"The Golden Age of Television was bound to happen because all the young writers at the time were thinking they were playwrights, and then suddenly this medium came along where you could do the same thing in two weeks and there was an audience for it. There was a market for it."
About This Interview
In his two-hour Archive interview, David Shaw (1916-2007) discusses his prolific career as a television writer. He talks of his start in TV with the 1949 ABC "live" dramatic anthology series Actors Studio. He details his work on the series Philco-Goodyear Playhouse, comments on several of his individual teleplays (he contributed the most teleplays of any writer), and talks about working with legendary producer Fred Coe. Shaw describes knowing and working with other figures of the Golden Age of Television, such as director Delbert Mann, writer Paddy Chayefsky, and actress Eva Marie Saint. He discusses several series for which he served as a story editor including Mr. Peepers and The Defenders. He describes his teleplays for Producers' Showcase ( including his Emmy-nominated adaptation of "Our Town") and the six shows he wrote for Playhouse 90. B-roll consists of two photos - a head shot from the 1960s and a photo of Shaw behind-the-scenes on his Tony-Award-winning musical "Redhead," starring Gwen Verdon. Gary Rutkowski conducted the interview in Beverly Hills, CA on August 31, 2004.