• In Election Year, Weather Was Top Story For Network News: Report
    Weather was the most-reported topic on the network newscasts in 2014, while the year's crucial (or so we thought) midterm elections didn't even make the list of the Top 20 stories covered by the networks last year.
  • Vive la comedie: Late-Night Comics React Seriously To Paris Attack
    Late-night comedians turned serious Wednesday night in the wake of the day's deadly terror attack on the French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Here is how the subject was addressed on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" on Comedy Central, "Conan" on TBS and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on ABC.
  • Controversy Erupts Over TLC Special 'My Husband's Not Gay'
    A protest launched by gay activists against a special airing this weekend on TLC seems way out of proportion to what the show really is. "My Husband's Not Gay" profiles three male-female married couples and a single male friend living a lifestyle in which the men openly acknowledge their attraction to other men, but never act on these impulses. Although none of the opinions expressed in the show harm or disparage gay people in any way, a protest against the show has been launched in the form of an online petition, endorsed by the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
  • Finales And Farewells: Say Good-Bye To These Five Shows In '15
    The New Year is shaping up as a year of farewells. Whether you choose to become emotional about these good-byes is up to you. Will you miss "Two and a Half Men" when it's gone? What about "The Mentalist"? "Mad Men" is saying good-bye too. You can be forgiven for thinking it already had, but no -- seven episodes remain. Here are five of the most noteworthy series that will have their final runs this year.
  • Believe It Or Not, 'American Idol' Is Back For Season 14
    You can hardly blame Fox for continuing with "American Idol," which starts its 14th incarnation on Wednesday night. The show is the mother of all talent-reality shows, and Fox must figure that if NBC can do so well with "The Voice" -- one of the "Idol" offspring --- the original may as well continue too. Of course, it's not the "American Idol" of legend. The current panel of judges -- all music superstars -- creates an entirely different chemistry than the triumvirate that once made "Idol" the biggest phenomenon on television.
  • 'Downton' Season Five Preview: A House Of Saucy Secrets
    Who's got a secret? On "Downton Abbey," plenty of people do. The upcoming fifth season of "Downton" -- starting this Sunday (Jan. 4) on PBS' "Masterpiece" -- is shaping up as a season of secrets and sex.
  • A Final Farewell To The Legends We Lost
    Sure, we hate it when the celebrities we love die. But some of us (if not most of us, or even all of us) like the comforting feeling we get when we come across the year-end tributes on TV that showcase the legends we lost in the previous year.
  • Annual 'Kennedy Center Honors' Is One Of TV's Retro Faves
    Watching a preview DVD of tonight's annual "Kennedy Center Honors" on CBS made me think about other shows that remain stubbornly the same, despite the many ways TV has evolved since they came on the scene. Here are some of TV's retro favorites.
  • A New Year's Wish: Things We Hope Will Go Out Of Fashion In 2015
    For the new year to be truly "new," let's see if we can shed some of the ideas and trends in TV in 2015 by declaring some of them to be passe, or close to it.
  • 'Cherish' Is The Word I Use To Describe This 'Comeback' Finale
    "The Comeback" has been reported to be the lowest-rated comedy series in the history of HBO, so it stands to reason that relatively few people will make it a point to watch the one-hour season finale of this show on Sunday, Dec. 28 on HBO. That's too bad, because they will miss something special. I know this because I've seen the show, thanks to HBO, which took the unusual step of providing this finale episode to TV columnists in advance of its air date -- something HBO rarely does for finales.
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