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As Donald Trump Is Sworn in Today, Journalists Have a Big Responsibility Covering His Administration. Here’s Our Journalist Role Model

In his 2016 year-end roundup of news events, our friend Harry Jessell, the editor and co-publisher of TVNewsCheck — who was also, at one time, the editor in chief of Broadcasting & Cable (B&C) — got it exactly right when…

Jan 20, 2017

How Television Saved the Movies From … Television. Marketer’s Delight

An assessment of the Hollywood movie experience in theaters, circa fall 1953: “The screen widens, the dimension deepens, the track trebles, carpenters arrive to alter the ratio, the industry shifts massively to meet the threat of television. Like a tyrannosaurus…

Dec 31, 2016

The Big Night Arrives for ‘The Voice’s’ Final Four

The countdown is on for the opening of the envelope that will reward months of hard work. Yes, tonight’s the big night for “The Voice” to crown the winner with its Season 11 finale, a season that will go down…

Dec 13, 2016

Tonight’s the Night for NBC’s Live Production of ‘Hairspray’

It was the summer of 2003 and “Hairspray” was the hottest show on Broadway, after taking home eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. A friend at New Line Cinema had offered to get me a pair of coveted tickets on…

Dec 7, 2016

Smithsonian Channel’s ‘The Lost Tapes: Pearl Harbor’ Reconstructs a Day 75 Years Ago That Has Lived in Infamy

“Riveting” is the first word that comes to mind upon viewing a new program that reconstructs in real time the events of one of the most fateful days in American history, Dec. 7, 1941, a date that President Franklin D….

Dec 2, 2016

PBS’s ‘Soundbreaking’ Series: The Late George Martin’s Swan Song to the Music Industry

It’s a music lover’s dream: an eight-part exploration of innovations and insights across all musical genres over the past century, featuring unreleased footage and interviews with more than 150 artists. The series, “Soundbreaking: Stories From the Cutting Edge of Recorded…

Nov 21, 2016

Megyn Kelly Reveals Horrifying Details About Harassment, Bill O’Reilly Spins Out of Control, and What the Murdochs Must Do to Fix Fox News

Megyn Kelly’s scary, unsettling account of being sexually harassed by her then boss, former Fox News Chairman and CEO Roger Ailes, and Bill O’Reilly’s scary, unsettling response when asked about it, shows how much more work the Murdoch’s need to…

Nov 17, 2016

Will President Trump Take Another Page From the Howard Stern Playbook?

I have never seen an election that has upset more people who I know. Mainly because most of them are convinced that President-elect Donald Trump is a screwball. A nut. Peggy Noonan, the terrific writer, columnist, journalist and political historian,…

Nov 10, 2016

TCM Gets Real With a Month of Documentaries

The outcome of next Tuesday’s presidential election determines not only the future direction of the United States, but how often we’ll see Alec Baldwin performing his bombastic, satirical spoof of Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live.” Regardless of what happens…

Nov 2, 2016

Celebrating Seven Decades of Hispanics in Television — Going All the Way Back to ‘I Love Lucy’

The spirits of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball were in the room as the Paley Center for Media celebrated seven decades of Hispanic achievements in television in a gala event Monday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel that brought out…

Oct 27, 2016