Emmy Magazine Features
He prefers not to settle on one great idea. That’s why B.J. Novak created an anthology series, The Premise. He also didn’t settle on just one job, though for Novak, writing is everything. “When I act, I feel like I’m writing a character,” he says. “When I direct, I feel like I’m writing the aesthetics of the scene. That’s how I see the world.”
At Blumhouse Television, production deals are surging like, well, a house on fire. And it’s not all horror and the supernatural. When disrupter-in-chief Jason Blum decided to add TV to his company portfolio, he knew he’d have to jump into genres with less blood and guts. Even so, his television division is killing it.
Back in New Mexico for season two, ABC’s Big Sky is shooting some surprising storylines against startling scenery. In this drama, “the unexpected happens and no one is safe,” warns creator David E. Kelley, who’s well known for his plot twists. But loyal viewers can relax (a little). While it explores new cases and characters, the series remains “foremost about Cassie and Jenny,” the detectives at its heart.
When Ray Romano first sat down with Phil Rosenthal, it was like spaghetti meeting the meatball or the pickle saying hi to corned beef on rye. That was 25 years ago — at a deli, of course. The result was a fast, and lasting, friendship as well as Everybody Loves Raymond, a masterful family comedy.