550empire By Gregor Collins “There’s a sequence I cut in the pilot where Jamal (Jussie Smollett) has a fight with his dad, Lucious (Terrence Howard), about his sexuality,” says Joe Leonard, who along with Raul Davalos, ACE, and Zack Arnold, edits the new hit Fox series, Empire. “Jamal starts singing a song about being good enough in his father’s eyes, and mid-song we flash back to him as a little boy interrupting his parents’ party wearing his mom’s heels and clothes, and Lucious takes him outside and throws him in a trash can.” Read More


550veepPolitical satire has an abundant play-ground in sketch comedy and fake news programs. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Saturday Night Live and The Colbert Report found great success mock-ing politicians, news anchors and pundits. Yet, political satire hasn’t made many strides in situation comedies. Overseas, the British have a long and proud history of skewering their royals, lords and members of parliament in film, television and everything in between. Read More

Better Call Saul

By Norman Hollyn

Kelley Dixon, ACE, has been working on series with Vince Gilligan since she moved up from assistant editor for Lynne Willingham, ACE, to an editor on Breaking Bad’s first season. As one of the two editors for Better Call Saul (with fellow Bad alumni Skip MacDonald, ACE) she has been responsible for fleshing out the background of down-and-out lawyer Jimmy McGill (Bob Odenkirk), who we know later in his life as drug lord lawyer Saul Goodman in Bad. We follow him, as he tends to his agoraphobic, successful lawyer brother, Chuck (Michael McKean), while building his own small practice. Here, we’ll look at one scene from the series’ season one finale.

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Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Ken Eluto, ACE, and Meg Reticker are back with the 30 Rock team. By Isabel Sadurni unbreakable2The lyrics from Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’s opening credits – “Unbreakable. They alive, dammit. But females are strong as hell.” — are the sentiment at the core of Tina Fey and Robert Carlock’s first post-30 Rock series. The show, whose credits begin with a shot of a woman, in darkness, coming into the light, focuses on a 28-year-old former ‘Indiana Mole Woman,’ Kimmy Schmidt, who, despite being held in an underground bunker since eighth grade by doomsday cult leader Reverend Richard Wayne Gary Wayne, has an unbreakable spirit. When the ‘Mole Women’ are invited to New York for an ‘ambush makeover’ on the Today show, Kimmy chooses to stay in New York and reinvent herself. Read More