• The Emmys Are On This Weekend, But Does Anybody Really Care?
    Most of you are evidently unaware that this is Emmy weekend. And yet all you read about is how all the heat in Hollywood has shifted from movies to TV.
  • NBC Points The Way To TV Heaven In 'The Good Place'
    Excuse me for pointing this out, but it's not polite to point. And yet network publicity departments love the "pointed finger" photo - like the one accompanying this blog post from the new NBC comedy "The Good Place," premiering Monday night.
  • Let The Finger-Pointing Begin: Who's To Blame For This Mess?
    Kevin James deserves the benefit of the doubt, but unless his new CBS sitcom does a complete about-face in Episode Two, then Episode One indicates this show is a mess that might never get cleaned up.
  • Wild About Harry? It's Difficult Not To Be
    Never let it be said that Harry Connick Jr. lacks charisma, talent, brains and good looks. He has all of them in abundance, and he put them to good use in the debut of his new syndicated talk-and-entertainment show on Monday.
  • Anachronism Or Grand Tradition? 'Miss America' Crowns A New Queen
    While grazing through the channel lineup Sunday night, I wondered if my TV set was malfunctioning. It had stumbled on the "Miss America Pageant" on ABC, and for a moment I thought my cable box was tuning in to 1965.
  • Here We Go Again: Every Year At 9/11 Time, TV Overdoes It
    The annual tributes to 9/11 just might be my least favorite group of TV shows all year. Taking them all in is a sad, maudlin experience. It's as if the TV powers that be feel we'll forget about 9/11 unless they hector us about it.
  • Postmortem On Odd Non-Debate On NBC: So Who Won?
    The event was titled the "Commander-In-Chief Forum." You might say the not-quite-accurate title underscored this event's position as not-quite-a-debate.
  • In Fall Season's Weirdest Show, Animated Warrior Takes Up Residence In California
    Maybe the key to selling a TV show is to make sure network executives are drunk. How else to explain the process behind approving the concept for "Son of Zorn," in which a cartoon warrior named Zorn tries to adapt to life among real people in southern California?
  • So-Called 'Comedies' On FX Contain No Laughs Of Any Kind
    The FX anti-comedies strike again. I waited for a laugh while watching the premiere episodes of two FX comedies premiering this week. When they ended, I was still waiting.
  • Hey, Ladies, What Do You Think Of This 'Bull' Billboard?
    CBS has adopted a sexual double entendre as the tagline in posters and billboards for one of its new fall shows in an apparent effort to interest women in the show's lead character. So I feel obligated to ask women: Does this kind of approach to promoting a TV show really work?
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