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Masterpiece Theatre
American Collection: Our Town
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Program premiered in 1971 with The First Churchills. Hosted by Alastair Cooke. Intended as a showcase for the best of British television drama. Spawned MYSTERY! in 1980. Current executive producer Rebecca Eaton. All promotion of program done by Frank Goodman & Associates (see below). Synopsis, cast information and producers listed by individual title. Series release date: 1971

Program Description

EXXONMOBIL MASTERPIECE THEATRE is teaming with Showtime Networks to air the Westport Country Playhouse production of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer Prize-winning classic, OUR TOWN, starring Paul Newman. OUR TOWN is the first Showtime/EMMT co-production. Following its run on Showtime, the play will air as part of EXXONMOBIL MASTERPIECE THEATRE’s AMERICAN COLLECTION, a series of films showcasing the works of America’s greatest authors. “This co-production is a wonderful gift for fans of great drama,” says EMMT executive producer Rebecca Eaton. “OUR TOWN is the quintessential American play and a perfect fit for our AMERICAN COLLECTION. What an honor to add Paul Newman to MASTERPIECE THEATRE’s roster of great actors!” Rebecca will serve as executive producer of this special taping and Marc Bauman will serve as producer. James Naughton, who directed the stage production, will direct the taping for Showtime and PBS. To extend the reach of the PBS broadcast, WGBH will produce a major OUR TOWN Web site, a teacher’s guide and additional classroom resources. OUR TOWN will air next season on EMMT’s AMERICAN COLLECTION.



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Chicago: “Masterpiece Theatre; American Collection: Our Town,” WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed April 7, 2020, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_24125937AC0044C6A0743C248FF87A15.
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APA: Masterpiece Theatre; American Collection: Our Town. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_24125937AC0044C6A0743C248FF87A15
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