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Mark Gordon will need to brush off mantel space for his latest kudo, the 2015 Norman Lear Achievement Award from the Producers Guild of America. The honor, named for the pioneer behind “All in the Family” and “The Jeffersons,” will be handed out at the 26th annual Producers Guild of America Awards held on Jan. 24 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles. Past recipients of the prestigious award include Chuck Lorre, J.J. Abrams, Dick Wolf, Jerry Bruckheimer, John Wells, Lorne Michaels, Aaron Spelling, David E. Kelley and, yes, Lear.
Gordon, the producer behind mega-hit series such as “Criminal Minds,” “Ray Donovan,” “Grey’s Anatomy” and telepic “Warm Springs,” which earned him an Emmy, and “Saving Private Ryan,” for which he won an Oscar and a Golden Globe, is also president emeritus and former prexy of the Producers Guild.
He says he strives to embody Lear’s spirit in his own work. »
- Marianne Zumberge
Scandal resumes Season 4 on Thursday, Jan. 29 — yet ABC has not released any photos from that winter premiere. Instead, the first photos are from the following episode, airing Feb. 5, and the news is grim: Olivia apparently still is missing.
For one, the episode is titled, “Where’s the Black Lady?” — words, I will predict, that come out of the mouth of Opa visitor Marla Gibbs (The Jeffersons). Secondly, the synopsis reads, “With Olivia still missing, the team comes together to do whatever it takes to find her and get her home safely.”
Lastly, the look of anxiety/anguish on the faces of Quinn, »
Veteran television writer and producer Norman Lear will receive the Evelyn F. Burkey Award at the 67th annual Writers Guild Awards in New York City on Feb. 14.
The award recognizes a person or organization whose contributions have brought honor and dignity to writers.
“Over several decades, the Writers Guild, East has presented the Burkey Award to celebrate the achievements of leaders – in the arts or politics – who have advanced the causes of creativity and freedom of speech,” said Writers Guild of America, East president Michael Winship. “This year, by honoring Norman Lear, we choose a man who spans the worlds »
- Jethro Nededog
The Writers Guild of America East has selected Norman Lear as the recipient of its Evelyn F. Burkey Award, which recognizes those who have brought “honor and dignity” to writers.
The trophy will be presented by Bill Moyers at the 67th annual Writers Guild Awards in New York City on Feb. 14 at the Edison Ballroom.
Lear has been a WGA member since 1951. He began his career writing sketches for Jack Haley, Martin and Lewis, and Martha Raye, and created his first television series, “The Deputy,” a Western starring Henry Fonda, in 1959.
Lear’s iconic “All in the Family” debuted in 1971 and won four Emmy Awards for best comedy series, received a Peabody Award and was nominated for 11 WGA awards. Lear followed “All in the Family” with “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” “Sanford and Son,” “Good Times,” “One Day at a Time” and “Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman.”
He was nominated for an Oscar »
- Dave McNary
The gang at Scream Factory are making it incredibly easy to choose Valentine’s Day gifts for your significant horror loving other, with the announcement of Five titles, all ranging from hilarious to frightening. Personally, I’m looking forward to all of the February releases and think it’s pretty awesome how all across the board the films are.
Making their Scream Factory Bluray double feature debut on February 10th is the one-two punch of both the Love At First Bite/Once Bitten double, but also, Vampire’S Kiss/High Spirits, two films that are a lot of fun on their own.
Love At First Bit/Once Bitten
George Hamilton is possibly the tannest vampire in screen history in 1979’s Love at First Bite. When Count Dracula (Hamilton) is forced out of his castle to make room for an Olympic training facility, he relocates to New »
- Jerry Smith
5 items from 2015
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