5 items from 2015
A review of tonight's "The Leftovers" coming up just as soon as I get back my copay... "Will she feel it?" -Nurse "I don't know." -Matt Last season's Matt-centric "Two Boats and a Helicopter" turned out to be the skeleton key that unlocked the full, overwhelming potential of "The Leftovers, so it was only a matter of time in this all-pov second season before we got another Matt showcase. And boy, did we — even before Christopher Eccleston went full frontal and forever changed the way I will look at the Ninth Doctor(*). Even more than "Two Boats," "No Room at the Inn" was a fascinating, unsettling look at blurry how the line can grow between religious belief and madness. (*) I'm told "The Leftovers" writers took to referring to that moment as "the sonic screwdriver scene." The title, of course, refers to the fate of another woman named Mary who becomes pregnant under metaphysical circumstances. »
- Alan Sepinwall
Deadline Hollywood reports that ABC has given a put pilot commitment to Modern Family Executive Producer, Danny Zuker's family sitcom, Family Show. By definition, put pilots involve financial penalties if not aired, so they nearly always do.
Longtime comedian Paul Raley, who served as a writer for “Saturday Night Live” and executive story editor-producer for Brett Butler sitcom “Grace Under Fire,” died Saturday in Los Angeles, after suffering declining health in recent years. He was 71.
In the 1960s he left a career in advertising to write for David Letterman’s three-month daytime show before the host led latenight at NBC. In 1978 Raley moved to Los Angeles, where he performed standup and eventually became head writer for “D.C. Follies,” was a writer for “Saturday Night Live” and executive story editor-producer for “Grace Under Fire.” He also wrote a couple of episodes of “Night Court.”
Raley, a native of Pittsburgh, graduated from Duquesne University and started his career at Grey Advertising in New York City.
He is survived by his sister, Cathy Quinan.
- Mannie Holmes
Chuck Lorre has cornered the market as far as sitcoms are concerned. He currently has four major shows on the air, including The Big Bang Theory, Mom, Two and a Half Men and Mike & Molly. Et met up with the prolific TV producer just before an event celebrating him at Warner Bros. Studios.
"Chuck changed my life very succinctly by being in the room when I auditioned," Big Bang Theory's Jim Parsons told Et.
"He has a tremendous eye for what works and he's fearless to try it," Mike & Molly's Billy Gardell gushed.
Today, Chuck is a giant in the TV industry, but his success didn't come overnight. The 62-year-old Long Island, N.Y. native got his start as a musician and songwriter. His big claim »
See photos: Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2015 (Photos)
“May he rest in peace,” Chuck said. “I just wanted all you people who knew him and loved him to know that he just passed.”
Negron, a Glendale, California-raised performer who studied acting at UCLA, began his acting »
- Greg Gilman
5 items from 2015
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