Don't miss the latest episode of Zilch where Jeff Gehringer conducts a fascinating interview with James Frawley, who directed 28 episodes of The Monkees television series. There's also a roundtable discussion on the first season episode "Too Many Girls," and yours truly was honored to make a second appearance on the podcast. Thanks to Ken Mills and everyone at Zilch for such a gracious welcome. Click the image below to listen!
For more about James Frawley, check out the Live Almanac's archives.
MTV played a pivotal role in the rebirth of The Monkees in 1986, just in time for the group's 20th Anniversary. On February 23 of that year, MTV aired a weekend marathon of The Monkees television series. The reaction was overwhelming and it helped to create a second wave of Monkeemania just as the group was set to reunite. After the initial success of the "Pleasant Valley Sunday" marathon in February, MTV started to air the series twice a day, seven days a week. By April, the show was being screened three times a day.
Throughout this period, MTV also produced a series of weekday segments called "I Was a Teenage Monkee." The clips lasted about two minutes each and featured interviews with Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork, Jim Frawley, Tommy Boyce, Bob Rafelson, Monte Landis, and more. After Micky and Peter acted as guest VJs on May 3 and 4, 1986, a one-hour special aired (hosted by original VJ Alan Hunter) that collected the previous segments.
James Frawley directed 28 episodes of The Monkees television series. In 1967, he won an Emmy for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for "The Royal Flush." Frawley also appeared in the second season episode "Monkees Blow Their Minds" as 'Rudy Bayshore,' and voiced the dummy 'Mr. Schneider' many times over, along with other uncredited voice overs. His success continued after working with The Monkees, producing and directing numerous television shows and movies, including The Muppet Movie in 1979.
During these two episodes of the Headquarters radio program, hosts Paris Stachtiaris and John Di Maio speak to Jim about his career as well as his experiences and recollections of working with The Monkees, Bob Rafelson, and Bert Schneider.
Here's a list of Monkees episodes that were directed by Jim Frawley:
Jim Frawley directed 28 episodes of The Monkees television series. In 1967, he won an Emmy for Outstanding Directorial Achievement for the episode "The Royal Flush."
More fun than a barrel full of Monkees, “retired” director Jim Frawley still projects passion for free-spirited TV and film
This article comes from Harold Bronson's book, Hey, Hey, We're The Monkees. For easier reading, click on the image and then click on it again.
Rare video footage of Monkees at 1967 Emmys + Micky's new album release party streaming online tonight
Check out this rare video above of The Monkees (along with James Frawley, Bob Rafelson, and Bert Schneider) at the 1967 Emmy Awards. Thanks to the Rare Monkees YouTube channel for the upload.
You can pre-order Micky's new CD, Remember, here. The album is ranked #319 on the Amazon music chart as of this writing. Remember is already available for downloading on iTunes...
A private release party for the album will be held in Hollywood this evening. The event will be streamed online here starting at 7:30 PT tonight. Check it out...