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Hillary Atkin

The Big Night Arrives for ‘The Voice’s’ Final Four

The countdown is on for the opening of the envelope that will reward months of hard work. Yes, tonight’s the big night for “The Voice” to crown the winner with its Season 11 finale, a season that will go down…

Tonight’s the Night for NBC’s Live Production of ‘Hairspray’

It was the summer of 2003 and “Hairspray” was the hottest show on Broadway, after taking home eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. A friend at New Line Cinema had offered to get me a pair of coveted tickets on…

Smithsonian Channel’s ‘The Lost Tapes: Pearl Harbor’ Reconstructs a Day 75 Years Ago That Has Lived in Infamy

“Riveting” is the first word that comes to mind upon viewing a new program that reconstructs in real time the events of one of the most fateful days in American history, Dec. 7, 1941, a date that President Franklin D….

PBS’s ‘Soundbreaking’ Series: The Late George Martin’s Swan Song to the Music Industry

It’s a music lover’s dream: an eight-part exploration of innovations and insights across all musical genres over the past century, featuring unreleased footage and interviews with more than 150 artists. The series, “Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded…

TCM Gets Real With a Month of Documentaries

The outcome of next Tuesday’s presidential election determines not only the future direction of the United States, but how often we’ll see Alec Baldwin performing his bombastic, satirical spoof of Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live.” Regardless of what happens…

Celebrating Seven Decades of Hispanics in Television — Going All the Way Back to ‘I Love Lucy’

The spirits of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball were in the room as the Paley Center for Media celebrated seven decades of Hispanic achievements in television in a gala event Monday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel that brought out…

The Toughest Ticket on Broadway Comes to PBS

It’s the toughest ticket on Broadway, but now all of those who want a seat at “Hamilton” can get an inside look at the groundbreaking musical and the journey to bring it to the stage in PBS’s “Hamilton’s America.” A…

An Inside Look at CNN’s ‘We Will Rise’

First lady Michelle Obama’s efforts to ensure that education of girls is accessible around the world gets in-depth treatment in a new CNN Films documentary whose airings are timed globally to coincide with the International Day of the Girl. It…

Ken Burns Takes On the Nazis

It was 1939. The Nazis were ravaging Europe when a young Unitarian minister, Waitstill Sharp, answered a call at his office in Wellesley, Mass., that would change not only the life of his family but the course of history during…

The Success Story That Is Comedy Central’s “South Park” — How Trey Parker and Matt Stone Stayed 8 Years Old for 20 Years

It’s a staggering concept, but Eric Cartman, Kyle Marsh and Stan Broflovski should be 28 by now. Instead, the crudely animated characters that sprang from the imaginations of Trey Parker and Matt Stone are perennially 8 years old — but…