SATURDAY UPDATE: Who in the world at the WGA thought it was a good idea to let TV Guide sponsor this? And why didn’t more of the union’s scribes know about this online WGAW and WGAE member vote on both coasts? How could the WGA diminish the value of its name and integrity in exchange for a lame Red Carpet event? Deciding what 101 shows are the best written TV series of all time should be serious business for the Writers Guild and all its membership. Especially since this special tribute event at the Writers Guild Theater and exclusive live webcast will be presented on WGA.org on June 2nd at 7 PM PT. But already it’s being called into question especially with TV Guide celebrating its 60th anniversary with all kinds of lists. Will this WGA-affiliated event just represent what’s convenient for the media outlet in terms of attracting recognizable current-day names and not necessarily the best of the best or even best of the past? The ’101 Best Written TV Series’ list is supposed to span seven decades of programming and cover just series, not episodes. All genres were eligible for consideration, but the shows had to be written in English and broadcast on U.S. airwaves. Individual or non-serialized programs were deemed not eligible, including telefilms, MOWs, specials and miniseries with less than six hours of programming. According to the WGA, “panelists” scheduled to appear include: Steven Bochco, James L. Brooks, Vince Gilligan, Winnie Holzman, Norman Lear, Steven Levitan, Merrill Markoe, Ronald D. Moore, Gail Parent, Carl Reiner, and Matthew Weiner. And a look at the Red Carpet walkers for the big to-do in Beverly Hills this weekend offers spoilers as to which shows made the guild’s list. Scribes expected include Damon Lindelof, Carlton Cuse, David Shore, Terence Winter, Jason Katims, Bill Odenkirk, D.C. Fontana, Mike Scully, Patric M. Verrone, and John Rappaport. Plus a few actors representing Taxi, L.A. Law, The Simpsons and The Cosby Show.
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