5 items from 2016
Apparently his nose has been broken 13 times, and the result is ‘classic brute’
A couple of years after Friends ended, there was a sitcom about another group of young white Americans making their way in the city. The Class may only have been watched by about 17 people, and spoiler: we don’t remember it very fondly. But I liked the cast – which included Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who went on to star in Modern Family – and I’ve kept an eye on their careers since. This month, I started watching the second season of Daredevil, and up popped the face of The Class alumni, Jon Bernthal. It was then I remembered just how excellent a face it is.
It’s the nose that does it: a beautiful, big thing that makes his face so much more interesting. Apparently it’s been broken 13 times, and the result is “classic brute” – the solidly built street-tough look, »
- Bim Adewunmi
It’s often said in television that nobody knows what makes a hit. But that’s not entirely true. James Burrows has a test that has rarely failed him in his 40-plus years of directing multicamera comedy series.
When working on pilots, Burrows likes to bring in an audience to watch a bare-bones run-through after a few days of rehearsal. No amount of focus-group testing of the finished product can tell him more than the first impression of an impartial crowd.
“For most of my hits, those run-throughs have been through the roof,” Burrows says. “That’s how I gauge the show. I see if they like the characters and the actors they don’t know. That’s how you know what you have.”
- Cynthia Littleton
Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award For Television Writing Achievement (Wgaw)
Longtime writing partners Kauffman and Crane created the hit television series “Friends,” which earned 63 Emmy nominations in its decade-long run, the Kirstie Alley starring “Veronica’s Closet”; “The Powers That Be”; and the HBO series “Dream On.” And they didn’t stop there. Outside their partnership, Crane has co-created several series with Jeffrey Klarik, including “Episodes” and “The Class.” Kauffman most recently co-created Netflix’s “Grace and Frankie,” which was nominated for an Emmy and Golden Globe this year.
Screen Laurel Award (Wgaw)
May is being honored by the Wgaw in recognition for her lifetime of work. May first hit the national stage with Mike Nichols in improv comedy “Nichols and May,” and their influence is still felt today. She’s earned recognition for penning “Heaven Can Wait,” “The Birdcage” and “Such Good Friends. »
- Variety Staff
I’ve been a fan of the Punisher since Archie comics did a lame crossover one-shot forever and a day ago. The brief and, let’s admit it, watered-down for the teeny-bopper set, introduction stuck with me. I was old enough to realize there was a whole lot about Frank Castle Archie Comics wasn’t going to tell me, but young enough not to resent his intrusion into the placid cheese of Riverdale.
As far as mash-ups go, the comic, of which I have two of the variant covers, it was a standard issue bad guy interrupting the big dance action setup where nobody got killed because this was the Punisher it was okay for your mom to spare a casual glance towards. I’m not saying I’m proud of it, but I’m being honest about my start.
Comics-wise, the Punisher is probably one of the less politically »
Friends creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane will receive the WGA West's Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for their outstanding lifetime achievement in television writing. Although best known for Friends, which aired from 1994-2004 on NBC, the longtime writing partners also co-created Veronica's Closet, The Powers That Be and the HBO series Dream On. Separately, Crane has co-created several other series with his writing partner Jeffrey Klarik, including The Class for CBS… »
5 items from 2016
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