by Team TVWRITER™ Press Service
Veteran writer-producer-director Garry Marshall, who is, you know, kind of a big deal for being responsible for some of the most popular series in television, including Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, and Mork & Mindy, is set to receive the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2014 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement, honoring lifetime achievement in outstanding television writing. Marshall’s contributions to entertainment will be recognized at the upcoming 2014 Writers Guild Awards’ West Coast ceremony to be held on Saturday, February 1, 2014, at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE.
“Garry Marshall’s filmography – from The Joey Bishop Show to Happy Days – is a virtual history of American television comedy. Both of-their-time and timeless, his shows are a gentle, generous, comic mirror held up to late mid-century America. And no one is a finer or funnier chronicler of friendship – male or female (or alien) – than Garry Marshall. Beloved both for his iconic work and the warmth of his spirit, today we rightly place him on the short list of the best of our best,” said WGAW President Christopher Keyser.
Over the course of his prolific career, Marshall has created or co-created and executive produced numerous hit television series that have helped define pop culture for a generation of viewers, including ’50s-era sitcom Happy Days, which ran from 1974-84, Happy Days spin-offs Laverne & Shirley (Created by Marshall, Lowell Ganz, Mark Rothman), which ran from 1976-83, and Joanie Loves Chachi (Created by Marshall, Lowell Ganz, Developed by Thomas L. Miller, Robert L. Boyett), sci-fi sitcom Mork & Mindy (Created by Marshall and Dale McRaven and Joe Glauberg), which ran from 1978-82 and made actor-comic Robin Williams a household name, Angie (Created by Marshall, Dale McRaven, Developed by Alan Eisenstock & Larry Mintz, 1979), the disco-era comedy Makin’ It (Created by Mark Rothman & Lowell Ganz and Garry K. Marshall), The Brian Keith Show (1972-74), and Hey, Landlord! (Created by Jerry Belson and Marshall).