| Jun 5, 2013
| 9:43 AM
As predicted, the Writers Guild of America's recent announcement of what its members voted to be the 101 best-written TV shows has unleashed the power of the loyal opposition. And no opposition is as loyal as a viewer defending his or her favorite...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 5:00 AM
They say that television is a writer's medium, so it makes sense that the Writers Guild of America would have its own list of the 101 greatest TV shows of all time.
At the top of the list is "The Sopranos," HBO's multiple award-winning hit series that...
| Dec 27, 2012
Like the television character he helped inspire, Donnie Andrews lived by a code.
In his earlier years, when he was robbing rival dealers as a young hustler in West Baltimore — experiences that would later form the basis for the popular Omar Little...
| May 14, 2013
| 12:24 PM
After releasing most of the trailers teasing its new shows on Monday, Fox rolled out two more trailers for a new drama called "Gang Related" and a comedy called "Surviving Jack."
The former stars Ramon Rodriguez ("Battle Los Angeles," "The Wire") and...
| May 8, 2013
| 7:26 AM
"The Wire" as a reality show?
That appears to be what the cable news channel CNN is thinking with "Chicagoland," a new unscripted series about the Windy City from Robert Redford's Sundance Productions.
"Chicagoland," which is set to premiere on CNN...
| Apr 28, 2013
| 2:19 PM
In two previous posts, I discussed the Amazon pilots, a slate of proposed series by the cyberspace bookseller turned virtual moving-picture studio, now streaming online for viewer comment and ratings. (Thousands have already chimed in.) The first post was...
| May 5, 2013
| 5:30 AM
Among the pleasures of seeing an August Wilson play, it's often said, is just listening to the people talk.
As Los Angeles Times theater critic Charles McNulty has noted, Wilson stocks his scripts with "natural raconteurs" and lets them soar in...
| May 3, 2013
| 11:11 AM
Just when you thought literary awards season was over, there were not one but two occasions to get dressed up and applaud great writers and their publications Thursday. They both took place in New York -- meaning we didn't have to hit the dry cleaner --...
| Jul 19, 2012
I recently attended a lecture by a distinguished man of letters. A poet, novelist, playwright and literary critic, this man also edits journals, directs literary festivals, collaborates on documentary projects, teaches full time at a university and is...
| Jan 1, 2012
| 4:38 PM
A special extended episode of prime-time TV opening sequences—part three, 1990–2011. Play the clips, vote for the best...
| Jul 18, 2011
Warren Fletcher wrapped up his work three weeks ago as an English teacher at City of Angels and moved over to the headquarters of United Teachers Los Angeles, where he is the union's new president. He missed his first negotiating session because he had to...