Theater Talk, the long-running talk show that focused on New York theatre, has ended production after 26 years.
During its celebrated run on Thirteen/WNET, WLIW, WNYE, CUNY TV, and on public TV stations across the country, the program received three New York Emmy nominations and won the award for Best Interview/Discussion Show in 2017.
Susan Haskins-Doloff, who co-created the show, was also its long time co-host, originally with New York Post columnist Michael Reidel, who departed the program in 2017. In October of that year, Theater Talk returned with a rotating group of co-hosts, including Jesse Green, Adam Feldman, Donna Hanover, Warren Leight, Michael Musto, Jan Simpson, Elisabeth Vincentelli, and Jason Zinoman.
In a statement, Haskins-Doloff said, “As many already know, we left our longtime studio, CUNY TV, at the end of last season. The new Interim Executive Director there no longer felt comfortable giving our independent production a berth at CUNY TV without taking over editorial and creative control. That didn’t work for us, so we moved on. Over the past few months, my co-Executive Producer Steve Doloff and I looked for a producing partnership elsewhere that offered us both great production services we could afford and that essential creative and editorial control. Nothing we explored fit the bill.
“However, as the summer progressed, I realized that I could also step back from doing a weekly program and instead take advantage of Theater Talk Productions’ archive. We have amassed a remarkable twenty-six and a half years of conversations with theater greats and the time has come to focus on doing something more special with them beyond making them available on YouTube a TheaterTalk.org.”
The Best of Theater Talk, a collection of previously taped segments, will continue to appear on public television stations WNET/WLIW through the end of October.
Among the numerous theatre artists who appeared on the program were Edward Albee, Antonio Banderas, Cate Blanchett, Jeff Daniels, Peter Dinklage, Harvey Fierstein, David Hare, Al Hirschfeld, Jennifer Hudson, David Henry Hwang, Hugh Jackman, Glenda Jackson, Jessica Lange, Frank Langella, Angela Lansbury, John Leguizamo, Elizabeth Ireland McCann, Ian McKellen, Terrence McNally, Laurie Metcalf, Lynn Nottage, Sarah Paulson, Chita Rivera, Chris Rock, Mark Rylance, Lea Salonga, Amy Schumer, Neil Simon, Elaine Stritch, Marian Seldes, George Takei, Paula Vogel, Denzel Washington, and Andrew Lloyd Webber.