Alexander John "Alex" Graves is an American film director, television director, television producer and screenwriter. Alex Graves was born in Missouri, his father, William Graves, was a reporter for The Kansas City Star and his mother, Alexandra "Sandy" Graves, worked for United States Senator Nancy Kassebaum of Kansas. His family moved to his father's home town of El Dorado, Kansas when he was young, when his father became a partner in the family drug store business, he graduated from El Dorado High School in 1983. Graves attended Kansas University and the University of Southern California where he earned a BA Degree in Film Production. Graves began his work in television directing episodes of Ally McBeal, Sports Night and The Practice. Graves is well known for his work directing 34 episodes of the series The West Wing, where he served as director, supervising producer, co-executive producer, executive producer, he won two Primetime Emmy Awards for his production work on that series. He was nominated for the Emmy for his direction of the episodes "Posse Comitatus" and "2162 Votes."
He was awarded the Humanitas Prize for his work on the episode "NSF Thurmont." In 2006, he directed the pilot episode of The Nine for ABC, serving as an executive producer on the pilot. In 2007, he directed and executive produced the pilot, directed several more episodes, of the drama Journeyman, which aired on NBC. In 2009, Graves was asked by J. J. Abrams to direct and executive produce the pilot of the Fox science-fiction series Fringe. From 2010 to 2011, Graves worked for Steven Spielberg to direct and executive produce the pilot of the Fox adventure series Terra Nova; the series premiered September 26, 2011. In 2010, he directed and executive produced the ABC pilot The Whole Truth for Jerry Bruckheimer; this pilot went on to become a series. In 2011, Graves directed a pilot for ABC entitled Poe, a re-imagining of the life of author Edgar Allan Poe, starring Natalie Dormer and Christopher Egan, which did not go to series. Graves directed and executive produced the ABC pilot 666 Park Avenue.
In 2012, Graves directed Showtime's Shameless for John Wells before being asked by Aaron Sorkin to direct his new HBO series The Newsroom. Graves has directed six episodes of HBO's Game of Thrones. In 2015, Graves was the executive producer of the supernatural medical television drama Proof on TNT. In 2018, Graves directed two episodes of the Netflix original Altered Carbon. Alex Graves on IMDb
Kenneth Edward Olin is an American actor and producer. He is known for his starring role on the television series Thirtysomething, as executive producer and recurring guest star of the television series Brothers & Sisters, he is a director and producer of the television series This Is Us. As an actor, Olin played Michael Steadman on Thirtysomething and Dr. Roger Cattan on L. A. Doctors, he was noted for his performance as Detective Harry Garibaldi on Hill Street Blues and as the lead character in the short-lived EZ Streets. Olin has appeared in other series, including Falcon Crest, Murder, She Wrote, the television movies Flight 90: Disaster on the Potomac and A Stoning in Fulham County. In 1995, Olin starred as Bradly Morris Cunningham in the made-for-TV film Dead by Sunset, which aired on the Lifetime television network; the film was based on the best selling true crime novel of the same name by Ann Rule. His film credits include roles in Ghost Story, Queens Logic. Prior to working on Brothers & Sisters, Olin directed episodes of Alias.
He has directed episodes of L. A. Doctors, The West Wing, Judging Amy and Geeks, EZ Streets. In 2012, Olin co-starred on the ABC drama pilot Americana, he appeared in the video "Burnin' for You" by Blue Öyster Cult, in 1981. He is the executive producer of This Is Us on NBC. Olin was born to a Jewish family in Chicago, the son of a former Peace Corps official and pharmaceutical company owner, he was raised in Illinois. He graduated from The Putney School in Putney, Vermont, in 1972, he completed his college career at the University of Pennsylvania. He is married to his thirtysomething and Brothers & Sisters co-star, Patricia Wettig, with whom he has a son, a daughter, who appears on The City. Ken Olin on IMDb Ken Olin at the Internet Broadway Database
Battlestar Galactica (1978 TV series)
Battlestar Galactica is an American science fiction television series, created by Glen A. Larson, that began the Battlestar Galactica franchise. Starring Lorne Greene, Richard Hatch and Dirk Benedict, it ran for the 1978–79 season before being canceled. Afterward, a write-in campaign revived the show as Galactica 1980 with 10 episodes in 1980. Books have been written continuing the stories. Battlestar Galactica was remade in the 2000s with a weekly series. In a distant star system, the Twelve Colonies of Mankind were reaching the end of a thousand-year war with the Cylons, warrior robots created by a reptilian race which expired long ago destroyed by their own creations. Humanity was defeated in a sneak attack on their homeworlds by the Cylons, carried out with the help of a human traitor, Count Baltar. Protected by the last surviving capital warship, a "battlestar", named Galactica, the survivors fled in any available ships; the Commander of the Galactica, led this "rag-tag fugitive fleet" of 220 ships in search of a new home.
They began a quest to find the long lost thirteenth tribe of humanity that had settled on a legendary planet called Earth. However, the Cylons continued to pursue them relentlessly across the galaxy; the era in which this exodus took place is never stated in the series itself. At the start of the series, it is mentioned as being "the seventh millennium of time", although it is unknown when this is in relation to Earth's history; the implication of the final aired episode, "The Hand of God", was that the original series took place after the Apollo 11 moon landing in July 1969. The Galactica 1980 series is expressly set in the year 1980 after a 30-year voyage to Earth. Larson, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, incorporated many themes from Mormon theology into the shows; the pilot to this series, budgeted at $7 million, was released theatrically in various countries including Canada and those in Western Europe in July 1978 in an edited 125-minute version. On September 17, 1978, the full 148 minute pilot premiered on ABC to high Nielsen ratings.
Two thirds of the way through the broadcast, ABC interrupted with a special report of the signing of the Camp David Accords at the White House by Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin and Egyptian President Anwar Sadat, witnessed by U. S. President Jimmy Carter. After the ceremony, ABC resumed the broadcast at the point; this interruption did not occur on the West Coast. After the pilot aired, the 125-minute theatrical version was given a U. S cinema release in spring of 1979; the pilot had been announced as the first of three made for TV movies. After broadcast of the second episode, "Lost Planet of the Gods", Glen Larson announced the format change to a weekly series, catching his writing and production staff off guard, resulting in several substandard'crash of the week' episodes until quality scripts could resume. "Lost Planet of the Gods" introduced a costume change from the original, in that the warriors' dress uniform featured a gold-trimmed cape falling to upper thigh. Because of the costume change, a portion of the pilot was reshot.
The original version of the warriors' dress uniform, a plain, mid-thigh-length cape, is documented in The Official Battlestar Galactica Scrapbook by James Neyland, 1978. Battlestar Galactica was criticized by Melor Sturua in the Soviet newspaper Izvestia, he saw an analogy between the fictional Colonial/Cylon negotiations and the US/Soviet SALT talks and accused the series of being inspired by anti-Soviet hysteria: The galactic negotiations between the people and the Cylons resembled the U. S./Soviet SALT talks - not in their actual form but in the perverted interpretation of the enemies of the treaty from the family of Washington hawks... Their inspiration is the pumping-up of military, anti-Soviet hysteria, which in this case is disguised in the modern costume of socio-scientific fantasy... Anti-Soviet symbolism dressed in a transparent tunic of science fiction. Isaac Asimov commented: "I enjoyed it, but Battlestar Galactica was Star Wars all over again and I couldn't enjoy it without amnesia."In 1978, 20th Century Fox sued Universal Studios for plagiarism, copyright infringement, unfair competition, Lanham Act claims, claiming it had stolen 34 distinct ideas from Star Wars.
Universal promptly countersued, claiming Star Wars had stolen ideas from their 1972 film Silent Running, notably the robot "drones", the Buck Rogers serials of the 1930s. 20th Century Fox's copyright claims were dismissed by the trial court in 1980, but the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit remanded the case for trial in 1983. It was "resolved without trial". Battlestar Galactica was a ratings success. CBS counter programmed by moving its Sunday block of All in the Family and Alice an hour earlier, to compete with Galactica in the 8:00 timeslot. From October 1978 to March 1979, All in the Family averaged more than 40 percent of the 8:00 audience, against Galactica's 28 percent. In mid-April 1979, ABC executives canceled the show. An AP article reported "The decision to bump; the series... had been broadcast irregularly in recent weeks, attracting over a quarter of the audience in its Sunday night time slot." Larson claimed that it was a failed attempt by ABC to reposition its number one program Mor
Hart to Hart
Hart to Hart is an American mystery television series which premiered on August 25, 1979, on ABC. The show features Robert Wagner and Stefanie Powers who play Jonathan and Jennifer Hart, a wealthy couple who lead a glamorous jetset lifestyle and find themselves working as amateur detectives in order to solve crimes in which they become embroiled; the series was created by television writer Sidney Sheldon. The series concluded after five seasons on May 22, 1984, but was followed by eight made-for-television movies, beginning in 1993; the premise of the show is summed up in the opening credits sequence, narrated by Max as he introduces the characters: This is my boss – Jonathan Hart, a self-made millionaire. He’s quite a guy; this is Mrs. H – she’s gorgeous. What a terrific lady. By the way, my name is Max. I take. Beginning with Season 2 onward, the opening lines were changed: This is my boss – Jonathan Hart, a self-made millionaire. He’s quite a guy; this is Mrs. H – she’s gorgeous. She's one lady.
By the way, my name is Max. I take care of both of them --. Jonathan Hart is the CEO of a global conglomerate based in Los Angeles, his wife Jennifer is a freelance journalist. Living the jetset lifestyle, the Harts find themselves involved in cases of smuggling, theft and international espionage and, most murder. At their opulent Bel Air estate, they are assisted by Max, their loyal, gravel-voiced butler and chauffeur who helps with their cases; the Harts' beloved pet dog is a Löwchen called Freeway, so named because he was a stray that they found wandering on the freeway. The Harts own a Mercedes-Benz 300 TD diesel wagon, a dark green Rolls Royce Corniche convertible, a yellow Mercedes-Benz SL roadster with personalized California vanity plates "3 HARTs", "2 HARTs", "1 HART" respectively; the opening credits sequence shows Jonathan Hart driving a red Dino 246 GTS. They own a Grumman Gulfstream II private jet, featured at the start of the opening credits. Screenwriter and novelist Sidney Sheldon had written a script for CBS entitled Double Twist in the early 1970s about a married couple who were both spies.
The script remained unfilmed for several years before producers Aaron Spelling and Leonard Goldberg decided to update the idea for a potential television series. They offered the script to screenwriter Tom Mankiewicz, who had by that time written several screenplays including three of the James Bond films, their instruction to Mankiewicz was to update the script to make it more contemporary and viable for a potential weekly series. They told Mankiewicz that if his draft was successful, he would be able to direct the pilot episode himself. Mankiewicz reworked Sheldon's original script and it was renamed Hart to Hart, emphasizing the romantic aspect of the couple. Mankiewicz made his directorial debut with the pilot episode as planned, remained a creative consultant to the series afterwards; the first ten episodes were developed by Mankiewicz and the series' original story editor Bob Shayne. Spelling and Goldberg's initial choice for the role of Jonathan Hart was Cary Grant. However, Grant had retired from acting some years earlier.
They decided to find a younger actor who might embody the same style and persona that Grant was famous for and offered the role to Robert Wagner. No one else was considered for the role, but no one will begrudge RJ a nickel."ABC wanted Wagner's real life wife Natalie Wood to co-star with him as Jennifer Hart but Wagner didn't think it was a good idea. Initial choices for the role of Jennifer Hart included Suzanne Pleshette, Kate Jackson and Lindsay Wagner, but Wagner suggested Stefanie Powers who had worked with him when she made a guest appearance in an episode of his action-adventure series It Takes a Thief in 1970. Wagner wanted Sugar Ray Robinson to portray Max but ABC-TV executives were worried about a black man playing the butler/houseman to a rich white couple, they cast Lionel Stander, who had worked with Wagner in an episode of It Takes a Thief. In that episode, he played a character named Max, a lifelong friend; the main title theme for the series was scored by Mark Snow. Fashion and jewelry designer Nolan Miller, who designed the clothes for Dynasty, was the costume designer for show.
The ranch-style house used for exterior filming was owned by actors Dick Powell and his wife, June Allyson. Powell was an old friend of both Robert Aaron Spelling; the actual estate, known as Amber Hills, is situated on 48 acres in the Mandeville Canyon section of Brentwood, Los Angeles. In the series, the Harts' address is given as 3100 Willow Pond Road, Bel Air: the real address of the house is 3100 Mandeville Canyon Road; as with most of the Spelling library series under the control of Sony Pictures Television, the series was remastered from the original masters in the 2000s for widescreen high definition presentation. This version of the series is a regular p
Miami Vice is an American television crime drama series created by Anthony Yerkovich and executive produced by Michael Mann for NBC. The series starred Don Johnson as James "Sonny" Crockett and Philip Michael Thomas as Ricardo "Rico" Tubbs, two Metro-Dade Police Department detectives working undercover in Miami; the series ran for five seasons on NBC from 1984 to 1989. The USA Network began airing reruns in 1988, broadcast an unaired episode during its syndication run of the series on January 25, 1990. Unlike standard police procedurals, the show drew upon 1980s New Wave culture and music; the show became. It has been called one of the "Top 50 TV Shows". People magazine stated that Miami Vice was the "first show to look new and different since color TV was invented". Michael Mann directed a film adaptation of the series, released July 28, 2006. Vin Diesel and Chris Morgan are working on a TV series reboot that could be part of the NBC 2018–19 TV season. Legend has it that the head of NBC's Entertainment Division, Brandon Tartikoff, wrote a brainstorming memo that read "MTV cops", presented it to series creator Anthony Yerkovich a writer and producer for Hill Street Blues.
Yerkovich, indicates that he devised the concept after learning about asset forfeiture statutes that allowed law enforcement agencies to confiscate the property of drug dealers for official use. The initial idea was for a movie about a pair of vice cops in Miami. Yerkovich turned out a script for a two-hour pilot, titled Gold Coast, but renamed Miami Vice. Yerkovich was drawn to South Florida as a setting for his new-style police show. In keeping with the show's namesake, most episodes focused on combating drug trafficking and prostitution. Episodes ended in an intense gun battle, claiming the lives of several criminals before they could be apprehended. An undercurrent of cynicism and futility underlies the entire series; the detectives reference the "Whac-A-Mole" nature of drug interdiction, with its parade of drug cartels replacing those that are apprehended. Co-executive producer Yerkovich explained: Even when I was on Hill Street Blues, I was collecting information on Miami, I thought of it as a sort of a modern-day American Casablanca.
It seemed to be an interesting socio-economic tide pool: the incredible number of refugees from Central America and Cuba, the extensive Cuban-American community, on top of all that the drug trade. There is a fascinating amount of service industries that revolve around the drug trade—money laundering, bail bondsmen, attorneys who service drug smugglers. Miami has become a sort of Barbary Coast of free enterprise gone berserk; the choice of music and cinematography borrowed from the emerging New Wave culture of the 1980s. As such, segments of Miami Vice would sometimes use music-based stanzas, a technique featured in Baywatch; as Lee H. Katzin, one of the show's directors, remarked, "The show is written for an MTV audience, more interested in images and energy than plot and character and words." These elements made the series into an instant hit, in its first season saw an unprecedented fifteen Emmy Award nominations. While the first few episodes contained elements of a standard police procedural, the producers soon abandoned them in favor of a more distinctive style.
Influenced by an Art Deco revival, no "earth tones" were allowed to be used in the production by executive producer Michael Mann. A director of Miami Vice, Bobby Roth, recalled: There are certain colors you are not allowed to shoot, such as red and brown. If the script says'A Mercedes pulls up here,' the car people will show you three or four different Mercedes. One will be white, one will be black, one will be silver. You will not get a brown one. Michael knows. Miami Vice was one of the first American network television programs to be broadcast in stereophonic sound, it was mixed in 4 channel stereo for its entire run. Nick Nolte and Jeff Bridges were considered for the role of Sonny Crockett, but since it was not lucrative for film stars to venture into television at the time, other candidates were considered. Mickey Rourke was considered for the role, but he turned down the offer. Larry Wilcox, of CHiPs, was a candidate for the role of Crockett, but the producers felt that going from one police officer role to another would not be a good fit.
After dozens of candidates and a twice-delayed pilot shooting, Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas were chosen as the vice cops. For Johnson, by 34 years old, NBC had particular doubts about the several earlier unsuccessful pilots in which he had starred. After two seasons, Johnson threatened to walk from the series as part of a publicized contract dispute; the network was ready to replace him with Mark Harmon, who had departed St. Elsewhere, but the network and Johnson were able to resolve their differences and he continued with the series until its end. Jimmy Smits played Crockett's partner in the pilot episode. Before production started, the idea was to do all or most of the exterior filming in Los Angeles, pass it off to viewers as urban Miami—an approach put into practice two decades during the filming of CSI: Miami, but instead, nearly all filming, both exterior and interior, was done in Florida. Many episodes of Miami Vice were filmed in the South Beach section of Miami Beach, an area which, at the time, was blighted by poverty and crime, with its demographic so deteriorated that there "simply weren't many people on the street.
Ocean Drive's hotels were filled with elderly Jewish retirees, many of them frail, subsisting on
Columbia TriStar Television
Columbia TriStar Television, Inc. was an American television production and distribution studio, active for 8 years from 1994 to 2002. It was operated as the third name of the early television studio Screen Gems and the fourth name of Pioneer Telefilms, both part of Sony Pictures Entertainment and the third company to use the Columbia and TriStar names together. Columbia TriStar Television was launched on February 21, 1994, as a merger between Columbia Pictures Television and TriStar Television under the leadership of Jon Feltheimer, president of TriStar Television from 1991 to 1994 and New World Television until 1991. After the merger, Columbia Pictures Television Distribution was renamed as Columbia TriStar Television Distribution, but the old name continued to appear on-screen until 1995; the new studio first entered production after dismantling and folding Merv Griffin Enterprises on June 4, 1994, by producing Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune starting in September 1994. Expanding its television library in 1994, SPE acquired Stewart Television.
Its global subsidiary, Columbia TriStar International Television, distributed Sony's programs across the globe. It was created in 1992 by merging Columbia Pictures International Television with TriStar Television; this was the launch of the Columbia TriStar Television Group two years later. Within dismantling of Columbia Pictures Television in 2001 and TriStar Television in 1999, these studios were folded into Columbia TriStar Television. In 1998, it made a partnership with Global Maritime Group to create the company called Global Entertainment Productions GmbH & Co. Medien KG used for copyright purposes. Here are the exceptions those: Columbia TriStar Television, Inc. remains as the copyright holder for The King of Queens, TriStar Television, Inc. remains as the copyright holder for Early Edition, Adelaide Productions, Inc. is the copyright holder for animated series, except for Dilbert. In 1999, they went back to the old way and ELP and TriStar TV ceased production operations. TriStar Television however, remained in-name-only until it was relaunched in May 2015.
On October 25, 2001, CTT and CTTD merged to form Columbia TriStar Domestic Television. On September 16, 2002, Sony Pictures Entertainment retired the name "Columbia TriStar" from television and renamed the American studio as Sony Pictures Television and its international division as Sony Pictures Television International; some shows continued using the CTDT name, although many stopped using it in November 2002, while Hollywood Squares continued using it until early 2003. Columbia Pictures Television TriStar Television Sony Pictures Television Columbia TriStar Television on IMDb Columbia TriStar Domestic Television on IMDb
L. A. Law was an American television legal drama series that ran for eight seasons on NBC, from September 15, 1986 to May 19, 1994. Created by Steven Bochco and Terry Louise Fisher, it contained many of Bochco's trademark features including an ensemble cast, large number of parallel storylines, social drama, off-the-wall humor, it reflected the social and cultural ideologies of the 1980s and early 1990s, many of the cases featured on the show dealt with hot-topic issues such as capital punishment, racism, gay rights, sexual harassment, AIDS, domestic violence. The series also reflected social tensions between the wealthy senior lawyer protagonists and their less well-paid junior staff. In addition to its main cast, L. A. Law was well known for featuring relatively unknown actors and actresses in guest starring roles, who went on to greater success in film and television including Don Cheadle, Jeffrey Tambor, Kathy Bates, David Schwimmer, Jay O. Sanders, James Avery, Gates McFadden, Bryan Cranston, C.
C. H. Pounder, Kevin Spacey, Richard Schiff, Carrie-Anne Moss, William H. Macy, Stephen Root, Christian Slater, Steve Buscemi and Lucy Liu. Several episodes of the show included celebrities such as Vanna White, Buddy Hackett, Mamie Van Doren appearing as themselves in cameo roles; the show was popular with audiences and critics, won 15 Emmy Awards throughout its run, four of which were for Outstanding Drama Series. The series was set in and around the fictitious Los Angeles-based law firm McKenzie, Brackman and Kuzak, featured attorneys at the firm and various members of the support staff; the exteriors for the law firm were shot at the Citigroup Center in downtown Los Angeles, known as the 444 Flower Building at the time. The opening credits sequence of every episode began with a close-up of a car trunk being slammed shut revealing a personalized California license plate "LA LAW". For the first seven seasons, the model car used was a Jaguar XJ6 Series III. Both cars carried registration stickers indicating the year.
Two different musical openings for the show's theme were used: a saxophone riff, for episodes that were lighter in tone. A couple episodes used a melancholy tone; the show's original ensemble cast: Harry Hamlin as Michael Kuzak Susan Dey as Grace van Owen Corbin Bernsen as Arnie Becker Jill Eikenberry as Ann Kelsey Alan Rachins as Douglas Brackman, Jr. Michele Greene as Abby Perkins Jimmy Smits as Victor Sifuentes Michael Tucker as Stuart Markowitz Susan Ruttan as Roxanne Melman Richard Dysart as Leland McKenzie Blair Underwood as Jonathan Rollins Larry Drake as Benny Stulwicz Sheila Kelley as Gwen Taylor Amanda Donohoe as Cara Jean "C. J." Lamb John Spencer as Tommy Mullaney Cecil Hoffman as Zoey Clemmons Michael Cumpsty as Frank Kittredge Conchata Ferrell as Susan Bloom A Martinez as Daniel Morales Lisa Zane as Melina Paros Alan Rosenberg as Eli Levinson Debi Mazar as Denise Iannello Alexandra Powers as Jane Halliday Patricia Huston as Hilda Brunschwager, Brackman's secretary Bernie Hern as Judge Sidney Schroeder John Hancock as Judge Richard Armand Anne Haney as Judge Marilyn Travelini Cynthia Harris as Iris Hubband, McKenzie's secretary and law intern George Coe as Judge Wallace R. Vance Jerry Hardin as D.
A. Malcolm Gold Carmen Argenziano as Neil Robertson, a lawyer Michael Fairman as Judge Douglas McGrath Bruce Kirby as D. A. Bruce Rogoff Michael Holden as D. A. George Handeman Joanna Frank as Sheila Brackman, Douglas Brackman's wife Annie Abbott as Judge Janice L. Neiman Diane Delano as Rhonda Vasek Ellen Blake as Elizabeth Brand, Kuzak's secretary Jeff Silverman as Erroll Farrell Daniel Benzali as Judge Donald Phillips Paul Regina as Felix Echeverria, a lawyer Don Sparks as Russell Spitzer, a lawyer Earl Boen as Judge Walter L. Swanson Leonard Stone as Judge Paul Hansen James Avery as Judge Michael Conover Raye Birk as Judge Steven Lang Dann Florek as