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Why Mary Martin Is Still the Favorite Peter Pan of So Many of Us. Hopalong Cassidy vs. Peter Pan

In 1950, there was a huge spike in the number of homes with TV sets in the U.S., jumping from about 4 million homes to 10.5 million homes. The year before, the number of TV homes had jumped by about…

Aug 27, 2014

Toned-Down VMAs: No ‘Miley Moment,’ But Cyrus Makes Her Presence Felt

There was no “Miley Moment” akin to last year’s foam finger twerking brouhaha, so it turned out to be a tamer night at the 31st annual MTV Video Music Awards, held Sunday, Aug. 24, at the refurbished Forum in Inglewood…

Aug 27, 2014

As NBC Prepares ‘Peter Pan’ for the Holidays, the Story of How Disney Prevented an Actress Who May Have Made the Greatest Peter Pan Ever — Audrey Hepburn — From Playing the Part. [And Laurence Olivier Would Have Played Opposite Her as Captain Hook!] Plus, Who Mary Martin Said Played Peter Pan the Best

As I was researching some information about Mary Martin and her role as Peter Pan, I came across this surprising material with which I wasn’t familiar. A report by A.H. Weiler from the May 31, 1964, edition of The New…

Aug 20, 2014

2014 Emmy Awards, Round 1: HBO and NBC Clean Up at Creative Arts Emmys

“These are the real Emmys. The ego-free Emmys,” shouted Kristen Schaal, part of the ensemble from “Bob’s Burgers” accepting one of more than 90 trophies handed out at the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy Awards Aug. 16 at the Nokia Theatre…

Aug 18, 2014

Dunno About You, But We’re Still Reeling From Robin Williams’ Death. Maybe This’ll Help…

We here at TVWeek are still having a hard time getting over the fact that Robin Williams is no longer with us. His humor was more than infectious: It was a tonic for our times. With a rat-atat-tat delivery and…

Aug 14, 2014

Robin Williams’ Death Leaves a Legacy of Sadness — and Carries With It a Warning

The sadness most of us feel about the death of Robin Williams is palpable. I spent a few minutes with him at a family event a number of years ago and felt his warmth, generosity and sincerity. The occasion was…

Aug 12, 2014

You May Have to Cover Your Eyes at Times, But a New Drama Series From Cinemax Is Worth a Peek

Cinemax is going in an entirely new direction tonight with the premiere of the ten-part series “The Knick,” from director Steven Soderbergh. Clive Owen stars as a brilliant, renegade and opiate-addicted surgeon wielding a scalpel in turn of the 20th…

Aug 8, 2014

Fun With Advertising: A Dazzlingly Smart Ad From CBS, and Something a Little Cheesier

I absolutely love this print trade ad from CBS, which, as it turns out, is an award-winner. I took a picture of the ad — here it is: The target of the ad is potential advertisers on CBS. As you…

Aug 6, 2014

‘Cosmos’ and Host Neil deGrasse Tyson Get the Rock Star Treatment

You might have thought it was Beyonce and Jay-Z performing, by the line of fans outside the Paley Center in Beverly Hills Sunday evening — but this crowd was, well, crazy in love with “Cosmos: A SpaceTime Odyssey.” The final…

Aug 6, 2014

TCA Highlights: Here’s a Rundown of What’s Coming to TV

The second half of the semiannual Television Critics Association press tour may have started with the campy “Sharknado 2: The Second One,” but it ended with the real-life drama of historic events like the FDR presidency and the Watergate scandal….

Jul 28, 2014