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Director James Burrows on How Grant Tinker – and His Mtm Hit Factory – Changed Television

30 November 2016 6:15 PM, PST | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

James Burrows, perhaps the most successful TV director in history, owes his lengthy small screen career to Grant Tinker.

Tinker, who died Monday at 90, was a towering television titan who turned Mtm Enterprises into one of the most successful production companies in the 1970s, then took over NBC and led that network from worst to first in the 1980s.

But his legacy lives on, thanks to the writers, producers, directors and stars he championed during his long career. Burrows, who recently directed his 1,000th episode of television (which NBC celebrated with a primetime special), is one of them.

“I owe my entire television career to him,” Burrows told IndieWire.

Burrows was a theater director and stage manager in New York when he worked on the musical “Holly Golightly” (later retitled “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”), starring Mary Tyler Moore and Richard Chamberlain. The show closed after just four nights, but by the end, »

- Michael Schneider

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Director James Burrows on How Grant Tinker – and His Mtm Hit Factory – Changed Television

30 November 2016 6:15 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

James Burrows, perhaps the most successful TV director in history, owes his lengthy small screen career to Grant Tinker.

Tinker, who died Monday at 90, was a towering television titan who turned Mtm Enterprises into one of the most successful production companies in the 1970s, then took over NBC and led that network from worst to first in the 1980s.

But his legacy lives on, thanks to the writers, producers, directors and stars he championed during his long career. Burrows, who recently directed his 1,000th episode of television (which NBC celebrated with a primetime special), is one of them.

“I owe my entire television career to him,” Burrows told IndieWire.

Burrows was a theater director and stage manager in New York when he worked on the musical “Holly Golightly” (later retitled “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”), starring Mary Tyler Moore and Richard Chamberlain. The show closed after just four nights, but by the end, »

- Michael Schneider

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Grant Tinker, Revered Former NBC and Mtm Chief, Dies at 90

30 November 2016 6:50 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Former NBC chairman-ceo Grant Tinker, a revered producer and executive who founded Mtm Enterprises with Mary Tyler Moore and later rose to the challenge of taking NBC from last place to first, has died. He was 90.

Tinker died Monday at his home in California, according to a report Wednesday on NBC’s “Today.”

Grant Tinker was a great man who made an indelible mark on NBC and the history of television that continues to this day,” NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke said. “He loved creative people and protected them, while still expertly managing the business. Very few people have been able to achieve such a balance. We try to live up to the standards he set each and every day. Our hearts go out to his family and friends.”

The poised, avuncular Tinker’s television career spanned almost half a century, from its inception through the 1990s. He usually took the high road on most of his projects »

- Richard Natale

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Bob Iger’s Early Career at ABC Signaled His Future Success at Disney

22 November 2016 8:45 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bob Iger made his mark as an executive in the 1980s while working for the legendary Roone Arledge at ABC Sports in New York. Iger was ambitious but not flashy — Arledge took up plenty of the spotlight in the department.

But not long after Iger was promoted to VP of programming for ABC Sports in 1987, he was called to Los Angeles to give a presentation at the network’s annual meeting with the managers of its 200 affiliate stations. Iger spoke with such ease and fluency about the division’s plans that he impressed fellow ABC execs watching from the back of the ballroom at the Century Plaza Hotel, a group that included Ted Harbert and then-abc Entertainment president Brandon Stoddard.

“He recited the entire schedule of ABC’s college football without a single note in hand,” recalls Harbert, who recently stepped down as chairman of NBC Broadcasting. “He had every game, every »

- Cynthia Littleton

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James L. Brooks Selected for Norman Lear Award by Producers Guild

8 November 2016 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

The Producers Guild of America has selected longtime television and film producer James L. Brooks as the recipient of the 2017 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.

The award will be presented to Brooks at the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

Brooks has won 22 Emmys and is a three-time Academy Award winner. He was the creative force behind “The Simpsons,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Taxi.” His most current project is “The Edge of Seventeen,” starring Hailee Steinfeld with a release this month.

Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said, “For decades, Jim Brooks has brought memorable characters, big laughs and above all, a profound sense of humanity into our homes. Jim is a producer whose work has influenced multiple generations of storytellers, so it’s an incredible privilege to be able to honor him with our Guild’s Norman Lear Achievement Award.”

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- Dave McNary

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James L. Brooks Selected for Norman Lear Award by Producers Guild

8 November 2016 9:30 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Producers Guild of America has selected longtime television and film producer James L. Brooks as the recipient of the 2017 Norman Lear Achievement Award in Television.

The award will be presented to Brooks at the 28th Annual Producers Guild Awards ceremony on Jan. 28 at the Beverly Hilton hotel.

Brooks has won 22 Emmys and is a three-time Academy Award winner. He was the creative force behind “The Simpsons,” “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” and “Taxi.” His most current project is “The Edge of Seventeen,” starring Hailee Steinfeld with a release this month.

Producers Guild Awards Chairs Donald De Line and Amy Pascal said, “For decades, Jim Brooks has brought memorable characters, big laughs and above all, a profound sense of humanity into our homes. Jim is a producer whose work has influenced multiple generations of storytellers, so it’s an incredible privilege to be able to honor him with our Guild’s Norman Lear Achievement Award. »

- Dave McNary

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On my radar: David Harewood’s cultural highlights

6 November 2016 2:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The actor on Steven Bochco’s biography, a new film, Moonlight, about being black and gay in America, and Ava DuVernay’s shocking documentary about Us prisons

Birmingham-born actor David Harewood is renowned for his versatile work in television, theatre and film. After graduating from Rada, he established himself in the public eye in the 1990s, securing roles in television series including Fat Friends, Robin Hood and Hustle. In 2012, he was awarded an MBE for his services to drama. Perhaps best known for his performance as tough-minded CIA boss David Estes in the Us political thriller Homeland, he has since gone on to play another spy in the BBC critically acclaimed drama The Night Manager. Next year he will join Alicia Vikander and Christoph Waltz on the big screen in Justin Chadwick’s forthcoming drama Tulip Fever. Harewood presents the documentary Will Britain Ever Have a Black Prime Minister? on BBC2 on 13 November. »

- Kathryn Bromwich

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Cecilia Hart, Wife of James Earl Jones, Has Died After Ovarian Cancer Battle: Report

22 October 2016 11:05 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Cecilia Hart, the wife of James Earl Jones, died Sunday, Oct. 16, after a battle with ovarian cancer, WestportNow reports. She was 68.

Hart and Jones, 85, met on the set of the 1979-80 Steven Bochco series Paris.

They married in 1982, after playing opposite one another in a revival of William Shakespeare’s Othello that same year. They have one son together â€. Flynn Earl Jones.

Her Broadway credits include the revivals of The Heiress (1976) and Design for Living (1984) â€. and the premiere production Tom Stoppard’s 1977 play Dirty Linen & New-Found-Land, for which she was nominated for a Drama Desk Award. »

- Dave Quinn

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Murder in the First: Cancelled by TNT; No Season Four

12 October 2016 1:08 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

The body count grows. The Murder in the First TV show has been cancelled after three seasons on TNT. Steven Bochco's procedural drama series, starring Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson, just wrapped its third season in September.The Murder in the First TV series cast also includes: Corey Reynolds, Michael Gaston, Sara Paxton, Raphael Sbarge, Lombardo Boyar, Ian Anthony Dale, Currie Graham, and Mimi Kirkland. Bochco, for his part, is working on a reboot of La Law.Read More… »

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Murder in the First Cancelled at TNT

11 October 2016 6:16 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

TNT has shipped Murder in the First off to the county morgue.

The cabler has pulled the plug on the Taye Diggs-Kathleen Robertson crime drama after three seasons, TVLine has confirmed.

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The Steven Bochco-produced anthology series chronicled a different case every season. The 10-episode third season concluded in early September.

The news was first reported by our sister site Deadline.

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‘Murder in the First’ Canceled After 3 Seasons on TNT

11 October 2016 6:15 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Murder in the First” has been canceled by TNT. The crime procedural, starring Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson has not been picked up for a fourth season, TheWrap has learned. The drama, co-created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, wrapped Season 3 last month. The series centered on a pair of San Francisco detectives — played by Diggs and Robertson — who investigate tough crimes that put the city on edge. The third season had the duo investigating the murder of a professional football player. Also Read: Cary Fukunaga to Be Replaced By Jakob Verbruggen as Director of 'The Alienist' Raphael Sbarge (“Once Upon. »

- Reid Nakamura

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‘Murder in the First’ Cancelled at TNT

11 October 2016 6:10 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

TNT drama “Murder in the First” has been canceled, Variety has confirmed.

Created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, the series aired on TNT for three seasons. Set in San Francisco, it starred Taye Diggs and Kathleen Robertson as San Francisco homicide detectives. Each season focused on the solving of a different case. Bochco and Lodal served as executive producers alongside Thomas Schlamme, who directed the season-one pilot.

Murder in the First” drew from a premise reminiscent of Bochco’s earlier attempt at a serialized crime drama, “Murder One,” which aired on ABC from 1995 to 1997. Reviewing the pilot for Variety in 2014, Brian Lowry compared the two shows.

“The previewed hours establish the series as crisp and watchable, while perhaps shrewdly shifting and expanding the earlier show’s lens from defense attorneys to the detectives assigned the case,” he wrote.

The third season of “Murder in the First,” which ended Sept. 4, averaged »

- Daniel Holloway

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‘Murder In the First’ Canceled By TNT After 3 Seasons

11 October 2016 5:59 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

TNT has opted not to pick up a fourth season of crime drama Murder in the First. The series, created by Steven Bochco and Eric Lodal, was a departure for TNT when it premiered in 2014 as it was an anthology — each serialized season chronicling one murder investigation — instead of a standard procedural like the network’s other crime dramas of the past decade, including hits The Closer and Rizzoli & Isles. Murder In the First was set in San Francisco and starred Taye… »

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La Law: Why Steven Bochco Agreed to the Series Revival

28 September 2016 8:29 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Are you a fan of La Law? Recently, co-creator Steven Bochco spoke with TV Guide about reviving the classic NBC series.Earlier, we reported that Bochco is developing a reboot of the legal drama with Fox. The original series starred Richard Dysart, Alan Rachins, Jill Eikenberry, Harry Hamlin, Jimmy Smits, and Blair Underwood. The show ran for eight seasons before ending in 1994.Read More… »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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The year rookie cop series Hill Street Blues hijacked the Emmys

17 September 2016 3:00 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

The gritty show was collapsing in the ratings and the cast were despondent – but one night in 1981 at America’s TV awards show changed everything

The 1981 Emmy awards opened with a horrifyingly cheesy musical number called One Big Happy Family sung by the casts of 16 shows, including CHiPs, Happy Days and The Love Boat. That family excluded a rookie cop series but its big, rowdy cast would hijack the evening, hooting and hollering as the low-rated drama captured a record eight awards on the strength of its unsurpassed 21 nominations. While most Emmy awards telecasts are as instantly forgettable as that opening number, the showing by Hill Street Blues that night helped reshape television history.

Right from the swirling, chaotic opening scene of its pilot, Hill Street Blues was a show apart. “Michael Kozoll and I just didn’t want to do a typical cop show,” recalls co-creator Steven Bochco.

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- Stuart Miller

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How FX became TV's best, most reliable network

14 September 2016 6:05 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

It was early in the development of The Americans that the head of FX told the show’s creator what his series was really about — and was absolutely right. Joe Weisberg had planned to generate drama in the fake marriage between deep cover spies Philip and Elizabeth Jennings on ideological grounds: Philip was beginning to feel too comfortable in America, while Elizabeth stayed true to her Mother Russian roots. Then in a meeting with FX executives, FX CEO John Landgraf proposed adding another layer to things. “John had the idea that it would be very powerful and effective if Philip were really more in love with Elizabeth than Elizabeth were with Philip,” Weisberg said. “And you know how central that has become to the whole story of the show and the marriage. (The ideological argument) seemed like a good solid idea for what would create tension in the marriage, but »

- Alan Sepinwall

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What Is Mr. Robot's Crime? Did Guilt Wig You Out? Will Ryan Lochte Go Dancing With the Stars? And More Qs!

19 August 2016 10:56 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

We’ve got questions, and you’ve (maybe) got answers! With another week of TV gone by, we’re lobbing queries left and right about shows including Power, The Last Ship, Mistresses and American Gothic! First, a special Olympics interlude:

1 | Which accomplishment made you feel lazier: Ashton Eaton’s decathlon gold medal or sprinter Usain Bolt’s successful defense of his Fastest Man Alive title?

2 | How disheartening is it to see half-empty stadiums as the athletes compete? (And no, we’re not buying any of the organizers’ explanations. They went to get food… and never came back?)

3 | Is it a »

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David Caruso's Over-the-Top Demands Detailed in NYPD Blue Showrunner's New Memoir: 'His Behavior Was Cancerous'

18 August 2016 2:05 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Twenty-three years after NYPD Blue made its television debut, showrunner Steven Bochco is opening up about the drama that went on behind the scenes of the ABC hit, including star David Caruso's "volatile" behavior and the hurdles he faced to get profanity and nudity on the small screen. Before the cop drama made its premiere on television screens in 1993, 72-year-old Bochco reveals on The Hollywood Reporter in an exclusive excerpt of his new memoir Truth Is a Total Defense that he and ABC CEO Bob Iger sat down to brainstorm ideas of how to get nudity in front of audiences. »

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NYPD Blue Bombshell: David Caruso's 'Cancerous' Behavior, Insane Demands Recounted in New Memoir

18 August 2016 8:54 AM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Hey, Steven Bochco, tell us how you really feel about David Caruso!

In the überproducer’s new memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense, the NYPD Blue co-creator chronicles the events that led up to the controversial departure of Caruso in Season 2. And it ain’t pretty.

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By the end of the cop drama’s breakout first season, “David Caruso had become impossible,” Bocho writes in the book (a portion of which has been excerpted on THR.com). “Caruso’s behavior was, simply put, cancerous. He was emotionally unavailable to everyone, »

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La Law: What David E Kelley Thinks of Plans to Reboot the Legal Series

8 August 2016 1:28 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

As reported last week, co-creator Steven Bochco is working on an L.A. Law  TV show reboot at Fox. David E. Kelley, who was hired as a writer and story editor in the original series' first season and eventually became an executive producer and showrunner, is enthusiastic about the revival."I think it’s a great idea and I'm told Billy Finkelstein is coming back to write it and take charge of it. He's a brilliant writer, so I'll be watching," Kelly told The Hollywood Reporter. "It's not something I would want to go back and do again myself because I felt I've done it, but I think it's actually a good idea. It was a great show in its »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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