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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.

“A-Team” Hits Theaters & DVD Shelves This Week

Thursday, June 10th, 2010

It’s A-Team week, with the complete season now out on DVD and the feature film coming out tomorrow. The original series found the team of freelance soldiers-of-fortune succeeding in mission after mission from 1983-87 and landing in the top ten of the year-end Nielsens for its first two seasons.

Series creator Stephen J. Cannel talks about the genesis of The A-Team, from a seed idea of NBC executive Brandon Tartikoff in his Archive of American Television interview (see The A-Team under “shows discussed in this interview”).

Stephen J. Cannell Television Series Book Released or "If you have a problem – If no one else can help… maybe you can hire Stephen J. Cannell"

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009

From McFarland, a new book chronicling Stephen J. Cannell’s productions is being released today, written by Jon Abbott (author of a 2006 book on Irwin Allen’s productions). Stephen Cannell was responsible for many television hits strating in the 1970s, and won the Emmy Award for The Rockford Files. Cannell was interviewed by the Archive on June 23, 2004.

Here is a link to Cannell’s nine-part Archive interview.

Interview description:

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.