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Mike Forsythe, the reporter supposedly suspended by Bloomberg News for leaking information about the company’s quashed projects in China, has officially announced (on Twitter, that is) that he has left Bloomberg News. (Twitter)
A notorious kingpin of the Baltimore drug trade wants to sway your vote in the Brooklyn district attorney’s race.
Well, at least the actor who plays one on television.
Stars of The Wire, Law & Order and Lights Out appear in a new video touting candidate Ken Thompson and urging voters to reject longtime incumbent Charles Hynes.
Todd A. Kessler was the boy genius of the Sopranos writers’ room. In 1999, he wrote a teleplay, “D-Girl,” about a gangster who writes a screenplay (You Bark, I Bite) that was so good, it changed the rules of dark comedy on television. He was 26. It was the first Sopranos episode he’d done. By 2000, his standing at the show had risen to the point that rumor named him as the successor-in-waiting to David Chase, the Sopranos creator. The two became friends. That summer, when an episode they co-wrote was nominated for an Emmy, Mr. Kessler was elated. Still, he can’t have been much surprised. The episode, “Funhouse,” the last of the second season, is a brilliant piece of writing. The surprise came 10 minutes after the nomination was announced, when Mr. Chase phoned up Mr. Kessler and fired him. He was stunned. “The timing isn’t great,” Mr. Chase admitted during the call. Mr. Kessler wept, and although he obtained a reprieve, it didn’t last.
Had he been fired for being too good? The next act of Mr. Kessler’s career suggested that this possibility hadn’t escaped him. In 2007, he created Damages, an Emmy- and Golden Globe-winning drama about a litigator who brutalizes her protégé. It was “based,” Brett Martin writes in his new book, Difficult Men, “in no small part on [Mr. Kessler’s] experiences working on The Sopranos.” Nor was its creator the only Sopranos alumnus whose later success involved getting even. Mr. Chase had a talent for inflicting the kind of trauma that results in a trip to the podium.
You probably know him as Bunk, a k a Detective William Moreland, who teamed with Detective Jimmy McNulty in HBO’s The Wire. Or maybe music’s your thing, and you know him as Antoine Batiste, the trombonist who fronts Antoine Batiste and his Soul Apostles on Treme, another HBO hit.
As the star of two shows that have Read More
The Eight-Day Week
Tonight, the Institute of International Education honors a group of high-rollers who’ve helped protect the rights of scholars worldwide, including full-time philanthropist and sporadically engaged GOP bogeyman George Soros and Western Union CEO Hikmet Ersek. Senator Pat Leahy of Vermont will be helping present the awards, and Kofi Annan will be in attendance as well Read More
Stop and Frisk
First it was Breaking Bad‘s Giancarlo Esposito (or “Gus Fring”) who came forward with his story of being stop-and-frisked by the New York Police Department. Over the weekend, while the controversial police tactic was being protested, another actor—this time, from David Simon’s inner-city crime epic The Wire—noted his own experience with the policy.
Ten years ago, it wasn’t hard to decide what to do on a Sunday night. Everyone watched HBO. The programming on the premium cable network was like nothing else on the tube.
But then, Carrie Bradshaw finally landed Mr. Big, the entire Fisher family died, Tony Soprano stopped believin’ in a New Jersey diner, and Tommy Carcetti became governor of Maryland.
By the time Sue Naegle arrived from United Talent Agency to take the network’s top job in 2008 (alongside co-president Richard Plepler and president of programming Michael Lombardo), the programming larder was looking bare. “We walked into a schedule that was mostly empty,” she told The Observer. And what could be better? “From a development and programming perspective, that’s the dream.”
When David Simon first learned that he won the MacArthur “genius” Grant — which comes with $500,000 tax-free, no-strings-attached, paid out in quarterly installments over five years — his first thought was to give the money to charity. He doesn’t need it. “To be blunt, I’m in the entertainment industry … and my contracts are Read More
Many reporters (Canadian ones, at least) are following in the hallowed footsteps of crime-reporter-turned-Wire-creator David Simon, reports Canada’s Globe and Mail. Journalism no longer has the same sense of stability it once did–and besides, writing for TV is fun!
“As an ink-stained scribbler the last 10 years, I’ve sat in the same Read More
“I’ve never seen Obama in the flesh, but I’ve watched everything he’s ever done,” said Dominic West, who played Jimmy McNulty on The Wire-”and I’m even more in worship of him than I was before.”
It was after 11 p.m. on Saturday, May 1, in the foyer of the Mayflower Hotel in Washington, D.C., where Read More