Episode 41 – Race on TV with Alvyn Haywood

This week join us for a special conversation between Steve, Andrew, and Jonathan with Steve’s friend and colleague, Alvyn Haywood. Mr. Haywood, a professor of Communication at Mercer County Community College, brings his knowledge, gleaned from years as an educator both in the classroom and out in the community, to the topic of race on television during the 1980s. Steve moors the conversation around Sut Jhally’s early 1990s analysis of The Cosby Show, but the conversation also touches upon issues of class, cultural representation, and the medium’s tendency towards cultural amnesia at best, and invisibility at worst.

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Episode 40 – 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee

This week join Steve as he drags Andrew kicking and screaming into the 33 1/3 Revolutions Per Monkee Special, while Jonathan attempts to deconstruct all the deep thoughts flying around the pianos and gorillas. What exactly were The Monkees trying to say with the special? Why were there no subsequent specials? Why is Little Richard present? Will Andrew walk out of the studio in disgust? These answers and much more on this week’s episode. You can also listen to a previous episode we recorded about The Monkees and representations of 60s youth counterculture here: link

Check out this wonderful resource for info on The Monkees and 33 1/3: The Monkees Live Almanac

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Episode 39 – Jim Henson Biographer Brian Jay Jones

This week join Jonathan, Andrew, and Steve in conversation with author of Jim Henson: The Biography, Brian Jay Jones. We discuss Henson’s early start in the Washington, D.C. television market, what made Henson so unique, and the challenges that all biographers face in dealing with the archive. You can also listen to a previous episode we recorded about Henson and the Muppets here: link

Biographer Brian Jay Jones (author’s homepage)

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Jim Henson: The Biography (Google Books)

George Lucas: A Life (Google Books)

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Episode 38 – Regional Sports Networks

This week join Steve, Jonathan, and Andrew as they discuss the pros and cons of increased regionalization of sports TV networks, and their histories. They also talk about the role collegiate sports play into this regional identity construction. Jonathan adds thought he explored on 4th and Long regarding the line between sports fandom and sports addiction and the 24/7 sports network programming hole.

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Episode 37 – McCarthyism on TV

This week join Steve, Andrew, and Jonathan as they discuss the early show trials of McCarthyism and how quickly US audiences fell in love with the real-life TV court drama. We also discuss McCarthy’s favorite defense when his “facts” didn’t stand up to scrutiny: accuse somebody else of being a Communist!

A few pages to whet your interest from Thomas Doherty’s Cold War, Cool Medium: PDF

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Episode 36 – Paramount’s Star Trek Strategy

This week Jonathan and Steve provide the history of, and discuss, Paramount’s near persistent strategy of using Star Trek as the anchor for every new media channel they attempt to launch. We focus our discussion on the years 1977, 1995, and 2015. So, if you’re a fan of Star Trek, or just enjoy the typical television network business shenanigans and power plays, we think you’ll dig this episode.

Then be sure to stop back two weeks from now on June 30, 2016 to listen to our next full length episode. You can leave a comment on this page and can always reach us via email at: feedback@tvhistorypod.com

Pearson and Davies, Star Trek and American Television: link

A useful Wiki about Star Trek: Phase II (1977) link

Short, but solid bio on Barry Diller: link

A short, 1989 LA Times article by Paul Richter expressing the then-rush to buy stations: link

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Episode 35 – Our Interview with Newton Minow

This week we are pleased to present our interview with former FCC chairman, Newton N. Minow. Mr. Minow joins us from his office in Chicago to discuss the role of television in presidential debates, his decisions that supported the rise of PBS, and of course, his famous “vast wasteland” speech. For those interested in learning more about Mr. Minow’s distinguished career, please click one of the links below.

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A documentary about Newton Minow: link

Audio of the “Vast Wasteland” speech from May 9, 1961: link

Broadcasting & Cable’s recent interview with Mr. Minow: link

 

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Minow receives PBS’s “Be More” award: link

Minow’s book on Presidential Debates: link

Episode 34 – Jim Henson & The Muppets

This week join Jonathan as he drags Steve kicking and screaming down the rabbit hole that is Jonathan’s fascination with Jim Henson. They discuss the cancellation of the most recent network iteration of The Muppets. Steve sees them merely as a useful educational tool made of felt, while Jonathan reads so much more into it. They also briefly connect it to Disney’s recent buying spree of intellectual property.

Brian Jay Jones biography of Jim Henson: link

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Episode 33 – TV Pilots

This week join Steve, Andrew, and Jonathan as they provide a brief overview of television pilots and attempt to pitch one another some pilots that REALLY deserve a second chance. Come join the fun. 😉

The process of pilots: link

Current pilot statistics: link

Lee Goldberg’s Unsold TV Pilots: link

Launch of Trio Cable Channel: link

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Episode 32 – Late Night Network TV

This week join Steve and Jonathan as they have a discussion about the recent history of late night network television. What role did this programming play traditionally? Is there a role left for it to play in an era of time-shift programming? We also discuss the history of women in late night and issues of representation.

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