Emmy Award-winning writer/director Joseph Dougherty and author David Koenig will join us for Part 2 of our special roundtable discussion of Columbo. All this, and more, on the next edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, airing June 17-19 at the following times and venues:
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Emmy Award-winning writer, producer, director, playwright, and author Joseph Dougherty (thirtysomething, Pretty Little Liars, Saving Grace, Chester Bailey) will join us this week, along with David Koenig, author of Shooting Columbo: The Lives and Deaths of TV’s Rumpled Detective, for Part 2 of our special roundtable discussion devoted to Columbo, both the original NBC series (1971-1978) and the ABC revival (1989-2003). Topics this week will include the important role that music played in the original series (particularly the score that Oliver Nelson wrote for “The Greenhouse Jungle”); how the City of Los Angeles is very much a character in and of itself, in both the NBC and ABC versions of the show; and why Columbo has discovered new viewers of late, for reasons that go beyond the pandemic.
Writer/producer Dan Farren (Story Salon), and Tony Figueroa of This Week in TV History will also join us. We hope you’ll join us for Part 2 of our Columbo roundtable, which will air in our first hour.
Shooting Columbo is available in hardcover, as an eBook, and as an audiobook through Amazon.com. Joseph Dougherty’s new book, A Screenwriter’s Companion, is now available for pre-order through Amazon.com and Fayetteville Mafia Press.
Also this week: We will bring you an encore presentation of our July 2011 conversation with William Link, the Emmy Award-winning writer/producer (Columbo, Mannix, Ellery Queen, Murder She Wrote, The Columbo Collection) who passed away on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020.
This particular conversation with Bill originally aired as part of a tribute to Peter Falk. As such, we talked to Bill that day about the origins of Columbo (which Bill created along with his longtime collaborator, Richard Levinson); Falk’s friendship with Levinson and Link, which predated their work on the Columbo television series; how Falk came to be cast as Columbo; and the enduring appeal of the Columbo character. We’ll replay our conversation with William Link in our second hour.
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