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Tuning in to TV: Lear, Alda honored at International Emmys
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Producer Ryan Murphy paid tribute at the International Emmy Awards to television legends Norman Lear and Alan Alda, whose cutting-edge, socially conscious shows in the ‘70s paved the way for his shows, including “Glee” and “The New Normal.”
Unlike previous years when Britain dominated the International Emmys, which honor excellence in television production outside the U.S., the winners in the nine categories this year spanned six countries. Argentina, Brazil and Britain each won two awards, and Australia, France and Germany had one apiece, according to The Associated Press.
Mr. Murphy closed Monday night’s awards ceremony by presenting the 40th Anniversary Special Founders Award to Mr. Lear, creator of “All in the Family,” and Mr. Alda, star of “M*A*S*H.”Mr. Murphy said he was pleased to be presenting the awards “to two of my idols, guys who really did change the face of television and thus the world.”
Fittingly, the night’s big winner was Argentina’s “Television x la Inclusion,” a drama produced by On TV Contenidos dealing with issues of social exclusion and inclusion. It became the first series in the history of the International Emmys to sweep both acting categories.
The British winners were in the documentary category for “Terry Pratchett: Choosing to Die,” about the author who after his Alzheimer’s diagnosis travels to a Swiss clinic for a first-hand look at assisted suicide procedures, and “The Twilight Zone”-inspired “Black Mirror,” a suspenseful and satirical look at the unease created by modern technology, in the TV movie/miniseries category.
Both of Brazil’s wins went to TV Globo productions. “The Invisible Woman,” about a publicist married to his boss whose relationship is threatened by the appearance in his life of his imaginary ideal woman, was chosen the best comedy. “The Illusionist,” the story of a scam artist who becomes an illusionist after meeting a magician in jail, won in the telenovela category.
The other Emmy winners included France's police drama “Braquo: Season 2,” about a group of Parisian cops who circumvent the law, using violence and intimidation, for best drama series; Germany’s “Songs of War,” in which “Sesame Street” composer Christopher Cerf explores the relationship between music and violence after learning his songs had been used to torture prisoners in Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib, for arts programming; and “The Amazing Race Australia” for nonscripted entertainment.
Documentary IDs inmate as killer in Simpson murder
A documentary says a Florida death-row inmate might have been involved in the murder of O.J. Simpson’s ex-wife and her friend, a claim being criticized by one victim’s family and being looked at skeptically by a detective who has dealt with the convict.
The Investigation Discovery show, “My Brother the Serial Killer,” will air Wednesday. The film, according to The Associated Press, is a look at Glen Rogers, a carnival worker Florida jurors convicted in 1997 of killing a woman in a Tampa motel room.
Rogers, who is now 50, also was convicted of murder in California and is a suspect in homicides in Mississippi, Louisiana and Kentucky — and possibly several other states.
Most of his victims were women he had met in bars while drifting across the country. All of his victims were stabbed to death. With blazing blue eyes, a scraggly beard and long, blond hair, Rogers was arrested in November 1995, near Waco, Ky., after a nationwide manhunt for the so-called “Cross-Country Killer” and a 100 mph chase.
A criminal profiler in the film said he received paintings by Rogers with clues possibly linking him to the 1994 murders of Nicole Brown Simpson and her friend, Ronald Goldman. The profiler said Rogers sent him a painting of the murder weapon used in the slayings.
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