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Elizabeth Banks, Tracee Ellis Ross, Zoey Deutch and Dan Rather Among Recipients of 2017 Crystal + Lucy Awards

With “Wonder Woman” still lording over everything and everyone else at the box office, the timing could not have been more perfect for Women In Film’s 2017 Crystal + Lucy Awards, which honor femmes in filmmaking and television. But the…

Jun 16, 2017

Defining Television Through Quality Programming

Old TV shows not only don’t die anymore, they are often more appreciated now than they were during their original runs. That axiom came to vivid life with the reunion of the cast of Syfy’s “Battlestar Galactica” on the closing…

Jun 14, 2017

Wrapping Up Television’s Recent Upfront Presentations

Despite the intense focus on new ways of doing business in the digital era, the broadcast networks clearly have a case of Everything Old Is New Again. From reboots of “Roseanne” to “Dynasty,” “Will & Grace” to “S.W.A.T.,” and of…

May 23, 2017

CNN’s ‘Soundtracks’: History Brought to Life Through Music

September 11. The assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The Stonewall riots. Music is a unique lens through which to view these and other highly examined, momentous events that have shaped world history over the past half a century….

Apr 20, 2017

Last Night Was a Surreal Experience in Bill O’Reilly’s No Spin Zone

Tuesday morning, when all that was known publicly was that Mercedes-Benz and Hyundai had pulled their ads from “The O’Reilly Factor,” I spoke to a high ranking executive at a top media agency who asked me not to use his…

Apr 8, 2017

CNN Tackles an ‘Unseen Enemy’

SARS. Zika. Ebola. Bird Flu. These are the names of recent disease pandemics that can inflict not only severe illness and death but also massive amounts of fear. And while it is incredibly difficult to watch the human suffering that…

Apr 7, 2017

‘The Great War’: Producer, Writer and Director Stephen Ives on the Moment When America Came of Age

Thousands upon thousands of women carrying protest signs march down Fifth Avenue in New York City. No, it’s not a scene from the nationwide protests that took place the day after the Trump inauguration in January. This women’s march is…

Apr 3, 2017

What a TV Series Set 160 Years Ago Says About Today’s America

The abolitionist Frederick Douglass, who died in 1895, is certainly having a moment — notwithstanding President Trump’s recent comment about him that many interpreted as the president thinking Douglass was still alive. Ten-time Grammy Award-winning musician John Legend will portray…

Mar 8, 2017

TV Takes a Close Look at the Los Angeles Riots 25 Years Later

For everyone who lived in the Los Angeles Metro area at the time — and countless millions upon millions of others watching live on television — the horrific events that transpired beginning April 29, 1992, will forever be etched in…

Mar 8, 2017

Robert Osborne WAS the Movies

For me, Robert Osborne WAS the movies. Movie makers are storytellers, and no one knew or shared more stories about the movies than Robert Osborne, the Turner Classic Movies (TCM) host who died yesterday at age 84. He worked on…

Mar 7, 2017