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Michael Angeli (born 1970/1971) is an American writer and television producer, best known for his award-nominated work on television series such as Monk and the remake of Battlestar Galactica, a show for which he was also a co-executive producer.
|Born||1970/1971 (age 48–49)|
|Occupation||Screenwriter, television producer|
|Alma mater||University of Wisconsin|
|Subject||Celebrity ghost-writer and profiler|
|Notable works||Chyna: If They Only Knew (co-author, 2001, ISBN 978-0-06-039329-8)|
Angeli is currently in pre-production on Hyde Park Station, a TV drama pilot created by Angeli and Genius/Aretha director, Anthony Hemingway.
As a screenwriter, his television credits include Now and Again, Dark Angel, Cover Me, Medium, Monk, Touching Evil (U.S. version), In Plain Sight, Law & Order: SVU, Killing Mr. Griffin, Playmakers (ESPN's first drama), Law & Order: Criminal Intent, Battlestar Galactica and its spin-off/prequel, Caprica.
Angeli is co-author of the autobiography of World Wrestling Federation performer Chyna. Angeli ghost-wrote My Lives, the Roseanne Barr autobiography (credited on the fly page). He profiled celebrity for such magazines as Playboy, Cosmopolitan, and Esquire.
As a free-lance writer, Angeli has covered sports and pop culture for The New York Times, Los Angeles Magazine, Details, and Sports Illustrated. An advocate of the participatory journalism elevated by the late George Plimpton, Angeli's exploits included spending 24 hours in Central Park, trying out for in-line Roller Derby, and a six-game road trip with The Los Angeles Lakers.
Angeli is the co-executive producer of the 2019 CBS drama, "The Code" which debuted on April 9, 2019.
In 2004, Angeli was nominated for an Edgar Award for Best Episode in a TV Series, for his work on "Mr. Monk and the 12th Man". In 2005 Angeli and the creative staff of the drama series, "Battlestar Galactica" won a Peabody Award. At the 60th Primetime Emmy Awards in 2008, Angeli was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series, for his work on the Battlestar Galactica episode "Six of One".
Battlestar Galactica creator Ronald D. Moore:
“Michael Angeli is a fascinating guy. There was an interim period when I was at Universal before they picked up Galactica to series. I was on a deal and just waiting, and they said, “In the meantime, we want you to go help out on this show called Touching Evil,” which was a U.S. version of a U.K. show. Michael was running the writers’ room and I came over to do a script. That was the context in which I met him. He was funny, cynical, really well read. He used to be a journalist. But he has great chops in terms of writing on the page. There’s an intensity to it and a beauty to the language. He’s a writer’s writer, like Michael Taylor, who came aboard later. You read their stuff and you’re really drawn into it … sometimes to the detriment of the show, because you’re reading it and you’re like, “Wow, this is unbelievable.” Then you have to step back and go, “Wait a minute. Does this work as an hour of television?” It’s that kind of thing. But Michael is fun in a room. He’s got a vivid imagination. He’s not afraid to pitch out[…]”
Excerpt From: Edward Gross & Mark A. Altman. “So Say We All: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Battlestar Galactica.” iBooks.
- "Abel and Willing: New S9 episode". proboards.com. November 18, 2009.
About Michael Angeli: LOCI's newest writer brings along a resume of substantive TV projects. Writing credits include Medium, Dark Angel, Touching Evil, and the short-lived revival of The Twilight Zone. Most recently he was co-executive producer and a lead writer for Battlestar Gallactica (40 episodes). In 2009 he produced scripts for SVU (episode: "Users"); Monk, and In Plain Sight. A University of Wisconsin psych major, the 38-year-old Angeli—a one-time freelance magazine writer—is L.A. based. Currently he is writing a pilot (now in second draft) for a proposed original USA network series called John Q. Public.
- Jane Espenson (May 17, 2008). "Learning From The Prose". JaneEspenson.com. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
So did you see last night's new episode of Battlestar? This one, called Guess What's Coming to Dinner? was written by the amazing Michael Angeli...Angeli's scripts are always literary objects in their own right and if the Battlestar scripts are ever published, I encourage you to devour them.