Open Mic

‘The Artist’ Scene Stealer Takes Spotlight as Hollywood Goes to the Dogs for Genesis Awards

Just as he did in the Academy Award-winning “The Artist,” canine star Uggie nearly stole the show at the 26th Genesis Awards, presented by the Humane Society of the United States. The 22 winners were announced Saturday, March 24, at…

Mar 28, 2012

After 18 Months, We Parse the 2-Hour Season Premiere of ‘Mad Men’: Kinky Sex, Greed and a Song for iTunes

The two-hour premiere of the long-awaited fifth season of “Mad Men” was a huge education. First, it answered the big question: Did Megan actually get married to Don in the 17 months that have passed since the dapper Mr. Draper…

Mar 27, 2012

Connecting the Dots Between Steve Jobs, Ira Glass, Truth, Fiction, Theater and ‘The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance’

The favorite entertainment of my grandfather on my mother’s side was the movies. I don’t remember ever seeing him read a book or a magazine or a newspaper, but he adored the movies. Especially Westerns. My grandfather was a serial…

Mar 22, 2012

After Spending $200 Million in 2 1/2 Years, Cable MSOs Have Given Up on Canoe’s Big Ad Plans. It Was Touted as ‘Groundbreaking.’ TVWeek Looks at How It Ran Aground

Of all the young turks of media who emerged during the late 1980s and early 1990s, David Verklin was always the most gregarious — outgoing, social, smart, articulate, a superlative communicator with seemingly boundless enthusiasm and energy. We’re talking about…

Mar 12, 2012

An ‘Insanely Rich’ Night of Honors for Television Academy Hall of Fame Inductees

It was an evening filled with laughter and reminiscing as the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences inducted eight new members into its prestigious Hall of Fame, three of them posthumously. Although “I Love Lucy’s” Vivian Vance and William Frawley…

Mar 6, 2012