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This story first appeared in the Dec. 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Forget Breaking Bad or Game of Thrones. When China thinks of America's Golden Age of Television, it could soon look to The Mary Tyler Moore Show or Kojak. The writers who created those series are part of a new effort to bring older and underemployed scribes to booming China. E! Entertainment co-founder Larry Namer, CEO of Chinese production company Metan, is behind Metan Wen Zhi Ku ("Writing Mastermind"), a collective that has organized about 2,000 older writers to create content for the country. "While
- Clifford Coonan
Speaking to several hundred DreamWorks employees on Tuesday, President Obama touted the entertainment industry as a “bright spot” in the American economy, but also said showbiz had a responsibility on such issues as gun violence.
“We have got to make sure we are not glorifying it,” he said in his remarks. He cited Vice President Joseph Biden’s meeting in January with representatives from the industry in the wake of the Newtown gun massacre.
“Those conversations need to continue,” he said from the courtyard of the DreamWorks campus in Glendale. “The stories we tell matter. And you tell stories more powerfully than anybody else on the Earth.”
In the crowd listening to the speech, in perfect Southern California weather, were a handful of studio chiefs, including Warner Bros. Kevin Tsujihara and Universal’s Ron Meyer. Each attended a closed-door meeting with the president beforehand. Mellody Hobson, chairwoman of DreamWorks Animation »
- Ted Johnson
President Barack Obama praised the entertainment industry as an "engine" for the economy and part of America's "diplomacy" on Tuesday at the DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale, Calif., while joking that his ears were the inspiration for the studio's Shrek. "Believe it or not, entertainment is part of our American diplomacy. It's part of what makes us exceptional," Obama said. "You helped shape the world culture," he said, ticking off tolerance, diversity and creativity as values that Hollywood has exported. Photos: Young Hollywood's Secret Breakfast with Obama He said Guess Who's Coming to Dinner, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Will &
- Paul Bond, Tina Daunt
Wow, quite a few advanced sitcom maneuvers tonight on The Mindy Project, and most of them came off pretty smoothly, a particularly impressive feat given a theme no lighter than racism. Here, a show-by-show guide to which classics’ influence came through in this week’s Mindy: The OfficeThe episode begins with a non sequitur of a cold open, just like Mindy Kaling’s breakthrough show used to do. Morgan, an attack dog, Tamra, and a misfired stun gun all tangle into a nice bit of physical comedy from Ike Barinholtz, which has me nostalgic for some Dwight Schrute. It may be no coincidence that this episode is directed by U.S. Office creator Greg Daniels.The Office is also among several sitcoms that made serialization standard in the last decade or so. Yes, shows from Friends all the way back to The Mary Tyler Moore Show dabbled in it, but nowadays we expect it. »
- Jennifer Keishin Armstrong
Les Brown, a respected journalist who chronicled the growth of the television business for Variety, the New York Times and other publications, died Nov. 4 at his home in Larchmont, N.Y. He was 84.
As a reporter tasked with covering the radio business for Variety in New York, Brown was perfectly positioned to cover the rise of the smallscreen as it emerged from its infancy. Later in his career, Brown assembled an authoritative encyclopedia of television, and wrote other books offering scholarly looks at the industry including 1971′s influential “Television: The Businesss Behind the Box.”
A native of Chicago, Brown worked for Variety for nearly 20 years, starting in 1953 as a reporter focused on the radio biz. He rose to assistant managing editor before joining the Times in 1972. In 1980, he launched the industry-focused magazine Channels of Communications, which was later acquired by Norman Lear’s Act III Communications.
Brown’s reporting was »
- Cynthia Littleton
After winning 10 Emmys, four Directors Guild Awards and a spot in the TV Academy Hall of Fame, James Burrows has earned the right to have a unique clause inserted to his contract when he signs on to a new project.
“I have a fun clause in my contract,” he said. “If I’m not having fun, I can leave.”
Burrows shared stories from his long career and insights into smallscreen directing during a conversation with Lisa Kudrow held as part of USC’s two-day Comedy@Sca fest. Burrows was feted with the school’s Jack Oakie and Victoria Horn Oakie Masters Award for Comedy.
The long and winding Q&A with Burrows and thesp he helped make a star as the director of the “Friends” pilot ranged from Burrows’ longevity, how he directed his numerous teams, the differences between broadcast and premium cable nets, and his unusal path to becoming »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
Hot in Cleveland wins 2013 Viewers Voice Award for the “Best Comedy” in Channel Guide’s annual reader poll. The Betty White magic is still going strong with TV Land’s hit sitcom, which got a boost this season with an epic reunion of ladies from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Fast-paced and surprisingly risqué at times, Hot in Cleveland always brings the funny while always making time to show today’s audience that their favorite performers from yesteryear can still get it done. Best Comedy — Winner: Hot in Cleveland Hot in Cleveland/TV Land 40.8% Cougar Town/TBS 31.4% Real Husbands of Hollywood/Bet […]
The post Hot in Cleveland wins Best Comedy in Channel Guide’s 2013 Viewers Voice Awards appeared first on Channel Guide Magazine. »
- Channel Guide Contributor
Betty White, the 91-year-old Emmy winner who has graced our TV screens for over 50 years, has been immortalized in a very special way this week -- Madame Tussauds wax museum in Washington D.C. unveiled her wax figure.
Humane Society CEO Lisa Lafontaine was on hand to do the big reveal, as an homage to White's love of animals. The Humane Society of the United States also had its mobile adoption center at the museum for visitors to adopt animals.
Related: Celebs at Madame Tussauds pics
The star of "Hot in Cleveland," "Golden Girls" and "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," among other TV programs, has always been a passionate animal lover. The organizations she works with include Los Angeles Zoo Commission, the Morris Animal Foundation and Actors & Others for Animals.
The figure is above on the right -- they did a pretty good job with Ms. White's, we think. »
var brightcovevideoid = '2728492915001'; Valerie Harper continues to stay positive. The actress, 74, who was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer earlier this year, is keeping her chin up, following Monday's early-season elimination on Dancing with the Stars with partner Tristan MacManus. "I didn't know what it was going to be, but I came to it open-armed because I see the show and I see the joy on the show," Harper told People backstage shortly after her dismissal. "And these wonderful dancers, week after week [are] breaking their whatevers to get a number [to] look right. They are great and I've enjoyed them very much. »
- Michael Fleeman
After four weeks of performance an inspirational figure, Valerie Harper, was eliminated last night on Dancing with the Stars. The former Mary Tyler Moore Show actress bowed out gracefully after a tear-inducing performance with dance pro Tristan MacManus of the Viennese Waltz to fun.’s “Carry On.” While it was a valiant attempt, unfortunately the dance [&hellip
Oct. 7 was a sad night on Dancing With the Stars, as the inspirational Valerie Harper made her exit after four weeks of performances. The former Mary Tyler Moore Show actress bowed out gracefully after a tear-inducing performance with dance pro Tristan MacManus of the Viennese Waltz to fun.'s "Carry On." Photos: Stars who beat cancer Unfortunately her attempt failed to impress the judges, and she ended up with the low score of 18 points total. When host Tom Bergeron told the 74-year-old it was "Ok to get pissed [...] »
The Mary Tyler Moore Show Season 7, Episode 24: “The Last Show”
Directed by Jay Sandrich
Original Airdate: March 19, 1977 on CBS
The Mary Tyler Moore Show began in 1970 on the CBS network. The show, itself, was ground breaking. It centered on a single woman who had just went through a bad breakup and was trying to make a name for herself. And she accomplished that throughout the seven years that the show was on the air.
In the first episode we were introduced to Mary Richards who had just moved to Minneapolis and was going to start work at the local news station. Since the show began right at the beginning of the seventies the nation was still dealing with women in the workforce. We see elements of this throughout that episode; Mr. Grant seems reluctant »
- Joshua Bouye
It may be one of the most boring lines ever — “Leave a message after the beep.” But what if you managed to jazz up your phone’s outgoing message with a celebrity?
The advocacy group Autism Speaks is offering just that: custom-recorded messages from Batman star Adam West, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston, singer Cher, actors Jack Black, Peter Dinklage, and Jim Parsons, Star Wars star Mark Hamill, Star Trek actors Michael Dorn and Zachary Quinto, and broadcaster Vin Scully.
- Associated Press
It was comedy ladies’ night at the Primetime Emmys as women swept both the comedy writing and directing categories for the first time in history. 30 Rock creator/executive producer Tina Fey and writer Tracey Wigfield won the writing Emmy for the series finale, while Gail Mancuso was recognized for the “Arrested” episode of ABC’s Modern Family. Mancuso is only the second woman ever to win the Emmy for comedy directing, following Betty Thomas, who won for Dream On 20 years ago. Fey/Wigfield was the fourth woman/all-female team to snag the writing award, following Fey, who won for 30 Rock in 2008; Diane English for Murphy Brown in 1989; and Treva Silverman for Mary Tyler Moore in 1974. All those female writing winners share a bond — they worked for groundbreaking workplace shows with strong women at the center. Related: Nikki Finke: Live-Snarking 65th Emmys The writing win for 30 Rock‘s Fey and Wigfield »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
In a new documentary, we got an up close and personal view of Valerie, 74, and her battle with leptomenigeal carcinomatois — a rare, terminal cancer.
Valerie Harper is currently competing on Dancing with the Stars, but she’s already a champion in so many ways. On Sept. 19, she sat down for a super personal special, Valerie’s Story – A Meredith Vieira Special, exploring her two battles with cancer, her relationships at home, and her current health status.
Valerie Harper Hopes She’ll Inspire Others
For Valerie, taking on DWTS has been a whole different challenge — she hopes it will help others to stay strong and keep fighting.
“You’ve just got to keep going,” she shared. “No matter what is in your life, you just press through. As the British say, ‘Carry on.’ I’m making progress, but I’m not out of the woods and I don’t pretend to be. »
- Emily Longeretta
Washington, Sep 20: Valerie Harper, who is known for playing 'Rhoda Morgenstern' in the 1970s television series The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda, has featured in a show which shows her seeking treatment for terminal Brain Cancer.
NBC News' special program, 'Valerie's Story,' follows the 74-year-old actress, who is currently participating in 'Dancing With The Stars', as she gets treatment for terminal, incurable brain cancer, the Huffington Post reported.
Harper had revealed in March that doctors had given her just three months to live. (Ani) »
- Ketali Mehta
On TV this Thursday: The Million Second Quiz runs out of time, Wipeout makes one last splash, Valerie Harper tells her brave story and stormy/scandalous/mysterious finales are ripe for the revisiting. Here are 10 programs to keep on your radar.
8 am — Midnight Revolution marathon (Syfy) | With Season 2 powering up next Wednesday on NBC, Syfy is spending the day playing back Season 1, Episode 5 through to the finale.
Photos | Fall TV Spoiler Spectacular: Scoop on Grey’s Anatomy and 44 Other Returning Faves
7:30 pm Dreamworks Dragons (Cartoon Network) | Season 2 premiere: As this toon based on the How to Train Your Dragon film returns, »
- Misha Solomon
Doctors once thought Valerie Harper wouldn't even make it to the premiere of "Dancing with the Stars" Season 17. Diagnosed with terminal cancer this past spring, the actress was given only a few months to live. But she did live, and now she is competing with professional partner Tristan MacManus.
After the season premiere, we had a chance to talk to Tristan about how Valerie was doing in the ballroom. Check out the interview below.
How do you feel about your first performance of the season?
Tristan: It went great. It went great! It was going terrible all day long. We worked on stuff, she cleared her mind, she focused on what she was supposed to do, and I was really, really happy with her. Really happy!
What did you know about Valerie Harper as an actress before you were partnered with her?
Tristan: Do you know, I haven't watched any of them? »
The Mindy Project and The New Girl — starring two of the most quirky-cool ladies on TV, Mindy Kaling (as Mindy Lahiri) and Zooey Deschanel (as Jess Day) — return tonight on Fox. The female-anchored shows air back-to-back and have successfully maneuvered past their freshman seasons (The Mindy Project is entering its second season, while The New Girl will start its third), garnering fans and award nominations along the way.
While the myth of the manic pixie dream girl is alive and well in film, TV only recently seemed to embrace shows that orbited around a less-than-perfect, idiosyncratic female lead. It’s »
- Jennifer Arellano
Brant Daugherty of Pretty Little Liars fame kicked off the season 17 of Dancing with the Stars with a charming cha-cha-cha alongside pro partner Peta Murgatroyd. How did the first dance compare with their celebrity competitors? Read on to find out!
With a combined score of 22 (out of a possible 30), Brant's unusually high numbers for episode one launched the couple onto the top of the leaderboard, but it wasn't long before Glee star Amber Riley and her partner Derek Hough blew the competition out of the water with their cha-cha-cha earning an unheard of 27/30 (9,9,9) for their first spin on the ballroom floor.
Related Pics: Complete List Of DWTS Winners
Here's how all of the contestants stacked up (from best to worst) in tonight's premiere episode:
-'Glee' star »
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