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Solvej Schou
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Whether you live in a drought affected area (as I do), or not, please check out my new Associated Press story on tips for conserving water at home. Also took the photos.


Here in dry, dusty Southern California, dealing with the worst drought in state history has become the "new normal." In my home, we've cut back on showers and watering the lawn.
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Honored that Barry Smolin, aka Mr. Smolin, played my song "Big Sur" on his great KPFK L.A. radio show "Head Room"! 
KPFK 90.7 FM Los Angeles, 98.7 FM Santa Barbara. Pacifica Radio for Southern California
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Farewell, goodbye to "Late Show" with David Letterman, such a staple of late night TV, it's strange that he'll be gone. That gap-toothed grin, that sly, unapologetic delivery. Decades of laughter. #ThanksDave
NEW YORK (AP) — There are those who will argue that the world of television hasn't suffered such a loss in nearly a generation, and they're right. When David Letterman signed off CBS' "Late Show" for good Wednesday, he…
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SPOILER ALERT! DON'T READ THIS POST IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN TONIGHT'S "MAD MEN" FINALE.... So the series comes to an end with loose ends tied up, and one cheekily waving in the wind (Don's). Joan's her own boss (go Joan). Peggy and Stan declare their love in a great phone call that ricochets like a rollercoaster. Sally shows her fierce maturity coming home to help her mom, as Betty - still smoking - awaits her fate to lung cancer. And Don, oh Don. Dick Whitman, Don Draper, whatever his name is to whoever at that moment, crumbles to tearful dust at what looks like a Big Sur counterculture retreat (Esalen??). His facade broken, his journey complete. After sobbing and bear-hugging a complete stranger in group therapy whose story in ways mirrors his own (one of the show's most real moments), he sits on a hilltop, the California sun glowing behind him, and smiles. That smile. Is he finally content? Is he staying on the bright hippie West Coast, "retired" from New York corporate advertising? Or does he have an idea, a great idea, a singular idea, the best of his career? The scene, and episode, transition from that smile to 1971's iconic hilltop Coke commercial "I'd Like to Buy the World A Coke." In real life, a McCann Erickson creative director for Coke, like Don, dreamt up that ad. Smartly, it's a loose end just that, loose, thought-provoking and up for interpretation. RIP "Mad Men," whose stylish clothes, characters and philosophical panache kept me watching every week.

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Check out my new story for TheStreet.com, out today, on TV networks at upfronts highlighting middle-aged characters to reach older viewers.
The largest TV networks -- NBC, CBS, ABC and Fox -- are featuring middle-aged characters to appeal to advertisers eager to reach older viewers with greater purchasing power.
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My new story for TheStreet.com on why reports of broadcast TV's "death" - timed to this week's upfronts - have been greatly exaggerated.
Don't get too caught up in the streaming media hype: Good old-fashioned broadcast TV is still drawing enormous viewership and raking in huge amounts of advertising cash.
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Thank you so much to talented director Alex Godinez for all of his time, effort, kindness and creativity directing the first music video for one of my songs from my indie solo debut. It's being finalized now, and I will let everyone know when it's up! Thank you to Oscar Santos (aka Sister Mantos) for introducing us, to Samantha for her great editing, Jessica for her expert makeup skills, Ronee for the script supervision and Cruz for his excellent assistance day-of shooting the video, and after.
Doing some final color correction for the next music video. Thank you, Samantha for the awesome editing, Jessica for the beautiful makeup work Ronee for...
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Curious the impact of reports on The New York Times changing its film review policy 
The New York Times is changing its film review policies, with the paper telling distributors this week that it can no longer guarantee its critics will weigh in on every film that screens in the ci...
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Nice story by the LA Times on Victor's Restaurant in Hollywood closing. I used to go there every year around Passover for huge buckets of matzo ball soup. Owner Bill Gotti would walk around and snappily chat to customers. Farewell another piece of L.A.

Supplies were running low on a weekday night at Victor's Square Restaurant in Hollywood. They were out of roast chicken and baked potatoes, and it was getting hard to keep up with all the orders for matzo ball soup.
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Tonight's end of smart, stylish "Mad Men" brings me back to interviewing the show's talented costume designer Janie Bryant in 2009 for this Associated Press feature. Throughout the series, she absolutely raised the bar on snappy and perfectly tailored 1960s-era TV costumes. I was still steeped in the revival '60s Mod scene at the time, during that interview, and coveted all those gorgeous dresses niftily fitted to Joan, Peggy and Betty. Still do. 
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Huge breaking music news. BB King has died in Las Vegas at age 89, reports The Associated Press. No one like him. Soulful from his toes up to his fingers playing his guitar Lucille.
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Huge media news, Fox canceling "American Idol" after its 15th season next year. I used to write about "Idol" years back. Here's an Associated Press piece of mine from the archives, in 2007, about my own (strange) experience auditioning for the show. End of an era.

A harrowing first-person account of auditioning for 'American Idol.'
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Solvej Schou is a Pasadena, Calif. and Los Angeles based journalist with more than a decade of professional reporting and writing experience whose stories have been published by outlets such as The Associated Press, New York Times, Yahoo!, BBC.com and Los Angeles Times. She was formerly a staff senior film writer at Entertainment Weekly, EW.com, and a staff writer at The Associated Press.
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  • Barnard College
    English - Creative Writing, 1996 - 2000
  • USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism
    Journalism, 2003 - 2005
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