Jul 12, 2018
America's TV landscape was changing rapidly in the 70s. Popular characters in Norman Lear's portfolio of shows who went on to star in spinoffs. From The Jeffersons to Sanford & Son, black performers created memorable characters, bringing decades of stage and film experience to the small screen.
At Indianapolis' Pop Con,...
Nov 14, 2017
A few decisions transformed "A Different World" from a struggling, rudderless sitcom to the classic it became. Much of that was due to Debbie Allen stepping in as creative force and aligning the set, characters and plots to align more closely with an authentic Historically Black College & University...
Jul 19, 2017
Novelist April Smith got her start telling stories on TV for award winning shows like Lou Grant, Cagney & Lacey and Chicago Hope.
Writing short stories in Boston
It's not what you know, it's who you know - and who you know who knows you're a smart writer.
James at 15/16
Cagney & Lacey (writer &...
Oct 15, 2016
Maude character was spin off from All in the Family, a Norman Lear production
Bea Arthur's theatrical chops
Plots touched on every controversial topic of the day & was a sought-after cameo role for big name stars.
Norms & values discussed across the generations - Maude, daughter Carol (played by Adrienne Barbeau) &...
Aug 28, 2016
Memories of teachers good and scary.
Quite a highlight reel w/ extra attention to extraordinary performances, positive messaging & quirky style.
Annalise Keating, Viola Davis' alter ego in How to Get Away With Murder; Hayley Mills in the forgotten Good Morning, Miss Bliss.