|Also known as||Premiere, Presented by Fred Astaire|
|Presented by||Fred Astaire|
|Theme music composer||John Williams|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||58|
|Executive producer(s)||Alfred Hitchcock|
|Running time||48 mins.|
|Production company(s)||Avasta Productions|
|Original run||October 10, 1961– July 21, 1963|
Alcoa Premiere (also known as Premiere, Presented by Fred Astaire) is an American anthology drama series that aired from October 1961 to July 1963 on ABC. The series was hosted by Fred Astaire, directed by Norman Lloyd and executive produced by Alfred Hitchcock.
Each episode presented a new drama which often offered powerful stories on painful or controversial subjects as opposed to classic drama. The program featured actors such as James Stewart, John Wayne, Charlton Heston, James Whitmore, Maureen O'Sullivan, Arthur Kennedy. The series showcased directors such as John Ford as well as writers Ray Bradbury and Peter Tewksbury.
The program was nominated for 11 Emmy Awards including Outstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Drama.
- 1962: Lee Marvin for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
- 1963: Diana Hyland for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role.
- 1963: Bradford Dillman for Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
- 1963: Robert Redford for Outstanding Performance in a Supporting Role by an Actor.
- 1962 and 1963: John Williams for Outstanding Achievement in Composing Original Music.
- 1962: Alex Segal for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama.
- 1962: Henry F. Greenberg for Outstanding Writing Achievement in Drama.
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