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James L. Brooks -- the producer of The Simpsons and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, mentor of Cameron Crowe and Wes Anderson and triple Oscar winner for directing, writing and producing Terms of Endearment -- is the new artistic director of the AFI Conservatory. AFI president and CEO Bob Gazzale told The Hollywood Reporter: "He was our No. 1 choice in our quest to replace the irreplaceable Frank Pierson [who died in 2012]. The artistic director is an important kind of spiritual voice not only for the Fellows [as AFI students are called] but the faculty. Robert Wise did it for about 12
- Tim Appelo
Former South African President Nelson Mandela, 94, was hospitalized on June 8 due to a recurring lung infection. When he first was admitted to the hospital, he was in “serious but stable condition.” Current president Zuma visited him on June 13 and urged South Africans and his followers worldwide to wish him “a speedy recovery.”
Nelson Mandela In Hospital — Health Improving
Nelson remains in the Pretoria hospital, in the capital of South Africa. His wife Graca Machel and daughter Zenani have been by his bedside since he was admitted.
He is still in intensive care, where he was first admitted on June 8.
After President Zuma’s visit, he also told his people to keep Nelson “in their prayers.”
Nelson Mandela’s Family Speaks Out
After his hospitalization, »
- Dory Larrabee
So sad. Nelson is back in the hospital with a recurring lung infection. South Africa fears it may be time to ‘let him go.’
Former South African leader Nelson Mandela remains in intensive care on June 10, two days after he was hospitalized with a recurring lung infection. Nelson was rushed to the hospital on June 8, when he was declared to be in ”serious but stable condition.”
Nelson Mandela Hospitalized With Recurring Lung Infection — Condition Unchanged
At the time, Nelson was breathing on his own and has his wife by his side, the South African president’s office, according to CNN.
On June 9, South Africans offered prayers at church services.
Nelson Mandela’s Longtime Friend Is Ready To Say Goodbye
Nelson’s longtime friend Andrew Mlangeni told South Africa’s Sunday Times that the time »
- Christopher Rogers
Conan O’Brien has been tapped to host Carson On TCM, a showcase of Hollywood interviews from Johnny Carson’s three decades as host of The Tonight Show. The series is set to air Mondays at 8 Pm beginning July 1. O’Brien, host of Conan on TCM’s sister network TBS, will introduce five interviews each week on the series. Carson On TCM is a joint effort between Emmy and Peabody Award-winning filmmaker Peter Jones (Johnny Carson: King Of Late Night, TCM’s Stardust: The Bette Davis Story) of Peter Jones Productions and Jeff Sotzing of Carson Entertainment Group, which controls the Carson archives. The July 1 show will open with Johnny Carson’s 1982 interview with then-7-year-old Drew Barrymore. It will also feature interviews with Kirk Douglas (taped in 1988), Mary Tyler Moore (1978), writer Neil Simon (1980) and George Burns (1989). The July schedule for Carson on TCM will also feature interviews with »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
If you haven't read the 101 Best Written Television Series list (voted on by the Writers Guild of America), chances are you've been on a wee internet break for the past 24 hours. But I kinda have been (#sorryboutit) so I've included it here for discussion purposes and with a few notes...
1. The Sopranos
3. The Twilight Zone
7. Mad Men
9. The Wire
10. The West Wing
Mad Men (for many years now the best show on television) has won 11 WGA nominations and 6 wins in its six year run... but what I find fascinating is when groups like the WGA vote for something they didn't originally get behind in a big way; The Wire, for example, makes their top ten all time list despite a measily 3 nominations and 1 win in its entire five year run.
91 more series after the jump »
- NATHANIEL R
The members of the Writers Guild of America were asked to vote online for the best written TV series in history. The organization tallied a list of 101 shows and David Chase's HBO drama, The Sopranos, came out on top.
It's worth noting that the list contains a few titles that most consider to be mini-series, not TV shows -- like Roots and I, Claudius.
For better or worse, here's the WGA's complete list. Please share your thoughts below!
1. The Sopranos
3. The Twilight Zone (1959)
7. Mad Men
9. The Wire
10. The West Wing
11. The Simpsons
12. I Love Lucy
13. Breaking Bad
14. The Dick »
With seven decades of TV shows in consideration, the Writers Guild of America (WGA) has compiled a list of the 101 Best-Written TV Series of all time. So, which TV show did they anoint the best-written show ever?
After tallying the online votes from the WGA's West and East Coast members, the show selected as the No. 1 Best-Written Series was the highly acclaimed mob drama The Sopranos, created by principal writer David Chase.
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"'The Sopranos' received the most votes, and no show has been more responsible for TV's storytelling renaissance, in which writers use character both as engines for commenting on the contemporary world and for teasing out the ways in which action reflects psychology in the troubled inner lives of real people," WGA wrote.
The Writers Guild of America has named "The Sopranos" the best-written TV show of all time, followed by "Seinfeld." The writers' list features only one show -- "The Twilight Zone" -- from the era considered the golden age of television, the 1950s. It came in third. The top 10 includes three shows that aired at least primarily in the '70s -- "All in the Family," "M*A*S*H" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," and one from the '80s, "Cheers." The newest show on the list looks back on the '60s: "Mad Men," which premired »
- Tim Molloy
The Sopranos was named the best-written show in television history by the Writers Guild of America, edging out an eclectic collection of some of the most beloved and admired series. Members of the Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) voted online for the 101 Best Written TV Series, with David Chase’s iconic “family” drama topping Seinfeld, The Twilight Zone, All in the Family, and M*A*S*H*.
“At their core, all of these wonderful series began with the words of the writers who created them and were sustained by the writers »
- Jeff Labrecque
The Writers Guild of America unveiled its picks for the 101 best-written TV series of all time over the weekend, and The Sopranos whacked the competition.
HBO’s seminal mob drama snagged the top spot on the highly subjective and sure-to-be-picked-apart list (Sex and the City ahead of Game of Thrones? Dexter ahead of The Shield? Bupkis for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson?)
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Review the selections below and then hit the comments with your snappy judgements.
1. The Sopranos
5. M*A »
- Michael Ausiello
The Writers Guild of America on Sunday unveiled its list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time,” topped by HBO’s “The Sopranos.”
The mob drama created by David Chase (pictured above right with “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini) led the list over such perennial faves as “Seinfeld” (which ranked No. 2), “All in the Family” (No. 4), “Mash” (No. 5) and “The Wire” (No. 9).
The list, the results of online voting by members of the WGA West and WGA East, immediately spurred debates over the rankings and omissions. The TV tally was a follow-up to the WGA’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” member survey conducted in 2006.
The WGA’s complete list of TV series follows:
Created by David Chase
- Cynthia Littleton
Here’s the full list of the 101 Best Written TV Shows Of All Time revealed tonight by the Writers Guild of America and their sponsor TV Guide in an event at the WGA theatre in Beverly Hills. This one seems tailored to some very short memories, or perhaps it is just designed to sell magazines for TV Guide. Voted on by the WGA membership in May 2012, this list does not have any completely disastrous embarrassments among the shows chosen. But there are a number of ridiculously shocking omissions in my opinion. In summary, the WGA membership could and should have done a lot better. It’s a slap to what many called the Golden Era of television - the 1950s and 1960s – because only a single show from that era, Rod Serling’s The Twilight Zone (1959), was deemed worthy enough to make the top 10. The rest of the top 10 were »
- PETE HAMMOND
Treva Silverman is an Emmy winning television writer known for her work on The Mary Tyler Moore Show. You can find more information on Mary and Lou and Rhoda and Ted here and here. Excerpt from Mary And Lou And Rhoda And Ted by Jennifer Keishin Armstrong Introduction: Comedy and the Single Girl Treva Silverman had always wanted to be the beautiful, funny, smart heroine of a 1930s screwball comedy. In that world, the woman bantered with the man; the woman was independent, sexy, desirable, witty. Idiosyncratic actresses like Jean Arthur, Carole Lombard, Rosalind Russell, Claudette Colbert, and Margaret Sullavan were the leading ladies there. Unfortunately, in the 1950s, when Treva was a twelve-year-old in Cedarhurst, Long Island--the time when this desire took hold of her--the movie world had moved on from fast-talking comediennes to man-pleasing models of femininity like Doris Day, who seemed to have endless hang-ups about being good and pure, »
- Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Chicago – The Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo (C2E2) is happening in the Windy City over the weekend of April 26th-28th, with special guests, seminars, autograph booths and vendors covering the huge floors of the McCormick Place Convention Center. Among the special guests is Bruce Boxleitner, representing his former TV series Babylon 5, and several new science fiction projects.
Boxleitner is a local boy, born in Elgin, Illinois, and did his early acting training through the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago. He made his way to Los Angeles in the early 1970s and made his debut on the iconic sitcom “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.” He worked steadily during the 1970s, doing guest spots on “Gunsmoke,” “Hawaii Five-0,” “Police Woman” and “Baretta.” After a short run on the series “Bring ‘Em Back Alive” (1982), Boxleitner made his name on “Scarecrow and Mrs. King,” co-starring Kate Jackson, which ran for four years. »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
They're funny and passionate. One of them can even rock a pastel pantsuit. Hadley Freeman hails her female heroes whose accomplishments deserve some serious respect
These days, White is mainly known for two things: 1. Being old, and 2. Being funny about it. But there is so much more to her than geriatric self-mockery. Aside from her brilliant performances on The Golden Girls and The Mary Tyler Moore Show, White was one of the first women to take control of her own acting career by co-founding a TV production company in the 1950s. She was also nominated for the first best-actress Emmy in 1950, and her book about this period of her life, Here We Go Again: My Life in Television, is as funny as it is inspirational. Still sharp as a tack in her 10th decade, she is not only a hilarious actor but a hysterical off-the-cuff guest on American talk shows, »
- Hadley Freeman
"The Mary Tyler Moore Show" theme song has never sounded as adorable as it did when Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman, Georgia Engel, Jane Leeves, Wendie Malick, Valerie Bertinelli and Betty White sang it with Katie Couric.
The "Katie" interview ended with an off-key -- yet still wonderful -- rendition of the famous sitcom theme song.
For more adorableness, tune in for "Hot In Cleveland's" "Mary Tyler Moore Show" reunion episode, which is set to air in September.
"Katie" airs weekdays, 3 p.m. Et on ABC.
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- Chris Harnick
Logo's latest documentary is a nuanced symposium on gender roles and sexuality
with What?! I'm a Stripper.
Deadline thinks that The Carrie Diaries has a decent shot at renewal thanks to online viewership, hoping that Carrie will mirror Heart of Dixie's performance, which was able to turn streaming viewers into improved ratings in the second season. Carrie may be starting to get on my nerves the way her adult self did, but it would be a shame to lose Walt so soon. Meanwhile, the ratings challenged Nikita is likely get a final season to wrap its storylines.
Don't expect a third season of The Glee Project this summer. TVLine reported yesterday that the competition won't be returning to Oxygen due to a mix of low ratings and that Glee's next season still isn't official. However, an Oxygen spokesperson told TheWrap that the Glee companion series is merely "on hold. »
The Carrie Diaries wraps its first season with brunch.
ABC's S.H.I.E.L.D. pilot (now titled Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. so that fanboys can start asking when does Kitty Pride show up) has turned into an Angel reunion with J. August Richards joining the cast in an undisclosed role.
Shonda Rhimes gets a lot of praise for the racial diversity in her shows, but there's another admirable trend in her work, all of her shows have included adoptive parents.
EW reports that American Dad is planning an episode where Stan and Francine team up with a quartet of Charlie's Angels-style flight attendants played by Becki Newton, Thandie Newton, CSI: Miami's Megalyn Echikunwoke and Gillian Jacobs. »
Valerie Harper has received an outpouring of well-wishes and even gifts since recently revealing she has terminal brain cancer.
"It's been overwhelming and almost -- not a burden -- but a responsibility," Valerie said on Thursday at a news conference for the reunion of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" cast, who are set to appear together on an upcoming episode of TV Land's "Hot In Cleveland," addressing the response she's gotten since she shared her news with her fans and the world.
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What better place for a partial "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" reunion than in TV Land? The cable network brought together several of the landmark sitcom's stars to share the screen with their former castmate Betty White on an upcoming very special episode of "Hot in Cleveland." Mary Tyler Moore, Valerie Harper, Cloris Leachman and Georgia Engel will appear on an episode as White's former bowling league team, and the ladies met up for a press conference on Thursday. This will be the group's first reunion on the sitcom stage in over 30 years. In the first photo, "The Mary Tyler Moore »
- Dave Lewis
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