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For Dennis Hopper, ‘Hoosiers’ Was the Best

posted by Douglas Howe

The text came over the CNN newswire to my blackberry today: “Actor Dennis Hopper has died, his family confirms.” Idol Chatter’s Kris Rasmussen has posted two great videos from his life here. I believe the day will come when actors […]

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’24′: The Finale

posted by Douglas Howe

As USAToday.com reports, “24” was responsible for several wonderfully dramatic contributions to the television action drama genre. It “set a new visual style,” had a “pace that kept viewers on edge,” “proved that a densely serialized thriller” could be successful […]

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’24’ Is Back, and It’s Good in Several Ways

posted by Douglas Howe

As I noticed while watching football on Fox-TV this weekend, their annual campaign has gotten underway. For an entire decade, Fox has spent the majority if its Januarys by advertising one of its most original and culturally relevant shows: “24.” […]

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Emmy Nominations: Expanded Lists, Diluted Power

posted by Douglas Howe

The Emmy nominations were announced today, which for me is a good-news-bad-news thing. In fact, it’s bittersweet. For the record, “30 Rock” and “Mad Men” absolutely dominated the nominations. “30 Rock” led the comedy side of the slate with an […]

’24’ Finale: More Cliffhanger Than Conclusion

posted by Douglas Howe

After a day or two to reflect–and allow all you TiVO-ers to see the final show–I hope “24” will be back, though I didn’t expect to be thinking this as the show entered its final few weeks. You can watch […]

A ’24’ Update: Good Drama and Good Questions

posted by Douglas Howe

As “24” wraps up “Day Seven” and as a matter of business, “Day One” after a writers’-strike-induced 19-month absence from its regular Fox slot, the questions remain: How will this day end? Has the show regained relevance? And, I believe, […]

Inside TV’s Best 50 Dramas

posted by Douglas Howe

AOL’s Inside TV has announced its choices for the “50 Best TV Dramas Ever.” Which would you choose? From “House” at #50 to “The Sopranos” at #1, the popular blog scoured the decades and actually accomplished a rare task, in […]

Is ’24’ Over the Top or a Timely Warning?

posted by Douglas Howe

Last night’s “24” went where no television show has gone before. Senators’ staffs being run by undercover terrorists. An international dictator leading commandos into battle in Washington. A firefight in the White House. It bordered on the thin line between […]

’24’ is Back…Finally!

posted by Douglas Howe

“24’s” new season starts with two full-speed car crashes, the scary kidnapping of a dad in front of his daughter, Keifer Sutherland’s weathered but tan Jack Bauer on trial before Congress for his actions during the prior seasons, a heroic […]

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It's David Lettman's last episode interviewing, so what do you do? Well have his first guest, ever, Bill Murray pop out of a cake - of course! [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YW8MY9CD-tQ[/youtube] Murray appeared on the first late ...

posted 9:03:34am May. 20, 2015 | read full post »

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posted 12:53:47pm May. 19, 2015 | read full post »

Blues Guitarist B.B. King Dead at 89
Legendary blues guitarist B.B. King died Thursday night at the age of 89 in a Las Vegas hospital. King was the son of a sharecropper, and was born on a plantation in Mississippi. He worked his way up from singing in church, performing on street ...

posted 9:27:21am May. 15, 2015 | read full post »

'Where Hope Grows' is a Much Watch
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posted 8:58:33am May. 15, 2015 | read full post »

One Good Fella
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKjent3fFcs Jersey Girl, the Body Guard, and Goodfellas--Mike Starr always plays a wise guy. The graduate of Hofstra University’s latest role is the comedy Dancer and the Dame, a film about a police officer ...

posted 12:13:10pm May. 14, 2015 | read full post »

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