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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Remembering the pop culture of Earl Hamner, Jr.

Writer Earl Hamner, Jr., who died Thursday at age 92, created some memorable pop culture during his career. So to celebrate his life, I'm featuring 11 of his film and television credits (in chronological order):

Palm Springs Weekend (written by Hamner, this 1963 film stars Troy Donahue, Connie Stevens, Stefanie Powers and Robert Conrad)

Heidi (written by Hamner, this 1968 NBC movie stars Jean Simmons, Maximilian Schell and Jennifer Edwards, Julie Andrews' stepdaughter)

The Homecoming: A Christmas Story (written by Hamner, this CBS movie aired on December 19, 1971, and served as a pilot for The Waltons). Hamner's Archive of American Television interview is from September 2003.

The Waltons (created by Hamner, this 1972-81 CBS series aired for nine seasons and six TV movie sequels)

Charlotte's Web (Hamner wrote the story - based on E. B. White's book - for this 1973 animated film)

Apple's Way (1974-75 CBS series created by Hamner and featuring Kristy McNichol)

Where the Lilies Bloom (1974 film with a screenplay by Hamner)

Falcon Crest (created by Hamner, this 1981-90 CBS series was originally entitled The Vintage Years, and below you can watch the unaired pilot episode)

Boone (1983-84 NBC drama created by Hamner)

The Gift of Love: A Christmas Story (written by Hamner, this 1983 CBS movie stars Lee Remick, Angela Lansbury and Polly Holliday)

Morningstar/Eveningstar (1986 CBS drama created by Hamner)

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