All That Glitters (1977– )

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Satirical look at a world where women rule and men are objectified.

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The world was exactly like ours EXCEPT that women were the dominate gender. Women were the captains of industry and men were household workers, secretaries and waiters trying to attract attention with their sexuality. To add some additional twists to that twist there were characters into dominance/submission, a woman who had been a man (played by Linda Gray) and, of course, women CEOs having affairs with their secretaries. Written by <linda_ball@lbffp.com>

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The world of the Norman Lear's limited night-time television series "All That Glitters" was exactly like ours except that the women were the dominate gender. Women were the captains of industry and men were household workers, secretaries and waiters trying to attract attention with their sexuality. To add some additional twists to that twist there were characters into dominance/submission, a woman, the first transvestite or trans-gender role portrayed on television, who had been a man (played by Linda Gray) and, of course, women CEOs having affairs with their male secretaries. This was the TV series that Norman Lear had Herb Kenwith take over the directorial assignment after Norman Lear fired the first choice of his female producing team, the film director James Frawley. Jim Frawley's background was in feature film, where one camera films the action, resets for secondary shots, close ups, etc. During the first day stage blocking rehearsal, a four camera blocking plotting day, Frawley dismissed three camera men, announcing he would video tape the show with only one camera. Mid-day morning, Norman Lear was called to the KTTV studio-stage to observe. The lack of experience with the "Glitter's" team of lady producers created a multiple state of confusion. The producing team, unprepared for an unexperienced film director's state of confusion having to deal with blocking many actors in consecutive scene staging's, while blocking four television camera positions and shots. The television medium format for multiple camera shot positions, multiplied by the camera tape editing process, created a stage of mass pandemonium and tension. With Norman Lear on stage, the women producers blamed the production designer Hub Braden for his stage layout of the ten sets to justify Jim Frawley's failure to stage multiple cameras. To justify Frawley's dismissal of three camera men, his failure in dealing with multiple cameras, the producers frantically put the order out to "find Hub" so we can fire him! No one could find Braden because early in the day, Braden had been so exasperated with the inexperienced film director's handing of actors and technical crew, he had departed the stage mayhem, to supervise his free-lance design project being set up, to be taped at across town's NBC Burbank studio: the Hollywood based-columnist Rona Barrett's Academy Award interview special featuring Academy Award Nominee guests. The Ronna Barrett theatrical interview background stage set was designed to collapse on camera at the conclusion of the TV interview show. Braden's art director assistants at KTTV had been instructed to deal with any stage problems. Therefore, no one could find Braden to tell him the "Glitter's Producers" wanted to fire him. Around four-thirty, that afternoon, Lear fired Jim Frawley on stage in front of the entire crew of actors, producers and technicians, with everyone dismissed until the next day. Norman Lear immediately brought Herb Kenwith into the studio-facility to take over the show's directing reigns. Told by the producers that they were firing their production designer Hub Braden, Herb Kenwith replied "you can't fire him! He is the only one here that knows what he is doing! HE STAYS!" Braden, that night at seven p.m., returned to the KTTV stage to check out the day's progress; discovering an empty stage with Herb Kenwith standing in the middle of the stage, holding an open script book studying each stage set arrangement, analyzing scene blocking shots. Braden, ignorant of the day's sequence of mayhem, greeted Herb in amazement, blurting out "thank God you are here!" Herb filled Braden in with all the day's consequences, including how he, Herb, had saved Braden's job! The success of the series was primarily Herb Kenwith's sense of humor and tongue in cheek direction of the outlandish situation comedy scripts. Probably the first ever night time television comedy dealing with female sexual mores, twists, and compulsions. The Norman Lear project was short-lived, canceled after twelve weeks; a five night television comedy series, telecast on Los Angeles' local syndicated Channel 13 network with terribly dismal ratings. See more »

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Glad I am not the only one who thought they imagined this show.
3 December 2004 | by (Sedona, AZ) – See all my reviews

It is great to have finally found a site that includes some information on "All That Glitters". I was 19 years old and living in New Orleans when this unique show aired late at night after Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. I loved it and have always wondered if I imagined it as not one single person I knew had seen it except a few guys who lived upstairs in my apartment complex. Lear was certainly right on with this way ahead of its time show. It would be awesome if TV Land could get a hold of the few episodes and get them repeated. It is a must see for all. The whole premise was terrific but I can see that it might have stirred up the TV censors for its time but would still be relevant now. Let's hope it can make it back on the small screen even if just to acknowledge Norman Lear's brilliance.


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