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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…

Dec 7, 2016

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….

Dec 2, 2016

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…

Nov 21, 2016

Megyn Kelly Reveals Horrifying Details About Harassment, Bill O’Reilly Spins Out of Control, and What the Murdochs Must Do to Fix Fox News

Megyn Kelly’s scary, unsettling account of being sexually harassed by her then boss, former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, and Bill O’Reilly’s scary, unsettling response when asked about it, shows how much more work the Murdoch’s need to…

Nov 17, 2016

Will President Trump Take Another Page From the Howard Stern Playbook?

I have never seen an election that has upset more people who I know. Mainly because most of them are convinced that President-elect Donald Trump is a screwball. A nut. Peggy Noonan, the terrific writer, columnist, journalist and political historian,…

Nov 10, 2016

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…

Nov 2, 2016

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…

Oct 27, 2016

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…

Oct 20, 2016

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…

Oct 12, 2016

To Play the Game With an Unreachable Perfection: Arnold Palmer, My Dad, My Brother and Me. A Tribute

[Originally Published May 8, 2014] Back in 1961, in his fiftieth year, my dad decided to take up golf. My brother and I were rather surprised. Our dad liked watching baseball and football, but we don’t recall him participating in…

Sep 26, 2016