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Guest Blog: A Long Time ‘Idol’ Watcher Says that Show is Broken and Needs to be Fixed

This is a guest essay from one of the biggest fans of ‘American Idol" that I know; Judy Pollack, the managing editor at our sibling publication, Advertising Age, where I used to work once upon a time. For as long…

May 27, 2010

’24′: A Grand Finale or a Missed Opportunity?

The finale of “24” actually began in the waning moments of the episode that aired on May 3rd. Jack Bauer (Kiefer Sutherland) had just forced double agent Dana Walsh (Katee Sackoff) to give him evidence of the Russians helping in…

May 25, 2010

‘Lost’ Finale: For Dance 10, Looks 5; and Did It Damage Whatever Future Potential the Franchise Has

So, I’ve already rated last night’s “Lost” finale a 10 emotionally and a 5 narratively … and the 5 was perhaps being generous. Now here’s the billion-dollar question: Did last night’s finale do permanent damage to the LOST brand, or…

May 24, 2010

The Network Upfront Presentations, Part 2

In my blog yesterday I wrote that I thought the broadcast networks need to share their upfront presentations with their viewers. They can either just broadcast the presentations or publicize how to watch them being streamed on the internet, or…

May 20, 2010

A Wakeup Call for the Broadcast Networks About Your Upfront Presentations

While many of us in this Twitterized, FiOSed, Facebooked, Comcastic world have noticed that we’re a decade or so into the 21st Century, it appears that the broadcast networks have not. Hey, even old fogies realize that we’re living in…

May 19, 2010

Betty White’s Golden Moments on ‘SNL’

Betty White didn’t — and couldn’t — physically bound out on stage to take the reins of “Saturday Night Live,” but her highly-rated hosting gig Saturday will go down in history as one of the 35-year old show’s sweetest moments….

May 10, 2010

Roger Ailes and Fox News: Traitors or Patriots?

There may be a truce of sorts at any given moment, but there’s no doubt that there’s been a war going on between Fox News and the Obama White House. I thought about this on May 1st, during the White…

May 10, 2010