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Treme Actor Michael Showers Found Dead in Mississippi River

The body of 45 year-old actor Michael Showers was found floating in the Mississippi River in New Orleans yesterday, reports the LA Times. Police have not identified the cause of death. Showers had a small role in the HBO show Treme as corrupt police Captain John Guidry. Showers didn’t get much screen time in the most recent season, but the way the show ended, it was likely he was due for a larger role in the third season.

Showers is the second person associated with Treme to die tragically young since joining the show. Writer David Mills died last year at the age of 49.

On top of his Treme acting, Showers recently had bit parts in Tree of Life, Breaking Bad and I Love You Phillip Morris, among other films and shows.

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2011 Writers Guild Award Nominees Announced: Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men and Breaking Bad Are the Big Winners

The Writers Guild has announced the nominees for its 2011 awards celebrating the best in television, news, radio, promo, graphic animation and writing. On the TV front, Boardwalk Empire, Mad Men and Breaking Bad are the most heavily nominated, all in the running in multiple categories–including best drama series. Late writer David Mills is also nominated posthumously for his work on Treme.

The winners will be announced on Saturday, February 5, 2011, at a simultaneous ceremony at the AXA Equitable Center in New York City and at the Renaissance Hollywood Hotel-Grand Ballroom in Los Angeles.

Full list of nominees after the jump.

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‘The Wire’ Writer David Mills is Dead

david-millsjpg-f3be071ff2c3935d_medium.jpgTimes-Picayune reports:

David Mills, a staff writer and co-executive producer of the upcoming HBO drama “Treme,” died of a brain aneurysm Tuesday in New Orleans, an HBO spokesman confirmed Wednesday morning.

A former newspaper feature writer, Mills went on to write for some of the finest TV dramas of the era, including “Homicide: Life on the Street,” “NYPD Blue,” “ER” and “The Wire.”

Mills was 49 years old.

Wow, what a loss.

Alan Sepinwall the TV critic for The Star-Ledger, remembers his friend on his blog.

Photo credit The Times-Picayune Archive

Margaret B. Jones/Peggy Seltzer: Inga Muscio Speaks


Margaret B. Jones/Peggy Seltzer has been living la vida fake for the last 10 years, according to one-time pal, author Inga Muscio who got the bad news from her agent Faye Bender. She writes:

The weekend before last, Faye called me. She said, “Inga, I need you to sit down.” This is when I found out that Peggy’s entire life for the past decade is a lie. This elaborately constructed life/lie was in place long, long before Peggy ever gave me her writing. As far as I know, her daughter and baby-daddy also believe this life/lie. Everyone who has met her for the past ten years knows her to be the person she describes in the book.

Allegedly Seltzer spun the tale of being a member of the Quinault tribe, via her “bio-dad” and got checks. Hmmm–fraud investigation brewing? We sure hope so. The Quinault number about 2500 on their tribal rolls.

Muscio also writes that Seltzer’s editor, Sarah McGrath, took the James Frey incident to heart:

Peggy and I spoke frequently throughout the three years she was working on the book. Not long after the James Frey scandal busted out, she calls me all pissed off. Sarah was “grilling” her about the veracity of her book and Peggy was absolutely indignant.

Muscio answers some more questions from Vanessa Juarez at EW.

Oh, and do read David Mills’ comment on her blog–she’d better send him those stickers.

Margaret B. Jones/Peggy Seltzer

FBLA EXCLUSIVE: Behind the Halloween Hate Crime Story


The LA Weekly has a story on Long Beach Halloween hate crime case that started here in FBLA. Briefly, on Halloween night, in Long Beach, 3 white women were involved in a street brawl with some 30 black teenagers. The women all had serious injuries and 8 of the teens were charged with committing a hate crime.

After getting an nod to write about media coverage of the case, FBLA went a little wild on the research, and the Weekly’s editors had to slog through some 4,000 words. So, if you want to know even more, here’s some stuff that got chopped.

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