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Laughter on American television has taken the place of the chorus in Greek tragedy. In other countries, the business of laughing is left to the viewers. Here, their laughter is put on the screen, integrated into the show. It is the screen that is laughing and having a good time. You are simply left alone with your consternation.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We are becoming like cats, slyly parasitic, enjoying an indifferent domesticity. Nice and snug in the social, our historic passions have withdrawn into the glow of an artificial coziness, and our half-closed eyes now seek little other than the peaceful parade of television pictures.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Sometimes, because of its immediacy, television produces a kind of electronic parable. Berlin, for instance, on the day the Wall was opened. Rostropovich was playing his cello by the Wall that no longer cast a shadow, and a million East Berliners were thronging to the West to shop with an allowance given them by West German banks! At that moment the whole world saw how materialism had lost its awesome historic power and become a shopping list.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
So why do people keep on watching? The answer, by now, should be perfectly obvious: we love television because television brings us a world in which television does not exist. In fact, deep in their hearts, this is what the spuds crave most: a rich, new, participatory life.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Television is an excellent system when one has nothing to lose, as is the case with a nomadic and rootless country like the United States, but in Europe the affect of television is that of a bulldozer which reduces culture to the lowest possible denominator.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Why should people pay good money to go out and see bad films when they can stay home and see bad television for nothing?More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
All television ever did was shrink the demand for ordinary movies. The demand for extraordinary movies increased. If any one thing is wrong with the movie industry today, it is the unrelenting effort to astonish.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Anyone afraid of what he thinks television does to the world is probably just afraid of the world.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The difference between writing a book and being on television is the difference between conceiving a child and having a baby made in a test tube.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If the worker and his boss enjoy the same television program and visit the same resort places, if the typist is as attractively made up as the daughter of her employer, if the Negro owns a Cadillac, if they all read the same newspaper, then this assimilation indicates not the disappearance of classes, but the extent to which the needs and satisfactions that serve the preservation of the Establishment are shared by the underlying population.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The television critic, whatever his pretensions, does not labor in the same vineyard as those he criticizes; his grapes are all sour.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Europe has a press that stresses opinions; America a press, radio, and television that emphasize news.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Anyone who lies golf on television would enjoy watching the grass grow on the greens.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Freedom is not an ideal, it is not even a protection, if it means nothing more than freedom to stagnate, to live without dreams, to have no greater aim than a second car and another television set.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
In full view of his television audience, he preached a new religion -- or a new form of Christianity -- based on faith in financial miracles and in a Heaven here on earth with a water slide and luxury hotels. It was a religion of celebrity and showmanship and fun, which made a mockery of all puritanical standards and all canons of good taste. Its standard was excess, and its doctrines were tolerance and freedom from accountability.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I want to use television not only to entertain, but to help people lead better lives.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Jules: Well, the way they make shows is, they make one show. That show's called a pilot. Then they show that show to the people who make shows, and on the strength of that one show they decide if they're going to make more shows. Some pilots get picked and become television programs. Some don't, become nothing. She starred in one of the ones that became nothing.More [07/14/2005 12:07:00]
Phil: This is one time where television really fails to capture the true excitement of a large squirrel predicting the weather.More [07/22/2005 12:07:00]
Terry: Well, then inform Mr. Levin that he'll be better off watching the fight in front of his television at home... Surely *he* must have HBO. More [07/07/2005 12:07:00]
Linus Caldwell: So we do a Lookie-Loo... it's actually a Lookie-Loo with a Bundle of Joy!
Basher Tarr: A Lookie-Loo... with Tess... and a Bundle of Joy?
Linus Caldwell: Yeah!
Basher Tarr: You've gone right out of your tree, my son.
[looking at Turk]
Basher Tarr: He's mad. It's madness.
Turk Malloy: Yeah, it's crazy. It's Italian television crazy, and, we're still one short.
Linus Caldwell: No no, but think about it. She can get near the egg, during daylight hours, with at least half the system down! Well that's a trifecta!
Basher Tarr: You might be right. Make the call. More [07/06/2005 12:07:00]
Rusty Ryan: A doctor who specializes in skin diseases, who dreams that he has fallen asleep in front of the television later to wake up in front of the television and not remember his dream. More [07/06/2005 12:07:00]
If it weren't for electricity we'd all be watching television by candlelight.More [07/29/2005 12:07:00]
Jack Wyatt: How would you like to be on a television show?
Isabel Bigelow: An actress?
[scoffs]
Jack Wyatt: Yeah, if I can act, *you* can act.
Coffee Shop Waitress: Amen.
Jack Wyatt: [to girl] You know what? I think those people over there just finished their plate of hummus.More [08/19/2005 12:08:00]
Champ Kind: What's this?
Wes Mantooth: Well, well, well, Ron Burgundy and the Channel 4 News Team.
Ron Burgundy: Hello, Wes Mantooth, Hello, Evening News team.
Wes Mantooth: Nice clothes, gentlemen! I didn't know that the Salvation Army was having a sale. Am I right? Am I right? Look at these guys!
Brick Tamland: Hey! Where did you get those clothes? At the toilet store?
Wes Mantooth: What are you doing on our stations turf, Burgundy? You're about to get a serious beat down.
Champ Kind: I will smash your face into a car windshield, and then take your mother Dorothy Mantooth out for a nice seafood dinner and never call her again!
Wes Mantooth: Dorothy Mantooth is a saint! You understand me? Dorothy Mantooth is a saint!
Ron Burgundy: Hey leave the mothers out of this. It's unnecessary. Besides, I'm sure Wes here is just upset about finishing second in the ratings again.
Wes Mantooth: That's completely uncalled for, Burgundy. You know those rating systems are flawed. They don't take in account houses that have... uh... more than two television sets... and other things of that nature.
Ron Burgundy: I guess I have to take you at your word, No.2. You have a great day, fellas, we'll see you around the bend.
Wes Mantooth: Son of a bitch!More [08/28/2005 12:08:00]
Tyler Durden: We're consumers. We are by-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don't concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy's name on my underwear. Rogaine, Viagra, Olestra.
Narrator: Martha Stewart.
Tyler Durden: Fuck Martha Stewart. Martha's polishing the brass on the Titanic. It's all going down, man. So fuck off with your sofa units and Strinne green stripe patterns.More [09/07/2005 12:09:00]
Tyler Durden: Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off.More [09/09/2005 12:09:00]
Larry Zoolander: Damnit Derek, I'm a coal miner, not a professional film or television actor.More [10/09/2005 12:10:00]
Kira: Look up "muse" in the dictionary. Go on, page seven twenty-eight. Read it!
Sonny: Okay, all right. I'll read it.
[reading]
Sonny: "Muse; any one of the nine sister..."
Kira: Like the album cover? Mm-hmm?
Sonny: [reading] "Any one of the nine sister goddesses in Greek mythology, presiding over song, and poetry, and the arts and do you believe me now, Sonny?" How'd you do that? What's going on?
Kira: [Points at the TV] The television!
[the television comes on and is showing a movie in black and white with two characters, Nick and Vargas, having a conversation when Nick pulls a gun]
Nick: What should I do, Sonny? Dive at him, um, or make a martini?
Vargas: Who you talking to?
Nick: Sonny Malone. He doesn't believe Kira's a muse.
Sonny: How can you be talking to me? You're a movie!
Vargas: I ain't got time for this, Malone. Brenda's the only one that saw me at the racetrack. Now if the lady says she's a muse, she's a muse.
[Brenda Trent enters, played by Kira, who is still also outside of the television screen]
Vargas: Who's that? Brenda!
Sonny: Kira!
Brenda Trent: Sonny.
[Sonny slumps into a chair]
Nick: I think he needs a drink.
Kira: It's okay; I'll take care of it. Thanks!
Nick: Good luck on the opening of your joint, kid.
[Puts his hands up]
Nick: Wish I could be there.More [10/18/2005 12:10:00]
Stanley Motss: What did television ever do to you?
Winifred Ames: It destroyed the electoral process.More [11/22/2005 12:11:00]
I've never wanted to do anything other than model. I'm best at selling lipstick. Acting and television work just don't appeal to me.More [12/20/2005 12:12:00]
My first Top of the Pops I didn't want to do. I was terrified. I'd never done television before. Seeing the video afterwards was like watching myself die.More [01/04/2006 12:01:00]
Nick Marshall: There's way too much estrogen on television these days.More [01/04/2006 12:01:00]
And being able to do it with people that you really admire and like, that helped me learn and understand what I have to do for a television show.More [03/18/2006 12:03:00]
We've had a long ride back from a cancellation of a short-lived television series to the release of a major motion picture. I don't know if there's any other story equivalent to that in Hollywood historyMore [04/05/2006 12:04:00]
A lot of the television industry is so cookie-cutter. In general, there are so many shows that are easy and bland to watch. You can tune in at any time and know exactly where you are in the story arc because it's pretty much the same every week.More [04/05/2006 12:04:00]
The new movie I'm working on right now is very autobiographical. It's about a television actor who drinks too much and gets blackballed from the industry, and then he decides to break back in by directing his own movieMore [04/07/2006 12:04:00]
I'm happy when I'm productive, ... And television allows you to do that.More [04/11/2006 12:04:00]
I have always been of the mind that good work is good work, whether performed on stage, on television or in film and, like any reasonable actor, I keep my options open.More [04/11/2006 12:04:00]
I've modeled a lot of what I've tried to do in this business after him, and he's been very supportive and helpful to me. The rich history of this night and what it has meant historically to broadcast television is important to me ... To be live that night with the big guys, if you will, is great.More [04/15/2006 12:04:00]
I prefer British television in one sense because I still feel that the best-written scripts I get are for television.More [04/21/2006 12:04:00]
Rather than disliking theatre, I've expressed a preference for television because it tends to deal in its small way much more with issues and is able to reach a broader church of people than theatre.More [04/21/2006 12:04:00]
You know I got kicked out of high school and I used to go to Hendrix concerts. I used to go see Marvin Gaye and B.B. King and so here I am on television as an actor playing the part of this really sweet wholesome all American boy. The reality was I had a much different kind of teenage life.More [04/27/2006 12:04:00]
Movies are movies, television is television.More [05/03/2006 12:05:00]
Time is money, as they say, and it was never more apropos than on a television show, where a minute is worth about $200!More [05/03/2006 12:05:00]
It was one of about 60 television interviews I completed in that sitting and it sounds like you landed the dud.More [05/10/2006 12:05:00]
If your life, or the life of someone you love, is hanging in the balance, of course you would withstand any amount of abuse to get the job done and to get the life saved. Of course, you have to be convinced that person knows what they're doing. In real life, you have no way of knowing that you're dealing with the best person for the job. It's only on television that you can know that.More [05/11/2006 12:05:00]
The only business of television I'm familiar with is this show. It's the only affiliation with TV I've ever had. I'm plenty happy. I like that it's a single-camera show. I'm used to working on films. I like that it feels very much like shooting a film. I was comfortable from day one. I have big dreams definitely. This thing better go. (But) I'm not thinking too far into the future. But there is a lot to consider because of Earl's list. When does he change and how long does that take? It's a slow awakening . . . We have to walk that line of not having it happen too soon but not keeping him too ignorant for too long.More [05/18/2006 12:05:00]
Before ER a lot of people knew my name and some people knew my face. I saw big difference after ER, like, wow, I didn't know television was that powerful.More [05/24/2006 12:05:00]
Conversation like television set on honeymoon...unnecessary.More [05/29/2006 12:05:00]
I started in live television and I've done a lot of live TV and that's really the thing that I love best. I love flying by the seat of my pants.More [06/05/2006 12:06:00]
On a weekly television series, we don't have a lot of preparation time: most often we get the script two or three days before filming.More [06/21/2006 12:06:00]
I've just had a fortunate year of playing many different women, which I love. At my age in Hollywood it's very difficult in television especially.More [06/24/2006 12:06:00]
Nobody's ever challenged me and tapped into what I can do. I ain't played a villain which I believe I can do and do real well. There hasn't been any director who has been able to challenge me to go there. At this point in my life I've done a lot of things from stand-up to my own television show for five years to successful comedy shows, and concert films.More [06/25/2006 12:06:00]
“They're all regulars at the world famous Comedy Store in Los Angeles, ... They've been on 'The Tonight Show,' they've been on 'Premium Blend' on Comedy Central, they've been in movies and television shows, and they're all really great stand-ups.”More [06/30/2006 12:06:00]
Postman is a media analyst and his theory is that television doesn't influence our culture, but that it is our culture and the presidency and anything that relies on television.More [07/01/2006 12:07:00]
“You know what I want? The answer is, I truly don't know what I want. I don't want to do a television series. I want to do dramas as well as comedies, but I have no idea what kind or in what order. Just give me the chance at them.”More [07/03/2006 12:07:00]
“But my biggest stunt was that famous five-minute television kiss I engaged in with disk jockey Jack Eigen.”More [08/13/2006 12:08:00]
You know, women have a history of just being - we've been told all our lives not to say - in the fifties you couldn't say birth or even be pregnant hardly on television - and then gradually things have changed.More [08/13/2006 12:08:00]
The greatest award given to me was by the firemen and policemen at Ground Zero. They said, We've been here looking for our friends, and we'd go home at night, turn on the television and you were there, making us laugh.More [08/16/2006 12:08:00]
And you know, my schedule on television - actually my schedule with my kids is the real - is the one that I'm mostly married to. So I have a fun time.More [08/29/2006 12:08:00]

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