French First: The first Emmy for best film made for television was awarded to “The Necklace,” a half-hour adaptation of a Guy de Maupassant short story that was produced for $9,000 as part of Lucky…
In 1951, the Emmys had seven categories. Today it has 223. There are 85 for primetime, 60 daytime, 28 sports, 32 news and documentary, 10 international awards and 8 special. The number of channels…
Instead of going on strike, Hollywood's scribes have spent the past month dissecting the May 4 deal the Writers Guild of America made with studios.
Inspirations: “‘MASH’ is the show that was startling. It wove together raw emotional power and offbeat comedy in a real artful way that you don’t see on TV. People judge half-hour comedy on the…
Inspirations: “Certainly ‘ER’ and ‘NYPD Blue’ in their early days and, of course, ‘Twin Peaks.'” Influences: “The usual suspects, Roman Polanski, Hitchcock and Fellini.” Moments: “I’d say there were…
Inspirations: “The real directorial breakthrough in TV came with MTV. I left television directing to do videos, because there were no more rules. I could use jump cuts and other devices to create a…
Inspirations: Milch admires series ranging from “Naked City” and “Have Gun Will Travel” to the more recent “L.A. Law” and “The Practice”: “I liked the same thing about all the shows, that they have…
Inspirations: “People who are writing currently owe a great debt to ‘Seinfeld’ because it changed what constituted half-hour structure and content. It made it OK to be scathing and subversive,” says…