In this post, you will find great TV Quotes from famous people, such as Nat King Cole, Ron White, Amy Poehler, Christopher Meloni, Boris Johnson. You can learn and implement many lessons from these quotes.
It is possible to have a pretty good life and career being a leech and a parasite in the media world, gadding about from TV studio to TV studio, writing inconsequential pieces and having a good time. But in the end you have a great sense of personal dissatisfaction.
I’m really not that special. Really, I’m not. I was on a big TV show, but it was just a TV show.
I am blessed to be doing what I do. So if I have to be at a photo shoot, do an interview, or make a TV appearance, I am not going to sit around whining and complaining about how I don’t want to get up early or I don’t feel like talking.
If it weren’t for the fact that the TV set and the refrigerator are so far apart, some of us wouldn’t get any exercise at all.
What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things as the poorest. You can be watching TV and see Coca-Cola, and you can know that the President drinks Coke. Liz Taylor drinks Coke, and just think, you can drink Coke, too.
If I was discovered by anyone, it would be Stephen O’Neil, who saw me in a play at Williamstown and introduced me to my team who I’m still with today. He was the first person to introduce me to the film and TV world. Other than that, I just assumed I would be a theater actor my whole life.
The most important thing about a TV set is to get it back against something and not out in the middle of a room where it’s like a somber fellow making electronic judgments on you.
I had to think ahead. How much would I really enjoy committing five or seven years to working on this? When you’re an unemployed actor offered a TV pilot, no matter who you are you’re tempted by the good hunk of change to be made. It keeps you out of the unemployment line.
I hate programmes where some TV personality looks you in the eye and tells you what to think – the Andrew Marr version of history. I hate the authorial voice telling you what to think.
There’s no mystery any more. So my instinct is to show very little, because there’s much too much information about everyone, everywhere right now. Reality TV is an example of that.
I love consumerism, TV culture, shopping malls. There’s nothing I’d ever buy, but I like being there. It’s wacky.
I’m a conservative. I voted for Donald Trump and back in 2016 everybody was talking about, ‘Oh my God, here’s another TV character trying to run for the presidency.’ They didn’t really take him seriously.
There was a time not long ago when stories about Internet crimes were a tough sell for TV newsmagazines. Executive producers were wary because images of people typing on keyboards and video of computer monitors did not make especially compelling TV, even when combined with emotional interviews with victims.
I’m not that materialistic. I like nice clothes and that, but I don’t spend lots of money on stuff. I’m not really into TV, I don’t have an iPod, I’ve got a gramophone.
The life of King Jeongjo has previously inspired many films and TV dramas. ‘The King’s Wrath‘ will show the tough and charismatic sides of the king that have been undermined in past works.
But long story short, I didn’t start doing stand-up because I wanted to have a TV show or be an actor or even wanted to write sketch comedy. I got into stand-up because I love stand-up.
By the time I started doing TV and film, I was in my forties, so I wasn’t going to do the young up-and-comer.
I took opportunities, big or small, to show that I was a constant professional. I feel like the Sam Jackson of network TV drama.
I get bitter, angry and disbelieving and I tell my kids there a lot of idiots out there. I also want them to know that being successful is not the real world – that their parents get treated better because they’re on TV.
There’s something about being at the tournaments that you don’t really get on TV, although golf is a great sport to watch on television.
I direct a lot of TV commercials and music videos.
My impression of Las Vegas was in the movies and on TV. So we were all gonna go see somebody perform – I can’t recall who it was – and we went out and rented tuxedos because I thought that’s what you did in Vegas.
I didn’t expect to pursue acting at all, let alone TV and film, let alone New York or L.A. I was quite content doing Shakespeare out in Wisconsin.
Link-ups go hand-in-hand with TV shows. You do a show and you get linked with your co-star.
We love doing commercial and TV show work.
The reason I like ‘Breaking Bad,’ which is still probably my favorite show, is Walter White. You watch him transform, and that’s so fascinating. And I think. a lot of TV shows that aren’t successful, it’s because the characters become stagnant.
In TV, and in particular in commercials, you don’t really need to explain very much at all – you just say he’s a spy and he’s a little bit theatrical and overblown and smug and he’s not very good at his job.
I really like ‘Batman.’ Not the TV show, but the dark ‘Batman.’
I am a professional performer and I only appear on TV for entertainment or for philanthropic organizations, and I consider this a very serious matter that doesn’t fit into either category.
We’re surrounded by violence, and we see so much of it on TV, especially the news programs. We almost become numb. And that forces filmmakers to try to outdo themselves… They say, ‘Look what I can do,’ and it becomes like a showoff thing. To me, that’s ridiculous. Filmmaking isn’t a contest!
When you’re a guest star on a movie or a TV show, I always say it’s like being invited to a family reunion, but it’s not your family. So you don’t belong – they’re being nice to you, but you don’t fit in completely; you don’t know everybody’s story. You don’t have a history.
Um, I think every role, whether in TV or film, has a part in building a career and relationships.
TV is bigger than any story it reports. It’s the greatest teaching tool since the printing press.
A lot of what I do on WWE TV is what I was doing on the NXT Live events. That wasn’t really seen by anybody. But now I get to do it on live television.
My only close-to-game-plan is to follow good writing. If the writing is in TV or if it’s in theater or in film, that’s it. It doesn’t really matter what the medium is.
It’s like watching a car accident, that reality TV.
Any professional athlete who gets on TV or radio and says he never played with a gay guy is a stone-freakin’ idiot.
I think Desperate Housewives is a pretty good show, I watch it, I like it and I don’t love reality tv that much. I do watch some, I’ve got three daughters so we’ll watch the good stuff, the fun stuff.
To all my soap fans out there, my horror fanatics, comedy lovers, I will tell you this: ‘Death Valley‘ is an action-packed drama, comedic, horror TV series that has a non-stop adventure in each episode. It’s like a huge pot of Texas gumbo. If you like all four of those genres, then you’ll love this show.
Trying to be a leader in a sort of very atypical workplace like ‘Saturday Night Live‘ forces you to realize that no one wants you to be their leader. If you can help them get their thing on TV or whatever, they want that. But no adult is looking for a role model.
On TV, the children can watch people murdering each other, which is a very unnatural thing, but they can’t watch two people in the very natural process of making love. Now, really, that doesn’t make any sense, does it?
Al Gore had no problem taking hundreds of millions of dollars from the government of Qatar to sell his Current TV to Al Jazeera America.
I’m always trying to make something that is impossible to film. Why would somebody just read a novel when they can see it on TV or in the cinema? I really have to think of the things fiction can do that film can’t and play to the strengths of the novel. With a novel, you can get right inside somebody’s head.
I’m a very simple man. You’ve got to have, like, a computer nowadays to turn the TV on and off… and the nightmare continues.
Since becoming a BBC breakfast presenter I have been paid four-figure sums for doing hour-long speeches for associations and at awards dinners. That has been an eye-opener. I am surprised by how much people are willing to pay TV celebrities to do that kind of stuff.
Since the dawn of Louisiana‘s modern-era film program in 2002, we have played host to more than $6 billion in film and TV production. We’ve developed an infrastructure that supports thousands of jobs, boosts small businesses and communities statewide, and provides a powerful impact that we seek to retain.
When you’re a guest star on TV shows – particularly in the 1960s – you’re always the villain.
A lot of the TV shows, they do long hours, and they do a lot of days, and you don’t get a lot of time. But the good thing is, if you get one that’s made in L.A., or made in a place you want to be, you get to go home every night.
With technology and social media and citizen journalism, every rock that used to go unturned is now being flipped, lit and put on TV.
President Trump, who made his name in the business world and built a brand as a successful CEO via a reality TV show that punished incompetence, was not just elected for a series of tough policy views.
You can binge a TV series or watch a reality show, and they’re not innocent. They take a lot of room in your brain, and you don’t have any space left for your own thoughts. They give you a scripted reality. It’s an ideological tool.
I made up my mind that I will do fiction in films and non-fiction in TV.
In 1977, at age ten, I was cast on the TV sitcom ‘Good Times.’ My character was Penny, an abused child in desperate need of love. I really didn’t want to do the show. I didn’t want to be away from my family.
Living on $6 a day means you have a refrigerator, a TV, a cell phone, your children can go to school. That’s not possible on $1 a day.
Every time I turn on the TV, it infuriates me. You’ll see an ad for Advil or Viagra and hear some monotonous voice warn you about even the smaller side effects like headaches or nausea. When you see a tampon commercial, it’s all happy teenage girls running along the beach in bikinis. The dangers are beyond minimized.
The only other thing that’s like video games for me is watching tennis on TV. I can have it on, and there’s a rhythmic quality to it – I can be watching Wimbledon or the U.S. Open and still be working.
I’m not a standup, but I play one on TV.
Dharma Productions‘ films are mounted on a grand scale; a TV show cannot match it.
From Julia Child to ‘The Galloping Gourmet‘ and the Food Channel and Cooking Channel, our fascination with the spectacle of cooking has been a mainstay of TV entertainment.
I have been sent three or four scripts for television series, but there wasn’t anything I really wanted to do. I want to tell a good story, whether it’s a TV show, a movie, whatever. That’s really my No. 1 criteria.
I love the TV show, and if you make a bad movie it means you’ve soiled it. Just like if we made an advert. We were offered so many times and I’d say, look, this is the good thing, and you can’t compromise that, because then you compromise the integrity of the characters.
I was very excited and interested as a background dancer or as a theatre actor or when I was working on TV, or even on the film which didn’t do well, like ‘Byomkesh.’
Get in your kitchens, buy unprocessed foods, turn off the TV, and prepare your own foods. This is liberating.
Well, you know, News Corp is the only real media global – that has a global presence that’s involved in TV production, in movies, in publishing, in newspapers, digital media, et cetera. So for a company like that to function, clearly it does not depend only on Rupert Murdoch or James Murdoch.
TV people are great folks, but if I said, ‘Come and film a beetroot-jar-opening competition,’ they would.
I started in live television and I’ve done a lot of live TV and that’s really the thing that I love best. I love flying by the seat of my pants.
My mother is from another time – the funniest person to her is Lucille Ball; that’s what she loves. A lot of times she tells me she doesn’t know what I’m talking about. I know if I wasn’t her son and she was flipping through the TV and saw me, she would just keep going.
I worked at a nursing home though high school… There’s a lost appreciation for a generation that has so much to tell us when we’re so full of self-help books and doctors on TV.
When someone gets closely related to a character they play on TV, it’s very hard to break that mold and go on to do something else.
I actually went to see ‘Rushmore,’ and I came late, and I missed myself. It was great, that scene. I caught that scene the other day on TV, funny enough, the first scene that you see with Jason Schwartzman and myself, where we talk about his grades. That’s a brilliant scene, and I have to say, we play it brilliantly.
Cartoons are the best stuff on TV. ‘Wonder Showzen,’ ‘Aqua Teen,’ ‘SpongeBob,’ and, of course, ‘South Park‘ – one of the funniest shows ever made.
I did my own music videos, my own TV commercials.
Everybody when they’re little wants to be on billboards or on TV.
I realise that every time my face is on TV or I’m playing in a tournament, that I am a role model for a lot of people and a lot of kids do look up to me. I try to do my best in that regard and put myself across as honestly and as modestly as possible, as well.
I wanted to step forward and be on TV and for people to see who I really was.
When you start out as a TV writer, you get a lot of pressure from outside forces to fit into what they think people want.
I grew up on the golden age of children’s TV.
It’s not in my nature to chop people’s heads off, per se, or rob a bank or any crazy thing I’ve done on screen. I’m just comfortable reading a book or spending time with my wife and my daughter or watching the fight on TV with the fellas.
‘Wonder Showzen’ is one of my favorite shows of all time. When I first saw it, I thought it was so funny and new and original and edgy and insane and subversive. I didn’t know comedy could do that. It redefined what I thought you could do with a TV show.
I would say the biggest difference is that a movie is a shorter, more encapsulated experience, and a TV job is like having a regular day job where you get to do what you love.
When you make a TV show, they always say you’re a guest in someone’s home. Online, you’re a guest in someone’s face. So that’s why I try to make it sound and look and feel very inviting and attractive, because I know that I’m in your face.
Do not try doing the things that we do one TV in WWE. We’re the entertainers, we’re the professionals.
How frustrating would it be if you’re the president of the United States, and every single time you turn on the TV on most of the channels, they’re misconstruing what you say?
I sit on my duff, smoke cigarettes and watch TV. I’m not exactly a poster girl for healthy living.
In my spare time I like watching TV, laying on the couch, just chillin’.
I’m a bit of an insomniac. I go to bed at 5am because I get caught up in watching TV or listening to music at night.
As a showrunner, you can never be a ‘maybe.’ When I do movies, there is a lot of, ‘Maybe’ and, ‘Let’s investigate that.’ But for TV, it has to be yes or no.
I don’t think there is a national pasttime. Watching TV is a national pasttime. Really. If there is a national pasttime, it is watching TV.
‘Monty Python‘ is now more recognised by the films than by the TV series.
The last time I saw Dad alive, he was in the hospital. He was watching ‘Hell Drivers,’ a crummy B-movie about truckers, on TV and reading the ‘Daily Record.’ This seems scarcely believable, but I actually said, ‘Dad, you’ve not got long to go – don’t you think you should be imbibing the culture a bit more?’
You know, we never grew up with Asian American role models in the entertainment industry, unfortunately. I’d never seen an Asian face singing on TV.
In my experience on ‘New York Undercover,’ where I played a dad, I was 26 years old, and I didn’t have kids then. And at that time, it would blow me away that people said they became a better parent because of watching my role on that TV show.
Born of the impossibly varied options we have to amuse ourselves, cutting-edge companies are finding innovative ways to tailor our entertainment choices to who we are, relieving us of the burden of finding the diamond in the rough of 500 TV channels or thousands of movies and music albums released every year.
When I create a TV show, it’s so that I can write it. I’m not an empire builder; my writing staff is usually a combination of two kinds of people – experts in the world the show is set in, and young writers who will not be unhappy if they’re not writing scripts.
You get to actually see the music video on the TV in the pilot and we have the soundtrack playing at this big party. I thought that was sort of a cool moment, to actually have the A-Ha video is pretty cool.
No one wants to see a person on TV who’s super-ultra-cool. That’s Superman, that’s a thing of the past. Heroes are now flawed, and have terrible tempers, you know? They’re real people.
I don’t get to watch a lot of TV, mainly because I’m busy working. And I pretty much try not to watch very much television at all, even American television, until I’m done with a season, because things start to creep into my head otherwise.
I’ve seen most of the major, important shows, but I watch them all at once, like movies, so my TV relationships are still with shows like ‘Law And Order: SVU,’ ‘Shark Tank,’ and HGTV.
I didn’t think, ‘I’d really like to work in TV; maybe I could carve out a niche where I talk to people who are somehow involved in marginal or difficult lifestyles… ‘ It was something I gravitated to very naturally as a subject area, almost instinctively, and somehow turned into a TV career without meaning to.
I don’t want to be a reality TV star – that’s not for me.
Most actors will tell you that it takes a while to figure out what you want to be because we just want to do everything we see on TV and don’t know that ‘actor’ is a job yet.
My ego is really good. I don’t need to watch myself on TV, like some others.
I don’t even have a TV.
As you know, on live TV, sometimes you don’t always say things perfectly.
You want to watch TV and escape for a second, and that’s what ‘The Bachelorette’ has always been.
I think a lot of self-identity and inner-personal development is hampered by consumerism and capitalism because we see ourselves as a reflection of the TV, rather than as a reflection of the people who are around us, truly.
There is a strange pecking order among actors. Theatre actors look down on film actors, who look down on TV actors. Thank God for reality shows, or we wouldn’t have anybody to look down on.
Everyone asks me about why I care about anime and football so much, but that’s because anything dark that happened in my life, those two things would make me feel better. I just used to sit in front of the TV and watch football and breathe a sigh of relief. You know what I mean? It’s another world. An escape.
TV writing – for me, at least – is half original voice and half an embodiment and a representation of the spirit of the actors you’re writing for.
We’re really trying to make movies for TV. Producers and writers are taking risks that they weren’t in the past.
It’s not that I don’t like TV. It’s alien to me. I haven‘t watched a television show in decades.
We all hate on ourselves way too much, and there are so many people who think they have to look like those women on TV. That’s so unreasonable. Everybody is supposed to be a different size. And if I can just be confident in myself, then I’ll look better. It’s quantum physics!
Acting was a lot like football. When you’re a DB and you’re one on one with a receiver, you’re going to dance. It’s go-time in front of 100,000 people and everybody watching on TV. That’s exactly how it is when a director says ‘Action!’ It’s the same adrenaline rush, the same training process. I love it.
If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you’re not considered well viewed.
I work from a deep sense of insecurity. I have the belief, and I can’t shake it, that there are endless reasons to turn the channel. There are hundreds of channels and entirely other things to do besides TV. And if you make a bad television show there’s no reason for the audience to come back the following week.
I think the thing we see is that as people are using video games more, they tend to watch passive TV a bit less. And so using the PC for the Internet, playing video games, is starting to cut into the rather unbelievable amount of time people spend watching TV.
I grew up loving TV so much. It was such an integral part of my youth, and I was completely an Emmy geek.
I don’t have cable. I just never watched a lot of TV.
I came down to Orange because I sold the Smothers Brothers a song called ‘Chocolate,’ and that gave me enough money to move down here. I was washing windows down in Orange County when they called me up and said they wanted me to do their TV show.
Unless you do an Archie and Edith Bunker, there’s not much left In TV for husband-wife conversation.
One of the towering people in this industry said, why don’t you go and make a five-year contract with somebody, make yourself several million dollars and put it away, then go and do whatever you want, work for public TV if you want.
In all my years in show business – on stage, clubs and TV shows – my audience has been 75 percent white. In Las Vegas and Atlantic City I look out at the crowd and only see a few black faces here and there. But I can’t allow myself to be conscious of the race factor. I couldn’t perform my best under those conditions.
My father wouldn’t get us a TV, he wouldn’t allow a TV in the house.
I’ve never really broken this down before, but, in movies, you almost have no connection to fans. And if you do TV, you’re kind of connected, but they know you as the TV name not your real name. If you do radio, there’s more of a bond there. And then if you do a podcast it’s like you’re literally inside of your fans.
I had told my agents that I didn’t want to do television. I can’t believe I had that gall, looking back on it. I would never condescend to do TV, and then ‘Taxi‘ called up for a guest spot in the first season. And my common sense kind of took over, I guess.
I’ve turned down millions of dollars to go on reality TV. It’s an absolute no-go.
My mother is not educated but keeps in touch with world events through news on TV.
I am really irked by healthy NBA players resting. I really don’t understand it. Players in the past have played all season for years. I just don’t love it. I feel like it hurts the integrity and competitiveness of the game. It’s got nothing to do with the TV partners; it’s about cheating the fans.
Where I grew up, we had the three TV networks, maybe two radio stations, no cable TV. We still had a long-distance party line in our neighborhood, so you could listen to all your neighbors‘ phone calls. We had a very small public library, and the nearest bookstore was an hour away.
It’s funny, because I don’t have a very addictive personality in any way except for things like stories or books or movies or TV. I just get, like, completely enamored and lost in that world, especially when one really hits the right way. Like, I just can’t do anything else.
Shah Rukh Khan started his career with television, and now he is a superstar. You can’t generalise and say that TV actors can’t make it to films.
When I’m angry on TV, I’m actually not. I’m manipulating you as an owner.
I grew up on radio, not TV.
My strangest auditioning experience was when I was reading for a TV show, and right when I started the audition, the casting director left the room and yelled at me from the hallway to keep reading.
Over the last half century the television interview has given us some of TV’s most heart-stopping and memorable moments. On the surface it is a simple format – two people sitting across from one another having a conversation. But underneath it is often a power struggle – a battle for the psychological advantage.
Be it cinema or TV, I have always been interested in taking up challenging projects.
The difference between you and the funny person on TV is that they acted on their ideas.
I didn’t watch a lot of TV growing up.
Men don’t care what’s on TV. They only care what else is on TV.
I can honestly say – not proudly, but honestly – before I had a child, I would see things on TV or hear the news, feel sad for the people and move forward with my day. Now I see everything through a mother’s eyes.
Joey, my older brother, had his own TV show in the ’50s, along with Cathy Callahan.
The working-class aspirations are worse now than when I was a kid – and it was pretty bad when I was a kid. Reality TV means they are being told they are no longer a working class, they’re an underclass. Young lassies want to be Jordan or Jade, but very few aspire to be the next Germaine Greer.
I’m not one of those people who goes home and has to put football on the TV straight away or has to watch Sky Sports News.
Truth is stranger than fiction, which is why reality TV is so popular.
My childhood dream was always to be on Broadway. I wanted to end up in TV and film. It’s kind of flipped, and I’m not mad about it, but my childhood dream is Broadway and I want to end up there.
I owe my whole acting career to the fact that I’m a singer. I went out to Los Angeles and auditioned for a TV show called ‘Fame L.A.’ The original role was for a comedian, but they said I wasn’t very funny, so they asked me, ‘What else can you do?’ So I played a singer.
TV is just such a fast-moving medium that you do what you can do, and what you can’t do, you don’t worry about too much.
Offers have to be really interesting for me to take them up either in movies or TV.
I don’t get sick of being naked, but the added pressure is staying in really good shape, because naked shape is a different kind of shape than just regular TV shape. Regular, having-your-clothes-on TV shape is intense, but naked TV shape is, I mean, you really have to watch what you eat.
Not to say there’s not good TV out there, but I think TV is better when it accurately reflects the world as it is.
I do believe that there are African Americans who have thick accents. My mom has a thick accent; my relatives have thick accents. But sometimes you have to adjust when you go into the world of film, TV, theatre, in order to make it accessible to people.
People know me as a TV actor but they don’t know who the real Abhinav Shukla is.
I did two commercials, one for Porsche, but I was definitely not the type of child one would cast in a commercial or any TV that you’d typically go out for as a young kid. I wasn’t the type of kid who would be in stuff that kids watch. I wasn’t cutesy.
Privacy was in sufficient danger before TV appeared, and TV has given it its death blow.
I’ve had some very close encounters with the other side. They chose me to do this – I was doing this all before a TV show. They chose me to communicate with them; they chose my path as a paranormal.
I don’t watch a lot of TV anymore. A lot of it isn’t the kind of thing you can feel comfortable with watching with your kids. And I still feel that way even though, now, my kids are in their 30s.
With comedy, I think it’s so important, especially in TV, to know and trust what the writers are writing and just have it down.
I’m definitely a narcissist, and TV is fabulous for narcissists.
Reality TV is not real.
I just don’t watch a lot of TV.
I was like, ‘I’m only going to do musical theater for the rest of my life. I’m never going to do TV.’ And whenever I’d get auditions for TV, I’d be like, ‘Okay, whatever. I’ve got a lisp, so they’re not going to take me.’ And then I started doing this, and I guess it was my sister that got me into the acting thing.
I am the ‘Cosmic Dancer’ who dances his way out of the womb and into the tomb on ‘Electric Warrior.’ I’m not frightened to get up there and groove about in front of six million people on TV because it doesn’t look cool. That’s the way I would do it at home.
I don’t really watch a lot of TV, but I do watch ‘Adventure Time’, ‘The Amazing World of Gumball’, and ‘Looney Tunes‘ and old classic cartoons.
The problem of burgeoning population can be addressed if we begin with women itself. And, we need to educate them and spread awareness about birth control and family planning through TV channels and newspapers.
Ed Sullivan brought me to TV first in 1952, then Garry Moore‘s program gave me a lot of confidence and freedom.
Plays close, movies wrap and TV series eventually get cancelled, and we were cancelled in three season.
The real reason we ended up getting into that type of music was our dad worked for an oil company so we spent a year overseas when we were young kids. Because of that, it was all Spanish TV and radio so we ended up having these ’50s and ’60s tapes, tapes of that music.
You don’t have to turn on the TV set. You don’t have to work on the Internet. It’s up to you.
I really like watching reruns of ‘The Crystal Maze.’ It’s something that I find weirdly comforting. If I ever have even a small amount of banknotes, I love to ‘Crystal Maze’ them by throwing them in the air and catching them. But it’s never as fun as it looks on TV.
I’m an avid collector of toys. I got everything. Name it. From the Easy Bake Oven to Barbies to every TV show doll, racing cars… I’ve been collecting since I was a little kid.
It’s just so weird that some people recognize me from TV and then other people say, ‘Get away from me, you drunk!’
Just to be working again as an actress and possibly doing TV would just be great. It’s not about how big the role is.
TV journalism is a much more collaborative, horizontal business than print reporting. It has to be, because of the logistics. Anchors are wholly dependent on producers to do all the hustling.
It’s hard as a young person of a different ethnicity or background to look at the TV and not see anyone who looks like you. Representation is very important.
I grew up poor. To me, interior decorating is my big-screen TV, my couch and my Simpsons poster.
Before I was shot, I always thought that I was more half-there than all-there – I always suspected that I was watching TV instead of living life. Right when I was being shot and ever since, I knew that I was watching television.
In the ’90s, there was a big wrestling boom in Switzerland with Hulk Hogan, the Ultimate Warrior, and all those guys. It was on television in Switzerland on a German TV station for a year or so. That’s when I saw wrestling for the first time. I was in the fifth or sixth grade and was a fan of it right away.
I don’t watch TV series, but I watched ‘Friday Night Lights’ because I’m a sports head.
I am in so many movies that are on TV at 2:00 a.m. that people think I am dead.
Television really has been my vehicle. I don’t get played on the radio much, so I’ve relied on TV a lot.
People have made sure of that, that you can’t shock anybody anymore. It’s not just because of movies and TV. It’s because of what’s happening in the world.
Most of the women I saw on TV didn’t seem like people I actually knew. They felt like ideas of what women are.
I’ve faced the undefeated, young up-and-comers, everybody counting me out before, on a big card, with big lights, TV.
I originally passed on ‘Girls’ because I thought TV was evil.
TV is one of the biggest mediums, and over time, it will get bigger.
I got the chance to do things that I dreamed of when I was a kid: I got to travel around the world; I had my own ‘Goosebumps‘ attraction at Disney World; I’ve been on TV and had three TV series.
TV industry pays us as much as the leading guy or probably more. All our shows are women-oriented, and all the TV actresses are getting paid well. There is absolutely no discrimination over here.
People are ready to take good actors, irrespective of whether he is a TV actor or a filmstar.
When I was a kid, I was always watching genre movies on TV.
The distinction between reality and fiction in America seems like it is becoming really blurry. With its religious fanaticism, reality TV programs and fake news broadcasts being aired by the government, the States feel like they are entering the Dark Ages.
I love the intimacy of TV. I love the fact that you don’t necessarily have the pressure of an audience or anyone around watching it – just you and it.
I think in Israel there is so much talent in the TV world because there’s less movies done.
My great uncle, my mom’s uncle, had an appliance store in Philadelphia, and it was called Peter‘s TV. They sold stereos and televisions and washers, dryers, all kinds of stuff.
My father never wanted me to be a writer. He didn’t – he came to terms with it maybe two years before he died. He wanted me to be a weather girl because when I was growing up, there were very few Latinas on television, and in the early ’70s when you first started seeing Latinas on TV, they would be the weather girls.
I just like the comic book sensibility. If I can turn them into films and TV series, that’s just icing on the cake.
I wouldn’t wear turtlenecks. That I’m not envious of. But who knows? I might sneak out a few things and hope and pray that no one says, ‘Hey, didn’t you wear that when you were playing an enormous geek on TV?’
I would rather do many small roles on TV, stage or film than one blockbuster that made me rich but had no acting.
I left Mexico for artistic survival. If I had stayed, I would have been forced by the government, who control the movie business, to direct TV shows or commercials or infomercials for the government.
I feed my kids organic food and milk, but I’ve also been known to buy the odd Lunchable. My kids are not allowed to watch TV during the week, but on weekends even the 2-year-old veges out to ‘The Simpsons.’
I had a very special family life. My mother and father made sure when we were home, we were part of the family, not a TV star. And the other thing: my father was fully employed while I was doing the series.
When I was a kid, and I was watching TV, I just loved it so much that I wanted to crawl into that TV.
I admire the Shabbat tradition, and no matter which faith you are of, there is nothing more wonderful than dedicating a certain day to spend time with your family and loved ones, absent of TV, phone, and other interruptions.
I do have a concern about projecting. I’ve never projected or had any reason to project before. In fact, the camera has only gotten closer to me going from TV to film.
A TV series is a long commitment.
Electromagnetic theory and experiment gave us the telephone, radio, TV, computers, and made the internal combustion engine practical – thus, the car and airplane, leading inevitably to the rocket and outer-space exploration.
Obviously, a lot of TV shows are based on chronological episode viewing, and the stories are contingent upon watching it in order. Syndicated shows, you don’t have to watch in order. You’re just watching characters that don’t change that much.
Growing up, a black face on TV was really rare.
I think TV is much more the writer’s medium and film is about the director and their vision and how you can collaborate with them and see that through to the end. They are so different.
Harrison Ford was pretty content as a carpenter who thought it would be nice to work on TV and ended up being the biggest film star in the history of cinema.
As citizens we have to be more thoughtful and more educated and more informed. I turn on the TV and I see these grown people screaming at each other, and I think, well, if we don’t get our civility back, we’re in trouble.
Before I ever heard about ’60 Minutes,’ I had been a writer, a columnist for ‘Life’ magazine and for ‘Newsweek’ – that was about as high as you could get in column writing. I care about my writing. I’m not a quack-quack TV journalist.
I did audition a lot. One’s agent is keen to get you into film and TV because there’s more money. I was always getting myself into commitments to theatre companies.
When I was on TV in the ’80s, I wasn’t thinking, ‘There’s a 10-year-old kid watching this and in 15 years, he’s gonna be doing stuff that was influenced by me.’ I was trying to get my five minutes together. So now that those people are comedians and they’re influenced by me – it’s bizarre.
An experience that shaped me happened early in my TV career when I filmed in Mozambique, Angola and Bangladesh for ‘Blue Peter’ and Comic Relief. Places with extreme poverty. When you see that first-hand as a young person, you take it with you for life.
At the end of the day, TV is my first love. I started off my career from the small screen.
What’s so cool about movies is once you’re done with the movie, you put it away and come up with a whole new different idea with different characters and a different world. But in TV, you build these characters, and you build this world, and then you’re there for however long you do the show.
I talk in that baby talk voice when I’m on TV, it’s a put on.
There’s always something at least a little smug about self-reference – magazine articles about idealistic journalists, TV shows about TV actors, ironic films within ironic-er films: all this meta-media populated by thinly disguised characters making oblique inside jokes.
The TV schedule is fantastic. It allows you to have a life. Theater actors are so disciplined – especially if you’re doing musicals, you have to be in shape physically, mentally, and have to be on your game all the time. That’s exhausting. On TV, especially a sitcom, you have a lot of free time to play.
I want to be choosy, because one has to invest a lot of time in TV shows.
I find America falling in love with a TV show flattering and interesting, but at the same time a little sad.
I am very much the daughter of immigrants. It’s both a point of pride and an essential part of characterizing my upbringing. We spoke Spanish in our house. We listened to Spanish music. All of the TV channels we watched were in Spanish. We ate mostly Italian and Argentinian food.
I believe in the importance of sincerity and emotion and honesty in TV, even when it’s goofy comedy.
I remember the first time seeing myself on TV, when my family was watching the documentary ‘Eyes on the Prize‘ for the first time. There were pictures of people going up the school stairs, and Mom said, ‘Oh, that’s you!’ I said, ‘I can’t believe this. This is important.’
Most of the performances I see on TV and in movies are so self-conscious and overacted. I would think a natural actress would be welcome.
The main thing that gives me hope is the media. We have radio, TV, magazines, and books, so we have the possibility of learning from societies that are remote from us, like Somalia. We turn on the TV and see what blew up in Iraq or we see conditions in Afghanistan.
What is qualified? What have I been qualified for in my life? I haven’t been qualified to be a mayor. I’m not qualified to be a songwriter. I’m not qualified to be a TV producer. I’m not qualified to be a successful businessman. And so, I don’t know what qualified means.
I did a guest thing on ‘My Name Is Earl,’ and there is something about being involved in a TV show that’s in the midst of its popularity that frees up the creative process.
I’ve been waiting for the right opportunity to have a sitcom because I’ve been on TV like 10 times, but it was all reality shows, semi-acting like that.
My bedtime was 8 P.M. But on ‘Cosby’ nights, I got to stay up until 8:30. Real big deal. This is when they could afford to do a completely different title sequence in TV every year. I always looked forward to that. It was like a mini musical at the top of the show. My favorite was the Top Hat fancy version.
If my shirt‘s off all the time on national TV, with 20 million people watching, I want to look my best.
We all know that the ‘reality’ of reality TV is an artful construction, an effect not only of editing but of a Lorenzian rat-in-a-mirrored-labyrinth artificial environment which attenuates psychology into a series of territorial twitches.
Real life is hard. I’m sorry, but shopping at Tesco is not as much fun as writing jokes for TV shows, and I struggle with it.
As a child, I used to tell my mother that one day I will come on TV for one of the Ekta Kapoor shows, like ‘Kyunki Saas Bhi Kabhi Bahu Thi.’
TV does not care about you or what happens to you. It’s downright bad for your health now, and that’s not a far-out concept. I think watching the TV news is bad for you. It is bad for your physical health and your mental health.
The kids can’t watch ‘The Wire,’ but there’s great educational stuff for them to watch on TV if it is TV time. There are great apps on the iPad that are interactive and educational.
If the characters on ‘The West Wing’ were watching a TV show wherein a character like Trump was leading in the polls, they wouldn’t find it believable.
When you see me on TV against one of the other girls, they look 10 times better than me, and I’m OK with that. I make a conscious effort not to wear that much makeup and not have my hair so perfectly groomed. That’s just not me. I’m not going to be perfect.
A lot of people – they might think I fell off, but they don’t know I’m eating. I’m on the West coast, eating. It’s just they don’t hear about me because they don’t see me on the TV. But I’m still around.
If I make a change to a young kid to play any sport, not only tennis, instead of spending time in front of the TV or computer, that is good. I want to give them a good example: ‘Hey, go out and play and see the world.’
Of every movie that I’ve seen multiple times, of every TV show that I was obsessed with, I don’t think I was ever obsessed with anything more than ‘Flowers in the Attic,’ which I read 13 times between fourth grade and senior year.
I come from a culture where you don’t divide it up to what you can do on TV and what you can do on film.
Pick up any newspaper or magazine, open the TV, and you’ll be bombarded with suggestions of how to have a successful life. Some of these suggestions are deeply unhelpful to our own projects and priorities – and we should take care.
My fitness idol is a sports personality and a young racer, Arman Ibrahim. He is very fit and he was also my partner in the TV show Fear Factor.’
One thing I am quite passionate about is the absence of dark-skinned women in the media, so I have a passion to show dark-skinned women as beautiful, as vulnerable, as people who can be sexually desired and loving people, because it is never really seen on TV.
When you’re confined to a TV series, and you have to play one character, it can make you insane. But it didn’t affect me. I got out in time.
The first job I got was this TV job in this show called ‘The Unusuals.’ Then I did a play called ‘Slipping,’ and at the same time I was rehearsing another play at Playwrights Horizons, and that kind of snowballed into a bunch of plays.
Like, I have had moments, which I think most people have, where you’ll be watching TV, and it’ll be interrupted by some tragic event, and you’ll actually find yourself thinking, ‘I don’t want to hear about this train being derailed! What happened to ‘The Flintstones?’
TV isn’t like films; you can’t rest on your laurels.
I always did TV commercials and made great money to put myself through school. That became guest starring roles on TV shows.
I didn’t want to do it… I’d been trying to get out of TV for years!
What people think when they see me on TV is that they’re experiencing me but they’re not.
What TV is extremely good at – and realize that this is ‘all it does’ – is discerning what large numbers of people think they want, and supplying it.
But I don’t only get recognized for ‘Friday the 13th.’ I was on a TV show called’ I’ve Got a Secret.’ I was on that show for ten or eleven years. The older people always remember me from that.
I can sit in front of the TV and watch an old romantic film and be transfixed.
I don’t tour the TV studios. I don’t gossip over lunch. I don’t drink in Parliament‘s bars. I don’t wear my heart on my sleeve. I just get on with the job in front of me.
I want to see someone like Bobby ‘The Brain’ jumping around in his weasel suit with the rhinestones. Guys who are animated like that make the best translation to TV and to videogames.
I would not know how I am supposed to feel about many stories if not for the fact that the TV news personalities make sad faces for sad stories and happy faces for happy stories.
I think when you’re a TV presenter, you have to have a reason for doing it, and a lot of them have been around a long time and grafted for that. The reason why it works with me on ‘The Xtra Factor’ is because I was a contestant on it, and I have a relationship with the viewers at home.
Emotionally, I am attached to TV because it has given me my bread and butter.
Baby boomers don’t go out as much, they aren’t interacting with each other and they would rather stay home and watch TV. That’s the audience for a guy like me, unless I’m doing ‘Bad Santa.’
When you’re writing for a game – even if you’re using very well known characters like Batman and his villains who lend themselves to many different interpretations – you have to keep in mind that you’re writing for a different medium. Things are a bit more straightforward than it is for a feature film or a TV show.
One year, I did 10 or 11 pilots of TV shows that never went anywhere.
I’m a breath of fresh air, and there hasn’t been something this black on TV for a very long time.
Ugh – I wish I could just sit back and watch TV sometimes.
Pointless‘ – I think it’s probably the greatest daytime TV show that has ever existed.
The scariest thing about reality TV is having all new characters that you have to be introduced to.
Theatre’s a much less faddish, more sensible world than TV or film.
Sci-fi and fantasy used to be a TV staple throughout my childhood. Then it just stopped dead. It was seen as culty, a minority interest.
The problem with my peers is they don’t understand television. You have to work within the confines of what executives will allow you to put on TV. Otherwise, we’ve not done anything, we’ve not really struggled to change the culture at all.
Football games are on TV, and it doesn’t affect stadium attendance at all. It’s the same with movies. People who really love movies and like to go out on a Saturday night will go to the movie theater.
For me, as an actor, one of the biggest fears on a TV show is getting stuck in something where you end up feeling like you’re doing the same thing, every single year.
After doing modeling and films, I was always keen on doing TV. It was in my to-do-list. So when ‘Kuch Rang Pyar Ke Aise Bhi’ happened, I was more than happy.
I hate what I look like on TV, and I want to look better, and nothing makes the mothers more jealous.
Court TV will always hold a special place in my heart, and I will always look back at my time there with great gratitude and affection.
There’s a remarkable amount of sexism on TV. When male characters are flawed, they’re interesting, deep and complex. But when female characters are flawed, they’re just a mess. It’s good to put more flawed but interesting female characters out there because it promotes equality.
Still, most of those effects occur in the context of harmless play and it is patently obvious that children are not normally turned into aggressive little monsters by TV or video games, since most children do not become aggressive little monsters.
I first wanted to be a psychiatrist. I decided against that in medical school when I discovered that psychiatrists didn’t, in reality, do what they did on TV.
I started out being a stand up and writing my own material. That took me to ‘Talk Soup,’ where I was writing and performing for TV.
I know nothing about producing TV drama and any involvement on my part is liable to prove an obstacle to the producers, so I prefer to be a cheerleader and let them get on with it.
My mom put me in a Pampers commercial on TV.
I don’t think the audience for film or TV is different. I think they are the same people who go out on weekends.
I would love to have my own show, and whatever movies come up, that would be fun to do too. But I love TV, and I love the art of the half-hour sitcom.
To me, cinema is not a movie or a TV screen, and it’s not a seat in a building versus one in your living room. It’s the art of motion pictures.
There was a TV show that came on every week called the ‘Bowery Boys,’ and there was a character named Muggsy. The way I played basketball and the nickname stuck with me. No one calls me Tyrone except one person: Mom!
We are not a TV station that only concentrate on those who are always under light. We are not a TV station for celebrities and for grand politicians and superstars. We are a TV station for the ordinary person. The normal people, ordinary people in the Arab world sees Al Jazeera as their voice.
Both the ‘Gregor’ series and ‘The Hunger Games‘ are what I call lightning-bolt ideas. There was a moment where the idea came to me. With ‘The Hunger Games,’ the lightning bolt sort of hit at a moment when I was channel surfing between reality TV and the coverage of the Iraq war.
I did an episode on the TV show ‘Awake,’ and I thought, ‘Wow, that’s really hard.’ To do that so fast and to do that, if it’s very successful, for nine months out of the year, for a bunch of good years, that’s challenging. But, it was interesting. It’s a good show. You’d have to have a very good character, I guess.
As far as aging on screen is concerned, I am sure the TV audience don’t go by stereotypes – they have evolved and become smarter over the years.
We’ve observed that people who stall in their personal growth work often have counterproductive soft addictions that stand in their way of growth and having the life they say they want. It can be a simple thing, such as watching TV instead of finishing a project.
People say I owe a lot to television. The fact is I was a star long before television. What TV made me is unemployed.
I think the ’80s works for a TV show because it’s the last time the world was simple. It was before the Internet really changed everything and made the world really small.
It’s not like I’m nervous of people seeing what I can or can’t do on camera or on TV or anything, or what my engineers think.
The beauty of where I’m from – this small little town called Wallburg, North Carolina – I didn’t have a TV; I was out playing ball with my dad, shooting clay pigeons.
I believe that reality TV should be called ‘not reality’ TV; it’s fiction.
For me, personally, I didn’t see many people like me on TV growing up.
There was another Judy Garland movie on TV, and it wasn’t ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ and I was so confused. I was like, ‘Wait a second, what is Dorothy doing in this movie?’ And that’s when I became fascinated. I didn’t realize there were actors.
I knew it was time to get off of reality TV when someone asked me if I sang as well as acted.
I grew up in a working-class Catholic family in south Louisiana. I went to a state university. I taught literature, wrote a novel that was the novel I wanted to write, and got a couple of good reviews but no real traction. I had no idea how to get a job in TV.
There were so few examples of Asian or Asian-American lead characters on American TV or even in the movies. And the ones that have existed for so long were either stereotypical or offensive in some way, or just not reflective of the lives of people in the community.
I’m not a TV guy. I’m a restaurant chef and a businessman.
If I was roped into a seven-year TV contract I’d probably hang myself.
In Britain you’re more used to challenging drama. In America, TV is just boring, and numbing, and bloody terrible.
I used to be a drummer in a band, and I really loved playing the drums, so I look forward to the right opportunity to do that at some point. Maybe even on TV. Every single live performance I’m doing on TV, I want it to be different and unique.
Strangely enough, when the Sugababes’ ‘Freak Like Me’ went to number 1, which was built around my ‘Are ‘Friends’ Electric’ song, I had another song called ‘Rip’ go to number 1 in the Kerrang TV chart, so I was pulling new people in from very different areas of musical interest. That was quite an amazing week.
I remember watching the 1992 Barcelona Games on TV, and I watched Limba Ram shoot. That was my first exposure to the Olympic Games.
There is more equity now in movies and TV, although I think its mostly because of changing demographics. It’s not a moral proposition. It’s good business. Shows about people of all colors are making money.
I don’t see a film industry in Germany. They have a great TV culture, but how many German films are really exciting?
Well I’ve got lots more great TV projects in the pipeline.