A Milestone Event On 'Days Of Our Lives' Shows Why Soaps Still Matter
NBC's "Days of Our Lives" made history last week with its story line about the wedding of two gay men -- a story that had never been told on daytime television.» 1 Comments
Letterman's Announcement Kicks Off Another Round Of Late-Night Musical Chairs
Seconds after CBS made the announcement last Thursday that David Letterman will be retiring in 2015, reporters and critics who cover television were madly tweeting their thoughts about who should replace him and why. While the press immediately got to buzzing about which funny middle-aged white man should replace him, I found myself musing about things CBS might do to mix up a daypart that is currently suffering from a uniform sameness that is rendering it less than the sum of its lookalike parts.» 3 Comments
OWN, Animal Planet, Investigation Discovery Among The Highlights Of Discovery's Upfront Presentation
Year after year, the annual Discovery Communications upfront event impresses me with the breadth of its offerings and the consistent bold moves that have come to define each of its networks and its brand overall. Yesterday's presentation at Jazz at Lincoln Center spanned eight networks -- Animal Planet, TLC, Science Channel, Investigation Discovery, Velocity, Destination America, the Discovery Channel mothership and OWN -- and dozens of specials and new and returning series. Collectively, the programs represented the impressive results that come with thinking outside the box.» 0 Comments
CMT At Its Upfront Event Presents A Tantalizing Mix Of Edgy New Series And Documentaries
At a time when branding and identity are crucial to the success of television networks, is it wise for one to put together a programming slate that suggests a bit of a split personality? As CMT demonstrated at its 2014 upfront presentation, the answer may be a resounding "yes" if both personalities seem perfectly suited to its audience. Such was the case with much of the new programming the network revealed yesterday for advertisers and members of the press in a mid-day event at The TimesCenter in New York City.» 0 Comments
Audience Uproar: 'How I Met Your Mother' Finale Has Viewers Venting
As I pored through the seemingly uniform expressions of disgust and outrage in columns and on blogs that followed Monday night's series finale of CBS' "How I Met Your Mother," not to mention the ugliness on Twitter that began during the show as its story delivered one unpopular revelation after another, I got to thinking about bad endings for good shows. I'd like to say that I haven't seen so much complaining about the last episode of a beloved series in longer than I can remember, but it has only been a few months since the finale of Showtime's "Dexter."» 5 Comments
AMC's 'Walking Dead' Packs Yet Another Ratings Punch With Its Season Finale
Since October, AMC's "Walking Dead" has consistently left every other television series in its wake, ratings wise. No wonder every network is in overdrive trying to locate horror and science-fiction franchises with which to compete. That's grand for fantasy fans, but I doubt that any of them will come up with anything that even comes close to the robust power of "Walking Dead," which strikes me as one of those lightning-in-a-bottle TV phenomena that only come along once in a generation and that nobody ever sees coming.» 0 Comments
Tonight On CBS: Out With The Old 'Mother,' In With The New 'Friends'?
The unwavering popularity of "How I Met Your Mother" among its fan base and its ability to attract new young viewers years after its debut are reasons enough for CBS to have kept the show going, even after its overall ratings began to decline. In many ways "HIMYM" has been the "Friends" of the millennial generation. I can't help but wonder what the next "Friends" will be.» 0 Comments
Joan Rivers' Triumphant Return To 'The Tonight Show'
What better way to end the week than with Joan Rivers' triumphant return last night to NBC's "Tonight Show" after being banished by former hosts Johnny Carson and Jay Leno for approximately 28 years? Yes -- she appeared for about 20 seconds on Jimmy Fallon's first night as host of "Tonight" along with many other giant celebrities to welcome him to the show. The decision to include Rivers after so many years of bad blood between network and comedienne was inspired -- and as strong a signal as any that things were going to be different at the new "Tonight."» 0 Comments
TV Land's 'Hot In Cleveland' And 'The Soul Man' Delivered A Unique Hour Of Live Comedy
I tuned in to "Hot in Cleveland" and "The Soul Man" for the live sitcom experience, and to see whether the live commercials would work (they did -- especially the spot for Bush's Grillin' Beans featuring "Soul Man" star Niecy Nash). But I got something else entirely -- something that played brilliantly to the strengths and weaknesses of live telecasts, and in the process, added yet another layer of lively TV Land-style nostalgia to the viewing experience.» 0 Comments
Retro Meets Digital During TV Land's 'Hot In Cleveland' And 'Soul Man' Extravaganza
In an ironic turn, the network that specializes in original programming with a retro flair tonight is doing something nostalgic in the digital space. The result promises to be a mashup of the very old and the very new, making for an hour of prime-time multi-screen entertainment the likes of which we haven't seen before.» 0 Comments
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