Jan 5, 2004  •  Post A Comment

NBC’s “The West Wing” airs its milestone 100th episode Wednesday, as President Bartlet (Martin Sheen) attends the funeral of a former president, accompanied by two other former presidents (John Goodman and James Cromwell). The politically charged series, now in its fifth season, went through creative changes this past year and has been ratings-challenged, but the stellar cast and topical issues are still reminders of why the Warner Bros.-produced show has won four straight best drama Emmy Awards.
Convergence in Vegas
More than 100,000 people are expected to exhibit, attend and take part in the International CES consumer electronics show in Las Vegas. The action kicks off with a pre-show keynote Wednesday evening by Microsoft Chairman Bill Gates. FCC Chairman Michael Powell is expected to discuss digital TV, broadband, spectrum management and home recording rights at a Friday breakfast. And a Friday afternoon panel features top cable and satellite execs, including Cablevision’s Chuck Dolan, EchoStar’s Charles Ergen, Time Warner’s Glenn Britt, Discovery Network founder John Hendricks, DirecTV’s Eddy Hartenstein, ABC/ESPN President George Bodenheimer and HDNet President Mark Cuban.
Critics Return to L.A.
The semiannual Television Critics Association hype-fest returns to Hollywood beginning Tuesday as the nation’s TV writers and critics spend a dozen days at press conferences and parties and in screenings. Look for the flow of stories to begin with three days of cable TV news, including the announcement Friday of a new name for Game Show Network, followed by news and non-news from PBS, The WB, NBC, CBS and UPN through Jan. 18.