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April 15, 2017
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TV Clearance

“If You See It on Your Screen, That Means It Was Legally Cleared to Be There
 
“Clearance might be a great word to hear when shopping, but it’s the biggest annoyance the design team has to deal with. That’s because everything that appears on the show, no matter how small or ubiquitous, has to get clearance from the legal department. Even a cheap tiny statue purchased at Walmart, something mass produced a million times, was designed by someone, and without a release by that person the network could face a lawsuit. Which is why if you see it on Fargo, a bunch of people had to okay it to be there.
 
“Either that or it slipped by.”
 
HOW FARGO CREATES ITS SINGULAR (AND SNOWY) LOOK

March 24, 2016
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Seriously, too soon

Trying to watch the Larry Sanders show on BBC television in the 90’s was a pain; maybe it’d be on at 11 pm, maybe it’d be mid-night, maybe they wouldn’t show it at all for a couple of weeks, maybe they would skip an episode.

 

But Garry Shandling was great as the bitter vain narcissistic, shallow, paranoid Larry Sanders in a send up of the late night TV we might not have had in the U.K, but could still appreciate. Larry Sanders and Duckman, two great shows that paved the way for so much of what we take for granted now. And Garry Shandling was only 66, damnit. Too soon.