San Diego, CA (PRWEB) November 5, 2008
Legendary TV producer and writer Leonard Stern (The Honeymooners, Sergeant Bilko) talks about the continuing popularity of the classic 1960's TV series Get Smart in an interview on the Internet radio show TV Time Machine (http://www.tvtimemachine.com), hosted by TV historian Jim Benson.
Created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry, Get Smart was intended to parody the early James Bond films of the 1960's, and both Smart & Bond have continued to enjoy incredible popularity over the past five decades. This year alone has seen the release of the Get Smart movie, the new James Bond film Quantum of Solace (starring Daniel Craig) and the DVD release of Get Smart--The Complete Series Gift Set. On TV Time Machine, Leonard Stern talks about last summer's movie starring Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway, his participation in the DVD, and the amazing longevity of the classic TV spy spoof.
"The validity of Get Smart is in the fact that it endures, that it was legitimately funny," says Stern. "It was Jackie Gleason, when I was doing The Honeymooners, who said when anybody asked him why his show was successful, he simply answered: 'It's funny'."
Leonard Stern also talks about working with Get Smart co-stars Don Adams and Barbara Feldon, as well as Ed Platt (who played the Chief of Control) and Bernie Kopell, who played the evil KAOS agent Siegfried. Mr. Stern also relates rare, behind-the-scenes anecdotes about the making of the series, and the origins of the popular catch phrases the show spawned during its five-year run including: "Would You Believe?," "Sorry About That, Chief," and "Missed It by That Much."
In addition to his work as producer, writer and director on Get Smart, Leonard Stern's remarkable career includes writing for the Abbott and Costello and Ma and Pa Kettle movies, and the classic TV shows The Honeymooners, Sergeant Bilko and The Steve Allen Show. Mr. Stern has also created, produced and directed such TV shows as I'm Dickens, He's Fenster (starring John Astin and Marty Ingels), He & She (co-starring Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss) and McMillan & Wife (starring Rock Hudson and Susan St. James). He is also co-creator of the immensely popular series of children's game books, Mad Libs.
TV Time Machine is a unique Internet radio show that explores classic TV and its influence over the past five decades. Beyond nostalgia, TV Time Machine spotlights TV's impact on our culture and society, and explores how present-day television and its movers and shakers have been -- and are still -- influenced by the stories, programs, and characters of television's past.
TV Time Machine host Jim Benson has interviewed a multitude of legendary TV celebrities, authors and experts of all stripes on his radio program, covering shows ranging from Mr. Ed to Meet the Press and topics such as Technology on TV and TV's Turning Points. A TV historian for over twenty-five years, Mr. Benson has contributed to dozens of TV productions -- including a recent appearance on Penn & Teller's Bullshit!, and is a Historical Consultant on Universal Studios' DVD release of Rod Serling's Night Gallery: Season Two. He is also the co-author, with Scott Skelton, of the book Rod Serling's Night Gallery: An After-Hours Tour, published by Syracuse University Press.
Jim Benson, host, TV Time Machine