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Coming 40 years after “Helter Skelter,” with countless cinematic portraits (including NBC’s recent “Aquarius”) in between, it would be hard for “Manson’s Lost Girls” to bring much new or fresh to the story. Still, this Lifetime movie – focusing on Linda Kasabian, who ultimately left the family and testified in court against them – is a credible account of that historical moment, albeit with a bit too much grooviness, perhaps unavoidably, for its own good. Featuring a solid cast of Hollywood legacies that almost surely cost less to assemble than the music rights, those fascinated by the Manson mythology shouldn’t be disappointed.
“I finally found my home, a family that loved me,” Kasabian (MacKenzie Mauzy) explains near the beginning, in a narration that runs throughout. In short order, she rifles through leaving her unpleasant home situation as a teen, having a baby, and eventually running into Manson’s followers, who »
- Brian Lowry
Happy Friday, everybody! In this week's Ask Alan, I take questions on whether certain Peak TV shows won't age particularly well, which showrunners have the most impressive "writers tree" of all(*), and whether TV's increased serialization makes it harder to air episodes out of order these days. (*) One I had in my notes but neglected to mention when I recorded this: Susan Harris, who on "Golden Girls" alone employed future show creators Marc Cherry, Mitch Hurwitz, and the "Modern Family" Christopher Lloyd. You can watch the video embedded at the top and bottom of this post. As always, you can send questions to email@example.com. »
- Alan Sepinwall
The duo will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
“From ‘Dream On’ to ‘Grace and Frankie’ and ‘Episodes,’ they have individually and in partnership raised the bar for smart, funny writing. And then there’s ‘Friends,’ whose cleverness of storytelling, clarity of character development, consistent wisdom and wit made it one of the most memorable television series in history – it inhabited our living rooms for a decade, and will inhabit the culture forever. We salute them for what they have done, and for raising the bar for the rest of us. »
- Dave McNary
3 items from 2016
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