Slattery's People

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Richard Crenna received two Emmy nominations as well as a Golden Globe nomination for playing Francis James Slattery, the minority leader of a state legislature. Slattery's People also received an Emmy nomination as Best Dramatic Series in 1966. Slattery's People was a 60-minute drama about state level politics, and was a forerunner of The Senator and The West Wing . Each episode explored a contemporary social issue such as abortion, electronic surveillance of citizens, and the slurring of political candidates. Slattery's People was produced by Bing Crosby Productions, the same company that made Ben Casey . Some of the very smart people making Ben Casey moved over to Slattery's People and created an even finer dramatic series. Among these smart people were creator James Moser, producers Matthew Rapf and Irving Elman, story editor Fred Frieberger, directors Lamont Johnson, Mark Rydell, and Sydney Pollack, and writers David Rintels and Dean Riesner. Richard Crenna was 37 when he started playing Slattery in 1964. Up to this point Crenna was only known for situation comedies: Our Miss Brooks (1952-1956) and The Real McCoys (1957-1963). Richard Crenna used Slattery's People to brilliantly reinvent himself as a serious dramatic actor. TV Guide critic Clevland Amory was a big supporter of this show. Amory said Richard Crenna was so good that he was in the big leagues with David Janssen, Robert Lansing and Vic Morrow. Slattery's People moved Richard Crenna from sitcom star to romantic dramatic lead, a switch few actors have been able to make-before or since. The show was cancelled mid-season and replaced with The Trials of O'Brien .moreless
Edward Asner

Edward Asner

Frank Radcliff

Maxine Stuart

Maxine Stuart

B. J. Clawson (Season 1)

Francine York

Francine York

Wendy

Richard Crenna

Richard Crenna

James Slattery

Tol Avery

Tol Avery

Bert Metcalf (1st season)