9 posts tagged sitcoms
9 posts tagged sitcoms
From Entertainment Weekly’s first look at Amazon Studios’ pilots in production:
“Both Netflix and Amazon have the electricity and the enthusiasm that only fans can produce and that’s what I love about it,” explains [Jeffrey] Tambor. “The fun is in the medium and the message.”
Ken Levine remembers Bonnie Franklin, star of One Day at a Time.
Bonnie was the best. Her timing, delivery, and comic sense was impeccable. And she brought such warmth and strength to the part that you didn’t just laugh, you cared.
It’s worth checking out Megan Ganz’s farewell to Community via Reddit, starting with the first line she ever wrote for the show: “Does anyone know how long it takes paper mache to dry?” Here’s some more …
#208 was my first episode, and this was the first line, and I remember it went all the way from my writer’s draft to set basically unchanged. Through rewrites I watched it bob along, past Harmon’s mighty hammer, right on through to the table read and into the sides that were given to the actors on the first day of filming. It was like when you and your friends would race leaves down the river—if you grew up in Michigan and did that sort of thing.
We filmed the bottle episode in chronological order so this was the first line that we shot and I remember sitting at the monitors at 7am on the first day thinking, “If they call action and no one runs in here screaming ‘stop the TV-equivalent of presses,’ then I will have written a line that will appear on a television show. I’ll be a television writer.” And the director did call action—as they do—and so I was. Just like that.
For the last three years, the sum total of my contribution to this planet (in terms of effort, passion, and things I let myself go soft and pimply for) could be described as follows: Community.
Next for her: Modern Family, with the “hot-and-cold-running Emmys.”
Looking at TV in terms of half-hour chunks of real estate allows the viewer to see just how much space there is, how the gamut of worthwhile TV half-hours runs all the way from the ultra-traditional (but still fun) antics of The Big Bang Theory to whatever Louis C.K. has dreamed up that week on Louie. Think about those polar opposites and all the points—good and bad—in between, then think about how little experimentation there is anymore in TV hourlongs, which have largely ossified into a collection of case-of-the-week procedurals and serious cable dramas, give or take a Parenthood or American Horror Story. Don’t get me wrong: I love many of these hourlongs, but they increasingly seem a little timid in their own success.
Reblogged from theavc
After 30 Rock wrapped its final scene last Wednesday, Tina Fey gave a warm and funny speech to the cast and crew, saying, among other things, that she considers herself a Sliding Doors version of Liz Lemon — that the only real difference between her and her character was that Liz worked with jerks, while she worked with a bunch of great people. … When [Vulture.com] asked Jane Krakowski what she thought of the speech, she said, “I’ve never seen so many people gather for a final scene in my life. It was very touching and fitting to the affection that everyone has for her.