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Since its release 30 years ago this week (on July 3, 1985), "Back to the Future" has been everyone's favorite time-travel movie. It's remained a must-see long enough for Marty McFly's own kids to enjoy it.
Even so, there's much you may not know about the beloved sci-fi comedy, from the unused ideas that popped up in other films, to why there has yet to (thankfully) be a reboot. To celebrate the film's 30th anniversary, we're firing up the flux capacitor and traveling back 30 years to learn the secrets of "Back to the Future."
1. Director Robert Zemeckis and co-screenwriter Bob Gale (pictured above) tried for years to create a time-travel story. The key came in 1980, when Gale was looking over his father's high school yearbook and wondered whether he and his father would have been friends if they'd both been teenagers at the same time.
2. Zemeckis and Gale took their idea to Steven Spielberg, »
- Gary Susman
Four-time Emmy nominee Carol Leifer will turn her life writing TV comedy into, well, a TV comedy. The stand-up comedienne And "Modern Family" and "Devious Maids" writer will adapt her 2014 memoir/self-help guide, "How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying," into a series for Gaumont TV. Leifer was also recently named a co-ep on the NBC comedy "Better Late Than Never." Here's the book synopsis for "How to Succeed in Business without Really Crying": For many years, television comedy was an exclusive all boys’ club -- until a brilliant comedian named Carol Leifer came along, blazing a trail for funny women everywhere. From "Late Night with David Letterman" and "Saturday Night Live" to "Seinfeld," "The Ellen Show," and "Modern Family," Carol has written for and/or performed on some of the best TV comedies of...
- Inkoo Kang
Rollins and Joffe had producing credits on all of Allen’s films between 1969 and 1993, including “Take the Money and Run,” “Annie Hall,” “Manhattan,” “Bananas,” Sleeper,” “Hannah and Her Sisters,” “Zelig,” “Radio Days” and “Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
Born as Jacob Rabinowitz in Brooklyn, he broke into the business after World War II as a Broadway producer, then founded a talent »
- Dave McNary
The Television Critics Association has announced the nominees for its annual awards, which will be given in an untelevised ceremony on August 8. "Empire" and "Transparent" led the pack, with four nominations each. Past winners can be viewed here. The TCA's membership includes more than 200 critics writing for online outlets in the U.S. and Canada. Program of the Year "The Americans," FX "Empire," Fox "Game of Thrones," HBO "Mad Men," AMC "Transparent," Amazon Heritage Award "Friends," NBC "Late Show/Late Night with David Letterman," CBS/NBC "The Shield," FX "Star Trek," NBC "Twin Peaks," ABC Outstanding Achievement in Drama "The Americans," FX "Empire," Fox "Game of Thrones," HBO "Justified," FX "Mad Men," AMC Outstanding Achievement in Comedy "The Big Bang Theory," CBS "Inside Amy...
- Sam Adams
The Television Critics Association has announced the nominees for the 31st Annual TCA Awards, and Fox’s mighty Empire and Amazon’s groundbreaking Transparent lead the pack with four nods apiece.
Network-by-network, HBO came out on top with seven total nominations, while ABC, CBS, AMC, and FX each amassed five.
Among the shows looking to succeed Breaking Bad as Program of the »
Freshman shows topped the Television Critics Association annual awards, with Fox’s “Empire” and Amazon’s “Transparent” leading the pack with four nods each, including the prestigious program of the year.
The nominations were particularly widespread this year across networks, with each of the broadcast networks getting noms: ABC (5), CBS (5), Fox (4), NBC (3, though all in the heritage category), and The CW (4), which was recognized for both “Jane the Virgin” and “The Flash.”
HBO tops the network count with 7 noms (with two for “Game of Thrones”), followed by ABC, CBS, AMC and FX with 5 each. Amazon racked up 4, courtesy of “Transparent,” while Netflix settled for one for “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,” in the comedy category.
The org’s endorsement of this year’s new shows meant last year’s winners are Mia. Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” which won outstanding new program, failed to gain a single nod, as did »
- Debra Birnbaum
"Empire" and "Transparent" were the big winners when the 2015 Television Criticis Association Awards nominees were announced, but will either newbie be able to knock off more well-established shows like "Mad Men" and "Big Bang Theory"? The way the TCA Awards (which will be presented at an untelevised ceremony in Beverly Hills on August 8) are structured, with no differentiation between lead and supporting actors, or between actors and actresses, and with a separate category to honor new series, a new show inevitably leads each year's nominations list. In this case, it was a pair of them: "Empire," which almost single-handedly brought the primetime soap, the Fox network, and broadcast television itself back from the dead; and "Transparent," the beautiful Amazon dramedy that the TCA membership at large opted to vote in as a comedy(*). (*) There are no rules about which categories a show can be assigned to — see also "The Daily Show" frequently being nominated for, »
- Alan Sepinwall
Episodes: 4,263 (62 minutes)
TV show dates: August 30, 1993 -- May 20, 2015
Series status: Ended
TV show description:
Derived from Late Night With David Letterman, this Emmy Award-winning late night talk show was born as David Letterman switched networks from NBC to CBS. It's produced by Letterman's production company Worldwide Pants Incorporated and follows much the same format as its predecessor.
Foo Fighters, David Letterman's favorite band, appeared on the final episode of the host's Late Show to deliver a fiery, emotional and extended rendition of the band's 1997 single "Everlong." The band once performed the song, by request, after Letterman's open-heart surgery in 2000. And on Wednesday night Dave Grohl and his outfit once again broke out their anthem at the Ed Sullivan Theatre to soundtrack the finale's epic montage, a rapid-fire series of clips featuring hundreds of Late Show highlights. Even as the elongated "Everlong" cruised past the six-minute barrier »
Wednesday night will mark the end of an era for late-night TV: The David Letterman Decades. But as Dave waves goodbye after 33 years on TV, so will his executive producer, former head writer, production company president, CEO and longtime collaborator. By the way, those are all the same guy: Rob Burnett. Burnett began his career with Letterman in 1985 as a 22-year-old intern. In 1988, he joined the writing staff of “Late Night with David Letterman,” becoming head writer four years later. He moved with Letterman from NBC to CBS, where he continued as top scribe through 1996. That year, the five-time Emmy. »
- Tony Maglio
Everyone is talking about whatever contact they may have had with David Letterman this week, and I’m no different.
I’ve mentioned before that I believe some of the reasons I ended up working at DC Comics almost 27 years ago was because I could pitch softball better than what most people there and that the guy I was interviewing with was the head of the company softball team, and that I went to the game that was scheduled to be against the crew from Late Night With David Letterman.
What I’ve never mentioned before now is that somebody in the DC production department had devised their own strategy to psych out the other team, and had written the entire thing out on big pieces of cardboard, like cue cards.
When the game was forfeited, the giant cards were left behind on the field— and I, being a true »
- Glenn Hauman
Bill Murray can even make falling off a chair while drunk seem charming and charismatic! The 64-year-old actor appeared on Tuesday night's penultimate episode of Late Night With David Letterman where he hilariously jumped out of a cake and chugged vodka with the 68-year-old late night host. But all that drinking may have been a little to much for Murray to handle because his appearance on MSNBC's The Last Word later that night didn't go so smoothly. First Murray drunkenly stumbled onto the Last Word set while host Lawrence O'Donnell was still discussing Elizabeth Warren. O'Donnell convinced Murray to head backstage until his segment. Later on, the St. Vincent star made his way back to the »
David Letterman will bid farewell to his Late Show tonight with a surprise-filled (and Foo Fighters-featuring) finale, but before the late-night legend says goodbye to airwaves, take 45 minutes to remember Letterman at the onset of his 33-year career. Decider unearthed Letterman's incredible debut episode of his Late Night NBC program from February 1, 1982, which featured guests Bill Murray and Donald "Mr. Wizard" Herbert.
Tonight, David Letterman signs off, leaving a late night legacy that began in 1982 on NBC with Late Night with David Letterman. Now a legend, Letterman’s 33 years in nightly broadcast talk show were alternately pioneering in late night comedy, and carrying a tradition of those that came before, including Steve Allen and Johnny Carson.…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
ABC and NBC late night show hosts Jimmy Kimmel and Seth Meyers paid tribute to David Letterman last night. First, Kimmel explained he got hooked as a kid, staying up late at night to draw in his room, during which he would “watch a television show called Late Night With David Letterman. And, if you watched it, it was lot like Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, in that they had guests and an audience and a band. But it was weird; it was totally original, primarily… »
As we inch toward to an 11:35 p.m. time slot without David Letterman, many of today's hosts have paid tribute to the man who changed the face of late-night television. Conan O'Brien and Jimmy Fallon have already honored the influential Letterman, and on Tuesday's Jimmy Kimmel Live, Kimmel delivered an emotional monologue where he thanked Letterman for single-handedly inspiring his career in entertainment.
In a teary remembrance — Kimmel had to stop numerous times to compose himself — the host shared staying up late at night to "watch a television show »
Right around the stroke of midnight on Wednesday (eastern time, of course), Jimmy Kimmel ushered in David Letterman‘s last day as the host of Late Night with a tear-filled speech to his personal hero.
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“I want to say something if I could,” the Jimmy Kimmel Live! host begins in the video above. “I wanted to be an artist when I was a kid, and every night I would sit at my desk in my room and draw until it was very late. And while I was doing that, »
Last year’s announcement that David Letterman would be retiring was met with great sadness in viewers of a certain age, but indifference by younger audiences, who largely thought of him (if at all) as that old guy who fought with Jay Leno over some show none of them ever watched. And with the final Letterman episode coming up on Wednesday, no number of think pieces can explain how big a deal this departure is in the history of modern television. In large part, this is because some of the most powerful material is locked in a vault at 30 Rock and, luckily for millennials interested in learning more, hidden deeper on the web. In his NBC days, Late Night With David Letterman rewrote the script for what could be done on network television when it seemed like no one was watching. With its low-budget, do-it-yourself vibe whose influence can be »
- Ivan Cohen
Before they were rivals, Jay Leno was a stand-up comedian and a frequent guest on David Letterman's first talk show. The two look really chummy in this clip from the early '80s. Leno talks about life on the road as a comic and how young comedians consult him about how to score an appearance on Letterman's show. It's so crazy to see both the tenured late-night hosts 30 years younger and completely unaware of what's in store for their futures. Late Night With David Letterman ran on NBC from 1982 to 1993 before the host hopped over to CBS to host the Late Show With David Letterman, directly in opposition to The Tonight Show With Jay Leno. Late-night TV would never be the same . . . »
David Letterman has garnered millions of fans during his three decades on television, but only a few can say their admiration for the latenight host truly inspired their very own career. Jimmy Kimmel is one of them.
“David Letterman, growing up, was my Jesus to the point where it’s embarrassing,” Kimmel said at Variety‘s Actors on Actors Emmy Studio.
In discussion with Kerry Washington at Variety‘s studio, Kimmel fessed up to his obsession for Letterman, as he had his own dreams on bursting onto the latenight scene.
“You know, I had ‘L8NIGHT’ written on my my license plate. It was personalized,” he admitted, giving a nod to Letterman’s first latenight series, which premiered in 1982 on NBC and ran for 11 seasons before he famously left for CBS. Kimmel added, “I had a Letterman jacket … my 16th birthday cake said, you know, ‘Late Night With David Letterman’ with the cake. »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
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