I missed this ad during the Olympics, but it’s a lovely story about perseverance and support.
John Stewart on race in America, and the absurd complaints of the overprivileged white people who are sick of hearing about it.
What we do is a calling, my dear. We make people happy.
Pizza Hut, Japan. *meow*
The problem with all the Apple rumour sites is that they don’t ever get how the product works, they just guess at what it does. There’s no magic in that.
A grateful David Simon shares his story about meeting Robin Williams on the set of Homicide: Life on the Street, a doomed TV show before Robin guested.
Yesterday, after the news broke, Jim Yoshimura wrote to me his sadness and reflected on the fact that he would be a starving playwright now or worse if not for Robin Williams. Me, I’d be on a newspaper copy desk somewhere. David Mills, too, would have departed this vale as something other than a dramatist. All of our lives turned because a very rare and talented man came to Baltimore for a week and a half to film a television episode.
I was one of those folks who watched the episode the night it aired, all for Robin Williams. Season 2, Episode 1 of a show that would have been cancelled were it not for the ratings of this episode and the new fans that stuck around for another 5 seasons.
I didn’t get back into Homicide until it was released on DVD, but it was a pretty spectacular show, brought to us by the folks who went on to produce Oz, The Wire, and then Tremé, with great acting work from series regulars Andre Braugher and, one of my favourite actors, Melissa Leo.
That, and it was the show that introduced us to the character John Munch who has managed to litter television with appearances, from Arrested Development to Sesame Street, The X-Files to 30 Rock, and to an even longer run than his 119 appearances on Homicide with over 200 appearances on Law & Order: SVU.
Without Robin, it seems, we may have missed out on all of this.