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1981: Tom Snyder interviews Charles Manson
June 13, 2017  | By TV WW
 
Just after the east coast transitioned from June 12 to June 13, NBC's Tomorrow Coast to Coast broadcast one of the most famous interviews of series host Tom Snyder's career: his sitdown with Charles Manson.

Manson was sentenced to life in prison for his involvement in the 1969 murders of nine people, including actress Sharon Tate. The interview took place at the California Medical Facility in Vacaville.

During his stint with Tomorrow, Snyder scored several notable sit-downs, including U2's first American television appearance and John Lennon's final television interview.
 
 
 
 
 
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Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 

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