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Published on Mar 20, 2008
In his 11-part oral history (in 2 sessions) interview, James L. Brooks speaks of his early days as a page at CBS -- working his way up to the newsroom. After working in documentaries, Brooks turned to comedy, where he wrote scripts for Hey Landlord, The Andy Griffith Show and My Three Sons before co-creating (with Gene Reynolds) Room 222. In 1970, MTM Productions teamed Brooks with Allen Burns, where they created and produced The Mary Tyler Moore Show and its spin-off series Rhoda, Phyllis and Lou Grant. After leaving MTM, Brooks produced Taxi, The Associates, and The Tracy Ullman Show. Mr. Brooks also talks about the craft of writing and producing for television and his continuing work as executive producer on The Simpsons.