Open Mic

Some of You are Thinking it, So We’ll Say it: What’s up With Oprah, of All People, Giving Airtime to MacKenzie Phillips Saying She Had Incest With Her Dad? Is it a Ratings Ploy?

Being journalists, people whisper things to us that they might not otherwise say out loud. In the last 24-hours those whisperings to us have become a loud roar: Should Oprah, perhaps the most well-respected and influential person on TV today,…

Sep 24, 2009

Handicapping the Emmy Race for Best Comedy

Right out of the gate of its debut 2006-07 season, “30 Rock” grabbed the Emmy for outstanding comedy series, and then took home the trophy again last year. All indicators this year point to the sitcom about a sketch comedy…

Sep 18, 2009

Handicapping the Races for Best Actor and Actress in a Comedy

New blood is always a good thing, and the marquee Emmy category for best actor in a comedy series is comprised of 33% of it. But those fresh faces are up against four major comedy heavyweights, including last year’s winner,…

Sep 17, 2009

Handicapping the Race for Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy

It’s not often the host of an awards show is himself up for one of the trophies, but "HIMYM’s" Neil Patrick Harris will be holding his breath when the winner of the outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series is…

Sep 16, 2009

Handicapping the Race for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy

Take two newcomers and four lauded pros—with last year’s winner Jean Smart out of the mix–and there’s a lot of drama in the race for the Emmy Award as best supporting actress in a comedy series. Vanessa Williams is used…

Sep 14, 2009

The U.S. Supreme Court Heard a Case on Wednesday, Sept. 9th, That Could Affect Millions and Millions of Dollars Spent on Networks and Local TV Stations. And It’s Very Possible the Decision Will go the Way That Will Allow This Spending to Happen

The case in question involves corporate and union funding of political ads. Here’s the long and short of it: right now, for all intents and purposes, corporations and unions cannot fund these ads. But that could change, and if it…

Sep 10, 2009

Why Ellen Degeneres is a Great Choice For ‘Idol’

Anyone who is complaining about the decision to add Ellen DeGeneres as the fourth judge on “American Idol” doesn’t understand show business. It doesn’t matter whether or not Ellen is some kind of expert on singing, though, as an entertainment professional…

Sep 10, 2009

Why Do the Tea Leaves Still Say Diane Sawyer Will Be Put Under Scrutiny That No Man Has To Endure?

Whether you watch them or not– and their audiences are dwindling, yet still a potent force — the anchors of the network news broadcasts are among the most powerful people on the global stage, able to snag an interview with…

Sep 4, 2009