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Behind the Scenes: Making Michael Douglas Younger in “Ant-Man” and Wigs and Makeup for Key and Peele

posted by Nell Minow

“Ant-Man” begins with a flashback to 1989, with Michael Douglas appearing not as he looks to day but as he looked 25 years ago. How did they do that? Special effects that are called “digital make-up.” New York Magazine’s Vulture […]

Wil Wheaton Talks About His Mental Illness in a Video for UROK

posted by Nell Minow

I love the way Wil Wheaton sort of plays himself on “The Big Bang Theory.” The characters interact with him as Wil Wheaton, Wesley Crusher from “Star Trek: TNG” and star of “Stand By Me” (and “Serial Apeist 2″). But […]

New on Lifetime: Preach, About Four Charismatic Women

posted by Nell Minow

Lifetime’s new reality series is “Preach,” following four powerful female leaders who believe God has given them the ability to heal the sick, see the future and rid people of their addictions. Known as “Prophetesses,” these women say that they […]

Critics Choice Television Awards 2015

posted by Nell Minow

WINNERS OF THE 2015 CRITICS’ CHOICE TELEVISION AWARDS · Best Drama Series: The Americans (FX) · Best Actor in a Drama Series: Bob Odenkirk, Better Call Saul (AMC) · Best Actress in a Drama Series: Taraji P. Henson, Empire (FOX) […]

Interview: Martha Williamson on the Expanded “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” Movie Series

posted by Nell Minow

It was just over a year ago that I first spoke to “Touched by an Angel” creator Martha Williamson about her dead letter detective series for Hallmark, “Signed, Sealed, Delivered.” She is one of my all-time favorite interviews, making me […]

Trailer: The New Muppet Show Coming This Fall on ABC

posted by Nell Minow

Newton Minow and the Vast Wasteland Speech, May 9, 1961

posted by Nell Minow

Here is my wonderful dad, Newton Minow, on his famous “vast wasteland” speech, delivered to the National Association of Broadcasters on May 9, 1961, 54 years ago today. On Tuesday night, Chicago PBS station WTTW celebrated its 60th anniversary and […]

Interview: Jonny Campbell, Director of J.K. Rowling’s “The Casual Vacancy”

posted by Nell Minow

J.K. Rowling’s first book for adults was the dark, sometimes savage story of small town politics, The Casual Vacancy. The title refers to an elected office that is vacated before the term is up, which in this story occurs in […]

Puss in Boots “Hosts” a Jeopardy Category

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight on Jeopardy Puss in Boots becomes the first CG-animated character to host an entire category of answers. Puss “recorded” clues for an entire category called “Not as Great as Puss In Boots.” On May 8, The Adventures of Puss […]

Men in Suits: Costume Designers Talk about “Scandal,” “Mad Men,” and More Suit-Wearing Characters on TV

posted by Nell Minow

The women’s clothes get all the attention, but for a costume designer — and for the actor — a suit is just as important. Indiewire spoke to costume designers about what the suits worn on “Mad Men,” “Scandal,” “Better Call […]

If You Love Cookie on “Empire” — More From Taraji P. Henson

posted by Nell Minow

The breakout hit of the television season is the steamy, soapy, musical melodrama “Empire,” and the breakout star (long overdue) is the fabulous Taraji P. Henson as Cookie Lyon, just out of prison after 17 years and determined to get […]

This Week on USA: “Dig,” Set in Jerusalem

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve been looking forward to this since I got a sneak peek last year at Comic-Con: “Dig” premieres on USA March 5, 2015 at 10 pm (9 Central), starring Jason Isaac and Anne Heche in a mystery miniseries filmed in […]

Tribute: Leonard Nimoy

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of Leonard Nimoy, who created one of the most iconic characters of all time, “Star Trek’s” half-Vulcan, half-human Mr. Spock, with pointed ears and angled eyebrows perfectly designed to convey a wry sense of irony.  The […]

Trailer: A.D. — The Bible Continues

posted by Nell Minow

This Easter Sunday, April 5th, 2015, A.D. The Bible Continues will premiere on NBC and continue on a 12-week journey through the rise of the Christian Church.   Executive producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett continues where there The Bible series left off. […]

Cloudy With a Chance of Love: Hallmark Channel Countdown to Valentine’s Day

posted by Nell Minow

Hallmark Channel’s countdown to Valentine’s Day features some old favorites and some new stories like “Cloudy With a Chance of Love,” premiering on February 8, 2015, at 8 pm (7 central). “Switched at Birth’s” Katie Leclerc stars with Michael Rady, […]

SAG Awards 2015

posted by Nell Minow

The Screen Actors Guild awards for television and movies in 2014 are in and it looks like Patricia Arquette, Julianne Moore, and J.K. Simmons are in line to bring home Oscars on February 22. The tough one to call right […]

Interview: Kate Fowkes on Fantasy and Fairy Tales

posted by Nell Minow

Ten years ago, would anyone have believed there would be popular fairy-tale-inspired television series both serious (Once Upon a Time, Grimm), and comic/musical (Galavant)? Why do fantasy and fairy tales mean so much to us? I asked one of my […]

Golden Globes 2015: The Good, The Bad, and the What Were They Thinking?

posted by Nell Minow

Thoughts on the 2015 Golden Globes: Amy Poehler and Tina Fey were marvelous as always. We knew they’d take on the Sony hack and “The Interview” and they got right to it. “North Korea referred to The Interview as ‘absolutely […]

Now That’s Funny: The Paley Center Visits Top TV Comedies

posted by Nell Minow

In case you missed the Paley Center special on TV comedy shows, you can watch it online. It is a lot of fun to go behind the scenes to hear the creators of “The Big Bang Theory,” “Mom,” “Modern Family,” […]

Coming Soon: Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, the Miniseries

posted by Nell Minow

Susanna Clarke’s novel Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell is one of those delicious stories that transports the reader to another world, so enthralling that it is difficult to leave. The setting is historical, England in 1806, as the Napoleonic Wars […]

Tonight: Supernatural Celebrates the Fans in the 200th Episode

posted by Nell Minow

Nell Scovell Pays Tribute to the Under-Used Women Alumnae of SNL

posted by Nell Minow

The wonderful Nell Scovell, who helped Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg write Lean In and is now working on a screenplay based on the book, has an excellent essay in Time about the talented women who appeared on “Saturday Night Live” but […]

Is This the End of Television?

posted by Nell Minow

Last week both cable giant HBO and broadcast giant CBS made announcements that signal the end of television as we know it.  Both responded to the clear message of the market and said that they would make their content available […]

Clip: How We Got to Now

posted by Nell Minow

How We Got to Now is a new PBS series with Steven Johnson explaining how six inventions and innovations transformed the future to create our world. They are: REFRIGERATION – How our mastery of “cold on demand” helped give birth […]

Why Are We Getting So Many Split POV Stories About Couples?

posted by Nell Minow

I wonder why there are three (so far) different stories coming out that tell us the same saga of an up-and-down romance from two different perspectives (POV, or point of view). “The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby,” starring James McAvoy and […]

Tribute: Joan Rivers

posted by Nell Minow

Joan Rivers has died at age 81. More abrasive than her trademark raspy voice, Rivers wanted to be an actress but became famous as a comedian, in an era when comedy was almost completely all-male. She did act, appearing on […]

Back to School Guidelines for Parents on Kids and Media

posted by Nell Minow

Screen time is a treat, not a right. It’s a good idea to make sure that it comes only after homework, chores, other kinds of play, and family time. Make sure there is some quiet time each day as well. […]

The Simpsons Binge Watch: Every Episode Plus the Movie

posted by Nell Minow

Get your food delivery menus ready.  Unplug your phone.  All 552 Simpsons episodes will be broadcast in order, starting tomorrow. They include scenes cut in syndication that have not been on television since the original broadcast. And of course they […]

Writing for the Industry: Black Writers Talk About Their Work

posted by Nell Minow

This afternoon at 3PM, the 8th annual Leimert Park Village Book Fair in Los Angeles will host a “Writing for the Industry” panel, which will aid “beginning, advanced and aspiring screenwriters through the steps of writing their first feature length script, […]

The Memory Book — This Saturday on the Hallmark Channel

posted by Nell Minow

A budding, young photographer stumbles upon an old photo album chronicling the ideal romance of a happy couple. Intrigued by their love and unable to find her own “true love,” she sets out to find the couple and figure out […]

Boring TV Makes You Fat

posted by Nell Minow

A new study finds that boring television leads to mindless snacking and that leads to putting on pounds. So, watch programs that excite and engage you. Or, if the show is boring, turn off the television.

Switched at Birth and the End of Life

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a big fan of ABC Family’s Switched at Birth and have appreciated its complicated characters, honest and heartfelt relationships, and compelling storylines, as well as its unprecedented, in-depth portrayal of the deaf community. Last week’s episode may have been […]

Comic-Con 2014

posted by Nell Minow

It’s here!  San Diego Comic-Con begins Wednesday night in San Diego and I’ll be there.  This is my favorite event of the year, a chance to find out what everyone will be watching, listening to, playing, and otherwise enjoying over […]

Tribute: James Garner

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite actors has left us. James Garner, handsome, wry, effortlessly masculine, all-purpose leading man for decades on television and in movies, has died at age 84. He had consummate skill in comedy, drama, and romance, and even […]

Emmy Nominations: Looks a Lot Like Last Year

posted by Nell Minow

The Emmy nominations are in!  And they look a lot like last year. Reliable favorites like “Mad Men” and “Game of Thrones” garnered a lot of nods.  But once again the Academy overlooked Tatiana Maslany of “Orphan Black,” whose multiple […]

If You’re a Big Bang Theory Fan, You Have to Watch this “Blossom” Clip!

posted by Nell Minow

A very special episode indeed!  Tonight, on the Hub Network, you can see a very young Mayim Bialik and Johnny Galecki in their pre-“Big Bang Theory” days, on “Blossom.”

Upcoming Show Business Memoirs

posted by Nell Minow

Mashable has a very intriguing list of upcoming show business memoirs, by everyone from Oprah Winfrey (What I Know For Sure) to rapper Ja Rule (Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man). I’m particularly looking forward to Yes […]

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

posted by Nell Minow
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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s marvelous “Cosmos” reboot comes out on DVD and Blu-Ray this week and it is well worth adding to every family and classroom library.  It is a very worthy successor to Carl Sagan’s classic PBS series of the […]

List: Sarah Lawrence College and Movies

posted by Nell Minow

This weekend my husband and I are attending a reunion at our alma mater, Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. Our son also graduated from Sarah Lawrence, and our niece will enroll in the MFA program in writing there […]

Tribute: Ann B. Davis of “The Brady Bunch”

posted by Nell Minow

We bid a sad farewell to the wonderful actress Ann B. Davis, who died today at 88 following a fall in her home.  She is best known as the beloved housekeeper Alice in the blended family sitcom, The Brady Bunch. […]

Tonight: The Maya Rudolph Show

posted by Nell Minow

SNL/”Bridesmaids” star Maya Rudolph has a new variety show premiering tonight on NBC with Sean Hayes, Andy Samberg, Chris Parnell, Fred Armisen, and Kristen Bell of “Frozen.”  There couldn’t be a better choice for bringing back the kind of skits […]

Interview: James Levine, Composer of “American Horror Story,” “Royal Pains,” and “Glee”

posted by Nell Minow

Composer James S. Levine worked on two of my favorite television series, so I was especially delighted to get a chance to speak to him.  I love “Glee’s” fabulously curated choral selections.  And I love the soundtrack to “Royal Pains,” […]

Is Television Still a “Vast Wasteland?”

posted by Nell Minow

  53 years ago today my dad, the new 35-year-old Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission appointed by President John F. Kennedy, made a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters that was on every list of the most influential […]

Two Terrific New Books About Show Business by Judy Greer and Carol Leifer

posted by Nell Minow

Two smart, shrewd, and very funny women have written books about their lives in show business. Judy Greer has played the heroine’s best friend in romantic comedies like “13 Going on 30,” “27 Dresses,” and “Love Happens.” She has made […]

Interview: Daniel Licht, Composer of “Dexter”

posted by Nell Minow

Daniel Licht composed the music for “Dexter” as well as two of the “Silent Hill” video games and films including “Permanent Midnight” and “Stephen King’s Thinner.”  He talked to me about the difference between composing for thrillers and comedy and […]

For Earth Day: A New Series About Climate Change

posted by Nell Minow

Some people do not believe scientists or the global community, who are united in the warnings about climate change.  Maybe they will believe celebrities.  That’s the idea behind this series, “The Years of Living Dangerously.”  It premieres tonight on Showtime […]

Tonight on PBS: The Story of the Jews

posted by Nell Minow

Starting tonight on PBS: Simon Schama hosts #StoryofTheJewsPBS – 3000 years of Jewish history, culture & identity. Prize winning author of fifteen books and Emmy-Award winner Simon Schama brings to life Jewish history and experience in a new five-part documentary series The Story of […]

Interview: April Hernandez of 100 Huntley Street

posted by Nell Minow

April Hernandez and author Eric Metaxas will co-host host the syndicated talk show 100 Huntley Street, produced by Crossroads Media Group, featuring engaging conversations with extraordinary people to well-known celebrities.  The half-hour lifestyle show will  inspirational and uplifting stories, giving it […]

How Well Do You Know the Muppets?

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the eight Muppet movie, “Muppets Most Wanted,” out this weekend, I’ve got some questions to see how well you know the Muppets. 1. Can you guess the writer who provided the narration for this 1968 commercial featuring […]

Downton Abbey Costumes on Display at Winterthur

posted by Nell Minow

The fabulous museum and garden at Delaware’s Wintherthur is well worth a visit, especially now through January 4, 2015, when 40 costumes from Downton Abbey will be on display.  It is a spectacular show, brilliantly displayed.  It covers the real-life […]

New Sci-Fi Coming to Television: American Gods and Redshirts

posted by Nell Minow

Neil Gaiman’s American Gods has taken a step toward becoming a television show. For a long time it was in development at HBO, where it bogged down. But now it is in the hands of FremantleMedia, the producers of “The […]

Interviews: “Bitter Party of Five”

posted by Nell Minow

When “Downwardly Mobile,” a Roseanne Barr TV pilot for NBC, didn’t get picked up, the cast created their own show, “Bitter Party of Five,” a very funny (and very adults-only) interview series where five moderately successful actors interview their much […]

How Many Simpsons Movie References Did You Catch?

posted by Nell Minow

“The Simpsons” enduring popularity is due at least in part to its stunning cultural literacy — all those Harvard grads in the writing room trying to impress each other.  This handy list of the top 100 movie references in “The […]

Bud’s Aww-Inducing Super Bowl Commercial: Puppy Love

posted by Nell Minow

Tribute: Two 60’s Television Icons, The Professor and Reuben

posted by Nell Minow

This week we say a sad farewell to two of the best-loved television stars of 1960’s sitcoms, Russell Johnson, who played The Professor on “Gilligan’s Island,” and Dave Madden, who was the long-suffering manager Reuben on “The Partridge Family.”  The […]

A New Television Series Explores Contemporary Issues in the Ten Commandments

posted by Nell Minow

WGN America and he Weinstein Company are joining together to produce “Ten Commandments,” a 10-part scripted series that with directors including Gus Van Sant, Lee Daniels, Jim Sheridan, Wes Craven and Michael Cera each taking on a different commandment and giving […]

I Liked the Cute Older Couple in the Swiffer Commercials But I LOVE This New Couple

posted by Nell Minow

The 90-year-old lovebirds Morty and Lee are adorable, but this new couple, the Rukavinas, is even more heartwarming.  Zack Rukavina is from South Dakota.  He lost part of his arm to cancer.  If he looks familiar, you may have seen […]

Exclusive Director’s Cut of Salinger Biography on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

American Masters launches its 28th season with the series’ 200th episode: the exclusive director’s cut of Shane Salerno’s documentary, Salinger, premiering nationally Tuesday, January 21, 2014, 9-11:30 p.m. on PBS (check local listings) with 15 minutes of new material not seen in theaters.

SNL Adds A New Cast Member: Sasheer Zamata

posted by Nell Minow

Saturday Night Live has added Sasheer Zamata to the cast.   She graduated from the University of Virginia and has performed with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater.   SNL producer Lorne Michaels has been criticized for the lack of diversity in the […]

Television to Watch for in Winter 2014

posted by Nell Minow

Yes, I want you to limit everyone in the family’s screen time, even when it’s cold out.  But there’s something to reward you — some great stuff to watch for your select television time. Returning favorites: Community: Creator Dan Harmon […]

Big Bang Theory en Francais est Magnifique!

posted by Nell Minow

Salon has an article about the success of American television series in France. It’s hard to underestimate the impact of “Friends” in paving the way for “The Big Bang Theory” and “How I Met Your Mother,” not just in terms […]

Limiting Screentime

posted by Nell Minow

It’s a challenge to keep kids away from television and computers and tablets and smartphones, especially in the winter when they are indoors much of the time, and when they’re out of school.  And it is a challenge to make […]

Tribute: James Avery of “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air”

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of actor James Avery, who starred with Will Smith as Uncle Phil in Fresh Prince of Bel Air.  Avery was a Vietnam veteran who became a writer, actor, and voice talent. He was a great foil […]

The Thundermans — Download a Free Episode of Nickekodeon’s New Series

posted by Nell Minow

Nickelodeon’s new series “The Thundermans” begins this week and you can download an episode for free from iTunes.  It’s the story of a superhero family, twins Max and Phoebe, their younger siblings Nora and Billy, and their parents Hank and Barb. […]

Tribute: Marcia Wallace

posted by Nell Minow

The brave, beautiful, and very funny actress Marcia Wallace has died at age 70 after a long battle with breast cancer.  I loved her as the receptionist on the old “Bob Newhart Show” and as a guest on 70’s game […]

Participate in an Important Study of the Impact of Screen Time on Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Parents — Here is your chance to help scientists who are studying the impact of screen time on children.  No generation has been as saturated with media as this one.  Babies learn to play with smartphones and tablets before they […]

The Best and Worst Moments of the Emmy Awards 2013

posted by Nell Minow

I think people complain about award shows because they are not very entertaining.  That is because the actual presentation and acceptance of awards is pretty dull for everyone except for the awardee’s friends and family, unless some catastrophe occurs.  Traditionally, […]

Rotten Tomatoes Takes on TV

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted that Rotten Tomatoes, the pioneering aggregator of movie reviews, is taking on television with its new TV Zone.  Check out the reviews of scripted (non-reality) shows. So far, the widely-reviled “Dads” show gets a big rotten tomato […]

Geena Davis: The “Guess Who?” Educational Program

posted by Nell Minow

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Geena Davis: The Hyper-Sexualization of Girls in the Media

posted by Nell Minow

For more information: Institute on Gender and Media

Tonight on Discovery: The President’s Gatekeepers

posted by Nell Minow

Twenty former White House Chiefs of Staff tell their stories in this two-part documentary narrated by Kevin Bacon.

TV’s Funniest Moments — Tonight on NBC

posted by Nell Minow

It’s September.  That means school and work and colder weather.  We need to laugh.  And tonight NBC is here to provide us with some of television’s funniest moments, assembled by The Paley Center for Media.

The Look of “Breaking Bad” — Part 2

posted by Nell Minow

I loved the piece on the use of colors in Breaking Bad.  And this IndieWire post on the look of the show, especially the use of light and dark, is, well, illuminating.

The Writer’s Room on the Sundance Channel

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar-winning writer Jim Rash (with Nat Faxon he co-wrote “The Descendants” and “The Way Way Back”) hosts one of the best new shows on television, “The Writer’s Room.”  The writers and key cast members of Breaking Bad, Parks & Recreation, Dexter, New Girl, Game of […]

Glenn Close Auctions Her Costumes for Charity

posted by Nell Minow

Are you a “Damages” fan? Fancy yourself one of Cruella DeVille’s furry fashions?   Glenn Close is auctioning off the clothes she wore as Patty Hughes and many other characters to raise money for her charity combating the stigma of […]

Tribute: “Glee’s” Cory Monteith

posted by Nell Minow

It is with special sadness that we bid farewell to the talented young actor who played Finn on “Glee,” Cory Monteith.  The cause of death is not yet known but he struggled with substance abuse. Here he tells Ellen Degeneres […]

Tribute: James Gandolfini

posted by Nell Minow

Today we mourn the loss of James Gandofini, who died suddenly to day at age 51 while he was vacationing in Italy with his family.  He will always be remembered for his iconic role as Tony Soprano, the mob guy […]

Add Your Vote to the Critics Choice Television Awards

posted by Nell Minow

The Broadcast Film Critics awards for television will be given out on the Reelz Channel on June 16.  Viewers will decide the winner of the best TV moment award.  Was it the finale of “The Office?”  The sad death on […]

Tribute: Jean Stapleton

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of television great Jean Stapleton, who died today at age 90.  Best known as Edith, the sweet-natured wife of the bombastic Archie Bunker on “All in the Family,” she was often the target of his insults […]

Contest: Dance Academy, Seasons 1 and 2

posted by Nell Minow

TeenNICK’s “Dance Academy” is the story of  Tara Webster, who grew up on a country farm, but has always dreamed of being a professional dancer.  When she’s admitted to Australia’s prestigious National Academy of Dance, she feels like all of […]

Morgan Freeman’s Wormhole Series Starts a New Season

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman returns to Science Channel to host the fourth installment of the Emmy® nominated Through the Wormhole series on Wednesday, June 5, at 10:00 PM (ET/PT).  Featuring nine riveting episodes, this all-new season poses thought-provoking and awe-inspiring questions spanning science, […]

My Dad and Television’s “Vast Wasteland”

posted by Nell Minow

52 years ago today my dad, the new 35-year-old Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission appointed by President John F. Kennedy, made a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters that was on every list of the most influential speeches of the […]

Never Forget to Lie — Tonight on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight on “Frontline” is “Never Forget to Lie,” filmmaker Marian Marzynski explores, for the first time, his own wartime childhood and the experiences of other child survivors, teasing out their feelings about Poland, the Catholic Church, and the ramifications of identities […]

Happy 80th Birthday, Carol Burnett!

posted by Nell Minow

A very happy birthday today to the magnificent Carol Burnett! Here’s a glimpse of her star-making performance as Princess Winifred in the delightful princess-and-the-pea musical “Once Upon a Mattress.” This is the song that brought her to national attention on […]

New On Discovery: All the President’s Men Revisited

posted by Nell Minow

Whether you’re a Watergate junkie like me or don’t know how a “third-rate burglary” toppled a President and changed the world of American politics — for good, for bad, and forever, be sure to watch the Discovery Channel’s “All the President’s […]

The Authenticity-Obsessive Folks at “Mad Men” Meet the Even More Authenticity-Obsessed Folks Online

posted by Nell Minow

“Mad Men” producer Matthew Weiner is famously obsessive about the authenticity of the period detail on the show, even making sure that a child did not play with an Etch-a-Sketch in an episode set in 1960 because it was not […]

Interview: Scott Swofford of “Granite Flats”

posted by Nell Minow

It’s 1962 when recently widowed Beth and her son Arthur move to rural Granite Flats, Colorado. They meet a town thrown into fear and suspicion after a terrible explosion at the nearby air base. As the military and police investigate, […]

All My Children and One Life to Live are Back!

posted by Nell Minow

The two popular soap operas cancelled by ABC in 2011 are back at last!  The Online Network (available on Hulu and iTunes) will have new episodes starting on April 29.  Fans should know that “All My Children” is leaping five […]

Bindi Irwin Stars in Hallmark Channel’s “Return to Nim’s Island”

posted by Nell Minow

Bindi Irwin, the 14-year-old daughter of wildlife enthusiast Steve Irwin, stars in “Return to Nim’s Island,” a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World Premiere on Friday, March 15 (8 p.m. ET/PT, 7C). “Return to Nim’s Island” kicks off Hallmark Channel’s new […]

Contest: H2O — Just Add Water

posted by Nell Minow

“H2O” is the delightful Nickelodeon series about three teenage girls who gain special powers after a visit to a mysterious island.  And I have copies of the whole first season to give away, with a special bonus — a 90-minute […]

Floor Plans of Movie and Television Living Spaces

posted by Nell Minow

On Etsy, you can find floor plans of the homes of movie and television characters by Iñaki Aliste Lizarralde that are works of art in themselves.  Look at the homes of Will and Grace, Carrie Bradshaw, Dexter, the Golden Girls, Monica, Rachel, […]

Smile of the Week: Joseph Gordon-Levitt on Sesame Street

posted by Nell Minow

Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Murray discuss the word “reinforce” — to make something stronger.

New Aspire Series About African-American Faith Leaders: The Scroll

posted by Nell Minow

The Scroll is a new series from director Parrish Smith shown on Magic Johnson’s Aspire Network featuring intimate, inspiring interviews with more than 50 African-American clergy.   Some of the faith leaders featured in the documentary are: Bishop T. D. Jakes, Rev. […]

Jewish Gilt — New Television Series on the Jewish Channel

posted by Nell Minow

Jewish Gilt with Jonathan Greenstein is a wonderful new series on the Jewish channel that explores the precious artifacts treasured by Jewish families and the stories that go with them. I had the pleasure of speaking to Greenstein about the […]

Jen Chaney on Liz Lemon and “30 Rock”

posted by Nell Minow

Two television programs with almost-identical themes premiered in the fall of 2006.  They were both behind-the-scenes shows about the writers and performers on a late-night topical sketch comedy series. One was an hour-long drama from “The West Wing’s” Aaron Sorkin, […]

Who Let the Dogs Out — New Hallmark Series About the Skateboarding Dog

posted by Nell Minow

Tillman the Skateboarding Dog, who surfs and snowboards, too, rolls onto the Hallmark Channel in the new original series “Who Let the Dogs Out,” premiering Friday, Feb. 1 (1 p.m. ET/PT, 12C).  “Who Let The Dogs Out” is the story […]

Downton Abbey 3rd Season DVD!

posted by Nell Minow
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The most popular television show in the world has a gorgeous new DVD/Blu-Ray release this week, Season 3 and some marvelous extras: –    Downton Abbey Behind the Drama –    Shirley MacLaine at Downton –    The Men of Downton –    […]

The Bible on Television

posted by Nell Minow

THE BIBLE is an epic 10-hour television series produced by Roma Downey (Touched By an Angel) and Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, Celebrity Apprentice) premiering on 3/3/13 on History Channel, and Blu-ray and DVD soon after. Downey plays Mother Mary and Emmy-winner Keith David provides voice-overs throughout. Oscar- and Grammy-award winning […]

The Media and Violence — Changing Perspectives After Sandy Hook

posted by Nell Minow

The comprehensive public safety reform package proposed by President Obama today includes new programs and proposed rules to increase support for the mentally ill, restrict access to the most deadly weapons, and provide additional security through more funding for law […]

Vote on the Ending of a “Hawaii 5-0″ Episode

posted by Nell Minow

For the first time in television history, a primetime drama will allow viewers to choose the ending of an episode in real time when CBS’s HAWAII FIVE-0 lets fans vote on CBS.com or Twitter during the East and West Coast broadcasts,Monday, Jan. 14, 2013 (10:00-11:00 […]

Behind the Scenes — Comedy Writers

posted by Nell Minow

The new issue of Vanity Fair is all about comedy, with guest editor Judd Apatow presiding.  I especially enjoyed the interview with the deliriously nutty and all-around nice guy Martin Short and the conversation with comedy legends Mike Nichols and […]

“Becoming Santa” — OWN Documentary

posted by Nell Minow

The wonderful, poignant OWN documentary “Becoming Santa” is now available on DVD.  I wrote about the movie when it was shown on OWN.

Gift Guide 2012: Teens and Adults

posted by Nell Minow

My top gift ideas for 2012, part 1: Your favorite TV fan already has the boxed set of every series?  Here’s something different.  The Paley Center for Media has tributes to many great television shows, featuring interviews with the casts […]

Tribute: Larry Hagman of “Dallas” and “I Dream of Jeannie”

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of actor Larry Hagman, who died this week at age 81.  He starred in two remarkably different television series.  In “I Dream of Jeannie,” he was astronaut Tony Nelson, who landed on a deserted island and […]

I Forgive You: A Powerful and Inspiring New Series on GMC

posted by Nell Minow

GMC has a deeply moving new documentary series premiering this Sunday at 9 and 11 called I Forgive You, with stories of people to forgive those who have hurt them or someone they love.  Instead of the usual reality fare […]

Browncoats Unite! It’s the 10th Anniversary of “Firefly” Special

posted by Nell Minow

One of the highlights of the 2012 Comic-Con was the reunion of the cast and creator of the cult television series, “Firefly.”  When I saw them, they had just come from taping a 10th anniversary special, and it will be […]

Nicholas Sparks is Writing for Television

posted by Nell Minow

Best-selling author Nicholas Sparks writes books that have been made into very successful movies like Nights in Rodanthe, The Notebook, Message in a Bottle, and A Walk to Remember.  His next movie is “Safe Haven,” coming out for Valentine’s Day. He […]

Halloween Quiz: Television

posted by Nell Minow

How many of these spooky classics do you know? 1.  This animated comedy goes all-out on Halloween every year with its popular “Treehouse of Horror” series. 2.  It makes sense that this series about a witch would have memorable Halloween […]

Big Bird Halloween Costumes — The Good, The Bad, and The Very, Very Yellow

posted by Nell Minow

Mitt Romney’s comment about cutting funding for PBS at the first Presidential debate has made Big Bird one of the most popular costumes for Halloween this year.  But that’s not all good news.  The Children’s Television Workshop, producers of “Sesame […]

Agent Coulson Returns

posted by Nell Minow

Just because a character has died on screen, even very dramatically, does not mean we won’t see him again.  I’m delighted that Clark Gregg’s Agent Phil Coulson, who was killed in this year’s biggest film, “The Avengers,” will be returning […]

Cheers — Happy 30th Anniversary!

posted by Nell Minow

It was 30 years ago that a television series about a neighborhood bar called Cheers premiered and soon audiences everywhere wanted to go “where everybody knows your name.” John Ratzenberger told the Hollywood Reporter about his memories of playing bar […]

Contest: 50’s Television Classics

posted by Nell Minow

Experience the best of the Golden Age of Television with this collection of shows from TV’s early years. with 50’s TV Classics: Collector’s Edition you’ll enjoy over 10 hours of comedy, music, variety, game shows and drama starring some of […]

Happy 50th Birthday to “The Jetsons!”

posted by Nell Minow

Fifty years ago this week, The Jetsons first appeared on television, a sort of spin-off/bookend to The Flintstones.  While “The Jetsons” did not have any characters to match the bombastic and iconic Fred Flintstone and lasted only 24 episodes in its […]

Steel Magnolias Remake Coming to Lifetime October 7

posted by Nell Minow

I’m very excited about the upcoming remake of “Steel Magnolias” coming to Lifetime on October 7.  Like the beloved 1989 original, it has an all-star cast with Queen Latifah, Jill Scott, Phylicia Rashad, and Alfre Woodward.  The movie was based […]

Contest: Downton Abbey, Seasons 1 and 2

posted by Nell Minow

I’m thrilled to have this very special limited edition release to give away to one lucky fan.  Downton Abbey Seasons 1 and 2 will be released on Oct 2.  While we wait until January for Season 3 (now showing in the […]

Sesame Street’s New Season: An Elmo Musical and More

posted by Nell Minow

Sesame Workshop has announced the plans for Sesame Street‘s upcoming 43rd season, debuting on September 24th.  It will include a new segment called “Elmo the Musical” as a part of its continued focus on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.  Elmo will […]

“From Dust to Dreams” PBS Concert Special

posted by Nell Minow

Neil Patrick Harris hosts an all-star concert special to be shown on PBS next week, celebrating the opening of the Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The concert features superstars from the world of country music (Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, […]

Kennedy Center Honors Announced: Dustin Hoffman, Led Zeppelin, David Letterman, and More

posted by Nell Minow

This year’s Kennedy Center honors have been announced: Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, blues musician Buddy Guy, dancer Natalia Makarova and the rock band Led Zeppelin.  Led Zeppelin is being honored as a band, but keyboardist-bassist John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy […]

Happy Anniversary Star Trek — From Google

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Google’s adorable tribute today to the original Star Trek.  Entertainment Weekly spoke to Ryan Germick, who headed up this particular Google Doodle, about Star Trek’s pop-culture significance. “We often talk at Google about how awesome it […]

Wow! I Attended a Taping of “Big Bang Theory”

posted by Nell Minow

Because I go to movies almost every weeknight, I don’t get to watch much series television, so I was late to catch on to “Big Bang Theory.” But once it went into syndication, I had a chance to catch up […]

Tribute: Michael Clarke Duncan

posted by Nell Minow

The towering, powerful, magnetic actor Michael Clarke Duncan has died at age 54.  Best remembered for his Oscar-winning performance in “The Green Mile” as a prisoner with extraordinary grace and powers of healing, Duncan showed off his skill as a […]

Switched at Birth — Fall Season

posted by Nell Minow

I’m totally psyched for the return of one of my favorite shows, and this makes clear that there’s a lot of exciting developments ahead.  What is Regina doing?  And is it over for good between Bay and Emmett?

Free: Magic Schoolbus Coloring Sheets

posted by Nell Minow

Don’t forget to check out the terrific new boxed set of the entire Magic Schoolbus series!  And I have a special treat for Magic Schoolbus fans.  Just send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with Frizzle in the subject line and […]

Tribute: Sesame Street’s Jerry Nelson

posted by Nell Minow

We bid a sad farewell to Jerry Nelson of Sesame Street, and the Muppets, who has died at age 78.  He will probably be best remembered for providing the voice of The Count. He was also featured as Sherlock Hemlock. […]

Fall TV 2012

posted by Nell Minow

Every season now brings new television programs and returns of favorite series, but I grew up in the old days and for me the fall TV season is still the most exciting.  Here are some of the new shows that […]

“Magic Schoolbus: The Complete Series” — Contest for Teachers Only

posted by Nell Minow

This year’s back-to-school contest for teachers only is really special — Magic School Bus: The Complete Series.  Join Ms. Frizzle and her students on field trips that go to outer space, inside the human body, back in time to see […]

TV Characters Who Love to Read

posted by Nell Minow

Flavorwire has a marvelous collection of video clips of television characters talking about books and how much they love to read.  The shows include “Mad Men,” “Freaks and Geeks,” “South Park,” and “The Wire,” and books include The Great Gatsby, […]

Happy Birthday, Lucille Ball!

posted by Nell Minow

I love the look on her face when she first tastes it!

Tribute: Sherman Hemsley

posted by Nell Minow

Sherman Hemsley, best known for playing the outspoken George Jefferson on the classic Norman Lear sit-com “The Jeffersons,” died this week at 74.  It was a challenge to play the role of George Jefferson, who was often referred to but […]

More From Comic-Con: “Firefly” 10th Reunion

posted by Nell Minow

Okay, even by Comic-Con standards, this is spectacular. The cast of Firefly was there to tape a 10th anniversary reunion special that will be broadcast on the Science Channel on November 11 and I got to attend the press conference with […]

Comic-Con, Preview Night

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled to be back at Comic-Con and the preview night was sensational.  The special effects geniuses at WETA have really outdone themselves and their enormous trolls from Peter Jackson’s upcoming “The Hobbit” were magnificent.  I saw “Star Wars” […]

Tribute: Andy Griffith

posted by Nell Minow

Andy Griffith, beloved star of the long-running television series about the small-town sheriff and single father, died today at age 86.  Griffith first became known for his gentle, countrified story-telling and singing and then had a brief but notable film […]

One of Aaron Sorkin’s Best Scenes

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight is the premiere of the new HBO series “The Newsroom,” written by Aaron Sorkin, Oscar-winning scripter of “Charlie Wilson’s War,” “The Social Network,” “A Few Good Men,” and the television series “The West Wing.” I am a big fan […]

Carol Burnett Show: The Ultimate Collection

posted by Nell Minow

The ultimate collection of the classic “Carol Burnett Show” series is now available for pre-order on DVD.  My favorite were the movie parodies (the “I saw it in the window” line from the “Gone with the Wind” sketch is one […]

They May Look Like the 20th Century, But They Talk Like Today

posted by Nell Minow

The producers of “Mad Men” and “Downton Abbey” are justifiably lauded for their meticulous attention to period detail in the clothes, furnishings, and world events of the eras they portray.  And audiences love seeing the styles of 1960’s New York […]

Father’s Day Tribute to the Best Television Dads

posted by Nell Minow

My gallery of great movie dads and list of daddy-daughter movies include wonderful films for families to watch together and talk about the great fathers in their own families. Some of the best dads on film appear on television, which allows us to see […]

Children Now Calls on the FCC to Limit Hidden Ads in Children’s Programming

posted by Nell Minow

Industry publication Broadcasting & Cable reports that representatives of the advocacy group Children Now met with a top aide to FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and other FCC staffers last week “to press the commission to take a stand against imbedded advertising […]

Television Expands Content Ratings

posted by Nell Minow

It didn’t make sense to have “content ratings” advising parents of adult content in programs when they were broadcast but not when they were viewed online.  So I join FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski, TVWatch, and others who have been advocating […]

Push Girls — New on Sundance Channel

posted by Nell Minow

I am delighted with the new Sundance Channel series, “Push Girls,” a reality series about a group of vibrant, active, bright friends, all women in wheelchairs. The New York Times says the theme of the show is not disability; it’s […]

Auto-Tuned Mr. Rogers

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to The Wrap for sharing a heartwarming gem.  The auto-tuned Mr. Rogers is just as friendly a neighbor as the original. I am not going to embed the clip because I am sorry to say it is followed by […]

Summer Series — Television

posted by Nell Minow

I’m old enough to remember when summer television meant nothing but reruns.  So it always seems like a special bonus to me when we get a whole extra season with returning favorites and promising new shows.  While I wait to […]

A Tribute to My Dad and his “Vast Wasteland” Speech

posted by Nell Minow

51 years ago today my dad, the new 35-year-old Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission appointed by President John F. Kennedy, made a speech to the National Association of Broadcasters that was on every list of the most influential speeches […]

Dark Shadows: The Soap Opera

posted by Nell Minow

This week’s big release from Tim Burton and Johnny Depp is a tribute and an update to the cult favorite vampire soap opera that ran from 1966-71.  Before I post my review on Thursday night, here’s a quick reminder of […]

Interview: Ted McGinley of “Notes from the Heart Healer”

posted by Nell Minow

Ted McGinley talked to me about re-teaming with Genie Francis for the third in the Hallmark series of films about an advice columnist known as “The Heart Healer.”  In The Note, Peyton (Francis) discovers a note she thinks is from […]

Happy Screen-Free Week!

posted by Nell Minow

Nationwide Screen-Free Week begins today through May 6. The Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood has a list of some of the hundreds of activities planned by Screen-Free Week organizers: Read Boston has asked 4,000 students in 12 partner schools to take the screen-free […]

Tribute: Dick Clark

posted by Nell Minow

“The world’s oldest teenager,” Dick Clark, passed away this week at age 82.  He is best remembered as the host of “American Bandstand” and the Pyramid game show, but the scope of his influence on broadcasting and entertainment goes much […]

The Wedding of the Year: MLPFIM

posted by Nell Minow

This Saturday, winged unicorn Princess Cadance and her handsome groom (bridal, not stable) Shining Armor will be married on “My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic,” shown on The Hub. Children and the adult fans known as bronies and pegasisters will […]

Two-Night Titanic Event from National Geographic

posted by Nell Minow

National Geographic is observing the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic with a two-part event that includes discussions with “Titanic” director and new deep-diving record-breaker James Cameron and diver Robert Ballard, who was the first to locate the […]

April’s TV Highlights

posted by Nell Minow

There’s good news for television viewers this month as there are fresh episodes of favorite series, big-time guest stars, and premieres of high-profile new shows.  I’m especially looking forward to: Scandal This show, inspired by a real-life (and very low-profile) White […]

Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee Tonight on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee, authors of two of the most popular and influential books of the 20th century are the subject of documentaries tonight on PBS.  Both films will stream after the premiere on the American Masters website. Both were Southern […]

The Song That Changed My Life

posted by Nell Minow

BYUtv’s original new TV series, The Song That Changed My Life, tells the story behind an artist’s inspiration and reveals the song that changed the entire direction of their life. Following the 3/31 premiere, an episode featuring Duncan Sheik will […]

Jeff Foxworthy to Host “The American Bible Challenge”

posted by Nell Minow

GSN has signed comedian Jeff Foxworthy to host the pilot of the network’s original one-hour game show, “The American Bible Challege,” a studio-based game show in which contestants compete based on their knowledge of the Bible. Questions will be designed to […]

Mad Men Enters the Civil Rights Era

posted by Nell Minow

From the New York Times: There was no question that “Mad Men” would get around to the civil rights movement. From the start, racism was the carbon monoxide of the show: a poison that couldn’t always be detected over the […]

Esquire Picks the 100 Best Television Shows for Men

posted by Nell Minow

Esquire has come up with a list of the 100 best television programs for men because “Never before have there been so many things to watch quite so enjoyably.”  Comedy comes out on top with #1 (“The Colbert Report”) and #2 […]

A New “Flintstones” from “Family Guy’s” Seth McFarlane?

posted by Nell Minow

At the SXSW festival, “Family Guy” creator Seth McFarlane told the crowd he is working on a television reboot of “The Flintstones,” a beloved 1960’s cartoon series that led to a couple of not-beloved feature films.  McFarlane told the audience […]

Interview: Jackee from “Brother White”

posted by Nell Minow

Brother White premieres this Sunday on GMC and I was thrilled to get a chance to speak to one of my favorite actresses, the fabulous Jackée, whose Emmy-award winning role in “227” has led to her own eponymous series.  Brother White […]

The B-Word on Television

posted by Nell Minow

Two new television series feature the word for a female dog in their titles. “GCB” is a Dallas-based series based on a book called Good Christian Bitches.  Don’t Trust the B– in Apartment 23 stars Krysten Ritter as a New York mean […]

Smile of the Week: Sophia Grace and Rosie Have Tea With Taylor Swift

posted by Nell Minow

Sophia Grace and Rosie are English cousins whose cover of a Nicki Minaj song made them an international viral video sensation.  Their sweetness and charm brought them to the Ellen show and she had the inspired idea to create a […]

Big Band Vocalists on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to watch PBS tonight to see “Big Band Vocalists” with the “crooners” and “canaries” of the 1940s, featuring the greatest vocalists of the period when they started their careers performing with orchestras and dance bands. Among the legendary artists […]

“Passion of Mind” — Like Tonight’s Premiere TV Show, “Awake”

posted by Nell Minow

Jason Isaacs (“Harry Potter’s” Lucius Malfoy) stars in “Awake,” a new drama series premiering tonight on NBC.  He plays a man who survived an automobile accident that split his life in two. In one, his wife was killed in the […]

Dancing with the Stars — and Urkel!

posted by Nell Minow

“Dancing with the Stars” has announced its new line-up:   Jack Wagner – Actor, “The Bold and the Beautiful” Melissa Gilbert – “Half Pint” Laura Ingalls from “Little House on the Prairie” and star of many made-for-TV movies Donald Driver – Green […]

The Loving Story

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight HBO premieres a new documentary about one of the most important marriages in American history.  And their name was Loving. They should have been able to have the quiet life they hoped for.  Mildred and Richard Loving were residents […]

Oprah Visits the Hasidic Jewish Community

posted by Nell Minow

Next on Oprah’s new series is a two-part visit to the cloistered world of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn, a branch of Orthodox Judaism with strict observance of religious laws and traditions. Tune in to OWN on Sunday, February 12, at […]

Jerry Seinfeld’s Super Bowl Ad for Acura

posted by Nell Minow

Tribute: Don Cornelius

posted by Nell Minow

A sad farewell to Don Cornelius, television pioneer and the host of the popular music and dance series, “Soul Train” for two decades.  There were very few opportunities for audiences to see African-American culture in its own context when “Soul […]

Oscar-Winner Joins Downton Abbey for Season Three

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite “Downtown Abbey” characters is Cora, Countess of Grantham, played by Elizabeth McGovern.  She is an American heiress whose marriage to a titled but cash-poor nobleman resulted in the most unexpected of romances.  The producers announced this […]

Ferris Bueller Returns in a Super Bowl Ad

posted by Nell Minow

The most talked-about Super Bowl ad of the year has to be Matthew Broderick’s reprise of his most famous character, Ferris Bueller, in a Honda commercial.  How many references to the movie can you spot?

A Smile as Big as the Moon — Tonight on ABC

posted by Nell Minow

Watch ABC tonight for the heartwarming “A Smile as Big as the Moon,” with John Corbett as a teacher who brings his special needs students to space camp.  It is based on the real life story of Mike Kersjes, whose book […]

Quiz: Katherine Heigl

posted by Nell Minow

This week Katherine Heigl stars as detective Stephanie Plum in her new movie, “One for the Money.”  How many questions about her previous roles can you answer?   1. Heigl appeared in a film that reportedly only sold 30 tickets, […]

The Xbox Takes Over TV

posted by Nell Minow

The line between gaming, internet, and television is dissolving fast.  Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer opened the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week with a big announcement: News Corp. content from Twentieth Century Fox Films, Fox Television, Fox News and […]

Happy 100th Birthday, Charles Addams

posted by Nell Minow

Google salutes the 100th anniversary of the birth of cartoonist Charles Addams with a suitably macabre Google Doodle today. Addams created  series of delightfully ghoulish cartoons for the New Yorker, collected in books like Chas Addams Happily Ever After: A […]

‘Louder than a Bomb’ — Poetry Slam Documentary Tonight on OWN

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted that the brilliant documentary “Louder than a Bomb,” from director Jon Siskel, will be broadcast tonight on Oprah’s OWN network at 9/8 Central.  Every family with teenagers and everyone who loves words should be sure to tune in. […]

Quiz to Greet the New Year

posted by Nell Minow

The answers to all of these questions relate in some way to the first month of the year. 1.  Kevin Kline starred in a film about a serial killer with what timely title? 2. What Australian actor with a January […]

What I’m Looking Forward to in Early 2012

posted by Nell Minow

January is chronically the worst month of the year for movies as the studios release their back inventory of duds.  But this month looks unusually promising.  “Beauty and the Beast 3D” opens on January 13.  That ballroom scene is going […]

FCC Tells Advertisers To Stop Yelling

posted by Nell Minow

The Federal Communications Commission is announcing new rules today to address one of the most frequent viewer complaints — the volume of commercials.  If it feels like the commercials are louder than the programs, that is because they are.  Last […]

The TV Preferences of Republicans and Democrats

posted by Nell Minow

Entertainment Weekly commissioned a study showing political differences in television-watching and they are so pronounced it provides some explanation of the increasing polarization and partisanship of our political conversations.  In the early days of television, Marshall McLuhan famously called it […]

Tribute: Harry Morgan

posted by Nell Minow

Harry Morgan, who died today at age 96, is best remembered as the crusty but fair Colonel Potter in the later years of the television series M*A*S*H. But I remember watching him as the next-door neighbor on reruns of the […]

Live Chat with ANTM All-Stars

posted by Nell Minow

The season finale of America’s Next Top Model All Stars is tomorrow night.  Who will she be?  The contestants have faced complicated catwalks and ambitious fashion photo shoots.  They’ve been asked to carefully craft their public personas, all under 24-hour-a-day […]

Are You Sure She Didn’t Say “Least Fascinating?” Barbara Walters’ New List

posted by Nell Minow

Barbara Walters has announced the line-up for her annual “Most Fascinating” television show (as always, leaving one player-to-be-named-later spot at the end for a surprise).  This is the best she could do?  Pippa Middleton?  Her two achievements of 2011 were […]

Trek Nation Tonight on Science-TV

posted by Nell Minow

Join George Lucas, J.J. Abrams, Seth MacFarlane and Eugene “Rod” Roddenberry Jr. for “Trek Nation,” tonight at 8 (Eastern and Pacific) on the Science channel for “Trek Nation,” with never-before-seen footage in a 45th anniversary of one of the greatest television franchises of […]

Have a Little Faith

posted by Nell Minow

Writer Mitch Albom (Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life’s Greatest Lesson) got a very unusual request.  A terminally ill rabbi asked if Albom would write and deliver his eulogy.  “As is often the case with […]

The Muppets!

posted by Nell Minow

Hurray for the Muppets and hurray for Disney and Jason Segal for bringing them back! “The Muppets” is one of the best movies of the year. When your children want more, try The Muppet Show, The Muppet Movie, and The […]

Woody Allen on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Ebert reviews the new PBS two-part documentary about Woody Allen: “Woody Allen: A Documentary” benefits from both its masterful construction and the willingness of Allen to offer commentary on everything from his oeuvre to his explosive divorce. Allen drives […]

PBS Indies on iTunes

posted by Nell Minow

I’m delighted that PBS Indies are now available on iTunes for rental or purchase.  Great documentaries like “Between the Folds” (it’s about origami and it is fabulous), “Carmen Meets Borat” (real Kazachs respond to Borat’s comic portrayal), and “Wham! Bam! […]

‘Clue’ Miniseries on Hub: Miss Scarlet in the Conservatory?

posted by Nell Minow

The Hub, the television network for kids and their families is premiering “Clue” on November 14.  It’s a five-part, live-action, miniseries event based on the iconic family game brand. The serie and introduces the iconic game characters as young modern-day sleuths, with […]

New Study on Children’s Increasing Immersion in Media

posted by Nell Minow

How families use media and what it means for kids’ health and well-being is the subject of Zero to Eight: Children’s Media Use in America, the first study by Common Sense Media’s new Program for the Study of Children and […]

A Wonderful Tribute to ‘Barney Miller’

posted by Nell Minow

What a delight to see the New York Times pay tribute to one of my all-time favorite television series, “Barney Miller.”  I’ve talked to a couple of cops who told me that it was not just funny — it was […]

Miss Representation

posted by Nell Minow

Every parent, educator, and teenager should watch the documentary “Miss Representation,” about the way that media shapes our perceptions of what it means to be male and female.  

The Pediatricians Really Mean It: No TV, Movies, or Computers for Under-Twos

posted by Nell Minow

The American Academy of Pediatrics has said it again.  They do not recommend any screen time for children under two.  They first issued this recommendation in 1999.  But in the last 12 years, family media use has skyrocketed. The temptation to […]

It’s Not Your Daddy’s ‘Star Wars’

posted by Nell Minow

Just last week, I decided to watch the original 1977 “Star Wars” again and enjoyed it very much.  I’ve lost count of how many times I have seen it, but I can tell you that when my then-fiance and I […]

Five New Films About Breast Cancer Premiere Oct 10 on Lifetime

posted by Nell Minow

Every life has been touched by breast cancer. About 1 in 8 women in the United States (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Although death rates have been decreasing since 1990 due to earlier […]

Reality TV: Pro and Con

posted by Nell Minow

“Does Reality Television Do More Harm Than Good?” Fans and foes of reality television and fans of the art of argument and persuasion of all kinds will want to tune in as the debate teams from Harvard and Columbia rev […]

Mindy Kaling on Women in Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Producer/writer/actress Mindy Kaling of “The Office” has a great piece in the New Yorker about women characters in movies. [W]hat I’d really like to write is a romantic comedy. This is my favorite kind of movie. I feel almost embarrassed […]

Network Television’s Distressing New Word

posted by Nell Minow

Years ago, “Saturday Night Live” had a funny “Wayne’s World” sketch with Bruce Willis as the high school cool kid, who appeared on the show to reveal to Wayne and Garth what the new cool insult word of the year […]

50th Anniversary of the ‘Dick Van Dyke Show’ with Carl Reiner and Dick van Dyke

posted by Nell Minow

My all-time favorite television show is “The Dick Van Dyke Show.”  The wit, sophistication, and charm of the show and the marvelous performances by its talented cast have made it an enduring classic, with many of its best episodes available […]

My Dad at Harvard

posted by Nell Minow

My wonderful dad, Newton Minow, was honored at Harvard this week for half a century of public service in working to make the greatest amount of choice and the broadest range of media resources available.  He talked about the five […]

The Fall TV Season is Tough on Men

posted by Nell Minow

It’s funny the way there often seems to be a cosmic convergence in the fall TV season.  One year it was two different shows about people behind the scenes of a thinly disguised version of “Saturday Night Live.”  If you […]

Highlights of the New Fall Season on TV

posted by Nell Minow

The 2011 Fall Season on television has some exciting new stars and appealing new shows. Most intriguing ideas: Comedy: In “Suburgatory,” a mouthy teenager moves from Manhattan to the suburbs with her single dad (Jeremy Sisto) and finds a lot to […]

Family Movie Night: ‘Game Time — Tackling the Past’

posted by Nell Minow

The latest Family Movie Night, sponsored by Wal-Mart and P&G, is “Game Time: Tackling the Past,” about a pro football player named Jake (“Chuck’s” Ryan McPartlin) who has been estranged from his family.  He reluctantly returns home for the first […]

Family Media Rules for the New School Year

posted by Nell Minow

As families get ready to start a new school year, it is a good opportunity to sit down and map out the rules for managing media, which should be posted in the kitchen and signed off on by both adults […]

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New on DVD: Tales from the Royal Wardrobe
[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0OvH0TgkvbY[/youtube] New from PBS: Tales From the Royal Wardrobe. Historian Dr. Lucy Worsley, Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces, explains that the fascination with the clothes worn by the ...

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