If you’re a fan of 80s TV, check out my interview with Kenny Johnson, Steve Bochco, Don Bellisario and Stephen J. Cannell in this month’s Written By Magazine — “Class of 80”
We talked about all their signature shows that have been ‘re-imagined’ and their days as staff writers at Universal. The issue has a wonderful memorial to Mr. Cannell as well. I spoke to him a couple of months before he passed away with no knowledge that he was ill. It lead to the magazine collecting several pages of tributes from other writers he worked with across the years – a real time-capsule of television in one of its heydays.
“I knew there was something different about the HannahMontana television show when I found my 11 year old son watching what I had dismissed as just another tweener show – and a girl show at that. But he was watching it on a regular basis – and laughing. Big, boy belly laughs. As he flipped past other fare with the remote control fused to his fingertips, he would bypass several other tweener shows, but always stop on Hannah. It intrigued me. So I started to pay attention and I found myself laughing with him while using the show to introduce him to Lucille Ball, vaudeville and even African-American history (didn’t expect that one, did you?) Clearly this show was more than ‘just another tweener show’ and I decided to find out why.”