TV TIME: “Mike Nichols: American Masters” Tonight on PBS-TV

January 29th, 2016, 1:00 pm by Greg

Winner of an Oscar, a Grammy, four Emmys, nine Tonys, three BAFTAs and many other awards, director, actor, writer, producer and comedian Mike Nichols (November 6, 1931 – November 19, 2014) was an artistic trailblazer. As the legendary comedy duo Nichols and May, Nichols and his partner Elaine May revolutionized comedy in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Now, May has directed the first documentary about her former partner, “Mike Nichols: American Masters,” premiering on WMHT-TV at 9pm tonight (Friday, January 29) to launch the 30th anniversary season of PBS-TV’s “American Masters” series.

With charm and wit, Nichols discusses his life and 50-year career as a performer and director. “Mike Nichols: American Masters” features new interviews with his friends and colleagues, including Meryl Streep, Steven Spielberg, Tom Hanks, Dustin Hoffman, Alec Baldwin, Paul Simon, Matthew Broderick, Nathan Lane, Bob Balaban, Tony Kushner, Neil Simon, Frank Langella, James L. Brooks and many others, conducted by film, TV and theater producer Julian Schlossberg (“Bullets Over Broadway,” “American Masters — Nichols & May: Take Two,” “American Masters: The Lives of Lillian Hellman”). Schlossberg also conducted an exclusive interview with Nichols for the film. The documentary features insights and highlights from Nichols’ acclaimed films, including “The Graduate,” “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?,” “Catch 22,” “Silkwood,” “Biloxi Blues,” “Working Girl,” “Angels in America” and “Charlie Wilson’s War,” as well as his theatrical productions “Barefoot in the Park,” “Luv” and “The Odd Couple.”

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