• National Geographic Channel's Unforgettable Premiere For '9/10: The Final Hours'
    For the last 12 years, most of the annual early-September programming tied to 9/11 has offered looks back on the day itself. But I can't recall a news show or documentary that focused intently on the events of Sept. 10, the last day of relative "normalcy" any of us will ever know -- at least in what had been the traditional sense. On Sunday, Sept. 7, National Geographic Channel will do exactly that with "9/10: The Final Hours," a two-hour documentary that tells the story of what was happening in New York on Sept. 10 and what was on the ...
  • The New Niche Appeal Of 'Dancing With The Stars'
    It's a tired cliche dating back several years to laughingly note that the problem with ABC's "Dancing with the Stars" is that it no longer delivers on the promise of its title. That really hit home for me as I watched the unveiling of the upcoming "Dancing" cast this morning on the network's "Good Morning America." My first response to the new "Dancing" crew was, who are these people? Looking at them as a group, I could not imagine that the mainstream broadcast audience that has always embraced this show would be interested in this cast.
  • NBC Has Already Begun Promoting 'Peter Pan'
    I got a bit of a lift earlier today from all the publicity NBC is suddenly generating about its upcoming live musical "Peter Pan," slated to be telecast on Dec. 4, at the tail end of the November sweep and the start of the holiday season.
  • With A Nod To 'Happy Gilmore,' Bob Barker Added Punch To 'The Bold And The Beautiful'
    CBS Daytime legend Bob Barker returned to the network's glitzy soap opera "The Bold and the Beautiful" last week to continue a very serious story line that started back in early May -- the abuse of animals and the need for increased spaying and neutering of pets to reduce the overpopulation of cats and dogs. It was also an occasion for Barker and the show to indulge in some grand physical comedy of the kind not normally associated with daytime drama.
  • Appreciating 'The Waltons' - Then And Now
    I wouldn't call it a binge, but lately I have been getting reacquainted in a big way with the classic '70s drama "The Waltons" -- a series I recall enjoying in my youth, but one that I hadn't given a lot of thought to since. Thanks to Hallmark Channel, which runs several episodes of "The Waltons" on weeknights, I have been able to easily review episodes from the first two seasons of the show, when it was at its very best. And I am more impressed by it than ever before.
  • Fox's 'So You Think You Can Dance' Is Still A Keeper
    From what I gather, Fox's "So You Think You Can Dance" isn't having such a great summer. Ratings are down, there doesn't seem to be much buzz, and the media seems to think that the show has run out of gas. I don't agree. Last night's competition between this season's four outrageously talented finalists was as exciting an installment of any reality series as I've seen this year. I certainly hope the network finds a way to nurture it going forward. This is one reality show that's worth the effort.
  • The Fourth Season Of 'The Killing' May Be Netflix's Best Original Series Yet
    The fourth and final season of "The Killing" may turn out to be the best original production yet from industry agitator Netflix. If nothing else, it is turning out to be the most satisfying transition of a series from "traditional" television to a new digital platform. "Arrested Development," "All My Children" and "One Life to Live" all suffered creatively in their moves from Fox and ABC, respectively, to streaming services. Not "The Killing." From what I've seen it is better than ever in its new home.
  • A Very Good Emmys Telecast Was Sadly Relegated To The Dog Days Of August
    The always agreeable and effortlessly charming Seth Meyers certainly isn't afraid to bite the hand that feeds him. Those of us who attended NBC's upfront presentation in New York City last May can readily recall the many jokes he fired off that ripped into his network's decision to hold that event at the decidedly unglamorous Javits Center. Meyers was true to form as host of the Emmy Awards last night, making merciless fun of the show itself during his opening monologue. And the barbs kept coming.
  • MTV's VMAs - What A Difference A Year Makes
    Was it me, or did MTV seem to tone down the outrageousness in last night's presentation of its annual Video Music Awards -- the 30th anniversary of the franchise? There was nothing particularly shocking or offensive about any of it, unless one chooses to express concern over the presentation of women throughout the show.
  • Fearless Emmy Predictions And Preferences: Movies And Miniseries
    Most of us focus on the excitement of the Drama and Comedy Series categories when watching the Emmy Awards. But this year the nominations for Movies and Miniseries and the actors who starred in them could collectively eclipse the rest of the show. Much of the credit for this goes to FX, which has thrillingly revitalized the Miniseries competition with the "Fargo" and "American Horror Story" franchises. As with my columns about the competition in the Drama Series and Comedy Series categories earlier this week, what follows are my predictions and preferences and, where called for, mention of obvious oversights ...
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