Open Mic

Ding! Ding! Ding! We Have a Winner! We Have a Winner! Who’s the Company or Person Exhibiting the Most Insane, Self-Destructive Behavior in the Past 12 Months? No, It’s Not Charlie Sheen or Lindsay Lohan or Anthony Weiner. It’s Reed Hastings and Netflix

Paging Dr. Drew. Paging Dr. Drew. Please, someone — anyone — do an intervention before our once beloved Netflix is gone forever. First, let us pray. Gather around all your co-workers or your family. Dear God, please stop whatever has…

Sep 20, 2011

Writers Share Insights, Laughs About Working in TV … and the Allure of a Certain Miss Emmy

In film, writers often don’t get much glory, as we’ve all heard many times in the silly but somewhat truthful joke about the naive starlet who slept with the screenwriter in order to get cast in the film, to no…

Sep 16, 2011

Creative Arts Emmys a Chance for Unsung Heroes to Roar — Even Without Tiger Blood

Even as Charlie Sheen was getting ready to be the brunt of barbs at Sony Pictures Studios during the taping of his Comedy Central roast, his nemesis, Chuck Lorre, and former “Two and a Half Men" co-star Jon Cryer were…

Sep 13, 2011

Don’t Know Much About Biology. Though, Like You, I Read About a Study Yesterday Saying ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Scrambles Toddlers’ Brains. Really?

So. It’s a Tuesday morning (last spring) and son No. 1, our 16-year-old, has overslept, which means he most likely will miss the bus, which is a big problem because he’s got a chem test period one and I’ve got…

Sep 13, 2011

A Call to Action: As the New List of Participants on ‘Dancing with the Stars’ Illustrates, We Are in Grave Danger of Celebrating Celebrities Whose Level of Fame Is Unacceptable

When we posted our story earlier this week about who the new celebrities are for this fall’s edition of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” (“A Thespian, a Former Lesbian and a Kardashian. Plus a Stylist, a Jurist and a Songstress. And…

Sep 1, 2011