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December 18, 1986 | CLARKE TAYLOR
The coming sixth season of public television's "American Playhouse" series will reveal that the weekly drama anthology has matured into a stable "community of artists" rarely found in today's fast-changing entertainment industry, its producer says.
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February 5, 1996 | MALCOLM STUART, Malcolm Stuart spent more than 15 years as a writer's agent, starting as an office boy at MCA. He later became a founding partner of Preminger-Stuart Agency, representing film writers and directors. He spent 30 years as a producer of TV movies and miniseries for Lorimar Productions and Fries Entertainment. For the last five years, he has been an adjunct professor at the Cinema/TV School at USC
It is shocking and simply unacceptable that Hollywood's PBS station KCET cannot afford to produce even one periodic dramatic program like the now dead "American Playhouse," one that utilizes the enormous creative talent and business acumen that exists here in the undisputed world center of film and entertainment. I call upon the companies and individuals that make up Hollywood's entertainment business to step up, seize the day and create new funding for a "New American Playhouse" series.
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May 11, 1988 | JAY SHARBUTT, Times Staff Writer
David M. Davis, president of public television's "American Playhouse" production company, was beaming Tuesday. The reason: Two Tony nominations for Broadway's "A Walk in the Woods." What did that have to do with public TV? Simple. It's the first stage venture by PBS' "American Playhouse," which co-produced the play with the Yale Repertory Theater and veteran stage producer Lucille Lortel.
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May 12, 1994 | JUDITH MICHAELSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The question from Ward Chamberlin, chairman of "American Playhouse" and a longtime stalwart in public television, came almost plaintively: "Do you get any hints from Jennifer about what PBS plans for American drama?" In the arena of public TV, that question has now taken center stage. The answer, it turns out, is quite hazy.
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February 21, 1990 | RAY LOYND
"In a Shallow Grave," the first James Purdy novel to be adapted into a feature film, is a moody, oddly compelling love triangle with a daring twist on "American Playhouse" tonight(9 p.m. on Channels 28 and 15). The story, set in Virginia's Blue Ridge Mountains during World War II, is about a horribly scarred veteran home from the war and his unrequited love for his prewar princess.
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July 17, 1987 | CLARKE TAYLOR
Playwright Eugene O'Neill will be the centerpiece of the next season of public television's "American Playhouse," with Glenda Jackson, Jack Lemmon and Matthew Modine set to star in works by and about the playwright, series executive producer Lindsay Law said Tuesday. The weekly drama series is due to begin its seventh season in January, 1988, the year that marks the centennial of O'Neill's birth.
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January 19, 1987 | CLARKE TAYLOR
The creative forces involved in the new TV production of Arthur Miller's 40-year-old "All My Sons" believe its message about the individual's responsibility to society is more relevant today than ever. "Frankly, I've been fairly astonished by the power of the whole thing," Miller said after previewing the first television production of his play. "Aside from being a marvelous TV production, it stands with the very best of the stage productions of the play I have ever seen."
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June 10, 1990 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Excuse me," the young actor nervously asked. "Could you please autograph this?" The balding, bespectacled man looked up from his lunch and smiled. "Sure," he told the actor, a boy not more than 12. "Put it here." The boy put a script on the man's lap and gave him a felt pen. The man quickly scribbled Arthur Miller on a page and handed it back to him. The young fan beamed. "Thank you," he said and walked away.
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April 28, 1991 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Blair Brown, Teresa Wright and Brenda Fricker ("My Left Foot") are in New England filming "Lethal Innocence," a PBS "American Playhouse" based on the life story of a young Cambodian refugee boy who was rescued from the Khmer Rouge and adopted by an entire New England town. The drama will premiere later this year or in early 1992. TNT will pay tribute to Oscar-winning actor Henry Fonda with a retrospective featuring excerpts from his 47-year film career.
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March 20, 1991 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Stephen Sondheim once described his "Into the Woods" with characteristic simplicity as a musical about parents and children. Yes, but. Just as Sondheim is incapable of resisting intricacy in words and music, so the book for "Into the Woods," written by its director James Lapine, is an intricate and poetic exploration of the deeper woods one enters after happily-ever-after has come and gone.
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February 18, 1994
The National Geographic special "Island of the Giant Bears" shouldered its way to the top of the list of PBS' 10 top-rated programs for January. The Top 10 PBS television programs, ranked by average audience percentage: Rank Program Rating 1 Nat'l Geographic: Island of the Giant Bears 6.1 2 NOVA: Iceman 5.2 3 American Playhouse: Tales of the City Part 3 4.4 Tie NOVA: Codebreakers 4.4 5 American Playhouse: Tales of the City Part 1 4.3 6 American Playhouse: Tales of the City Part 2 4.
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July 14, 1991 | SUSAN KING, Times Staff Writer
Jane Alexander, one of the most accomplished actresses of this generation, has won a Tony, an Emmy and received four Oscar nominations. Her husband, Edwin Sherin, is an award-winning theater and film director. The two fell in love 23 years ago when he directed her to a Tony in "The Great White Hope." Georgia O'Keeffe, who died in 1986, was one of the most accomplished artists of this century. Her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, was a groundbreaking photographer of the early 1900s.
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May 15, 1991 | RAY LOYND
"American Playhouse," which aired an estimable "Grapes of Wrath" in March, has staged another epic American novel about the myth and spirit of the land and the sodbusters who pioneered it. Willa Cather's "O Pioneers!" (at 9 tonight on KCET Channel 28, and at 9 p.m. Friday on KPBS Channel 15) is an artful stage dramatization, with music, of the 1913 novel about a woman's indomitable will forging a destiny on the Great Divide in turn-of-the-century Nebraska.
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April 28, 1991 | SUSAN KING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Blair Brown, Teresa Wright and Brenda Fricker ("My Left Foot") are in New England filming "Lethal Innocence," a PBS "American Playhouse" based on the life story of a young Cambodian refugee boy who was rescued from the Khmer Rouge and adopted by an entire New England town. The drama will premiere later this year or in early 1992. TNT will pay tribute to Oscar-winning actor Henry Fonda with a retrospective featuring excerpts from his 47-year film career.
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March 29, 1991 | ROBERT KOEHLER, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"Embrace failure." Two words, big idea. It has been rolling around inside the head of playwright--and now director--Jon Robin Baitz for some time now. He got the advice from playwright John Steppling, whose Padua Hills Playwrights' Festival workshop Baitz attended 10 years ago, when he was a precocious 19-year-old with ambitions as a writer. While directing his play "Three Hotels" for PBS' "American Playhouse" (at 9 tonight on Channel 15, at 9:30 p.m.
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March 20, 1991 | SYLVIE DRAKE, TIMES THEATER WRITER
Stephen Sondheim once described his "Into the Woods" with characteristic simplicity as a musical about parents and children. Yes, but. Just as Sondheim is incapable of resisting intricacy in words and music, so the book for "Into the Woods," written by its director James Lapine, is an intricate and poetic exploration of the deeper woods one enters after happily-ever-after has come and gone.
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March 17, 1991 | MICHELE WILLENS, Michele Willens is a New York-based free-lance writer. and
When you walk into the offices of "American Playhouse"--the PBS anthology series that begins its 10th season Wednesday--the first thing you see is a poster extolling the program's versatility: "No Two Are Alike!" Therein lies both the legitimate boast, and perhaps the bane, of a series that has managed to stay true to its original goal of encompassing drama, theater and literature in an attempt to reflect things American.
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