• Much Of TV Might Be Trash, But There Is Plenty Of Treasure Too
    I love television so much that it's inevitable that I would place high standards on it. Although the majority of TV shows do not live up to those standards, the fact that some do makes for a situation in which the majority of TV reviews are going to be negative or, at the very least, somewhere south of positive.
  • Who Is Your Favorite TV Character?
    The questions a TV columnist is asked most frequently include: What is your favorite show? Do you like [insert show title]? And sometimes: Who have you met?
  • Comparing The '70s To Today After Stumbling On 'Sonny & Cher'
    What were we thinking?This question occurred to me recently when I came across an old episode of "The Sonny & Cher Comedy Hour" on one of those TV oldies channels.
  • How Have The Media Times Changed? The 'AP Stylebook' Knows
    In 1977, according to the AP style guide I still occasionally refer to, using the acronym "TV" as a noun when writing about television was not advised.
  • How Much Is That Urkel In The Window? On Ebay, Not Much
    I finally realized recently that he wasn't worth anything, although this 17-inch talking Steve Urkel doll once held at least a smidgen of sentimental value for me.
  • A World Without Commercials? Contemplating The Future Of TV
    What will the future of TV be like? You may wonder if commercials are doomed. At the very least, they are under assault in a rapidly changing TV world.
  • Comedy Not Yet Aired Earns Second Season From Proud Pop
    A new comedy series on the network known as Pop raises timely questions about how the TV business measures success these days.
  • Why Bother? NatGeo Series Makes Case For Mars Mission
    The new NatGeo series aims to persuade viewers that the colonization of space, beginning with Mars, serves no less a necessity than ensuring the survival of the human race.
  • Message To P.R. People: Stop 'Reaching Out' To Me, OK?
    In a reply to a publicist who contacted me recently on some subject or another, I wrote to her that I could not take up her pitch because she used the phrase "reaching out" in her email. I admit it was an ornery response, but here's why the phrase rankled me.
  • What Have You Done With Our Lady Mary?
    There is precious little good behavior in "Good Behavior," the new drama series premiering next week on TNT that stars Michelle Dockery of "Downton Abbey."
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