I have been meaning to post about Stephen Bowie’s wonderful website and blog for some time now and I apologize to Stephen for not doing so months ago. The website, Classic TV History, features three behind the scenes articles and a variety of wonderful oral histories. The articles, about East Side/West Side, The Invaders and Arrest and Trial, are incredibly detailed, with information gleaned from dozens of interviews, and honestly put my articles to shame.
The Classic TV History Blog is equally as fascinating as the website and the volume of information available is almost overwhelming. You’ll want to spend a lot of time digging around the archives but perhaps the best place to start is this post from May of 2010 in which Stephen posts excerpts from internal NBC memos having to do with the erasure of various NBC programs in the late 1950s/early 1960s. Stephen also does a better job keeping tabs on writers, producers, directors and actors who have passed away. For example, I cannot believe I did not know until today that David Dortort, creator of Bonanza, died in early September.
So, if you haven’t taken the time to look over Stephen’s website or blog, I urge you to take the time to do so now. If you like Television Obscurities, you’ll love Classic TV History and The Classic TV History Blog.