News from the Archive

AAT Staff Spotted!

November 2nd, 2006

Dateline: Los Angeles
The Archive of American Television staff was spotted heading for the Mystery Machine yesterday afternoon.

Hope your Halloween was fun, too!

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Happy Halloween!

November 1st, 2006

On November 11, 1960 the Twilight Zone aired "Eye of the Beholder," which would become one of the series' classic shows.

Listen to actress Maxine Stuart relate her experiences, playing the woman under the bandages at 21 minutes into tape 1. Spoiler Alert!

Click here to view Maxine Stuart's interview.

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Religious Series Producer / Director Martin Hoade Has Died

October 28th, 2006

Religious series programmer Martin Hoade died on September 26 at the age of 90. Mr. Hoade was interviewed by Michael Rosen for the Archive of American Television on November 23, 2002.

Martin Hoade on his shows:

Was I interested in religious issues? No, I was just interested in the human condition. As far as religion illuminates or instructs the human condition. Since the vehicle is drama or commentary or conversations, I found that more interesting than the commercial work.... As the dramas progressed, I asked if we could drop the visual identification, The Catholic Hour or The Frontiers of Faith or the The Eternal Light, superimposed over the opening scene of a drama. I felt that if we could do that, what was to follow, the word was in the drama, not in that title and so it was agreed that we would drop the titles over those dramas and only at the end of the program we said this program has been produced "in association with." So those titles were lost early on when we went into the dramas, because it seemed to diminish our access. And that was agreeable, they understood that. Because the faith groups were interested in getting out the word as they saw it contained in that script, which they approved.

Interview description:
Martin Hoade was interviewed for over three hours in New York, NY. Mr. Hoade recalled his early days in television working for NBC, on programs such as newsreels and political conventions. He talked about his move into religious programming as the producer and director of NBC’s Sunday morning religious program wheel, which was comprised of the series Frontiers of Faith, The Catholic Hour, and The Eternal Light. He spoke of the craft involved in producing religious programming as well as the issue of proselytizing and of religious programming in general.

The interview can be viewed at the Television Academy headquarters in North Hollywood, CA. Martin Hoade was also featured as an interviewee in Jeff Kisseloff's The Box: An Oral History of Television 1920-61.

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Classic "Sesame Street" Comes to DVD!

October 24th, 2006

Today sees the release of highlights from the early years of Sesame Street on DVD. This revolutionary children's show was developed by Joan Ganz Cooney and made its debut on November 10, 1969.

The Archive of American Television has interviewed many of the key talents associated with this series.

Click here to access Joan Ganz Cooney's interview.

Click here to access Big Bird himself, Carroll Spinney's interview.

Click here to access performer Bob McGrath's interview.

Among the many other contributors to Sesame Street who have been interviewed by AAT are: Dr. Lewis Bernstein (executive producer), Ed Christie (art director/ puppet designer), Kevin Clash (puppeteer, "Elmo"), Danny Epstein (music director), Tony Geiss (writer), Loretta Long ("Susan"), Sonia Manzano ("Maria"), Lloyd Morrisett (executive, Children's Television Workshop), and Roscoe Orman ("Gordon"). These interviews can be viewed at Television Academy headquarters in North Hollywood, CA and will be available on Google Video in the future.

What did you learn from watching Sesame Street?

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Actress Jane Wyatt has Died

October 23rd, 2006

Jane Wyatt talks about working on Father Knows Best

Actress Jane Wyatt died at her home on Friday, October 20 at the age of 96. For six years, she starred on Father Knows Best, where she played Margaret Anderson, one of the most beloved television moms. The Archive of American Television interviewed Ms. Wyatt for two hours on November 16, 1999. Click here to access Jane Wyatt's interview.

Interview Description:

Ms. Wyatt described her lengthy career in film, stage, and television. She talked about her feature film debut in 1934 in James Whale’s One More River and her subsequent film roles in such classics as Frank Capra’s Lost Horizon and Elia Kazan’s Gentleman’s Agreement. She discussed the McCarthy era in which she found herself on an industry blacklist unable to work in film. She described her television debut on Robert Montgomery Presents in the title role of “Kitty Foyle” (1950) and her varied roles in “live” television. She described in detail her most memorable and enduring work for television on Father Knows Best (1954-63), in which she played the role of Margaret Anderson, a part which won her three consecutive Emmy Awards. She talked about her later television work on such series as the Bell Telephone Hour and Hollywood Television Theatre. She talked about her appearance as Mr. Spock’s human mother on the series Star Trek (a role she repeated in the feature film Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home). Ms. Wyatt also described her memorable recurring role as Katherine Auschlander on the medical drama St. Elsewhere. Ms. Wyatt was interviewed by Gary Rutkowski in Los Angeles.

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