Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Classic and Novel Primetime Television

How do you take a classic novel from the 1840's and successfully repackage it into a modern day drama set in the Hamptons?

Just ask Mike Kelley, who has re-made the Alexandre Dumas' classic The Count of Monte Cristo into the hottest thing on nighttime television.

Kelley is a veteran of network drama, having previously produced young adult mega-hits One Tree Hill and The O.C. He also created and executive produced the critically acclaimed, yet short-lived CBS series Swingtown, which is based off of Kelley's self-described childhood as a "banister slat kid."

Kelley talks about the wealth of material in Dumas' work, how Revenge has evolved over its first season, and the secret to breaking into the Japanese television market on today's installment of The Treatment Radio Show hosted by Elvis Mitchell today (Wed. 5.8.12) at 2:30 PM PDT (KCRW 89.9 FM in Los Angeles/ on the web)

A "treatment," in Hollywood parlance, is a concise overview of a screenplay. On The Treatment, film critic Elvis Mitchell turns the tables and gives the "treatment" to some of the most influential and innovative forces creating movies and popular art and entertainment.

Each week,  Mitchell speaks with an amazing array of guests, discussing everything from their inner conflicts to their interior design. With a straightforward style that understates his vast knowledge, Mitchell is able to extract insights, issues and inspirations from even the most introverted guests. Conversations on The Treatment are mostly comfortable, sometimes contentious, but always fascinating.

Elvis Mitchell has hosted The Treatment, with its inside look at the creators of popular culture, since KCRW first aired the program in April of 1996. Mitchell served as the film critic at the New York Times from January 2000 until May of 2005. In October 2002, he gave the prestigious Alain Locke lectures on African American culture at Harvard University, and subsequently, has been a visiting lecturer at Harvard in Visual and Environmental Studies, and in African American Studies.

The former entertainment critic for NPR’s Weekend Edition, Mitchell has also been film critic at the Fort Worth Star Telegram, where he received the 1999 AASFE award for criticism, the LA Weekly and the Detroit Free Press. He has been editor-at-large at Spin magazine and is special correspondent for Interview magazine. He also hosts the TCM interview program Under the Influence.

A WGA Award nominee for his work on The AFI Lifetime Achievement Award: Sidney Poitier, he produced and co-created The Black List, Volume One, a documentary focusing on achievement in the African American community that HBO acquired and ran after the film’s debut at the 2008 Sundance Film Festival (where Mitchell has twice served on the Dramatic Competition Jury).

Featuring interviews with Slash, Chris Rock, Colin Powell and Toni Morrison, The Black List, Volume 1 recently received the NAACP Image Award for Best Documentary. An accompanying book is available as an audio book and eBook.  A sequel, The Black List, Volume 2, featuring interviews with Laurence Fishburne, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick, Melvin Van Peebles, Maya Rudolph and RZA, will air on HBO on February 26, 2009.

In 2011, Mitchell was hired by Movieline to serve as Chief Film Critic for the site. He'll be reviewing films weekly,  conducting interviews and writing unique features for the site about popular entertainment and the film industry. "Movieline represents the future of film journalism and I love what they have been doing," says Mitchell.

The Treatment can be heard each Wednesday at 2:30 PM PDT by linking through Bosco Radio: News and Infomation Channel in our side bar.

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