Tag Archives: TV

Go “Back to the Future” with Doc Brown (Christopher Lloyd) and Screenwriter Bob Gale

Back to the FutureToday it’s a permanent fixture in American popular culture, but the “Back to the Future” script was rejected over 40 times before it finally made it into production and, once it hit theaters in 1985, into our hearts.

In the first installment of the exciting new “Script to Screen” series from UC Santa Barbara’s esteemed Carsey-Wolf Center, legendary actor Christopher Lloyd, who so memorably portrayed flux capacitor inventor Dr. Emmett Brown, and “Back to the Future” screenwriter and producer Bob Gale sit down for an entertaining trip down memory lane as they share rare insights into the creation and enduring appeal of Marty McFly’s time travel adventures.

Watch “Script to Screen: Back to the Future,” online now. And stay tuned to UCTV for a conversation with “Dead Poets Society” screenwriter Tom Schulman and the hilarious Hollywood insider stories told by Kirsten Smith and Karen McCullah Lutz, writers of “10 Things I Hate About You,” “Legally Blonde,” and more.

If you’re into the business and creativity of the entertainment biz, then you’ll also want to check out all of our programs from the Carsey-Wolf Center, including a visit with “Modern Family” creator Steven Levitan and an assessment of the incomparable “Law & Order” franchise with its creator Dick Wolf and legendary TV producer Marcy Carsey (“Roseanne,” “The Cosby Show,” among many).

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Lloyd Braun: More Than Just a ‘Seinfeld’ Character

He was the inspiration for the character of George Costanza’s childhood friend Lloyd Braun on “Seinfeld,” but there’s a lot more to the real-life Lloyd Braun than a punchline.

The UC Hastings Law School alum began his career as an entertainment lawyer, but eventually moved over to the creative side of the business. Since then he’s had a hand in developing some of the biggest hit shows in television history, including “Lost,” “Desperate Housewives,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Boston Legal,” and “The Sopranos.”  In 2007, after a stint as head of Yahoo’s media group, Braun co-founded BermanBraun, an independent media company.

In the latest installment of “Legally Speaking,” from UC Hastings and California Lawyer, Braun speaks with Hastings Law School Dean Frank Wu about his career and the profound changes that are now rocking the entertainment industry.

Watch “A Conversation with Lloyd Braun,” online now.

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Why We Need TV Comedy

Just when you thought academia wasn’t any fun.

This new series “All in the..Modern Family: Celebrating the Art and Impact of TV Comedy,” from UC Santa Barbara’s Carsey-Wolf Center  — as in legendary TV producers Marcy Carsey (“The Cosby Show,” “Roseanne,” “3rd Rock from the Sun” to name a few) and Dick Wolf (“Law & Order” of every variety) — will make your casual TV watching feel like “research.”

The three-part series focuses on the powerful, constantly changing genre of television scripted comedies and lets you inside the writers’ room and the minds of TV’s most successful producers, plus commentary from journalists, scholars and more.

Check out the first episode, “Why We Need Scripted Comedies,” moderated by Howard Rosenberg, Pulitzer Prize-winning former television critic for the Los Angeles Times.

 

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Got Roku? Then you’ve got UCTV!

How do you watch TV? Until just a few years ago, there were only a few ways to answer that question: cable, satellite or good, old-fashioned “rabbit ears” antennae. But, as the availability of high-speed Internet has skyrocketed and consumers are finding ways to watch TV without a cable or satellite subscription, the list of potential answers keeps growing, and growing…

Since UCTV first went on the air in 2000, we’ve followed the technology trends, first making our programming available as a live webstream, then on-demand at our website. Then came our partnership with Google Video, which soon morphed into YouTube. Our YouTube channel is now one of YouTube’s most popular education channels with more than 50,000 subscribers and over 34.5 million video views!

Then came podcasting and our launch in Apple’s iTunesU, where we now host dozens of subject-specific feeds that garner millions of downloads each month.

This week, UCTV took its next technology leap with a new channel on Roku, an inexpensive box that connects with your TV and enables you to enjoy streaming content (such as movies, TV shows, music) on your television through your Internet connection. On Roku you’ll find a collection of content from the likes of Netflix, huluPLUS, Amazon, Pandora…and now UCTV, available for free, right on your TV. The UCTV Roku channel features a live stream of the channel as well as on-demand video organized by subject matter and special monthly features. Find out more about UCTV on Roku here.

But we’re not stopping there. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for news about our iPhone app and even more exciting developments. In the meantime, keep watching UCTV — and let us know HOW you watch!

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