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Shonda Rhimes — creator of “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Scandal,” and executive producer of “How to Get Away with Murder” — has been selected by the Writers Guild of America West for its Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.
The trophy will presented at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.
“Few writers in television have had the impact on the medium that Shonda Rhimes has,” said WGA West President Chris Keyser. “Her ability to create, consistently, television that is, at once, excellent, provocative and crowd-pleasing is almost the least of it. She is a breaker of barriers.”
Keyser noted that Rhimes has given voice to characters who had been voiceless and has been fearless in tackling issues.
“Offscreen, she has been a mentor to a generation of writers – some of whom are women, some of whom are writers »
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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
4 items from 2014
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