All in the...Modern Family
Hollywood heavies and media scholars talk TV comedy.


Here’s a series to make your casual TV watching feel like “research.” Join UC Santa Barbara’s Carsey Wolf Center for three programs from their recent conference focusing on the powerful, constantly changing genre of television scripted comedies. This three-part series lets you inside the writers’ room and the minds of TV comedy’s most successful producers, plus commentary from journalists, scholars and more.

Programs

Steven Levitan, the co-creator of the successful comedy, Modern Family, discusses the creative process, the relationship of a pilot to a series itself, and the role of a creator/show runner. Levitan has been writing, producing, directing and creating television comedies for almost 20 years. His credits include Wings, Frasier, The Larry Sanders Show, Just Shoot Me (Creator), and Greg the Bunny.
Date: 9/24/2012 Hits/Views: 286,435
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How do writers on a television comedy develop their material? Writers from current and recent comedies come together at the Pollock Theater at UCSB. They take stories "ripped from the headlines" and discuss how they would handle them in their shows - through jokes, characters, and stories. The writers are from television comedies: Cheers, M*A*S*H, Frasier, According to Jim, Ellen, Drew Carey, Newhart, Bob, and The Simpsons.
Date: 9/17/2012 Hits/Views: 243,591
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A panel of scholars, entertainment journalists and people who have worked in comedy explore the social and cultural implications of half-hour scripted television comedies. Panelists discuss: the relationship between economic cycles and the demand for humor and comedies; comedies as a reflection of our society's anxieties, fears, and hopes; and comedies as political satire. The panel is moderated by Howard Rosenberg, Pulitzer Prize winning former television critic for the Los Angeles Times.
Date: 9/14/2012 Hits/Views: 49,174
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