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Norman Lear Reflects on His ‘All in the Family’ Emmy Wins

Norman Lear Reflects on His ‘All in the Family’ Emmy Wins
the early 1970s was one of the most transitional eras in TV history, and the transition was in full swing by the time the 1971 Emmy Awards took place. Nowhere was this more evident than in the comedy categories, with Ed Asner and Valerie Harper nominated for their supporting roles in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” alongside Gale Gordon for “Here’s Lucy” and Agnes Moorehead for “Bewitched.” If anyone had any question as to which direction the tide was turning, though, it was answered when “All in the Family” was named not only for new series but also best comedy. Series creator Norman Lear — who, at age 95, remains as busy as ever, serving as an executive producer on the Netflix reboot of his classic ’70s series “One Day at a Time” — reflects on winning his first and second Emmy.

For the 1971 Emmy Awards, Johnny Carson personally suggested the idea of having the show open with the Bunkers
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11 great documentaries on Netflix

Catherine Pearson Feb 22, 2017

Documentary fans are well served by these 11 great documentary series and features, currently available on Netflix UK...

In recent years, even months, Netflix has upped its game. No longer just a site to instantly stream an old title you might have once picked up in Blockbuster, it's become a hub of quality new and original film and television and this is by no means limited to its vast selection of fiction.

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With the scope of possibility in visual effects and the boundlessness of imagination there are very few places we cannot explore in fiction nowadays… that is unless we explore stories that are stranger than fiction. There is a tangible thirst for the real; the overwhelming response to recent Netflix documentary Making A Murderer in the news and social media, as just one example, exposes the desire for and
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Michael Dann, CBS Programming Chief in 1960s, Dies at 94

Michael Dann, CBS Programming Chief in 1960s, Dies at 94
Michael Dann, the longtime CBS executive who steered the network’s winning primetime strategy in the 1960s with hokey and hip shows ranging from “The Beverly Hillbillies” to “The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour,” has died. He was 94.

Dann died May 27 at his home in Boca Raton, Fla., according to the New York Times.

Dann held the role of CBS programming chief from 1963 until 1970, when he was replaced by his protege, Fred Silverman. Hits delivered on Dann’s watch included “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” “The Carol Burnett Show,” “Mission: Impossible,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Mannix” and the venerable “60 Minutes.”

Dann’s long run at CBS was credited in part to his “uncanny ability to gauge (CBS chief) William Paley’s probable reaction to most program ideas,” according to the Museum of Broadcast Communications. Dann brought the Smothers Brothers to CBS, but then battled with the brothers and producers over the show’s liberal political bent.
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Stand-Up Survivor: The Story Behind Bobcat Goldthwait's New Doc

Stand-Up Survivor: The Story Behind Bobcat Goldthwait's New Doc
"It would've been easier to get actual Bigfoot footage," Bobcat Goldthwait says, on having to unearth clips of razor-tongued comedian-activist Barry Crimmins, the subject of his emotionally rich documentary Call Me Lucky. Though the Boston-based stand-up was an influence on no shortage of East Coast alt-comics in the Eighties and Nineties, Crimmins was the guy who bellowed biting jokes about the Hud scandal on Comic Strip Live, thus making his television footprint was relatively small. "It would've been easier to do a Gallagher doc," the director admits.

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Tartikoff Honorees Reflect on Past, Gaze Into Future

After expressing the requisite gratitude and humility, Lauren Zalaznick did away with the niceties at Natpe’s Brandon Tartikoff Legacy Awards and asked the obvious question.

“A legacy award — really?” she said. “Shouldn’t I get it when I’m really old, or retired?”

Zalaznick, the former NBCUniversal cable and digital maven, was one of four honorees at the 11th annual Tartikoff kudos, recognizing industry figures who have made an impact on the biz in the spirit of the late NBC master programmer.

LIonsgate boss Jon Felthemer, Television CEO Emilio Azcarraga Jean and veteran TV and film hyphenate James L. Brooks were also recognized with heartfelt tributes.

Zalaznick, the youngest of the group, made a point of looking forward in her remarks, noting the “tremendous transformation of our industry” at this fraught moment when to many it feels as if “there’s a siege on our audience and a siege
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"CSI"'s Got Nothing On "Mannix"

"The newspapers said that it was an accident, but I think someone was trying to kill him."

Mike Connors is Mannix. He’s a private investigator based out of Los Angeles. He’s your basic good guy. Without any real personality and an awfully large amount of friends around town (and the world) for a guy that doesn’t seem to get out that much. Unlike Jim Rockford, Mannix isn’t overly interested his fees even though he lives with plenty of glamour. What Mannix lives for is running around, taking and giving beatings, and getting to the bottom of things. He’s pretty good at it, with the occasional help of his assistant Peggy Fair (Gail Fisher) and Lt. Malcolm (Ward Wood). Most of his work runs him into syndicate (aka mafia) and conspiracies of many kinds.

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‘God Bless America’ interview with writer/director Bobcat Goldthwait

Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait stepped out of his Police Academy shadow with his first directed film Shakes the Clown in 1991, in which he also starred as the title character. Since then, Goldthwait has put more of his focus on becoming a filmmaker, releasing absurd cult favorites like World’s Greatest Dad (starring Robin Williams), Windy City Heat, and now his raging dark comedy, God Bless America.

In his latest film, Joel Murray plays a divorced father named Frank who decides he has had enough of bratty reality TV stars, jackass political commentators, people who talk during movies, etc. With the help of a young girl named Roxy (Tara Lynne Barr), Frank decides to kill some people in hopes of making our world a nicer place.

I sat down with Goldthwait to discuss God Bless America, what he thinks of MTV, and the little anti-Semites extras he worked with on set.

God Bless America
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New On DVD This Week

Here’s a list of some of the new movie and TV shows coming to DVD and Blu-ray this week that we’re looking forward to seeing. Also, there’s some classic, and not-so-classic, movies hitting Blu-ray for the first time this week as well.

Of all the new releases, we’re particularly interested in the Blu-ray versions of movies and TV shows such as Battlestar Galactica: The Plan, Night of the Creeps, the original Stargate, The Sam Fuller Collection, Orphan and the complete The Prisoner series starring and created by Patrick McGoohan (pictured above).

Check them out.

Movies

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan ~ Edward James Olmos, Tricia Helfer (DVD and Blu-ray)

42nd Street Forever 5: Alamo Drafthouse Edition ~ Charlton Heston, Robert Englund (DVD)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs ~ Ray Romano (DVD and Blu-ray)

Into Temptation ~ Kristin Chenoweth, Jeremy Sisto (DVD and Blu-ray)

Messiah of Evil: The Second Coming ~ Michael Greer,
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