Open Mic

CBS’s Nina Tassler, Film Star Annette Bening Among Honorees at Women in Film Gala

It was a momentous night for CBS as several of its luminaries took center stage Thursday, June 16, at the Women in Film 2011 Crystal + Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills. Hosted by Melissa McCarthy of the network’s hit show…

Jun 20, 2011

Oh Oprah: What Do We Do When People We Like Say Crazy, Kooky Things? Such as Your Remarks About O.J. Simpson

It’s rare that, as a reporter, I cringe when a top executive or major talent says something at a public event I’m covering. But that’s what happened yesterday (Thursday, June 16, 2011) when I was covering Oprah Winfrey being interviewed…

Jun 16, 2011

A Modest Proposal for Today’s Not So Modest Politicans: Have Them Sign the ‘Bad Form’ Form

Enough is enough. We’re done. Really. We are over our public officials—invariably men—behaving badly. And then, to compound the error of their ways, they don’t go quietly into the night like most of us want them to go. Put simply,…

Jun 8, 2011

Pushing the Envelope at the MTV Movie Awards

It’s an awards show that always tries to push the envelope, whether it’s having Sacha Baron Cohen fly across the audience and swoop down, bare bottomed, on Eminem or an unexpected girl-on-girl kiss, like the one between Sandra Bullock and…

Jun 7, 2011

MSO Cablevision Speaking Out of Both Sides of Its Mouth: It Wants What It Won’t Give

[Editor's Note: This commentary first appeared on Jeff Grimshaw's The TV News, which can be found at www.thetvnews.tv, and we appreciate Jeff letting us reprint it.] Cablevision Systems raised some eyebrows last week with its filing in the FCC’s proceeding…

Jun 6, 2011

Meredith Vieira, Anne Thompson, Chelsea Handler Among Honorees at 36th Annual Gracie Awards

The late comedienne Gracie Allen would have been proud. The 36th annual edition of the awards bearing her name, the Gracies, went off without a hitch–and with a lot of laughter, appreciation and applause along the way. Hosted by Patricia…

Jun 3, 2011

Guest Blog: A Raging Liberal Defends Fox News

[Editor's Note: This is a guest blog by Norman Horowitz. Norman started in the TV business in 1956, when he was 24. He has been president of Worldwide Distribution for Columbia Pictures TV (Screen Gems); president of Polygram Television; and...

May 27, 2011

Educating Ray Romano: Nothing Like a Peabody Award to Put Things in Perspective

Ray Romano definitely knows what a George Foster Peabody Award is now. The co-executive producer and co-star of TNT’s "Men of a Certain Age" is the new owner of one of the prestigious golden statuettes, awarded Monday in New York…

May 27, 2011

Oprah: Great Job on the Finale. Now You Need Some Ants in Your Plants

Don’t know about you, but I was totally blown away by the elegance, grace and class of Oprah on her final syndicated show. Oprah talked about how the show, once it found its sea legs, became about empowering us, her…

May 26, 2011

Hey Oprah, the Scripts You Need Most to Be Reading Are Not About Putting You in a Broadway Play

[Editor's Note: This commentary first appeared on Jeff Grimshaw's The TV News, which can be found at www.thetvnews.tv, and we appreciate Jeff letting us reprint it.] I was privileged to run the PR Department at King World for almost a…

May 20, 2011