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Forget Fox News and CNN. To Really Get a Global Perspective We Need Our Cable Operators to Carry Al Jazeera English

[Note—This first appeared in print on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2011, so when Aaron refers to “today” or “tonight,” that’s the date to which he is referring.] Since the protests broke out in Egypt, there has been one constant: the relentless,…

‘Put Another Candle on My Birthday Cake, I’m Another Year Old Today.’ Actually, It Was This Past Monday That the First Lady of TV, Betty White, Turned 89. And Here’s Part of the Celebration That Took Place in Kansas City

Brad Moore, president of Hallmark Hall of Fame Productions, gave the cue. As America’s favorite octogenarian turned around, the Hallmark Gospel Choir, a volunteer group of employee serenaders, tore into their version of “Birthday” by the Beatles. We know it’s…

The Final Minutes of the 24-Hour LiveCocoCam…

After spending a day in front of the LiveCocoCam, the interns and other staff at Conan O’Brien’s latest world headquarters — conveniently located above Stage 15 on the Warner lot, where “Conan” begins taping Nov. 8 — must have realized…

Has There Ever Been a More Beloved Show on TV? ‘The Andy Griffith Show’ Turns 50, And the Crowds Still Turn Out For ‘Mayberry Days’

“The Andy Griffith Show” signed on Oct. 3, 1960. It went on to become one of TV’s all-time successes and a career changer for Griffith (who was trying to live down his all-too-memorable performance as a drunken, angry broadcaster in…

‘Lost’ Finale: For Dance 10, Looks 5; and Did It Damage Whatever Future Potential the Franchise Has

So, I’ve already rated last night’s “Lost” finale a 10 emotionally and a 5 narratively … and the 5 was perhaps being generous. Now here’s the billion-dollar question: Did last night’s finale do permanent damage to the LOST brand, or…

Why The Take-Down of the ‘Hitler’ Parodies on YouTube was Illegal

The German film company which produced "Downfall," the movie about the last days of Adolf Hitler now made famous by a zillion Web parodies, has ordered a DMCA (Digital Media Copyright Act) takedown of all such parody videos from YouTube….

Here’s Proof of Jay’s Hypocrisy

It’s been amusing to watch apologists for NBC and Jay Leno explain away Conan O’Brien’s brilliant and shockingly candid "People of Earth" letter. But lest anyone think that the Dick Ebersols of the world are anything less than lying, despicable…

With Leno Off ‘Tonight,’ is There a New King of Late Night?

When Americans are looking to soothe their frazzled nerves after a long day, late-night TV shows have always been happy to oblige. But these days, the world of late night is as topsy-turvy as the real world we’re trying to…

Barnhart on Letterman: This is Creepy-—Telling a Story About Having Sex With Your Employees to People Who LAUGH and APPLAUD

Wow. I don’t know where to begin with David Letterman’s bizarro, play-it-for-laughs on-air admission that he had sex with staff members. On the one hand, good for him for telling a fairly unvarnished account of being blackmailed by a Connecticut…

A Show I’m Mad About, And it’s Not on HBO. Come Join the Fun

This may not be the golden age of television, but perhaps it’s the titanium age: high quality in large quantities. There are so many good shows now that the people who watch TV for a living are being forced to…