The word, β€œRobot” comes from the Czech word for slave, β€œRobotnik”. The word first appeared in a translation of Czech playwright Karel Čapek’s 1920 sci-fi drama titled β€œRUR”. huffpost.com/entry/meanin…
CBS crime drama "Cold Case" takes place in the same fictional universe as the CSI franchise and "Without a Trace". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
Ben Stiller came up with the idea for "Tropic Thunder" while working on the set of Steven Spielberg's WW2 drama "Empire of the Sun" and seeing actors come back from "fake" Army boot camp and treating it like a real war experience. comingsoon.net/movies/fea…
Ming Dynasty Drama is just a Chinese historical drama with a large number of plots that do not fit the facts of the Ming Dynasty. History majors cannot learn about Ming Dynasty history from this play. mdhist.com/plebeian/4017/
Professional actor John Bradley (who portrayed Samwell Tarley in the TV adaptation of Game Of Thrones) had only graduated from drama school three months before landing his GOT role, which was also his first audition. winteriscoming.net/2011/0…
The main beat from β€œAll Caps” by MF DOOM is a sample from the 1967 crime drama β€œIronside” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All…
Sean Bean and Tilda Swinton debuted in the same film, the period drama 'Caravaggio' (1986). en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Car…
The term Soap Opera originated with radio dramas that were sponsored by soap manufacturers. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soa…
The 1980 comedy "Airplane!" is a remake of the 1957 drama "Zero Hour!" Both are about a guilt-stricken fighter pilot who called upon to land a plane after the crew and several passengers fall ill after eating fish. Many of the lines in "Airplane!" were taken verbatim from "Zero Hour!" youtube.com/watch?v=-BjU-…
When Gareth Southgate missed a penalty against Germany in the 1996 Euro Cup semi-finals, he went to Bali to clear his mind when he found himself at an isolated Buddhist temple and a monk came by and said: "You Gareth Southgate, you England penalty drama." theguardian.com/football/…
Soap Operas are called soap operas because the early drama shows were mainly sponsored by soap manufacturers. wordhistories.net/2017/12…
Morgan Freeman turned down a drama scholarship because he dreamed of being an Air Force fighter pilot. He spent four years as a tracking radar repairman. At age 65, he finally earned his private pilot license. airforce.togetherweserved…
Today I Learned there was a show called "Cop Rock" during the 90s which was a cop drama turned into a musical developed by the creator of Hill Street Blues and only lasted 11 episodes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cop…
Actor Kit Harington is a direct descendant of Robert Catesby, the mastermind behind the plot to blow up parliament. Kit also plays Catesby in the BBC drama Gunpowder, retelling the story behind the plot. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rob…
The 1986 comedy-drama "A Great Wall" was the first American feature film shot in the People's Republic of China. It features a Silicon Valley Chinese American executive who goes back to his homeland of China for the first time in 30 years, encountering many culture clashes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_G…
George Lucas sold the rights to make radio dramas of the first three Star Wars movies to NPR for only $1 npr.org/2015/12/18/460269…
Ed Bagley Jr., Nia Vardalos, John Lithgow, and Ed Asner were in the radio drama for Return of the Jedi. youtube.com/watch?v=nIsel…
Today I learned of Ghostwatch, a BBC "found footage" mockumentary released in 1992. Although it was listed as a Drama, many viewers believed the show's events were real. A number of psychological effects were reported, including a teenage boy who committed suicide, believing his house was similarly haunted. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gho…
Today I learned about "The Trouble with Tracy", the early 70s Canadian sitcom. NGT ordered 130 episodes for a single season. As a result, seven episodes had to be filmed each day, the entire series was shot on a living room set, and the writers had to resort to adapting 1940s radio dramas to come up with plots. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
Today I learned of "inner drama" - a worry...that we are in danger of failing to conform to the ideals of success laid down by our society...that we are currently occupying too modest a rung, or that we are about to fall to a lower one edbatista.com/2009/03/sta…
Today I learned about the CSI effect: a belief held primarily among law enforcement personnel and prosecutors that forensic science television dramas, such as CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, influence American jurors to expect more forensic evidence to convict defendants of crimes. thebalancecareers.com/csi…
James Avery (Uncle Phil) served in the US Navy in Vietnam from 1968-69. He then moved to San Diego to write poetry and TV scripts for PBS and won an Emmy for his effort. He got a scholarship from UC San Diego and graduated there with a Bachelor’s degree in Drama and Literature in 1976. ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/index.p…
I learned about "Don's Plum," a 2001 black-and-white drama with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire that has never officially been released in North America. Originally intended as a short, it was expanded to a feature, but DiCaprio and Maguire didn't like it and sued to stop its release. ifc.com/shows/the-spoils-…
Wes Craven (director of The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and the Scream franchise) directed an inspiring drama about inner city kids learning classical music that received 2 Oscar nominations (Best Actress and Best Original Song) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mus…
Although it is commonly shown in medical dramas, you do not shock someone with a flatline. You only use defibrillators on people with ventricular fibrillation, and pulseless ventricular tachycardia (heart beats out of rhythm or heart beats that are really fast and out of sync) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Def…
John Lithgow played Yoda in the radio drama adaptation of Return of the Jedi en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sta…
Before George Clooney starred in the classic medical drama ER he was on a sitcom called E/R en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
That George Clooney played the doctor in the South Park movie, who accidentally replaced Kenney's heart with a baked potato. It was a parody of his roll in the TV drama ER. southpark.fandom.com/wiki…
Michael Caine started acting because the drama classes were full of pretty girls and he wanted to get laid the-talks.com/interview/s…
The term β€œsoap opera” came from radio dramas being sponsored by the soap company P&G in the 1920’s en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pro…
Some churches offer an alternative to haunted houses. β€œJudgement House” is a walk through drama that portrays traumatic death scenes and the subsequent judgement at the gates of heaven, complete with a hell scene for the characters who weren’t Christians at the time of their death. judgementhouse.org/new-he…
Music lessons have been found to increase IQ in children when compared to drama lessons or no lessons. Yet, children who take drama lessons score pre- to post-test improvements in adapative social behavior that are not evident in music groups whatsoever. journals.sagepub.com/doi/…
NPR created a 13-episode audio drama of A New Hope which starred Mark Hamill and is believed to have increased a then-struggling NPR's listenership by 40%. lootcrate.com/community/d…
Psychologists recognise "the need for drama" (NFD) as a personality trait. High NFD individuals agree with statements like, "Sometimes it’s fun to get people riled up”. theguardian.com/lifeandst…
Helen Magill White was the first American woman to earn a PhD. Raised by a Quaker father who believed she have the same education as her brothers, Helen attended Boston University, where in 1877, she earned a doctorate in Greek. Her thesis β€œthe Greek Drama” was discovered at Cornell in 2018 wikipedia.org/wiki/Helen_…
Today I learned about the short-lived TV sitcom "Beverly Hills Buntz", a comedic spinoff of gritty crime drama "Hill Street Blues" where Dennis Franz's morally-questionable character, Norman Buntz, quits being a cop, moves to Beverly Hills, and becomes a private investigator. Only 4 of 13 episodes aired. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bev…
James Van Der Beek's last name translates to English as "from the creek". He is best known for playing the titular character on the 1990s drama series "Dawson's Creek". surnames.behindthename.co…
Ben Stiller got the idea for "Tropic Thunder" while shooting a small part in Steven Spielberg’s WWII drama "Empire of the Sun"... ew.com/article/2008/03/09…
Korean has 7 speech levels,each with different verb endings & vocab., reflecting formality/politeness.The highest, used for talking to royalty, is archaic but still used in historical dramas.The hagache level is now rarer, mostly used in novels. Middle management/bureaucrats sometimes use haoche en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kor…
Kit Harington is a direct descendant of Robert Catesby - the mastermind behind the plot to blow up parliament. Kit also plays Catesby in the BBC drama Gunpowder, retelling the story behind the plot. radiotimes.com/news/2017-…
Today I learned about Schmidt won Jack Nicholson the 2003 Golden Globe award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama. Upon accepting his award, Nicholson quipped: "I'm a little surprised. I thought we made a comedy." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abo…
The 1992 Emmys removed the β€œOutstanding Guest Actor/Actress” categories from the ceremony, leading to many actors getting major acting nominations for guest appearances, most notably Christopher Lloyd winning β€œOutstanding Lead Actor in a Drama” for a single appearance on β€œRoad to Avonlea.” emmys.com/awards/nominees…
George Lucas got the word Jedi from Jidaigeki, which is a Japanese term for Samurai period Drama en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jid…
Morgan Freeman turned down a drama scholarship because he dreamed of being an Air Force fighter pilot. He spent four years as a tracking radar repairman. At age 65, he finally earned his private pilot license. airforce.togetherweserved…
In 1972 Jerry Lewis directed and starred in a Swedish-French drama film where he plays a clown in a Nazi concentration camp. He insisted for years the film not be shown due to it's embarrassingly "bad work" He donated a copy to the Library of Congress to be released in June 2024. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…
The American drama series General Hospital has been on air since 1963 and has over 14,000 episodes. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gen…
Morgan Freeman's talent for acting was discovered at age 12 when he was forced into a drama production as a punishment for teasing a girl in his class ffrf.org/news/day/dayitem…
Star Wars is heavily influenced by Japanese cinema. For example, "Jedi" came from "Jidaigeki" or "period drama" in Japanese, while "Chewbacca" in Japanese basically means "Mid-level fool". slashfilm.com/star-wars-j…
Jim Carrey doesn't make dramas any more because his beilef system prevents him from playing in movies that don't project positivity thedissolve.com/features/…
In medical dramas, 75% of patients who receive CPR are revived. A study of real-world patients found the rate to be as low as 4% cnn.com/2013/07/10/health…
The actor Charles S. Dutton from "Roc" (TV) "Alien 3" and "Rudy" was once imprisoned and sent to solitary confinement, allowed one book and mistakenly grabbed an anthology of black playwrights, liked it so much he then finished his GED in prison and enrolled in drama school upon his release en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cha…
The most watched TV show has not been a sitcom/drama for the last 15 years. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Before Ghostbusters and Saturday Night Live, Bill Murray had one of his first roles as Johnny Storm (aka The Human Torch) in a Fantastic Four audio drama youtube.com/watch?v=nKUp3…
The 1980 satirical disaster comedy "Airplane!" is largely based on the 1957 drama "Zero Hour!" It follows the same plot, uses the same character name for the hero passenger, and parodies numerous scenes using the same dialog word for word. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air…
Tony Danza starred in a reality show in which he taught 10th grade students, which lasted one season because it wasn't dramatic enough and Tony refused to allow the producers to try to generate drama among his students. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tea…
Before Jon Hamm was an actor he was a high school drama teacher. He taught actress Ellie Kemper, who he would later work with in "Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
Attention seeking and drama addiction could stem from childhood neglect psychologytoday.com/blog/…
"Dafne" by Jacopo Peri is the earliest composition which can be considered "opera" and was written around 1597 in Florence Italy. It is believed to have been an attempt to revive the classical Greek drama; unfortunately it has been almost entirely lost to history. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Daf…
Peter Dinklage's film debut was in 1995, acting along Steven Buscemi in "Living In Oblivion" -- a low budget independent drama-comedy about a cast and crew filming a low budget independent film in the middle of New York City wikipedia.org/wiki/Living…
The BBC head of drama stated that the Slater family in EastEnders was created to address a deficit of "solid families" in the soap. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sla…
North Korea executed 80 people for secretly watching the ABC drama "Desperate Housewives" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Des…
Charles S Dutton is one of Three actors who have won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama twice, and the only to win back-to-back en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pri…
Today I learned that in college, actor Kevin Mcdonald (Pastor Dave from that 70's show) was "kicked out for being "a one-legged actor" (i.e. he could perform comedy, but not drama) by a dean who had a leg amputated, and was therefore a literal one-legged actor." en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kev…
In 1990, ABC aired 11 episodes of an ill-fated police-drama-presented-as-a-musical called β€œCop Rock”. TV guide dubbed it "the single most bizarre TV musical of all time.” en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cop…
Actor Michael Jace, best known for playing LAPD Officer Julien Lowe in the FX drama "The Shield", is currently serving 40 years for the murder of his wife. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mic…
There is something called the "CSI effect". Because of television crime dramas, jurors have unrealistic expectations of forensic science and investigation techniques economist.com/node/159490…
Musician Drake originally found fame as an actor on Canadian teen drama 'Degrassi'. For 100 episodes, Drake played Jimmy: A wealthy teen who becomes paraplegic and eventually pursues a career in music en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lis…
Cop drama Police Woman aired a 1974 episode where a trio of lesbians rob and murder their elderly residents, prompting protests and TV Guide calling it "the single most homophobic show to date". The episode was withheld from syndication reruns for at least 10 years but is available on DVD en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flo…
Today I learned about the disappearance of Frederick Valentich, A pilot who disappeared nearly 40 years ago after reporting a UFO is one of the inspirations for the plot of the new television drama series The Kettering Incident. skeptoid.com/episodes/438…
Today I Learned, Steven Bochco, creater of Hill Street Blues and NYPD Blue, also made a show called Cop Rock. It is equally as serious a cop drama but features musical numbers composed by Randy Newman. It lasted 11 episodes on ABC. youtu.be/JUrgbheklZM
There is a website where you can listen to thousands of episodes of classic radio dramas for free otrrlibrary.org/
While filming "The Shining", Danny Lloyd (Danny) thought he was filming a drama. He didn't realize it was a horror film until he was 13, and he didn't see the movie in its entirety until he was 17. imdb.com/title/tt0081505/…
Margaret Edson, whose first and only play Wit won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, has no intentions to write another play and instead teaches sixth grade social studies. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mar…
Today I learned of "Night Market Life", a taiwanese drama which has over 1000 episodes with a run time of 120-150 minutes en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nig…
In 1999, as Fox was struggling to create popular sitcoms, they took their hourlong successful drama, 'Ally Mcbeal', and recut it as a 22 minute long sitcom named 'Ally'. While the drama remained, 'Ally' was very quickly canceled. deseretnews.com/article/7…
In the 1980s, a hard-boiled detective drama was made with a cast comprised entirely of children. That movie was "Hawk Jones". youtu.be/r3JsU2_TsJw
Forest Whitaker went to Cal Poly on a football scholarship, hurt his back, switched his major to music and sings Opera. He got another scholarship to Berkeley to study drama en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For…
Ben Affleck and Matt Damon created a mystery TV drama in 2002 where there was a prize of $1,045,000 to the viewer who solved the clues. The show was cancelled halfway through its first season and a New Jersey man won the cash prize. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pus…
At the age of 21 Ben Stiller made a cameo in the 1987 World War II drama Empire of the Sun. While on set, he came up with the idea for the film Tropic Thunder en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
The final episode of medical TV drama series St Elsewhere implied the entire series had taken place within the imagination of Tommy Westphall, a minor character who had autism en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St.…
The BBC broadcast its first multi-episode television show, a crime drama called Telecrime, in 1938. After five episodes, the show went on a seven year hiatus due to WWII and resumed in 1946, when the remaining 12 episodes were broadcast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tel…
Fuji TV aired dramas that it predicted would the most popular on Monday Night because no baseball games were played then. The majority of other TV stations eventually followed suit en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Get…
In 2015 Uzo Aduba joined Ed Asner as the only two actors with Drama and Comedy Emmys for Same Character moviefone.com/2015/09/20/…
The episode "Hush" from Buffy the Vampire Slayer, which is known for its lack of dialogue, was nominated for an Emmy for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/H…
The original script for "Pretty Woman" was a dark drama about finance, sex, money and prostitution. The original story ended with Julia Robert's character remaining a prostitute and on a bus headed to Disneyland. The script was eventually sold to Disney. vanityfair.com/hollywood/…
The "Lu Ann Platter" a meal from the Texas Restaurant chain Luby's was the inspiration for the character name Luanne Platter from the animated Texas comedy/drama, King of the Hill. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lub…
The 1980 film Airplane! is a remake of the 1957 drama film Zero Hour! youtube.com/watch?v=8-v2B…
Industry experts argued that without 'laugh tracks', a show was doomed to fail. It was believed that the absence of any sort of audience reaction meant American viewers would not be able to differentiate between a comedy or drama. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lau…
In the 1930's, the first drama serials on the radio in the USA were sponsored by soap companies and became known as 'soap operas'. The name stuck, and TV programmes in that genre today are still called 'soaps'. thoughtco.com/how-soap-op…
A major character "Adventures in Odyssey," an Evangelical Radio Drama that included an infamous condemnation of RPGs/LARP had a major character voiced by the same actor that played Sheila the Thief in the original Dungeons & Dragons cartoon aiowiki.com/wiki/Castles_…
Today I learned of Detroit 1-8-7, a police drama with a title that references the California Penal Code. Detroit is not in California. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Det…
Jon Hamm taught drama at his old high school. One of his students was Ellie Kemper, Erin from The Office. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon…
At the age of 17, Val Kilmer became the youngest person at the time to be accepted into the Juilliard School's Drama Division, and in 2012 he was awarded an honorary doctorate of Fine Arts from William Woods University. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/V…
In 1990 the 'creator' of Hill Street Blues and LA Law, Steven Bochco produced Cop Rock for ABC Television that was part gritty cop drama and broadway musical, it was such a ratings flop that after 11 episodes ABC cancelled it. nytimes.com/1990/11/13/ar…
After his election as Georgia governor in 1971, Jimmy Carter required his whole cabinet to watch the anti-war drama "Johnny Got His Gun", which later became better known as the inspiration for Metallica's "One". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joh…
Today I learned of "Yours Truly, Johnny Dollar", a 1950s American radio drama that ran for 811 episodes over 13 years. It was not about a private detective or a super hero, but about an insurance investigator from Hartford. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/You…
Stephan Bochco created a short lived musical TV drama in 1990 that was a gritty cop show and at the same time a broadway style musical called "Cop Rock". youtu.be/sWwNTSj2Cy0
Due to viewer complains, only a few hours after Apollo 11 landed on the moon - but before the moonwalks - ABC's Howard Smith reminded viewers "what television is really for. ... Real life is vastly more exciting than synthetic life, and this is real-life drama with audience participation." youtube.com/watch?feature…
Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy was originally a radio drama, not a book en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The…

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