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Reiner

Something Smells Wrong about the Latest ‘As The World Turns’ Stunt Casting

Today is the 108th anniversary of the birth of prolific soap creator  Irna Phillips (on TV alone, she concocted “Guiding Light” and “As the  World Turns”, and had a hand in “Days of Our Lives” and “Another  World”, among others)….

Jon & Kate: Feeding Kids to the Media Lions

I gave into the hype and finally watched Monday’s episode of TLC’s "Jon & Kate Plus 8.” I was as curious as the rest of America as to their big announcement: If they are separating, how will it be revealed?…

Nielsen, Nets Need to Get Real When It Comes to Measuring Success

Forgive me for the gap between entries, but I’ve been busy with work, school, repairmen, veterinarians and life. The good news is that I’m all caught up on my favorite reality shows thanks to my trusty DVR and the best…

The Tonys? More Like the Really Awards

Everyone’s buzzing about the number of “West Wing” women on Sunday night’s Tony Awards (Allison Janney, Stockard Channing, Kristin Chenoweth), but I was impressed with the number of reality vets at the theater world’s annual kudofest. First and foremost, VH1 poster…

Memo to Reality Producers: It’s Time to Call Jenny Craig

As Jerry Seinfeld might say, “What’s the deal with all the the really long reality shows?” I speak, of course, of the two-and three-hour syndrome that is taking over network reality at an alarming rate! Just look at NBC’s two-hour…

Bravo’s ‘Miami Social’: A Cure for Reality Fatigue?

To quote the prolific Broadway composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim, “You gotta get a gimmick if you want to get ahead.” That axiom applied to the strippers in the Broadway musical, and it also applies to producers and networks trying…