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TV directors never seem to get much attention. It’s always the writers and showrunners who get the credit – people like J.J. Abrams, Aaron Sorkin, Dan Harmon, and Joss Whedon. They’re seen as the helmsmen of TV, the ones who keep the ship righted. But directors?
It doesn’t help that most of the big name directors stick to film. Or so you thought. Actually, famous directors do TV episodes far more often than you’d think. Some got their start there, like Robert Altman with multiple TV shows, including Bonanza and U.S. Marshall, or Steven Spielberg with Marcus Welby, M.D. and Columbo. And, of course, certain directors had pet projects in T.V., like David Lynch’s eerily offbeat Twin Peaks.
In recent years, in the so-called “Golden Age” of television, more famous directors are coming to the small screen. You think you »
- Josh Hamm
TV/film composer and conductor John Cacavas, whose credits include Airport 1975 and 1970s TV series Kojak, died January 28 at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 83. The South Dakota native scored numerous TV series and films throughout his career beginning with the 1972 feature Horror Express. He went on to score the next two movies in the Airport franchise, Airport 1975 and Airport ’77. Cacavas had developed a strong friendship with Telly Savalas, leading to a long tenure as composer for the Kojak TV series (1973-78), including the series theme for its fifth and final season on CBS. His other TV credits include Hawaii Five-o, Matlock, Switch, Columbo, Mrs. Columbo, Quincy, Buck Rogers, Gangster Chronicles, Lady Blue, Four Seasons and Ripley’s Believe It Or Not. He also composed movies-of-the-week, TV pilots, mini-series and specials such as A Time to Triumph, Eddie Capra Mysteries, She Cried Murder, Time Machine, By Reason Of Insanity, »
- THE DEADLINE TEAM
Veteran character actor Luis Avalos has passed away at the age of 67. He died on Wednesday, January 22nd, following a recent heart attack.
While many may not recognize his name, most TV viewers will recognize his face. Avalos was a regular player in television and movies for four decades.
The Cuban-born actor had a regular role on The Electric Company on PBS, played Doctor Thomas Esquivel on 21 episodes of ER, and played the principal on Hangin’ With Mr. Cooper. He also had regular roles on lesser known series like Condo, I Had Three Wives and Resurrection Blvd.
Other guest shots include those on Barney Miller, The Jeffersons, Full House, Hill Street Blues, NYPD Blue, Jack & Bobby, and Columbo. He also memorably played General Sandia on the final cliffhanger episode of Soap, sentencing Jessica Tate to a firing squad. »
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