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This is a test

This is another test to see if anybody is out there. It has been years since I last blogged. Toying with the idea of doing it again but with an entirely new focus. If you have an opinion, post a comment.

Snubbed Again

A year ago I wrote these two articles about one of my favorite tv shows, The Wire. I was put out over the fact that the industry award givers seemed to overlook the glaringly obvious high quality of the show in favor of lesser quality formulaic offerings. Well, it’s going to happen again and apparently the injury is self-inflicted.

This year I am on the nominating committee for the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards that will be held next year. I will vote on nominees in the television category. After those votes are tabulated, the final five in each performance category will be put forth to the full SAG membership for final voting.

This past week, I received the booklet containing all of the actors and shows put in first round nomination and no one from The Wire is even listed. The oddity is that actors and their representatives are the ones who must submit themselves, so it seems the show’s cast members did not wish to seek recognition for their work. That’s sad, because they are head and shoulders above so many of the other dramas and actors who commonly get attention, yet none will be forthcoming.

As the show is set to begin it’s fifth and final season in January, let’s hope the cast won’t be so modest next year. Toot your own horn because in this business if you don’t, no one else will either.

NLCS Game 6: Mets

Down 3 games to 2 to the St. Louis Cardinals, with their backs to the wall and the uncertainty of a rookie pitcher on the mound, the Mets returned home to New York for Game 6 of the NLCS Wednesday night needing a win to stave off elimination and force a seventh and deciding game.

What they got was 5 1/3 scoreless innings from John Maine, a leadoff homerun in the bottom of the first from Jose Reyes and a two-run single by Paul LoDuca in the seventh, on the way to a 4-2 victory.

All season long, the Mets have talked about being 25 guys who play as one, meaning they just step up whenever they have to. Through injuries, player slumps, losing streaks, different players just rise to the occasion to get them over the hump. This has been a nerve-racking time for us fans, because the strong team weve been watching all season is not hitting on all cylinders but still managing to chug along. For Game 7 Thursday night, theyre gonna need to keep the engine running. Another rookie pitcher, Oliver Perez, the Game 4 starter, will be on the hill. Hell need plenty of run support but if he falters, the entire bullpen is on call.

In Memoriam

Coretta Scott King

April 27, 1927 January 30, 2006


Playwright August Wilson Is Diagnosed With Liver Cancer

August Wilson, one of America’s greatest playwrights and the author of an epic cycle of dramas about the African-American experience in the 20th century, is dying of liver cancer.The news was reported simultaneously on Aug. 26 in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette and the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Pittsburgh is the writer’s birthplace, and Seattle is his adoptive home.

John Breglio, Wilson’s longtime legal representative, confirmed the diagnosis.

His condition was discovered on June 14 by doctors at the University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. They recommended chemoembolization, which the Post-Gazette described as “cancer-fighting drugs injected directly into the tumor,” and a liver transplant. However, it turned out that the disease was at too advanced a stage for treatment.

Doctors have given him three to five months to live, the paper reported. Wilson is 60.

The shocking news comes just two months after Off-Broadway’s Signature Theatrewhich devotes each season to the work of a single playwrightannounced it had decided to push back an August Wilson line-up previously announced for 2005-06 to the 2006-07 season. The Wilson season is to begin in fall 2006 with a new production of Two Trains Running. The season was also to feature Wilson’s one-man show How I Learned What I Learned, which he performs himself.

With Radio Golf, now playing at the Center Theatre Group’s Mark Taper Forum through Sept. 18, Wilson completed his ten-play cycle, which chronicles the African-American experience in the past century decade by decade. The 1990s-set work involves real estate developers who look to tear down the home of recurring Wilson character Aunt Esther.

The other plays in Wilson’s grand undertaking (in order of decade which the drama is set) include Gem of the Ocean, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, The Piano Lesson, Seven Guitars, Fences, Two Trains Running, Jitney and King Hedley II. All have played Broadway, except for Jitney, which was an Off-Broadway hit. All of the Broadway productions were nominated for a Tony Award for Best Plays. Fences won the prize.

Wilson has won two Pulitzer Prizes for Drama, for Fences and The Piano Lesson.

“I’m glad I finished the cycle,” Wilson told the Pittsburgh paper.

Wilson’s wife, Constanza Romero, told the Seattle Post-Intelligencer that Wilson plans to fight the disease and hopes for recovery. “He’s taking it very well, with a lot of strength and determination,” she said. The playwright told the Pittsburgh paper, “I’ve had a blessed life. I’m ready.”

From Playbill.com