Harry Smith hosts a look at the making of a 2001 “Saturday Night Live” episode hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow. The cast and crew are followed from the tense Monday meeting (where they must come up with ideas) to the live show. In between, there are rehearsals and a sketch-selection meeting, where, says one scribe, “we writers gain nothing by showing our appreciation for other writers' work.” Also: comments from creator Lorne Michaels, Will Ferrell, Molly Shannon, Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon.
Harry Smith hosts a retrospective on “Saturday Night Live” that features a look at the making of a 2001 show hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow. The cast and crew are followed from the somewhat tense Monday meeting (where they must come up with ideas), through the writing process and rehearsals, to the live show on Saturday. Also: comments from creator Lorne Michaels, Chevy Chase, Will Ferrell, Darrell Hammond, Cheri Oteri, Ana Gasteyer, Molly Shannon, Martin Short, Chris Kattan, Adam Sandler, Tina Fey and Jimmy Fallon.
A profile of New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani includes an extended interview with Harry Smith during which Giuliani discusses the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and his bout with prostate cancer. Among those commenting are author Andrew Kirtzman (“Rudy Giuliani: Emperor of the City); and former deputy mayor Randy Mastro.
The lives of pro athletes after they retire are the focus of this report, which includes former stars discussing their feelings on leaving their sport and their preparations for second careers. Among those interviewed are NFL Hall of Famer Alan Page, a member of the Minnesota Supreme Court, and former pitcher J.R. Richard, who discusses being homeless and sleeping under a bridge. Other athletes include Wayne Gretzky, Bo Jackson and Zina Garrison.
An look at the beloved educational children's TV series “Sesame Street” includes interviews with Muppeteers, writers and show creator Joan Ganz Cooney; a profile of Muppet creator Jim Henson; clips of favorite moments; and behind-the-scenes footage of the planning and production of several episodes.
Blacks who have furthered the cause of civil rights are profiled. Included: Mae Bertha Carter, whose children were the first African-American children to attend all-white schools in Mississippi in the 1960s; husband-and-wife actors Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee; basketball Hall of Famer Bill Russell; and Irene Morgan, who gained acclaim for refusing to give up her seat on a bus in 1944. Host: Harry Smith.
Harry Smith takes a look at gambling in the U.S. Among those interviewed are avowed high-roller Larry Flynt, one-time gambling addict Gladys Knight and a reformed bookie who worked for a Chicago crime family.