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'American Masters' 30th Anniversary Season Starts With Look at Mike Nichols

By Thomas Swan t.swan@classicalite.com on Jan 18, 2016 05:44 PM EST

Coming to PBS January 29 is the first documentary about film director Mike Nichols. A part of the American Masters Series, Mike Nichols: American Masters was directed by Nichols' former comedy partner Elaine May and will feature new interviews with such Hollywood luminaries as Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, Dustin Hoffman, Alec Baldwin, Paul Simon and others. It is the first episode in the special 30th anniversary of the PBS series.

May and Nichols were a legendary comedy duo of the late 1950s and early 60s who helped revolutionize comedy, until Nichols walked away to pursue his passion of direction. The new start wouldn't stop Nichols. In fact, it would free him to realize his dream and he would blaze an artistic trail that would include, according to the press release, an Oscar, four Emmys, nine Tony and three BAFTAS among others.

Film, TV and theater producer, Julian Schlossberg conducted a number of the interviews that help tell the story of the iconic director of such films as Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolfe, Carnal Knowledge, and Closer.

May and Schlossberg have a 40 + year history of working together and it shows in this loving tribute. Says executive producer of American Masters series Michael Kantor via the press release, "Elaine and Julian can joke about each other because they've known each other 40 years, and their work together has been so successful. What seems to unite them in both humor and friendship is a deep love and respect for Mike Nichols and his legacy. They are the perfect team for this documentary."

Following the Nichols premiere episode, American Masters will turn its attention to B.B. King (Feb. 12), Carole King (Feb 19), Fats Domino (Feb.26), Loretta Lynn (March 4), Janis Joplin (May 3) and The Highwaymen (May 27). All to be look forward to. Be sure to check your local listings for times.

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