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September 23, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
“Modern Family” co-creator Steven Levitan admitted backstage he was a bit surprised to win the Emmy for comedy series directing. “My money was on 'Palestinian Chicken,' to tell you the truth,” Levitan said, referring to the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” episode he was up against. “Those were incredible co-nominees in the category.” Levitan had previously won Emmys for writing “Modern Family.” He voiced his appreciation to the crew for “protecting” him while directing.
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May 16, 2013 | By Randee Dawn
No wonder sitcom creators liken getting a series on the air to creating a child; months or years of development need to combine with patience, love and the willingness to modify and tweak a concept until it hurts. Here, we talk with some of TV's top sitcom (and one dramedy) heads about those first-show birthing pains and learn just what they were up to the night baby took its first steps on the airwaves. Robert Carlock ('30 Rock') In the beginning: "The whole first year we were dumb enough not to realize how hard it was to do what we were trying to do. We just walked blissfully like babies into it. " Needs fixing: Adjusting the Jack (Alec Baldwin)
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September 25, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
ABC's Emmy-winning hit series “Modern Family” is a point of pride in Los Angeles, where it stands among the growing crop of comedies filming locally in a region buffeted by production flight. Local drama production has fallen off dramatically due to the proliferation of film incentives offered outside of California. Notably, the other big winner from Sunday night's 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, the Showtime series “Homeland,” is actually produced in North Carolina. But production in Los Angeles of television comedies has been on the rise, climbing nearly 30% to 718 production days January through June compared with the same period a year ago, according to FilmL.A.
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September 25, 2012 | By Richard Verrier
ABC's Emmy-winning hit series “Modern Family” is a point of pride in Los Angeles, where it stands among the growing crop of comedies filming locally in a region buffeted by production flight. Local drama production has fallen off dramatically due to the proliferation of film incentives offered outside of California. Notably, the other big winner from Sunday night's 64th Primetime Emmy Awards, the Showtime series “Homeland,” is actually produced in North Carolina. But production in Los Angeles of television comedies has been on the rise, climbing nearly 30% to 718 production days January through June compared with the same period a year ago, according to FilmL.A.
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October 30, 2011 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
"I keep hearing about this 'Modern Family' effect," says Steven Levitan, co-creator of the hit ABC series being lauded for spearheading the recent renaissance of comedy on TV. He's on the set, plopped on a chair in the dining room of what audiences have come to know as Jay and Gloria's swanky home. Dressed in jeans and a long-sleeved T-shirt, Levitan is self-deprecating and awkward — hardly what you'd expect from the savior of the sitcom. But that's the position he — along with the show's co-creator, Christopher Lloyd — finds himself in. That's not to say that the genre was totally dead when "Modern Family" launched in 2009.
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September 24, 2012 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Viewers tuning in to the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards could be forgiven for thinking they were watching an updated version of "Groundhog Day. " The show was flavored with a taste of déjà vu. Despite a few surprise wins - notably freshman series "Homeland" ruining the win streak of "Mad Men" as outstanding drama series - the ceremony was dominated by victors who had previously made trips to the Emmys winners' circle. In upholding what has become an unofficial Emmy tradition, the results in the dramatic, comedy and reality categories demonstrated that Academy of Television Arts & Sciences voters continue to lean toward the familiar when it comes to handing out honors.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 16, 2013 | By Randee Dawn
No wonder sitcom creators liken getting a series on the air to creating a child; months or years of development need to combine with patience, love and the willingness to modify and tweak a concept until it hurts. Here, we talk with some of TV's top sitcom (and one dramedy) heads about those first-show birthing pains and learn just what they were up to the night baby took its first steps on the airwaves. Robert Carlock ('30 Rock') In the beginning: "The whole first year we were dumb enough not to realize how hard it was to do what we were trying to do. We just walked blissfully like babies into it. " Needs fixing: Adjusting the Jack (Alec Baldwin)
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September 23, 2009 | MARY McNAMARA, TELEVISION CRITIC
Just when we were thinking it couldn't be done, ABC's "Modern Family" has single-handedly brought the family comedy back from the dead. Astute in a way we haven't seen since, oh, I don't know, "Family Ties" or maybe "Married . . . With Children," "Modern Family" is sharp, timely and fresh, complicated enough to be interesting but with a soft, sweet center because, and I'm speaking loudly so even cable channels can hear, there is nothing wrong with...
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February 21, 2010 | By Susan King
The screenplays for "The Hurt Locker" and "Up in the Air" won top honors Saturday evening at the Writers Guild of America awards. "The Hurt Locker's" Mark Boal received the WGA award for original screenplay for his gripping drama about a bomb disposal unit in Iraq. Boal, who is also nominated for an Oscar, thanked the American soldiers in the war-devastated region who let him "get up close and personal" to the "chaos and hellishness" when he was embedded there as a journalist. "Up in the Air's" Jason Reitman and Sheldon Turner won for adapted screenplay for their dramedy about a corporate downsizer.
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December 20, 1998
I have a few things I would like to say about the article "Mass Hysterics" (by Paul Brownfield, Dec. 6). I have a few things to say about how bright Aaron Sorkin of "Sports Night" is to even try and do something different. I have a few things to say about how "Just Shoot Me's" Steven Levitan (a very talented person) sits and waits for a room of people to feed him funny lines that obviously have nothing to do with "character" but is simply funny at that moment. No wonder every show sounds the same!
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September 24, 2012 | By Greg Braxton, Los Angeles Times
Viewers tuning in to the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards could be forgiven for thinking they were watching an updated version of "Groundhog Day. " The show was flavored with a taste of déjà vu. Despite a few surprise wins - notably freshman series "Homeland" ruining the win streak of "Mad Men" as outstanding drama series - the ceremony was dominated by victors who had previously made trips to the Emmys winners' circle. In upholding what has become an unofficial Emmy tradition, the results in the dramatic, comedy and reality categories demonstrated that Academy of Television Arts & Sciences voters continue to lean toward the familiar when it comes to handing out honors.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2012 | By Glenn Whipp
“Modern Family” co-creator Steven Levitan admitted backstage he was a bit surprised to win the Emmy for comedy series directing. “My money was on 'Palestinian Chicken,' to tell you the truth,” Levitan said, referring to the “Curb Your Enthusiasm” episode he was up against. “Those were incredible co-nominees in the category.” Levitan had previously won Emmys for writing “Modern Family.” He voiced his appreciation to the crew for “protecting” him while directing.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 30, 2011 | By Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
"I keep hearing about this 'Modern Family' effect," says Steven Levitan, co-creator of the hit ABC series being lauded for spearheading the recent renaissance of comedy on TV. He's on the set, plopped on a chair in the dining room of what audiences have come to know as Jay and Gloria's swanky home. Dressed in jeans and a long-sleeved T-shirt, Levitan is self-deprecating and awkward — hardly what you'd expect from the savior of the sitcom. But that's the position he — along with the show's co-creator, Christopher Lloyd — finds himself in. That's not to say that the genre was totally dead when "Modern Family" launched in 2009.
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August 8, 2007 | Ramesh Santanam, Associated Press
PITTSBURGH -- Maybe it's this former steel town's blue-collar tradition. Or its down-to-earth reputation. Or its many connections to the entertainment industry. Whatever the reason, Pittsburgh has become a popular setting for TV shows. Spike TV's bank heist miniseries "The Kill Point" is set here and was shot here too.
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June 17, 2012 | By Meg James and Yvonne Villarreal, Los Angeles Times
Night after night, in households from Puebla to Pico Rivera, tens of millions of loyal viewers tune in to their Spanish-language telenovelas , gasping at the seductions and betrayals on tear-jerkers like "Abismo de Pasión" ("Abyss Of Passion"). Now network executives, desperate to capitalize on the addictive powers of the prime-time soap operas, are copying the formula with English-language versions, starring marquee names. In some cases, they're even borrowing the five-nights-a-week format.
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