October 30, 2010 |
All 89 episodes of "The Larry Sanders Show," Garry Shandling's influential situation comedy about a needy talk show host and the people who need him in turn, have just become available on home video for the first time. In a world in which the entire runs of "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C. " and "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman" may be purchased whole, this finally remedies a great cultural injustice. "I was asking everybody to go beyond what was TV comedy at that time," Shandling said recently of his cast and crew.
October 20, 2009 |
Garry Shandling, the comedian, has co-created and starred in two television shows over the course of his career. Each played with the conceptual physics of the medium itself, and skipped back and forth across the dotted line that divides the actual from the fictional. Each featured Shandling as a comedian somewhat less successful than himself, if possibly no less insecure. And each was born in premium cable and helped establish it as a venue for quality work long before Tony Soprano first decided to see a psychiatrist.
March 23, 2008
Bespectacled buddies 3. Seth Rogen, center, and Jonah Hill sweetly posed with Judd Apatow on Monday at the Paley Center for Media's 25th annual festival, honoring their "Superbad" director. But as would be expected, once they piled into the ArcLight Cinemas, things took a racy turn. Perhaps a raspy Hill, fresh off his "Saturday Night Live" hosting gig, and Rogen would have toned down their on-set stories had they known the honoree's mother and grandmother showed up! The two-hour laughfest also included Garry Shandling, who gave Apatow his first writing gig; Tom Arnold; and a relatively restrained Andy Dick, who brought his son.
March 17, 2008 |
Editor's note: Rachel Abramowitz will be periodically checking in on the trial of Anthony Pellicano -- former private eye to the stars, who faces 110 counts of racketeering, wiretapping, conspiracy and other federal charges -- and writing about what the case means to Hollywood. -- David Chase, have you checked your contracts? Any big name talent who heard Garry Shandling's testimony last week might feel an urge to rush to his lawyer's office. For the Hollywood-obsessed, the bombshell was Shandling's casually dropped assertion that during the 18 years he spent with his former manager Brad Grey -- who also represented "Soprano's" creator Chase and is now the chairman of Paramount -- someone had forged his name on a number of his contracts.
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March 14, 2008 |
Comedian Garry Shandling offered a somber and sometimes pained account Thursday of a "smear campaign" he said Anthony Pellicano orchestrated against him while the private eye was working for Paramount Pictures executive Brad Grey and entertainment attorney Bert Fields.
April 15, 2007 |
WE could begin with the Zen "emptiness circle" tattooed on the back of his neck. Or start by setting the scene: "It's a pleasant spring afternoon on the calm and verdant grounds of the Hotel Bel-Air; swans glide thoughtlessly across a still pond."