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Friday, April 21

April 21, 2017
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Poetry Workshop: Today: Smith, Erb-White and Hill.

I gave out new packets. The schedule for next week is:

  • Monday: Bocek and Kasper are due. We’ll workshop those two, plus Bett and Koscinski, held over from today.
  • Wednesday: Hulick, Cianfarano and Ohlund are due.
  • Friday: Bullock and Kennedy are due. So is your Round 8 poem.

Fiction Workshop: Today we workshopped Faith and Layla. Becca and Victoria’s stories were handed out for Monday.

We set the due dates for Rounds 4 & 5. Yes – for some of you, your Round 5 pieces will be due before your Round 4. DON’T FORGET TO PUT THE HEADER ON YOUR UPLOADED PIECE! Otherwise, I have a feeling some people are going to go off the rails. 🙂

Family Values: Today we set the scene for the most influential sitcom of all time, All in the Family.

  • First, a note about The Mary Tyler Moore Show, which we could fairly call both the first real workplace comedy (we’ve seen people at work — on The Dick Van Dyke Show and The Andy Griffith Show — but this is different), and the first show that really suggested that a workplace family could take the place of a nuclear family.
  • As much as The MTM Show pushed boundaries, however, it certainly didn’t require a disclaimer, which All in the Family did before it debuted on Jan. 12, 1971. (The disclaimer can be seen here, without the following toilet flush.)
  • All in the Family was the brainchild of the writer and producer Norman Lear, who became legendary during the ’70s. (More on him next week.)
  • It was based on the British sitcom Till Death Do Us Part, which debuted in 1965 with edgy blue collar comedy about the dockworker Alf Garnett, and his predjudices — some of which can be seen in this episode, “Intolerance,” from Season One (we watched the first five or six minutes in class):
  • All in the Family is built around the interplay between four characters:Archie Bunker, a WWII veteran and lineman, from Queens, NY. His wife Edith.Their daughter Gloria, who is married to Mike, AKA “Meathead.” All of them live in the Bunkers’ home in Queens.
  • Here’s the episode we watched today: “Meet the Bunkers.”
  • There is a ton to say about this episode — even the little things, like Lionel and Mike’s conversation at the beginning of the episode, or Archie’s churchgoing habits, are fraught with meaning — but let’s save most of it for the response you’re going to do next week.
  • Remember: you are to respond in your notebooks by explaining which of the four main characters you feel most inclined towards, and why.

BatCat: The boards came in this afternoon, so… *shrug*. Cross your fingers for Monday! 🙂

Comedy: Arrested Development, Season 2, Episode 4: “Good Grief.” (Do you get it?)

Then you worked on your parody/critique sketches/songs, which are due Monday.

Survey: Screenwriting: Today was a work day.

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