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Hillary Atkin 213 Entries
Hillary Atkin

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…

Kevin James Leads Annual CBS Preview Program

Can’t wait for Kevin? Kevin James, star of the upcoming comedy “Kevin Can Wait,” hosts “CBS Fall Preview” Monday, Sept. 12, a week before his own show premieres on The Eye. James has not toplined a network series since “The…

Things Get Bubbly at TCA — Broadcast (and Affiliated Cable) Presentations, Part II

It’s not a question that is normally on the minds of anyone participating in the summer TCA press tour. And that question would be this. Who is up for day-drinking some really good, expensive French champagne? Mariah Carey, promoting the…

Broadcast Nets Showcase Programming at TCA — Part I: ABC, CBS and the CW

The broadcast network portion of the summer Television Critics Association press tour was filled with drama, from Bob Costas taking heat about NBC’s Olympics coverage to CBS Entertainment chief Glenn Geller dealing with controversy over the network’s all-white showrunner slate…

Cable Highlights From TCA

It’s inevitable that there will be some verbal fireworks mixed in with the vast slate of programming presented at the cable portion of the TCA summer press tour held at the Beverly Hilton. Last year, there was a media-manufactured showdown…

How Netflix and the Other Streamers Raised the Bar This Year at TCA

Streaming services have not only joined the summer TCA fray in full force, but in the case of Netflix, which reportedly spent $6 billion on content this year, have doubled down on traditional broadcast and cable networks in how their…

Big Night for FX at TCA Awards

There were handshakes, high fives, kisses and hugs all around as FX had a big night at the 32nd annual TCA Awards with wins in four of the 10 categories in a ceremony hosted by Jaime Camil at the Beverly…

PBS Hopes to Fill the ‘Downton Abbey’ Void by Giving Fans the Royal Treatment

When the ornate doors of “Downton Abbey” closed earlier this year — despite the fact that creator Julian Fellowes gave nearly all of the beloved characters a happy series-ending sendoff — millions of viewers around the world were left with…

Diverse TV Performers and Creators on Opening It Up — and the Value of a Good ‘Sucker-Punch’

Although the recent Primetime Emmy nominations showed the Television Academy does not have a #SoWhite problem, it doesn’t mean that diversity is not a front and center issue in the television industry. Addressing the topic head-on, the Television Critics Association…