David Mamet, nominated for both writing and directing "Phil Spector" for HBO, initially resisted examining the wacky recording magnate to be played by Al Pacino. "I went kicking and screaming, the…
At first glance, this year's slate of laffer helmers seems to be a distinctly modern bunch.
On the "Boardwalk Empire" team, helmer Tim Van Patten bats leadoff and cleanup, since he's handed all the opening and final episodes. Exec producer Martin Scorsese threw out the first pitch with the…
For his first foray into longform TV, bigscreen master David Fincher established the "House" style in its first two episodes in close collaboration with the American theater's best.
In 1963, Emmy nominations for writing and helming went to lawyer and doctor shows; a Western about a crooked poker game; a bittersweet romance; and a stage play starring Trevor Howard as Disraeli…
Any playwright can stick celebrity facsimiles together in a room; it takes real talent not only to render those portraits believable but also to invest the encounter with dramatic weight. In "One…
If you're going to make your directing debut under a harsh industry spotlight with minimal rehearsal time, it's smart to appropriate a world-famous production's concept and numerous veterans of same…
A bevy of publicists were willing to provide — if not for attribution — their thoughts on the nightly battle to plop clients happily on the chair across from the hosts of latenight…
It's hard to find an Emmy winner who hasn't guested with the franchise.
Every year, a gaggle of gagmen and funnywomen set out in pursuit of that holiest of TV grails: the first-person sitcom — a show written around a comedian's distinctive personality. Nothing can curb…