April 23, 2014

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WGAW to Honor TV Writer DIANE ENGLISH

hollywoodnews.com:Emmy Award-winning Murphy Brown creator Diane English has been named recipient of the Writers Guild of America, West’s 2011 Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television, honoring lifetime achievement for outstanding television writing. English will be feted, along with other honorees, at the 2011 Writers Guild Awards West Coast ceremony on Saturday, February 5, 2011, in Hollywood.
“Diane English is a total class act – a trailblazing, supremely talented writer whose groundbreaking body of work has helped to both equalize and revolutionize television, while raising the bar for insightful, caustic, and moving writing on primetime TV. Her unique voice influenced not only a generation of women writers, but all creative artists who strive to deliver quality work,” said WGAW President John Wells.
A WGAW member since 1977, multiple award-winning writer-producer English first began her career at WNET/13, New York City’s PBS affiliate. She worked first as a story editor for the Theatre in America series, and then as Associate Director of the Television Laboratory. From 1977 to 1980, she also found time to contribute a monthly column on television for Vogue magazine.
In 1980, she co-wrote the visionary sci-fi telefilm The Lathe of Heaven, PBS’ first full-length motion picture-for-television. For her adaptation of Ursula K. Le Guin’s novel, she received her first Writers Guild Award nomination (1981, Anthology Drama, Adapted; Teleplay by Roger Swaybill and Diane English). English followed that success with the television movies My Life as a Man for NBC and Classified Love for CBS.
In 1985, English created the critically acclaimed Foley Square, her first half-hour comedy series. She served as producer and writer of the show, which aired on CBS from 1985-86. During the 1986 and 1987 TV seasons, she executive produced and wrote the CBS comedy series My Sister Sam, starring Pam Dawber.
Soon after, English went on to create, write, and produce the groundbreaking comedy Murphy Brown, starring Candice Bergen in the title role, which ran for ten high-rated seasons on CBS. During its decade-long run, Murphy Brown received 62 Emmy nominations, as well as earning 18 Emmy Awards (including two for Best Comedy Series, and one Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series for the show’s pilot episode, “Respect,” penned by English), and a Golden Globe for Best Comedy Series in 1990. Murphy Brown was twice named Best Comedy Series by the Television Critics Association (TCA). It also received the 1991 George Foster Peabody Award for Significant and Meritorious Achievement. [...]