11 items from 2014
The director that epitomized the 1970’s, Joseph Sargent, has sadly passed away. (1925-2014)
“When it comes to directing Movies for Television, Joe’s dominance and craftsmanship was legendary – for the past 50 years. With eight DGA Awards nominations in Movies for Television, more than any other director in this category, Joe embodied directorial excellence on the small screen. He was unafraid of taking risks, believing in his heart that television audiences demanded the highest quality stories – whether chronicling uncomfortable historic events like the infamous Tuskegee syphilis study in Miss Evers’ Boys, or compelling personal stories about inspiring individuals like »
- Michelle McCue
His son James told the Lat that Larson passed away of complications from esophageal cancer Friday night at UCLA Medical Center.
Larson had a string of TV hits in the 1970s and 80s, and dozens of writing and producing credits to his name. He created his first show, “Alias Smith and Jones,” in 1971, but left the ABC Western right after star Peter Duel committed suicide.
He created “Battlestar Galactica” a few years later. Although the series only lasted a single season (ABC cut the cord in 1979 after two dozen episodes partly because of its hefty production cost), it spawned a series of spinoffs. »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Glen A. Larson, the television writer-producer who created Battlestar Galactica, among many other hits series, died on Friday at the age of 77. Larson's son told The Hollywood Reporter that he died of esophageal cancer at UCLA Medical Center.
Larson's incredibly fruitful television career came after a stint in the 1950s pop group the Four Preps. After working as a story editor and producer on It Takes a Thief, he created his first show with the western Alias Smith and Jones, followed by The Six Million Dollar Man. In 1976, Larson introduced Quincy, »
Glen A. Larson, the wildly successful television writer-producer whose enviable track record includes Quincy M.E., Magnum, P.I., Battlestar Galactica, Knight Rider and The Fall Guy, has died. He was 77. Larson, a singer in the 1950s clean-cut pop group The Four Preps who went on to compose many of the theme songs for his TV shows, died Friday night of esophageal cancer at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, his son, James, told The Hollywood Reporter. Larson also wrote and produced for such noteworthy series as ABC’s It Takes a Thief, starring his fellow Hollywood High
- Mike Barnes
Leigh Chapman, the 1960s actress-turned-screenwriter who wrote “Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry” and “The Octagon,” died Tuesday, Nov. 4 at her West Hollywood home, after an eight-month battle with cancer. She was 75.
Chapman was familiar to TV viewers as Sarah, Napoleon Solo’s efficient secretary in several 1965 episodes of “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” She also did guest shots on several other mid-’60s series including “Combat,” “Dr. Kildare,” “McHale’s Navy” and “The Monkees.”
But she found her calling as a scriptwriter, starting in TV with “Burke’s Law,” “Mission: Impossible,” “It Takes a Thief,” “The Mod Squad” and “My Favorite Martian.” She penned six scripts for “The Wild Wild West,” one of which earned Agnes Moorehead her only acting Emmy.
Chapman soon graduated to feature-film work, mostly – and unusually for a female writer in the ’70s – in the action-adventure genre, notably with the Peter Fonda car-chase film “Dirty Mary, Crazy Larry. »
- Jon Burlingame
Given the fortune CBS is spending on license fees for “The Big Bang Theory,” the network can be forgiven for trying to expand the show’s geek-chic vibe to its procedural-drama wheelhouse. So while “Scorpion” might boast factual inspiration (a true nerdy computer prodigy!), one needn’t be a genius to see this for what it is: an effort to create a hybrid version of “Mission: Impossible” and Sherlock Holmes with a team of brainy problem-solvers. Provided “the full resources of the U.S. government” to thwart appropriately ornate crimes, the participants in this mildy fun yet wholly disposable exercise would be wise not to dwell on calculating their chances of network survival.
Team leader Walter O’Brien (Elyes Gabel) is introduced as a child, albeit one who brings the authorities descending onto his pastoral home by hacking into Nasa.
Flash forward, and he’s put together a group of »
- Brian Lowry
The towering actor who played the mercenary assassin Jaws in a pair of Roger Moore-era 007 movies and the enigmatic alien in one of the most famous episodes of The Twilight Zone died today. Richard Kiel would have turned 75 on Saturday. His agent of 35 years, Steven Stevens Sr, told Deadline that Kiel died this afternoon at St. Agnes Medical Center in Fresno, CA. The 7-foot-2 actor with the crooked smile got his start in early-1060s TV, appearing in such series as Laramie, Thriller and The Rifleman. He appeared in the 1962 sci-fi feature The Phantom Planet before landing the chilling Twilight Zone role. In “To Serve Man,” he played a representative of an advanced, giant alien race called the Kanamits, who alight on Earth amid what seems to be peace and good will. Kiel delivers a mysterious encrypted book to a meeting of the United Nations, and the episode soars from there. »
- Erik Pedersen
BBC One's Beyond Breaking Point achieved an audience share of 17.3% at 9pm on a quiet Thursday night.
The One Show was the most-watched programme outside of news and soaps with 4.44m (21.8%) at 7pm. Later, Holiday Hit Squad brought in 3.10m (14.6%), and Question Time was seen by 2.35m (21.8%) at 10.35pm.
On ITV, Ade Edmondson's new series Ade at Sea interested 2.63m (12.4%) at 8.30pm, followed by documentary Dangerous Dogs with 1.97m (9.3%) at 9pm (269,000/1.7% on +1).
Channel 4's Hoarder Next Door fascinated 1.47m (6.9%) at 8pm (166k/0.8%). Inside Rolls-Royce gathered 2.13m (10.1%) at 9pm (361k/2.3%) and 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown amused 982k (6.1%) at 10pm (221k »
Celebrity Juice returned for its new series with over a million viewers on Thursday night, according to early data.
ITV2's comedy panel show brought in 1.14 million viewers (7.1%) at 10pm, following the recent Ant & Dec special (135,000/1.6% on +1).
Earlier, The Big Reunion continued with 331k (1.6%) at 9pm.
BBC One's Holiday Hit Squad jointly topped the ratings overall outside of soaps with 3.44m (16.7%) at 8pm, along with Famous, Rich & Hungry at 9pm, also with 3.44m (16.6%). Question Time interested 2.34m (22.1%) at 10.35pm.
ITV's coverage of Tottenham's Europa League loss to Benfica scored 3.13m (15.3%) at 7.45pm.
On Channel 4, The Hoarder Next Door gathered 1.66m (8.0%) at 8pm (163k/6.8% on +1), while Live From Space entertained 1.40m (6.8%) at 9pm (178k/1.2%). How To Be a Billionaire was seen by 618k (4.2%) at »
Birds of a Feather came out on top for its current series finale on Thursday outside of soaps, according to overnight figures.
The recently-renewed ITV sitcom dropped over 500,000 viewers from its last episode in mid-February, amusing 4.81 million (12.9%) at 8.30pm (116k/0.5% on +1).
On BBC One, Holiday Hit Squad returned with 3.18m (14.3%) at 8pm, followed by Diy Sos with 4.26m (19.1%) at 9pm. Question Time interested 2.61m (23.5%) at 10.35pm.
On Channel 4, The Hoarder Next Door fascinated 1.22m (5.5%) at 8pm (221k/1.0%), and The Floods that Foiled New Years brought in 1.71m (7.7%) at 9pm (312k/2.0%).
Channel 5's It Takes a Thief To Catch a Thief intrigued 1.20m (5.4%) at 8pm (127k/0.6%). The Hotel Inspector was seen by 1.03m (4.6%) at 9pm (132k/0.8%) and 70 Stone and Almost Dead attracted 974k (6.1%) at 10pm. »
Golf: Wgc-Cadillac Championship
6pm, Sky Sports 4
Opening day's coverage from Doral, Florida of the elite event featuring top ranking players from the Official World Golf Ranking, PGA and European tours. PGA world number one Tiger Woods was victorious here last year, and will be looking to continue an impressive run of form on this course – the 2013 championship was his seventh overall. Stiff competition should be provided by Phil Mickelson, Sergio Garcia and Justin Rose, who won the tournament in 2013. Gwilym Mumford
Angela Rippon, Helen Skelton and Joe Crowley return, donning their factor 40 and heading off in search of pressing consumer issues for holidaymakers. The perils of hotel balconies are given startling illustration from Lee Charie, who survived a fall in Thailand, »
- Gwilym Mumford, Ben Arnold, Bim Adewunmi, Ali Catterall, Jonathan Wright, Rachel Aroesti, Hannah J Davies, David Stubbs
11 items from 2014
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