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At the Writers Guild Awards Last Weekend the Word of the Day May Have Been Self-deprecation

Nic Pizzolatto made something very clear during his two trips to the podium at the WGA Awards. The writer of HBO’s “True Detective ”– honored for both outstanding drama series and new series – is still worried about keeping his job. Both of Pizzolatto’s acceptance speeches were…

Feb 20, 2015

Murphy’s Law: Because as Journalists We All Live in Glass Houses. Check Out This Series of Real Events That Left Former ABC News President David Westin Thinking That Tom Brokaw Said — On-the-Record — That Brian Williams ‘Always feels the need to embellish’ and ‘he’s known for making any story about him.’

Cue Jon Stewart. Even he might not believe this one, but it’s absolutely true. Mike Allen is the chief White House correspondent for Politico. He’s got a resume a mile long as a very credible journalist, formerly at Time magazine…

Feb 10, 2015

Brian Williams: It’s Simple. It’s About Being Truthful

While at first it seemed as if the big question about Brian Williams was why his first person story changed over the years about his being on a helicopter that had been fired upon in Iraq, it seems to me…

Feb 9, 2015

When Zombie Marketing Is Not a Good Thing: You are Fit, Active, and Have Been Able to Save a Few Bucks By the Time You’re in Your Mid-50s. So Why Is It that in the World of Television You Are Considered the Walking Dead?

A Guest Commentary by Chris Dorsey Ad agencies and media buyers so covet the 25-54 age demo that network executives are forced to program for that group of TV viewers or risk watching their ad dollars drift to those networks who do….

Feb 3, 2015

Confronting the Unimaginable: ‘Night Will Fall’ on HBO

It was the movie from 1945 that had barely seen the light of day —until earlier this week. Reels upon reels of raw footage recorded by military and newsreel cinematographers after the liberation of Nazi concentration camps by Allied forces…

Jan 30, 2015

‘Voices of Aushwitz,’ Powerful Documentary, Tonight on CNN

They were just children. Four of them, three girls and a boy, growing up more than seven decades ago in upper or middle-class families, surrounded by arts and culture, without many cares in the world. And then, unspeakable horror. Uprooted…

Jan 28, 2015

Hokum and Hoodlums to Delight You This Holiday Season

I hope that one of the tasks you are making time for during the holidays is some binge TV watching. One friend is just now catching up with “Breaking Bad.” (By the way, if you haven’t seen this series, which…

Dec 27, 2014

Time for What May Well Be the Final Awards Show of 2014

With awards season poised to take a break for the holidays after the recent nomination announcements from the Critics’ Choice, Golden Globes and SAG, along comes what is to the best of our current knowledge the very last awards show…

Dec 18, 2014

Jimmy Smits Offers Insights Into ‘Sons of Anarchy’ — Including Tonight’s Series Finale

If you’re not among the 6 million people who regularly tune in to “Sons of Anarchy” or its 8.2 million Facebook fans, you may possibly be excused for not knowing that Tuesday night, Dec. 9, 2014, marks the end of…

Dec 9, 2014

‘Peter Pan Live’ Was ‘Oddly Awful.’ What NBC Needs to Do to Have These Musical Spectaculars Grow Up

TV Critic Gail Pennington of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch nailed it when she wrote of last night’s “Peter Pan Live” on NBC, “Christopher Walken, whose casting seemed a stroke of genius, was oddly awful as Captain Hook. At points, he…

Dec 5, 2014