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We did an episode on Good Times which came out of a newspaper article about the incidence of hypertension in black males being higher than…
That’s the heart of it: My shows were not that controversial with the American people. They were controversial with the people who think for the…
In the area we’re discussing, leadership begins on Madison Avenue, on the desks and in the offices of people who spend hundreds of millions of…
Granted, the writers, directors, producers, and that community make a great deal of money. But they might be choosing to do a whole lot of…
But it also became the experience, or was the experience, of the writers who were attracted to this kind of humor. They’re all men or…
At great, great remove sit the head of General Electric, the head of News Corp, the head of Viacom, or the head of this giant…
I wanted to just do a one-act play for 26 minutes, with commercials at the beginning and end. For years, I couldn’t get my way.…
You’re in the business – when you’re a writer, producer, director – to get ratings.
TV that people will never see, that giant international corporations will never touch, will never pay your salary.
When we went on the air, I didn’t want to be interrupted for an act-one curtain.
There was no real controversy with All In The Family. That came from the people on the business end.
Originally, with all the shows, we went looking for belly laughs.
The American people may not be the best-educated, but they’re very wise at heart.
Nobody doubts my partisanship, but a lot of the activity is nonpartisan.
I stop and look at traffic accidents. I won’t hang around, but when I hear something is terrible, as bad as it is, I’ve gotta…
Even when they don’t know who Nixon was, these shows will continue to play.
So we gravitated to shows and issues and causes that made people care.
We are a country of excess. So it’s not the violence, per se, but the exacerbation and constant repetition.
It crossed our minds early on that the more an audience cared – we were working before, on average, 240, live people. If you could…
In this nation, leadership is dollars.
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