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Senator Franken’s Resignation Speech: Really, Al?

Sen. Al Franken gave a speech on the floor of the Senate yesterday in which he announced his upcoming resignation from the Senate after eight women had accused him of improper sexual behavior, including groping and forced kissing. Yet in…

Dec 8, 2017

When’s the Best Time to Use a Folksy Saying? When the Cows Come Home, of Course

I was watching TV over the Thanksgiving holiday when my granddaughter’s cute little dog Winnie jumped in my lap for a snooze. When Ramsay noticed her all curled up, snug as a bug in a rug, she said Winnie looked…

Dec 7, 2017

New History Series Promises ‘Holy Hell’

“Holy Hell,” proclaims one of the billboard campaigns for History’s upcoming series “Knightfall,” a tale of brotherhood, betrayal and bloodshed. “Is Nothing Holy Anymore?” asks another. The verdict will be up to audiences when the ten-episode run of the fictionalized…

Dec 6, 2017

It Was One of the Most Gripping News Events of the 1970s, and Now a New TV Production Goes Inside the Patty Hearst Saga

Soon to be married college student. Blue-blooded heiress to a family fortune. Kidnap victim. Terrorist sympathizer. Bank robber. Patricia “Patty” Hearst was all of these things as the case of her February 1974 abduction from her Berkeley, Calif., apartment and…

Nov 22, 2017

How Perfect Would It Be If People Would Just Stop Saying ‘Awesome’?

There are only a few things in life that qualify as being awesome: the Seven Wonders of the World, a solar eclipse, a newborn baby, my granddaughter’s wedding. Does the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen qualify as awesome? Joe Buck, the…

Nov 7, 2017

Groundbreakers: Writers Who Moved Hearts and Minds

“All in the Family.” “black-ish.” The West Wing.” “In Living Color.” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” “The Color Purple.” “Schindler’s List.” “The China Syndrome. “Get Out.” What these and other impactful television shows and films have in common is that…

Nov 6, 2017

The Measure of a Man: The Passing of Bob Silberberg

“The strength of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.” So said the French theologian Blaise Pascal close to five hundred years ago. More recently, the popular novelist Kristin Hannah put…

Nov 3, 2017

Honoring Hollywood’s True Characters

You’ve seen their faces, but you may or may not know their names, much less how to spell them. They are generally known as character actors, some of the finest thespians around on television and in film. Five of these…

Nov 3, 2017

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