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Seven Lively Arts was a Sunday afternoon anthology television series produced by CBS television and executive producer John Houseman. The title was taken from the influential book of same name written by the cultural critic Gilbert Seldes, in which he argued that the low arts (comics, vaudeville) deserved as much critical attention as the high arts (opera, literature). Anthology may also mean a Alien Ant Farm album ANThology, see Anthology (AAF Album) An anthology is a collection of literary works, originally of poems, but in recent years its usage has broadened to be applied to collections of short stories and comic strips. ... CBS (formerly an acronym for Columbia Broadcasting System) is a major television network and radio broadcaster in the United States. ... John Houseman John Houseman (September 22, 1902 – October 31, 1988) was a Romanian-born actor and film producer. ... Gilbert Vivian Seldes (1893 – 1970) was an American writer and cultural critic. ...


Those interested in what was television's last (and only) show devoted to the arts, should consult: KEITH BOTSFORD: The 'Seven Lively Arts': a case-study in 'highbrow Television) in the Texas Quarterly, Winter 1959, V. II, no. 4. The author was an assistant producer on the show and, more specifically, worked with S.J. Perelman on the opening show, 'The Changing Ways of Love'.


The nine others finally produced (with producer, writer & director in brackets) were -- not in order: 'The Revivalists' (Goldman, McGifford, Northshield)on contemporary evangelism; 'Holllywood around the World' (Kinberg, Hyams, Ferber); probably the best in the series, 'The Blast in Centralia #5' (Kinberg, Mandel, Hill); 'Here is New York' (Northfield, White, Sharpe); 'Nutcracker'; 'The Education if Nick Adams', on early Hemingway stories; 'Profile of a Composer (Norman dello Joio), 'Gold Rush' (Agnes de Mille ballet); and 'The Sound of Jazz', a great success.


It was the first show to produce a full length television production of Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (Russian Пётр Ильи́ч Чайко́вский, sometimes transliterated as Piotr, Anglicised as Peter Ilich), (May 7, 1840 – November 6, 1893 (N.S.); April 25, 1840 – October 25, 1893 (O.S.)) was a Russian composer of the Romantic era. ... A performance of The Nutcracker The story of The Nutcracker and the Mouse King was written by E. T. A. Hoffmann (1816). ...


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Seven Lively Arts was a Sunday afternoon anthology television series produced by CBS television and executive producer John Houseman.
The title was taken from the influential book of same name written by the cultural critic Gilbert Seldes, in which he argued that the low arts (comics, vaudeville) deserved as much critical attention as the high arts (opera, literature).
Those interested in what was television's last (and only) show devoted to the arts, should consult: "KEITH BOTSFORD: The 'Seven Lively Arts': A Case-Study in Highbrow Television" in the Texas Quarterly, Winter 1959, V. II, no. 4.
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