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Veteran PR Exec Mara Mikialian to Exit HBO Amid Restructuring at WarnerMedia

  • The Wrap
Mara Mikialian, senior vice president of media relations at HBO, has decided to leave the premium cable network to will pursue other opportunities amid ongoing restructuring at parent company WarnerMedia, an individual with knowledge of the situation tells TheWrap.

After working at the cable network for 36 years and notably leading the pay TV channel’s “Game of Thrones” PR campaigns for the show’s entire eight-season run, Mikialian’s final day at HBO will be Jan. 13. Her exit follows that of fellow longtime HBO PR execs Nancy Lesser and Quentin Schaffer.

Mikialian oversaw strategic planning and implementation of publicity campaigns for numerous other projects over the years, including “Band of Brothers,” “From the Earth to the Moon,” “Six Feet Under,” “True Blood,” “The Pacific,” “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Our Boys,” “The Young Pope,” “My Brilliant Friend” and “My Dinner with Hervé,” as well as earlier HBO shows, like “Not Necessarily the News,
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HBO Svp Of Media Relations Mara Mikialian To Depart Network After 36 Years

  • Deadline
Another veteran HBO senior communications executive is leaving the premium cable network. Mara Mikialian, who currently serves as Svp of Media Relations, has decided to depart HBO after a 36-year tenure. Her last day will be Jan. 13.

Mikialian’s departure follows the exits of her long-time colleagues, Nancy Lesser, former Evp of Media and Talent Relations, after 35 years at HBO; and Quentin Schaffer, former Evp Corporate Communications, after 39 years with the company. They are among a number of HBO veterans, led by chairman and CEO Richard Plepler, to leave following the approval of AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner and the subsequent reorganization of WarnerMedia’s entertainment and direct-to-consumer operations under Bob Greenblatt.

Mikialian handled strategic planning and implementation of publicity campaigns for numerous projects over the years, going back to HBO’s early days of original programming with such shows as Not Necessarily the News, Dream On and 1st and Ten.
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Former ‘Letterman’ Head Writer Merrill Markoe to Receive Writers Guild Honor

  • Variety
Former ‘Letterman’ Head Writer Merrill Markoe to Receive Writers Guild Honor
Merrill Markoe, longtime head writer at “Late Night With David Letterman,” will receive the Writers Guild of America West’s Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.

She will be honored at the Writers Guild Awards on Feb. 1 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

“Merrill Markoe’s pioneering work created what was then a new language of comedy in television, and her writing has influenced every comedy variety series in the last three decades. We are truly honored to give her this award,” said WGA West president David A. Goodman.

Markoe has been a member of the WGA West since 1977. She’s best known as the co-creator and original head writer of 1980’s “The David Letterman Show,” for which she shared a Daytime Emmy Award. Markoe went on to earn six Emmy nominations and share three Emmy Awards for her work on “Late Night With David Letterman,” creating many of the show,
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Longtime Letterman Head Writer Merrill Markoe To Receive WGA West’s Highest TV Writing Honor – The Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award

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Longtime Letterman Head Writer Merrill Markoe To Receive WGA West’s Highest TV Writing Honor – The Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award
Merrill Markoe, the multple-Emmy-winning former head writer of Late Night with David Letterman, will receive the WGA West’s 2020 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television Writing Achievement.

Named after one of television’s the most influential writers, the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award is the guild’s highest honor for television writing. It is presented to a guild member who has “advanced the literature of television and made outstanding contributions to the profession of the television writer.”

Markoe will receive the award at the Writers Guild Awards ceremony on February 1 in Los Angeles.

“Merrill Markoe’s pioneering work created what was then a new language of comedy in television, and her writing has influenced every comedy variety series in the last three decades. We are truly honored to give her this award,” said WGA West president David A. Goodman.

Markoe’s career as a TV writer began in 1977 on the revival of Laugh-In,
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How Jon Stewart Changed the Way We Talk About Politics on TV

How Jon Stewart Changed the Way We Talk About Politics on TV
It's safe to say that, 17 years ago, The Daily Show was a fledgling show. "Daily satiric news anchor" was not a job. And Jon Stewart was just a stand-up comic and occasional actor, not yet the comedy nerd/political junkie's lord and savior.

Which isn't to say that Stewart and the team behind Comedy Central's late-night staple invented their own genre of topical tomfoolery. Shows like That Was the Week That Was experimented with the satirical news format as early as the Sixties. Everything from Bob & Ray to HBO's
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Jan Hooks, 'Saturday Night Live' Veteran, Dies At Age 57

Jan Hooks, a former Saturday Night Live cast member, died on Thursday in New York. She was 57.

Jan Hooks Dies

Hooks' death was confirmed by her representative Lisa Lieberman to CNN. She had apparently been suffering from a serious illness.

Hooks is best known for her stint on Saturday Night Live, which ran from 1986-1991. On the sketch show, Hooks took on a number of notable impersonations, including Hillary Clinton, Kathy Lee Gifford, Bette Davis and Jodie Foster. Her most memorable role on the show, however, was probably as Candy Sweeney, one half of the popular Sweeney Sisters with Nora Dunn.

Back in 1980, Hooks, a native of Georgia, got her start on The Bill Tush Show and later landed a role on TV series Not Necessarily the News. She went on to appear in features Wildcats, Funland and Batman Returns and star in Designing Women as Carlene Frazier Dobber.

Following her run on SNL,
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Jan Hooks Death: Hollywood Mourns ‘Saturday Night Live’ Alum

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Jan Hooks Death: Hollywood Mourns ‘Saturday Night Live’ Alum
Saturday Night Live” alum Jan Hooks died Thursday, and Hollywood's top actors, writers and comedians expressed their condolences on social media. The 57-year-old actress battled a serious undisclosed illness for years before dying Thursday morning in her New York home. Her most recent role was on Tina Fey‘s hit NBC sitcom “30 Rock,” where she played Jenna Maroney's mother, Verna. Hooks also famously starred on two seasons of CBS's “Designing Women” and on the HBO comedy series “Not Necessarily the News.” See photos: Hollywood's Notable Deaths of 2014 But Hooks is best known for her five-year turn on “SNL,” during which the actress famously portrayed.
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Jan Hooks, 'SNL' Star, Dead at 57

Jan Hooks, 'SNL' Star, Dead at 57
Actress and comedian Jan Hooks, who was a Saturday Night Live cast member from 1986 to 1991 and who appeared on Designing Women, died on the morning of October 9th, according to TMZ. The cause of death has not yet been revealed. She was 57.

Hooks is best remembered for her impressions of Nancy Reagan, Ivana Trump, Sinéad O'Connor and the heavily mascaraed wife of disgraced televangelist Jim Bakker, Tammy Faye Bakker. She was also known for her own character, Candy Sweeney – one half of the lounge singers the Sweeney Sisters. "That show changed my life,
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Former 'SNL' Star Jan Hooks Passes Away at Age 57

Former 'SNL' Star Jan Hooks Passes Away at Age 57
Former Saturday Night Live star Jan Hooks passed away earlier today in New York City, at the age of 57. While no cause of death was given, TMZ sources say the actress was suffering from a serious illness.

After coming up through the Los Angeles-based comedy troupe The Groundlings, Jan Hooks appeared in the TV series Not Necessarily the News and had film roles in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure and Wildcats, before joining the cast of Saturday Night Live in 1986.

The actress starred alongside some of SNL's biggest and brightest stars, such as Chris Farley, Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Phil Hartman, Kevin Nealon and Dennis Miller as a part of the main cast between 1986 and 1991.

She also came back for a number of appearances in 1993 and 1994, where she played First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton alongside Phil Hartman as President Bill Clinton. She was best known for the Sweeney Sisters sketch alongside Nora Dunn,
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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: Golden Age: Part 2

HBO’s rise from the you’re-spending-my-subscription-money-on-that-crap? original programming basement to cable TV’s creative gold standard can be charted over a period of about ten years with the successes of several key original offerings.

By the end of the 1980s, the movie box office was becoming dominated by young-skewing sci fi and fantasy adventures, over-the-top action blockbusters, and sequels to sci fi and fantasy and over-the-top blockbusters. Box office Top Tens for 1989-1990 included the likes of Batman (1989), Ghostbusters II (1989), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989), Home Alone (1990), Total Recall (1990), and Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990). Over on the small screen, the penchant was for the sweet, the nice, the inoffensive. TV series at the top of the rating charts during the same period included The Cosby Show, Golden Girls, Wonder Years, Who’s the Boss?, and Murder, She Wrote.

There were writers and directors and producers in Hollywood itching to do something different,
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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: Golden Age: Part 1

“Every winning streak will have to end sometime.”

Jahinger Khan

In recognition of the job HBO CEO Michael Fuchs had done growing HBO and diversifying its business, he was invited uptown in 1995 to take over Warner Music while still keeping HBO as part of his new, expanded dominion. Assuming Fuchs’ top exec slot at HBO was Jeff Bewkes.

Not long after Fuchs had been given command of HBO in 1984 after the ouster of Frank Biondi, it had been clear that Fuchs’ strengths were not universal. Programming and long-term strategic vision were his fortes. Some of the more mundane and, for Fuchs, onerous tasks, such as kissing up to officers of the major cable MSOs, was something for which the often high-handed Fuchs didn’t have much of an affinity. The solution had been to divvy the company up, putting those non-Fuchsian — but critically important — responsibilities under a newly-created office of President.
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DVD Review: Growing Pains The Complete Third Season

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Cinelinx knows as long as we've got each other, and the Growing Pains Season 3 DVD set, we've got the world spinning right in our hands.

This Warner Archive release is a Manufacture-On-Demand (Mod) DVD. It is made to be played in "play only" DVD devices, and may not play in some DVD recorders or PC drives. This disc, however, played fine in the Toshiba DVD recorder used for this review. This title is available directly from WBShop.com by clicking here.

The Set-up

The Seaver family faces the trials and tribulations of suburban life in the 1980s. This DVD set includes all 26 episodes of season three (1987-1988). Included are the following episodes: "Aloha (Parts 1 and 2)," "Taking Care of Business," "Not Necessarily the News," "Michaelgate," "Big Brother is not Watching," "A Star Is Born," "Gone but Not Forgotten," "Who's Zoomin' Who?" "This Is Your Life," "Broadway Bound," "The Scarlet Letter," "A Reason to Live,
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TV Series You (Maybe) Didn't Know Were Remakes

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NBC's "The Office" is a remake of BBC's "The Office." It feels howlingly stupid to write this because it is assumed (rightly) that everyone knows this already. The reason everyone knows this has a lot to do with things that would probably take too much time to unpack in a Seriously Random List, like the heightened awareness among today's TV watchers of how their sausage is made as well as the surge in popularity and accessibility of foreign television thanks to DVDs and online streaming. But the takeaway is that there are and have been plenty of series that have found success here in the U.S. that were based on British shows, which is how this list came together. If you never knew that some of these shows were remakes, now you can impress and potentially bore people at parties. (If you already knew that each of these was a remake,
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Conan O'Brien Joins TBS, Enters The Harsh World Of Cable

It's more than a little poetic that Conan O'Brien's new show will premiere on TBS in November (rather than on Fox, where everybody figured he'd end up). Though O'Brien has spent the better part of his adult life working in television, most of it has been on network TV ("Saturday Night Live," "The Simpsons," "Late Night with Conan O'Brien" and "The Tonight Show"). But he actually got his start on cable writing for the short-lived HBO series "Not Necessarily the News," a faux-news show that was a clear precursor to "The Daily Show."

Speaking of Jon Stewart, he (along with Stephen Colbert) represent O'Brien's biggest competition on the late nigh cable landscape. While there are a finite number of network choices (most of which are talk shows in the style of "The Tonight Show"), cable is a whole different beast with a variety of original and
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TBS Announces Conan O'Brien Acquisition and Video Teaser

Assumptions of Conan O'Brien going to Fox turned out to be dead wrong. Conan is, in fact, going to TBS – and this is not an extremely late April Fool's joke. TBS has released a press release describing Conan O'Brien's upcoming show, along with a brief video teaser. Check out both below.

Conan Picks a Home – And It’s TBS

Comedy icon Conan O’Brien is joining TBS to host a late-night talk show that is expected to debut in November. The EmmyÒ-winning comedian’s new program will be followed by Lopez Tonight, which will shift to a midnight time slot.

O’Brien began talks in earnest with TBS just last week, after George Lopez personally called him to ask that he consider joining the network’s late-night line-up. “I can’t think of anything better than doing my show with Conan as my lead-in,” Lopez said. “It’s the
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Conan O'Brien Joins TBS for New Late-Night Series!

Conan O'Brien joins the TBS family Comedy icon Conan O'Brien is joining TBS to host a late-night talk show that is expected to debut in November. The Emmy-winning comedian's new program will be followed by Lopez Tonight, which will shift to a midnight time slot.

O'Brien began talks in earnest with TBS just last week, after George Lopez personally called him to ask that he consider joining the network's late-night line-up. "I can't think of anything better than doing my show with Conan as my lead-in," Lopez said. "It's the beginning of a new era in late-night comedy."

Said O'Brien: "In three months I've gone from network television to Twitter to performing live in theaters, and now I'm headed to basic cable. My plan is working perfectly.

O'Brien and Lopez will give TBS a dynamic lineup in late-night television. TBS - which has built a programming
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