• Why TV's World Cup Coverage Runneth Under
    For a sport that seems as simple as soccer does, the biggest impediment to getting me to be a hardcore soccer fan is that it's really, really confusing to me. Why doesn't television do a better job of explaining how the sport is played? Actually, I can only speak for ESPN's coverage here, because I didn't really understand what the European announcers were saying, but I think it has been missing some really good teachable moments that would encourage more casual viewers to become longer-term soccer fans.
  • In 2014, 'Green Acres' Is Still The Place To Be
    I remember enjoying "Green Acres" when I was a little kid. I was likely responding more to the visual and occasional physical comedy in the show than to the writing and the performances, which I appreciate more in adulthood than ever before. Some folks have suggested that my renewed fondness for "Green Acres" is an indication that I'm regressing. But I think that as an adult I'm enjoying it in an entirely different way.
  • Yahoo Rescues 'Community' - What's Next?
    The news that Yahoo has committed to fresh episodes of the cult success "Community" -- the average audience of which these last few seasons on NBC was likely smaller than the crowd of shoppers that passes through the Mall of America in December -- signals that we now have another serious player in this expanding arena. It seems that broadcast's weakest shows are finding new life as the Internet's most delectable treats, or so Web programmers would like us believe.
  • Binge-Watch: 'The Killing' Returns From The Dead Once Again On August 1
    We're one month away from the arrival of the fourth season of "The Killing," the stiflingly atmospheric detective drama that ran on AMC for three seasons and will now continue on Netflix. By all accounts, the upcoming season -- which will consist of only six episodes -- is going to be the last for this show. But "The Killing" has been cancelled before -- twice, I believe, once between its second and third seasons and then again after Season Three -- so this might be one of those never say never scenarios.
  • FX Unleashes The Ultimate Summer Thriller With 'The Strain'
    FX's "The Strain" is likely to be the biggest television event in a very eventful summer. Those who haven't read the books and don't know the story are in for something quite unlike anything they have seen before on series television -- or even in the movies.
  • CBS' 'Under the Dome' Once Again Adds Sizzle To Broadcast's Summer
    The reigning king of scripted broadcast summer fare is CBS' "Under the Dome," which begins its second season tonight. "Dome" took the industry by storm last summer with its robust ratings and general critical support. Tellingly, and very wisely, CBS did not whisk the second season of "Dome" out of the summer and shove it into the traditional broadcast season. Instead, it is staying on course, utilizing "Dome" as a foundation of sorts in its construction of a solid summer season of original programming. The strategy has already paid off.
  • Sunday Night Dramas 'Reckless' And 'The Leftovers' Raise Content Questions
    Two new series are making their debuts on Sunday night -- 'Reckless' And 'The Leftovers' -- one on pay cable, the other on broadcast. Neither show is instantly addictive, but both are ambitious in their own way. I can't help but think that each one might have been better served by being developed for the other's medium.
  • One Critic's Profound Response To The Sexual Abuse Of Women in FX's 'Tyrant'
    One of the most powerful columns about television that I have read this year -- perhaps in several years -- is Huffington Post television critic Maureen Ryan's commentary about the sexual assault of women in popular entertainment This is a topic that is very much top of mind these days among critics and viewers alike. The disturbing treatment of two women in the first episode of the new FX drama "Tyrant," which premiered this week, was for Ryan the last straw. As she so succinctly says in her column, she has had enough.
  • 'General Hospital' Memories: TV Anywhere, Anytime In The Pre-Mobile Era
    When the nominees for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series were being announced, among them was "General Hospital" star Jane Elliot. I remember when Elliot won the Emmy in 1981 for her portrayal of Tracy Quartermaine, the character she has continued to play until this day. That was then -- and here we are now, able to watch the Daytime Emmys on any number of devices at any time and in any location we choose, presented over a medium that didn't even exist when Elliot was first honored.
  • After A Terrible Start, The Online Daytime Emmy Presentation Wasn't Bad
    The presentation of the 41st annual Daytime Emmy Awards on daytimeemmys.net -- this after the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences was unable to come to any kind of an agreement with any broadcast or basic cable network to carry the show -- was in many ways better than I imagined it would be. In fact, I had imagined the worst. But what I saw, while far from the glorious broadcast prime-time productions of old, was not at all difficult to sit through -- which places it above the often cringe-inducing Daytime Emmy telecasts in 2012 and 2013 on ...
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