FROM Terence Winter
Terence Winter: Vinyl In the new HBO series Vinyl , Bobby Cannavale plays Richie Finestra, the drug-addled CEO of a major record label, trying to save his company in 1973, as massive changes were underway in the music industry. Terence Winter is the co-creator and executive producer of Vinyl. He's an old hand at HBO: he wrote iconic episodes of The Sopranos, and worked with Martin Scorsese creating the series Boardwalk Empire and writing the movie The Wolf of Wall Street. He's teamed up with Scorsese once again, along with Mick Jagger for Vinyl. Winter is a law school graduate who passed the bar in New York and Connecticut. He practiced corporate law until he realized, in his late twenties, that this definitely wasn't what he wanted to do with his life. He tells us how he quit his job, moved to LA and started writing sitcoms. His path wasn't without some bumps along the way, but shares how one particular rejection led, in a roundabout way, to him meeting David Chase, the creator of The Sopranos. After that, everything changed.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?