Some of the most popular columns this holiday season in the TV Blog have been nostalgic in nature, focusing on such annual broadcast treats as "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" on CBS and "It's a Wonderful Life" on NBC and CBS's presentation this year of the "I Love Lucy Christmas Special."
The Grinch is continuing his look back at television's biggest disappointments and annoyances during the last twelve months. This time he is focusing on all the things about TV news networks and programs that irked him. Remember -- a celebration of the medium's best of 2013 will follow in the New Year.
The Grinch is continuing his look back at television's biggest disappointments and annoyances during the last twelve months. Remember, a celebration of the medium's best of 2013 will follow next week.
The Grinch is here! I held him off for as long as possible so as not to compromise the happiness of the holiday season, but now that Christmas has passed it's time for a look back on television's biggest disappointments and annoyances during the last twelve months. I'll save the celebration of the year's best for next week when we ring in the New Year.
NBC tonight has scheduled a Christmas Eve telecast of the 1946 Frank Capra classic "It's a Wonderful Life." It has been a tradition at NBC since 1994 to run this beloved film at least once during the Christmas season, often on Christmas Eve or Christmas night itself. Tonight's presentation will be the 36th prime-time run of "Life" on the network!
From where I sit, NBC's late-night institution "Saturday Night Live" is having a pretty decent season. I realized how much I still enjoy "SNL" and how much I would miss it if it went away as I was watching its last telecast of 2013 on Saturday night. This was the annual "SNL" Christmas show, as exciting and entertaining a holiday tradition as any on television. This year's "SNL" Christmas show took the happy holiday spirit to an entirely new level.
How many more canceled television series will return to life via Kickstarter or other crowdsourcing initiatives? And who will enjoy the profits from those projects if they come to pass? These are the questions that went through my mind earlier this month when I learned that Warner Bros. will release the feature film follow-up to "Veronica Mars" in theaters on March 14. That's approximately one year since series creator Ron Thomas and its star, Kristen Bell, began raising money for the project on Kickstarter.
Two months ago I wrote with some excitement about a special holiday program CBS is running tomorrow night: The "I Love Lucy Christmas Special," comprised of two colorized episodes of the classic series that ended its prime-time run almost 60 years ago and remains the most popular television series in the history of the medium. Anyone who watched "I Love Lucy" when it was first on, or who grew up with it in syndication (which is most of us), likely needs little prodding to tune in tomorrow night and enjoy this special.
The El Rey Network yesterday announced it has partnered with General Motors to integrate the automotive leader's vehicles in all of its original productions throughout 2014, beginning with the series adaptation of Robert Rodriguez's cult vampire-western flick "From Dusk to Dawn." Rodriguez is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of El Rey, the culturally diverse, action-franchise-driven English-language network that is launching this week. "We are thrilled to collaborate and innovate in this way with General Motors," Rodriguez said in a statement detailing the El Rey Network-GM alliance.
If you are a fan of "Sons of Anarchy" and have not seen the season finale and have somehow managed to avoid the explosion of blistering blog entries that followed, you had best stop reading. I'm tempted to offer a reverse spoiler alert here: If you are a fan and you don't know what happened, it might be best to read on and avoid actually watching the episode, which was one of the least satisfying in the history of the show and might turn you off as much as it did me.