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Don Ohlmeyer, a longtime producer and executive who helped lead NBC’s “Must-See TV” revival in the 1990s, died Sunday at his home in Palm Desert, Calif. He was 72.
Ohlmeyer’s death was announced by his longtime friend Al Michaels during the “Sunday Night Football” telecast on NBC. “He was truly special and one of a kind,” said Michaels. Ohlmeyer had a long run as a sports producer at ABC and NBC in the 1970s and ’80s before he moved to NBC as West Coast president in 1993.
Ohlmeyer was a famously tough boss but he brought a spirit of competitiveness to NBC in the early 1990s when the network was in the ratings basement. On his watch, NBC thrived with a fresh slate of hits that included “Friends,” “ER,” “Frasier,” “Mad About You,” “Seinfeld,” “Law & Order,” “Just Shoot Me” and “Will & Grace.”
Warren Littlefield, who served as entertainment president under Ohlmeyer, recalled »
- Cynthia Littleton
These days Bob Odenkirk is best known for his Emmy nominated work as the star of the acclaimed “Breaking Bad” prequel “Better Call Saul.” But Odenkirk’s first brush with Emmy came thanks to his career in comedy writing. In his second season on staff at “Saturday Night Live,” Odenkirk was part of a crew including Conan O’Brien, Mike Myers and Al Franken who went home with Emmy gold.
What do you remember about your first Emmy experience?
We were all so young. I rented a tuxedo because I didn’t own one. I didn’t see why I would ever need to own a tuxedo in my life. Now I have four. I don’t think I need four, but whatever I have them. It was comical to all of us. It was a weird mix of an honor, and a joke. We just felt like such interlopers in the actual business. We »
- Geoff Berkshire
Bob Odenkirk's 30-plus-year career has included a stint as an SNL writer, a groundbreaking sketch series (Mr. Show), stand-up comedy, and, most recently, Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad prequel in which he gives a brilliant performance as "morally flexible" lawyer Jimmy McGill. And how has the 54-year-old actor's outlook changed over that three-decade span? "As a young man I was the fuckin' expert on comedy, on who was funny and who wasn't funny and who's a douchebag," he says. "I still feel those things but I don't think I'm so right. »
Let's hear it for the writers!
The Writer's Guild of America held their annual awards show on Sunday night at the Beverly Hilton in Los Angeles, where Barry Jenkins' Moonlight, The People vs. O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt, and Donald Glover's breakout series, Atlanta were among those recognized for their achievement of the written word.
Read on below to see the full list of winners.
Television And New Media Winners
The Americans, Written »
The Writers Guild Awards and the Academy writing nominees always don’t line up; many films are ineligible. This year, those included Oscar-writing nominees “Lion” and “The Lobster.”
This year, the WGA and the Academy differed dramatically. While the WGA deemed “Moonlight” and “Loving” as Original Screenplays, the Academy considered both as Adapted; only “Moonlight” landed a nomination.
At the WGA, as at the BAFTAs, Barry Jenkins’ script for “Moonlight” competed for the Original Screenplay Award against both Kenneth Lonergan’s “Manchester by the Sea” and Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land.” Unlike the BAFTAs, Jenkins emerged the winner over Lonergan, a sign of strength for “Moonlight,” which is nominated for eight Oscars.
However, in the Oscars’ Original Screenplay contest, lauded playwright and Oscar-nominated screenwriter Lonergan (“You Can Count On Me, »
- Anne Thompson
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