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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

Another Duggar Series Is Soon to Premiere on Discovery’s TLC. It Used to Be Said of Discovery Communications Programming That ‘Nothing Is Better.’ How, Too Often, That’s Become ‘Nothing Is Worse’

Though it hasn’t received a lot of attention in the mainstream press, in just under two weeks, on Tuesday, March 15, Discovery Communications’ TLC will be back with another series featuring members of the Duggar family. This one is called…

Mar 2, 2016

A-Listers Share the Spotlight at 18th Costume Designers Guild Awards

It was another winning night for TV favorites “Game of Thrones,” “American Horror Story: Hotel” and “The Knick” as their respective costume designers Michele Clapton, Lou Eyrich and Ellen Mirojnick took home trophies presented at the 18th Costume Designers Guild…

Feb 25, 2016

PBS Marks Anniversary of Carole King’s Landmark ‘Tapestry’

Carole King is having a moment. This month marks the 45th anniversary of the release of acclaimed singer-songwriter’s landmark solo album “Tapestry,” one of the biggest selling records of all time. To honor the occasion, PBS is unspooling a new…

Feb 19, 2016

WGA Awards Keep Things Light, Spoof SAG Awards

If the show had been televised, the 2016 WGA Awards ceremony in Los Angeles would almost certainly be nominated itself as best comedy/variety special. Rarely has an awards show that honors excellence in film and television — much of it…

Feb 17, 2016

‘Those Who Can’t’: Tonight’s Premiere Marks a Big Moment in truTV Rebranding

All the cool kids are doing it. truTV, known for reality skeins like “Impractical Jokers,” “The Carbonaro Effect” and “Billy on the Street,” is delving into the scripted series world for the first time tonight with its high school-set comedy…

Feb 11, 2016

Directors Guild Awards Make History

Even as the controversy over the second year of #OscarsSoWhite simmers down a few notches with the Academy’s accelerated efforts to diversify its membership, Hollywood’s major professional guilds continue to make clear statements that could be termed #NotSoWhite. The Screen…

Feb 8, 2016