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Posts Tagged ‘Garry Shandling’

HBO Exec Says Garry Shandling Showed Artists the Way

In the wake of HBO’s 10th-year-in-a-row dominance of the Primetime Emmy Awards, Financial Times columnist Peter Aspden has put together an erudite reminder of what we all owe the TV network that is “not TV.”

Aspden got to sit down in New York with HBO co-president Richard Plepler. When he asked the perfect question of  when the executive realized his network was attempting something different than the then-primetime norm, Plepler gave this full-credit reply:

He points to an unlikely harbinger: The Larry Sanders Show. First broadcast in 1992, Garry Shandling’s foul-mouthed and devastating deconstruction of the TV chat show, in which celebrities parodied themselves, put out an important signal, says Plepler.

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Was HBO’s Seinfeld Tribute An April Fool’s Joke?

Apparently not, even though the event, which featured Jerry, Chris Rock, Robert Klein and Garry Shandling in a panel discussion/roast moderated by Anderson Cooper, was filmed almost 18 months ago.

Nancy Geller, the network’s senior VP, original programming, wasn’t available to comment, but she told the Post there was “no thought of putting this on HBO.” Which, of course, begs the question as to why it was being filmed in the first place?

As Seinfeld himself noted during the special: “Your whole career as a comedian is about making fun of pretentious, high-minded, congratulatory, b.s. events like this one. The whole feeling in this room of reverence and honoring is the exact opposite of everything I have wanted my life to be about. I really don’t want to be up here. … I want to be in the back over there … saying something funny to somebody about what a crock this whole thing is.”