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William Devane Quotes and Sayings

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Networks don't want a show with a continuing story.
There's no backend potential.
- William Devane

The West Wing seems to be feeding the myth about how
presidential politics are.
- William Devane

The business is built on slowing or even stopping the aging process.
- William Devane

Even though shows like NYPD Blue are soaps in my opinion,
but they're individualized to an extent that you can
still follow what's going on if you miss a week.
- William Devane

 

At one time, whenever the hell it was,
they wanted a character to come in and stir up the pot.
They brought me in for 8-10 episodes and said we'll try it for that.
- William Devane

Ultimately the Emmys are a popularity contest.
- William Devane

A show like Knots or any other show that can be called
a soap opera does terribly in syndication because if
you're a viewer and you miss a week you don't know what's going on.
- William Devane

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I knew with The West Wing that that wasn't going to be for very long,
that I was just the red herring.
- William Devane

When you go to a movie, it's about what's not being said.
I tried to bring that to Greg Sumner.
It was always about what's not being said.
- William Devane

I would fix other people's lines if they asked me on occasion.
The hard part of writing is the architecture of it,
getting the story and structuring it.
Not the tweaking of lines.
- William Devane

There's a certain possessiveness of writers sometimes.
- William Devane

Writers are not always right however,
but then again, I've been on shows where the actors
have complete control and change everything and it's terrible.
- William Devane

I try to watch only real things, which basically amounts to C-Span for me.
I like real people in real situations.
I learn from that.
- William Devane

If you watch Cheers, in 12 years they didn't age a day.
- William Devane

I'm trying to find a character that's my age and I
can sustain week after week.
I'd like to do a series.
- William Devane

Clint Eastwood is aging beautifully.
But someone like Burt Reynolds and others are practically
destroying their faces in the amount of work they have.
- William Devane

Donna Mills came on the show as a female antagonist,
about a year before, so now they wanted to have a male antagonist.
I was cast as a Senator to shake things up.
- William Devane

It would have been nice for Greg to eventually grow
into a mature relationship with Laura.
He was moving toward that already but then took a turn
into the juvenile with Paige.
- William Devane

It worked well because Don Murray didn't want to be on Knots anymore.
- William Devane

David was the kind of guy who was totally supportive
of the actors and instructed the writing staff to trust the actor's instincts,
since after all, it's the actors playing the character.
- William Devane

And I have to credit David Jacobs with the opportunities he gave me.
He was totally into sharing the creation of characters.
David put together a show that told the story of people
over many years' time and that was greatly enjoyable.
Though nowadays that is frowned upon.
- William Devane

The same issue is happening on a show like Everybody Loves Raymond now,
which is in its eighth year and struggling to come up with good stories.
It'll be interesting to see how they do.
The bottom line is, it starts with the writers and ends with the writers.
- William Devane

What I would have liked to do on that show was play
a secretary of state who has huge personal business
interests throughout the world.
That, to me, seems to be more in synch with reality.
- William Devane

I didn't care about that because I'm not a diplomatic person to begin with.
I just went along with things and did what I wanted
to do because I knew they had to shoot their 12 pages a day.
And when they realized that I didn't alter the text
they really didn't mind what I did.
- William Devane

And all of Laura's stuff, what they wrote originally
wasn't as good and Constance wound up doing that herself.
That was all her stuff, reading to the child,
because she had children herself and that's what she would have done.
- William Devane

The Internet is not just one thing, it's a collection of things -
of numerous communications networks that all speak
the same digital language.
- Jim Clark

Extremely strong, effective, tenacious,
and powerful political networks can be built when you
fight losing battles as well as when you win.
- Patricia Ireland

The Internet was developed in large part by U.S.
government research funding to develop new communications networks,
starting with a network created by the Department of Defense.
- Robin Hayes

Anthology shows as a whole scare people.
The networks can't quite get their heads around it.
- Todd McFarlane

The networks are not some chicken-coop manufacturing
lobby whose calls nobody returns.
- Ralph Nader

The news is the one thing the networks can point to with pride.
Everything else they do is crap, and they know it.
- Fred W. Friendly

The networks found themselves having to compete for
an increasingly Balkanized audience.
- Roger Mudd

We initially targeted pager networks,
which have been suffering for the last decade due to cell phone sales.
- David Rose

All three networks have always had a morning show but
now cable of course is taking some of that audience
away and a variety of other things,
probably the Internet as well.
- Katie Couric

One of the networks sent me a TV set to watch.
I didn't care for the medium.
It depressed me.
- Gloria Swanson

I will continue to advocate for a strong federal government
role to establish the production,
storage and distribution networks needed to support a hydrogen economy.
- Albert Wynn

Hulu is about the shows, not the networks.
The shows are the brands that users care about.
- Jason Kilar

Information networks straddle the world.
Nothing remains concealed.
But the sheer volume of information dissolves the information.
We are unable to take it all in.
- Gunther Grass

The current wisdom now is that if the three networks
are covering the news the same way the difference is the anchor people.
I think that won't be true in the future.
- Roone Arledge

If I hadn't had the talent, the networks wouldn't have televised my fights.
No one has made me; I made myself.
I paid my dues.
- Sugar Ray Leonard

The networks initiated the discussion of live coverage.
- Ron Ziegler

But with 9/11, we found that people tended to come
back to the networks and the people who had been our
core viewers in the past came back and they have stayed with us.
- Bob Schieffer

It is not right to associate the fight against international
terrorist networks with an imaginary crusade against Islam.
- Omar Bongo

The agendas on the management side of the table now
are not in sync like they used to be because you have
vastly different entities supplying programming to networks.
- Dick Wolf

Municipal networks expand economic opportunities.
We've got to open new doors, not slam them shut.
- Frank Lautenberg

There's fierce competition between all the networks
to get the guest who can bring the most pertinent information
about whatever the story of the moment happens to be.
- Bob Schieffer

I actually think there's a potential,
a crazy potential, that network TV could become something valuable and worthwhile,
just because of fear on the part of the networks.
- Bob Odenkirk

I think a lot of people in television news look at
the cable networks with great envy.
- Chris Wallace

We are offering to the American public a line of delicious Italian-American foods.
They will be available through the Internet,
shopping networks and national store distribution.
- Rocco DiSpirito

Sponsors and networks will really go all out and simply
evaluate people on the basis of talent.
- Norman Granz

To win respect, the networks seem to feel they have
to keep absurdly overstating their anchors' reporting cred.
- Tina Brown

Joe Barbera's s always complaining that he can't get
humor into cartoons anymore.
Just do it.
You've got your money.
Why do they let the networks run their lives?
- John Kricfalusi

People like me have to have the discipline only to work for clients,
corporations, political people, products,
services, networks that we believe in and we want to see succeed.
- Frank Luntz

Outside of the mindless sitcoms that the networks thrive on,
people able to think generally consider most entertainment
is escape in one form or another.
- Gary Gygax

And the consumer doesn't care.
They don't watch networks, they watch TV shows.
- Dick Wolf

Independent media can go to where the silence is and break the sound barrier,
doing what the corporate networks refuse to do.
- Amy Goodman

I can say now: all the combatants who participated
in the fight for freedom in South America came to Algeria;
it's from there that all those who fought left.
We trained them, we arranged for the weapons to reach them,
we created networks.
- Ahmed Ben Bella

I pitched my last children's show presentation in the mid 1980's.
The era of locally produced children's shows was over
and the networks were not and are not interested in children's television.
- William Jackson

For a man who purports to have learned of media ethics only this month,
Mr. Williams has spent an undue amount of time appearing
as a media ethicist on both CNN and the cable news networks of NBC.
- Frank Rich

The world is changing.
Networks without a specific branding strategy will be killed.
I envision a world of highly niched services and tightly
run companies without room for all the overhead the
established networks carry.
- Barry Diller

I don't think a show's ever changed networks in the
middle of the season before,
but it was cool because they gave us those extra couple
years of life that was necessary to get us to syndication.
- Donal Logue

It is quite clear that compelling content,
which is made available on economic terms that respect
the intellectual rights of owners,
can be a tremendous spur to the growth of broadband networks.
- John Doerr

If people take the film and screen it whenever possible
for their social and professional networks,
we can continue to make a difference.
It is one more element we have to use in the ongoing
effort to take back our country.
- Robert Greenwald

We know the threats - from global terrorist networks
to the spread of deadly weapons.
Yet we also know that embedded in this time of danger
is the promise of a new day,
if we have the courage and commitment to work together.
- Valerie Jarrett

You know, there are not only - all of the networks,
and I mean every television news operation and print and radio and magazines,
newspapers, all of them, are remiss in the diversity area.
I mean, none of these organizations have reached a level of parity.
- Connie Chung

I don't think people realize the extent to which TV
networks are hurt when they carry public broadcasting.
I think the estimate is that they lose a half-million
dollars for a half day's programming.
- Roone Arledge

Networks decide who will have a chance to do shows,
but it is the viewers who make the final decision of who stays and who goes.
I am very fortunate, in that the television viewers
of our country have decided that Bob Barker can stay.
- Bob Barker

As far as the future for the Showtime episodes that have already aired,
we are sold into syndication so we'll be appearing
primarily on the Fox syndicated networks and then eventually the SCI FI Channel.
So, we'll be around for a while.
- Richard Dean Anderson

There are 4 billion cell phones in use today.
Many of them are in the hands of market vendors,
rickshaw drivers, and others who've historically lacked
access to education and opportunity.
Information networks have become a great leveler,
and we should use them together to help lift people
out of poverty and give them a freedom from want.
- Hillary Clinton

They seem to have forgotten that, and are back saying
the only purpose of P2P networks is for illegal trading of owned goods.
We claim part of the reason for P2P is for legal trading
of what ought to be in public domain.
And what is in public domain in many cases.
- John Perry Barlow

A show that no one thought had a chance has just finished its fifth year:
Charmed.
I think it's tougher for the younger networks,
so I think they have a little more patience for the sake of the show.
But who knows?
- Aaron Spelling


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