Open Mic

Live Blogging the End of the World

Hello everyone. Just a short note to alert you to the fact I am prepared to give up most of my R&R time tomorrow—Saturday—to blog for you live, here on TVWeek.com, various developments regarding tomorrow’s end of the world. I…

May 20, 2011

Guest Blog: Hey Comcast NBCUniversal, Appearances DO Matter

[Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog by 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 Television; and president…

May 16, 2011

The Lakers’ Andrew Bynum Needs to Be Reined In NOW, Before His Lethal Attacks With His Right Elbow Cause a Career-Ending Injury to Another Player; Here’s Video of Several Incidents

As a basketball fan, let alone as a life-long Lakers fan, I am deeply disturbed by the flagrant fouls of Andrew Bynum with his lethal elbow, and his lack of remorse. Please witness the following. First, from two years ago,…

May 10, 2011

ABC Blew an Opportunity When It Announced It Was Killing ‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’

[Editor’s Note: This is the first entry from a new TVWeek Open Mic blogger, Arthur Sando. Sando is a public relations/corporate communications specialist who has worked with some of the most dynamic individuals and companies in the TV industry, most notably Ted…

May 4, 2011

How the Killing of Osama bin Laden Mirrored a Popular TV Show

There couldn’t have been a more apropos blending of fact and fiction on Sunday night as the astonishing news broke that U.S. Special Forces had assassinated Osama bin Laden nearly 10 years after the devastating attacks he ordered on Sept….

May 3, 2011

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