If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to get your personal finances in order, you won’t want to miss this insightful interview with finance guru Suze Orman!
The Archive of American Television recently sat down with Suze Orman (television host, financial adviser, and yes, former roommate of John Belushi) for a three-hour interview, discussing everything from her family motto, “An Orman never gives up”, to suing Merrill Lynch; from becoming Vice President of Investments at Prudential Bache Securities, to creating The Suze Orman Show on CNBC.
Below are just a few highlights from the interview:
Vampires and werewolves and fairies, oh my! True Blood has all the other-wordly creatures you’re likely to ever desire. In his 2011 Archive interview (NOW ONLINE!) creator Alan Ball describes how he and fellow writers come up with all of Bon Temps’ fantastical characters and storylines (the series has strayed a bit from Charlaine Harris’ Sookie Stackhouse novels on which it’s based.)
Ball recounts how he discovered the novels and got involved with True Blood:
And muses on the current fascination with vampires:
True Blood returns with Season 5 tonight, Sunday, June 10th, at 9pm on HBO. Here’s the trailer to whet your appetite:
As the show’s slogan says, “Waiting Sucks,” but no more waiting after tonight!!
He’s served as Deputy Director of the Peace Corps, White House Press Secretary, and host of Bill Moyers’ Journal, a critically acclaimed news program on public television. In his 2001 Archive interview, Bill Moyers discusses his career in politics and public TV. He describes working with Presidents Kennedy and Johnson, and in the following clip recalls the mindset with which he entered public broadcasting:
You can catch Moyers on Moyers & Company Sunday nights on your local PBS station, and watch Bill Moyers’ full Archive interview here.
In his two hour Archive Interview, Bill Moyers discusses his upbringing in Texas and his early interest in writing and journalism. He explains how he first met Lyndon Johnson and four years later campaigned for Johnson for President in the 1960 election. He describes being present when JFK offered Johnson the Vice-Presidential ticket, shares where he was when JFK was assassinated, and discusses his roles as Deputy Director of the Peace Corps under Kennedy and as White House Press Secretary under President Johnson. He describes his role as publisher of the newspaper “Newsday”, speaks of writing about cross-country travels for “Harper’s Magazine”, and relays how he was approached by National Educational Television to host a show on PBS – what would become This Week/ Bill Moyers’ Journal. Moyers outlines memorable pieces covered on the show, and recounts how the Nixon administration reacted to coverage of Watergate. Don Carleton conducted the interview on May 16, 2001 in New York, NY.
Happy 90th birthday, William Froug! Froug started out as a radio writer at CBS, transitioned to television, and wound up producing some of the medium’s biggest hits. He served as a producer on The Twilight Zone, Bewitched, and Gilligan’s Island, among others. When he left production, Froug began teaching screenwriting at UCLA and authored several books on the subject, including The Screenwriter Looks at the Screenwriter and Screen-writing Tricks of the Trade.
Here are some selections from his 2011 Archive interview:
On the secret to writing for radio:
What’s the secret? I think the secret is just keep making it up as you go along. I really do. It’s one sentence at a time. I never had an outline for anything I ever did. Ever. Just start writing. If you can entertain yourself, there’s a chance you can entertain somebody else. That was my philosophy. I kept myself amused and I’m a short attention span guy. But each sentence would surprise me. I never knew what was going to happen next, and that kept me going. If I’d had an outline I would have dropped it long ago.
On working with Rod Serling as a producer on The Twilight Zone:
On why The Twilight Zone has continued to be a popular series after all these years:
I think Rod Serling. He wrote great scripts. That’s why. Stories were great. By and large they are great.
On being the Executive Producer in Charge of Drama at CBS:
It really meant I read all the scripts for dramatic series – met with the producers of dramatic series. Let them know I was going to be reading their material and make suggestions from time to time. I was greeted like cancer, you know. The blank stares “You think you’re going to tell us how to produce our series?” I’d been a line producer. I knew that wasn’t going to happen. But that was the job. So I read their scripts. Never said a word. Never met with them. That was my job.
On why he began teaching screenwriting at UCLA:
It’s in my blood. I can’t explain that. Like what made me have to be a writer? I just knew I wanted to be a teacher. I just knew I had to do it and I love it. When I first started at CBS in radio, in the very beginning, I started a course one night a week in radio writing at CBS in one of their offices. Had about three or four people show up. But I had this urge to teach. It’s just in me. There’s no “what led me to it” anymore than what led me to be a writer.
On producing Bewitched:
I didn’t have anything to do because Bill Asher actually produced it and directed it and correctly took the credit and was married to the star. There was no role for me there, really. He just wanted somebody to be the titular producer, who he could then blame for anything that went wrong. He wasn’t interested in me as a producer. He was looking for a fall guy, basically. Because when he had battles with his wife, he didn’t have anybody to blame. Now he could blame me. That’s all right.
On his philosophy on screenwriting:
Basically, find a clear line. The key is to find a line. The storyline is king. And Page 1, Line 1 is when the story must start. You pick up the script. Page 1, Line 1, the reader has got to know what kind of story he’s getting and what kind of genre to expect. Is it going to be a mystery? Is it going to be a comedy? What’s it going to be? I called it the opening signal: Page 1, Line 1. Then you’ve got to grab the audience within the first five pages, preferably the first two. That’s very important.
Happy 90th birthday, William! Here’s to many, many more!
She occupied half of Walter Cronkite’s anchor chair on CBS Evening News (she co-anchored with Dan Rather); she famously interviewed Newt Gingrich’s mother, and she is married to Maury Povich. In her 2009 Archive Interview, Connie Chung talks of being a serious journalist, covering national elections and 9/11, yet also shows her softer side, speaking of her role as a mother, and outlining her frequent appearances on Late Night with David Letterman skits.
She details working with Walter Cronkite:
And why she felt comfortable appearing on the hit sitcom, Murphy Brown:
He’s best known for playing “Robert Barone” on CBS’ Everybody Loves Raymond, but he’s also a prolific voiceover artist (he’s “Gusteau” in Ratatouille!), and co-star of another successful sitcom, ‘Til Death, with Joely Fisher. Brad Garrett sat down with us in 2007 for quite an entertaining interview. (Be prepared for lots of jokes and silly side conversations with those off-camera!)
In his two-hour Archive interview, Brad Garrett discusses his early comedy influences and breaking into stand-up comedy as a teenager. He talks about his first appearance on television on Norm Crosby’s ComedyShop and his contest-winning turn on Star Search. He describes two short-lived sitcoms on which he appeared before landing the role for which he is most known, that of “Robert Barone” on Everybody Loves Raymond. He speaks in detail about the show’s nine season run — describing his character, commenting on the ensemble cast and series creator Phil Rosenthal, and recalling favorite episodes. Garrett also discusses his next sitcom success, playing twenty-years-married “Eddie Stark” on ‘ Til Death — a series on which he was also a producer. He speaks of playing comic icon Jackie Gleason in the 2002 made-for-television movie Gleason, and touches on then-current projects including voicing “Gusteau” in Pixar’s Ratatouille. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview in Malibu, CA on April 26, 2007.
She’s spearheaded some of HBO’s most memorable and risque projects: Real Sex, Taxicab Confessions, Cathouse … As Vice President of Original Programming (overseeing family and documentary projects) Sheila Nevins has pushed the boundaries at HBO, and given the world some remarkable shows as a result.
In her 2006 Archive interview, Nevins describes the origins of Taxicab Confessions:
He’s the guy responsible for bringing Carrie, Miranda, Charlotte, and Samantha into our homes every Sunday night. Michael Patrick King was executive producer of Sex and the City, HBO’s hit series about four (originally) single gals livin’ the life in New York City. Before Sex and the City, though, King wrote for Murphy Brown and Will & Grace (among other shows) and has since gone on to executive produce CBS’ 2 Broke Girls.
In his 2011 Archive Interview, King details his work on Sex and the City, and discusses (SPOILER) Carrie ending up with Big:
For years he was Jay Leno’s right-hand-man, on both The Tonight Show and the short-lived Jay Leno Show. Though Kevin Eubanks may best be known as the former Tonight Show with Jay Leno bandleader, he’s also an accomplished musician in his own right. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, plays the piano, violin, guitar, and trumpet, and has recorded several albums. Oh, and he’s appeared on Muppets Tonight, Hollywood Squares, and Days of Our Lives.
Eubanks discusses his easy rapport with Jay Leno in his 2011 Archive interview: