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May 3, 1994 | DAVID KRONKE, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Although it at times seems otherwise, not every man, woman and child in this country has hosted a talk show. But if a new cable network, America's Talking, has anything to say about it, we'll be much closer to citizen/talk-show parity by the end of the summer.
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January 23, 2000 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, Paul Brownfield is a Times staff writer who covers comedy and television
In exchange for great pay, TV comedy writers face one giant occupational hazard--the inability to say whatever they want. Go ahead and bemoan how cruddy sitcoms are, but you try writing something genuinely funny with the network notes and the advertisers and the star egos to contend with. Interviewed recently on National Public Radio, Alan Ball noted that much of the juicy vitriol in his Golden Globe-nominated screenplay for "American Beauty" grew out of the frustration he was feeling as a comedy writer in a far more confining context--on the sitcoms "Grace Under Fire" and "Cybill."
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January 23, 2000 | PAUL BROWNFIELD, Paul Brownfield is a Times staff writer who covers comedy and television
In exchange for great pay, TV comedy writers face one giant occupational hazard--the inability to say whatever they want. Go ahead and bemoan how cruddy sitcoms are, but you try writing something genuinely funny with the network notes and the advertisers and the star egos to contend with.
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November 2, 2008
Ballast A single mother and her embattled son struggle to subsist in a small Mississippi Delta township. Starring Micheal J. Smith Sr., JimMyron Ross, Tarra Riggs, Johnny McPhail. Written and directed by Lance Hammer. Alluvial Film Co. The Boy in the Striped Pajamas Friday Separated physically by a barbed wire fence, the son of a Nazi commandant and a Jewish boy held captive in a concentration camp form a forbidden friendship.
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