Posts Tagged ‘“Charlie’s Angels”’

Good Work, Angels! Charlie’s Angels Turns 35 and the Series Remake Premieres Tonight!

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Thirty-five years ago today, on September 22, 1976, Executive Producers Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg introduced the world to Charlie’s Angels — detectives Sabrina, Kelly, and Jill, played by Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and Farrah Fawcett.  As the  title sequence explained, the women attended the police academy, received menial job assignments, and were rescued from boredom by the mysterious Charlie, who hired them as private detectives for his agency. The ladies solved crimes with the help of Charlie’s assistant, John Bosley, and reported to Charlie, whose face was never seen, but whose voice, provided by John Forsythe, became one of the most recognizable in all of television.

Different Angels worked for the agency over the years: Cheryl Ladd joined the show after Farrah Fawcett’s departure, and Tanya Roberts and Shelley Hack became Angels upon Kate Jackson’s exit. As Aaron Spelling explained in his 1999 Archive interview, the Angels were nearly known as “Alley Cats” until Kate Jackson came up with the final title for the show:

Two movies based on the series were released in 2000 and 2003, and the first television remake of Charlie’s Angels, starring Annie Ilonzeh, Minka Kelly and Rachael Taylor, premieres tonight, exactly 35 years after the original show debuted. Good luck, Angels!

“Dynasty” Star John Forsythe Has Died– Archive Interview Online

Friday, April 2nd, 2010

John Forsythe, best known as oil tycoon Blake Carrington on the ’80s prime time soap Dynasty, has died at the age of 92. Forsythe’s TV career dates back to the 1940s, and baby boomers will remember his first regular series role as the single dad on the series Bachelor Father (1957-62). Forsythe’s other major TV claim-to-fame is providing the voice to the unseen “Charlie” in the ’70s hit Charlie’s Angels.

John Forsythe was interviewed by the Archive of American Television on July 24, 2000; his interview is currently available online.

Interview Description:
John Forsythe was interviewed for two-and-a-half hours in Los Olivos, CA. During his interview, Mr. Forsythe spoke of his extensive live television work and his series role as Bentley Gregg on Bachelor Father. He then chronicled his work on two other series, The John Forsythe Show and To Rome with Love, as well as numerous made-for-television movie roles. He also spoke about his voice-only role as “Charlie” on Charlie’s Angels and his role as Blake Carrington, the patriarch of the popular long-running series, Dynasty, opposite actresses Linda Evans and Joan Collins. The interview was conducted by Don Carleton.

Aaron Spelling’s Interview Now Available on Google Video

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Aaron Spelling, who died at the age of 83 on June 23rd, was interviewed for three hours by the Archive of American Television in a two-part interview on November 18 and 24, 1999.

Interview Description:

During his interview, Mr. Spelling spoke of his early career as an actor before turning to writing. He described the role of a producer and discussed the creation of such programs as Charlie’s Angels, Dynasty, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, Beverly Hills 90210, and Melrose Place. He also discussed his role as producer of the films And the Band Played On and Mr. Mom. The interview was conducted by Henry Colman.

Click here to see Aaron Spelling’s full interview.