Open Mic

The Unexpected Appeal of NBC’s ‘The Voice’

Having never been a consistent fan of reality shows, reality competition shows or music competition shows like, um, the pop-culture dominant for a decade "American Idol," we are surprisingly entranced with "The Voice," which premiered to great hype on NBC….

Apr 29, 2011

Guest Blog–Vast Wasteland My Ass, Part Two. Strange Bedfellows: ‘Oh! Calcutta!’ ‘Playhouse 90’ and ‘The Beverly Hillbillies’

[Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog by Norman Horowitz, and a follow-up to a blog entry he wrote that can be found if you click here. Norman started in the TV business in 1956, when he was 24. He has been president of…

Apr 26, 2011

Guest Blog: What’s Real and What’s Not About Reality TV? That’s One of the Questions Addressed in HBO’s Remarkable New Docudrama ‘Cinema Verite,’ Which Features a Stellar Cast: James Gandolfini, Tim Robbins and Diane Lane

[Editor’s Note. This guest blog is by our friend David Wiegand of the San Francisco Chronicle, and this review initially appeared in that newspaper and on its website at SFGate.com. We are grateful to David for letting us reprint it. David can…

Apr 22, 2011

Guest Blog: Vast Wasteland My Ass–Why Newton Minow Wasn’t The Programming Shark He Thought He Was When He Coined That Famous Phrase

[Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog by our friend Norman Horowitz. Norman started in the TV business in 1956, when he was 24. He has been President of Worldwide Distribution for Columbia Pictures TV (Screen Gems); President of Polygram…

Apr 21, 2011

Comedy Central Gets Into the Awards Game–What Took So Long?

File this under the category of "Why didn’t we think of this before?" Twenty years in, Comedy Central hosted its first awards telecast Sunday night, inaugurating its Comedy Awards even as its corporate cousins MTV, VH1, Nickelodeon, TV Land and…

Apr 13, 2011

Elizabeth Taylor and the Unlikely Alignment of the Hollywood Gods That Produced a Truly Great American Movie

With the recent death of Elizabeth Taylor, there is renewed interest in her movies. She made some fine movies and one great one, the latter which TCM presented–uncut and with no commercials, as usual–on Sunday night, April 10, 2011. Even if you missed…

Apr 10, 2011

What Katie Couric Should Do Next–First of All, She Should NOT Do a Daytime Talk Show, and Here’s Why

Let me ask you something. Is Katie Couric more in the mold of Barbara Walters, Diane Sawyer and Meredith Vieira or Ellen DeGeneres, Rosie O’Donnell and Regis Philbin? Clearly it’s the first trio. So I believe that Couric would have…

Apr 5, 2011

Guest Blog: You Are There, as Charlie Sheen Implodes in Motown

[Editor’s Note: Bill Shea is the Enterprise Editor of Crain’s Detroit Business and as a reporter also covers entertainment and media. He also writes a blog for Crain’s Detroit Business, and it was on that blog where this piece first…

Apr 4, 2011