This video is Part 8 of Del Reisman’s 12-part interview. In this segment, he talks about Rod Serling and The Twilight Zone. Click here to access the interview.
“I always knew when [Rod] came to the Twilight Zone offices because I’d hear the Coca-Cola machine going… he had a coke in one hand and a cigarette in the other. He needed neither of them. I mean, he was tremendously energetic on his own.”
Del Reisman’s six-hour Archive of American Television Interview is now available for viewing on EMMYTVLEGENDS.ORG
Reisman begins by looking back on his early years growing up as a “studio brat” observing his mother at work as a secretary at Universal Studios in the 1930s. He describes his entry in television as a reader on the anthology series Four Star Playhouse. He details his most prolific period in television as an associate producer/ story editor on such television series as: the “live,” daily color anthology Matinee Theater, the prestigious ninety-minute anthology Playhouse 90, the classic filmed anthology The Twilight Zone, the popular crime series The Untouchables, the western series Rawhide, and the drama The Man and the City. He discusses his work as story consultant on the nighttime soap opera Peyton Place, for which he wrote the cliffhanging final episode (the series was canceled without a finale). He also talks about his later work as a freelance writer of such 1970s series as The Streets of San Francisco and Little House on the Prairie. Finally, Reisman describes his long service to the Writers Guild of America, west for which he ultimately served as President from 1991-93. Other subjects discussed include the Hollywood blacklist and the McCarthy era, as well as Reisman’s work (at the WGA) to restore the credits of blacklisted writers of feature films made in the 1950s-60s. The interview was conducted by Gary Rutkowski on October 28, 2003.