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Alison Cross to Be Honored by Writers Guild With Paddy Chayefsky Award

Veteran television writer-producer Alison Cross has been selected to receive the Writers Guild of America West’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.

Cross will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 11 at the Beverly Hilton.

“The Board of Directors is truly excited to give this award to such a skilled dramatist as Alison. She has a long and varied list of credits, but in all her scripts, whether on staff or as the sole creator, you hear the voice of a writer driven by the ideals of integrity and justice. Her impressive body of work has at times influenced society at large, and serves as an inspiration to all writers in the field,” said Wgaw president David A. Goodman.

Cross is currently a co-executive producer on CBS’ “S.W.A.T.” series, and most recently served as an executive producer on “The Good Fight.” Her recent TV credits include serving as a consulting
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Shonda Rhimes Being Inducted into TV Academy Hall of Fame

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The woman who introduced the world to Meredith Grey, Olivia Pope, and Annalise Keating is being recognized alongside all-time TV greats. Shonda Rhimes has built an empire on the small screen, and now she’s been inducted into the TV Academy Hall of Fame. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the latest batch of inductees also includes late comedian Joan Rivers.

The 2017 honorees will be celebrated at the the upcoming annual Hall of Fame ceremony on November 15.

Best known as the creator of long-running medical drama “Grey’s Anatomy” and Kerry Washington-starrer “Scandal,” Rhimes is also an exec producer on Viola Davis-led “How to Get Away with Murder.” Her other credits include “Private Practice” and “The Catch.” Back in August she signed a multi-year deal with Netflix that sees her producing new series and other projects exclusively for the streaming giant.

“I really hate the word ‘diversity,’” Rhimes has said. “[Diversity] suggests something… other,” she explained. “As if it is something… special. Or rare. Diversity! As if there is something unusual about telling stories involving women and people of color and Lgbtq characters on TV. I have a different word: normalizing. I’m normalizing TV. I am making TV look like the world looks. Women, people of color, Lgbtq people equal way more than 50 percent of the population. Which means it ain’t out of the ordinary.”

“All of these individuals are innovators who have shaped television and left an indelible mark on the medium and our culture,” said Hayma Washington, chairman and CEO of the Television Academy. “We are honored to welcome the latest group of distinguished individuals and look forward to showcasing their impacts for future generations.”

Previous inductees include Oprah Winfrey, “Veep” star Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and “Golden Girls” creator Susan Harris.

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The 15 Greatest TV Presidents of All Time, Ranked

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The 15 Greatest TV Presidents of All Time, Ranked
On-screen presidents are an unusual collection because they don’t always reflect what we want from a leader. (Though these days, it seems that consensus is fracturing more than ever.)

Some are abrasive, some are diabolical. Others are worse at their job than you would expect. So when picking the “best” TV versions of U.S. presidents, it’s just as important to consider what these individuals brought to the position that previous inhabitants did not, for good or ill.

Despite the occasional missteps of these fictional Commanders-in-Chief, many of them do represent the theoretical ideals that a national leader should uphold: a clear grasp of the office’s privilege, an understanding of the ramifications of key policy decisions, and the power that words can have to send a message to the entire nation.

We kept this particular roundup to fictional Presidents of the United States. You could make a
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Invasion Of The Bee Girls (1973)

The exploitation films of the ‘70s always offered up the goods to everyone. And by goods I mean a whole lot of sex and violence, and if you were so inclined to notice behind fogged up eyewear, pulpy takes on the relevant social issues of the day. Not all were created equal, of course; they can’t all be clever variants of the form such as Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!, or Foxy Brown. However, they almost all deal with female empowerment and Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973) more than checks off all the boxes, squeezing every last drop of pulp from its sci-fi fruit.

Released by Centaur Dimension Pictures in June, Invasion of the Bee Girls Aka Graveyard Tramps (it doesn’t really fit, but is one of the best alternate titles I’ve ever heard) managed to fairly impress critics on its tour of local theatres and drive-ins, including Roger Ebert,
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IndieWire Stands With Women: 27 TV Shows Created by Women, Starring Women, That We Absolutely Love

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IndieWire Stands With Women: 27 TV Shows Created by Women, Starring Women, That We Absolutely Love
Today is not only International Women’s Day, but a day when many are choosing to strike for A Day Without Women, an economic protest to remind the nation just how important women’s contributions to society are. And as part of that, IndieWire has assembled a powerful list of shows, all currently streaming online, that would not exist without the brilliant female creators at their center. This is the great TV that happens when women show up. Don’t take it for granted.

“30 Rock” (NBC, Netflix)

Did we fully appreciate the gift we had in Tina Fey’s absurdist take on life behind the scenes of a sketch comedy show, while it was on the air? Maybe not, but here’s what matters: “30 Rock” was one of the most original, bizarre, hilarious and unapologetically female shows of its time, and it holds up damn well.

Broad City” (Comedy Central,
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‘The Golden Girls’ on Hulu: A Guide to 29 Wacky Moments to Watch Out For While You Binge

‘The Golden Girls’ on Hulu: A Guide to 29 Wacky Moments to Watch Out For While You Binge
In the gallery above, we’ve picked 29 moments among a multitude from “The Golden Girls,” the ‘80s-‘90s comedy that is available to binge in its entirety on Hulu now. Click through for a rough guide to what’s in store when you revisit Dorothy, Blanche, Rose and Sophia.

Read More: Friends of Dorothy: Was ‘The Golden Girls’ Really as Queer-Friendly as Its Reputation Suggests?

Created by Susan Harris, who had also created the controversial but critically acclaimed sitcom “Soap,” “The Golden Girls” was unlike anything America had seen before on TV. It centered on four older women living in one house in Miami, who, despite the gray in their hair (some of it camouflaged with dye), still had plenty of zest for life, sex, and troublemaking.

Based on their performances on “Maude” and “The Mary Tyler Moore Show,” Rue McClanahan and Betty White were cast first. Director Jay Sandrich
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Demon Seed (1977) Blu-ray Coming from Warner Archive

Warner Archive has announced the release of Demon Seed (1977), and soon fans can witness Julie Christie versus evil artificial intelligence in remastered HD!

A release date has yet to be announced, but stay tuned to Daily Dead for future updates to this story, and check out the official details and cover art below.

From Warner Archive: "Demon Seed (1977)

New 2017 1080p HD Remaster

BD50

Color - 94 Minutes

Original Aspect Ratio - 2.40:1

DTS HD-Master Audio 2.0 Mono-English

English Sdh

Special Features:

Original Theatrical Trailer (HD)

Susan Harris is alone in the house when, suddenly, doors lock, windows slam shut and the phone stops working. Susan is trapped by an intruder…but this is no ordinary thug. Instead, the intruder is a computer named Proteus, an artificial brain that has learned to reason. And to terrorize. In “one of her finest, most vulnerable performances” (Danny Peary, Guide for the Film Fanatic), Julie Christie
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Aaron Sorkin to Receive Wgaw Paddy Chayefsky Award

Aaron Sorkin to Receive Wgaw Paddy Chayefsky Award
Aaron Sorkin, the creator of “The West Wing” and “The Social Network,” will receive the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2017 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement in recognition of his career and work in writing for television.

“Starting with ‘Sports Night,’ through ‘The West Wing,’ ‘Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip,’ ‘The Newsroom’ and beyond, Aaron Sorkin has changed the language of television,” said Wgaw President Howard A. Rodman. “His knowing, incisive, witty, brave, deeply intelligent writing has raised the bar for the rest of us, defined the notion of behind-the-scenes, and has in the process reminded us, again and again, of the special responsibilities that accrue to our profession. For as long as people walk and talk – at the same time, of course – Sorkin’s dialogue will be remembered. But more crucially, we want to remember the ways he has always encouraged us, as humans and as citizens, to
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TV Review: ‘Manson’s Lost Girls’

TV Review: ‘Manson’s Lost Girls’
Coming 40 years after “Helter Skelter,” with countless cinematic portraits (including NBC’s recent “Aquarius”) in between, it would be hard for “Manson’s Lost Girls” to bring much new or fresh to the story. Still, this Lifetime movie – focusing on Linda Kasabian, who ultimately left the family and testified in court against them – is a credible account of that historical moment, albeit with a bit too much grooviness, perhaps unavoidably, for its own good. Featuring a solid cast of Hollywood legacies that almost surely cost less to assemble than the music rights, those fascinated by the Manson mythology shouldn’t be disappointed.

“I finally found my home, a family that loved me,” Kasabian (MacKenzie Mauzy) explains near the beginning, in a narration that runs throughout. In short order, she rifles through leaving her unpleasant home situation as a teen, having a baby, and eventually running into Manson’s followers, who
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Ask Alan: Which Peak TV shows will age the worst?

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Happy Friday, everybody! In this week's Ask Alan, I take questions on whether certain Peak TV shows won't age particularly well, which showrunners have the most impressive "writers tree" of all(*), and whether TV's increased serialization makes it harder to air episodes out of order these days. (*) One I had in my notes but neglected to mention when I recorded this: Susan Harris, who on "Golden Girls" alone employed future show creators Marc Cherry, Mitch Hurwitz, and the "Modern Family" Christopher Lloyd. You can watch the video embedded at the top and bottom of this post. As always, you can send questions to askalan@hitfix.com.
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‘Friends’ Creators Marta Kauffman, David Crane Honored by Writers Guild

‘Friends’ Creators Marta Kauffman, David Crane Honored by Writers Guild
“Friends” Co-Creators Marta Kauffman and David Crane have been named recipients of the Writers Guild of America West’s 2016 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.

The duo will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Marta Kauffman and David Crane have quietly and triumphantly created amazing television,” said WGA West President Howard A. Rodman.

“From ‘Dream On’ to ‘Grace and Frankie’ and ‘Episodes,’ they have individually and in partnership raised the bar for smart, funny writing. And then there’s ‘Friends,’ whose cleverness of storytelling, clarity of character development, consistent wisdom and wit made it one of the most memorable television series in history – it inhabited our living rooms for a decade, and will inhabit the culture forever. We salute them for what they have done, and for raising the bar for the rest of us.
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Shonda Rhimes Selected for Writers Guild’s Paddy Chayefsky Award

Shonda Rhimes Selected for Writers Guild’s Paddy Chayefsky Award
Shonda Rhimes — creator of “Grey’s Anatomy,” and “Scandal,” and executive producer of “How to Get Away with Murder” — has been selected by the Writers Guild of America West for its Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.

The trophy will presented at the Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Feb. 14 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

“Few writers in television have had the impact on the medium that Shonda Rhimes has,” said WGA West President Chris Keyser. “Her ability to create, consistently, television that is, at once, excellent, provocative and crowd-pleasing is almost the least of it. She is a breaker of barriers.”

Keyser noted that Rhimes has given voice to characters who had been voiceless and has been fearless in tackling issues.

“Offscreen, she has been a mentor to a generation of writers – some of whom are women, some of whom are writers
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Throwback Thursday: In 1985, 'Golden Girls' Heated Up the Small Screen

Throwback Thursday: In 1985, 'Golden Girls' Heated Up the Small Screen
This story first appeared in a special Awards Watch issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. September 1985 saw the birth of some of America's most treasured pop-cultural heroes (Super Mario Bros., MacGyver), but arguably no one was more beloved than the four irrepressible stars of The Golden Girls. The sitcom, created by Susan Harris and starring Bea Arthur, then 63, Rue McClanahan, then 51, Betty White, then 63, and Estelle Getty, then 62, followed the antics of four older women living together in Miami. Critically acclaimed right out of the gate (THR called it "the funniest new show of

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Exploitation Alley: Invasion Of The Bee Girls!!

I am not over exaggerating when I say that the first words out of my mouth immediately following my viewing of this Exploitation Alley film was “Wtf did I just watch?! No, really…what was this?!” I found myself trying to process what I had just seen, and trying to make some sense out of the plot. Nope. Nothing made sense about this. I lied in bed staring at the ceiling for a few minutes and started re-evaluating my taste in films, and thinking about how I need to watch something good to make up for what I just watched. Did I appreciate every second of the strange cinema I had just gazed at? Oh hell yeah I did. I saw boobs, butts, terrible acting, awful special effects, and excessive nudity. So yeah, I saw exactly what I would expect to see in a movie called Invasion Of The Bee Girls.
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Garry Marshall Tapped for WGA’s Paddy Chayefksy Award

Garry Marshall Tapped for WGA’s Paddy Chayefksy Award
Garry Marshall — the man behind “Happy Days,” “Laverne & Shirley” and “Mork & Mindy” — will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s 2014 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.

The honor will be presented at the Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony on Feb. 1 at the Jw Marriott Los Angeles.

Garry Marshall’s filmography – from ‘The Joey Bishop Show’ to ‘Happy Days’ – is a virtual history of American television comedy,” said WGA West president Christopher Keyser. “Both of-their-time and timeless, his shows are a gentle, generous, comic mirror held up to late mid-century America. And no one is a finer or funnier chronicler of friendship – male or female (or alien) – than Garry Marshall.”

Marshall created or co-created and executive produced “Happy Days” (1974-84), “Laverne & Shirley” (1976-83), “Joanie Loves Chachi,” “Mork & Mindy,” “Angie,” “Makin’ It,” “The Brian Keith Show,” and “Hey, Landlord!”

He also developed “The New Odd Couple.” His other
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Mitch Hurwitz, Betty White Laud Witt Thomas Harris Legacy

Mitch Hurwitz, Betty White Laud Witt Thomas Harris Legacy
In a rare reunion, the production team behind some of the biggest hits of the 1970s and ’80s gathered at USC on Saturday to dish about old times and the issue of ageism in Hollywood

Paul Junger Witt and Tony Thomas took part in a panel sesh as part of USC’s Comedy@Sca fest. Susan Harris, a partner in the Witt Thomas Harris banner, had been expected but was unable to attend due to illness

Joining them were Betty White, star of “The Golden Girls,” director Jay Sandrich and Mitch Hurwitz, the “Arrested Development” creator who worked on “Golden Girls” early in his career. Convo was moderated by scribe Ken Levine (“M*A*S*H,” “Cheers”).

Harris, the pen behind so many of the triumvirate’s episodes (she wrote all, or part of all, 93 episodes of “Soap”), wrote a letter addressing the aud.

She wrote that she was on
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Lisa Kudrow, James Burrows to Chat at USC Comedy Festival

Lisa Kudrow, James Burrows to Chat at USC Comedy Festival
Veteran TV helmer James Burrows will be feted by USC at the school’s second annual Comedy@Sca festival set for Nov. 9-10.

Burrows will receive the School of Cinematic Arts’ Jackie Oakie and Victoria Horn Oakie Masters Award for Comedy in recognition of his long run as a top sitcom helmer. As part of the confab, Burrows will reunite with “Friends” alum Lisa Kudrow for a conversation on Nov. 9.

Other highlights of the fest sked include a reunion of the principals in Witt Thomas Harris, the banner behind such 1970s and ’80s hits as “Soap,” “Benson” and “The Golden Girls.” Joining Paul Witt, Tony Thomas and Susan Harris on the panel will be “Golden Girls” star Betty White, director Jay Sandrich and Mitch Hurwitz, the “Arrested Development” creator who worked on “Golden Girls” early in his career.

On Nov. 10, Conan O’Brien, Greg Daniels and MSNBC’s Lawrence O
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‘The Sopranos’ Leads WGA List of Top TV Series

The Writers Guild of America on Sunday unveiled its list of the “101 Best Written TV Series of All Time,” topped by HBO’s “The Sopranos.”

The mob drama created by David Chase (pictured above right with “Sopranos” star James Gandolfini) led the list over such perennial faves as “Seinfeld” (which ranked No. 2), “All in the Family” (No. 4), “Mash” (No. 5) and “The Wire” (No. 9).

On the other end of the list was a three-way tie between the original NBC “Late Night with David Letterman,” FX’s “Louie” and HBO’s intense prison drama “Oz.”

The list, the results of online voting by members of the WGA West and WGA East, immediately spurred debates over the rankings and omissions. The TV tally was a follow-up to the WGA’s “101 Greatest Screenplays” member survey conducted in 2006.

The WGA’s complete list of TV series follows:

1

The Sopranos

HBO

Created by David Chase

2

Seinfeld
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Watch the Crazily Familiar Opening Credits for the Dutch Version of The Golden Girls

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Watch the Crazily Familiar Opening Credits for the Dutch Version of The Golden Girls
We've sort of gone gaga for Golden Girls today on Vulture: The show took on Friends in our Sitcom Smackdown, and we also talked to former Gg scribe Marc Cherry. And now we bring you proof that the Girls remain golden around the globe: Series creator Susan Harris last year lent her blessing (and name) to a Dutch version of the show. Take a look at the opening credits, which even feature a Dutch remake of "Thank You for Being a Friend."Folks in the Netherlands may be experiencing the latest clone of Gg, but the Dutch certainly aren't the first to enjoy localized antics of geriatric gals. Here's Spain's Las Chicas De Oro (we assume the ladies all gather in the kitchen to enjoy tres leches cake): There's also been a Russian version, but instead of a balmy beachside locale, it's set in a snow-bound house. And everyone
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U.K. College Launches 'X Factor' Audition Course

U.K. College Launches 'X Factor' Audition Course
London - A British college is offering a new course designed to help people prepare for X Factor auditions. ITV, which airs the U.K. version of the music competition show, on Tuesday reported about the course, which is called The X Factor Preparation Course. Bishop Auckland College in Durham, England is offering it. The 17-week class, which costs about $150 (£95), promises students "tuition in singing and performing and coaching on how to project themselves confidently," according to the college's web site. It is taught by Susan Harris, who has worked with such musicians as Lenny Kravitz, according

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