By William Froug
In the early Nineteen Fifties writers have been leaving radio en masse to attempt their hand at one other promising medium—television. William Froug used to be within the thick of that exodus, a tender guy choked with principles in a Hollywood bursting with possibilities. In his forty-year profession Froug could write and/or produce a few of the exhibits that the US has grown up with. From the drama of Playhouse 90 and the mind-bending premises of The Twilight Zone to the escapist situations of Adventures in Paradise, Gilligan’s Island, Bewitched, and Charlie’s Angels, Froug performed a job in shaping his alternate. He crossed paths with the various memorable personalities within the undefined, together with Jack Benny, Lucille Ball, Agnes Moorehead, Elizabeth Montgomery, Robert Blake, Rod Serling, Gene Roddenberry, Aaron Spelling, and Sherwood Schwartz.
Froug unearths a post-WWII the United States giddy with the good fortune of its most recent medium—yet sobered at moments by way of moves and union politics, McCarthyism and anti-Semitism. It was once an international of rapidly written scripts, unexpected firings, thwarted creativity, and fickle tastes. And but, whereas basically exasperated with many features of Hollywood, Froug was once a guy completely in his aspect, his frustration with the finally eclipsed through his commitment to his craft.
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You'll consider the thrill round the display gem stones ofﬁces. We had whatever certain. a couple of month later, Sackheim summoned me to his ofﬁce. “Listen,” he stated, greater than a little bit awkwardly, “Screen gem stones is nominating Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre for an Emmy. we will mount our ads crusade round Eddie. we predict we’ve bought a shot at it, yet all of us believe yes Mickey Rooney is a shoo-in. through the way,” he additional, “when the Academy despatched us the cardboard for our nominations, there’s an area the place you ﬁll within the producer’s identify. I simply sought after you to grasp I positioned my identify in. It doesn’t actually matter. You, Jim Fonda, and Win O’Keefe are every one manufacturers of your individual episodes yet I’m the exec of the complete sequence. Capishe? ” eighty three Volcano guy “Sure,” I spoke back, “whatever you like,” and that i intended it. The nationwide Academy of tv artwork and Sciences Award rite for the 1958–59 season used to be held on the Earl Carroll Theater on sundown side road. the large room used to be packed. Betty and that i have been assigned seats in the back of Sackheim and his spouse, Joanne. reveal gemstones had taken out full-page advertisements in either Hollywood exchange papers, day-by-day kind and The Hollywood Reporter, for Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre that includes a wide picture of Mickey Rooney in his function as Eddie. Their whole crusade was once established upon Eddie, no different ﬁlm in our sequence used to be pointed out. We concept we had an opportunity, yet have been nearly convinced Rooney might stroll away with a statuette. while the emcee introduced “and the winner is Alcoa-Goodyear Theatre, accepting the award is the manufacturer of the sequence, William Sackheim,” Sackheim bolted out of his seat, virtually ran up the aisle, and authorised the award. He acknowledged, “I are looking to thank James Fonda, Winston O’Keefe, and William Froug. ” My spouse stated to me, “But he didn’t produce Eddie, you probably did. ” It grew to become out to be Eddie’s evening. Jack Smight received an Emmy as top director, and Al Brenner received one for adapting Kenneth Hughes’s script. yet Mickey Rooney didn't take domestic an Emmy. Fred Astaire received the Emmy for most sensible functionality by means of an actor. getting into the men’s room after the ceremonies have been over, i found Rooney on the sink observing his snapshot within the replicate. “Fuck ’em! ” he yelled. “Fuck ’em all! Who wishes the bastards! ” He became clear of the sink and staggered drunkenly out the door, slightly in a position to navigate. Who may well blame him? i assumed it would be great to possess a kind of gold-plated statuettes, specifically due to the fact I’d earned it. tomorrow I phoned the Academy ofﬁces and requested them if i used to be entitled to an Emmy. They have been greater than a bit embarrassed and apologetic. via that afternoon an Emmy Award used to be dropped at my door. the subsequent week I got a follow-up name from the Academy advising me that due to this incident (and others just like it) they have been going to revise their award strategies sooner or later to incorporate statuettes for the manufacturers in addition to the administrative manufacturers of any award-winning sequence. hence it's been considering that. Following our Emmys, Sackheim provided me with an strange eighty four Volcano guy project.