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Cable Highlights From TCA

It’s inevitable that there will be some verbal fireworks mixed in with the vast slate of programming presented at the cable portion of the TCA summer press tour held at the Beverly Hilton. Last year, there was a media-manufactured showdown…

Aug 16, 2016

How Netflix and the Other Streamers Raised the Bar This Year at TCA

Streaming services have not only joined the summer TCA fray in full force, but in the case of Netflix, which reportedly spent $6 billion on content this year, have doubled down on traditional broadcast and cable networks in how their…

Aug 15, 2016

Big Night for FX at TCA Awards

There were handshakes, high fives, kisses and hugs all around as FX had a big night at the 32nd annual TCA Awards with wins in four of the 10 categories in a ceremony hosted by Jaime Camil at the Beverly…

Aug 8, 2016

PBS Hopes to Fill the ‘Downton Abbey’ Void by Giving Fans the Royal Treatment

When the ornate doors of “Downton Abbey” closed earlier this year — despite the fact that creator Julian Fellowes gave nearly all of the beloved characters a happy series-ending sendoff — millions of viewers around the world were left with…

Aug 5, 2016

Diverse TV Performers and Creators on Opening It Up — and the Value of a Good ‘Sucker-Punch’

Although the recent Primetime Emmy nominations showed the Television Academy does not have a #SoWhite problem, it doesn’t mean that diversity is not a front and center issue in the television industry. Addressing the topic head-on, the Television Critics Association…

Aug 3, 2016

The Resignation of Roger Ailes and the Stench of Mendacity

  I was stopped mid-article on Wednesday, July 20, while reading in the Financial Times about Roger Ailes, the chairman and CEO of the Fox News Channel, who was expected to exit the company. Here’s what I was reading (you…

Jul 22, 2016

A Pre-Olympics Torrent of New Programming on Broadcast, Cable and Streaming

Are you ready for all the hype, pageantry, thrills, chills — and scary stories about the Zika virus? In just less than a month, beginning with the Aug. 5 Opening Ceremonies, NBC and its cable networks and digital platforms will…

Jul 6, 2016

TVWeek Picks the Best TV Program of the Year — ESPN’s ‘O.J.: Made in America’

One of the reasons the ESPN documentary series “O.J.:Made in America” has received so much praise is the timing of its release. With so many continuing examples of Black lives being assaulted by the police, the five-part, almost 8-hour documentary,…

Jul 2, 2016

Television Academy Honors 2015’s Best

Whether you lean toward calling it the new golden age of television, peak TV or another catchy phrase, there is no doubt that we are living in an era when the amount of high-quality programming is vast and deep. But…

Jun 13, 2016

Why Does Comedy Matter? Two of Television’s Top Creators Offer Their Take

They are both undisputed kings of comedy on CBS, with years of number one shows between them. And although Norman Lear and Chuck Lorre came up in the business during different generations, many of their core values are very similar…

Jun 6, 2016