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New From Oprah Winfrey: “Belief”

posted by Nell Minow

Oprah Winfrey’s seven-chapter series “Belief” starts on October 18, 2015. It follows some of the world’s most fascinating spiritual journeys through the eyes of the believers. Episodes include: the largest peaceful gathering in the history of the world as a […]

Sneak Preview of “The Descendants,” the New Disney Film About the Next Generation of Villains

posted by Nell Minow

Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart and Sofia Carson star as the teenage sons and daughters of Disney’s most infamous villains in Disney’s “Descendants,” a live-action movie premiering July 31, 2015 on the Disney Channel.

Comic-Con 2105: Opening Night

posted by Nell Minow

The cutest items I saw on the Exhibition Hall this evening were these “Body Knockers” from famous movies. How many can you identify? One of the highlights of Preview Night is an exclusive sneak peek at some of the upcoming […]

New on DVD: Poldark

posted by Nell Minow

Winston Graham’s Poldark novels about a dashing Revolutionary war veteran inspired a very successful 1977 PBS series, now remade with “Hobbit” star Aiden Turner in the title role. It is available today on DVD.

Tonight on PBS: A Capitol Fourth with Barry Manilow, Hunter Hayes, and KC and the Sunshine Band

posted by Nell Minow

Tune in tonight to watch A Capitol Fourth on PBS, featuring Barry Manilow, Hunter Hayes, KC and the Sunshine Band, Alabama, and Lang Lang, and hosted by Bradley Whitford. And fireworks!

Sesame Street’s Maria Says Goodbye

posted by Nell Minow

Sonia Manzano has announced that she is leaving Sesame Street after 44 years.  She was 22 years old when she auditioned for the brand new series that would revolutionize children’s programming. She became Maria, one of the first Latina characters […]

Interview: Thomas Miller of Limited Partnership

posted by Nell Minow

In 1975, a Boulder, Colorado county clerk issued six marriage licenses to gay couples, including Filipino-American Richard Adams and his Australian husband, Tony Sullivan.  Richard immediately filed for a green card for Tony based on their marriage. But unlike most […]

New on Lifetime: Preach, About Four Charismatic Women

posted by Nell Minow

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

Trailer: Sharknado 3

posted by Nell Minow

Critics Choice Television Awards 2015

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Today on TCM: Go Back in Time With Time Travel Movies

posted by Nell Minow

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, […]

Win a Daniel Tiger Book and DVD!

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Tonight on PBS: Memorial Day Concert

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

A Clip from A.D. The Bible Continues — Jesus Appears to Saul

posted by Nell Minow

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.

Friar’s Club Documentary — Tonight on WNET and Online

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

For Red Nose Day: Peter Dinklage and Coldplay

posted by Nell Minow

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 — 1971, Documentary About The Robbery that Exposed FBI Abuses

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Trailer: Supergirl

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Trailer: Queen Latifah Plays Bessie Smith on HBO

posted by Nell Minow

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.

Trailer: The New Muppet Show Coming This Fall on ABC

posted by Nell Minow

Red Nose Day USA — Coming on NBC May 21, 2015

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Puss in Boots “Hosts” a Jeopardy Category

posted by Nell Minow

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

Trailer: Disney’s Descendants With the Next Generation of Villains

posted by Nell Minow

Coming to the Disney Channel this summer:

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview: Barak Goodman of “Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies”

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Dick Van Dyke to Guest Star on “The Middle”

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Mad Men Fan Cuts

posted by Nell Minow

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!

Game of Chairs — Sesame Street Adorably Takes on Game of Thrones

posted by Nell Minow

Josh Gad and Billy Crystal in a New Comedy Series: The Comedians

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Mad Men: The Last Episodes

posted by Nell Minow

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.

A.D. The Bible Continues Begins Tonight on NBC

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Tomorrow on NBC: “BIBLE STORIES: The New Blockbusters”

posted by Nell Minow

“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 […]

Sutton Foster is Back in “Younger”

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Coming to Spike TV: Jimmy Fallon’s Lip Sync Battle!

posted by Nell Minow

CANNOT WAIT FOR THIS!  Coming to Spike TV on April 2, 2015.

Interview: Maria Awes of ABC’s New Series “In an Instant”

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Trailer: Documentary About Illustrator Hilary Knight of “Eloise” and “Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle”

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Contest: Win a PBS Kids Prize Pack! Peg and Cat, Caillou, and WordWorld!

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Trailer: Going Clear — Documentary About Scientology

posted by Nell Minow

HBO will show Alex Gibney’s new documentary about Scientology on March 29, 2015.

Tribute: Leonard Nimoy

posted by Nell Minow

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

New from Daniele Watts: Muted

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Trailer: A.D. — The Bible Continues

posted by Nell Minow

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

This Week on Modern Family: An Entire Episode Told On a Computer Screen

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Oscars 2015 — Highlights and Low Points, Plus All the Winners

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

New from PBS: The Italian-Americans

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Tom Shales on SNL and Lorne Michaels

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

On PBS for Black History Month: American Denial

posted by Nell Minow

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: […]

The Best SNL “Breaks” — The Cast Can’t Stop Laughing

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Replacing Jon Stewart — And Why the New Daily Show Host Should Be a Woman

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara Reunite in a New TV Sitcom

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

What Messages Do Our Children Get from Reality Television?

posted by Nell Minow

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, […]

The Jinx: HBO Series About a Millionaire Murderer

posted by Nell Minow

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, […]

SNL Turns 40

posted by Nell Minow

“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, […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Why We Love Jimmy Fallon’s Lip Synch Contests: Fallon, Ferrell, and Hart Perform “Drunk in Love,” “Let It Go,” “All of Me” (Plus Drew Barrymore)

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

HBO Makes Samples of Programs Available Without a Cable Subscription

posted by Nell Minow

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 Kitten Bowl 2015: You Can Win A Set of Kitten Cards

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Interview: Kate Fowkes on Fantasy and Fairy Tales

posted by Nell Minow

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

Trailer: Whitney, Directed by Angela Bassett

posted by Nell Minow

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”

Coming to NYC: The History of SNL on Exhibit

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

My Dad, Newton Minow, and the History of PBS

posted by Nell Minow

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.

On DVD This Week: Sacred Journeys

posted by Nell Minow

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. […]

Premiering on Fox This Week: Empire with Terrence Howard and Taraji P. Henson

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Tonight on CNN: The Roger Ebert Documentary “Life Itself”

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Trailer: Disney Channel’s Bad Hair Day

posted by Nell Minow

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.”

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

George Clooney and the Cast of Downton Abbey

posted by Nell Minow

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.

Interview: Matthew Llewellyn, Composer for Wally Lamb’s “Wishin’ and Hopin'”

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Bob Elisberg Pays Tribute to Kukla, Fran, and Ollie — and to Burr Tillstrom

posted by Nell Minow

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, […]

Peter Pan Mash-Up Music Video With Alex G, DJ Tay James, and the Cast of Peter Pan Live

posted by Nell Minow

Watch Peter Pan Live! On NBC Thursday, December 4 at 8/7c.

The Sisterhood: A Reality Series About Would-Be Nuns

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Docudrama about Handel’s Messiah on BYUtv November 27, 2014

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Tonight: Supernatural Celebrates the Fans in the 200th Episode

posted by Nell Minow

Trailer: Grumpy Cat’s Worst Christmas Ever

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Contest: Downton Abbey DVD Set

posted by Nell Minow

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 moviemom@moviemom.com and tell me your favorite character from British television. Don’t forget your address! (U.S. […]

HBO: Frances McDormand in Olive Kitteridge

posted by Nell Minow

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.

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Is This the End of Television?

posted by Nell Minow

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

Clip: How We Got to Now

posted by Nell Minow

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

Tomorrow on PBS: The Makers: Comedy

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Tomorrow on HBO: “The Fifty Year Argument” — Scorsese on The New York Review of Books

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

New on ABC: Black-ish

posted by Nell Minow

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. […]

Janelle Monae Tells Sesame Street About the Power of Yet: Just Keep Trying

posted by Nell Minow

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.

All the Gilmore Girls Episodes Will Be Streaming on Netflix!

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

9/11/14

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Best TV Show of the Fall: The Roosevelts on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Sit Down — Friends is 20 Years Old

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Help Desk on OWN: Experts Give Advice on the Street

posted by Nell Minow

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.

Schoolhouse Rock is Coming Back to TV!

posted by Nell Minow

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. […]

Sonic Highways: Making Music With Dave Grohl

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Tuesdays in September on Turner Classic Movies: The Jewish Experience on Film

posted by Nell Minow

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. […]

Contest: Hey Arnold! The Complete Series

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

See Great Directors — in TV and Music Videos

posted by Nell Minow

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”), […]

HUB Network Switches Parents and Kids in the Freaky Friday-ish “Parents Just Don’t Understand”

posted by Nell Minow

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).

The Simpsons Binge Watch: Every Episode Plus the Movie

posted by Nell Minow

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

Tribute: Don Pardo

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Do We Really Need a Secrets of “Saved by the Bell” Movie?

posted by Nell Minow

Coming on Labor Day — the seamy expose of what went on behind the scenes in “Saved by the Bell.”

Remembering “The Wonder Years”

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Comic-Con 2014: Day One

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

The Memory Book — This Saturday on the Hallmark Channel

posted by Nell Minow

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

Switched at Birth and the End of Life

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

A Capitol Fourth! Tomorrow Night on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Fred MacMurray and Burt Lancaster: Tonight on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Star Trek Continues

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Coming on PBS: How We Got to Now

posted by Nell Minow

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.

Interview: Children’s Music Star Alex Mitnick

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey

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

LeVar Burton Wants to Bring Back Reading Rainbow!

posted by Nell Minow

I’m proud to be a Kickstarter supporter of LeVar Burton’s effort to bring back the wonderful series “Reading Rainbow.”

Tonight on PBS: The Memorial Day Concert 2014

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Tonight on HBO: The Normal Heart (And More Movies About The Fight Against HIV-AIDS)

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Bert and Zachary Levi Remind Us to Put Our Devices Away and Enjoy the Outdoors — Sesame Street

posted by Nell Minow

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 Celebrates “Villaintines” Day!

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Tonight: The Maya Rudolph Show

posted by Nell Minow

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

Musical Chairs on HBO

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Is Television Still a “Vast Wasteland?”

posted by Nell Minow

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

Trailer: The Normal Heart

posted by Nell Minow

Larry Kramer’s searing, Tony award-winning play “The Normal Heart” is coming to HBO with an all-star cast.

Interview: Daniel Licht, Composer of “Dexter”

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview: Martha Williamson of “Signed, Sealed, Delivered”

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

For Earth Day: A New Series About Climate Change

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview: Charles Humbard of UPTV on “The Passion of the Christ”

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Farewell to HIMYM

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Tonight on PBS: The Story of the Jews

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview: April Hernandez of 100 Huntley Street

posted by Nell Minow

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

Want to Live in the Dunphy’s House?

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Women’s History Month: American Masters Tribute

posted by Nell Minow

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.

Premiering Tonight on Fox: Cosmos with Neil DeGrasse Tyson

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to tune in for the spectacular return of “Cosmos,” hosted by Neil DeGrasse Tyson, premiering tonight on Fox.

Facts of Life Stars Reunite in a New Hallmark Channel Movie

posted by Nell Minow

  “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 […]

Idina Menzel, Jimmy Fallon, and The Roots Perform “Let it Go” with Kindergarten Instruments

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s the Oscar-winning song, a knockout no matter the instruments (or how her name is pronounced).

Ten American Masters for Black History Month

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Trailer: Soap Life and the Rise and Fall of Soap Operas

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

How Many Simpsons Movie References Did You Catch?

posted by Nell Minow

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

Tonight on PBS: Alice Walker

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Benedict Cumberbatch on Sesame Street

posted by Nell Minow

Cosmos Reboot on Fox and National Geographic Channel

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

This is Why I’m Rooting for the Seahawks

posted by Nell Minow

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?

Exclusive Clips: The Gabby Douglas Story

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Janelle Monae on Sesame Street and the Power of Yet

posted by Nell Minow

And NBC’s Next Live Musical Performance Will Be….Peter Pan!

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

“New Girl” Gets a Purple Guest Star — Prince!

posted by Nell Minow

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?

A New Television Series Explores Contemporary Issues in the Ten Commandments

posted by Nell Minow

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

Exclusive Director’s Cut of Salinger Biography on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

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

Happy Birthday Elvis Presley!

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

The Critics Choice Awards 2014 — Don’t Miss It!

posted by Nell Minow

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.

The Cast of “The Good Wife” Dances to Thicky Trick

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

SNL Adds A New Cast Member: Sasheer Zamata

posted by Nell Minow

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

Television to Watch for in Winter 2014

posted by Nell Minow

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

Big Bang Theory en Francais est Magnifique!

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Trailer: 2014 Oscars with Ellen DeGeneres

posted by Nell Minow

Contest: The Best of Jack Hanna

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

How 1964 Changed Everything

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

How to Respond to the Duck Dynasty Controversy

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

New on HBO: Six by Sondheim

posted by Nell Minow

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’s Live Sound of Music — Dec 5

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Moms Mabley — A New Documentary on HBO

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Christmas with Carol Burnett — Now on DVD

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Time of Death — Showtime’s Brave New Series About Dying

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Hunters: New on the Hallmark Channel

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Tonight on TV: Toy Story of Terror

posted by Nell Minow

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)

Tonight on PBS: Superheroes!

posted by Nell Minow

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.

Now on DVD: Dean Martin Roasts — the Bawdy Show Business Insult Hit of the 70’s

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

The UP Crowd Turns 56: Coming on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

The Best and Worst Moments of the Emmy Awards 2013

posted by Nell Minow

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

Rotten Tomatoes Takes on TV

posted by Nell Minow

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

Giveaway: Mama’s Family

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Happy Birthday to the US Constitution!

posted by Nell Minow

The US Constitution was adopted on September 17, 1797.  

The “Extraordinary” Rion Paige on X Factor

posted by Nell Minow

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 on HBO: True Detective

posted by Nell Minow

Coming in January on HBO, starring Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey and looking fiercely cool:

Tonight on Discovery: The President’s Gatekeepers

posted by Nell Minow

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

Tonight on PBS: Senior Romance “Last Tango in Halifax”

posted by Nell Minow

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.

Geena Davis on Talking to Kids About What You See on TV

posted by Nell Minow

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.

Fall Television Season 2013

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

TV’s Funniest Moments — Tonight on NBC

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Look of “Breaking Bad” — Part 2

posted by Nell Minow

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

What Was Really Wrong With Miley Cyrus on the VMAs

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

The Writer’s Room on the Sundance Channel

posted by Nell Minow

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

What the Colors of the Clothes on Breaking Bad Tell You About the Characters and Story

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

The New Dr. Who: Peter Capaldi

posted by Nell Minow

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. […]

This Week on the Disney Channel: Teen Beach Movie

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Tribute: “Glee’s” Cory Monteith

posted by Nell Minow

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

A Capitol 4th on PBS — 2013

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Interview: “American Idol’s” Brooke White on Hallmark Channel’s “Banner 4th of July”

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Father’s Day on TCM: Mankiewicz and Mankiewicz

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Tonight on TNT: The American Film Institute Tribute to Mel Brooks

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Add Your Vote to the Critics Choice Television Awards

posted by Nell Minow

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

Game of Thrones and the Red Wedding

posted by Nell Minow

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. […]

Tribute: Jean Stapleton

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview with Ryan Simpkins of “Space Warriors” (and a Chance to Win A Trip to Space Camp)

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Interview: Thomas Horn of “Space Warriors”

posted by Nell Minow

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 […]

Contest: Dance Academy, Seasons 1 and 2

posted by Nell Minow

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

PBS: Memorial Day Concert

posted by Nell Minow

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’ […]

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