Well, here we are again, friends, at the shank end of a year, with nothing but “best of” lists to sift through, and then to wonder -- "why didn't MY favorite show get on one of 'em?” I get this question a lot, and sometimes it's phrased with genuine puzzlement, sometimes with genuine admonishment ("for shame, shame, shame, shame...").
I get it. You want your show lauded, and... » more
Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf died today at age 78, and as anyone around a TV set during the (first) Gulf War well knows, Schwarzkopf was by far the most visible figure on television over a three-month period during 1990-91.
He came to personify the war, and galvanized (for want of a better word) viewers and reporters with his highly detailed accounts and his famous "Hail Mary" comment during this briefing (below).
He jousted with said reporters, and they with him. But -- just to remind those of you not around or old enough to remember -- this kind of detailed battlefield analysis (and many more to follow) by the commanding general of the Allied forces had not been seen on live television ever before. Schwarzkopf became not only the American face of the war, but in a very real sense represented a reversal of an anti-media policy that had stood in place since the Vietnam War.
So: Whether you supported the war or did not, it's important to remember that charismatic and highly intelligent people (he was obviously both) can affect public opinion profoundly. Stormin' Norman -- who understood television and its power to change minds -- did so completely. For that reason was an important figure in the history of TV news.
Jack Klugman: For TV lovers everywhere, pretty much just two names of two beloved shows say it all - "Quincy M.E.," and "The Odd Couple." They were iconic series from the '70s, "Couple" especially, and Klugman (that voice, that face, that style) made them what they were. He died yesterday at age 90, and another major TV figure is gone from our lives. Here are... » more
After this morning's contentious — an understatement — news conference at the NRA, the organization is suddenly very much back in the news.
And there may be some readers in my viewing audience who are a bit curious about this secretive group and the mysterious power they hold over so many in D.C. To that end, CBS this afternoon dusted off this old Morley Safer "60 Minutes" piece on the NRA.
If you have 15 minutes, it's worth a look:
Your TV day may well not be complete until you've seen (if you haven't already) Jimmy Fallon's freshened up version of "Who's on First." Jerry Seinfeld and Billy Crystal star and props to Steve Higgins...
Here's a bit of news that will strike cold hard fear into the hearts of "The Walking Dead" deadheads everywhere - the show's top producer, Glen Mazzara is leaving. You - or they - will duly note that Mazzara not only stepped into the breach when co-creator Frank Darabont was forced out, but made significant improvements along the way, notably more zombies, more grossness, more bad guys, more of EVERYTHING. So: Can one read between the lines here and say that money may well have been a factor this time too?
Here's Mazzara's statement - first released to Deadline, which ruefully noted that "Dead" also just got a fourth season pickup...
My time as showrunner on The Walking Dead has been an amazing experience, but after I finish season 3, it’s time to move on. I have told the stories I wanted to tell and connected with our fans on a level that I never imagined. It doesn’t get much better than that. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of this journey. – Glen Mazzara
Arsenio Hall, gone from late-night TV nearly 20 years, will relaunch a new show in the fall. No time like the present, in other words, to start promoting (and reminding that he was once a factor. His show ended in '94.).
Take a gander.
"Bridesmaids” star — one of 'em anyway — Rebel Wilson will host this year's “MTV Movie Awards” in April, the network announced last night during what you might call an unconventional promo — also starring Matt Lucas.
She and Lucas, also of “Bridesmaids,” live together, I believe, and check out the “Conan” clip from August in which she describes their happy and unconventional co-habitation . . . and how the neighbors have reacted. Here's that promo first, however . . .
And we have a winner for the second season (U.S. edition) of "The X Factor": Tate Stevens
(Congrats . . . Tate!)
Tate's good, call's himself "true country," and won over a big talent from (I believe) Mamaroneck, Carly Rose Sonenclar.
Yet even now the questions begin anew — will Britney be back next year? We know L.A. Reid will not. And what will it take to get this show ingrained in the American cultural psyche?
Tonight's duet . . .
Mayor Michael Bloomberg brings full high dudgeon to "Nightline" tomorrow night, in this impassioned interview with Cynthia McFadden on gun control and the failure of various parties that lead to the horror in Newtown — which occurred exactly one week ago Friday morning at 9:40. He says there's plenty of blame to go around, from the NRA, to . . . well, check it out: