One of the most prominent and prolific motion picture composers of the 20th century, Jerry Goldsmith composed the scores for such classic films as Planet of the Apes, Patton, Chinatown, The Omen, The Boys from Brazil, Alien, Poltergeist, Hoosiers, Basic Instinct, Rudy, L.A. Confidential, three of the Rambo films and five of the films in the Star Trek motion picture series. But Goldsmith also left his mark in television, composing the themes to such diverse series and miniseries as The Man From U.N.C.L.E., Room 222, Police Story, Barnaby Jones, Masada and QB VII, as well as contributing music to The Twilight Zone, The Fugitive, G.E. Theater and many of the great anthology series from the Golden Age of Hollywood.
Joining us this week as we pay tribute to Jerry Goldsmith will be Jon Burlingame, one of the leading authorities on the subject of music in film and television, and the author of such books as TV’s Biggest Hits: The Story of Television Themes from Dragnet to Friends.
Jon will be moderating a panel discussion on Goldsmith on Sunday, Mar. 13 at UCLA’s Royce Hall as a part of a day-long event honoring the composer’s many contributions to American music and the advancement of the art of composing for film and television. We will talk about this, as well as play samples of some of Goldsmith’s work in television, when Jon joins us in our second hour.
Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will join us in our first hour as we look back at last week’s Oscar telecast, as well as catch up on the latest with Charlie Sheen. All this, plus This Week in Television History.
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