March 14, 2014 |
Television producer and writer Jason Katims is known for tackling emotional stories. Even his new NBC comedy, "About a Boy," deals with bullying and depression. But family challenges are most apparent in his dramas, especially "Parenthood," finishing its fifth season on NBC, for which Katims sometimes draws on his own experiences. On "Parenthood," the character Max Braverman (played by Max Burkholder) is a child struggling with the autism spectrum disorder Asperger's syndrome. As the father of a son with this developmental disorder, what has it been like to tell that story?
August 13, 1989
A warning to parents planning to take their children to see "Parenthood": The movie is not the family comedy that the ads and trailers would have you believe. There are blatant references to oral sex, masturbation, pornography and promiscuous teen-age intercourse. In addition, the film is largely a look at serious adult issues and is humorous only in passing--hardly the image presented by the marketing department. STEVE MILLER Van Nuys
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 19, 1987
Re "Women Choosing Single Parenthood," View, June 12: It was an innocuous little notice buried on Page 11, a simple announcement for an organization committed to the support and promotion of "single women who have or are considering having children on their own." How does it turn out, single (unmarried) women raising children on their own? The answer comes back in articles, books and mountains of statistics: In the next generation, there will be more unwed pregnancies, alienated non-producing men, criminality, drugs and hopelessness.
August 27, 1989
The whining of letter writers Steve Miller and Madeline Baker (who complained about the content of "Parenthood" and its suitability for children) made me snicker. On Page 15 of the same Calendar, the "Parenthood" ad shows a PG-13 rating--"Parents Strongly Cautioned." What did they think they were being cautioned against? Chewing gum under the seats? THOM SANTIAGO North Hollywood
September 21, 1998 |
Linda Goldberg, Ginny Brinkley, Janice Kukar Avery $12.95, 342 pages The authors of "Your Child's First Journey," a book about childbirth, turn their attention to pregnancy. Goldberg, Brinkley and Kukar, all mothers, include information that a doctor might leave out, but that a mother would surely think important. The book is well-researched and contains lots of user-friendly materials, including tips, photos, illustrations and checklists.
July 5, 2009 |
"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" had all the makings of a hit, even without Arnold. But after just two shortened seasons, Fox pulled the plug on the blockbuster franchise's move to TV. Ratings had fallen to a series low by May, and it seemed the show was doomed to be unfavorably -- and maybe unfairly -- compared to its iconic source material. This year, the networks are trying something more subtle. More movie reboots are on the way, but rather than plucking from mega properties, the networks have chosen less obvious films to help launch, but not overshadow, new series.