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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

Speaking Truth to Power: Anderson Cooper and the Late Elie Wiesel vs. President Trump

Anderson Cooper, whom I consider one of the most fair-minded, even-tempered journalists on TV today, began his show, “Anderson Cooper 360,” on CNN Tuesday night with this remarkable introduction: “We normally start off the broadcast saying good evening. But tonight,…

Aug 16, 2017

Final TCA Wrapup: ABC, Fox and FX

During the Television Critics Association summer press tour, close to 150 programs are presented to TV reporters, many of whom fly in from all over the country and Canada for the confab, which concluded last week. Some of the most…

Aug 14, 2017

Wrapping Up the TCA Presentations by CBS, NBC, Showtime and The CW

Even as news from outside the doors of the Beverly Hilton roiled the traditional television ecosystem — including Disney pulling future programming from Netflix in favor of its own subscription services and Facebook producing original content — networks continued to…

Aug 11, 2017

From Vietnam to the Amazon to the Heliosheath, PBS Is Set to Go There

All eyes were riveted on the monitors in a ballroom at the Beverly Hilton as clips from “The Vietnam War” unspooled. It was part of the PBS portion of the Television Critics Association summer press tour and clearly, the public…

Aug 7, 2017

Wrapping Up the Cable Highlights From TCA

Adaptations of “Howards End,” “Get Shorty” and “The Right Stuff.” New comedies featuring Tracy Morgan, Jason Alexander and Sarah Silverman. Documentaries on Steven Spielberg, Elizabeth Smart and Danica Patrick. And, after five years, a new season of “Curb Your Enthusiasm.”…

Aug 1, 2017

Series Presents a Groundbreaking — and Colorful — History of America

It was the Roaring ’20s as no one had ever before seen them — in living, nearly breathing, full-spectrum color. That footage of flappers and good time Charlie-types living it up in an era of newfound affluence and social and…

Jul 27, 2017

TV Documentary Revisits a Notorious Killing Spree

Forty years ago, it was a violent crime spree that not only terrorized the nation’s largest city but riveted the entire country, a murderous rampage by an elusive serial killer who came to be known as “Son of Sam.” Last…

Jul 24, 2017

Filmmaker on the ‘Agony and Ecstasy’ of New HBO Project

A kid from Compton and a Brooklyn boy. Exactly no one could have predicted that these two disparate childhoods in humble circumstances on opposite coasts would breed two of the most innovative men in the music industry — Andre Young…

Jul 7, 2017