Monday, February 26, 2007

The man behind ROCKFORD FILES

Mystery novelist and TV writer Lee Goldberg shares anecdotes about meeting TV producer Roy Huggins, who created such series as MAVERICK, THE FUGITIVE and ROCKFORD FILES. Lee also links to a video interview he conducted with Huggins shortly before his death: Interview with Roy Huggins

Related: Mystery TV Themes: The Rockford Files

Saturday, February 10, 2007

Mystery TV Themes: T.J. HOOKER

Spotlighting the great themes from mystery/crime TV shows ...

This cop series, which aired 1982-1986 on ABC and then CBS, starred William Shatner as a tough, no-nonsense uniformed police sergeant with a penchant for jumping on moving vehicles. When he wasn't training academy recruits, he was cleaning up the streets with his partner, rookie Vince Romano (Adrian Zmed). Other regulars on the beat included Officers Stacy Sheridan (Heather Locklear) and Jim Corrigan (James Darren).

The opening theme was composed by veteran Mark Snow, who has lent his talents to more than a hundred TV-movies, a dozen television series and feature films. Notable recent work includes The X-Files, Millennium and Smallville. He has been nominated for 11 Emmy awards and won at least 18 ASCAP awards.

In the 1960s, he and college roommate Michael Kamen formed a band that mixed rock and classical music, "The New York Rock and Roll Ensemble," releasing five albums between 1968 and 1972. After the band broke up, Snow was soon composing for TV and film. Over the decades, his work has included The Rookies, The Boy in the Plastic Bubble, Starsky and Hutch, Gemini Man, Hart to Hart, Falcon Crest and Cagney and Lacey.

Theme courtesy of Classic TV Links Page
Mark Snow bio at Encore: The Ultimate Mark Snow Site
T.J. Hooker at
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