NBC gives renewals to 5 of its dramas
Television producer Dick Wolf will be busy next season.
NBC said Friday that it has renewed five of its dramas for next season. Two of them — the long-running “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” and “Chicago Fire” — are made by Wolf and his team.
“Revolution,” “Parenthood” and “Grimm” also were given the guarantee that they will go on for another year. Each was given a full-season order of 22 new episodes.
It’s less than a month before broadcast networks reveal next season’s schedule to advertisers. NBC’s announcement gives makers of these series some extra time to map out the stories going forward and to write scripts.
Capote’s ‘Breakfast’ sells for $306K
Truman Capote’s 1958 typed manuscript of “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” with the author’s handwritten edits has sold for about $306,000 at auction to a Russian billionaire.
The manuscript, expected to net at least $250,000, was offered for sale online by Amherst-based auction house RR Auction.
RR Auction says the winning bidder is Russian retail billionaire Igor Sosin, who plans to display it in Moscow and Monaco.
Capote’s handwritten notations include changing the femme fatale’s name from Connie Gustafson to the now-iconic Holly Golightly.
Its plot — built around a woman who supports herself through trysts with wealthy lovers — was scandalous. Harper’s Bazaar bought serialization rights, then balked at its explicit content. Esquire magazine purchased it from Harper’s and launched it to its 1961 silver-screen adaptation starring Audrey Hepburn.
McBride to sing anthem at Derby
Country music singer Martina McBride is scheduled to sing the national anthem at this year’s Kentucky Derby.
The Run for the Roses is May 4 at Churchill Downs in Louisville.
She is scheduled to sing shortly after 5 p.m. Post time is 6:24 p.m.
Previous Derby national-anthem singers have been Mary J. Blige, Jordan Sparks, Rascal Flatts and LeAnn Rimes.
Woody Guthrie Center to open
Supporters of folk singer Woody Guthrie say the opening of a center chronicling his storied life and career is long overdue in his native state of Oklahoma.
The 12,000-square-foot Woody Guthrie Center opens today in Tulsa.
It features Oklahoma’s only permanent exhibit on the Dust Bowl and also includes Guthrie’s original handwritten copy of “This Land Is Your Land,” perhaps his best-known song.
Guthrie’s daughter Nora says Oklahomans should take pride in knowing that the core of who her father was as a man and a musician was determined in Oklahoma.
The center also is home to the Woody Guthrie Archives, featuring nearly 3,000 song lyrics, hundreds of pieces of artwork, journal entries, postcards, manuscripts and more than 500 photographs, among other rare items.
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