In our first hour, we’ll pay tribute to pioneer television writer/producer Madelyn Pugh, who passed away last week at the age of 90.
One of the first female writers in the TV industry, Madelyn Pugh wrote for comedy legend Lucille Ball for four decades, including the iconic television series I Love Lucy. Talk show host Stu Shostak will join us for this segment; Stu not only knew Madelyn for 30 years, but was the official archivist for Lucy for the last ten years of her life.
Also in our first hour: Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will take us back to Apr. 22, 1976, when Barbara Walters signed a $5 million contract to join Harry Reasoner as co-anchor of The ABC Evening News. The deal made Walters not only the highest paid TV journalist at the date, but the first female to headline a network news broadcast. We’ll also look back at the 25th anniversary of the “Captain Midnight” broadcast signal intrusion, and other events that originally took place This Week in TV History.
Our second hour will feature an encore presentation of our conversation with writer, producer and novelist Richard Shapiro, co-creator of Dynasty, The Colbys and other television productions. Richard's novel, Tobacco Brown, is an epic-length story about one man's search for meaning that is not only poignant and thought-provoking, but often hysterically funny. We’ll talk about what inspired Richard to write Tobacco Brown, as well as his work on such acclaimed miniseries and TV movies as East of Eden, Intimate Strangers, Minstrel Man, and Sarah T: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic.
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