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.
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.