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The big shift: Suddenly, the comedy capital moved west


Like most comedy acts and comedy careers, "I'm Dying Up Here" has its ups and downs. It's an ambitious attempt to catch the full range of stand-up comedians in 1973 Los Angeles.Jim Carrey, who arrived a decade later, is one of the show's producers; here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

There was a time, 45
years ago, when the comedy capital switched coasts.

"Roadies": a rock 'n' roll epic, decades in the making


I see lots of TV shows, many of them good and a few great. But it's still exciting when something really exceptional comes along. The latest is "Roadies," a Cameron Crowe series that starts Sunday (June 26) on Showtime. Like its subject (rock 'n' roll), this has chaos, comedy, nudity, drama, eccentric people and a great soundtrack. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Don't expect Cameron
Crowe to rush something.

Showtime gives us drama twists by the billions


Black History Month remains big


Black History Month starts today, bringing a fresh cascade of shows. Here's the story and list I sent to papers:

 

By MIKE HUGHES

Each February, two strong forces –
PBS and cable – propel Black History Month.

This year's shows range from the upbeat
and uptempo – a Cab Calloway profile (Feb. 27), a vibrant
production of the Tony-winning musical “Memphis” (Feb. 24) – to
the dead-serious.

OK, it's TV time again: Laura Linney stars


OK, it's time to get back to my natural state, talking television.

The three previous blogs dealt with the Great Lakes Folk Festival. (Please read them; the event was fun, fascinating and occasionally frustrating.) But now it's TV time.