awards telecast on September 21 on ABC.

Call for Entries: 29th College Television Awards

Friday, January 4th, 2008

To all future Archive interviewee wannabes:

The College Television Awards competition, sponsored by the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, rewards excellence in college student video, digital and film productions. Students currently enrolled in a community college, college or university may apply, and for the first time, can submit their video entries online. The entry deadline is January 15, 2008.

CTA Categories
* Animation (all forms)
* Children’s
* Comedy
* Comedy Series
* Commercial
* Documentary
* Drama
* Drama Series
* Magazine
* Music (best composition)
* Music (best use of music)
* Newscast

Click here for official rules and guidelines.

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.

Archive of American Television Celebrates its 10th

Wednesday, June 13th, 2007

Top Row (L to R): Television Academy COO Alan Perris with Betty White; Bud Yorkin; Loretta Swit; George Shapiro; Marilyn & Monty Hall; Bob Mackie; Doris Roberts.
Middle Row (L to R): Frederick Pierce; Richard & Esther Shapiro; Carl Reiner; Elinor Donahue; Mel Shavelson; Marla Gibbs; Del Reisman.
Bottom Row (L to R): Barbara Eden; Charles Fox and Vic Mizzy; Jack Larson; Rose Marie; Tom Bosley and Marion Ross; Television Academy chairman Dick Askin with Mickey & Jan Rooney. (Photos: Mathew Imaging)

Over 300 interviewees and Archive of American Television supporters attended the June 4th event at Crustacean restaurant in Beverly Hills to celebrate the official 10th anniversary of the Archive. The cocktail reception featured the premiere of the Archive’s presentation reel and a few choice remarks by Television Academy chairman Dick Askin who shared the sentiments of everyone at the event when he marveled at the vast amount of television history represented in the room that night.

Among the Archive of American Television interviewees who attended were:
Edie Adams, Ray Aghayan, Army Archerd, Larry Auerbach, Ted Bergmann, Steve Binder, Tom Bosley, Carl Brainard, Dann Cahn, Charles Cappleman, Roy Christopher, Henry Colman, Hal Cooper, Warren Cowan, Dixon Dern, Walter Dishell, Elinor Donahue, Barbara Eden, Ruth Engelhardt, June Foray, Charles Fox, Eddie Foy, Chuck Fries, Betty Garrett, David Gerber, Marla Gibbs, Monty Hall, Florence Henderson, Seaman Jacobs, Joseph Jennings, George Clayton Johnson, Jack Larson, Art Linkletter, Charles Lisanby, Sam Lovullo, A.C. Lyles, Bob Mackie, Ann Marcus, Leslie Martinson, Jayne Meadows Allen, Nolan Miller, Vic Mizzy, Anne Nelson, Alan Neuman, David Newell, Nicholas Noxon, Hugh O’Brian, Marty Pasetta, Frederick Pierce, Carl Reiner, Del Reisman, John Rich, Ted Rich, Rita Riggs, Doris Roberts, Phil Roman, Rose Marie, Marion Ross, Stanley Rubin, Jay Sandrich, Joseph Sargent, Thomas Sarnoff, Bob Schiller, George Schlatter, Esther Shapiro, George Shapiro, Richard Shapiro, Melville Shavelson, Hazel Shermet Rhine, Doris Singleton, Ira Skutch, Gary Smith, John Soh, Lynn Stalmaster, Leonard Stern, Jeremy Stevens, Bob Stewart, Dick Stiles, Loretta Swit, Judge Joseph Wapner, Betty White, Ben Wolf, Bud Yorkin

See additional photos in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences gallery.