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Showtime Revisits a True Crime That Captivated the Country in 2015 — With a Journey to the Dark Side Along the Way

Like countless millions of other people, I was glued to the ongoing news coverage of the escape from the Clinton Correctional Facility in upstate New York in the summer of 2015. It was a true-crime saga writ large across the…

Nov 16, 2018

Where Will the Next Country Superstars Come From? Tune In Tonight

Country music fans in the Los Angeles area know Graham Bunn from his DJ slot on KKGO-FM (Go Country 105), but starting Tuesday night, the Raleigh, N.C., native has a new nationally televised platform. He’ll host “Real Country” on USA…

Nov 13, 2018

When a Pop Band Created a Paradigm Shift — a Beatle Looks Back

The Beatles’ 1964 appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” is unquestionably one of the greatest moments in television history, a performance that proclaimed a new era in music and shifted the culture for a new generation, one which reverberates to…

Oct 30, 2018

A Conversation With ‘Clinton Impeachment’ Executive Producer Tom Jennings

The ugly, divisive partisan politics making headlines today may feel like something never before experienced, but one needs only to look back 20 years at the battle to impeach then-President Bill Clinton to realize that the more things change, the…

Oct 29, 2018

Freddy Krueger Brings Nightmares to a Prime-Time Sitcom — Tonight!

Flash back to 1984. Freddy Krueger, a serial killer with a gloved hand crowned with long, lethal razors, made his first appearance in Wes Craven’s “A Nightmare on Elm Street,” launching one of the most successful horror franchises in film…

Oct 24, 2018

A Movie Star Embraces Television — in a Scandalous Way

Here’s a self-professed admission from Hugh Grant, whose films over the past several decades have grossed more than $3 billion globally at the box office. Until just very, very recently, he was a snob about TV, even as his co-stars…

Oct 23, 2018

FX’s John Landgraf on the Coming Streaming Wars: At What Point Does Television Become a Utility?

Long-established as an industry thought leader, FX CEO John Landgraf is getting ready for the big change when Disney takes over the cable network he’s called home for about 17 years. Landgraf spoke last week at Variety’s Entertainment and Technology…

Sep 11, 2018

Kurt Sutter Takes Out ‘Mayans M.C.’ for a Test Ride

Kurt Sutter was more than revved up for the premiere screening of his new FX outlaw crime drama, “Mayans M.C.” The creator of ”Sons Of Anarchy,” the epic seven-season motorcycle gang show from which “Mayans” is a spinoff, was introduced…

Aug 30, 2018

The Story Behind ‘Crazy Rich Asians’

“Crazy Rich Asians” is poised to take the box office by storm when it opens nationwide Wednesday. Based on the runaway 2013 bestseller by Kevin Kwan, it’s the first major studio film with an all-Asian cast since 1993’s “The Joy…

Aug 14, 2018

Here’s What’s Coming Up on Two of the Big Four Broadcast Nets

Two of the Big Four broadcast networks, ABC and NBC, capped off the TCA summer press tour held at the Beverly Hilton hotel. But unlike Fox and CBS, neither net provided its entertainment division presidents for what are commonly known…

Aug 13, 2018