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The Television Career of Richard Donner
Original Airdates: July 16-18, 2021
TVC 546.3: From August 2011: Ed welcomes James Christie, author of You’re The Director, You Figure It Out: The Life and Films of Richard Donner, a comprehensive biography and filmography that includes a detailed look at Donner’s early career as a director of episodic television and made-for-TV movies. Topics this segment include why Donner particularly enjoyed directing such shows as The Wild, Wild West and The Man from U.N.C.L.E., and how the title of James’ book stems from a comment that Steve McQueen once made to Donner during production of an episode of Wanted: Dead or Alive.


Richard Donner, Get Smart, and Gilligan’s Island
Original Airdates: July 16-18, 2021
TVC 546.6: From August 2011: Ed welcomes James Christie, author of You’re The Director, You Figure It Out: The Life and Films of Richard Donner, a comprehensive biography and filmography that includes a detailed look at Donner’s early career as a director of episodic television, including the stretch where he became known in the TV industry as the “king of the pilots” because of his track record for directing pilots that went to series.
Topics this segment include Donner’s insight into the 99 character on Get Smart, and how he understood Sherwood Schwartz’s underlying concept for Gilligan’s Island like few others. Richard Donner passed away on Monday, July 5 at age 91.

Richard Donner, Superman, and The American Dream
Original Airdates: July 16-18, 2021
TVC 546.7: From August 2011: James Christie, author of You’re The Director, You Figure It Out: The Life and Films of Richard Donner, takes us behind the scenes of the making of Superman, the 1978 movie directed by Richard Donner that created the modern-day blockbuster superhero motion picture genre. Topics include how Donner saw Superman as a story about what it meant to be an immigrant in America, and the occasional clashes that he had with producers Alexander Salkind and Ilya Salkind during production of the film. Richard Donner passed away on Monday, July 5 at age 91.

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