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Posted on Jul 19, 2011 ENLARGE


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So Long, Columbo: Peter Falk Dies at 83

Another icon of the small screen has died, and with him goes a memorable role and a famous, if slightly bedraggled, khaki raincoat. On Friday, the news broke that “Columbo” star Peter Falk had died the day before at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 83.

Posted on Jun 24, 2011 READ MORE



An Oral History of ESPN

The book lacks a narrative voice to set the scene, pull the reader along. Authors are not just tape recorders with expense accounts. They need to analyze, criticize, validate their characters. Here, they’re often missing in action.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE


Eric Holder
U.S. Dept. of Justice

America’s A.G. Puts In an Order to HBO

Looks like Attorney General Eric Holder is a big fan of HBO’s “The Wire”—so much so, in fact, that he has strongly suggested that the crime drama’s writers work on another season of the retired series or perhaps a made-for-cable movie.

Posted on Jun 1, 2011 READ MORE



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Ain’t Nothin’ but a Guy Thing

Seventeen-year-old Scotty McCreery just won “American Idol,” making him the sixth guy to win in 10 competitions. That’s not so unbalanced overall, but McCreery is the fourth male singer in the last four years to win. Viewers of the show select the winner, either by phone, text or online. This year Fox recorded 122 million votes.

Posted on May 26, 2011 READ MORE



America’s Mermaid

A real-life tale in which I meet the real Gidget, discover an ancient novella and see surfing’s holy grail.

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Apr 17, 2011 ENLARGE



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Brits Are Crackers for the American-Style Prom

The once-mighty British television empire has fallen to the blitzkrieg of inane American tele-teens. At least that’s the conclusion we’re drawing from this Guardian report, which says shows such as “90210” and “Glee” are responsible for a 500 percent explosion in prom bookings at just one hotel chain.

Posted on Apr 3, 2011 READ MORE



GLAAD Awards Celebrate Ricky, Anderson and Other Media Friends

Ricky Martin, “Anderson Cooper 360,” “True Blood,” Oprah’s O magazine, Essence.com, comic book writer Peter David, “30 Rock,” Frank Rich, The Denver Post and Russell Simmons are among the winners of this year’s Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation Awards. More winners will be announced in the coming months.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE


Glenn Beck
Flickr / Gage Skidmore

Cable News Takes a Hit in 2010

Apparently, neither the twilight days of “Countdown With Keith Olbermann” nor the dependable histrionics of Glenn Beck—not to mention a certain Silver Fox—could save cable news from taking a dip in terms of viewership over the course of 2010 ...

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE


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Posted on Feb 25, 2011 ENLARGE



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Fine, She’s Not a Witch, but Can She Cha-Cha?

As if schlocky TV and American politics weren’t harrowingly similar enough already, this week brings the word that onetime tea party Senate hopeful Christine O’Donnell of Delaware got the invite to join the prancing cohort of celebs on the next “Dancing With the Stars.”

Posted on Feb 24, 2011 READ MORE



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Getting Under Your ‘Skins’

American parents owe a debt of gratitude to MTV for its series of public service announcements illustrating the dangers of illegal drugs, excessive drinking and casual sex otherwise known as “Skins.”

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 READ MORE



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No ‘Kennedys’ for History Channel

The History Channel announced Monday that it was dropping “The Kennedys,” an expensive eight-part miniseries about the American political dynasty, from its spring lineup, sparking speculation that political drama may have extended beyond the narrative scope of the series itself.

Posted on Jan 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Spain Bans Live Bullfights on State TV

Spain’s state television network has banned the airing of live bullfighting, angering fans still reeling from prior restrictions against the “sport” in Catalonia.

Posted on Jan 9, 2011 READ MORE



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Coming to a TV Near You: Exorcists, Ted Haggard

Is nothing sacred when it comes to reality TV? That would be a no, further underscored by two projects in the works for the near future: one on fallen pastor Ted Haggard (yes, it’s really called “Ted Haggard: Scandalous”) ...

Posted on Jan 7, 2011 READ MORE



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And Now for Another MSNBC Suspension

Perhaps it was in the name of being fair and balanced, but whatever the reason, MSNBC brass decided to give “Morning Joe” anchor Joe Scarborough the Keith Olbermann treatment for making campaign contributions—but in this case to Republican candidates.

Posted on Nov 19, 2010 READ MORE



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Partisan Programming: Dems vs. GOP

What effect, if any, does party affiliation have on Americans’ preferences for televised entertainment? Is this not a question that keeps you up at night? Turns out that the thinly veiled liberal social politics of “Mad Men” appeal to Democrats—as does murder, apparently.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



Congress Dials Down TV Commercials

The Senate passed the CALM (Commercial Advertisement Loudness Mitigation) Act on Wednesday, clearing the way for a quieter living room.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010 READ MORE



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Conservative Entertainment, Now in Network Form

Quick—name a right-leaning entertainer who isn’t Kelsey Grammer! Or Ted Nugent. Whoever they are, conservative celebrities can now find a home to showcase their talent and flex their politics at the same time with the launch of RightNetwork.

Posted on Sep 8, 2010 READ MORE



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George Steinbrenner’s Evil Empire

The Boss didn’t leave his heirs a baseball team but a financial empire that can never be rivaled, villains you can depend on and a legacy like Sherman’s to Georgia.

Posted on Aug 4, 2010 READ MORE



ESPN

What ESPN’s Bill Simmons Superdeluxe Media Empire Means for Facts, Fans and Sports

Going bonkers, lionizing winners and dumping on losers is fun, even if the cycle is accelerating to absurdity and beyond with modern 24/7 reportage. That’s today’s price of fame. Privileged as they are, today’s starry-eyed young athletes pursue their dream through a driving shitstorm.

Posted on Jul 7, 2010 READ MORE



Worst Popes Edition

Glenn Beck’s Mormon masterpiece theater, why humans sigh, the 10 worst popes (and no, Benedict isn’t among them) and Aaron Sorkin’s response to the Newsweek gay actor saga.

Posted on May 13, 2010 READ MORE



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Conan Takes His Late Night Antics to Cable

Late night chatterbox Conan O’Brien, whose career woes briefly made him the perfect entertainer for a nation of unemployed people, is headed back to work. TBS, which already has a late night show helmed by George Lopez, managed to secure the rights to Conan’s yuk-yuks ahead of Fox.

Posted on Apr 12, 2010 READ MORE



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Time’s Up for ‘24’

Friday marked a sad day for American exceptionalism. Jack Bauer, the heart-throbby, knows-no-rules lead character in “24,” will no longer appear on TV. Fox announced its decision to cancel the series at the end of its current, eighth season. But fear not, torture fans: Producers are looking to turn “24” into a feature film.

Posted on Mar 27, 2010 READ MORE


Jack Bauer
imdb.com

The End Is Nigh for ‘24’

Jack Bauer made a good run of it, but it’s looking like this eighth season of “24” will be the last for one of the top TV relics of the Bush era. Variety reported Tuesday that “20th Century Fox TV and Fox appear ready” to pull the plug on the show, but according to James Poniewozik of Time, “24” might morph into a movie franchise.

Posted on Mar 10, 2010 READ MORE


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youtube.com

McChrystal Apologizes for Afghan Civilian Deaths

America’s top military commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, took to the Afghan airwaves Tuesday to apologize for the deaths of 27 civilians in an airstrike led by U.S. forces last week, according to The Christian Science Monitor.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010 READ MORE


Glenn Beck

Glenn Beck Calls Thomas Paine the Glenn Beck of Revolutionary America

Based on this video, it seems Fox News viewers are so patriotic they don’t know anything about the origins of our country. During this little history lesson, Glenn Beck explains who Tom Paine was: “kind of the me. ...” In fairness, Beck made a disgusted face as he said it—the same one we were making.

Posted on Feb 18, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Mel Gibson Is Done With Apologizing, Calls Reporter an A-Hole

Is it unfair to bring up Mel Gibson’s troubles? After all, it’s been more than three years since the superstar allegedly blamed those “fucking Jews” for “all the wars in the world.” Gibson loses it in this interview, saying “I’ve done all the necessary mea culpas.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Late Night Hosts Gang Up on Leno

NBC’s “Tonight Show” meltdown has given plenty of fodder to the network’s late night competitors, who, for the most part, seem to side with Conan O’Brien over Jay Leno.

Posted on Jan 31, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


Our Addiction to Disaster Porn

Thousands of miles from the San Fernando Valley’s seedy studios, the adult entertainment business is alive and panting in Haiti. Like any X-rated content, this smut is all flesh and no substantive plot.

Posted on Jan 28, 2010 READ MORE


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Posted on Jan 25, 2010 ENLARGE    


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Spanish Gov’t to Set Limits on Diet-Related TV Ads

The Spanish government is cracking down on television advertising that promotes weight-loss products and other related goods and services, including plastic surgery, by creating legislation that would bar the ads from being shown until after 10 p.m.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE


Final ‘Lost’ Season Threatens Human Decency

“Lost” producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse guest star in this Onion clip, joking that the show’s fans are about to get more annoying than ever, driving their roommates and loved ones into emergency “Lost” shelters to escape amateur theories about parallel dimensions.

Posted on Jan 20, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Jan 13, 2010 ENLARGE    


Sarah Palin

Sarah Palin’s Fox Debut

The self-described pit bull made her punditry premiere with a guest spot on Bill O’Reilly’s show. O’Reilly wanted to know why liberals are so threatened by Palin (it’s the hair) and whether she thinks Nancy Pelosi is actually crazy. Someone get that man a falafel.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN


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Flickr / abardwell

Couch Potatoes Beware: Too Much Sitting Could Be Deadly

An excessively sedentary lifestyle could spell heart disease or even cause premature death, according to a new study, published in the Journal of the American Heart Association, which gauged health (or issues therewith) according to the amount of time subjects spent sitting and watching television. However, TV isn’t the decisive factor in the mix—sitting for long stretches of time at work can also be hazardous to your health, the study found.

Posted on Jan 12, 2010 READ MORE


Simon Cowell
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‘American Idol’ Will Lose Its Villain

Simon Cowell is leaving Fox’s ratings monster to launch an American version of “X Factor,” which will allow older performers to compete with the kiddies. Cowell said “we’re hoping to find the American version of Susan Boyle,” the homely Scottish singer who exploded to international stardom with a stint on “Britain’s Got Talent,” another Cowell show.

Posted on Jan 11, 2010 READ MORE


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youtube.com

Fox News Draws Record Ratings in 2009

This doesn’t bode well for next year, but it looks as if leaning ever to the right helped Fox News in 2009. The cable news channel, home to a host of conservative pundits (Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity, etc.) pulled in its highest ratings ever, which was definitely not the case for CNN and MSNBC.

Posted on Dec 17, 2009 READ MORE


Congress Could Mute Loud Commercials

The Associated Press reports on one of Congress’ urgent priorities: “Television viewers jarred by abrupt spikes in volume during commercial breaks may someday be able to give their mute buttons a rest.”

Posted on Dec 14, 2009 READ MORE


Oprah
Flickr / Alan Light

Oprah Sets Her Show’s Expiration Date

So long, “Oprah”—in 2011, that is. Oprah Winfrey’s eponymous show went national in 1986, and, on Thursday, the talk show host and international media mogul gave notice when she’ll call it a wrap: Sept. 9, 2011, just a day over 25 years since her daytime reign began.

Posted on Nov 19, 2009 READ MORE


Sesame Street

‘Sesame Street’ Turns 40

On Tuesday, producers and fans of “Sesame Street” marked the 40th birthday of the super-popular children’s program—the most researched show in TV history—in New York City. Big Bird and friends were on hand for the festivities, of course.

Posted on Nov 10, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN


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Turkish TV Show Causes Conflict With Israel

A Turkish television series, “Separation,” caused a diplomatic clash between Turkey and Israel after an episode this week portrayed an Israeli soldier shooting and killing a Palestinian baby. The fictional scene was shown on Israeli television Wednesday and drew criticism from Israel’s foreign minister Thursday.

Posted on Oct 15, 2009 READ MORE



Book Excerpt: ‘Empire of Illusion’

Read this brilliant and humorous chapter from Chris Hedges’ new book and marvel as the Pulitzer Prize-winning war correspondent makes sense of reality television.

Posted on Jul 30, 2009 READ MORE



© 2001 Reese Erlich

Opinions Walter Cronkite Never Aired

In the fall of 2002, Walter Cronkite agreed to be interviewed about the pending U.S. invasion of Iraq. That interview was never published. Looking back at the transcript seven years later, Walter’s views proved quite prescient. Here’s some of what he told me.

Posted on Jul 20, 2009 READ MORE


Ed McMahon and Johnny Carson
AP photo / Douglas C. Pizac

Ed McMahon Was an Everyman Till the End

Despite his fame, money and extraordinary résumé—he had been a Marine, pitchman, newsboy, ditch digger, talent show host and, of course, the most famous sidekick in the history of television—Ed McMahon came off as a likable everyday guy. Before his death Tuesday at the age of 86, McMahon even experienced the wrong end of the mortgage crisis, albeit with a Beverly Hills mansion.

Posted on Jun 23, 2009 READ MORE



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Dobbs Takes a Dive

It seems that immigrant bashing isn’t the ratings fertilizer it used to be. Just ask CNN blowhard Lou Dobbs, who hitched his wagon to a xenophobia boomlet only to discover that angry white men are a fickle bunch.

Posted on Jun 10, 2009 READ MORE


Obama
.everythingcuba.com

U.S. Opening More Commerce Channels With Cuba

The Obama administration is relaxing some of the restrictions on travel to and business with Cuba, launching a new initiative that will allow American telecom companies to set up cell phone and other services on the island nation.

Posted on Apr 13, 2009 READ MORE



AP photo / M. Spencer Green

America Is in Need of a Moral Bailout

The methods used to attain what we want, we are told by reality television programs, business schools and self-help gurus, are irrelevant. Success, always defined in terms of money and power, is its own justification. Our moral collapse is as terrifying, and as dangerous, as our economic collapse.

Posted on Mar 23, 2009 READ MORE



Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn

The False Idol of Unfettered Capitalism

The Ten Commandments were for the ancients, and are for us, the core rules that, when honored, hold us together, and when dishonored lead to alienation, discord and violence. The worship of the free market has turned out to be an idol, and like all idols it has now demanded its human sacrifice.

Posted on Mar 16, 2009 READ MORE


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