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Family Movie Night: Encore Presentation of ‘A Walk in My Shoes’

posted by Nell Minow

Family Movie Night has an encore presentation of A Walk in My Shoes on Friday, August 27, at 8/7 central on NBC.  This is a terrific movie for the whole family about a teacher who gets a new point of […]

Google Loves Lucy!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy 100th Birthday, Lucille Ball!

posted by Nell Minow

Today we celebrate the 100th anniversary birthday of one of the most talented, hardest-working, and best-loved comic performers of all time, Lucille Ball.  She insisted on having her then-husband, bandleader Desi Arnaz, as her co-star in what became a comedy […]

Who Is Simon Miller? Family Night TV

posted by Nell Minow

The latest in the Family Movie Night series on NBC is Who Is Simon Miller? this Saturday, August 6, at 8/7 central.    It is the story of a family discovery that the husband and father they thought they knew had […]

The Return of Mr. Rogers

posted by Nell Minow

“Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood” welcomed children with low-key warmth and delivered its affirmations and lessons with great sweetness.  It ran nationally from 1968-2001 and its reruns are still watched by the children and grandchildren of the original viewers.  PBS has announced […]

Comic-Con 2011

posted by Nell Minow

I’m on my way to Comic-Con 2011, this year featuring the first glimpses of Twilight’s “Breaking Dawn — Part 1″ along with Steven Spielberg’s “The Adventures of Tintin,” the Colin Farrell remake of “Total Recall” and “In Time,” a thriller […]

A Tribute to A Great Partnership — The Muppets’ Jim Henson and Frank Oz

posted by Nell Minow

The Museum of the Moving Image’s fabulous exhibit, Jim Henson’s Fantastic World, opens this weekend!

HIMYM Billboard Hijacked by New Ads

posted by Nell Minow

I really like “How I Met Your Mother,” and am delighted that older episodes are running in syndication.  But it is jarring to see that background shots have been updated to insert new advertising material.  NPR’s Monkey See blog reports […]

All My Children and One Life to Live to Continue — On the Web

posted by Nell Minow

ABC is going to license its cancelled soap operas, “One Life to Live” and “All My Children,” to continue on the web!  Prospect Park, co-founded by a former Disney executive, will continue both shows and promises the same length and […]

Great Character Actors: Denis O’Hare

posted by Nell Minow

I love character actors, those utility infielders who have to create a complete character in seconds and hold a scene opposite a superstar.   They’re the ones who always seem vaguely familiar but are so chameleon-like that we never quite […]

Closed Captioning Urged for Online Series

posted by Nell Minow

As more original content is being created for the web, deaf and hard of hearing audiences are urging producers to include closed captions. The Washington Post reports: Last year, President Obama signed into law the 21st Century Communications and Video […]

Smile of the Week: The Physics of ‘My Little Pony’

posted by Nell Minow

When did “My Little Pony” get so cool?  According to BNET’s Constantine von Hoffman, the new Hub series “is the new, hip thing among the geekerati.” I love this presentation from a high school student whose assignment was to examine the […]

‘Field of Vision’ — New on Family Movie Night

posted by Nell Minow

The latest in the wonderful “Family Movie Night” series from Wal-Mart and P&G is “Field of Vision,” the story of a high school football star who has to choose between his team and his conscience when he sees filmed evidence […]

Interview: Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar of “Franklin & Bash”

posted by Nell Minow

“Franklin & Bash” is a new lawyer show on TNT.  It is about two brash, rule-breaking best friend lawyers who join a very conservative, old-school law firm.  It is sometimes silly but it is sexy, funny, and fun.  And it […]

Reminder: Drop Dead Diva Giveaway

posted by Nell Minow

You have one more day to enter the giveaway for the second season of “Drop Dead Diva!” I have one copy of the DVD to give away. Send me an email at moviemom@moviemom.com with your name and address. Put “Diva” […]

The Fall TV Season — Girls Gone Wild (And Retro)

posted by Nell Minow

Maureen Dowd had a good column about the upcoming fall season on network television, which features a lot of, well, let’s look at her headline: Corsets, Cleavage, Fishnets. She surmises, correctly, I believe, that the number of new shows about […]

Drop Dead Diva: Season Two

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
DVD Release Date:May 3, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
DVD Release Date: May 3, 2011

“Drop Dead Diva’s” second season is out and it is even more fun than the first.  The delightful Brooke Elliot plays a beautiful slender model whose spirit takes over the body of Jane, an overweight but very successful lawyer.  Only […]

What is ‘Real’ About Reality TV?

posted by Nell Minow

Kelefa Sanneh has a thoughtful essay in the New Yorker about “reality television,” how it developed, why it fascinates us, and how “real” it really is.  From the Loud family to “Jersey Shore,” they are based on the idea of […]

Half a Century of the ‘Vast Wasteland’

posted by Nell Minow

Fifty years ago today, my dad, Newton Minow, the 35-year old Chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, spoke to the National Association of Broadcasters.  What he said was so ground-breaking and so resonant that it has been included in many […]

Happy Mother’s Day!

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve written about my favorite moms on television and my favorite movie moms.  But the best movie to share on Mother’s Day is the one your mother picks because she loves it.  My best to all the mothers out there […]

‘My Girl’ Grows Up — Anna Chlumksy in a New DC Satire

posted by Nell Minow

Slate’s Jessica Grose has a terrific interview with the wonderful Anna Chlumsky, child star of the 1991 classic “My Girl.”  Chlumsky took time away from acting to finish school and work as an editor before returning to star in this […]

Glee 3D Concert Film Coming This Summer!

posted by Nell Minow

The cast of “Glee” is going on the road with a concert tour, and Fox has announced that a 3D film of the tour will be in movie theaters late this summer.  Cast members Lea Michele (Rachel), Cory Monteith (Finn), […]

An American Family (Again): Cinema Verite, the Louds, and the Invention of ‘Reality’ TV

posted by Nell Minow

In 1971, a documentary film-maker named Craig Gilbert approached Pat Loud, a California mother of five, to ask her to allow him to observe her family the way anthropologist Margaret Mead observed the Samoans — and to do it on […]

Mother’s Day Tribute to Military Families on the Hallmark Channel

posted by Nell Minow

Martha Stewart is joined by First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden for a special Mother’s Day salute to military families on the Hallmark channel.   Mrs. Obama and Dr. Biden share their thoughts on motherhood with Martha and […]

Cracked Solves Seven Movie Mysteries

posted by Nell Minow

Cracked has a funny post about what’s behind seven hotly debated movie mysteries, from what’s in “Pulp Fiction’s” briefcase to what Billy Murray whispered to Scarlett Johansson in “Lost in Translation.”  They even take on the last episode of “The […]

‘All My Children’ and ‘One Life to Live’ Canceled

posted by Nell Minow

ABC has announced that it is canceling two soap operas, “All My Children” and “One Life to Live.”  These daytime dramas go back decades — “All My Children” premiered in January 0f 1970 and “One Life to Live” in July […]

Screen-Free Week April 18-24

posted by Nell Minow

It used to be called TV-Turnoff Week but that was so 1990’s.  Now it’s Screen-Free Week — one week for families to turn off the screens and reconnect with old-fashioned in-person interaction, to look each other in the eyes, spend […]

Interview: Candace Cameron Bure of ‘Truth Be Told’

posted by Nell Minow

  “Family Movie Night,” sponsored by Proctor & Gamble and Walmart, has produced another fine film for all ages.  Candace Cameron Bure (“Full House,” “Make It or Break It”) stars in “Truth Be Told,” the story of a marriage counselor […]

Upstairs, Downstairs — Old and New

posted by Nell Minow

I loved the old PBS series “Upstairs, Downstairs,” which ran from 1971-75 on the BBC.  It was revolutionary because it gave almost-equal time to the stories of the servants (downstairs) and the wealthy Edwardian-era family they worked for (upstairs).  Jean […]

Women in Media — And Media in Crisis

posted by Nell Minow

As Katie Couric leaves her pioneering role as the first women anchor of a nightly network news broadcast, it appears that she arrived just as what was once the flagship of end-of-the-day journalism was shrinking to not much more than […]

Morning Glory

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for some sexual content including dialogue, language, and brief drug references
Movie Release Date:November 10, 2010
DVD Release Date:March 8, 2011
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for some sexual content including dialogue, language, and brief drug references
Movie Release Date: November 10, 2010
DVD Release Date: March 8, 2011

We love those disheveled but indomitable women of the television world, from Holly Hunter in “Broadcast News” to Mary Tyler Moore in her iconic 1970’s television series, Tina Fey in “30 Rock,” and Michelle Pfeiffer in the under-appreciated “I Could […]

Dateline on Bullying: ‘My Kids Would Never….Bully’

posted by Nell Minow

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy Thanks to commenter Barbara Gibson for suggesting that I recommend this important Dateline episode about teen bullying. Parents get some surprises when they watch as hidden cameras reveal […]

The Sunset Limited

posted by Nell Minow

Tommy Lee Jones directed and co-stars with Samuel L. Jackson in “The Sunset Limited,” an HBO movie based on the play by Cormac McCarthy (“The Road,” “No Country for Old Men”). Jones is a professor who struggles with despair so […]

Bar Karma Lets the Viewers Tell the Story

posted by Nell Minow

“Bar Karma” is a new series on Current TV set in “a place at the edge of the universe, a venue that’s behind time and before space, a watering hole where the tab you run up may never be paid […]

Human vs. Machine on Jeopardy Tonight

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight’s the night! IBM’s Watson computer is going to take on two of the all-time greatest “Jeopardy” champions. “Jeopardy” has been on television since 1964. It was created by singer and talk show host Merv Griffin, who wrote that unforgettable […]

Pioneers of Television

posted by Nell Minow

I am a big fan of the PBS series “Pioneers of Television,” and I am especially looking forward to tonight’s episode about the early days of local children’s TV featuring Willard Scott, Stan Freberg, Jim Henson, Larry Harmon (“Bozo”) and […]

Willow Smith to Play ‘Annie’

posted by Nell Minow

“Whip my Hair’s” Willow Smith, the daughter of mega-stars Will and Jada Pinkett Smith and sister of “Karate Kid’s” Jaden Smith is going to have a big-screen remake of her own. She will play Little Orphan Annie in the third […]

Smooch — on the Hallmark Channel

posted by Nell Minow

There’s something just so likable about Kellie Martin, isn’t there? I’ve been a fan since her “Life Goes On” days. She has such a sweetness about her, but strength, too. I really began to appreciate her as an actress in […]

Ebert’s New Show Premieres This Weekend!

posted by Nell Minow

Roger Ebert’s new show, Ebert Presents At the Movies, debuts this week on PBS stations across the country. The original show was an inspiration and a guide to me and I am honored beyond words to be invited to contribute […]

Kennedy Miniseries Rejected Again

posted by Nell Minow

As the commemoration of the 50th anniversary of President Kennedy’s inauguration is celebrated in Washington this week, there are headlines in the entertainment news about a miniseries about the Kennedy family that has been pulled from the broadcast schedule. Greg […]

Eyes on the Prize (Part 1)

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
A+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR

This is the story of the civil rights movement, from 1952-1965. Interviews and archival footage tell the story of the 1954 Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education that declared school segregation unconstitutional and the Montgomery bus boycott […]

Tonight: Critic’s Choice Awards!

posted by Nell Minow

The first big awards show of the year is the one from the Broadcast Film Critics Association. I am a proud member, and spent a lot of time making sure my votes on the impressive list of nominees were just […]

Tribute: David Nelson

posted by Nell Minow

I loved “The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet,” one of the most enduring sitcoms from the early days of television. Ozzie Nelson, bandleader turned radio and then television personality, played “Ozzie Nelson,” perpetually genial but often befuddled suburban father. His […]

Duet that Inspired Glee

posted by Nell Minow

The repeat of the duets episode of Glee reminded me of how much I enjoyed Kurt and Rachel singing “Happy Days are Here Again” and “Get Happy.” I wonder how many viewers know that it was inspired by the classic […]

TV Guide on Faith on Television

posted by Nell Minow

Craig Tomashoff’ has a thoughtful article in TV Guide about the portrayal of religion and spirituality on television. It has some surprising examples. The often-outrageous animated series “The Simpsons” was praised for using “Christian faith, religion and questions about God” […]

Tribute: Doonesbury’s Mom and Marshall’s Dad

posted by Nell Minow

We don’t often see death in comic strips and sit-coms. But on “How I Met Your Mother,” Marshall Erickson (Jason Segal) lost his beloved father Marvin (played by Bill Fagerbakke). And the title character in Garry Trudeau’s comic strip, currently […]

Roger Ebert’s New Show!

posted by Nell Minow

I am thrilled that I have been invited to be one of the correspondents for Roger Ebert’s new show, “Ebert Presents At the Movies.” With AP’s Christy Lemire and the 24-year-old Ignatiy Vishnevetsky of MUBI.com as co-hosts and Roger and […]

Tribute: Anne Francis

posted by Nell Minow

The lovely actress Anne Francis has died at age 80. She is best remembered for two classic movies in which she had the only female role, the post-WWII drama Bad Day at Black Rock with Spencer Tracy and the first […]

Oprah’s OWN Is Here!

posted by Nell Minow

An hour a day just is not enough for all that Oprah wants to share with us. Starting today, Oprah takes over the old Discovery Health Channel, now known as OWN — the Oprah Winfrey Network. Some of the programs […]

Do You Have a Modern Family?

posted by Nell Minow

“Good Morning America” is looking for a real-life modern family, inspired by the award-winning series, now in its second season. If you identify with that extended family, tell them why, and include a photo. You can submit your entry online […]

Kwanzaa from Sesame Street

posted by Nell Minow

Interview: Fionnula Flanagan of ‘Three Wise Women’

posted by Nell Minow

The Hallmark Channel’s Three Wise Women stars the great Irish actress Fionnula Flanagan in the story of a doctor named Liz who is about to make a terrible mistake. Her guardian angel has to bring in some very important advisers […]

Interview: Jacqueline Bisset of ‘An Old-Fashioned Christmas’

posted by Nell Minow

Jacqueline Bisset stars in the Hallmark Channel original movie, “An Old-Fashioned Christmas,” sequel to the popular, “An Old-Fashioned Thanksgiving,” which was based on a story by Louisa May Alcott. Bisset, an international star for four decades, has appeared in big […]

‘A Walk in My Shoes’ — Family Movie Night on NBC

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite actresses, Nancy Travis, stars in “A Walk in My Shoes,” part of NBC’s terrific Family Movie Night series. In this very touching story a stressed out teacher has a student suspended from the team for poor […]

2011 Oscar Hosts Revealed!

posted by Nell Minow

Hosting the Oscars is one of the highest-pressure jobs in show business. It is also one of the most thankless. Hosting the show requires months of preparation and the ability to ad lib on the spot. We expect Oscar hosts […]

Tribute: Leslie Nielsen

posted by Nell Minow

The most unexpected comic superstar of the 1990’s was one-time leading man Leslie Nielsen, who died today at age 84. The son of a Canadian mountie, Nielsen appeared in a number of golden age television dramas before his lead role […]

The Peter Yarrow Sing-Along Special

posted by Nell Minow

Yes, it sounds a little bit like “A Mighty Wind,” but this is the real deal, a PBS concert sing-along with Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul, and Mary, joined by Noel Paul Stookey, Keb’ Mo’, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Billy Jonas, […]

John Sebastian and Folk Rewind

posted by Nell Minow

John Sebastian of The Lovin’ Spoonful (“Do You Believe In Magic”) hosts the latest installment of the popular “My Music” series features a treasure trove of historical footage not seen in over four decades, plus exciting new concert performances. Sebastian […]

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Thanksgiving!

‘Modern Family’ Flash Mob

posted by Nell Minow

I loved this flash mob dance to En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind” on “Modern Family!” And here’s the original video with the fabulous funky divas, En Vogue:

Kids Re-Enact ‘Project Runway’

posted by Nell Minow

I love the series from Babelgum with young children re-enacting reality television — here the kids nail “Project Runway.” I love the micro Tim Gunn and Michael Kors and the kids doing designs with crayons and talking about their aesthetic. […]

Gwyneth Sings!

posted by Nell Minow

If you enjoyed Gwyneth Paltrow’s sensational appearance on “Glee” last night as the coolest substitute teacher ever, rockin’ not just a (sanitized) version of what the Cee-Lo song they call “Forget You” (fortunately, the lyric “If I’d a been richa, […]

The Good Witch’s Gift

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
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Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages

Fans of The Good Witch and the sequel will be delighted with the third in the series, “The Good Witch’s Gift.” Catherine Bell returns as Cassie Nightingale, the kind-hearted shop owner who always seems to have a touch of magic […]

Worst Commercial of the Month

posted by Nell Minow

Does anyone think it makes sense to have a commercial with a child telling you which SUV is cool? The only thing the Toyota Highlander ad makes me want to do is call child protective services to kidnap that kid […]

Happy 40th Birthday, Sesame Street!

posted by Nell Minow

40 years ago today, I watched the very first episode of “Sesame Street” and I have been a big fan ever since. My dad, Newton Minow, helped the show’s creator, Joan Ganz Cooney, get the funding for its first season, […]

Wartorn: 1861-2010

posted by Nell Minow

HBO’s new documentary, premiering on Veteran’s Day, is the story of “the invisible wounds of war.” What we now call post-traumatic stress disorder was once called “shell shock.” Actor James Gandolfini, who produced Wartorn: 1861-2010, speaks to members of the […]

Marie Claire Trashes ‘Fatties’ in ‘Mike and Molly’

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most popular new comedies on television this season is “Mike and Molly” a romance about an overweight couple played by gifted performers Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy (“Gilmore Girls”). Freelance blogger Maura Kelly wrote a post on […]

‘The Good Wife’s’ Promising Newcomer: Mamie Gummer

posted by Nell Minow

“The Good Wife” has engrossing drama, fascinating characters, glossy production values, and superb performers. Recently making her second appearance on the show as attorney Nancy Crozier is an exceptional young actress named Mamie Gummer. Nancy Crozier likes to appear charmingly […]

Quiz: Mr. Blue Sky

posted by Nell Minow

I would never have guessed that the delightful ELO song “Mr. Blue Sky” would be used in so many different movies. While you enjoy this video with ELO performing “Mr. Blue Sky” and look forward to seeing it in the […]

Do the GQ ‘Glee’ Photos Go Too Far?

posted by Nell Minow

Katie Couric and the Parents Television Council are objecting to a sexy photo spread of “Glee” cast members in GQ Magazine. While Finn (Cory Monteith) is fully clothed, his cast mates Rachel (Lea Michelle) and Quinn (Diana Agron) (both 24 […]

Tribute: Tom Bosley

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the passing of Tom Bosley, one of the all-time great TV dads in the classic series, “Happy Days.” As a young man, he won a Tony playing the much-older mayor of New York City in the musical, “Fiorello.” […]

‘Glee’ and ‘Modern Family’ Talk About God

posted by Nell Minow

Religion and faith have been off limits on most scripted television shows, even those with characters who were members of the clergy. Christmas episodes are generally about Santa Claus and family, not about worship. So it was a very welcome […]

Say No to Informercials Masquerading as Programs for Kids

posted by Nell Minow

The FCC has issued a call for public comment on the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood’s petition that the upcoming Nicktoons children’s television show Zevo-3 violates the public interest. It is the first children’s show to feature commercial spokescharacters; the […]

Yabba-Dabba-Doo! Happy 50th to the Flintstones

posted by Nell Minow

Happy anniversary to the Flintstones, who were the first prime-time animated series fifty years ago (and who remembers the anniversary song from the show?) Inspired by “The Honeymooners,” it was a stone-age story of two couples, bombastic Fred and his […]

‘God in America’ Comes to PBS

posted by Nell Minow

The US Religious Knowledge Survey, released Tuesday from the Pew Forum on Religion & Public Life, found that Americans are more willing to say that they are religious than they are willing to learn about the history and beliefs of […]

Gwenyth Paltrow to Appear on ‘Glee!’

posted by Nell Minow

“Glee’s” visibility and panache has attracted the top talent from Broadway and is now drawing from Hollywood as well. Gwenyth Paltrow is rumored to be appearing on upcoming episodes as a substitute teacher — and yes, she will sing and […]

Television: Fall Preview 2010

posted by Nell Minow

The fall season of television begins this week and there’s a lot to look forward to, from returning favorites to intriguing new shows. Here are some of the shows I’m most excited about. “Glee” returns with episodes celebrating Britney Spears […]

Peter Sarsgaard Visits the Pirates Convention

posted by Nell Minow

Celebrate “Talk Like a Pirate Day” with a look at this delightful sketch from “Saturday Night Live” with Peter Sarsgaard visiting a Pirate’s Convention and finally figuring out why they really wanted him to be there. And don’t forget the […]

Don’t Trust the Toy Lady

posted by Nell Minow

The LA Times reports that back to school reports on a number of national and local newscasts have included commentary from “a young mother and ‘toy expert’ named Elizabeth Werner,” described as “perky and positive-plus” in her demonstration of seven […]

Amish Grace

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:March 28, 2010
DVD Release Date:September 14, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: March 28, 2010
DVD Release Date: September 14, 2010

The highest-rated Lifetime Movie Network film, “Amish Grace,” is out on DVD this week and well worth viewing. It is based on the true story of a devastating tragedy and the example of courage, compassion, and forgiveness that inspired the […]

Labor Day: Thanks to Workers Everywhere

posted by Nell Minow

Camp Rock 2

posted by Nell Minow

The Jonas Brothers are back with a sequel to their popular “Camp Rock.” Returning to jam with the JoBros are Demi Lovato and “Step Up 3D” star Alyson Stoner. Will there be romance? Will there be music? Will there be […]

Interview: Kevin Sorbo of ‘What If….’

posted by Nell Minow

Kevin Sorbo (Hercules and Andromeda) stars in a new movie, “What If…” as Ben Walker, a man who gets the chance to see what his life would have been like if he had taken another path. In the tradition of […]

Yoo-Hoo, Mrs. Goldberg

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Adult
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:July 10, 2009
DVD Release Date:August 24, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Adult
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: July 10, 2009
DVD Release Date: August 24, 2010

Gertrude Berg is described in this sympathetic and engaging documentary as an earlier version of Oprah. She wrote every word of over twelve thousand scripts. She played the lead role and oversaw every element of the programs on radio, in […]

StoryCorps Moves from Radio to Television

posted by Nell Minow

I love StoryCorps, the wonderful NPR series and podcast that lets Americans tell their own funny, touching, inspiring, tragic, stories of love, work, family, war, school, struggle, heartbreak, and triumph. There are stories about world-changing historic events and stories about […]

Target Spoils ‘Free to Be’

posted by Nell Minow

I’m glad to see I am not the only one who is sorry to see Target use the classic “Free to Be You and Me” song in its ads. The song from The New Seekers is a special memory for […]

A Cancer Comedy?

posted by Nell Minow

Cable series about desperate circumstances do well because they put our daily lives into the sharpest possible focus. Somehow, they make characters who deal in drugs (“Weed,” “Breaking Bad”) or mental illness (“United States of Tara”) or even the compulsion […]

Interview: Jodi Lyn O’Keefe of ‘Class’

posted by Nell Minow

“Class” is a new romance premiering August 14 on the Hallmark Channel, and I spoke to its star, Jodi Lyn O’Keefe (“Prison Break”), who plays a single mother struggling to take care of her son assigned to an arrogant law […]

Star of the Day Month on TCM

posted by Nell Minow

I love Turner Classic Movies. When I was invited, with a small group of film critics, to meet with Martin Scorsese, I was delighted to hear that he keeps it on a lot of the time and frequently calls out […]

Breakthrough Performer: Laura Breckenridge

posted by Nell Minow

I make no pretense of objectivity. But even if she was not my friend I would appreciate Laura Breckenridge as one of the most talented young actresses working today. She has appeared on television (“Gossip Girl,” “Related”), in movies (“Loving […]

Contest: ‘Prime Suspect’ Complete Series

posted by Nell Minow

This is really special. I have one fabulous complete set of the brilliant “Prime Suspect” series from the BBC and PBS, starring Helen Mirren as police detective Jane Tennison. USA Today called it “A masterpiece” and “A perfect marriage of […]

Comic-Con: NCIS and Kick Buttowski

posted by Nell Minow

I got to meet one of my favorite television characters: Abby from NCIS, or at least the equally delightful Pauley Perrette, who plays her. She was at Comic-Con with Barrett Foa of “NCIS: Los Angeles” and Kirsten Vangsness of “Criminal […]

Comic-Con!

posted by Nell Minow

My visit to Comic-Con 2010 began with a press conference for one of the most celebrated and anticipated films previewing here, the long-awaited sequel to the pioneering 1982 Disney film, about people getting sucked into computers, “Tron.” Steven Lisberger, who […]

How Did Old Spice Get So Cool?

posted by Nell Minow

How do you advertise a scent on television? And how do you make a product that was around in your grandfather’s era and has no connection to a celebrity or fashion label seem cool? You do it with charm, wit, […]

Time to Say Thanks for Family Programming

posted by Nell Minow

Did you enjoy “Secrets of the Mountain” and “The Jensen Project?” Want more? I am thrilled that both did very well in the ratings but we will need fan support to persuade the advertisers to keep up the good work. […]

Comic-Con 2010

posted by Nell Minow

This week in San Diego it’s all about the geeks and the fanboys. There will be Klingons and superheroes. There will be people who know far more about Futurama, Groo, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, and The Justice League of America […]

A Small Act: HBO Documentary about Transformation on $15 a Month

posted by Nell Minow

One of the most inspiring films of the year is A Small Act. It is a documentary about Chris Mburu, a human rights advocate for the United Nations, whose life was transformed when a Swedish woman he never met decided […]

Preview: The Jensen Project

posted by Nell Minow

The people behind the sensationally popular “Secrets of the Mountain” have a new family movie called “The Jensen Project,” starring Kellie Martin and premiering July 16 on NBC. It’s the story of a couple who once worked at a secret […]

Free Download of Shows for Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Just in time for summer vacation, Front Row Fun has a free download of more than three hours of selections from children’s programming including Sid the Science Kid, Pocoyo, Hopla, Hermie and Friends, Hurray for Huckle, WordWorld, Will & Dewitt, […]

The Declaration of Independence

posted by Nell Minow

The defining moment of our beginning as portrayed in the outstanding “John Adams” series on PBS. Let us all take inspiration from their courage and vision.

While You Wait for ‘Glee’s’ Second Season: Try ‘The Choir’

posted by Nell Minow

Gareth Malone is a choir director who brings music to people who never thought they could be a part of something so purely glorious. This award-winning series comes to American television on July 7. Guaranteed to produce laughter, goosebumps, and […]

Teacher Giveaway: The Cat in the Hat Knows a Lot About That!

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve got something very special for the first teacher to write me — directions below. At the American Library Association’s annual conference in Washington DC last weekend I attended a reception in honor of The Cat in the Hat and […]

Be a Movie Critic for Ovation TV

posted by Nell Minow

Want to be a movie critic? Here’s your chance! Ovation TV is showing some certified classics this summer and inviting viewers to submit their reviews. They will show landmark films from big-time directors like David Lynch, Francis Ford Coppola and […]

Check out Beliefnet’s Quiz on Screen Dads

posted by Nell Minow

Dena Ross has a great quiz about movie and television dads. How many do you know?

Great Dads on Film and TV

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 […]

‘Father of the Year’ on ‘Father Knows Best’

posted by Nell Minow

In this episode from the classic golden-age television series “Father Knows Best,” the three Anderson children try to explain — in 25 words — why their father deserves to win the local newspaper’s “Father of the Year” prize.

Little Orphan Annie Says Goodbye

posted by Nell Minow

The sun’ll come out tomorrow, but Little Orphan Annie won’t be there to see it come up in the morning. After 86 years, the daily comic strip about the plucky redhead and her dog, Sandy has come to an end. […]

Original ‘Karate Kid’ Marathon on Encore

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the new film with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, Encore is running a “Karate Kid” marathon tonight. Enjoy! The Karate Kid

Interview: Brian Wells of ‘Secrets of the Mountain’

posted by Nell Minow

One of the happiest surprises of the year on television so far is “Secrets of the Mountain,” an excellent movie for the whole family that premiered on April 16, 2010 on NBC. I interviewed the executive producer, Brian Wells, who […]

Beliefnet Channel on Hulu

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Beliefnet’s channel on Hulu. Highlights include “The End of the Spear,” based on the true story of the widows of missionaries killed by one of the most brutal tribes in the world, who chose forgiveness, […]

An App for Gleeks

posted by Nell Minow

Are you a “Glee” fan? Do you like to sing? Smule has an app that will let you submit your versions of “Glee” songs. You can create and share songs with friends or sing with the Glee cast. They will […]

Tribute: Gary Coleman

posted by Nell Minow

Gary Coleman died today from head injuries. He was 42. At one time one of television’s most popular performers, Coleman struggled to find a place for himself after “Diff’rent Strokes” left the air. The show was about a wealthy single […]

Drop Dead Diva

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:2009
DVD Release Date:2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 2009
DVD Release Date: 2010

The Lifetime television series “Drop Dead Diva” was one of the happiest television series surprises of 2009. As it returns for a second season, the first is out on DVD and I have one copy to give away. It’s the […]

Giveaway Week!

posted by Nell Minow

Stay tuned this week as I have all sorts of surprises and giveaways including goodies for children and their parents! DVD prizes include a popular Lifetime series, a sizzling crime story, and a drama about three friends struggling to balance […]

‘Lost’ and Found!

posted by Nell Minow

The concluding chapter of “Lost” has prompted all kinds of speculation. On September 22, 2004, the show premiered with a plane crash on a mysterious tropical island and it has been an endless source of intrigue and speculation ever since. […]

More Bad Language Goes Mainstream

posted by Nell Minow

I have written before about the coarsening of language in the media, which continues to concern me. Two recent examples are in the titles of upcoming releases. While the movie and television series are not intended for children, I wonder […]

The End of the Original ‘Law & Order’

posted by Nell Minow

I was sorry to hear that the original Law & Order has been canceled by NBC just as it was about to break the record set by “Gunsmoke” as the longest-running live action television series. I can’t help feeling that […]

The Horse Boy

posted by Nell Minow

I highly recommend “The Horse Boy,” an extraordinary documentary about a family that traveled to the other side of the world to help their autistic son and found all of their lives changed. Rowan Isaacson was diagnosed with autism in […]

TV Theme Songs (Part 4)

posted by Nell Minow

Cartoons! When I was a kid, the cartoon theme songs were light pop jingles and we could all sing along. But then some of them got more electric, more rock power ballad-style, even some hip-hop. Listen to the sweet original […]

We Love You, Betty White

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s to tonight’s host of Saturday Night Live! Ms. White has been on television since the very beginning, in 1939, when television was just an experiment and no homes had sets. She co-produced and starred in one of the first […]

TV Theme Songs (Part 3)

posted by Nell Minow

Sitcoms! (Notice the product placement!) And I like “Frasier’s” closing music (sung by Kelsey Grammer) better than the intro.

The Best TV Moms

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve written about great movie mothers before (more great movie moms here). The Wall Street Journal’s article on a return to the portrayal of parents as sensible and caring inspired me to celebrate Mother’s Day this year with some of […]

TV Theme Songs (Part 2)

posted by Nell Minow

More great TV show theme songs! This time, I’m going to focus on shows about cops and detectives and crime. The “Hawaii Five-O” theme suggests the pounding surf and adrenalin. The theme of “The Rockford Files” has its hero’s rumpled […]

TV Show Theme Songs (Part 1)

posted by Nell Minow

ScreenRant has a sensational list of the best TV show theme songs of the 2000’s, including . I especially enjoyed it because so many of today’s shows have all but jettisoned the idea of an opening theme. I still love […]

Lois Wilson, the Woman Behind Al-Anon

posted by Nell Minow

“When Love is Not Enough,” the Hallmark Hall of Fame movie about Lois Wilson, the wife of the founder of Alcoholics Anonymous, will premiere this weekend starring Winona Ryder and Barry Pepper. Lois Wilson recognized that the friends and families […]

National Screen Free Week

posted by Nell Minow

It isn’t TV Turn Off week any more. It’s now National Screen Free Week. As Aria Wallace discovered, turning off all of our devices can be difficult, but it can open us up to truer, deeper, more nuanced and more […]

Smile of the Week: Tap Dancing!

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to my friend Bob Elisberg for recommending this sublime video!

Secrets of the Mountain

posted by Nell Minow

Family movie night returns to NBC with Secrets of the Mountain, about an adventure that brings a family together in a search for hidden treasure, starring Barry Bostwick and Paige Turco. Somewhere between the demands of her career, her ex’s […]

I Remember Better When I Paint

posted by Nell Minow

I Remember Better When I Paint: Treating Alzheimer’s through the Creative Arts is a documentary about the way that the arts can reach people struggling with severe dementia and other memory impairments. It is a touching and inspiring film that […]

Interview: Dr. Rick Hodes of ‘Making the Crooked Straight’

posted by Nell Minow

Dr. Rick Hodes is an Orthodox Jew who has devoted his life to “tikkun olam,” “healing the world. His motto is the Talmud’s statement that “He who saves one life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” […]

Happy Birthday, Beverly Cleary

posted by Nell Minow

I loved Beverly Cleary’s books even more when we read them to our children than I did when I read them as a child. It’s because she has a unique ability to capture the way a child sees the world, […]

Tribute: Dixie Carter

posted by Nell Minow

Dixie Carter, the lovely and elegant star of Designing Women, died yesterday at age 70. I am a huge fan of the show and its portrayal of successful, independent, outspoken women who shared a deep and loyal friendship as well […]

Beliefnet’s List of Great Movie Marriages

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Ten Movies that Celebrate Marriage by Kris Rasmussen. There are a zillion movies that celebrate falling in love but relatively few take on the more challenging task of showing what happens next — what living […]

‘Awesomely Lame’ After-School Specials of the 70’s

posted by Nell Minow

I admit to lingering affection for the cheesy after-school specials of the 1970’s. They started on ABC in 1972 and were known for their flimsy production values, cardboard characters, awkward efforts at social relevance, and stilted acting. ABC owned the […]

Classic MGM Films and TV via CreateSpace DVD on Demand

posted by Nell Minow

Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment today announced that it will be offering 27 additional MGM titles, including never-before-released award-winning classic films, made-for-TV movies and television shows via CreateSpace’s DVD on Demand service. The list includes some neglected gems like Gore […]

Interview: Karley Scott Collins of ‘Amish Grace’

posted by Nell Minow

Karley Scott Collins stars in Amish Grace, the real-life story about the Amish community in Nickel Mines, which responded to unthinkable tragedy with compassion and forgiveness. Five little girls were shot and killed and five others severely injured by a […]

Hallmark Wants to Meet Your Mom

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of its new movie, “Meet My Mom,” the Hallmark Channel will be setting up a unique ‘virtual wall’ on its Facebook page, giving viewers the chance to submit testimonials, photos and videos which invite their fellow viewers to […]

Tribute: Peter Graves

posted by Nell Minow

Peter Graves had the square jaw and deep voice of a leading man. His gray hair gave him an aura of, well, gravitas that made him the perfect choice for the head of the Mission: Impossible team in one of […]

FCC Chairman’s Promises to Children

posted by Nell Minow

On March 12, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Julius Genachowski announced recommendations in the National Broadband Plan to benefit children and their families and initiatives to foster the Commission’s Children’s Agenda for Digital Opportunity to help children and empower parents. “Children […]

Gilligan’s Island: The Movie

posted by Nell Minow

Apparently, a new version of “Gilligan’s Island” is coming to the big screen. My regular readers already know the reason for my special attachment to the show. I’m a bit concerned as the writer is the same guy who gave […]

‘Eight is Enough’ and ‘Partridge Family’ Reunions

posted by Nell Minow

Isn’t it fun to see the Today show’s reunions of some of television’s best-loved families? (Be patient with the brief ads before the clips — it’s worth it.) Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

Guess that Voiceover!

posted by Nell Minow

TV.com has a quiz to see if you can identify celebrity voices in commercials. And if you have not taken the one I posted earlier from Slate, give that a try, too. Whose voice is that? » Quiz Question Maker

Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

posted by Nell Minow

Families should make a point to watch “Faces of America,” an engrossing new television series on PBS. Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. sits down with celebrities like Stephen Colbert, Meryl Streep, Mario Batali, Eva Longoria, and others to use […]

Baby Week on Discovery Channel

posted by Nell Minow

You think Shark Week is scary? Try Baby Week, beginning March 1 on the Discovery Health Channel. Families take big risks, some planned, some unexpected, to undergo life’s biggest adventure — raising happy, healthy children. The schedule includes four all-new […]

Interview: Danielle Bisutti of ‘True Jackson VP’

posted by Nell Minow

On the Nickelodeon series True Jackson VP, Danielle Bisutti plays Amanda, the fashion company executive who is jealous of — and always outsmarted by — the teenage title character played by Keke Palmer. She also stars in the popular Christian […]

Why We Laugh

posted by Nell Minow

I can’t think of a better or more purely enjoyable way to celebrate Black History Month than watching Robert Townsend’s brilliant documentary Why We Laugh: Black Comedians on Black Comedy. It is showing on Showtime this month and will be […]

The Parenthood Project

posted by Nell Minow

I’m looking forward to the new television series “Parenthood,” based on the 1989 movie starring Steve Martin, Jason Robards, and Dianne Weist. Producer Brian Grazer, director Ron Howard and screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel based the film on their […]

Quiz: Television Couples

posted by Nell Minow

Another Valentine’s Day quiz about some of the all-time favorite television couples. How many do you recognize? 1. The very first issue of TV Guide featured the real-life baby of this sit-com pair whose on-screen race to the hospital to […]

The Battle Over Super Bowl Ads

posted by Nell Minow

On February 7, the Saints will take on the Colts in Super Bowl XLIV. And the ads are as high-profile as the game. Companies and groups must pay CBS more than $2 million in addition to the cost of producing […]

What Can We Learn from ‘The Office?’

posted by Nell Minow

NPR asks whether “The Office” should be used in HR training. Though the show is clearly a caricature, there are grains of truth in the dysfunctional conflicts that drive its humor, says Sheri Leonardo, senior vice president for human resources […]

Kids and Media: Kaiser’s M2 Report

posted by Nell Minow

The highly respected Kaiser Foundation has issued the third in its series of reports on children and media, Generation M2: Media in the Lives of 8-18-year-olds. They found that with technology allowing nearly 24-hour media access as children and teens […]

Join Me For the Critic’s Choice Awards!

posted by Nell Minow

I’ve picked up my tickets and will soon be at the Critic’s Choice Awards, to be broadcast tonight on VH1. Participate in the LIVE blog party before and during the show. It will be moderated by VH1 senior staff and […]

Happy 20th Anniversary Simpsons!

posted by Nell Minow

Interview: Michael Cudlitz of ‘Southland’

posted by Nell Minow

Actor Michael Cudlitz was in Washington today to talk about his television series about LA cops, “Southland,” now on TNT. He and I sat in the “America’s Most Wanted” studio at DC’s National Museum of Crime and Punishment and talked […]

More from the Muppets

posted by Nell Minow

The Wrap reports that the Muppets are having a comeback. After being put to pasture a few years ago following a string of disappointing films and a ho-hum return to TV, the Muppets are a pop culture phenomenon once again. […]

Interview: Will Shadley of ‘The Spy Next Door’

posted by Nell Minow

What role has been the most fun for you so far? The most fun I have had in a role, so far, is my character in The Spy Next Door, Ian. He is a nerdy kid who becomes cool with […]

Can You Guess the Celebrity Voice?

posted by Nell Minow

Slate has a great collection of ads with celebrity voiceovers. How many can you identify?

NPT’s Monkey See Blog on a Neglected Gem

posted by Nell Minow

I always enjoy NPR’s Monkey See blog, and got a huge kick out of a new post from Linda Holmes about the release of one of her most fondly remembered television series on DVD for the first time. It ran […]

Hardrock, Coco, Joe & Suzy Snowflake

posted by Nell Minow

My family is in Chicago, where my husband and I grew up, and we were enchanted to find a tribute to the children’s television shows we loved as kids on WGN last night. In those early days of television, children’s […]

A Festivus for the Rest of Us

posted by Nell Minow

Seinfeld’s alternate December holiday has actual followers. There are even books about it. Its primary attraction seems to be that it is not Christmas, Hannukah, or Kwanzaa and that it is easy to observe. All you need is parties, grievance-airing, […]

Teaching Kids Critical Thinking Skills — With Holiday Ads

posted by Nell Minow

Ellen Besen has written a worthwhile article about how to use the avalanche of holiday season advertising to give children some important lessons in media literacy and critical thinking. Many thanks to Ms. Besen for permission to reprint it here. […]

Slate’s Tribute to the Worst Christmas Television Specials

posted by Nell Minow

Han Solo hugs Chewbacca? Fat Albert meets a baby in a sort of urban manger? He-Man learns about Christmas from two annoying little kids? But bad Christmas specials can inspire good responses. This is a classic from Tom Shales of […]

Is Target the New Scrooge?

posted by Nell Minow

Is anyone as bothered by the Target Christmas commercials as I am? They have a series of commercials reflecting tighter economic times by emphasizing their low prices. Great, I’m on board with that. But these commercials would be sour and […]

Golden Globe Nominations

posted by Nell Minow

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards NOMINATIONS HOLLYWOOD FOREIGN PRESS ASSOCIATION 2010 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS FOR THE YEAR ENDED DECEMBER 31, 2009 NOMINATIONS PRESS RELEASE 1. BEST MOTION PICTURE – DRAMA a. AVATAR Lightstorm Entertainment; Twentieth Century Fox b. THE […]

Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews

posted by Nell Minow

A wonderful clip from one of the greatest concert specials in television history:

Glee: We All Need Somebody to Lean On

posted by Nell Minow

I love “Glee” and I especially love this great number, a wonderful choice for a week of thanks and family.

More About the AMA Performances

posted by Nell Minow

Some commenters have criticized my post about Adam Lambert’s performance at the American Music Awards because they say I should not have singled him out. There were other provocative and even outrageous musical numbers in the show. That’s a fair […]

Donny Osmond!

posted by Nell Minow

Great piece by Marjie Killeen on True/Slant about the reasons to love Donny Osmond. I agree! He is enormously talented, he has a sense of humor about himself, and he has lived a life of courage, integrity, and generosity. I […]

What Was Adam Lambert Thinking?

posted by Nell Minow

I was looking forward to Adam Lambert’s performance on the American Music Awards last night because I was impressed with his ability and stage presence on “American Idol.” The show included some of the industry’s biggest stars, but they saved […]

More on the Eww-ishness of Zach and Cody

posted by Nell Minow

Slate TV critic Troy Patterson echoes the concerns about the smarmy qualities of the Disney series “The Suite Life on Deck” that Dan Savage discussed in the essay I linked to in June. “On Deck” is the follow-up series that […]

Aria Wallace Unplugged

posted by Nell Minow

Actress Aria Wallace of Roxy Hunter answered my questions about her “real time” experiment — 40 days without technology! This is a great idea to try with your family — no cell phones, computers, or television — listen to Aria […]

Rocky and Bullwinkle Celebrate their 50th Anniversary

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Bob Elisberg has a marvelous salute to the sensational Rocky and Bullwinkle, “from the maniacally clever mind of Jay Ward,” who yesterday celebrated the 50th anniversary of their first broadcast. My parents were very strict about television, but […]

Wait, Women Go to Movies?

posted by Nell Minow

MaryAnn Johanson has a great piece in her series on the website of the Association of Women Film Journalists in response to the Hollywood conventional wisdom that movies need to be directed at boys and men to make money. Noting […]

Another Word Goes Mainstream?

posted by Nell Minow

In my concern for the continuing coarsening of language, I last wrote about whether the term “pimp” had become acceptable for children after it was used in the PG film “G-Force.” The New York Times writes about another word that […]

‘Idols’ Around the World

posted by Nell Minow

Cynthia Schneider, former US Ambassador to the Netherlands and specialist in international culture, tells the TED audience about the impact of “Idol”-style television programs around the world. We know how winning can transform the lives of the performers. She helps […]

Gabourey Sidibe of ‘Precious’

posted by Nell Minow

I love Ellen’s interview with Gabourey Sidibe, who plays the title character in “Precious.” Director Lee Daniels told the New York Times he knew it would be difficult to find an actress to play the role of an abused pregnant […]

Touched by an Angel

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1994-2003
DVD Release Date:November 10, 2009
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1994-2003
DVD Release Date: November 10, 2009

Today’s special release of selected episodes from the beloved television series from Beliefnet columnist Martha Williamson is the DVD pick of the week for its compelling stories, outstanding guest appearances, and enduring message of hope and inspiration.

Interview: Martha Williamson of ‘Touched by an Angel’

posted by Nell Minow

It was a special treat to talk with Beliefnet’s own Martha Williamson about her beloved and groundbreaking television series, this week’s DVD pick: Touched by an Angel: Inspiration Collection NM: What is it like to be an open believer in […]

Jewish Characters on TV

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to take a look at Beliefnet’s gallery of Jewish television characters by Sharon Udasin. I like the range it covers — animated and live-action, comedy and drama, observant and cultural.

No Heene Family Wife Swap

posted by Nell Minow

The savagely funny Washington Post television columnist Lisa de Moraes takes on the Heene family’s lust for reality television fame. The Heenes and the family behind the balloon boy hoax and subsequent media blitz. Slate’s Culture Gabfest noted that it […]

Happy 40th Monty Python!

posted by Nell Minow

And be sure to watch the riotous series exploring the history of the group. Monty Python: Almost the Truth (The Lawyer's Cut) – The Ultimate Holy Grail Episode

Astro Boy (old school)

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of next week’s release of the new version of “Astro Boy,” here’s the opening of the 1980’s television series (English version).

Reading Rockets: Where the Wild Things Are Family Kit

posted by Nell Minow

Get ready for the release of “Where the Wild Things Are” by reading the book! Reading Rockets has a great site with resources including an interview with author Maurice Sendak. Did you know he originally wrote it as a story […]

Viral Video Film School/Rotten Tomatoes Show

posted by Nell Minow

I’m a big fan of Current TV’s weekly Rotten Tomatoes Show with Brett Erlich and Ellen Fox. They have smart, funny reviews of each week’s movies with their own take and comments from viewers, looks at what’s coming next, top […]

Two Great Posts on Idol Chatter

posted by Nell Minow

I am honored to share coverage of popular culture with the thoughtful posters over at Idol Chatter. Two posts I have especially liked this week are Ellen Leventry’s commentary on the new homeless American Girl doll and the Mont Blanc […]

What is the Phrase Heard on Every Single Reality Show?

posted by Nell Minow

I’m not here to make friends! Be sure to take a look at this hilarious compilation of “I’m not here to make friends” moments from reality shows compiled by Rich Juzwiak of VH1. Here’s a sample: His terrific and very […]

Contest: My Biggest Giveway Ever!

posted by Nell Minow

I have got some spectacular goodies to give away! Only one DVD per family, first-come, first-win. Oh, no! Spongebob shrunk his last pair of square pants! Without his signature trousers, will anyone know who he is? This and seven other […]

Tribute: Patrick Swayze

posted by Nell Minow

Patrick Swayze died today as he lived and performed, with class and grace. Swayze’s association with iconic appearances in Dirty Dancing, Road House, Point Break, and Ghost are so towering that we forget sometimes what range and skill he showed […]

Tribute: Larry Gelbart

posted by Nell Minow

Larry Gelbart, one of the most acclaimed and prodigiously productive writers of almost seven decades died this week at age 81. If you’ve laughed since the 1940’s, you almost certainly know his work. He got started as a teenager writing […]

Danyl Johnson Gets By With a Little Help From His Friends

posted by Nell Minow

Please watch this X Factor clip of Danyl Johnson singing “I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends” in what the notoriously critical Simon Cowell calls the best first audition he has seen since the show began. Johnson, […]

Miles Davis at the Movies

posted by Nell Minow

I love this Slate article by Kim Gittleson on the best and worst uses of the classic jazz album, Kind of Blue, by Miles Davis, in film and television. The list includes an action film with real-life jazz-lover Clint Eastwood […]

Wiseguy

posted by Nell Minow
B+
Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:1987
DVD Release Date:August 25, 2009
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 1987
DVD Release Date: August 25, 2009

“Wiseguy” was a tough, smart 1980’s television series about a cop (Ken Wahl) who goes deep undercover, starting with 18 months in prison to establish his criminal credentials. In this first season, just out on DVD, he infiltrates the organization […]

Angels in Movies and Television: Before 1970

posted by Nell Minow

Ellen Leventry’s list of post-1990 angels on movies and television got me thinking about some of my favorites from the old days. Hard to believe that performers from Jack Benny to Cary Grant to Donald Duck have taken on an […]

Quiz: Alien movies

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of this month’s most talked-about movie, District 9 and the family movie “Aliens in the Attic,” here’s a quiz about some of the most memorable interplanetary visitors from the history of film. 1. While movie featured aliens who […]

Interview: Jon Brunson of ‘Addicted to the Outdoors’

posted by Nell Minow

Jon and Gina Brunson are Addicted to the Outdoors and so that is the name of their television show on the Outdoor Channel. Now they are working on a new show that will include their six children, ranging from age […]

Calling all Gleeks! Preview of ‘Glee’ Episode 2

posted by Nell Minow

Behind the Scenes of "Gold Digger"!

The ‘Friends’/HSM connection

posted by Nell Minow

This week, there are new releases in both theaters and on DVD pairing “High School Musical” stars with alumnae from “Friends.” It’s a little disconcerting to see our “Friends” playing parents of teenagers, however. Lisa Kudrow is the mother of […]

Life Lessons from Saturday Morning Cartoons

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to read Paul Asay’s entertaining and enlightening discussion of the lessons we learned from Saturday morning cartoon shows like “Scooby-Doo” (be careful of strangers) and “Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids” (television can teach moral lessons). I especially […]

Law on Television: the ABA’s Top 25

posted by Nell Minow

The magazine of the country’s largest organization of lawyers, the American Bar Associaton has published its list of the 25 all-time greatest legal television shows from enduring classics like “LA Law,” “Law & Order,” and “Perry Mason” to some quirkier […]

WordGirl Interviewed by Jim Lehrer

posted by Nell Minow

Thanks to Siva Vaidhyanathan for sharing this delightful interview with the newest PBS superhero, WordGirl, who keeps the world safe from bad guys and poor word choices! Here’s to vivid and grammatically correct speech, and to PBS and WorldGirl.

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