December 26, 2005 |
The producers of "Wicked" have made a TV commercial for their steamrolling musical hit, but people here are probably never going to see it. Not because the quality is poor or the airtime too expensive. No, they won't be exposed to it because, to put it plainly, "Wicked" doesn't need the help. Running the spot would be tantamount to the production thumbing its nose at the pitiably ticketless multitudes. "Wicked," you see, sells like rock salt on the cusp of a blizzard.
September 19, 1999 |
Some writers are lured to television by fame and fortune, others want to reach the masses-- those large audiences that only a prime-time network series can deliver. And then some simply want to work with Marshall and Ed. That would be Marshall Herskovitz and Edward Zwick, creators and executive producers of the new ABC series, "Once and Again."
May 2, 2001 |
It would have been easy to make "Once and Again," featuring the appealing stars Sela Ward and Billy Campbell, simply a study of love the second time around. But executive producers Edward Zwick and Marshall Herskovitz, longtime creative partners, have a history of tackling difficult subjects, in television dramas such as "thirtysomething," "My So-Called Life" and "Relativity," and the Oscar-winning movie "Traffic" (on which they worked as producers).
October 28, 2007 |
The 19 episodes of "My So-Called Life" ran on ABC from August 1994 through January 1995. Ratings for the drama -- about the small-but-big world of a teenage girl (Claire Danes) -- were low, and it was canceled. But those who did watch loved it. In fact, "My So-Called Life" is such an emotional touchstone that certain fans might find themselves moved to tears while reading the brochure accompanying the complete-series DVD set that will be released Tuesday.
July 17, 2006 |
Legions of young fans love "the green girl" -- that is, Elphaba, a teenage incarnation of the much-maligned Wicked Witch of the West in the Broadway musical "Wicked."
March 15, 1995 |
Parents who work in the entertainment industry say they are just as upset as the rest of us about sex and violence on television programs. Other people's programs, that is. The parents were among those gathered earlier this month in Palo Alto for a conference on media and values sponsored by the advocacy group Children Now. During breaks, we talked about their media and values.
April 25, 2000 |
On April 15, as thousands of local residents found themselves grappling with dark mysteries of the Internal Revenue Service code, a few hundred others gathered at Paramount Studios hoping to decipher an equally confounding enigma--namely, how to establish a career writing for television. Those who solve this riddle file very long tax returns in the highest possible bracket. The also-rans, meanwhile, get to ponder each year whether they can rightfully list "writer" as their occupation.
November 28, 1994 |
It's refreshing to see ABC buck tradition and extend the season of one of prime time's least popular series. Rarely has a network been so high on a series so low. The beneficiary here is "My So-Called Life," a weekly drama tracking the bumps and grinds of a fitful, moody, self-conscious, self-obsessed--in other words, quite typical--15-year-old, an inside-out account of middle-class adolescence presented mostly from her own perspective. "My So-Called Life" is capable of greatness.
August 24, 1994 |
Believing that her hair is holding her back, Angela, the teen-age protagonist of the new television drama "My So-Called Life," goes a punk shade of red. "It could be a lot worse," Angela's father tells his distraught wife. "She could be cutting class, doing drugs, having sex. . . . like we did." Just wait a few episodes. These days, unusual hair color and buzz cuts are the least of parents' worries as rates of teen-age substance abuse and pregnancy climb.
October 28, 2007 |
Every so often in the collaborative art called television a little miracle happens. There is a meeting of minds, a confluence of vision, a gathering of particular talents. The planets align, the cards fall into place, and something is born whose worth is instantly apparent to all involved, not as a generator of revenue -- at which it might fail completely -- but as an ennobling refraction of some little bit of the Truth, of what it means, or could mean, to be alive.