Open Mic

Writer Richard Matheson Influenced My Personal Twilight Zone in Frightful Ways, and I Wouldn’t Have it Any Other Way

A large part of the scariest, creepiest, most intensive part of my childhood can be traced to the TV shows and movies written by Richard Matheson, and I bet I’m not alone. While some of these experiences have had lifelong…

Jun 25, 2013

‘I have to be the sad clown, laughing on the outside, crying on the inside.’ A Farewell to James Gandolfini, Who Brought to Life One of the Greatest Characters Ever on TV

I’m a baby boomer born 10 years after my favorite movie, “Casablanca,” had its premiere. The best movie that’s been made in my lifetime thus far is “The Godfather.” And the TV show that I believe has had the most…

Jun 20, 2013

Film Industry Women Sparkle at the Crystal + Lucy Awards

Although it is their male counterparts who get title billing, it was the women of "Mad Men" who took center stage at the Women in Film 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills on June 12, which also marked…

Jun 17, 2013

Breaking Down the Critics’ Choice Awards

Critics are a notoriously picky lot, and members of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association are certainly no exception. That’s why it was such a surprise — and a testament to the quality of television programming over the past season —…

Jun 12, 2013

For Many Attending This Week’s NCTA Cable Show, It’s a Good Time to Try and Spend Some Time With Cable’s Most Charismatic Icon, a Genuinely Modest Person Who Is Retiring at the End of the Year. A Tribute

Having covered the cable TV industry for almost three decades, I’ve known most of the industry’s heavy hitters, from John Malone, Michael Fuchs and Kay Koplovitz to Abby Raven, Italia Commisso Weinand and Glenn Britt. I’ve known some much better…

Jun 10, 2013