• Transgender Show 'New Girls' Is A Walk On The Mild Side
    Don't expect this new Discovery series called "New Girls on the Block" about transgender women to be a walk on the wild side. These women are just like you and me, this show seems to be saying -- except that they have had these life-changing (or more to the point, gender-changing) experiences and are just trying to live their lives. The show premieres April 11 on Discovery Life Channel.
  • End Of The News Anchor Era? Say It Ain't So!
    Who will slow-jam the news for us now? Perhaps not your fun-loving network anchorman, now that the suggestion has been made in a prominent magazine that the concept of a news anchor is outmoded, like so many other examples of our so-called "legacy" media that have been done in by modern technology. "The network-news anchor as an omnipotent national authority figure is such a hollow anachronism in 21st-century America that almost nothing was at stake" when NBC suspended Brian Williams, said the story in "New York" magazine -- referring to the drama that erupted earlier this year.
  • Addicted To 'Nurse Jackie': Beloved Edie Falco Series Starts Final Season
    It's especially important to note the arrival of "Nurse Jackie" for its seventh and final season. This is one of those shows that tends to fly a wee bit under the radar, but is well worth savoring. One reason is its star. Edie Falco, who became justifiably famous for playing Carmela Soprano, tends to collect accolades everywhere she goes. In the title role of "Nurse Jackie," she deserves every one of them.
  • 'Game' On! Epic Battle Of 'Thrones' Resumes This Sunday On HBO
    I came to the conclusion long ago that a total, all-encompassing understanding of the geography, kingdoms, ruling families and warring factions of "Game of Thrones" was beside the point. For me, the joy of "Game of Thrones" lies not in understanding everything, but in not quite understanding it. It's like a giant puzzle that never coheres in a solution, which means I'm constantly engaged in an effort to figure it all out. I find this show hugely entertaining regardless, mainly because it is such a pleasure to look at.
  • 'Mad Men' Poses Existential Question: Is That All There Is?
    "Mad Men" has gone and gotten all existential on us. That's one way of interpreting the prominence of the Peggy Lee song "Is That All There Is?" in last night's final half-season premiere. The song's title is an existential question if there ever was one. Recorded in 1969, it was heard at the beginning and the end of the episode, framing an hour whose themes included matters of life, death and sex.
  • 'Wolf' At The Door: Henry VIII Miniseries Is Suspense-Filled 'Masterpiece'
    It would be a shame if "Wolf Hall" got lost this Sunday in all the hype over the return of "Mad Men." Both shows are airing at the same time, and I guess it's a situation for which today's deferred-viewing options are tailor-made. And that's a good thing, because "Wolf Hall" is not to be missed. Nor should it be dismissed merely because its story has been told in other recent TV shows and movies. This miniseries stands all on its own, beginning with a mesmerizing performance by English actor Mark Rylance in the show's lead role -- Thomas Cromwell, ...
  • Comedy Central Declares Social Media Triumph For Justin Bieber Roast
    Comedy Central's "Roast of Justin Bieber" made a big impression in social media both large and small. The highly anticipated roast aired twice on Monday night, and the next day Comedy Central released some Big Data about the big show. "#BieberRoast sets social media ablaze with nearly 7 billion impressions, and draws 6.2 million total viewers across multiple platforms," read the headline on Comedy Central's press release. The data came from a variety of sources, including Nielsen data. The sources of other data reflect the many means at a TV network's disposal for reporting on viewership on the day after ...
  • Discovery's Upfront Strategy: Global Reach, 'Personal' Presentations
    Discovery's global distribution is far-reaching, but its approach to this year's upfront market is "up close and personal." That was the message from Discovery President and CEO David Zaslav and Joe Abruzzese, president of ad sales, at an Upfront presentation staged for the press Tuesday in New York. This year, the big show has turned into a road show, with presentations like the one shown to journalists this week traveling to agencies in New York and other cities.
  • NBC Cable Nets Prance Into Upfront Season With New Shows
    Five African-American men in tights entertained a hotel meeting room full of journalists and assorted NBC cable execs Monday as NBC-owned Bravo, Oxygen and Esquire Network gave a joint upfront presentation that was not the usual upfront presentation for advertisers, but a briefing for journalists where all three cable channels announced new, upcoming shows. The five entertainers were a troupe of dancers who call themselves the Prancing Elites, and they are the subject of an upcoming show on Oxygen called "The Prancing Elites Project," premiering April 22.
  • Fox Looks To 'Weird Loners' To Lift Tuesday Comedy Ratings
    The Tuesday night comedies "New Girl" and "The Mindy Project" have been a problem for Fox, despite the affection showered on them by some critics and viewers. Among those not enamored with these two sitcoms are Fox affiliates. While they are happier about Fox prime-time programming this season than they were during the last few seasons, I have it on good authority that the weakness of these comedies still sticks in their collective craw. The reason is pretty simple: "New Girl" and especially "Mindy" are weak lead-ins for the affiliates' late newscasts, and the affiliates have let Fox know it.
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