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Posts Tagged ‘Dave Itzkoff’

Are We Living in a Golden Age of Television Writing?

A team of journalists talked about the Emmy Awards on our video edition of the Morning Media Menu, exploring the unexpected winners, upsets and the “bold new era in television” that is bringing great storytelling to TV.

Press play above to listen. Our guests were TVNewser senior editor Alex Weprin and Dear Television writer Phillip Maciak. KCRW’s The Business reporter Darby Maloney joined us afterward with this commentary:

I’d argue that Breaking Bad‘s big win for Outstanding Drama Series– a win that some say is well overdue– is also a win for Netflix. It proved that Netflix isn’t just a competitor to traditional TV– it is a collaborator or adjunct to the medium. When part 2 of Breaking Bad’s Season 5 premiered on AMC last month it hit a ratings high of nearly 6 million viewers. Writing in Variety, Andrew Wallenstein said “with five seasons under its belt [Breaking Bad] made the kind of ratings quantum leap you just don’t see.”  So how did all these people find — and catch up with this highly serialized show? In a word, Netflix.

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‘Bored to Death’ Cancelled by HBO

bored23.jpgAfter three seasons, HBO has canceled Bored to Death.

The literary show is a private detective fantasy adapted from a McSweeney’s story by Jonathan Ames, starring Jason Schwartzman, Zach Galifianakis and Ted Danson.

Here’s more about the cancellation: “Bored to Death … opened its third season to a similarly disappointing average viewership of just 240,000, a significant drop from the 1.1 million the second season garnered a year earlier.”

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Dave Itzkoff Lands Deal for Book on Making of ‘Network’

New York Times culture reporter Dave Itzkoff has landed a book deal with Times Books to write about the making of Network, a 1976 film that won four Academy Awards and coined the handy phrase, “I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take this anymore!”

Above, we’ve embedded a short clip from the film–it’s a timely piece of cinematic history. Daniel Greenberg of the Levine Greenberg Literary Agency negotiated the deal with Times Books editorial director, Paul Golob.

Here’s more about the book, from the release: “Itzkoff has long been fascinated by the life and career of screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky (who also wrote Marty and The Hospital), and will be drawing on previously unpublished archival material and other original reporting to create a full and revelatory portrait of the movie … Itzkoff will recount the creation of Network from its first stirrings in Chayefsky’s mind to its casting and production to its critical acclaim, capturing the mid-1970s in much the same way as Sam Wasson captured the early 1960s in his 2010 bestseller Fifth Avenue, 5 A.M.”