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Glenn Gordon Caron (born April 3, 1954; sometimes credited as Glenn Caron) is an American television writer, director and producer, best known for the television series Moonlighting in the 1980s and Medium in the 2000s. He lives in Los Angeles, California.

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BiographyEdit

Caron was born to a Jewish family[1] in Oceanside, New York. After graduating from the State University of New York at Geneseo in 1975, Caron studied with Del Close and The Second City in Chicago before working at an advertising agency.[2]

While at the ad agency he was invited by NBC to write a pilot for the network. The pilot did not receive a series order, but Caron's work impressed writer-producer James L. Brooks, who invited him to join the writing staff of Taxi, although he only worked on one episode.

Caron subsequently coproduced the first 12 episodes of Remington Steele (NBC, 1982-'87) before leaving to form his own company, Picturemaker Productions. Caron created Moonlighting (ABC, 1985-'89), a worldwide hit that revitalized the career of Cybill Shepherd and launched the career of Bruce Willis. Between its third and fourth seasons, Caron directed his first feature film, Clean and Sober (1988), starring Michael Keaton. He was fired by ABC from Moonlighting before the start of its fifth (and final) season, reportedly because Shepherd demanded it.[3] Caron then directed three more feature films — Wilder Napalm (1993), starring Dennis Quaid and Debra Winger, and written by Vince Gilligan, who later created the AMC series Breaking Bad; the Warren Beatty-Annette Bening vehicle Love Affair (1994), a remake of the 1939 film of the same name; and Picture Perfect (1997), starring Jennifer Aniston — before returning to television in 1999 as the creator of the short-lived series Now and Again (CBS, 1999–2000).[4]

In 2001 Fox ordered 13 episodes of the Caron-created romantic comedy Fling. Seven episodes were shot, but the network became unhappy with the direction of the series during production and canceled it before any of those episodes could be broadcast.[5] Four years later Caron created Medium for NBC. He also served as executive producer of the show, wrote several episodes and directed the series's pilot episode. It ran for seven seasons, with the last two airing on CBS.[6]

In 2008 Caron wrote a pilot for CBS titled The Meant to Be's,[7] about a woman who dies only to find herself sent back to Earth to help people get their life back on track. However, it wasn't given a series order.

In 2013 Caron wrote a pilot for a proposed Fox series titled The Middle Man. Set in the 1960s, a Boston FBI agent and his Irish-American informant take on the Italian-American mafia. Ben Affleck was attached to direct the pilot episode,[8] but it was never filmed. The following year Fox ordered a pilot for The Cure, a medical drama to be cowritten and coproduced by Caron and New Yorker writer Malcolm Gladwell,[9] but it too was never filmed.

Caron wrote and produced episodes of the first and second seasons of the FX series Tyrant, and in the spring of 2017 he joined CBS's Bull as a consulting producer before becoming the series's showrunner at the beginning of season two.[10]

AwardsEdit

Glenn Gordon Caron was the recipient of the 2007 Outstanding Television Writer Award at the Austin Film Festival.[11] He was also nominated for four Primetime Emmy Awards for his work on Moonlighting between 1986 and '87 and won a Writers Guild of America award for his 1985 pilot script for Moonlighting.[12]

Personal lifeEdit

Glenn Gordon Caron has been married to his second wife, Tina DiJoseph, since 2006; the couple has one child. Caron has three children from his first marriage. He is the founder-owner of Picturemaker Productions.[13]

ControversyEdit

On December 19, 2018, The Boston Globe published an op-ed by actress Eliza Dushku in which she claimed she was fired by Caron from the CBS series Bull in 2017 after she confronted its star, Michael Weatherly, about sexually charged remarks he'd made to her while filming the final three episodes of the show's first season.[14] Caron had been hired as a consulting producer for those three episodes prior to becoming Bull's showrunner and an executive producer for season two; Dushku was also expected to join the series on a full-time basis in its second season. CBS paid her $9.5 million to settle her claims of wrongful dismissal and sexual harassment.[15] Dushku signed a nondisclosure agreement as part of her settlement, but after news of the settlement leaked and Weatherly and Caron gave statements to The New York Times — "The idea that our not exercising her option to join the series was in any way punitive just couldn't be further from the truth," said Caron — Dushku said she felt compelled to respond, writing, "The narrative propagated by CBS, actor Michael Weatherly, and writer-producer Glenn Gordon Caron is deceptive and in no way fits with how they treated me on the set of the television show Bull and retaliated against me for simply asking to do my job without relentless sexual harassment."[16]

FilmographyEdit

FilmEdit

as WriterEdit

Year Title Notes
1989 The Making of Me short film created for Disney World's Epcot Center
1997 Picture Perfect cowritten by Paul Slansky and Arleen Sorkin; story by May Quigley, Slansky, and Sorkin

as DirectorEdit

Year Title Notes
1988 Clean and Sober
1989 The Making of Me short film created for Disney World's Epcot Center
1993 Wilder Napalm
1994 Love Affair
1997 Picture Perfect

TelevisionEdit

as WriterEdit

Year Title Notes
1979 Taxi (ABC) Episode: "The Great Race"
1980 Good Time Harry (NBC) Episode: "Harry Kisses Death on the Mouth" (cowritten by Steve Gordon)
1980–'81 Breaking Away (ABC) Episodes (3):
— "Knowing Her" (1980) (story by Joel Clark)
— "Grand Illusion" (1980) (story by John Steven Owen)
— "La Strada" (1981) (story by Caron and Steve Tesich)
1982 Fame (NBC) Episode: "Alone in a Crowd"
1982–'83 Remington Steele (NBC) Episodes (4):
— "Signed, Steeled and Delivered" (1982)
— "Etched in Steele" (1982)
— "Hearts of Steele" (1983) (story by Charles Rosin)
— "To Stop a Steele" (1983)
1984 Concrete Beat (ABC) two-hour pilot episode not picked up as a series; aired as a TV movie
1985–'88 Moonlighting (ABC) (created by Caron; 66 episodes) Episodes (7):
– two-hour pilot episode (1985)
– "Brother, Can You Spare a Blonde?" (1985)
– "Twas the Episode Before Christmas" (1985)
– "The Straight Poop" (1987)
– "I Am Curious ... Maddie" (1987) (cowritten by Jeff Reno; story by Roger Director, Charles H. Eglee, Karen Hall, and Ron Osborn)
– "A Trip to the Moon" (1987)
– "A Womb with a View" (1988) (cowritten by Charles H. Eglee)
Writers Guild of America Award for Episodic Comedy (1986)
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (1986, 1987)
1986 Long Time Gone (ABC) two-hour pilot episode not picked up as a series; aired as a TV movie
1999–2000 Now and Again (CBS) (created by Caron; 22 episodes) Episodes (3):
— "Origins" (1999)
— "On the Town" (1999)
— "Over Easy" (1999)
2001 Fling (Fox) (created by Caron) Seven episodes were shot, but the series was canceled before it ever aired.
2008 The Meant to Be's (CBS) pilot episode not picked up as a series; unaired
2005–'11 Medium (NBC, 2005-'09; CBS, '09-'11) (created by Caron; 130 episodes) Episodes (10):
— pilot episode (2005)
— "Suspicions and Certainties" (2005)
— "A Couple of Choices" (2005) (cowritten by Michael Angeli)
— "When Push Comes to Shove: Part 2" (2005)
— "Knowing Her" (2006)
— "Four Dreams: Part 1" (2006) (cowritten by Javier Grillo-Marxuach)
— "Four Dreams: Part 2" (cowritten by Javier Grillo-Marxuach)
— "And Then" (2008)
— "It's a Wonderful Death" (2010) (cowritten by Robert Doherty and Craig Sweeny; story by Shaun Kasser, Samir Mehta, and Sweeny)
— "Me Without You" (2011) (cowritten by Robert Doherty and Craig Sweeny)
2014–'15 Tyrant (FX) Episodes (4):
— "My Brother's Keeper (2014)
— "What the World Needs Now " (2014) (story by Arika Lisanne Mittman)
— "Enter the Fates" (2015)
— "Inside Men and Outside Women" (2015)
2017–present Bull (CBS) Episodes (7):
— "How to Dodge a Bullet" (2017) (cowritten by John A. Norris; story by Norris)
— "Dirty Little Secrets" (2017) (cowritten by David Hoselton; story by Hoselton)
— "Benevolent Deception" (2017) (cowritten by Mark Goffman; story by Goffman)
— "School for Scandal" (2017)
— "Reckless" (2018) (cowritten by Sarah Kucserka and Veronica West)
— "Death Sentence" (2018) (cowritten by Sarah Kucserka and Veronica West)
— "The Ground Beneath Their Feet" (2018)
— "Pillar of Salt" (2019) (cowritten by Nichole Millard and Kathryn Price)

as ProducerEdit

Year Title Notes
1980-'81 Breaking Away Supervising Producer (7 episodes)
1982–'83 Remington Steele Supervising Producer (12 episodes)
1984 Concrete Beat Executive Producer (two-hour pilot episode not picked up as a series; aired as a TV movie)
1985–'88 Moonlighting Executive Producer (53 episodes)
Nominated — Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Drama Series (1986, 1987)
1986 Long Time Gone Executive Producer (two-hour pilot episode not picked up as a series; aired as a TV movie)
1999-2000 Now and Again Executive Producer (22 episodes)
2001 Fling Executive Producer (7 episodes)
2005–'11 Medium Executive Producer (130 episodes)
2008 The Meant to Be's Executive Producer (pilot episode not picked up as a series; unaired)
2014–'15 Tyrant Executive Producer (21 episodes)
2017–present Bull Consulting Producer (3 episodes, May 2017)
Executive Producer (32 episodes as of December 10, 2018)

as DirectorEdit

Year Title Notes
1999 Now and Again Episode: "Origins"
2001 Fling unknown episodes
2005 Medium pilot episode
2018 Bull Episode: "Death Sentence"

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Howowitz, Joy (March 30, 1986). "The Madcap Behind 'Moonlighting'". The New York Times.
  2. ^ Glenn Gordon Caron, Creator and Executive Producer, AllBusiness.com; accessed December 5, 2017.
  3. ^ Clark, Kenneth R. (May 21, 1989). "Why 'Moonlighting' Went Bust". Chicago Tribune. Tribune Publishing Company. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  4. ^ Tomashoff, Craig (December 12, 1999). "Just a Regular Guy, Who Can Outrun a Car". The New York Times.
  5. ^ Adalian, Josef (May 9, 2001). "Fox's 'Fling' flung". Variety. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  6. ^ Bitalac, Labelle (November 19, 2010). "CBS cancels Medium". The News Chronicle. Retrieved June 4, 2014.
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 11, 2007). "Caron, CBS Par into the future". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  8. ^ FOX Gives Pilot Order to Crime Drama 'The Middle Man' Executive Produced by Ben Affleck & Glenn Gordon Caron, tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com, September 13, 2013
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 25, 2014). "Fox Takes 'The Cure,' Put Pilot From Malcolm Gladwell, Glenn Gordon Caron, Imagine". Deadline. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 20, 2017). "Glenn Gordon Caron Tapped As New 'Bull' Showrunner Under CBS TV Studios Deal". Deadline. Penske Business Media, LLC. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  11. ^ "Honored Guests at 14th Annual Austin Film Festival". Austin Film Festival. October 2, 2007. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  12. ^ "Glenn Gordon Caron: Awards". IMDb. Amazon. Retrieved December 22, 2018.
  13. ^ "Glenn Caron". Variety. December 5, 1948.
  14. ^ https://www.bostonglobe.com/opinion/2018/12/19/eliza-dushku-responds-what-happened-cbs-took-job-and-because-objected-being-sexually-harassed-was-fired/OCh7h0pwg4Aq7xfwOUasyO/story.html
  15. ^ Abrams, Rachel, and Koblin, John (December 13, 2018). "CBS Paid the Actress Eliza Dushku $9.5 Million to Settle Harassment Claims". The New York Times. The New York Times Company. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  16. ^ Buell, Spencer (December 20, 2018). "Breaking Her Silence, Eliza Dushku Shares New Details of Harassment". Boston Magazine. Metro Corp. Retrieved December 22, 2018.

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