34 Modern TV, Music, and The Monkees in Popular Culture from How the Monkees Changed Television [Video] (1 minute, 6 seconds)

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34 Modern TV, Music, and The Monkees in Popular Culture from How the Monkees Changed Television [Video] (1 minute, 6 seconds)

Rosanne Welch, PhD, Author of Why The Monkees Matter, presents “How The Monkees Changed Television” at a Cal State Fullerton Lunch Lecture on May 8, 2018.

In this talk, she shows how The Monkees, and specifically their presence on television, set the stage for large changes to come in the late 1960s.

 

Transcript

Grace and Frankie. If you haven’t watched it is an adorable show, Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda. In their second season they were telling secrets from their childhoods — from their teenhood — and Lily Tomlin’s secret, Frankie’s secret was she’d had sex with a Monkee and the question was which one and Jane Fonda guessed Micky and that was the answer and I said “You people did not research this program.” The Lily Tomlin character would have had sex with Peter Tork. That’s her boy! That’s the hippie! Not Micky, right? Mickey’s the name most people recognize, but if I was adorable just watching the show BAM a Monkees reference. You cannot get away from the fact that they’re still culturally relevant. I totally forgot my Simpsons thing. So f course in the fifty fiftieth year my book came out, which made me very happy and it’s on our little new author thing right when you walk in. So you can rent a copy. Also, they released an album in their 50th anniversary year they got together with a bunch of modern songwriters and they released an album that was in the top ten because it was written by a whole bunch of famous people. Of course, that’s me outside Warner Brothers cuz you know I had it and I thought it was pretty cute.


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A hit television show about a fictitious rock band, The Monkees (1966-1968) earned two Emmys–Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Acheivement in Comedy.

Capitalizing on the show’s success, the actual band formed by the actors, at their peak, sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined, and set the stage for other musical TV characters from The Partridge Family to Hannah Montana. In the late 1980s, the Monkees began a series of reunion tours that continued into their 50th anniversary.

This book tells the story of The Monkees and how the show changed television, introducing a new generation to the fourth-wall-breaking slapstick created by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers.

Its creators contributed to the innovative film and television of 1970s with projects like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laugh-In and Welcome Back, Kotter. Immense profits from the show, its music and its merchandising funded the producers’ move into films such as Head, Easy Riderand Five Easy Pieces.

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Quote: “A director can’t direct 20 empty pages.” from Why Monkees Matter: The Writing Staff of The Monkees Brought the 1960s Counter Culture to Pre-Teens – 4 in a series

Quote: “A director can’t direct 20 empty pages.” from Why Monkees Matter: The Writing Staff of The Monkees Brought the 1960s Counter Culture to Pre-Teens – 4 in a series

Quote:

“I focus on the writers of television programs and authorship. That’s my thing, because we focus on directors as auteurs of film and we don’t realize — or we forget — that writers, are just like the writers of books. A director can’t direct 20 empty pages.”

from Introduction to The Monkees from “Why Monkees Matter” with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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A hit television show about a fictitious rock band, The Monkees (1966-1968) earned two Emmys–Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Acheivement in Comedy.

Capitalizing on the show’s success, the actual band formed by the actors, at their peak, sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined, and set the stage for other musical TV characters from The Partridge Family to Hannah Montana. In the late 1980s, the Monkees began a series of reunion tours that continued into their 50th anniversary.

This book tells the story of The Monkees and how the show changed television, introducing a new generation to the fourth-wall-breaking slapstick created by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers.

Its creators contributed to the innovative film and television of 1970s with projects like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laugh-In and Welcome Back, Kotter. Immense profits from the show, its music and its merchandising funded the producers’ move into films such as Head, Easy Riderand Five Easy Pieces.

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09 First Year Textbooks from Why I Created a History of Screenwriting Course [Video] (49 seconds)

A clip from my presentation at the 11th Annual Screenwriting Research Network conference. Held on the campus of the beautiful Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.

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09 First Year Textbooks from Why I Created a History of Screenwriting Course [Video] (49 seconds)

In the presentation, I covered the reasons writers have been marginalized – and the reasons they oughtn’t to be so disrespected. Then I talked about how my course works, what books I assign, what guest speakers I invite, what research the students do – and ended on a high note by introducing ‘When Women Wrote Hollywood’ – the book of essays from our inaugural class which has now been published by McFarland.

Transcript:

I also love what you guys said about early film — the music — that we have to study the visual. So we do go back to the silence and talk about them from the very start. We chronologically do this course so you understand the visual is as important as the verbal. In the first year, I used several textbooks. This one I learned about through the Journal of Screenwriting, yea, so it is a very handy thing to have as the teacher. I also use Writers in Hollywood and this lovely book of Anita Loos’ early screenplays as they were first written. They’re written mostly in prose. You can read the stories and why should she stood out back in the day. So that’s a set of them. Then I also use Framework which we mentioned the other day and one of the keynotes and I’m also lucky that I am in Los Angeles so we can have guest speakers come in and this of course is Thomas Stemple we mentioned the other day.

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Quote: Feminism in the Whoniverse from Rosanne Welch, Ph.D – 3 in a series

Quote: Feminism in the Whoniverse from Rosanne Welch, Ph.D – 3 in a series

Quote: Feminism in the Whoniverse from Rosanne Welch, Ph.D - 3 in a series

“Today I want to focus on the concept of the women who’ve travelled with The Doctor and what they tell us about feminism across the years that this program has been on the air.”

from Feminism in the Whoniverse with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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Rosanne appears on Cal Poly Pomona College of Education and Integrative Studies (CEIS) Podcast to discuss Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) [Video] (30 Minutes)

The Dean of the College of Education and Integrative Studies (CEIS) at Cal Poly Pomona (Jeff Passe) asked me to invite 3 IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) students ( Marie Armayin, Ileana Montes and Trejon Hollins) to a podcast about the courses I teach in the IGE and the particular pedagogy we practice (Don’t you just LOVE alliteration?). 

Rosanne appears on Cal Poly Pomona College of Education and Integrative Studies (CEIS) Podcast to discuss Interdisciplinary General Education (IGE) [Video] (30 Minutes)

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That video is now available on YouTube and the Cal Poly Pomona CEIS Podcast Page. It’s a great way to capture the experience of some of my more expressive and interesting students in the middle of their educational journeys – and to demonstrate the idea of being able to articulate your values and ideas in public, a ‘soft skill’ we all can use for the rest of our lives. I often argue that these soft skills make the difference between acing a job interview (and later the career) and not because everyone who comes to an interview has a matching resume of accomplishment so it’s how they handle those soft skills that wins the race.

How to study television writers from Rosanne Welch, Ph.D – 2 in a series

Quotes from Rosanne Welch, Ph.D – How to study television writers – 2 in a series

How to study television writers from Rosanne Welch, Ph.D - 2 in a series

“When people talk about television I get them to try and look at what were your favorite episodes of a program. Now, go to IMDB and find out who wrote those episodes and look at the rest of their career. What else have they written that you might enjoy, because clearly they speak to you. Their voice speaks to you.”

from Doctor Who Regenerated with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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33 The Monkees in Popular Culture from How the Monkees Changed Television [Video] (1 minute, 4 seconds)

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33 The Monkees in Popular Culture from How the Monkees Changed Television

Rosanne Welch, PhD, Author of Why The Monkees Matter, presents “How The Monkees Changed Television” at a Cal State Fullerton Lunch Lecture on May 8, 2018.

In this talk, she shows how The Monkees, and specifically their presence on television, set the stage for large changes to come in the late 1960s.

 

Transcript

Had The Monkees done Sugar Sugar we wouldn’t have the Archie and, of course, the Archie comics — another side tangent — has become Riverdale. The big show right and a big show because you all know him from your own childhood TV watching right? So the grown-up version. So it’s like Circus Boy becoming a Monkee. It just happens over and over again right? All right, you’ve also all known a Monkee song all your life even if you didn’t think you did because in Shrek they use I’m A Believer. So now we’re years behind. We’re thirty years from the show being on the air and a whole run of children know this song right and this is Micky Dolenz closing song in all his concerts. This is his song, right? Breaking Bad in the season before it went off the air did a whole meth — a whole montage of putting meth together to the Monkees song Going Down because Vince Gilligan was a Monkees fan when he was a kid. So his chance to use Monkees music and his own TV show was something exciting for him. Likewise, Mad Men did an episode that used the song for the Monkees. So highly rated Emmy-winning TV shows are airing their music to a whole new generation. I thought that was cool.


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A hit television show about a fictitious rock band, The Monkees (1966-1968) earned two Emmys–Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Acheivement in Comedy.

Capitalizing on the show’s success, the actual band formed by the actors, at their peak, sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined, and set the stage for other musical TV characters from The Partridge Family to Hannah Montana. In the late 1980s, the Monkees began a series of reunion tours that continued into their 50th anniversary.

This book tells the story of The Monkees and how the show changed television, introducing a new generation to the fourth-wall-breaking slapstick created by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers.

Its creators contributed to the innovative film and television of 1970s with projects like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laugh-In and Welcome Back, Kotter. Immense profits from the show, its music and its merchandising funded the producers’ move into films such as Head, Easy Riderand Five Easy Pieces.

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Quotes from Rosanne Welch, Ph.D – Science Fiction and Humanity – 1 in a series

Quotes from Rosanne Welch, Ph.D – Science Fiction and Humanity – 1 in a series

Quotes from Rosanne Welch, Ph.D - Science Fiction and Humanity - 1 in a series

“In Doctor Who we are talking about humanities and what makes people human. Science Fiction is brilliant, because it reminds us about our humanity.”

from Doctor Who and Culture with Dr. Rosanne Welch

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08 Why Female Focused from Why I Created a History of Screenwriting Course [Video] (1 minute, 9 seconds)

A clip from my presentation at the 11th Annual Screenwriting Research Network conference. Held on the campus of the beautiful Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore in Milan.

Watch the entire presentation 

08 Why Female Focused from Why I Created a History of Screenwriting Course

In the presentation, I covered the reasons writers have been marginalized – and the reasons they oughtn’t to be so disrespected. Then I talked about how my course works, what books I assign, what guest speakers I invite, what research the students do – and ended on a high note by introducing ‘When Women Wrote Hollywood’ – the book of essays from our inaugural class which has now been published by McFarland.

Transcript:

So how I teach it. That’s why I teach I want respect to come back to writers. That seems simple right? How I do it. I start in the very beginning when women were the major writers of Hollywood films. There were 50 percent of the films are in by women if not more and they made more money. This is Gene Gauntier from Ireland, this is Anita Loos and Jeannie Macpherson working with Cecil B. DeMille. She wrote every one of his financially successful films and when they stopped working together, his movies stopped making money. That’s the end of Cecil B. DeMille. How I teach it. I start by asking students very quick questions. What are your first five favourite films? Who directed those films? They always know. Who wrote those films? and the look of humiliation on their faces when they sit in a screenwriting class and cannot name the people who wrote their favorite films is ridiculous to me.

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32 The Archies and The Monkees from How the Monkees Changed Television [Video] (49 seconds)

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32 The Archies and The Monkees from How the Monkees Changed Television

Rosanne Welch, PhD, Author of Why The Monkees Matter, presents “How The Monkees Changed Television” at a Cal State Fullerton Lunch Lecture on May 8, 2018.

In this talk, she shows how The Monkees, and specifically their presence on television, set the stage for large changes to come in the late 1960s.

 

Transcript

In the 80s they got a star on the on the Walk of Fame for the TV show not the music. That’s how important the TV show was. That’s their their star right and at this point they end up with a manager. they’d never had a manager before and he started the whole tour thing. So in their 50th year, the Archie comics had the Monkees guest star. This just came out a couple of months ago and that’s a huge “Wow the monkeys are in the Archies” right? The Archies — side tangent — were invented because Don Kirshner the music director of the show would pick their songs and Michael Nesmith didn’t like his taste and he wanted him fired and he was eventually fired over the song “Sugar, Sugar” which was supposed to be a Monkees song but Michael Nesmith refused to sing it and so Don Kirshner invented the Archies because it’s a group he could make do whatever he wanted.


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A hit television show about a fictitious rock band, The Monkees (1966-1968) earned two Emmys–Outstanding Comedy Series and Outstanding Directorial Acheivement in Comedy.

Capitalizing on the show’s success, the actual band formed by the actors, at their peak, sold more albums than The Beatles and The Rolling Stones combined, and set the stage for other musical TV characters from The Partridge Family to Hannah Montana. In the late 1980s, the Monkees began a series of reunion tours that continued into their 50th anniversary.

This book tells the story of The Monkees and how the show changed television, introducing a new generation to the fourth-wall-breaking slapstick created by Laurel and Hardy and the Marx Brothers.

Its creators contributed to the innovative film and television of 1970s with projects like Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Laugh-In and Welcome Back, Kotter. Immense profits from the show, its music and its merchandising funded the producers’ move into films such as Head, Easy Riderand Five Easy Pieces.

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