Monday, March 6, 2017

Good news, bad news

The good news:

  • Still cruising through my UCLA Extension TV Writing class. Lots of kudos and bravos from the instructor on my Better Call Saul script (we just finished our third act outline and are doing our fourth act this week) and lots of really positive feed back from classmates, including one who said it reads like a lost episode of the show. Considering how badly this started out, I'm elated at how well it's going. I'm also really looking forward to getting this script - once finished - out to writing contests. 
  • The long-awaited Feud: Bette and Joan finally hit the air last night and holy crap Susan Sarandon is knocking it out of the park as Bette Davis. Just give her the Emmy now. It's also a terrific look at old Hollywood. And damn, Bette was tough.

The bad news:
  • Turner Classic Movies just announced the death of Robert Osborne, long-time TCM host and film historian. Terrible loss of a wonderful gentleman from a classier, now lost era. More on Osborne from Variety.
  • Bob Miller, the long-time play-by-play announcer for the Los Angeles Kings, announced his retirement Thursday. He will call the final two games of this season before exiting for good. Kings fans kind of knew this was coming, especially after this, but it's still hard to take. Miller was the last standing member of the famed Los Angeles sports announcers trio (Miller, Vin Scully and the late Chick Hearn). I still haven't been able to bring myself to watch the press conference or any of his interviews. I'm going to need a bottle of wine and a big box of Kleenex for that.

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