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THE MUSEUM OF TELEVISION & RADIO
UNIVERSITY SATELLITE SEMINAR SERIES
1996 FALL SEMESTER
MADE POSSIBLE BY GENERAL MOTORS
 
The Museum of Television & Radio, with the support of General Motors,
continues the extremely successful University Satellite Seminar Series for
the 1996-97 Academic Year.  We initiated this project last year with two
programs each on the topics of Television and the Presidency  and
Traditions in Sports on Television.  These seminars, presented as real-time
videoconferences, are offered without charge to universities and colleges
across the country and include a live question and answer session with our
extended college audience.
 
The series continues during the Fall 1996 with Television: The Creative
Process.  Each seminar will be an instructive case study on how prime-time
television - encompassing drama, comedy, and the documentary program is
conceptualized and created.  These seminars are:
 
Writing for Television: The Legal Genre
Monday, October 21, 1996 * 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time
 
Creating Prime-Time Drama: Party of Five
Tuesday, October 29 * 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time
 
Creating Prime-Time Comedy: The Simpsons
Thursday, November 14, 1996 * 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time
 
Ken Burns: The Historical Narrative on Television
Tuesday, November 19, 1996 * 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time
 
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In depth descriptions of each seminar follow.  For your convenience, there
is a 'request for information form' at the bottom of this document.
 
Please feel free to offer any suggestions which might help us in planning
future programs or forward a copy of this message to your colleagues.
Ritty Burchfield, Satellite Seminars Coordinator
Phone:  212-621-6723
Fax:    212-621-6765
E-mail address  [log in to unmask]
We look forward to working with you on this exciting project.
 
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Writing for Television: the Legal Genre
Monday, October 21, 1996 * 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time
 
Reginald Rose, the creator of The Defenders, wrote thirty-two years ago
that the legal drama offers television writers a "natural area of
development for stories of crisis in human affairs...That is precisely what
all law is about." Over the years, different writers and producers have
used this basic foundation for vastly different purposes.  Some, like the
creative teams behind Perry Mason and Matlock, have aimed to create
first-rate entertainment; other, in the tradition of Rose, have sought to
explore complex legal, moral and sociological issues - even the meaning of
life itself.
 
In this seminar, the writers of some of the most distinguished legal dramas
in television history will discuss the creative challenges and
opportunities represented by the genre.  They will also explore how
society's image of the lawyer - and the law - has evolved over the years
and how these changes have been reflected in television programming.
 
Panelists: Jackson Gillis, Perry Mason; Dean Hargrove, Matlock, Perry Mason
television movies; Abby Man, The Marcus-Nelson Murders, Judgment at
Nuremberg,The Atlanta Child Murders, Indictments: The McMartin Case; David
E. Kelley, L.A. Law, Picket Fences, The Practice; Judith Paige Mitchell,
The Client; Dick Wolf, Law & Order, Feds, The Wright Verdicts
 
Creating Prime-Time Drama: Party of Five
Tuesday, October 29 * 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time
 
The creators, director and members of the cast of Party of Five will
discuss the making of this unusual drama about five siblings raising
themselves after their parents' deaths.  The Fox series has won critical
kudos - and several awards - for substantive story lines and compelling
characters.  This seminar will examine how the show's story lines are
interwoven and how characters are developed over time as well as taking a
look at the process of audience development.  Now in its third season,
Party of Five has developed a loyal audience following, particularly among
Generation X viewers, which has been instrumental in keeping the series on
the air.  Selected television clips from the previous seasons of Party of
Five will be shown to give a basis for the discussion.
 
Panelists: Christopher Keyser, creator and executive producer; Amy Lippman,
creator and executive producer; Ken Topolsky, director and co-executive
producer; Mark B. Perry, writer and co-executive producer; cast members to
announced
 
 
Creating Prime-Time Comedy: The Simpsons
Thursday, November 14, 1996 * 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time
 
Now in its eighth season, The Simpsons has reinvented the sitcom format
while serving up clever commentary on contemporary life and culture.  This
seminar with Matt Groening and members of The Simpsons' creative team and
cast will focus on how each show evolves from original idea, through script
and story board development, and into production.
 
Panelists: Matt Groening, creator and executive producer; Bill Oakley,
executive producer; Josh Weinstein, executive producer; David Silverman,
supervising animation producer; Nancy Cartwright, cast member (Bart)
 
 
Ken Burns: The Historical Narrative on Television
Tuesday, November 19, 1996 * 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time
 
Filmmaker Ken Burns, whose eleven-hour documentary The Civil War was among
the most widely seen programs in PBS history, will discuss how he developed
his documentary style to explore many facets of the American experience.
In addition, Mr. Burns will reflect on his career from his earliest work -
1981's hour-long, Academy Award-nominated Brooklyn Bridge - to the
eighteen-and-a-half-hour, Emmy Award-winning Baseball.  Mr. Burns will
comment on clips from his work and speak about his upcoming projects,
including a multipart history of jazz.
 
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 INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION REQUEST FORM
 
Please complete and return to: Ritty Burchfield, University Satellite
Seminars Series, Museum of Television and Radio <[log in to unmask]>
 
Please send me registration forms for the following seminars:
 
[ ] Writing for Television: the Legal Genre
[ ] Creating Prime-Time Drama: Party of Five
[ ] Creating Prime-Time Comedy: The Simpsons
[ ] Ken Burns: The Historical Narrative on Television
 
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