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This story first appeared in the March 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. You famously quit your career as a young lawyer in Boston to write for L.A. Law during the mid-1980s. How did you get your writing in front of series creator Steven Bochco? I had an idea that I thought would make for a good movie but didn't know anybody in L.A., so I went about writing the film -- which would become From the Hip -- on my own. At some point I thought, "Ok, I'm going to have to show it to somebody."
- Stacey Wilson
The man who played the patriarch on CBS’ long-running series The Waltons has died. Ralph Waite was 86. He starred for nine seasons on the Depression-era drama as John Walton Sr., who eked out a living at the family lumber mill on Walton’s Mountain. He also directed more than a dozen episodes of the hourlong series, which ran from 1972-81 and was followed by a series of telefilms. He scored an Emmy nom for the role in 1978. Waite’s acting credits date to the mid-1960s, appearing in TV series including Bonanza and N.Y.P.D. and later as slave ship mate Slater in the landmark miniseries Roots, a key supporting role that earned Waite his first Emmy nom. He also worked on the big screen, including roles in the classic films as Cool Hand Luke and Five Easy Pieces. After The Waltons, Waite worked regularly in TV and film. The White Plains, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Vinessa Shaw (Vegas, 3:10 To Yuma) has signed on for a season-long arc on Showtime’s Ray Donovan. (Spoiler Alert!) Shaw will play Kate, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist for The Boston Globe who is writing a book on Sully (James Woods’ character from last season) and comes to L.A. to investigate his death. She joins recently cast Hank Azaria and Sherilyn Fenn in the upcoming second season. Ray Donovan stars Liev Schreiber as La’s best professional fixer, the man called in to make the city’s celebrities, superstar athletes, and business moguls’ most complicated and combustible situations go away. Shaw is repped by ICM partners, Thruline Entertainment and attorney Gretchen Rush. Jamie McShane (Southland) has joined the cast of Netflix’s psychological thriller series Zkz from Damages creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and Sony Pictures TV. Starring Sissy Spacek, Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn and Linda Cardellini, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
This story first appeared in the Jan. 31 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The Director's Guild Of America doesn't dispense honorary awards as lavishly as some of the other guilds. It has given out its Diversity Award only four times in its history -- to TV producers Bruce Paltrow (1997), John Wells and Christopher Chulack (1999), Steven Bochco (2000) and former ABC Entertainment president Stephen McPherson (2005). But when members of the DGA convene for their annual awards dinner Jan. 25, the honor will again be on the table as it's presented to Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey's Anatomy and
- Gregg Kilday
For nearly a decade, Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers have created a smallscreen landscape that deftly reflects the vast and varied socio-economic and multicultural vibrancy of the world in which we live, a world in which doctors are black, white and Asian, Jewish and Christian, male and female (“Grey’s Anatomy”). In “Private Practice,” a single, high-powered woman runs her own ob-gyn practice and “Scandal” comes in the form of a sexy, smart, self-assured African-American woman (with Kerry Washington in the starring role) in the nation’s capital.
So it’s a befitting and well-deserved coup that Rhimes and Beers, creators and exec producers of said ABC juggernauts and partners in Shondaland, are being feted by the Directors Guild of America with its 2014 Diversity Award, which celebrates their commitment to diversity hiring, their track record of providing jobs and opportunities to women and minorities in DGA-covered categories, and for the »
- Malina Saval
TNT's next crime drama, "Murder in the First," brings back producer Steven Bochco while moving into brand-new territory with a full-season murder mystery. The cast and producers presented the upcoming show at the 2014 Television Critics Association on Friday (Jan. 10).
"Murder in the First" follows San Francisco homicide detectives Terry English (Taye Diggs) and Hildy Mulligan (Kathleen Robertson) during the investigation of a drug-related murder that somehow connects to a high-powered CEO in Silicon Valley.
Set to air in the summer of 2014, "Murder in the First" will comprise only 10 episodes and will focus on a single crime -- think "The Killing," only with a solution to the crime and less rain. Bochco explained how the shorter season may be essential for making the full-season crime show work.
"You're really struggling to make every episode in the service to the overall story," he says of his old standard of 20-26 episodes per season. »
TNT‘s new Steven Bochco drama Murder In The First will follow a single case across an entire season. So too did Bochco’s short-lived mid-1990s drama Murder One for ABC. “When we did Murder One, we were halfway through [the first season of 23 episodes] and I didn’t know how it was going to end, which was a little intense,” Bochco told TV critics today at the TCA Winter Press Tour. He also noted: “And over that many episodes you really struggling to make every hour sustain itself in the service of a single storyline. Twelve episodes seems to me to be an ideal length for this format and it really eliminates the necessity of filler. It also gives us much more time to think about what we’re doing and to craft our scripts…It’s all around a much nicer way to work.” The new drama centers on San Francisco homicide »
- LISA DE MORAES, TV Columnist
Garry Marshall — the man behind “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley” and “Mork & Mindy” — will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2014 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.
The honor will be presented at the Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony on Feb. 1 at the Jw Marriott Los Angeles.
“Garry Marshall’s filmography – from ‘The Joey Bishop Show’ to ‘Happy Days’ – is a virtual history of American television comedy,” said WGA West president Christopher Keyser. “Both of-their-time and timeless, his shows are a gentle, generous, comic mirror held up to late mid-century America. And no one is a finer or funnier chronicler of friendship – male or female (or alien) – than Garry Marshall.”
Marshall created or co-created and executive produced “Happy Days” (1974-84), “Laverne & Shirley” (1976-83), “Joanie Loves Chachi,” “Mork & Mindy,” “Angie,” “Makin’ It,” “The Brian Keith Show,” and “Hey, Landlord!”
He also developed “The New Odd Couple.” His other »
- Dave McNary
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