Day: December 5, 2019

That’s progress: Small cost, big quality

When it’s time to make a pilot film, TV people open up the bank vault.
The “Game of Thrones” pilot has been reported at $5-to-10 million. “Lost” was reportedly $10-to-14 million, including buying an old plane.
Now meet “Work in Progress,” which debuts at 11 p.m. Sunday. “We spent a little under $30,000 on the pilot,” said director-writer-producer Tim Mason.
That version, he said, is what will debut on Showtime. It has no dazzle and no airplane, but it does have the humor and drama of Abby McEnany (shown here), a Chicago comedian and actress. Read more…

Week’s top-10 for Dec. 9: lots of music, lots more Christmas

1) “Kennedy Center Honors,” 8-10 p.m. Sunday, CBS. It’s easy to confuse Sally Field with Linda Ronstadt (shown here). Both are 73, 5-foot-3, bubble-faced, passionate and extremely talented. Field has two Oscars, Ronstadt has 12 Grammys; now both will be honored, in an annual show known for brilliant performances and smart little profile films. Also honored will be conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, R&B group “Earth, Wind and Fire” and “Sesame Street,” the first time a TV show is included. Read more…