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TVWeek Says Time to Set Your DVRs Again for a Wonderfully Entertaining Courtroom Drama, Made By Otto Preminger. Why Moviegoers, Music Lovers and Design Freaks All Owe A Debt of Gratitude to Preminger

There was a time, when I was in college, when I flirted with the idea of becoming a lawyer. As far back as I can remember I’ve been a person who asks question and more questions and then even more…

Dec 22, 2012

Wildly Funny, But Never Common. Today’s TWeek Highly Recommended Movie on TV: A Romantic Comedy Filled With Deft Sardonic Humor — and a Touch of Clowning Slapstick

Quick — name the best Hollywood directors from the 1930s and 1940s. You’ll likely answer Wyler, Curtiz, Hawks, Capra, Cukor, Stevens, Hitchcock, Ford, Preminger. Some might include Lang and Mamoulian and a few other wonderful directors less well known by…

Dec 21, 2012

Anatomy of Reporting Mass Murder: Why Were We Told So Much Wrong Information During the Live Reporting Last Friday of the Killings in Newtown, Conn.? Should Reporters Have Done a Better Job?

[Updated 12/20/12 at 10:25 am, PT to correct the number of adults killed in Newtown by Adam Lanza on Dec. 14, 2012, not including his shooting himself.] Scott Pelley, the anchor and managing editor of the “CBS Evening News,” who…

Dec 20, 2012

The Sports Move of the Century: The Jets Should Trade Tim Tebow to L.A. … But We Have No Pro Football Team Here in L.A., You Say. Well, Here’s the Plan …

Almost exactly a year ago I wrote a column saying how exciting TV watching was each Sunday, thanks to Tim Tebow’s miracle success with the Denver Broncos. But with the hapless New York Jets refusing to play Tebow this season,…

Dec 10, 2012

Hey Jeff, Here’s How You Can Fix CNN, Part 2. This Time the Advice Comes From a Broadcaster in This Guest Commentary

[Note: This guest blog entry is written by Bill Bauman, who addresses his comments to new CNN boss Jeff Zucker. For many years Bauman was the GM of WESH, Hearst Television's NBC affiliate serving Orlando, Fla. He retired five years...

Dec 7, 2012

Stars Come Out for CNN’s Tribute to Heroes — But the Focus Is on Everyday People Doing Extraordinary Things

It is an awards show where you hear some unusual words coming out of the winners’ mouths, as in, "It’s not about me." And therein lies the spirit of celebrating everyday people who are changing the world in the two-hour…

Dec 4, 2012