Posts Tagged ‘Jimmy Smits’

Thursdays at 10

Sunday, October 18th, 2015

RemingtonFor nearly 30 years, from 1981 to 2009, NBC defined quality television programming in the 10:00 p.m. time slot.  Hill Street Blues debuted in 1981 and changed the production of television drama.

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Aaron Sorkin and the White House

Saturday, July 4th, 2015

RemingtonBefore he became the architect of the fictional Bartlet presidency on The West Wing, Aaron Sorkin wrote the 1995 film The American President.  Sorkin’s story depicts the end of President Andrew Shepherd’s first term.  Shepherd, a democrat, is a widower with a teenage daughter; his wife died before the campaign.

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Matt Santos vs. Arnold Vinick

Thursday, May 7th, 2015

RemingtonIn the later episodes of The West Wing, Matt Santos, a Democratic congressman from Texas and a former Mayor of Houston took on Arnold Vinick, a veteran Republican senator from California for the presidency.

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NYPD TV

Thursday, March 12th, 2015

RemingtonThe NYPD is a staple of television programming.

Naked City.  NYPD Blue.  Law & Order.  Eischeid.  NYPD.  Cagney & Lacey.  Brooklyn South.  Barney Miller.  Car 54, Where Are You?  Blue Bloods.  Kojak.  McCloud.  Law & Order: SVU.  New York Undercover.  Golden Boy.  Brooklyn Nine-Nine.  Big Apple.  Third Watch.  CSI: New York.

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Attorney, Cop, President

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Jimmy Smits was a cornerstone on prime time television in the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.

In the 1980s, Smits played Victor Sifuentes on L.A. Law, working in the Public Defender’s office before Michael Kuzak recruits him to the private sector, specifically, the law firm McKenzie Brackman Chaney & Kuzak.  Initially, Victor handles the firm’s pro bono cases and other matters burdening the firm’s workload; he soon tackles other litigation.

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“L.A. Law” Retrospective (Part 3 of 8)

Friday, October 4th, 2013

L.A. Law pushed the boundaries of network television with dialogue.  The writers employed their creativity to evade censors while maintaining script quality.  For example, the premiere episode contains a scene with Arnie Becker and a private investigator discussing the P.I.’s photographs of Barry Graham (played by John McCook), the soon-to-be-ex-husband of Arnie’s client, Lydia Graham (played by Shannon Wilcox).

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“L.A. Law” Retrospective (Part 2 of 8)

Thursday, October 3rd, 2013

An attempt to list all of the outstanding moments, accomplishments, and cases in L.A. Law would not do it justice (pun intended).  But a few, select pieces evidence a television show consisting of multi-layered characters, compelling story lines, and crisp writing.

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