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Amid Lurid Headlines About Sexual Misconduct, Women Take Center Stage for a Very Different Reason

It would be a challenge in the best of times — honoring the contributions of women in television over multiple decades and across the spectrum in comedy, drama, news, talk, sports and music in just one evening, and not an…

Oct 16, 2017

Mistakes Were Made in Game Four of the NLDS — and Not Just on the Field

First of all, let me stipulate that I am a big fan of Ernie Johnson and Ron Darling, the A-Team providing play-by-play and analysis of the Cubs-Nationals series on TBS. Ron has been excellent at deducing the strategy of the…

Oct 12, 2017

Taking a Deep Dive Into the Life of the Notoriously Private Steven Spielberg

It’s everything you thought you knew about Steven Spielberg — and a whole lot more. In less than the running time of perhaps his most critically acclaimed film, “Schindler’s List,” a new documentary takes a deep dive into the life…

Oct 10, 2017

Attorney Lisa Bloom’s Defense of Harvey Weinstein Is Maddening and Hypocritical

Lisa Bloom, the daughter of pioneering feminist attorney Gloria Allred, is herself a lawyer who has been, heretofore, uncompromising in her advocacy to end sexual harassment in the workplace. Most particularly, she has both represented and been outspoken in the…

Oct 6, 2017

A Sitdown With Clive Davis, the Record Exec Behind Springsteen, Manilow, Joplin and Other Superstars

Janis Joplin, Santana, Michael Bolton and Whitney Houston. A montage of performances by these artists kicks off the compelling new documentary “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives.” Those artists, along with Bruce Springsteen, Patti Smith, Aerosmith, Alicia Keys, Barry…

Oct 2, 2017

Rance Crain Has a Problem With ‘No Problem,’ and He’s Not Alone

I’ve always found it a little annoying and self-righteous when people say “No problem” to me after I thank them for some service they’ve rendered. “Why should there be a problem?” I usually gripe to myself or to who’s ever…

Oct 2, 2017

Rethinking That Other ‘Trial of the Century’

It was the other trial of the century in the 1990s, before that of O.J. Simpson. Actually, two of them. Broadcast live on Court TV, millions of viewers nationwide could not look away from the grisly spectacle of two handsome,…

Sep 26, 2017

‘The Voice’ Returns to NBC Tonight — Here’s a Preview

Fresh off its fourth Emmy Award win for outstanding reality competition program, “The Voice” returns to NBC Monday night with a new powerhouse coach firmly ensconced in one of its swiveling red chairs. Jennifer Hudson — who first shot to…

Sep 25, 2017

NFL Network Introduces Three New Hall of Fame Analysts

Pro football season is just around the corner and the NFL Network ratcheted up the anticipation with a special event last Thursday honoring its three newest members of the team — newly inducted Hall of Famers LaDainian Tomlinson, Terrell Davis…

Aug 28, 2017

TV Gives Diana the Royal Treatment

“I want to be the queen of people’s hearts,” Princess Diana said in a televised interview just two years before her life was tragically ended in a Paris car crash while being pursued by paparazzi. And that she clearly still…

Aug 25, 2017