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May 1, 2011 | By Nicole Sperling, Los Angeles Times
Screenwriter Dan Fogelman has the kind of Hollywood story that could make a struggling scribe jump off a very tall building. Working his first Hollywood job some 12 years ago writing TV show blurbs for TV Guide Network, the New Jersey native wrote his first script in his spare time — a coming-of-age story centered around a bar mitzvah. "I thought there might be some agents who were Jewish who would like it," Fogelman says, laughing. "It worked. " Though it was never produced, the screenplay earned Fogelman a manager and an agent, both of whom still oversee his career.
April 25, 2014 | by Greg Braxton
BET, which in the last few years has moved forward with its first scripted comedies and a drama, is now moving into the miniseries arena. The cable outlet will produce a six-part miniseries, "The Book of Negroes," a historical drama based on the prize-winning novel by Lawrence Hill. The project will star Cuba Gooding Jr., Louis Gossett Jr. and Aunjanue Ellis. PHOTOS: Stories that leapt from big to small screen (and vice versa) The miniseries will revolve around Aminita Diallo, an 11-year-old girl living in a West Africa village who is kidnapped and sent to South Carolina as a slave.
March 25, 2000
Film editor Dede Allen has style and grace, for which generations of directors and writers have admired her. But the title sequence of "Dog Day Afternoon" was not her idea ("It Took Determination, Talent to Keep Careers a Cut Above," by Susan King, March 18). It was described in detail in my screenplay, long before Dede or even Sidney Lumet read it. The screenplay began with a montage of images to evoke the desperate heat and gritty reality of an August (dog day) afternoon in New York City.
April 19, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan
The Golden State Warriors choked. One of them did, anyway. Klay Thompson was talking to reporters after the game when he accidentally inhaled the deodorant spray Draymond Green was using two lockers away. Thompson's eyes watered and he coughed for a bit as he touched his throat. It was a momentary setback, nothing compared to what the Clippers experienced in a 109-105 loss Saturday to Golden State in a playoff opener. The Warriors were supposed to get beat without shot-blocking rebounder Andrew Bogut.
November 7, 1993
Give me a scripted smile any day rather than a heartfelt glare from a sullen grouch ("Service With a Scripted Smile," Oct. 28). In return, my unrequired but genuine smile may change the scripted smile into a real one and lift both our spirits in the bargain. If the company's stock and reputation rise as a result of the success and good spirit generated by the scripted smile policy, the company may not have to close and put the heartfelt glarers out of work. Have a good one there, buddy.
January 11, 2003 | Xs AND O's
Don't expect the Philadelphia Eagles to change their game plan for tonight's playoff game against Atlanta simply because quarterback Donovan McNabb has returned to the lineup. That's not Coach Andy Reid's style. As a disciple of the West Coast offense, Reid is a true believer in taking what the defense gives you and doesn't try to adapt his offense to fit personnel. Reid will script the same first 15 plays for mobile McNabb as he would have for more stationary third-stringer A.J.
September 14, 2009 | Scott Collins
Jay Leno knows how to cope with pressure. Which is good, because this week he'll face a public test the likes of which few media personalities have to endure. When "The Jay Leno Show" premieres tonight in its 10 p.m. weeknight slot, a fair number of industry insiders -- and not just rival executives -- will be rooting for it to flop. That's mostly because, as part of NBC's controversial experiment to overturn 60 years of prime-time TV traditions with relatively cheap programming, Leno's new show is perceived as a potential job-wrecker.
January 9, 2011 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
BET's new series "Let's Stay Together" fits squarely within the formula of TV romantic comedies in many ways. The cast is young and attractive, every problem can be fixed in about 22 minutes, and there is lots and lots of talk about sex. But "Let's Stay Together" is instantly distinctive from the cookie-cutter rom-com. For one thing, the cast is all black, a rarity on prime-time TV. Half of a comedy block to be launched on Jan. 11, "Let's Stay Together" is a positive response to what observers of BET have been demanding for years: original scripted programming for its primarily African American audience.
October 23, 2011 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
This season "Terra Nova" has exhumed the Cretaceous period, but can it also help resurrect another block of time that would seem equally challenging to revive — the family viewing hour? The heavily promoted prime-time show, dubbed internally at Fox as "Little House on the Prairie with Dinosaurs," is an eco-action-adventure series built around a family of five that travels back 85 million years to give humans a second chance at caring for Earth. The ratings have been solid for the show, which counts Steven Spielberg and former News Corp.
December 1, 2009 | By MARY McNAMARA, Television Critic
Poor old NBC. There they sit with "The Jay Leno Show," TV's equivalent of that famous "Dewey Defeats Truman" headline, having called time of death on scripted drama and indeed traditional network television while all around them great new shows are popping up like the plague victim in "Monty Python and the Holy Grail." "I'm not dead," says ABC with its new comedy lineup; "I'm getting better," says CBS with "The Good Wife" and "NCIS: Los Angeles." "I think I'll go for a walk," adds Fox with the runaway buzz generator "Glee."
April 19, 2014 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
It seems strange to recall that just a few years ago, the scripted drama was on a death watch. Threatened by premium cable, falling ratings, reality television and the omnipotent menace of "the Internet," the hourlong nighttime drama seemed on the way of the variety show. Now, of course, everyone with a network is seeking to rebrand itself with some highly produced historical drama or another. "Salem," which debuts Sunday, is Tribune-owned WGN America's maiden voyage into the roiling waters of scripted drama.
April 1, 2014 | By Joe Flint
After the coffee. Before thinking of a good April Fools' Day joke. The Skinny: I don't want to hear any spoilers about the series finale of "How I Met Your Mother. " Although I haven't watched the show in maybe five years I've decided to catch up, so be considerate! Today's roundup includes some tough new FCC rules for local broadcasters. Also, the spec-script market heats up and "How I Met Your Mother" says goodbye. Daily Dose: Viacom, owner of cable channels MTV, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, is still negotiating a new deal with National Cable Television Cooperative, which represents small cable operators.
March 20, 2014 | By Inkoo Kang
The steadily affecting relationship drama "Stay" is a great example of how a film can rise above its terrible dialogue. So many phrases out of characters' mouths are as overused and flavorless as a thrice-steeped tea bag, and yet a sturdy narrative structure, increasing thematic complexity and finely detailed performances from Aidan Quinn and Taylor Schilling make writer-director Wiebke von Carolsfeld's sophomore effort an agreeably pensive experience....
March 13, 2014 | By Robert Abele
As disarmingly bracing at times as the stunning Alberta mountains behind its love-frazzled characters, the romantic comedy "The Right Kind of Wrong" works often in spite of its willful eccentricities. Failed novelist turned dishwasher Leo (Ryan Kwanten) is an unwitting poster boy for marital disappointment thanks to his ex-wife's popular blog and book, "Why You Suck. " In rebounding, Leo decides feisty tour guide Colette (Sara Canning) is the woman of his dreams, despite the fact that he meets her on her wedding day. What follows is what you'd expect: a hapless dreamer's grand gestures, flabbergasted hand-wringing by the newlywed - whose bohemian mother (Catherine O'Hara)
March 8, 2014 | By David Lauter
CLEARWATER, Fla. - The two major political parties look at off-cycle congressional elections the way great powers eye wars in small lands - as a chance to test weapons and tactics they'll soon deploy elsewhere. That's why many of the ads running on television here - for a race to fill a congressional vacancy representing a swath of Florida's Gulf Coast - will probably sound familiar soon to voters in competitive districts nationwide. "Cut spending, stop Obamacare," proclaim the spots supporting Republican David Jolly . "I'll bring Republicans and Democrats together," Democrat Alex Sink promises in her ads, while simultaneously accusing Jolly of endangering Social Security, Medicare and abortion rights.
March 6, 2014 | By Yvonne Villarreal
E! has greenlighted its first original scripted series, the network announced Thursday. The series, "The Royals," is an hourlong drama from "One Tree Hill" creator Mark Schwahn that is set in the present day and centers on a fictional British royal family. It will be headlined by model-actress Elizabeth Hurley as Queen Helena. The intersection of public perception and reality seems to be what will stir the drama -- with the aid of parties and political summits and many secrets.
January 12, 2011 | By Scott Collins, Los Angeles Times
Football gave NBC one last big push in the ratings last week, as the networks begin looking forward to midseason and a new crop of winter shows. NBC's burst came from Saturday's playoff game between the New York Jets and the Indianapolis Colts, which averaged 33.3 million total viewers, according to the Nielsen Co. That was not only the week's No. 1 program but also the biggest Saturday night number in 17 years ? since the 1994 Lillehammer Olympics. As a result, NBC won the week in the crucial 18 to 49 demographic and nearly stole CBS' customary total-viewer crown (the final outcome was CBS' 9.7 million versus NBC's 9.6 million)
August 26, 1996
Research science has discovered something far superior to sleeping pills: the scripted political convention. LESTER KUSHNER Valley Village
March 4, 2014 | By Ben Welsh and Robert J. Lopez
The creator of computerized scripts that Los Angeles firefighters use to assess medical emergencies during 911 calls is threatening to cut off the service. The warning came Tuesday in response to a decision by city leaders to direct the Los Angeles Fire Department to begin developing its own series of questions to judge how best to respond to victims. Last month the LAFD announced that it would create a structured program of questions for call takers that are tailored to the department's specific needs.
March 3, 2014 | By Jessica Guynn
SAN FRANCISCO - Samsung Electronics Co. struck social media gold when Oscars host Ellen DeGeneres used one of its smartphones to take what has now become the world's most famous selfie. DeGeneres never mentioned Samsung, a major Academy Awards sponsor, but handed actor Bradley Cooper the company's Galaxy Note 3 for the celebrity-filled shot that included Meryl Streep, Jennifer Lawrence, Kevin Spacey, Jared Leto and Lupita Nyong'o. The Oscars selfie was such a viral hit that it crushed the previous record set by President Obama after his reelection in 2012 and temporarily knocked Twitter's service offline as fans retweeted it more than 700,000 times in the first half hour alone.
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