MSNBC and CNN both beat Fox News Channel in the ratings last week. Is this another case of Trump disrupting TV yet again?
Many people are talking about the remake (sorry, "reboot") fever that is gripping network television at the moment.
At this week's upfronts, changes to the TV business were described as "seismic" and "extraordinary." Yet the Big Four and the CW still keep a foothold in the old world they are most comfortable in.
The moments the networks mine for their clip reels are just that -- isolated moments among many others that are not nearly as eye-catching or heart-tugging. Commercials interrupt the experience too -- usually directly after one of the very moments of heightened emotion or drama that end up in clip reels.
Watch "The Wizard of Lies," a textbook De Niro performance as he assumes the role of Madoff right down to the tone of his voice, his facial expressions, hand gestures and even the way Madoff walks.
In a very conspicuous break with tradition, Showtime is keeping the lid on "Twin Peaks" by providing no advance screening opportunities for critics. Mystery surrounds this decision.
ABC has a comedy series premiering this week about a talking dog -- and the dog is the star of the show.
Steve Harvey is a very busy man -- a performer begging for consideration who has taken a direct approach in this interoffice communique to ensure that he is understood.
The current season of upfront presentations in New York has been underway since March 2. The upfronts reach their apogee next week with eight presentations staged in four days.
"American Idol" comes from an era in which reality tv was still new and the networks -- particularly Fox in those days -- were in a decidedly experimental state of mind.