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Producer Seeks Variety For 'GM Presents' Shows

From the Winnipeg Free Press - Oct 22, 1960

"General Motors Presents is an anthology series, which implies variety," says Executive producer Ed Moser. "In keeping with this, we will present a wide range of shows — dramas, comedies, period pieces and suspense plays, all chosen strictly for theatrical and entertainment values."

General Motors Presents has returned for its seventh season on the CBC-TV network.

The General Motors Presents fall and winter series will offer 35 productions over a 39-week period.

Moser points out that the series last season led the TV drama field, in terms of Canadian network viewers, over both American and Canadian-produced series.


"It's impossible to even think of reaching our entire audience every week for 35 weeks," he says. "What we hope to do is reach every segment of it several times during the season.

"First, we want good scripts — and we'll definitely favor Canadian scripts just as we favor Canadian casts."

In the early productions scheduled for the new series, Canadian authors are well represented. Plays to be given early production are Friday Deadline, by Montreal writer Marcel Dube; Kiss Mama Goodbye, a Jewish family comedy by Toronto writer Paul Wayne; Death Is a Spanish Dancer, by Wendell Mayes, and Saroyan's My Heart's in the Highlands, adapted for television by CBC producer Melwyn Breen.


In addition to those mentioned, Canadian playwrights contributing scripts to the new General Motors Presents season include: Charles Israel, Mordecai Richler, Mavor Moore, M. Charles Cohen, John Coulter and Len Peterson.

CBC drama producers assigned to the series are Melwyn Breen, Ronald Weyman, Lea Orenstein, David Gardner and Basil Coleman. Norman Campbell, of CBC's special programs department, will also produce for GM Presents as will freelance producers Harvey Hart, Paul Almond and George McCowan.

"We may use some guest producers as well," says Moser. "Canadians now working in Britain, for example, have expressed interest in doing a show over here."

On the subject of "imported" actors for the series, Moser says: "We will only use imports when we cannot cast a part well here. Last year, we had very few imported actors on General Motors Presents."

This summer, five one-hour dramas were videotaped for future showing on General Motors Presents. They were: Hide Me in the Mountains, by James Elward: Where I Live, by Clive Exton; The Vigilante, by Arthur Spinner; The Long Night, by Joseph Schull, and Blue Is For Boys.

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