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Why ‘Idol’ Is in Trouble

Now that "American Idol" is down to its final 24 contestants it seems more clear than ever that the show could be headed into big trouble after this season. Sarah Silverman recently said, as a viewer and fan of "Idol," what…

Feb 24, 2010

Humor the Highlight of the Writers Guild Awards Ceremonies

You probably had to be there, but Larry David said the Writers Guild issued him a death sentence in handing him the Paddy Chayefsky Laurel Award for Television. It was the culmination of a hilarious acceptance speech at the WGA…

Feb 22, 2010

NAACP Image Awards: A Tough Race for TV Nominees

Could it be? Having a little bit of momentary awards show withdrawal in the midst of the season, after the boom-boom-boom of the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards and the Grammys. The next televised extravaganza (after the non-broadcast yet very…

Feb 19, 2010

What Will Tiger Say? If He’s Smart, It’ll Have This TV Element

Coming Friday: From the Gospel of the Former Saint Woods, his Sermon on the Mount. OK, perhaps a bit of an exaggeration, but our anticipation of what Tiger Woods will say on Friday could not be any higher. Woods’ plan…

Feb 18, 2010

Howard Stern’s an A-Hole—and Why He’s the Right Choice To Replace Simon Cowell on ‘Idol’

Howard Stern can be a mean-spirited a-hole. No doubt about it. He is also one of the most brilliant, talented broadcasters I’ve ever heard. No doubt about it. I don’t subscribe to Sirius Radio, so I have not heard Stern…

Feb 9, 2010

Grammy Awards: Highs or Lows, a Tough Year to Top

Where was Kanye West when you needed him? Perhaps he could have mitigated some of the Taylor-phoria at the 52nd annual Grammy Awards, which many people are complaining was more like the Country Music Awards, what with the Zac Brown…

Feb 2, 2010

The Case Against—and For—Jeff Zucker

NBC Universal President and CEO Jeff Zucker was a guest on PBS’ “Charlie Rose” show a few weeks ago (Jan. 18th). Charlie Rose, who has known Zucker for years and has had him on his show periodically since at least 2001,…

Feb 1, 2010