January 3, 2012 |
The economy — sluggish, recession-y, depressed — while slow to recover has also been slow to inspire television series about the slow-to-recover economy. As if in recompense, not one but two shows with premises rooted in high unemployment premiere Tuesday. In each, the lead characters lead double lives for the sake of a job: In the much remarked upon but hardly anticipated "Work It" on ABC, two men put on wigs and dresses to sell pharmaceuticals at a firm that prefers to hire women over men (because, as one character explains, "the doctors seem to want to nail them less" — because doctors are, you know, dudes)
June 20, 2011 |
It's long been said that there are no new ideas in Hollywood. But we have to admit that there have been some pretty good new incarnations of the old ones. Here we trace the possible genetic forebears of AMC's "Mad Men. " PREMISE "Mad Men": A poor Korean war soldier reinvents himself as a suave ad executive and family man and confronts the increasingly complicated sexual politics of the 1960s. "thirtysomething": Peace-loving hippies of the 1960s reinvent themselves as ad executives and family men and confront the increasingly complicated sexual politics of the 1980s.
April 19, 2010 |
Before the two best-actor Oscars, the hit movies and other distinguished projects that catapulted him into Hollywood's elite ranks, Tom Hanks was an un-pretty woman. In 1980, Hanks got one of his first breaks with "Bosom Buddies," an ABC show in which he and Peter Scolari played bachelor ad men who move into an all-female apartment house after their building is condemned. The actors donned wigs, bras, pantyhose, wigs and skirts as they hung out with their neighbors, including a blond bombshell (Donna Dixon)
April 8, 2008 |
Most of us tend to view our family histories as the stuff of myth. Filtered through time and memory, our forebears expand into larger-than-life archetypes whose everyday lives are fraught with humor, drama and danger. Sadly, in "The Immigrant," the 2002 musical now in its Los Angeles premiere at the Colony Theatre, the ancestors of record, although heroically intended, dwindle into sentimentalized stereotypes. Based on Mark Harelik's autobiographical 1985 play by the same name, with a book by Harelik, music by Steven M. Alper and lyrics by Sarah Knapp, the story concerns the immigration of Harelik's Russian Jewish grandparents to the tiny town of Hamilton, Texas, early in the last century.
November 4, 2007 |
Since sex sells, it's no surprise that much of the initial buzz over Tom DeFrank's new book, "Write It When I'm Gone: Remarkable Off-the-Record Conversations with Gerald R. Ford," has focused on the 38th president's diagnosis of the 42nd president as the Monica Lewinsky scandal exploded. "He's sick," Jerry Ford said of Bill Clinton. "I'm convinced that Clinton has a sexual addiction. He needs to get help." The New York Daily News (DeFrank's own newspaper, where he's the longtime D.C.
January 12, 2006 |
The biggest story in the NFL playoffs is Peyton Manning and the Indianapolis Colts, which, of course, has me thinking about the show "Bosom Buddies." I can't watch Manning without wondering what happened to Ryan Leaf. And I can't mention Leaf without recalling Peter Scolari. If you don't know who Peter Scolari is, that's the point. Back in the early 1980s, he co-starred with Tom Hanks in a TV show called "Bosom Buddies."