Posts Tagged ‘Ron Howard’

TV Academy Announces 22nd Hall of Fame Inductees

Wednesday, January 23rd, 2013

The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences’ Hall of Fame Committee has selected actor/director/producer Ron Howard, sportscaster Al Michaels, executive Leslie Moonves, journalist Bob Schieffer, and producer Dick Wolf as the newest inductees into the Television Academy’s Hall of Fame. Inventor Philo T. Farnsworth will also be inducted posthumously. The group will be honored at the 22nd Annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony held at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on March 11, 2013.

Additionally, this year’s Hall of Fame will benefit the Archive of American Television! As Jerry Petry, Chairman of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation (parent organization of the Archive ) stated, “Each of this year’s honorees has had their achievements and personal stories chronicled in our Archive, and we can’t think of a better way to honor them than to perpetuate the good work of the Foundation.”

As Petry alluded, the Archive of American Television has conducted interviews with all but one of the new honorees – Philo T. Farnsworth passed away before the Archive’s inception, but we did interview his wife, Elma “Pem” Farnsworth. Below enjoy selections from Archive interviews with or touting this year’s Hall of Fame inductees:

Ron Howard on playing “Opie” on The Andy Griffith Show:

Al Michaels on the 1980 Olympics’ “Miracle on Ice:”

Leslie Moonves on the future of television:

Bob Schieffer on the role of the mainstream media:

Dick Wolf on the importance of casting:

Elma Farnsworth on her husband Philo’s idea for all-electronic television at age fourteen:

More from our Featured Story on the 22nd Annual Hall of Fame Inductees.

The Academy Awards: “One Big TV Show”

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

Though The Academy Awards celebrate movies, the ceremony also makes for one of television’s biggest events: the Oscars are “one big TV show” according to Archive interviewee Ron Howard. The televised awards show provides one of those now-rare communal-TV-watching experiences that the medium used to enjoy quite frequently in its early years. When TV was just starting out and few people owned sets, neighbors used to gather around the set of the one early adopter on the block to watch television together. Oscar night, a time when people throw parties and once more convene around the tube, brings us back to a similar experience, where we can enjoy three-plus hours of ogling dresses, predicting winners, and crying during heartfelt acceptance speeches. Or perhaps you’ll watch it DVR’d and fast forward through the bulk of the broadcast, or log in to the Oscars’ mobile app for the evening’s behind-the-scenes footage. Though The Academy Awards have been an institution for 84 years now, some things have definitely changed.

Many of the Archive of American Television’s interviewees have been involved with the Oscars, from hosting, to producing, to writing, and even winning the golden statues.

Jerry Lewis on co-hosting the 1959 Academy Awards and scrambling to fill 20 minutes of airtime when the show ran short:

The late Gil Cates on producing The Academy Awards and feeling like a certain theme always jumped out at him for each year’s telecast:

Quincy Jones on producing the 1996 Academy Awards, hosted by Robin Williams:

Alan “Buz” Kohan on writing for over 20 Oscar telecasts:

Bruce Vilanch on making the most of the unexpected when writing for The Academy Awards – Jack Palance’s Best Supporting Actor Win:

And Ron Howard on winning an Academy Award for directing A Beautiful Mind:

Billy Crystal tackles hosting duties for the ninth time this evening, and Don Mischer and Brian Grazer will serve as this year’s Oscar producers. Tune in to ABC at 5:30pm PT/ 8:30 ET to see if your Oscar picks are correct! For complete info on the 84th Academy Awards, visit

The Bluths are Back: “Arrested Development” is in Development!

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

This week Executive Producer Dean Lorey announced that the full cast of Arrested Development is back for season four! Creator Mitch Hurwitz, writer Jim Valley, and Lorey are hard at work writing the episodes now. The series enjoyed three seasons on FOX before it was cancelled in 2006, but next year Netflix will stream season four online to subscribers.

In his 2006 Archive interview, Executive Producer (and narrator) Ron Howard discussed how Arrested Development arose from attempting to do a sitcom that would utilize the visual language of reality television and internet programming – fitting considering the program’s new home:

The new season is set to stream sometime in 2013.

Visit our Arrested Development show page for behind-the-scenes stories of the sitcom.

For more on the current season in production, click here.

“The Andy Griffith Show” 50th Anniversary

Friday, October 1st, 2010

After a pilot episode aired on The Danny Thomas Show (“Danny Meets Andy Griffith,” airdate: 2/15/60), The Andy Griffith Show landed on CBS’ following fall schedule, debuting on October 3, 1960. It led to a group of successful “rural-themed” sitcoms (The Beverly Hillbillies, Green Acres) that populated the CBS schedule through the ’60s.  Nominated for several Emmy Awards, it brought five consecutive Emmys to ensemble player Don Knotts (as “Barney Fife”), but surprisingly Andy Griffith never saw a nomination.  Perhaps this resulted from Griffith’s own realization early on that his character, Sheriff Andy Taylor, should not be played for laughs, but remain the voice of reason among the off-center denizens of Mayberry.  Mayberry itself became the center of the show and landed in the pop culture annuls— leading audiences to believe it was a real town (as noted in The Musuem of Broadcast Communications’ Encyclopedia of Television, “over the years the writers fleshed out the geography and character of the town with a degree of detail unusual for series television.”)  The Andy Griffith Show was followed by two spin-offs (Gomer Pyle U.S.M.C. and Mayberry R.F.D.) and a highly-rated reunion TV movie Return to Mayberry (1986).  Andy Griffith was later seen on Matlock, Don Knotts on Three’s Company, and little Ronny Howard was just getting started when he starred in follow-ups The Smith Family and Happy Days.  Andy Griffith, now 84 years old, has recently appeared in such feature films as Waitress (2007) and Play the Game (2008).

“I knew that Don should be the comic and I should play straight for him.  And that made all the difference.  All the difference.  Then Mayberry became a living town.” — Andy Griffith

“Mayberry was a little town of yesterday… where everybody knew everybody, and it was full of these funny characters.” — Don Knotts

“Andy used to say that even though we’re making the show in the ’60s, Mayberry is really the town I grew up in the ’40s.  So there was something nostalgic about it already.  It wasn’t trying to be current.  It more reflected his memory of the south that he grew up in.” — Ron Howard

The Archive of American Television interviewed many of the talents behind The Andy Griffith Show, including a rare interview with executive producer Sheldon Leonard (1907-97) in 1996.  Among the many others featured on the Archive’s The Andy Griffith Show show page, include: Andy Griffith, Don Knotts, Ron Howard, Howard Morris, Elinor Donahue, producer Aaron Ruben, writer Everett Greenbaum, composer Earle Hagen (who not only composed the theme, but whistled it, too!), and director Richard Crenna.

The Archive Features “How the Grinch Stole Christmas!”

Friday, December 25th, 2009

The Archive has now posted a page for How the Grinch Stole Christmas, featuring animation producer/director Chuck Jones and the voice of Cindy Lou Who herself, June Foray. The perennial TV special first aired on CBS on December 18, 1966. Sponsored by the Foundation for Commercial Banks, Variety noted, “one can wonder at whom [the] sponsor… was making that quiet pitch.” Variety raved apropos to the times: “Christmas kiddie programming on the networks somewhat resembles a Christmas truce in the Vietnam war [with] a literate half-hour… right there in primetime on Sunday night.”

As posted on the Archive’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas page, Chuck Jones talks about the translation of the Dr. Seuss classic to the screen, including the invention of Max, the Grinch’s dog. Additionally, animator Phil Roman talks about the cartoon’s legacy, June Foray does the voice of “Cindy Lou Who,” and producer-director Ron Howard talks about his big-screen version that required the approval of Dr. Seuss’ widow.