Back in 1993, during a celebration of the 30th anniversary of the auteur theory in America, critic-turned-filmmaker Paul Schrader identified a then-current Hollywood trend: "If you learned your craft in episodic television, you learned two things. One: how to take orders and be on time. And two: how to please people. So now who are our 'auteurs'? Meathead, Laverne and Opie." Which was to say, Rob Reiner, Penny Marshall, and Ron Howard, respective acting alumni of "All in the Family," "Laverne & Shirley," and "The Andy Griffith Show" and "Happy Days."
Laverne and Meathead soon ceased to matter much, but Opie gives no sign of slowing down. Read what's wrong with that at http://movies.msn.com/story/taxing-movie-people/ron-howard/?icid=MOVIES3b>1=MOVIES3b —RTJ