Tonight Turner Classic Movies has some time travel treats, including George Pal’s classic version of H.G. Wells’ “The Time Machine,” starring Rod Taylor and Yvette Mimieux. Also on the schedule is “Time After Time,” with Malcolm McDowell as Wells himself, […]
Daniel Tiger loves being outside and spending time with his family and friends. In these eight stories, he learns about swimming safely and visits the Enchanted Garden to pick strawberries. When a windstorm makes a mess of the playground, Daniel […]
On the eve of Memorial Day, PBS will broadcast a star-studded lineup for the annual Memorial Day concert and tribute to the military. For over 25 years, this multiple-award-winning television event has honored the military service and sacrifice of all […]
Jesus appears to Saul to turn him towards righteousness in this clip from Episode 8 of “A.D. The Bible Continues,” premiering Sunday, May 24, 2015, at 9/8c on NBC.
Tonight on New York PBS station WNET, “Treasures of New York: Friars Club” will explore the rich history of the exclusive private club through never-before-seen footage of Frairs roasts and interviews with some of the club’s most prominent members. Larry […]
Here’s a clip from a fabulous musical number featuring Coldplay and Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage. Turn in to NBC tomorrow at 8 to see the Red Nose Day show!
Tonight on PBS, the brilliant documentary “1971” will be shown on the Independent Lens series. In 1971, a group of ordinary citizens broke into a small FBI office in Pennsylvania and shared with the world their findings on COINTELPRO, the […]
The new “Supergirl” series on CBS stars Melissa Benoist (“Glee,” “Whiplash,” “Danny Collins”) as Superman’s Kryptonian cousin, with Calista Flockhart as her “Devil Wears Prada”-style boss. Former Superman (“Clark and Lois” Dean Cain and former Supergirl Helen Slater play her adoptive […]
Queen Latifah plays blues singer Bessie Smith in a new movie premiering on HBO May 16, 2015. Monique co-stars as Ma Rainey. Here is the real Bessie Smith.
Red Nose Day is a campaign dedicated to raising money for children and young people living in poverty by simply having fun and making people laugh. Already established in the UK, the inaugural US Red Nose Day will be held […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Coming to the Disney Channel this summer:
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 […]
Director Barak Goodman talked to me about his superb series for PBS, Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies, now available on DVD. The series is produced by Ken Burns, based on the book by book by Siddhartha Mukherjee. Everybody who […]
My all-time favorite sitcom is “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” Though I’ve seen every episode many times, I still watch them on Hulu. And some of the best were the ones featuring Van Dyke’s real-life brother Jerry as Rob Petrie’s […]
As “Mad Men” is coming to a close, the fans who have found its depth and insights enthralling are creating their own versions of their favorite scenes, and you can watch them online. Take a look and post your own!
I love meta, so I’m looking forward to seeing Josh Gad and Billy Crystal in their new series, “The Comedians,” where they play versions of themselves, Josh Gad and Billy Crystal (ish), starring in a new series. It premieres tomorrow […]
Tonight begins the last half of the final season of “Mad Men” on AMC. Don is a fascinating character, but the one to keep your eye on is Peggy.
Roma Downey and Mark Burnett (“The Bible”) have a new series based on the later chapters of biblical history. “A.D. The Bible Continues” picks up where “The Bible” left off, exploring the events that followed the Crucifixion of Christ. Beginning […]
“BIBLE STORIES: The New Blockbusters” Airs Sunday, April 5 at 8pm/7c On NBC Dateline, Natalie Morales sits down with producers Mark Burnett and his wife Roma Downey, for an in-depth interview about NBC’s “A.D. The Bible Continues.” Following the enormous […]
The glorious Sutton Foster is back on television! She’s starring in TVLand’s “Younger,” as a divorced woman with a grown daughter who lies about her age to get a job. As in saying she is in her 20’s. Co-stars include […]
CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS! Coming to Spike TV on April 2, 2015.
A grizzly bear attack; a bridge collapse; a plane crash… It can happen anywhere at any time — in an instant, life can change forever and that moment will define who you are. “In an Instant” does more than just […]
I have loved Hilary Knight’s illustrations for as long as I can remember. The words about Eloise, the little girl who lives in New York’s Plaza Hotel, were written by nightclub singer Kay Thompson. But the illustrations were by Hilary […]
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 […]
PBS Kids has three magnificent new DVDs, and I have two prize packs to give away! Peg + Cat: Peg Rocks features seven stories from PBS KIDS’ popular PEG + CAT series. Solving problems is even more AWESOME when music […]
HBO will show Alex Gibney’s new documentary about Scientology on March 29, 2015.
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 […]
Actress Daniele Watts stars as missing teenager Crystal Gladwell in Muted, winner of the 18th annual American Black Film Festival short film competition, showing on HBO throughout March 2015. Muted follows Lena Gladwell, played by Chandra Wilson (Grey’s Anatomy), a mother […]
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. […]
This week’s episode of “Modern Family” will be entirely shown the way many of our family interactions increasingly occur — on a computer screen. Claire (Julie Bowen) is about to get on a plane when she realizes she does not […]
It’s kind of unfair that Neil Patrick Harris is so good at so many things, but it sure does make him the ideal Oscar host. Showing the same grace, wit, charm, and star power he brought to the Tony and […]
The PBS series Italian Americans is available this week on DVD. The documentary reveals the unique and distinctive qualities of one immigrant group’s experience, and how these qualities, over time, have shaped and challenged America. Unlike other immigrant groups, many […]
Of all the tributes and critiques of “Saturday Night Live” as it starts its fifth decade, none is more astute than Tom Shales’ for Daily Beast. Shales is the co-author of Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday […]
Next Monday, PBS’ Independent Lens series will show “American Denial,” a documentary about where racism comes from and why it is so difficult to overcome. Follow the story of Swedish researcher Gunnar Myrdal, whose landmark 1944 study, An American Dilemma: […]
One of the highlights of last night’s 40th anniversary celebration of “Saturday Night Live” was the short with Andy Samberg and Adam Sandler singing about all the times members of the cast could not stop laughing and broke character. Here’s […]
My friend Nell Scovell has an excellent piece in the New York Times about why the “host of possibilities” that Jon Stewart’s departure from “The Daily Show” opens up should focus on a woman as his replacement. [I]t will be […]
Comedy stars Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, who have worked together for decades in SCTV and the Christopher Guest films “Waiting for Guffman,” “For Your Consideration,” and “A Mighty Wind,” are back together again in a new series for the […]
Janelle Harris has a thoughtful essay called “How Reality TV Has Changed Our Daughters” on The Root. Far, far away from network storyboarding and big-money business decisions—but not beyond their reaches—I am raising a 16-year-old daughter. She’s a good girl, […]
Robert Durst, heir to a vast fortune from New York real estate, has had a life has been punctuated by tragedy. When he was seven years old, his mother was killed when she fell off the roof of their home, […]
“Saturday Night Live,” once the brash upstart whose cast billed themselves as the “Not Ready for Prime Time Players” is now an established institution. Performers like John Belushi, Dan Aykroyd, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, Bill Murray, Al Franken, Eddie Murphy, […]
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, […]
I always enjoy Jimmy Fallon’s lip synch competitions and this is one of the best, with Will Ferrell performing “Drunk in Love” and ‘Let it Go,” Kevin Hart going all out with “All of Me” and “Roar,” and Fallon rocking […]
The new HBO Sampler feature allows consumers with an internet-connected Blu-ray device to watch full episodes of four different shows by simply loading their Blu-ray disc into the device and selecting “HBO Sampler” from the menu. Studios have long used […]
The most-anticipated sporting event of the weekend — in some circles anyway, is this year’s Kitten Bowl, Su-Purr Sunday, February 1 (12/11c) only on Hallmark Channel! You can win a set of adorable Kitten Bowl player cards! Send me an […]
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 […]
Saturday, January 17, 2015 on Lifetime: the story of Whitney Houston, directed by Angela Bassett, who starred as Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do With It”
Premier On 5th, at 417 5th Avenue between 37th & 38th Streets has announced the first in a series of blockbuster exhibitions, in partnership with Broadway Video Enterprises. “Saturday Night Live: The Exhibition,” celebrates the NBC program’s 40-year history. In […]
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 […]
New York’s public television station WNET, ran this terrific “Open Mind” interview with my dad, Newton Minow, about his experiences at the FCC during the Kennedy Administration and the early days of PBS.
Sacred Journeys With Bruce Feiler comes out this week on DVD. If you missed it on PBS, here is your chance to travel along with pilgrims and worshippers around the world. 200 million people go on a pilgrimage each year. […]
One of the most exciting new televisions shows of the season is “Empire,” premiering on January 7, 2015 on Fox. It is part “King Lear,” part “Godfather,” part “Lion in Winter,” part soap opera, and set in the world of […]
You will never see a better movie than the documentary “Life Itself,” the story of an extraordinary life. Roger used to say, “‘Rocky’” is not about boxing. It is about Rocky.” And this movie is not about movies or movie […]
This looks like a lot of fun! Coming this spring on the Disney Channel, starring Laura Marano and Leigh-Allyn Baker, it’s “Bad Hair Day.”
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,” […]
You don’t have to be a fan of “Downton Abbey” (or “Mr. Selfridge”) to love this hilarious spoof, with guest appearances by Jeremy Piven, George Clooney and the Absolutely Fabulous Joanna Lumley.
Wishin’ and Hopin’ is Lifetime movie airing December 21, 2014, based on the novel by Wally Lamb. It stars Molly Ringwald and Meat Loaf with narration by Chevy Chase. Composer Matthew Llewellyn was kind enough to answer my questions about […]
Be sure to take a look at this wonderful tribute to Burr Tillstrom from my friend Bob Elisberg. Bob is a marvelous writer with an encyclopedic knowledge of the best of popular entertainment. And in the early days of television, […]
Watch Peter Pan Live! On NBC Thursday, December 4 at 8/7c.
Lifetime’s new reality series “The Sisterhood: Becoming Nuns” is one of the best shows on television right now. It follows a group of five young women who are considering becoming nuns and have entered into a process called “discerning.” They […]
BYUtv has produced a new docudrama, Handel’s Messiah, premiering November 27, 2014, about the world’s most popular and renowned choral work by one of the leading composers of the Baroque era, George Frideric Handel. The docudrama, narrated by Emmy® and Golden […]
I have to say I thought a Grumpy Cat movie was not a good idea, but this adorably meta trailer has just about won me over. It will be broadcast Saturday, November 29th at 8/7c on Lifetime, and my prediction is […]
I am delighted to have a limited edition box set of Downton Abbey Seasons 1-4 to give away! To enter, send me an email at email@example.com and tell me your favorite character from British television. Don’t forget your address! (U.S. […]
Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Stout’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel about a difficult woman experiencing and creating difficulties, is now a two-part miniseries on HBO, premiering tomorrow night, with Oscar-winner Frances McDormand in the title role.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
Be sure to tune in to PBS tomorrow night for what is sure to be one of the highlights from one of the all-time best series on PBS: “The Makers,” the story of women in America. Tomorrow’s episode is about […]
Once upon a time, there was no internet. And instead of bloggers and pundits and tweets we had something called public intellectuals, people who read widely, thought deeply, and wrote long, passionate, carefully reasoned, thoroughly documented and beautifully written articles […]
One of the best new shows of the year is Anthony Anderson’s “Black-ish.” Anderson plays Andre “Dre” Johnson has a great job, a beautiful mixed-race doctor wife, Rainbow (Tracee Ellis Ross), four kids, and a colonial home in the mostly-white suburbs. […]
I told you this was going to be great! Janelle Monae sings about “The Power of Yet” to remind us that if we can’t do something, we just have to keep trying.
I am delighted that all of the 153 episodes of “Gilmore Girls” will be available on Netflix, starting in October. This show had some of the most delightfully quirky characters and some of the most witty dialog in television history. Melissa McCarthy […]
We remember the unspeakable tragedy of 9/11 today as the losses of those devastating hours continue to bolster our resolve to eradicate terrorism and keep our families safe. CNN has updates on some of the people who helped us understand […]
Passion, betrayal, unprecedented power, triumph, failure, devastating loss, personal and professional turmoil, and triumph again, played out against the most tumultuous events of the 20th century — that is the real-life story of the Roosevelts, especially the two who served […]
Can it really be two decades since we first met Friends? The beloved television series about the six 20-somethings who were all there for each other premiered 20 years ago, and in honor of that anniversary, a real-life version of […]
Tomorrow on Oprah’s OWN channel is the premiere of “Help Desk,” with Gotham Chopra and a bunch of experts who sit at tables on the sidewalk like a lemonade stand, giving out advice to passers-by.
ABC will be airing a tribute to the classic educational series “Schoolhouse Rock” on September 7. Now parents can sing along to “I’m Just a Bill” and “Conjunction Junction” and share with their kids these delightful and remarkably informative gems. […]
I’m really looking forward to “Sonic Highways,” a new HBO series premiering in October. Dave Grohl crosses the country with the Foo Fighters to make music, recording a different track in each studio, and talks to a wide range of […]
This month, TCM has an excellent series of films about the Jewish experience, every Tuesday. TCM proudly presents The Projected Image: The Jewish Experience on Film, a weekly showcase of movies focusing on Jewish history and heritage as portrayed onscreen. […]
The football-headed Arnold and all his pals are here in this box set with all 99 adventures from the beloved Nickelodeon series. It’s available exclusively at Walmart, but I have a copy to give away! Send me an email with […]
Top directors do more than movies. Take a look at these clips from Emmy-nominated television series and these music videos made by some of the most talented directors working in Hollywood, including Michel Gondry (“Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind”), […]
Joey Fatone hosts the new HUB Network reality series “Parents Just Don’t Understand,” a real-life “Freaky Friday,” with parents and kids switching places. It airs Saturdays at 7 (6 Central).
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 […]
Don Pardo’s face was not familiar. But his voice was instantly recognizable. We mourn the loss of one of the great announcers in broadcast history, who died on Monday at age 96. The cast of “Saturday Night Live,” where he […]
Coming on Labor Day — the seamy expose of what went on behind the scenes in “Saved by the Bell.”
Paste Magazine has a very entertaining piece by Bonnie Stiernberg about “The Wonder Years.” There’s something of a meta layer in feeling nostalgic for a 1988-93 television series that was itself about the nostalgia an adult man felt for his […]
Here’s what’s at Comic-Con, which means here’s what’s coming everywhere else: affordable 3D printers with hand-held scanners that transmit 360 degree images to your tablet or laptop instantly. GoPro cameras. Google glasses. Even Oculus Rift, the totally immersive virtual reality […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.”
Tune in to PBS tomorrow night for the live broadcast of A Capitol Fourth. This year’s performers will include Patti LaBelle, Jordin Sparks, Michael McDonald the Jersey Boy himself, Frankie Valli. And composer John Williams will conduct the choir and orchestra […]
PBS pays tribute to two of the all-time great leading men with documentaries airing tonight (check your local station for viewing times). Burt Lancaster: Daring to Reach Learn more about the epic screen star Burt Lancaster who went from street-wise […]
If you’ve ever seen Trekkies and the sequel Trekkies 2 or William Shatner’s The Captains or the affectionate tribute to the super-fans, Galaxy Quest, you will appreciate the Kickstarter-funded new series “Star Trek Continues,” created by uber-Trekker Vic Mignogna. Here’s […]
This fall, a new series on PBS will explore the inventions and ideas that formed our culture and made modern life possible — often leading us in directions the inventors never imagined.
Alex Mitnick stars in Alex & The Kaleidoscope, a fun and friendly series on YouTube and NYC-TV. Mitnick uses music and colorful, inviting adventures to engage children’s curiosity. I really enjoyed talking to him about what makes music such a powerful […]
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 […]
I’m proud to be a Kickstarter supporter of LeVar Burton’s effort to bring back the wonderful series “Reading Rainbow.”
Tonight on PBS, Joe Mantegna and Gary Sinise again host the annual Memorial Day concert on the U.S. Capitol lawn. It will be broadcast on PBS at 8:00-9:30 Eastern time. Each year, the National Memorial Day Concert presents a unique […]
Larry Kramer’s searing drama “The Normal Heart” was an anguished cry for attention, for help, for respect, for change in the earliest days of the AIDS crisis. It was inspired by Kramer’s own experience as a founder of the activist […]
Many thanks to my friend Leslie Combemale for sharing this adorable reminder that we are better off experiencing the world directly instead of staring at screens.
The Hub Network’s Villaintine’s Day Marathon airs this Friday, May 23 with episodes from “Littlest Pet Shop” featuring villain favorites The Biskit Twins (1–4 p.m. ET/10 a.m. – 1 p.m. PT) and from “My Little Pony Friendship Is Magic” featuring […]
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 […]
Try to find time to catch the touching “Musical Chairs” on HBO this month from director Susan Seidelman (“Desperately Seeking Susan”). EJ Bonilla, Leah Pipes, and Laverne Cox (“Orange Is The New Black”) star in this inspiring romance about a wheelchair […]
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,” […]
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 […]
Larry Kramer’s searing, Tony award-winning play “The Normal Heart” is coming to HBO with an all-star cast.
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 […]
Talking to Martha Williamson is pure positive energy and a real treat. The creator of “Touched by an Angel” has a new series on the Hallmark channel. It’s called “Signed, Sealed, Delivered” and it is about a USPS dead letter […]
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 […]
Charles “Charley” Humbard, Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of UP, is a 32-year entertainment industry veteran. Since the network’s inception, he has led the channel’s overall business strategy and growth and maintained the network’s mission to uplift, inspire and entertain viewers through […]
Ted has met the woman who will become the mother of his children, Barney and Robin are married, and after nine seasons it is time for the beloved series How I Met Your Mother to come to an end. Fans […]
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 […]
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 […]
The house Phil and Claire and their children live in on “Modern Family” is for sale! The idea of a realtor like the one Phil plays on the show showing this house is kind of mind-bending. Hope they fixed that […]
The PBS series “American Masters” pays tribute to 10 great American women in honor of Women’s History Month. Here is one of my favorites, about Aretha Franklin.
Be sure to tune in for the spectacular return of “Cosmos,” hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, premiering tonight on Fox.
“Facts of Life” co-stars Lisa Whelchel and Kim Fields will reunited in “For Better Or For Worse,” a Hallmark Channel Original Movie World coming this fall. The film, which is an adaptation of the bestselling novel For Better or […]
Here’s the Oscar-winning song, a knockout no matter the instruments (or how her name is pronounced).
In honor of Black History Month, American Masters looks at just ten of its artists and advocates who shaped America’s culture, changed the course of history, and in particular, took a stand in the Civil Rights Movement to create a lawful and […]
People make fun of soap operas, but they have passionate fans who appreciate the unique opportunity to follow characters over decades of drama — not just marriages and divorces and babies and affairs but kidnappings and amnesia and even an […]
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 […]
“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 […]
Tonight on most PBS stations is the premiere of a new episode of the American Masters series, “Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth,” in honor of the acclaimed author’s 70th birthday and Black History Month. Walker is the first African-American woman to […]
Carl Sagan’s stunning “Cosmos” series is being updated for a return to television, hosted by Neil deGrasse Tyson. It will premiere on Fox March 9 and be rebroadcast on the National Geographic Channel. Bill Moyers writes: deGrasse Tyson, an astrophysicist […]
The first legally deaf NFL player surprises his two biggest fans. P.S. Did you know that the football huddle was invented by the deaf players at Gallaudet University so that the opposing team would not see their hand signals?
Olympic champion Gabby Douglas plays herself in a new Lifetime movie called “The Gabby Douglas Story” premiering Friday, February 1 at 8 Eastern. The superb cast includes Regina King, S. Epatha Merkerson, Imani Hakim, and Sydney Mikayla. A prodigy from a […]
NBC pledged to follow up it’s live production of “The Sound of Music” with another family musical and they’ve announced what the next one will be — another classic that originally starred Mary Martin, “Peter Pan.” There have been many […]
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 […]
The Artist Currently Known as Prince will guest star on “The New Girl!” Apparently, he is a fan of the show and will be playing himself. Think he’ll do a duet with Jess?
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 […]
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.
Celebrate Elvis on Turner Classic Movies: 7:45 AM Live A Little, Love A Little (1968) 9:15 AM Double Trouble (1967) 11:00 AM Spinout (1966) 12:45 PM Tickle Me (1965) 2:30 PM Girl Happy (1965) 4:15 PM Kissin’ Cousins (1964) 6:00 […]
This year, I’ll be watching from home, too! Be sure to tune in to see the Critics Choice Awards on January 16, 2014, 8 Eastern and Pacific, on the CW. The host is “The Talk’s” witty and beautiful Aisha Tyler.
Here’s a treat to warm up this cold snap! This week’s case on “The Good Wife” concerned the use of a song on a “Glee”-style television show. The cast decided to engage in some very un-courtroom-like behavior. I got a […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 Best of Jack Hanna follows America’s most beloved animal adventurer and his family as he spends time with nature’s creatures across the continents, over the years, and through two different TV shows. This collector’s edition package includes 30 episodes […]
This year, we observe the 50th anniversary of many world-changing events and PBS’s “American Experience” will tell the story on January 14. 1964 was the year the Beatles came to America, Cassius Clay became Muhammad Ali, and three civil rights […]
When you make an outspoken, irascible patriarch into a television star, he is going to say outspoken, irascible things. And so “Duck Dynasty” dad Phil Robertson gave his views on homosexuality as a sin in an interview with GQ, using […]
HBO’s new documentary is “Six by Sondheim,” the story of six songs from the remarkable lyricist of “West Side Story” and “Gypsy” and composer/lyricist of “A Little Night Music,” “Sweeny Todd,” “Company,” “Follies,” “Into the Woods,” and many, many more. […]
Carrie Underwood stars as Maria von Trapp in NBC’s live broadcast of “The Sound of Music” on December 5. Stephen Moyer of “True Blood” plays the Captain, “Smash’s” Christian Borle plays Max, and, thrillingly, Tony winner Audra McDonald plays the […]
Whoopi Goldberg pays long overdue tribute to a pioneering figure in the history of comedy, Moms Mabley in a new documentary premiering on HBO tonight. In an era where stand-up comedy was almost entirely white and male and — as […]
Carol Burnett never did a Christmas special, but her landmark television variety series had many Christmas episodes, and the highlights have been collected on a new DVD releases, Christmas with Carol. Guest stars Alan Alda, Sid Caesar, Jonathan Winters, Helen […]
We pride ourselves — for better and worse — about being very open and modern in contemporary society. Topics that were previously not spoken of in polite society are discussed openly — sex, money, race, politics, religion. But the one […]
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. […]
Tonight on the Hallmark Channel at 8 (7 Central), the wonderful Walden Family Theater has a new movie for the whole family. It is a modern day fairy-tale adventure. The brothers Flynn embark on an international quest to find their […]
Pixar’s first ever television special has the “Toy Story” characters (including “Toy Story 3’s” master thespian Mr. Pricklepants, voiced by Timothy Dalton) in a story filled with funny scares and scary fun. Tonight on ABC 8PM (7 Central)
Attention fanboys and fangirls! Tonight on PBS is the sensational story of the real origins of superheroes and the men and women who dreamed them up. Thrilling, insightful, and wildly entertaining — highly recommended.
It started at the very exclusive, men-only (until 1988), Friars Club for comedians, singers, and other performers and show business professionals. They were known for raucous and bawdy humor and in the late 1940’s they held their first “roast,” a dinner […]
In 1964, director Michael Apted (Coal Miner’s Daughter, Gorky Park, Gorillas in the Mist) was a young researcher on an experimental program called Seven Up!, produced for England’s Granada Television. Taking its cue from the Jesuit maxim “Give me the […]
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, […]
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 […]
The wildly — and hilariously — dysfunctional Harpers of “Mama’s Family” are now available on DVD and I have copies to give away! Vicki Lawrence and Ken Berry star in this “Carol Burnett Show” spin-off. I have copies of the […]
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Watch 13-year-old Rion Paige knock the socks off the X Factor judges. The Florida girl has joint problems in her hands and partial blindness in one eye from arthrogryposis multiplex congenita. She also has a powerful voice and a powerful spirit […]
Coming in January on HBO, starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey and looking fiercely cool:
Twenty former White House Chiefs of Staff tell their stories in this two-part documentary narrated by Kevin Bacon.
Tonight the heartwarming series “Last Tango in Halifax” premieres on PBS, with Derek Jacobi and Ann Reid. In the first episode, the childhood sweethearts re-connect on Facebook after 60 years.
This is one of my favorite of the excellent Geena Davis series to help parents manage the media onslaught. Parents should model the kind of active engagement with what they see that kids need to learn to develop.
It seems like every month has a batch of new television series, but fall is still when we get the biggest bunch of premieres and returns. Here’s what I’m looking forward to: New: “Masters of Sex” — Michael Sheen and […]
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.
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.
Another VMA broadcast on MTV, another morning-after round of horrified reactions. This time, most of the criticism is focused on former Disney tween star Miley Cyrus, whose dance with Robin Thicke included the usual VMA trifecta for female performers: skimpy […]
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 […]
I love stories like this wonderful analysis by John LaRue about the way the costume designers on “Breaking Bad” use the colors of the characters’ clothes to tell you what is going on. There are a lot of patterns that […]
And the new Dr. Who is…Peter Capaldi, most recently seen in “World War Z” but perhaps most memorably seen in “In the Loop,” as the purveyor of the most impressively, explosively, excoriatingly profane tirades of invective ever put on screen. […]
I have a lot of affection for the teen beach movies of the 1960’s starring the late Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon, with guest stars including Buster Keaton and “Little” Stevie Wonder. There was a nice update, “Back to the […]
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 […]
Be sure to tune into PBS tomorrow to see the annual “Capitol 4th” concert in front of the Capitol Building. This year’s “A Capitol Fourth” on PBS welcomes back host Tom Bergeron, the two-time Emmy Award-winning television personality (“Dancing With […]
American Idol star Brooke White talked to me about her role in “Banner 4th of July,” premiering on the Hallmark Channel this Saturday at 9/8c. White plays Desiree Banner, who once was in a successful band called The Banner Project […]
Celebrate Father’s Day on Turner Classic Movies with the father and son team of Ben and Frank Mankiewicz picking the line-up. The TCM host and his politico father are the grandson and son of the legendary Herman Mankiewicz, who wrote the […]
Be sure to tune in tonight at 9 (8 Central) for the American Film Institute Tribute to Mel Brooks, writer/director/actor and very, very, very funny guy. From his early days as a writer on the legendary Sid Cesar television variety […]
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 […]
Spoiler Alert! Spoiler Alert! If you are a Game of Thrones fan, you already know the bad news. Those who know the books knew it was coming. In theory, fans understand that one of the elements that makes George R. […]
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 […]
Space Warriors is the story of a group of extraordinary teens recruited for Space Camp, who battle for their chance to win a seat in the next shuttle to space, and learn the importance of teamwork, dedication and friendship when they get […]
Thomas Horn, Jeopardy champion and star of “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close,” appears in this week’s “Space Warriors.” The movie premieres on Friday, May 31st at 8/7c on the Hallmark Channel and co-stars Ryan Simpkins, Danny Glover, Dermot Mulroney, Josh […]
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 […]
Tonight, PBS will broadcast the national Memorial Day Concert, co-hosted by Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna and featuring the National Symphony Orchestra and General Colin L. Powell, USA (Ret.), the U.S. Army Herald Trumpets, the U.S. Army Chorus, The Soldiers’ […]
Behind the Candelabra premieres this weekend on HBO. It is based on the hard to believe but true story of one of the most popular and flamboyant stars of the 1950’s and 60’s, who went by just one name: Liberace. […]
The nominees for this year’s Broadcast Film Critics Association television awards were just announced: BEST COMEDY SERIES · The Big Bang Theory – CBS · Louie – FX · The Middle – ABC · New Girl – FOX · Parks and Recreation – […]
One of my favorite television series for kids is the wonderful PBS show “Word Girl,” and this new release is one of the best: Wordgirl vs the Energy Monster. WORDGIRL and her sidekick CAPTAIN HUGGY FACE fight the good fight […]
It was great to catch up with Candace Cameron Bure to hear about her new film, “Finding Normal,” premiering this week on GMC-TV. She plays a brilliant type-A surgeon who is completely focused on status and her career until she gets […]
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, […]
The Johnny Depp “Lone Ranger” will be out July 3, so it is a good time to take a look at the classic television series. The Lone Ranger is America’s quintessential Western hero and a steadfast symbol for truth […]
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 […]
American Masters salutes Mel Brooks on May 20 (check your local PBS station listings for details). I love this photo of Brooks with his 2000 Year Old Man collaborator (and fellow Sid Caesar “Your Show of Shows” writer) Carl Reiner. […]
Amazon has children’s programs and comedy pilots available for free streaming — and viewer votes will help determine what gets picked up for a series. Choices include a sharp political satire from Doonesbury’s Garry Trudeau, with John Goodman as one […]
Part “Big Bang Theory,” part “Project Runway” and “Top Chef,” and part “Mythbusters,” the new reality series beginning tonight on Discovery is a reality competition featuring really smart people solving really fun problems. The host is “Harold and Kumar’s” Kal […]
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 […]