I represent the first generation who, when we were born, the television was now a permanent fixture in our homes. When I was born people had breakfast with Barbara Walters, dinner with Walter Cronkite, and slept with Johnny Carson.
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Sunday, July 03, 2011
Dynasty Creators Richard and Esther Shapiro: Next on TV CONFIDENTIAL
Co-creators, co-writers and co-executive producers of the long-running ABC-TV series Dynasty, Richard and Esther Shapiro have also written and produced The Colbys, Emerald Point, NAS and many acclaimed made-for-TV movies and miniseries, including Minstrel Man, Friendly Fire, East of Eden, Intimate Strangersand Sarah T: Portrait of a Teenage Alcoholic. For a time Esther Shapiro was vice president in charge of miniseries for ABC, where she oversaw the production of such top-rated minis as Masada, Pearl, Ike, The Winds of War and Inside the Third Reich, while Richard Shapiro is the author of Tobacco Brown, an epic novel about one man’s search for meaning that is poignant, thought-provoking and often hysterically funny.
Richard and Esther join us in the studio during our first hour. We’ll talk about the origins of Dynasty, their collaboration with Aaron Spelling, the casting of such stars as John Forsythe, Joan Collins, Diahann Carroll and Rock Hudson, some of the great cliffhangers in Dynasty history, and much, much more.
Tony Figueroa and Donna Allen will join us in our second hour as we continue our look at notable network shows that were recently canceled, including America’s Most Wanted.
We’ll follow that with an encore presentation of our conversation with Keith Eliot Greenberg, producer of America’s Most Wanted and author of such books as December 8, 1980: The Day John Lennon Died, a minute by minute, documentary-like look at the events that shaped what turned out to be the final day of John Lennon’s life.