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Sunday, March 4, 2018

Is there a harder job...? by Ken Levine

... than host of the Oscars?Jimmy Kimmel hosts his second Oscarcast tonight.  (I will be reviewing it.  Check out my podcast.)  I thought he did a very good job last year, alt…

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Saturday, March 3, 2018

RIP David Ogden Stiers by Ken Levine

Devastating news that David Ogden Stiers has passed away.  He was only 75.   Probably best known for playing Dr. Charles Emerson Winchester on MASH he had a long distinguished…

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

I've got some theatre coming up by Ken Levine

I've got a bunch of theatre pieces being produced in March and April.  Depending upon which continent you're on come see one.My short play, THE HOOK UP gets two productions.  March…

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Monday, February 19, 2018

Are spec scripts dead? by Ken Levine

There was a recent article in the LA TIMES proclaiming that spec screenplays are now dead. For quite some time studios would buy these scripts written on speculation for goodly amounts and…

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Saturday, February 10, 2018

Come see my short play by Ken Levine

I have a number of short plays playing in different festivals.  These are generally evenings of ten-minute plays.  Theatres seek submissions and I send off material.   An…

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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Times they have a-changed by Ken Levine

There’s nothing writers enjoy more than hearing or reading about other writers’ horror stories. It’s not schadenfreude per se (okay, maybe a little); it’s more that we all have the…

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Sunday, January 28, 2018

Tips for young playwrights by Ken Levine

For a TV writer or a playwright, there’s nothing like seeing your first production. After God knows how many specs, one acts, and plays that never saw the light of day, the feeling can …

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Saturday, January 20, 2018

MY PLAYBILL -- Aren't you impressed? by Ken Levine

When the musical I co-wrote was produced I was asked to submit my bio for the program. The trouble is, if I list that I am primarily a TV writer it’s like putting a big target on my …

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

If they ever did a re-boot of MASH by Ken Levine

The new TV trend is to do reboots of classic TV series. WILL & GRACE, X-FILES, ROSEANNE, FULL HOUSE, and others are in the works including MAD ABOUT YOU.So what about MASH? Why not? …

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Saturday, January 6, 2018

How to memorize scripts by Ken Levine

Based on a reader’s question I surveyed a number of very successful actors and actresses to learn how they memorize scripts. Their answers were all fascinating and wildly different. T…

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Monday, January 1, 2018

My New Years resolutions by Ken Levine

Happy New Year! Here are my New Year’s resolutions:Throw out my Miramax DVD's.Finally watch THIS IS US.Get ALMOST PERFECT on Netflix or Hulu.Go to the gym at least twice a week. (My gym…

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Sunday, December 10, 2017

For those who hate theatre by Ken Levine

We all talk about how great the theatre is. I'm writing for the theatre. I love it. But in the interest of fairness, I present the opposing view. From British comedienne Sara Pascoe:

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Saturday, December 2, 2017

Come see my plays this weekend! by Ken Levine

I have two (count ‘em – TWO) ten-minute one act comedies playing this weekend off Broadway. And by off Broadway I mean the San Fernando Valley. They’re part of an evening of one-act…

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Saturday, November 18, 2017

Comedy Geography by Ken Levine

As I’ve mentioned on occasion, I’m in a weekly improv workshop taught by the masterful Andy Goldberg. (Notice I've never mentioned whether or not I’m any good?) A few years ago we&nbs…

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Thursday, November 2, 2017

EP44: The Magic of Disney: A Salute to Classic Disney Animated Features by Ken Levine

Ken talks to Greg Ehrbar, a Disney historian who shares the stories and secrets behind Disney’s most beloved animated features.  A must for Disney buffs, film buffs, cartoon buffs, an…

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Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Another plea for Comedy by Ken Levine

Back from New York where I saw several theatre pieces (besides mine). DEAR EVAN HANSEN, which is fabulous because of Ben Platt’s performance and THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG. DEAR EVAN HANSE…

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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Switched at birth of pilot by Ken Levine

It’s not unusual for there to be major changes during the production of a TV pilot. I’ve helped out on many, coming in to do punch up, and I’ve seen pretty much everything. Charact…

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Sunday, October 8, 2017

Come see my new play by Ken Levine

Happy to announce that my new play, OUR TIME will be performed at the Saratoga Arts Center in Saratoga Springs, NY.  later this month. OUR TIME is a loosely autobiographical comedy abou…

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Thursday, September 28, 2017

I finally saw HAMILTON by Ken Levine

There’s no need to really review it. (“Hey, Ken Levine said it was good so maybe we should see it after all.”) By now you’ve been told that Lin-Manuel Miranda is a genius, the pro…

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Thursday, September 7, 2017

EP36: Topics Galore & Win an Autographed CHEERS Script! by Ken Levine

Ken is unleashed.  Instead of one or two topics, he has twenty.  From TV, movies, sports, Broadway, hurricanes, Emmys, theme songs, songwriters, Hollywood myopia, his dad, a review…

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Tuesday, September 5, 2017

SURF'S UP -- my one act play by Ken Levine

I recently participated in a terrific writing exercise. It’s a one-day play event. Five playwrights arrive at the theatre at 9:00 AM, we’re given a topic, headshots of two actors, an…

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Thursday, August 31, 2017

EP35: The Fascinating Lives of Natalie Wood & Ann Jillian by Ken Levine

Two former child stars who made it to adult stardom.  Ken discusses the life and mysterious death of Natalie Wood and then interviews his childhood friend Ann Jillian who went on t…

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Friday, August 25, 2017

Friday Questions by Ken Levine

Yes, it’s time for Friday Questions. Leave yours in the comment section. Thanks.Bob Sassone is up first.I can't watch older sitcoms on TV anymore. The stations either chop them up so mu…

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Thursday, August 24, 2017

RIP Jay Thomas by Ken Levine

So sorry to hear of the passing of Jay Thomas.  He was 69.   All of the articles announcing his death point to his roles on TV, notably as Eddie LeBec on CHEERS.   M…

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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Who's in the mood for a good rant? by Ken Levine

I’m glad to know it’s not just me.At first I thought my hearing was going. More and more now I’m having trouble deciphering what actors are saying on TV dramas. To my ear they’re …

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Saturday, August 12, 2017

Do I know how to read women or what? by Ken Levine

A few years ago I went to see a rather unusual play called TAMARA. The theater is actually a mansion and the audience follows around the various cast members as they perform their scenes…

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

The Hollywood Walk of Faded Fame by Ken Levine

People who live in LA rarely go to Hollywood – specifically Hollywood Blvd. Yeah, there’s Grauman’s Chinese Theater and the big mall at Hollywood & Highland. But by and large i…

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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Today's guest blogger by Ken Levine

Greetings! This is guest blogger John Barrymore. Yes, I’m related to Drew. For those few who don't know me (no more than three of you I’m sure), I was one of the great actors of the A…

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

"Hey, Mae!" by Ken Levine

Half-hour sitcoms always used to be two acts. The big act break would come in the middle. It was (hopefully) suspenseful enough to keep you through the commercial break. When the grea…

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

My new play opens THIS WEEK by Ken Levine

Here's a great alternative to going to the movies.   Go to the theatre.  And see my new play.   Okay, I'm plugging this a lot because it's appearing this week only.  …

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GOING to see a movie these days by Ken Levine

Commenting on my review of BABY DRIVER, reader ChipO wrote:Everyone / anyone, and Ken, of course:Our theater included a short, just before the studio screens, thank you message from the dire…

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