Open Mic

PBS Serves Up a Riveting Take on Legendary Guitar Player Jimi Hendrix

From the very first notes of "Wild Thing" electrifying the crowd at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967 Jimi Hendrix fans will be riveted by a new two-hour "American Masters" documentary, "Jimi Hendrix — Hear My Train a Comin’," premiering…

Nov 5, 2013

Advice to the Ad Community From an Unlikely Source: John Lennon

John Lennon sure had it nailed when he sang, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” I think of that this morning in the context of advertising. It must have been well over 20 years…

Oct 15, 2013

You Know That Executive the Network Just Hired? What an A-Hole!

Well, that was pretty simple. Name-calling that’s easy for me as a columnist/blogger to do, and a terrific attention grabber. Thanks for clicking on this piece. So who’s the asshole I’m referring to in the headline? Don’t have one in…

Oct 7, 2013

For the Women of ‘Sons of Anarchy,’ It’s All About the Love — Passionate, Violent Love

It may be the men of "Sons of Anarchy" who suck all of the air in the room when they hold secret meetings in their clubhouse, but it is the women who provide much of the motivation for the adrenalized…

Oct 1, 2013

Creative Arts Emmy Awards: Will Track Shoes Be Required From Now On?

Here’s some advice that might seem odd to give to both male and female awards show nominees: Wear running shoes on the night of the ceremony. That’s right. Fast footwear would have been optimal for all of those nominated in…

Sep 20, 2013

When Worlds Converge: CIA and TV Folk Mix It Up at ‘Homeland’s’ Washington Premiere (Minor Spoiler Alert)

Much goes on inside the Beltway, but it’s not often that a high-profile premiere of a movie or television show takes place within Wi-Fi range of the nation’s capitol. But Washington, D.C., was indeed the perfect location that pay cabler…

Sep 19, 2013

Set Your DVRs: The Favorite Film of Blake Edwards, Who Gave Us ‘Breakfast at Tiffany’s,’ the ‘Pink Panther’ movies, ‘Days of Wine and Roses,’ ’10′ and ‘S.O.B.,’ Is on TV in a Few Hours, Late Tonight, Wednesday, Aug, 21, 2013, Uncut and With No Commercials

Blake Edwards was first successful on TV, as the creator, in 1958, of “Peter Gunn.” TV historians Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, in their authoritative “Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows,” write that the character of…

Aug 21, 2013

In Case the Wait for ‘Downton Abbey’ Is Driving You Crazy … Here Are a Few Tidbits About Season 4

Don’t read any further if you want to avoid any spoilers for the upcoming Season 4 of “Downton Abbey.” If that’s the case, you’ll also have to wall yourself off for the next five months until the hit British drama…

Aug 14, 2013

Tonight I Recommend a Must-See Movie on TV That 50 Years Ago Received One of Worst Reviews Ever Given by The New York Times. Plus, One of the Funniest Movie Anecdotes I’ve Ever Heard

I remember it as if it was yesterday. When I was nine-years-old I took the Greyhound bus for the first time—and took it alone–as my parents put me on the bus in Santa Monica to visit my grandfather in Oxnard,…

Aug 9, 2013

TV Critics Honor the Industry’s Best

Even as the best in current television programming was honored in a dozen categories, it was the recognition for a show of yore that brought down the house at the 29th Annual Television Critics Association Awards at the Beverly Hilton’s…

Aug 5, 2013