FROM Neal Baer
Neal Baer Neal Baer has been a writer and producer enjoying outsized success over decades on shows such as ER, Law & Order: SVU and the CBS series Under the Dome. He’s also a doctor who got his degree from Harvard Medical School. He’s something of an overachiever. But for many years, Baer found it difficult to enjoy his success. He was waging an internal battle, hiding a part of himself from the rest of the world. Now in his mid-50’s, he’s finally come out of the closet. As far back as 20 years ago, Baer’s secret found its way into his work. He was among the first to craft storylines involving gay, transgender and HIV positive characters on primetime television. Baer tells Kim Masters about coming out mid-career in Hollywood and why he thinks network TV today is more conservative than it was in the 90’s.
Under the Dome The new CBS hit, Under the Dome , is an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. Brian K. Vaughn, noted comic book author and former writer/producer of Lost, adapted the novel for Dreamworks which originally wanted it to be a Showtime series. When the project went to CBS' Neal Baer, formerly of Law & Order SVU and ER, came on board to be show-runner. The two talk about working with Stephen King and Steven Spielberg, and argue that broadcast TV can still make compelling, serialized dramas and compete with cable. Dean Norris as James "Big Jim" Rennie Photo: Kharen Hill/©2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. All Rights Reserved
Trump's travel ban goes to 9th Circuit Court Today, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in Seattle heard arguments on President Trump’s revised travel ban. Tomorrow, Angelenos will vote in a local election for seats on the city council and school board, and on a measure on police discipline.
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