BUFFALO, NY (WBFO) – On his 97th birthday, legendary producer, director and writer Carl Reiner has announced an initiative to digitally preserve his extensive personal collection of production-used scripts from “The Dick Van Dyke Show” – one of the most iconic, innovative and beloved comedy series in television history.
Preserving those works will be the task of Jamestown’s National Comedy Center, where the 7,500 pages of scripts for all 158 episodes will eventually call home.
The scripts are heavily annotated in Reiner’s own hand and have been stored away since the TV series ended in 1966. They have never before been made available to a cultural institution for conservation or exhibition.
“When asked, ‘Of all the theatrical projects you’ve done in your life, what are you most proud of?’ I always say, hands down, it’s creating and producing ‘The Dick Van Dyke Show.’ It was a labor of love,” said Reiner, who is a NCC Advisory Board member. “I applaud The National Comedy Center for keeping the creative fires burning by singling out and preserving something most people feel deserves preservation.”
The late director was a three-time Emmy award winner, two-time Golden Globe winner and NAACP Image award winner who was an instrumental member of the Directors Guild of America for six decades.