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Writer:
Raymond Siller (writer)
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1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | unknown
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Plot:
Daytime, primetime, then late-night talk and variety show. Often there was only one guest (GA Gov. Lester... See more »
Awards:
Won 3 Primetime Emmys. Another 4 nominations See more »
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The Dick Cavett Show-The First Five Seasons and so forth..... See more (4 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 72)

Dick Cavett ... Himself - Host / ... (188 episodes, 1968-1974)
Bobby Rosengarden ... Himself (band leader) / ... (156 episodes, 1968-1974)
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Series Directed by
Arthur Forrest (3 episodes, 1972-1973)
John Howard (2 episodes, 1968)
David Barnhizer (2 episodes, 1971)
 
Series Writing credits
Jim Mulholland (30 episodes, 1971)
David Lloyd (23 episodes, 1970-1973)
David Axlerod (17 episodes, 1970-1971)
Tom Whedon (16 episodes, 1970-1971)
Robert Cunniff (3 episodes, 1971-1972)

Raymond Siller (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Richard S. Kline .... associate producer (119 episodes, 1968-1970)
Marshall Brickman .... creative producer (33 episodes, 1971)
John Gilroy .... producer (7 episodes, 1971-1973)
John Howard .... producer (2 episodes, 1968)
Richard Romagnola .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Michael Zannella .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1971-1973)

Tony Converse .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Ron Baldwin (3 episodes, 1971-1973)
 
Series Makeup Department
Toy Van Lierop .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1973)
 
Series Production Management
Joe Adams .... production manager (1 episode, 1971)
Patricia Nesbitt .... unit manager (1 episode, 1973)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Kathleen Cacase .... associate director (2 episodes, 1971)
 
Series Sound Department
Bill Sandreuter .... audio (1 episode, 1973)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Len Berzofsky .... graphic artist (1 episode, 1973)
Hy Bley .... graphic artist (1 episode, 1973)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Carl-Erik Magnusson .... video supervisor (1 episode, 1971)
Sten Modigh .... lighting (1 episode, 1971)
Ken Levine .... lighting director (1 episode, 1973)
Jim Murphy .... video (1 episode, 1973)
 
Series Music Department
Bobby Rosengarden .... conductor / musical director (4 episodes, 1971-1973)
 
Series Other crew
Betty Ann Besch .... researcher (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
Jean Doumanian .... talent coordinator / talent coordinator/interviewer (2 episodes, 1971-1973)
 

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90 min
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Australia:PG (some episodes)

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Joni Mitchell was forced to choose between appearing on this show, which was her first national television appearance, and appearing at Woodstock. Her manager forced her to appear on this show when he saw how bad the traffic was going to and from the site. However, the night of her appearance, several of the acts who appeared at Woodstock, including Jefferson Airplane, David Crosby and Stephen Stills showed up unannounced while she was being interviewed and gave their first-hand accounts of what it was like at the festival.See more »
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12 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
The Dick Cavett Show-The First Five Seasons and so forth....., 9 May 2005
Author: rcj5365 from Durham, North Carolina

THE DICK CAVETT SHOW-was an 90 minute mixture of talk and variety that ran for six astounding years on late-night prime time television on the ABC-TV network from the first telecast on May 26,1969 to the final episode of the series on August 16,1975. This was at the time one of the most versatile performers who eventually gave us some of the biggest entertainment acts in the history of rock,and went toe to toe with the King of Late Night-Johnny Carson and eventually at the time Merv Griffin for the battle of late night supermacy. However,Dick Cavett was one of the few television personalities ever to star or host major programs in daytime,prime-time,late night,all in quick succession,and it wasn't about his failure to attract a large audience with any of them,which his late night talk show brought in some of the largest ratings ever for ABC at the time,which was well praised and received by the critics that were generally acknowledged to be witty,intelligent,and interesting compared to what was scheduled around them. And this was during his basking in the Nielsen's spotlight during his first five seasons of the show. But what killed it successful late night format was that it was too much of the intelligence that not only did Cavett in,but had him terminated from his job,and his talk show cancelled from ABC. He often hesitated to bring a thought-provoking approach to his audience,not let alone people and also show-biz types and musical figures as guests. It was the viewers,who didn't much care to have their thoughts provoked,but it was Cavett's wit and too much detail in things that did him in.

However,Dick Cavett's late night talk-variety show of the late 1960's and early 1970's were essentially more than talk and music with some singing or special performing guest which Cavett brought on a array of some of the biggest artists ever to perform and two of them deserved special attention at the height of the era:Janis Joplin and Jimi Hendrix. Janis Joplin was at the height of her fame when she made two appearances on The Dick Cavett Show. The first was in June 25,1970 and her last appearance on the show was on August 3,1970. The other was Jimi Hendrix,one of the greatest influence artists of the 20th Century,made two appearances of The Dick Cavett Show as well. His appearances,and others on the program came at the time of one of the biggest events ever presented in musical history...WOODSTOCK. The events that were transcribed at WOODSTOCK brought in the ratings,since Dick Cavett was going for a hip-younger audience and it shows here as well. As far as the acts that appeared on The Dick Cavett Show were legendary and it consists of some of the best from the era:Joni Mitchell,Jefferson Airplane,John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Crosby,Stills,Nash & Young(which consists of David Crosby,Graham Nash, Stephen Stills,and Neil Young),Paul Simon,Art Garfunkel,B.B. King, Sly and the Family Stone,Tina Turner,Little Richard,Paul McCartney, Mick Jagger(of the Rolling Stones),Sonny and Cher and so many more.

Also during his run,the guests continued to be diverse with some of the most controversial figures ever to appear on television,and Dick Cavett had them on his show. From "Playboy" founder,Hugh M.Hefner,to the most controversial segment ever displayed which appeared in December,1971. Former Governor and White Supermacist Lester Maddox of Georgia walked off the show when challenged on his segregationist views. Guests included national and political figures as well which included at the time newscaster Harry Reasoner,Dr. Christian Bernard, to Rose Kennedy,the mother to President John F. Kennedy. Others included David Frost,David Susskind,Chet Huntley,and one segment included a young man in the audience...John Kerry who was questioning a guest member on Cavett's show about his political views on the Vietnam War. John Kerry appeared on Cavett's show on June 30,1971. Others included political pundit I.F. Stone,maverick Federal Communications Commission member Nicholas Johnson,Security Adviser member G. Gordon Liddy and philosophy professor Paul Weiss,and advise columnist Anne Landers and social commentator Rex Reed.

The others were presented as a series of one-guest shows(which ran for 90 minutes!)which featured some of the best out of Hollywood. One segment had Charlton Heston the first week,and the next week would consist of Groucho Marx,or Jack Benny or for that manner an entire segment which featured Gloria Swanson,George Burns,or Bette Davis. The others consisted of Hollywood heavyweights like Raqhel Welch, Peter Falk,Jack Lemmon,Walter Matthau,Woody Allen,Donald Sutherland, Minnie Pearl,Pearl Bailey,Lou Rawls,and Lloyd Haynes and Richard Harris not to mention sports figures as well including Muhammad Ali to novelist Truman Capote. While the show continue to received excellent reviews,The Dick Cavett Show was suffering in the ratings,and despite viewership decreasing at a alarming rate,and within the show's final season,1974-1975,the show was at the bottom of the ratings pile,and was dethroned by Johnny Carson. However,because of this,ABC pull the plug entirely in 1975,after six seasons. The first five seasons of the show were the best ever(1969-1975). Afterwards,Dick Cavett went on to do another late night talk show format,which lasted one season on CBS,and from there would move his format over to public television,where it would remain for ten years and another two years on a public cable channel.

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