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Television Academy Honors 2015’s Best

Whether you lean toward calling it the new golden age of television, peak TV or another catchy phrase, there is no doubt that we are living in an era when the amount of high-quality programming is vast and deep. But…

Jun 13, 2016

Why Does Comedy Matter? Two of Television’s Top Creators Offer Their Take

They are both undisputed kings of comedy on CBS, with years of number one shows between them. And although Norman Lear and Chuck Lorre came up in the business during different generations, many of their core values are very similar…

Jun 6, 2016

A Look Back at the 2016 TV Upfronts

It’s been a week since the 2016 TV upfronts drew to a close and the music — and the spoofs — of “Hamilton” are still ringing in our ears. The smash hit Broadway show was omnipresent during the week of…

May 25, 2016

A Treasure Trove of Previously Unpublished Works: More Than 50 Movie Posters and Ads Designed by Saul Bass and Illustrated by Al Kallis. Devilishly Fun

It was love at first sight. The first time I saw the work of Saul Bass I fell madly in love with it. What I saw that first time was the title sequence of Alfred Hitchcock’s “Vertigo.” It was 1973,…

May 12, 2016

WGN America Goes ‘Underground’ to Examine a Troubled Period in U.S. History

With the pulse-pounding pace of its very first episode, WGN America’s “Underground” transported viewers to the antebellum world of 1857 Georgia, a dangerous and desperate place where slaves on plantations plotted their escapes via the Underground Railroad from their existences…

May 11, 2016

With the Recent Death of Prince, the ‘American Masters’ Broadcast of ‘Janis: Little Girl Blue’ Has Added Resonance

The recent death of Prince sparked a revelation for director Amy Berg, who just spent eight years immersed in the life of another musical legend, Janis Joplin, culminating in the feature documentary “Janis: Little Girl Blue” which she also wrote…

May 3, 2016

Hallmark and the Uproar Over Not Showing ‘Hear My Song,’ Originally Titled ‘Boychoir’: If Hallmark Really Cares Enough, Here’s What It Should Do

When we broke the story last week about why Hallmark pulled the airing of “Hear My Song,” starring Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates, as a Hallmark Hall of Fame presentation that was to air on CBS last Saturday night, Hallmark…

Apr 21, 2016

New HBO Doc, Premiering Tonight, Takes an Uncensored Look at Robert Mapplethorpe

Even as HBO’s “Vinyl” presents a fictionalized look at the music and drug scene in New York in the 1970s, the pay-cable channel’s new feature documentary “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures” presents the real-world art and drug scene of the…

Apr 4, 2016

‘The People v. O.J. Simpson’ Producer-Director Opens Up About ‘Getting It Right’ — and Making It Human

Just as it was more than 20 years ago during the so-called Trial of the Century, the nation appears to still be riveted by the case of O.J. Simpson and the accusations that he murdered his former wife Nicole Brown…

Apr 4, 2016

Two Artists, One You’ve Heard Of, the Other You Haven’t — Bruce Springsteen and Al Kallis — Implore Us: In the Time of Your Life, Live!

The first time I saw Bruce Springsteen, he was in a coffin. OK, that’s a lie. By the time I saw Springsteen in a coffin I had already seen him perform concerts about half a dozen times. The time I…

Mar 15, 2016