Hellman v. McCarthy aired on WNET Thirteen, Thursday, October 9th at 10pm and was re-broadcast on Sunday, October 12th at 10:30pm. Recorded during its original off-Broadway run you can watch the streaming version here.
The greatest literary feud in modern American history began on January 25, 1980 when author Mary McCarthy appeared as a guest on “The Dick Cavett Show” and declared that “every word [playwright Lillian Hellman] writes is a lie, including ‘and’ and ‘the.’” Hellman went ballistic and sued McCarthy for libel, sparking a lawsuit that spanned more than four years. Brian Richard Mori’s Hellman v. McCarthy, a roller coaster ride filled with comedy and pathos, features Emmy Award-winner Dick Cavett, as he recreates his role in the actual events. Directed by Jan Buttram. With Roberta Maxwell, and Marcia Rodd.
Dick Cavett's Watergate
With the exception of the nightly network news shows, no one on television devoted more airtime to Watergate than talk show host Cavett. From 1972 to 1974, America watched the Watergate scandal unfold on “The Dick Cavett Show” as Cavett interviewed nearly every major Watergate figure — on both sides of the crisis — including John Ehrlichman, Alexander Haig, G. Gordon Liddy, Jeb Magruder and members of the Senate Watergate Committee: Senators Howard Baker, Daniel Inouye, Herman Talmadge, Lowell Weicker, and more.
Unfolding through interviews with people who were directly involved, DICK CAVETT’S WATERGATE documents the critical Watergate milestones with new insight and perspective. New interviews with Cavett offer personal insights into the key Watergate personalities and provide historical context for the featured clips. On a more intimate note, Cavett reveals his reaction on discovering he was mentioned in the White House tapes — not once, but 26 times.
The documentary, featuring interviews from “The Dick Cavett Show” library — many not seen since the 70s — and new interviews with Carl Bernstein (Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist), John Dean (former White House counsel), Timothy Naftali (Watergate historian) and Bob Woodward (Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist) You can watch the show on the PBS Web site. You can purchase a DVD of the show from the PBS Web site.
The Dick Cavett Show
Dick Cavett hosted "The Dick Cavett Show" on multiple networks for more than 35 years while interviewing a wide range of guests, from authors and politicians to musicians, actors and other creative types. He often featured controversial people and topics which weren't the norm for the variety talk shows that were airing at the time. He won three Emmy Awards for his work and is currently is a contributing blogger to the New York Times.
Through the years, Dick Cavett has interviewed thousands of celebrities, authors, musicians, politicians and other people of note. Among his guests were those we lost in 2012 including great writers such as Gore Vidal, Ray Bradbury, Maurice Sendak, Carlos Fuentes, and Nora Ephron. We also said farewell to musicians who left an indelible mark on the soundtrack of our times—among them Dave Brubeck and Ravi Shankar. We lost great actors such as Jack Klugman, Ben Gazzara, and Celeste Holm, as well as TV personalities Mike Wallace and Phyllis Diller. We said goodbye to Hungarian-American psychiatrist Dr. Thomas Szasz and the distinguished Senator from Hawaii, Daniel Inouye.
Clips from Dick Cavett Show interviews are now available for licensing. Contact our Licensing Manager for information about licensing clips from the Dick Cavett Show.
View a selection of episodes and guests here.
The Dick Cavett Show has been on various television networks over the years:
- ABC daytime (March 4, 1968–January 24, 1969) (originally titled This Morning)
- ABC prime time (May 26–September 19, 1969)
- ABC late night (December 29, 1969–January 1, 1975)
- CBS prime time (August 16–September 6, 1975)
- PBS (October 10, 1977–October 8, 1982)
- USA prime time (September 30, 1985–September 23, 1986)
- ABC late night (September 23–December 30, 1986)
- CNBC (April 17, 1989–January 26, 1996)