Behind The Scenes with The Monkees On The Set from Big Glee: The Albert Bryan Bigley Archives

In her coverage of a day at the set of The Monkees, Gloria Malerba was able to show her (largely teen) readers how much hard work goes into filming a television show – and how many people are employed by such a hit show. 

I particularly like the photo on the lower left of Davy Jones in costume taking “a last minute look at the script’ – a nice reminder that as often as we hear the show as ‘all ad-libbed’ – it was not.  Writers conceived the characters and conflicts and then wrote dialogue for each of the regular stars.

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Thanks to my friend, archivist, Wendy Horowitz, I had Had A great time at the Los Angeles Central Library’s LA in Focus event listening to Dominic Priore discuss his book Riot on the Sunset Strip: Rock ‘n’ roll’s Last Stand in Hollywood. #library #1960s #music #book #books #history #event #lapl #lapubliclibrary #losangelespubliclibrary #rmwblog

Thanks to my friend, archivist, Wendy Horowitz, I had Had A great time at the Los Angeles Central Library’s LA in Focus event listening to Dominic Priore discuss his book Riot on the Sunset Strip: Rock ‘n’ roll’s Last Stand in Hollywood. #library #1960s #music #book #books #history #event #lapl #lapubliclibrary #losangelespubliclibrary #rmwblog

Cast and Crew of The Monkees Television Show from The Monkees Live Almanac [Photo]

Keeping my focus on the television program it’s nice to post this cast and crew photo – traditionally taken at the end of each season. (Found at The Monkees Live Almanac. A great resource for tons of Monkees info) This offers fans and students the chance to see just how many skilled and talented craftsmen and women are required to create television.

 In Why The Monkees Matter I discuss the work of several of these folks and how it contributed to the magic of The Monkees.  

#14 is of particular interest as property master Jack Williams actually appeared on the program and was referenced in a couple of episodes.  And many of these folks were invited in front of the camera in the Tag for the Christmas episode, reminding the audience of their contributions.

The pity is that, since writers work in offices elsewhere on the lot, they often don’t appear in such photos – as has happened here.  

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Link: The Monkees Live Almanac

Who Wrote The Monkees? – “Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth” by Dave Evans

Who Wrote The Monkees? – “Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth” by Dave Evans Part 3 of an on-going series

This week’s Antenna offering for The Monkees – “Don’t Look a Gift Horse in the Mouth” – was written by Dave Evans who is one of the nicest, kindest, men I have ever had the pleasure of interviewing.

Mr. Evans remembered being asked by Davy’s manager, Ward Sylvester, to write something that would highlight Davy’s ability with horses and hence this episode was born.  Mr. Evans also remembered being asked by Bob Rafaelson to be on set for rewrites as needed, which gave him the chance to get to know the actors early on – an opportunity not all the other writers shared.  After his two-season, nine episode run on the show he moved on to Laugh-in and Love, American Style, but told me no other job ever gave him the pleasure The Monkees did, so he eventually quit writing and went into conflict resolution, where he won awards for his ability to bring deeply distant parties together in compromise.

Who Wrote The Monkees? –

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A 2014 article in the Los Angeles Times tells you all you need to know about him:

A tale of two churches — and a persistent racial divide, The Los Angeles Time

After the 1992 Los Angeles Riots Evans, the son of a minister, was a member of an all white Presbyterian church that created a cross town friendship with an all black Presbyterian church.  Members of each began to visit the other church to create community.  Twenty years later, Evans is the only member of his church still visiting the other church. 



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Why The Monkees Mattered: Chapter 3: Look Out, Here Comes Tomorrow: Counter-Culture Comes to Television and Middle America via The Monkees

Why The Monkees Mattered: Chapter 3: Look Out, Here Comes Tomorrow: Counter-Culture Comes to Television and Middle America via The Monkees

Why The Monkees Mattered: Chapter 3: Look Out, Here Comes Tomorrow: Counter-Culture Comes to Television and Middle America via The Monkees

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Monkees Question of the Moment: What did you learn about the counter-culture from The Monkees?

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Final Book Cover! – Why The Monkees Matter by Rosanne Welch

So exciting to share the cover art that the McFarland graphics team has put together for my book!  It makes everything start to feel more and more real.

Even though it won’t be available until Fall (the better to coordinate with the premiere of the show!) I enjoy seeing each step in the process.

Guess it’s time to make up some bookmarks with this to hand out at events!

 

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Why The Monkees Matter: Teenagers, Television and American Pop Culture by Rosanne Welch

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Rory Williams – Family Man Part 3 from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity [Video Clip] (1:14)

Dr. Rosanne Welch presents “How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity: A Study of the Doctors and their Male Companions at the Cal Poly Pomona University Library. Dr. Welch teaches in the IGE (Interdisciplinary General Education) program.

Watch the entire presentation here

Rory Williams - Family Man Part 3 from How Doctor Who Redefined Masculinity

 

Transcript:

So Rory is a reflection of modern day fathers and what women are looking for ina modern man, if they’re going to spend the rest of their life. You want somebody else who’s going to help you clean the toilet. Right? When you get married, it’s not just you cooking dinner every night. It’s a shared job. It didn’t use to be. I had a friend who would go to work, her husband got home an hour before she did. He would sit on the couch and wait for her to get home and start making dinner, ’cause dinner was her job. Yeah, yeah. So things have switched around and the show is reflective of that. I think that’s really beautiful. And, of course, we know who the baby grew up to be. River Song! Who allows us a family of “Ponds”, even though they were stripped of the chance to raise her. We now have a Pond family as part of The Doctor’s story and again Rory overlooking all of that. He had to deal with his feelings of losing his chance to raise his child. That was something that harmed him, more than all the danger. How many times did Rory die. Really now. All those deaths didn’t bother him nearly as much as being denied the chance to raise his own child. So, I think that defines him much more deeply as a family man above all other things.  

A clip from this 5th talk on various aspects of Doctor Who presented by Dr. Welch. You can find Dr. Welch’s other Doctor Who talks using the links below.

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Happy Birthday, Micky Dolenz!

In honor of Micky Dolenz 71st birthday here’s my opinion of his best natural smile, displayed in a moment from Monkee Mother (written by Peter Meyerson and Bob Schlitt).

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The episode involves guest star Rose Marie (from the recently ended Dick Van Dyke Show) as Millie, a woman who moves into the Monkees’ beach house when they can’t pay rent.  As a way of highlighting each Monkees’ niceness (in a time when all long-haired boys were bad ones) Millie has a moment with each boy where she asks him to do a household chore and then declares each ‘a nice boy’.

From 7:40-8:09 she asks Micky to fix a leaky faucet.

Another highlight is at 9:06 when Peter asks Millie if she likes music and then they go into Micky’s lead vocals on “Sometime in the Morning”, perhaps the finest of Carole King and Gerry Goffin’s songs written for the show.

We all know he’s done great work behind the cameras and on the Broadway stage since the show – but today we’re wishing Happy Birthday to the Voice of The Monkees. 

 

Who Wrote The Monkees? – “Monkees in a Ghost Town” by Robert Schlitt and Peter Meyerson

Who wrote The Monkees? – “Monkees in a Ghost Town” by Robert Schlitt and Peter Meyerson  Part 2 of an on-going series

The second Monkees episode Antenna TV is airing this weekend is “Monkees in a Ghost Town”, by the writing team of Robert Schlitt and Peter Meyerson.  The partnership ended shortly after their work on The Monkees with Schmitt moving into one-hour dramas such as The Father Dowling Mysteries and, eventually, Matlock while Meyerson teamed up with fellow Monkees writer Treva Silverman on an episode of That Girl and a Buck Henry series called Captain Nice before eventually co-creating Welcome Back, Kotter.

Who Wrote The Monkees? – “Monkees in a Ghost Town

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I was lucky enough to interview Mr. Meyerson several months before he passed away and he regaled me with several stories about his time on the show and socializing with the actors, particularly at parties at Peter’s house, as Meyerson himself was quite the hippie, so their philosophies were well matched.

A few of the other writers I interviewed kept referring to Mr. Meyerson as their ‘college guy’ and in “Ghost Town” we see his homage to that perennial of literature courses –  Of Mice and Men.

Yes, that is veteran actor, Lon Chaney, Jr. on the right. 

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