Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Unusual Producers

Most of the time, television producers tend to produce the same sort of programming over and over again. Reality show producers produce reality shows, comedy producers make comedies, etc. but some big hits were produced by the last person you would expect- like Star Trek.

Gene Rodenberry created the show, but Desilu Productions, the production arm of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball was the company behind the show. By this time, Lucy had taken over most of the day to day operations of the company due to Desi Arnaz's alcoholism. It was most likely Lucy who loved the show enough to greenlight it.

Another strange production partnership involved the 1989 hit miniseries Lonesome Dove. Often considered one of the greatest western miniseries ever filmed, the show dazzled audiences and critics alike. And they had famed music label Motown to thank for it. Motown had spread into television years before, but this miniseries would be among its most successful productions.

Our next amazing producer would have seemed like the ideal producer for Lonesome Dove, but then this dynamo has never fit into the mold others had set for her. She has conquered just about everything she's touched- music, theme parks and even television. Yes, Buffy the Vampire Slayer was produced by the amazing Dolly Parton.

Dolly definitely said it best- "I'm not going to limit myself just because people won't accept the fact that I can do something else."