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Director James Burrows on How Grant Tinker – and His Mtm Hit Factory – Changed Television

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Director James Burrows on How Grant Tinker – and His Mtm Hit Factory – Changed Television
James Burrows, perhaps the most successful TV director in history, owes his lengthy small screen career to Grant Tinker.

Tinker, who died Monday at 90, was a towering television titan who turned Mtm Enterprises into one of the most successful production companies in the 1970s, then took over NBC and led that network from worst to first in the 1980s.

But his legacy lives on, thanks to the writers, producers, directors and stars he championed during his long career. Burrows, who recently directed his 1,000th episode of television (which NBC celebrated with a primetime special), is one of them.

“I owe my entire television career to him,” Burrows told IndieWire.

Burrows was a theater director and stage manager in New York when he worked on the musical “Holly Golightly” (later retitled “Breakfast at Tiffany’s”), starring Mary Tyler Moore and Richard Chamberlain. The show closed after just four nights, but by the end,
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Why Ed Asner’s Solo Show Is Like ‘The Vagina Monologues’ for Older Men (Guest Blog)

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Why Ed Asner’s Solo Show Is Like ‘The Vagina Monologues’ for Older Men (Guest Blog)
A show about prostate problems that plague older men does not strike one as a comical subject. But when lines about male issues are being delivered out of the mouth of the quintessential curmudgeon, an 86-year-old Ed Asner, this delicate topic is gut-wrenching humorous. Asner is appearing around the country in a new one-man show, “A Man and His Prostate,” that recently debuted in mid January to sold out crowds at the Metropolitan Room in New York City. Written and created by Emmy and Golden Globe winner Ed. Weinberger, this hilarious and painful story of one man’s woes with a.
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Watch Danny DeVito, Jimmy Fallon Play Inflatable Flip Cup

Watch Danny DeVito, Jimmy Fallon Play Inflatable Flip Cup
"You've gone from Taxi to this," Jimmy Fallon cracked at Danny DeVito during Tuesday's Tonight Show, as the duo geared up for a game of inflatable flip cup. "When this is over, I'm gonna kick your ass," the actor fired back. Host and guest channeled their inner frat boys as they raced to down Solo cups of beer and flip over the cups, all while wearing random poofy suits.

Fallon took an early lead in the contest, holding on for a victory – despite a strong surge from DeVito, whom Fallon
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Greatest Series Finales: The Mary Tyler Moore Show Ep. 7.24 “The Last Show” sees Mary’s journey at Wjm-tv come full circle

The Mary Tyler Moore Show Season 7, Episode 24: “The Last Show”

Written by James L. Brooks, Allan Burns, Ed Weinberger, Stan Daniels, David Lloyd & Bob Ellison

Directed by Jay Sandrich

Original Airdate: March 19, 1977 on CBS

The Mary Tyler Moore Show began in 1970 on the CBS network. The show, itself, was ground breaking. It centered on a single woman who had just went through a bad breakup and was trying to make a name for herself. And she accomplished that throughout the seven years that the show was on the air.

In the first episode we were introduced to Mary Richards who had just moved to Minneapolis and was going to start work at the local news station. Since the show began right at the beginning of the seventies the nation was still dealing with women in the workforce. We see elements of this throughout that episode; Mr. Grant seems reluctant
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Greatest TV Pilots: Taxi’s “Like Father, Like Daughter” blends comedy and heart in smart, efficient ep

Taxi, “Like Father, Like Daughter”

Written by James L. Brooks, Stan Daniels, David Davis, Ed Weinberger

Directed by James Burrows

Aired September 12th, 1978 on ABC

Comedy pilots are hard. Even the best sitcoms often take a while to find their voice, hitting their strides halfway through season one or even in season two. The cast needs to gel, the writers and actors need to find the right levels for each character, and the series as a whole needs to establish its tone. Given a talented and motivated showrunner, writing staff, director, and cast, each of these will come, with time, but it is extremely rare for all three to come together immediately, in the pilot. As a rule, frankly, comedy pilots are bad. One exception to this rule is Taxi and its pilot, “Like Father, Like Daughter”.

The premise of Taxi is a straightforward one- it’s a workplace comedy
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'The Sopranos' and 'Seinfeld' top WGA's 'TV 101' list of best-written series ever

'The Sopranos' and 'Seinfeld' top WGA's 'TV 101' list of best-written series ever
The Sopranos was named the best-written show in television history by the Writers Guild of America, edging out an eclectic collection of some of the most beloved and admired series. Members of the Writers Guild of America, West (Wgaw) and the Writers Guild of America, East (Wgae) voted online for the 101 Best Written TV Series, with David Chase’s iconic “family” drama topping Seinfeld, The Twilight Zone, All in the Family, and M*A*S*H*.

“At their core, all of these wonderful series began with the words of the writers who created them and were sustained by the writers
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Greatest TV Pilots: The Cosby Show’s “Theo’s Economic Lesson” captures the essence and humor of family life

The Cosby Show, “Theo’s Economic Lesson”

Written by Ed Weinberger and Michael Leeson

Directed by Jay Sandrich

Aired September 20th, 1984 on NBC

The standup comedy boom of the 1980s led to a glut of network sitcoms centered around standup comedians. It was a pretty straightforward formula- find a popular or promising standup, have them create and star in a half-hour comedy based on their material, and sit back and count your money when it becomes a hit. Of course, at least as many series missed as hit, but that didn’t stop network television from being littered with mostly male comedian-based family comedies. It’s easy to lump these shows together as mostly uninteresting or uninspiring, often dated sitcoms (with a few exceptions, like Seinfeld, rising above the others), but there’s a very good reason the networks followed this formula so rigidly- they wanted to find the next The Cosby Show.
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Say Goodbye To TV One's New Scripted Series 'Belle's'...

Well my dear Friends. TV One has decided Not 2 pick up Belles the best show & cast they ever had. I am in shock. But it will be back. The above is a tweet from co-star of the series, Miguel Núñez. So I suppose that's it then for TV One's latest original scripted series, Belle’s - a comedy centered around a widower who owns and operates his family's upscale soul food restaurant. The half-hour series was co-created by Emmy Award-winning producer Ed Weinberger (Taxi, The Cosby Show). Keith David, Elise Neal, Tami Roman, Ella Joyce and Nadja Alaya, made up the series' starring cast. The...
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Keith David, Elise Neal Headline TV One's Original Comedy Series 'Belle's' (Coming 1/21/13)

Via the press release received today... on Monday, January 21, 2013, at 10 pm Est, TV One will premiere its latest original scripted series, Belle’s - a new comedy centered around widower William "Big Bill" Cooper who owns and operates his family's upscale soul food restaurant. The half-hour series is co-created by Emmy Award-winning producer Ed. Weinberger (Taxi, The Cosby Show). In addition to running the restaurant, Bill (Keith David) must deal with his two headstrong daughters: Jill (Elise Neal), the sensible hardworking manager of Belle's who also juggles being a single mom; and Loreta (Tami Roman), a stylish, self-absorbed...
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