Look What I Found

by Larry Brody

 

Just saw this on the AUTOMAN Facebook page.

Desi Arnaz, Heather McNair, and Automan himself, Chuck Wagner.

This is only three-fifths of the original AUTOMAN cast. Missing are Bob Lansing and Gerald S. O’Laughlin, who couldn’t make the reunion because they don’t breathe anymore.

Also not pictured are “Cursor,” Automan’s sidekick/tool (think the Doctor’s sonic screwdriver if it behaved like Harpo Marx), and the Autocar:

And, no, neither Cursor nor the Autocar ever breathed.

I did drive the Autocar around LA – just a little – and learned that if you wanted to pick up women, it was God’s Greatest Gift. But if all you wanted to do was look at them, forget it. They’d look back and come running, and I’d have to hit that accelerator and get my embarrassed self away.

 

H’Wood Reporter Speaks to Top Showrunners

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Okay, we admit it. Usually we hate these sniveling puff pieces. But these are showrunners. Writers. Talking about their shows. And how to write them. And everyone knows that writer P.R. is, well, every bit as sacred as the Dead Sea Scrolls.

Or something like that.

Killed Characters, Fired Bosses and Canceled Shows: TV’s Top Drama Showrunners Tell All

On a sunny morning in early May, six of television’s busiest showrunners enjoyed that rarest of luxuries: two hours away from writers rooms, sets and, most frightening, blank computer screens. Vince Gilligan (Breaking Bad), 45, Howard Gordon(Homeland), 51, Shonda Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice, Scandal), 42, Glen Mazzara (The Walking Dead), 44,Veena Sud (The Killing), 45, and Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire), 52, run some of the most powerful and critically lauded drama series on TV. In a candid discussion about the pressures of their jobs, The Hollywood Reporter heard how some have killed off popular characters, how Mazzara coped with replacing his bossFrank Darabont, the rave reviews Gilligan receives from addicts for his spot-on meth recipes and Gordon’s struggle — shared by the others — to live a life despite “being perpetually haunted by these stories.”

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Hero of the Day (We Can’t Guarantee to Love Him All Week)

Man Pushes Netflix Account To The Max, Watches 252 Movies In 30 Days

By Chris Morran on June 5, 2012 12:34 PM

Are you a Netflix customer who feels like you don’t always get the most of your $7.99/month for unlimited streaming video? Well, one man decided to put Netflix and himself to the test by watching more than 400 hours of video in a month.

Mark Malkoff, who previously tested New Yorkers’ willingness to do anything for a free taxi ride and thelimits of Apple store hospitality, started his Netflix movie-thon on April 16.

In the first week alone, he watched 60 films for a total of 95.55 hours. In fact, he says he didn’t leave his Queens apartment for a stretch of 155 hours that week, though he did manage to get Jason London, star of the Richard Linklater classic Dazed and Confused to pop by and provide running commentary on the film — and a shoulder rub.

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TVWRITER™ SUMMER INTERN WANTED

TVWriter™ is looking for a hard working, snarky, pseudo-ironic wordsmith to go through entertainment/TV news sites, find the most important news of the day, and then post it here and/our on our Facebook page and in our Twitter account in the most annoyingly smug way possible.

Well, not quite that annoyingly or smugly, but if you’re suitable for the gig you get the point.

You can work from home, or if you live in the Seattle area you can come over to TVWriter™ central and hang once in awhile. (Speaking of annoyingly smug, that “TVWriter™” thing certainly fits the bill, doesn’t it? Sorry.)

Must know the basics of WordPress blogging, be a master of Twitterly 140 characters-or-less expression, and make LB laugh.

We don’t pay (damn cheapass place won’t pay anybody for anything) in $$$ but offer free tuition in the TVWriter™ Basic Online Workshop or some really good, “When you’re in L.A., talk to this person and this person and this person” type stuff (that LB usually gives out anyway if you just look at him in a way vaguely resembling the way his golden lab, Dixie, does) and various other mentorship perks.

Interested and ambitious geniuses can get in touch with us here

Time Now for the Most Chilling TV News of the Day

…And it’s not: Mads Mikkelsen To Play Hannibal Lecter In NBC Series ‘Hannibal’

Or: MTV Movie Awards Down From Last Year

Or even: ICM Partners Hires Warner Bros Exec To Run New Digital Strategy Division

It’s:

THE STAR WARS: UNDERWORLD SERIES MIGHT NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR THE YOUNGLINGS

by Jamie Frevele | 2:47 pm, June 4th

While we all patiently wait for any news concerning Lucasfilm‘s Star Wars TV series, Star Wars: Underworld, here is something to tide us over: it might be a little racier than the movies. As in, producer Rick McCallum is comparing the planned stories to ones on the level of an FXseries. FX. They curse there. They kill there. They show butts, too, and sideboob. After the jump, find out more about what kind of sideboob we’re going to see on Boba Fett.

We all know the budget of this thing is huge — $5 to 6 million per episode — which is not pocket change, even for Lucasfilm, but still a challenge if they want to do more than one of these. But budget aside, McCallum has said that some are concerned about the proposed content of the show, and how it might not be appropriate for the kind of audience the original films sought out — the younger set. No, little Johnny and Jane might have to put on earmuffs for this one. Says McCallum:

“Our biggest problem is that these stories are adult. I mean…these are like Deadwood in space. It so unlike anything you’ve ever associated with George [Lucas] before in relation to Star Wars. These aren’t for kids. I mean, we hope they’ll watch, but it’s not being targeted at 8-to-9 year old boys.”

We’re all for tearing up the envelope, but “These aren’t for kids?!”

WTF?

Further proof, your honor, that George Lucas needs to go the way of Britney Spears.

It’s time for a conservatorship. Pronto.

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