Looks like my union will vote today to end the Hollywood writers’ strike. And soon a grateful nation will get what it has been craving... more episodes of “Two and a Half Men.”
I hope the deal worked out between the Writers Guild and the big studios will prove to be fruitful for the storytellers of today... and of the future.
Meanwhile, I will continue these little “salutes” because there’s more audio I want to share. And more I’d like to say about the art of good television writing.
“The White Shadow” was one of my favorite shows as a teenager. It was the first drama series that took place in a world that resembled my own.
My favorite episode was in the second season. Warren Coolidge (Byron Stewart) becomes an actor on a TV show called “Downtown High,” and he gets a swelled head. The story becomes a satire of show business and of the racial dynamics of Hollywood. It’s quite funny.
“Coolidge Goes Hollywood” was originally broadcast on March 18, 1980. It was written by John Falsey and Marc Rubin. (Falsey went on to co-create “St. Elsewhere” and “Northern Exposure.”)
Click here to stream a 2-minute clip from this episode on my Vox audio stash. On the set of “Downtown High,” Coolidge is asked by the white director (George Wyner... fabulous) to play a scene he’s not comfortable with.
Season Two of “The White Shadow” is available on DVD.