7 items from 2009
It's about time: NBC has handed out a full season order to freshman single-camera comedies Community and Parks and Recreation as well as drama series Mercy. News about the full season pickup of the Sony Pictures Television-produced Community--which stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Yvette Nicole Brown, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, and Chevy Chase--was broken on Twitter by creator Dan Harmon, who wrote, "NBC ordered 9 more episodes of Community. I only went to community college for 1 semester, but Mash was longer than the Korean War, right?" A source close to the production confirmed to Televisionary on Friday afternoon that Community has been picked up for a full season, bringing the episodic total this season to 22 installments. Update: Just minutes after posting the above, NBC has confirmed the full-season pickup for Community and announced additional full season orders for Parks and Recreation and Mercy, »
Larry Gelbart, the legendary, Oscar-nominated writer behind Tootsie, Oh, God!, and the first four seasons of M*A*S*H*, died today at his home in Beverly Hills. Gelbart also won a Tony in 1963 for co-authoring the smash musical A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum with Burt Shevelove and Stephen Sondheim. In 1997 he released a memoir, Laughing Matters: On Writing Mash, Tootsie, Oh, God!, and a Few Other Funny Things. Before his death, he contributed as a blogger for The Huffington Post. [Los Angeles Times] »
Larry Gelbart, one of the writers who developed the hit TV series Mash and who scored nominations for Oscar, Tony and Emmy awards, died this morning of cancer at age 81, his wife tells the Los Angeles Times . Actor Jack Lemmon once described Gelbart “as one of the greatest writers of comedy to have graced the arts in this century.” Gelbart began writing for radio at age 16, then moved on to television, Broadway and the silver screen. He was twice nominated for Oscars, for best screenplay for 1977’s Oh, God! and for screenwriting for 1982’s Tootsie . But Mash , which »
Gelbart was diagnosed with cancer in June, his wife told the Los Angeles Times.
--Amy Kaufman »
- Lew Harris
Defunct U.S. TV cop series The Shield is going out in style by leading the nominees for the upcoming Television Critics Association Awards.
The gritty show ended its seven-season run in November but it hasn't been forgotten by America's top television critics - with 11 nods.
The Shield will take on Lost, Mad Men, Saturday Night Live and Battlestar Galactica for Program of the Year, while it will also fight for the Heritage Award alongside Star Trek, E.R., M*A*S*H and Saturday Night Live, and co-star Walton Goggins will be recognised for Individual Achievement in a Drama.
The awards will be handed out in Pasadena, California on 1 August. »
by Jon Zelazny
Editor’s note: this article originally appeared at EightMillionStories.com on November 14, 2008.
With the back-to-back success of his Oscar-nominated role in the off-beat wife-swapping hit Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice (1969) and the even bigger off-beat hit Mash (1970), Brooklyn’s own Elliott Gould skyrocketed to worldwide fame.
While perhaps best known to those under 40 as Ross and Monica’s dad on “Friends,” or Vegas financier Reuben Tishkoff in the blockbuster Ocean’s 11 series, cine-scholars generally regard Robert Altman’s The Long Goodbye (1973) as Gould’s most iconic starring role. 2008 marks the 35th anniversary of their extraordinary modern-day reinterpretation of Raymond Chandler’s classic private eye, Philip Marlowe.
Elliott Gould invited me to his home in west Los Angeles, where he generously spoke at length of his three major collaborations with Altman, who passed away two years ago.
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- The Hollywood Interview.com
Actor Neil Patrick Harris scorched up the stage at the TV Land Awards in Los Angeles - when a stunt set his tuxedo on fire.
The star, who was hosting the prizegiving, was rehearsing his opening number just before the show started on Sunday when his costume went up in smoke.
According to blogger Marc Malkin, the funnyman was left shaken and a little burned when sparks from electronic devices he was wearing for a stunt set his suit on fire.
A source says, "He just had some welts on his back (but) he didn't have to be taken to a hospital or anything like that."
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