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When Variety Was King: Memoir of a TV Pioneer: Featuring Jackie Gleason, Sonny and Cher, Hee Haw, and More

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Frank Peppiatt, the most popular producer during an era when variety television reigned supreme, recounts his own remarkable life story, with beginnings as a humble Canadian boy who eventually grew up to create iconic American TV shows using a cast of Hollywood celebrities. Spending their lives behind the scenes writing comedy and turning entertainers into household names, Peppiatt and his partner John Aylesworth developed the rock TV show Hullabaloo, which led to them getting a call from New York to write for the Eydie Gorme/Steve Lawrence show. From there, the duo—known as A & P—went on to become the most in-demand writing and producing team around. They created Hee Haw, the number-one show on TV, and Peppiatt wrote and produced variety shows for Jackie Gleason, Andy Williams, Judy Garland, Julie Andrews, Sonny and Cher, and Perry Como. This anecdote-filled memoir of a bygone golden age will enthrall anyone interested in the early days of television with stories full of humor and spice. This insiders look at some of the medium's most iconic shows and personalities will please television fans, nostalgia buffs, and cultural historians alike.

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An anecdote-filled recollection of a bygone golden age. He created Hee Haw, the number-one show on TV. He wrote and produced variety shows for Jackie Gleason, Andy Williams, Judy Garland, Julie Andrews, Sonny and Cher, and Perry Como. He invented the rock TV show Hullabaloo. He was the most popular producer of his time — a time when variety television was king. With his writing/producing partner John Aylesworth, Frank Peppiatt developed dozens of TV shows but their career began on air in the initial days of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, alongside other talented newcomers like Norman Jewison and Arthur Hiller. Then came a call from New York to write for the Eydie Gorme/Steve Lawrence show in 1958, and quickly “A and P” became the most in-demand writing and producing team around. Peppiatt, a man who spent his life behind the scenes writing comedy and turning entertainers into household names, now recounts his own remarkable life story: a humble Canadian boy who grew up to create iconic American TV shows amid a cast of Hollywood celebrities. When Variety Was King captures the early days of TV with humour and spice.

About the Author

Frank Peppiatt was the creator and executive producer of "Hee Haw" and was the writer for many well-known TV shows, such as "The Judy Garland Show," "The Sonny and Cher Show," and "The Steve Allen Show." He is on the CBC Comedy Wall of Fame and is the winner of numerous Emmys for his work in television. He passed away in November 2012, after finishing this memoir.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781770410299
Author:
Peppiatt, Frank
Publisher:
ECW Press
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20130431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
306
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

Arts and Entertainment » Film and Television » Media Studies
Biography » Entertainment and Performing Arts
Biography » General
Science and Mathematics » Nature Studies » General

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An anecdote-filled recollection of a bygone golden age. He created Hee Haw, the number-one show on TV. He wrote and produced variety shows for Jackie Gleason, Andy Williams, Judy Garland, Julie Andrews, Sonny and Cher, and Perry Como. He invented the rock TV show Hullabaloo. He was the most popular producer of his time — a time when variety television was king. With his writing/producing partner John Aylesworth, Frank Peppiatt developed dozens of TV shows but their career began on air in the initial days of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, alongside other talented newcomers like Norman Jewison and Arthur Hiller. Then came a call from New York to write for the Eydie Gorme/Steve Lawrence show in 1958, and quickly “A and P” became the most in-demand writing and producing team around. Peppiatt, a man who spent his life behind the scenes writing comedy and turning entertainers into household names, now recounts his own remarkable life story: a humble Canadian boy who grew up to create iconic American TV shows amid a cast of Hollywood celebrities. When Variety Was King captures the early days of TV with humour and spice.
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