"In the early days of television, we said the way to get that audience is to offer the people good stuff. They'll come up to it. The result was 'Goodyear Playhouse' and 'Armstrong Theater' by great writers like Paddy Chayefsky and Horton Foote. The audience got interested. And they watched it. Later, other guys came in and they said 'No, The audiences are not going to come up. Give them crap.' Then you got 'Beverly Hillbillies' and 'Gilligan's Island', things like that. Those guys were absolutely right. As the ratings proved. But it sure didn't help television. It's too bad that there wasn't a longer period of trying to come up."
About This Interview
In his four-hour Archive interview, Charlie Andrews (1916-2004) talks about his early years in Chicago radio, and his service in World War II. He describes meeting Dave Garroway in Chicago and co-creating and writing for his innovate show Garroway at Large. He recounts many aspects of Garroway at Large, including rehearsing, the set of the show, the various personnel involved in producing it, and his personal relationship with Garroway. He recalls co-creating and writing for Studs' Place featuring Studs Terkel and eventually going to write for Today featuring Dave Garroway. Andrews discusses writing for CBS's The Morning Show with Dick Van Dyke as well as Caesar's Hour featuring Sid Caesar. He outlines working on several shows for Arthur Godfrey, including Arthur Godfrey Time, Arthur Godfrey and His Friends, and Talent Scouts. He speaks of working on various projects in the '60s including the Miss U.S.A. pageant, and the 1969 Emmy Awards telecast. He sums up by talking about various people he's worked with in his career and how he'd like to be remembered. Henry Colman conducted the interview on October 20, 1998 in West Hampton, NY.