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…
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…
Inspirations: “For me they were shows that broke the mold: ‘Taxi’ was the first sitcom to use a four-camera (setup) instead of three-camera. ‘Sports Night’ used a movie camera and ‘Malcolm in the…