3 items from 2015
When John Wirth, the showrunner for “Hell on Wheels,” recently sold a pilot, he reached out to his friend Carlton Cuse for advice on how to juggle multiple shows. Cuse, who’s now running four dramas (among other projects), told Wirth, “You can’t have your way all the time.”
But there’s more to the secret of Cuse’s success than simply letting go. Over the course of several days earlier this winter, Variety shadowed Cuse as he maneuvered seamlessly from a notes session on A&E’s “Bates Motel” to editing “The Returned” to interviewing job candidates for FX’s “The Strain” to filming the pilot for USA’s “Colony.”
“He’s got that brain where he can be working on episode 19 of ‘The Strain’ and then drive across town, have several conversations about who knows what, walk into the writers’ room of ‘Bates’ where they’re talking »
- Debra Birnbaum
Taylor Negron, a chameleonic character actor known for roles in dozens of films and television shows, has died. He was 57.
Negron had parts in movies such as "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," "The Last Boy Scout," "Better Off Dead," and "Angels in the Outfield," and had a prolific TV career, with stints on series including "Friends," "ER," "Seinfeld," "Curb Your Enthusiasm," "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air," "Falcon Crest," "The Hughleys," "Nash Bridges," and "Wizards of Waverly Place." He was also an accomplished stand-up comedian and painter.
Negron famously described himself as "that guy," referencing his prolific career and the numerous times he'd be recognized from one of his many projects by fans. (The A.V. Club has a more in-depth look at Negron's expansive career here.)
- Katie Roberts
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
3 items from 2015
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