Funny, Bleak and with No Easy Answers

By Amelie Hastie

A novelist, short-story author, screenwriter and director, Henry Bromell ’70 entered into television in the early 1990s with the critically acclaimed Northern Exposure, going on to work as executive producer and/or writer on some of the most innovative television series of the past two decades, including I’ll Fly Away and Homicide: Life on the Street in the 1990s and, in just the past three years, Rubicon and Homeland.

Re-Redeemed

A Gifted Man, created by Susannah Grant ’84 (CBS, Friday evenings)

Reviewed by Josh Bell ’02

The Most Trusted Canadian

What They Are Watching

We asked Amelie Hastie, associate professor of English and chair of the new film and media studies major, what she’s been watching lately. Here’s what she told us:

The Best of Amherst on Film

References to the Fairest College in Animal House, Titanic and more

The recent Mad Men season included a character who went to Mount Holyoke. That  got us thinking about Amherst College references on TV and film. We asked our more than 1,000 Twitter followers to name their favorites. Here is a sampling of what they wrote: 

dybner: My favorite is “I’m Frank Lyman from Amherst” [Animal House]. Note that Frank Lyman’s name appears on the plaque under the Rte. 9 bridge.

The Card-Carrier

Fetch! with Ruff Ruffman

Ben Bishop ’09 Answers: What Is Jeopardy!?

Interview by Katherine Duke '05

Since its first, black-and-white incarnation, created by Merv Griffin in the early 1960s, Jeopardy! has built a reputation as the thinking person’s game show. Amherst has helped prepare many trivia geeks to do battle with the big blue board: As a senior, Gwyneth Connell ’00 represented the Jeffs in the 2000 College Championship. Novelist and attorney Scott Turow ’70 towered over the competition in Celebrity Jeopardy! in 2006. And even though I ultimately came in a distant third, I consider my own Jeopardy! game, which aired in April 2008, among the luckiest and most fascinating experiences of my life.

Dr. Hollywood

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