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New on PBS: Mack and Moxy Teach Kids About Compassion, Learning, and Helping Others

posted by Nell Minow

These days even adults can feel frustrated at the prospect of trying to find a good way to help others. So it is especially welcome that a new television series for kids has some gentle lessons about making a difference […]

Jackie Robinson — Tonight and Tomorrow on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight and tomorrow, watch the extraordinary story of Jackie Robinson, the first African-American to play major league baseball, on PBS: April 11-12, 2016, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET. It’s also the story of his wife, Rachel. As Michelle Obama points out in […]

MTV Movie Awards Tonight!

posted by Nell Minow

Tune in to MTV tonight for the annual movie awards show, this year hosted by Kevin Hart and Dwayne Johnson. The awards and speeches will be silly and there will be way too much promotion of teen-friendly upcoming films but […]

Coming Out on The Simpsons — Inspired by the Writer’s Son

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight’s episode of “The Simpsons” was inspired by writer Rob LaZebnik’s son, who is gay. There have been indications over the years that Waylon Smithers, the loyal assistant to Homer’s boss Mr. Burns, is gay. The New York Post reports […]

Interview: James Younger on the New Series “The Story of God”

posted by Nell Minow

James Younger is executive producer of the new Morgan Freeman series, “The Story of God,” which premieres this Sunday, April 3, 2016. It was a pleasure to speak to him about the challenges of taking on such a complicated and […]

On HBO: A Tribute to Nora Ephron From Her Son

posted by Nell Minow

“Everything is Copy,” the documentary about Nora Ephron by her son, premieres tonight at 9:00 on HBO. Ephron was the daughter of Hollywood screenwriters Phoebe and Henry Ephron (“Desk Set”), who named her after Ibsen’s famous heroine of “A Doll’s […]

“The Passion” — Tonight on Fox

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight on Fox (and later streaming on Netflix) “The Passion,” the story of the crucifixion and resurrection, told with contemporary music, musical stars, and a parade of 1000 through the streets of New Orleans. Tyler Perry hosts and narrates the […]

Interview: Dayton Duncan on “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”

posted by Nell Minow

In honor of the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service, PBS and all affiliate stations will rebroadcast The National Parks: America’s Best Idea April 25-30. 2016. The six-episode series was produced by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan and written by Dayton […]

The Great British Television Map — Find Everything from Fawlty Towers to Downton Abbey

posted by Nell Minow

You love British television but can’t tell Derbyshire from Yorkshire, or Bath from Bristol? Here’s a map that shows you exactly where all your favorite characters are. Look for “Downton Abbey,” “The Office,” “Poldark,” “Call the Midwife,” and, of course, […]

Signed Sealed Delivered: From the Heart

posted by Nell Minow

New this week on Hallmark Movies & Mysteries: Martha Williamson‘s “Signed, Sealed, Delivered: From the Heart,” the beloved POstables Eric Mabius (“Ugly Betty”), Kristin Booth (“Orphan Black”), Crystal Lowe (“Smallville”) and Geoff Gustafson (“Primeval: New World”) discover a 200-year-old valentine […]

Tonight: Tribute to James Burrows, Director of Some of Television’s Best Comedies

posted by Nell Minow

NBC pays tribute tonight to one of the greatest comedy directors in television history, James Burrows, the man behind “Cheers,” “Friends,” “Big Bang Theory,” “Will and Grace,” and more, 1000 episodes of many popular series, winning ten Emmy awards. Many […]

Tonight on PBS: “American Masters” on Carole King

posted by Nell Minow

Singer-songwriter Carole King tells her own story in a new documentary that weaves previously unseen and rare performances and home movies with a new, exclusive interview with King, friends, fellow songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, “Tapestry” producer Lou Adler, […]

For Black History Month: Eyes on the Prize

posted by Nell Minow

The landmark documentary series about civil rights in America, Eyes on the Prize I and II as well as a special new 30 minute episode Eyes on the Prize: Then and Now are being shown on public television’s WORLD Channel […]

Joseph Campbell’s Lectures — Free Online via Spotify

posted by Nell Minow

Spotify is making 48 hours of lectures by Joseph Campbell available at no cost. The author of The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Campbell’s work on the universal archetypes and the nature of myths has influenced story-tellers from George Lucas […]

Interview: Composer David Benjamin Steinberg of “Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures”

posted by Nell Minow

David Benjamin Steinberg is a composer who recently created the score for a documentary about photographer Robert Mapplethorpe called “Mapplethorpe: Look At The Pictures.” In an interview, he talked about finding sounds that would complement the striking images in the […]

Tonight on HBO: Martin Scorsese’s “Vinyl”

posted by Nell Minow

When people talk about sex, drugs, and rock and roll, this is what they’re talking about. Tonight on HBO, Bobby Cannavale, Olivia Wilde, Juno Temple, and Ray Romano star in Martin Scorsese’s “Vinyl,” based on the world of rock and […]

Television Takes On Two of the Biggest Crime Stories of the Past 25 Years

posted by Nell Minow

Oscar-winner Richard Dreyfuss stars in the story of one of the biggest financial frauds of all time, Bernie Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme, with Blythe Danner as his wife. People who want to know more should watch the documentary “Chasing […]

The Original Starship Enterprise is Being Restored at the Smithsonian

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post reports that the original “Star Trek” spaceship, the legendary Enterprise, is going to be restored in a delicate months-long process. Enterprise is a venerable ship — launched in 1964 at a Burbank, Calif., prop maker’s shop for […]

TCM 31 Days of Oscar 2016

posted by Nell Minow

I look forward to Turner Classic Movies’ 31 Days of Oscar every year in the month before the Oscar telecast. It is so much fun to see the nominees and winners from past years, not just for the big acting, […]

DVD: The Carol Burnett Show — Treasures from the Vault

posted by Nell Minow

This year’s Screen Actor’s Guild lifetime achievement award goes to Carol Burnett, whose 11-year weekly variety show was one of the greatest programs in the history of television. Yet the first five seasons have never been seen since their original […]

Coming to Fox January 31, 2016: Grease Live!

posted by Nell Minow

It looks like a lot of fun — but caution, parents, there is some material in the show (based on the original play as well as the film) that may not be appropriate for younger children, including references to a […]

Truth and Power: Documentary Series About Protest, Activism and Change on Pivot TV

posted by Nell Minow

New on Pivot TV: Truth and Power, a 10-part series of films about protest, activism, and change. Maggie Gyllenhaal narrates the series, which covers #blacklivesmatter, government spying on US citizens, privately-run prisons, animal rights, and more.

New on PBS: Mercy Street

posted by Nell Minow

“How I Met Your Mother’s” Josh Radnor stars in the first full-scale PBS-produced miniseries in a long time, “Mercy Street,” the story of a Civil War hospital in Union-occupied Alexandria, Virginia. As always happens in wartime, when there are vast […]

Watch Tonight! The 2016 Critics Choice Awards on A&E

posted by Nell Minow

This is the award show I love best because I get to vote! This year for the first time the Critics Choice TV and movie awards will be given out at the same ceremony. Be sure to tune in! And […]

Live to Tell: History Channel Series Has Special Forces Tell Their Stories

posted by Nell Minow

Army Rangers, Seal Team members, and other special forces tell the stories of some of their most dangerous and exciting missions in “Live to Tell,” from producer Peter Berg (“Friday Night Lights,” “Lone Survivor”), on the History Channel. Tomorrow night’s […]

Morgan Freeman’s New Series About God

posted by Nell Minow

Morgan Freeman’s new series for the National Geographic Channel is The Story of God, premiering April 3, 2016. Freeman, who has played God in films, has put together footage and interviews that cover all religions, cultures, and eras, even the […]

PBS Special “Web Junkie” on the Impact of Screen Time on Children

posted by Nell Minow

The New York Times reports that “Web Junkie,” a special to be shown January 11, 2016 on PBS, has some disturbing data for parents about the impact of screen time on children. Excessive use of computer games among young people […]

Tribute: Pat Harrington of “One Day at a Time”

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the loss of Pat Harrington, best remembered as “One Day at a Time’s” Dwayne Schneider, the building superintendent who thought of himself as a ladies man, but had a genuine affection for the single mom played by Bonnie […]

Star Trek Stamps from USPS

posted by Nell Minow

The US Postal Service is commemorating the 50th anniversary of Star Trek with a new set of stamps that have four digital illustrations inspired by classic elements of the television program: the Starship Enterprise inside the outline of a Starfleet […]

Coming to the CW This Month: DC Comics’ Legends of Tomorrow

posted by Nell Minow

Victor Garber, Brandon Routh, and Wentworth Miller star in this latest comic book series and I think it looks great!

Kukla, Fran, and Ollie: Christmastime is Here

posted by Nell Minow

Burr Tillstrom, the man behind Kukla and Ollie, was a friend of my parents, so I was lucky enough to see the Kuklapolitans in person. Here they are singing “Christmastime is Here” (not the Charlie Brown version). And you can […]

Trailer for Bill Murray’s Christmas Special — Coming on Netflix

posted by Nell Minow

Bill Murray’s Christmas special will be available on Netflix December 4, 2015.

Jim Henson’s Turkey Hollow — Tonight on Lifetime!

posted by Nell Minow

Lisa Henson, CEO of The Jim Henson Company and daughter of Jim Henson, discovered an unproduced script by her father, a Thanksgiving story. Tonight, it premieres on Lifetime. “Turkey Hollow is an unproduced gem from our Company’s archives. I have […]

Shining a Light — A Concert and Conversation About Race, Tonight on Television

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight six television networks join together for Shining a Light: A Concert for Progress on Race in America. Campus unrest over bigotry and complaints about racism in law enforcement demonstrate the urgency of constructive engagement on race. It is part […]

Trailer: Dolly Parton’s “Coat of Many Colors”

posted by Nell Minow

Dolly Parton’s classic song “Coat of Many Colors” was inspired by her childhood in Tennessee. A movie inspired by the song will premiere on NBC December 10, 2015 at 9/8c.

Now on DVD: The Great American Dream Machine

posted by Nell Minow

Between the anarchic comedy of “Rowen and Martin’s Laugh-In” and sketch comedy powerhouse “Saturday Night Live” was the outrageously funny PBS series The Great American Dream Machine from 1971-73. It was hosted by humorist and commentator Marshall Efron and featured […]

My New Favorite Binge: The British Baking Show

posted by Nell Minow

I spent last weekend in bed with a cold and was immensely comforted by lots of chicken soup and binge-watching the British Bake-Off (called The British Baking Show on PBS), which I first heard about on the Slate Culture Gabfest. […]

This Year’s Best New Show: Crazy Ex-Girlfriend

posted by Nell Minow

The only new show to make it to my DVR series list is “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend,” co-created by its sensationally talented star, Rachel Bloom. Each episode is a full-on original musical that takes place mostly inside the head of its slightly […]

Interview: “Chaplains” Director Martin Doblmeier

posted by Nell Minow

Martin Doblmeier has made more than thirty movies about faith. The latest from his Journey Films is “Chaplains,” showing this month on PBS. It is a profound and moving documentary about chaplains of many different faiths in a variety of […]

Coming Soon to Syfy: “The Magicians” Based on the Book by Lev Grossman

posted by Nell Minow

Lev Grossman’s The Magicians Trilogy is like the Harry Potter series, about a school for magicians. It’s coming to the Syfy channel early next year.

The Gilmore Girls Final Season Fans Have Hoped For Is Coming…Probably

posted by Nell Minow

It is not 100% certain yet, but it appears that “Gilmore Girls” creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is getting the band back together for the last season she was deprived of when the series was on television and she left in a […]

Julia — Sesame Street’s First Character with Autism

posted by Nell Minow

Sesame Street’s newest resident is Julia, a green-eyed, orange-haired character with autism. There’s already a book about Julia online. It is a wonderful way to teach children not just about autism but about how to think about the best way […]

New Online Comedy Channel from NBCUniversal

posted by Nell Minow

NBCUniversal is starting a new streaming comedy channel called Seeso for $3.99 a month. According to Variety, it will include 40 years of “SNL,” including day-after-air episodes; “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon”; “Late Night with Seth Meyers”; “Parks and […]

The Art of More — Coming to Crackle November 19, 2015

posted by Nell Minow

An intense, one-hour drama set in the high-stakes world of New York auction houses, “The Art of More” stars Dennis Quaid, Cary Elwes, and Christian Cooke. The series follows Graham Connor (Cooke), a blue-collar young man who leverages his way […]

Mr. Peabody to Appear on Jeopardy!

posted by Nell Minow

Everyone’s favorite educated canine appears tonight on Jeopardy to match his matchless historical knowledge against the contestants. He will be the first dog to host an entire category. “The Mr. Peabody & Sherman Show” premieres on October 9th, 2015 exclusively […]

John Hanlon Interviews Beth Kushnick on Designing for “The Good Wife”

posted by Nell Minow

“The Good Wife” has one of the best production design teams on television, so I was especially interested to read the interview my friend John Hanlon did with Beth Kushnick, set designer Beth Kushnick for The Credits. I loved the […]

The Voice Judges Cover Each Other’s Songs

posted by Nell Minow

Ever Wanted to Talk Back to a TV Ad?

posted by Nell Minow

Have you ever wanted to let an advertiser know what you thought of the commercial? Or just checked out the actor or theme music? Ispot.tv is a great site with commercials and background info, with comments from viewers on what […]

Indian Summers on PBS, Starting Tonight on Masterpiece

posted by Nell Minow

Indian Summers premieres tonight on PBS “Masterpiece,” likely to be the biggest fan favorite since “Downton Abbey.” Set in a subtropical paradise during the twilight era of the British Empire, Indian Summers explores the collision of the ruling class English […]

Black-ish Starts the New Season with the N-Word

posted by Nell Minow

I loved the first season of “Black-ish” and am delighted that the first episode of its sophomore season is, if anything, even better. The youngest son in the family, Jack Johnson (Miles Brown), gets in trouble for using the n-word […]

Emmys 2015: The Winners and the Show

posted by Nell Minow

Despite Andy Samberg’s subpar hosting (“I didn’t see ‘Olive Kitteridge,’ only half of Kitteridge” — really? The take-off on the “Mad Man” Coke commercial couldn’t come up with anything other than killing someone with an Emmy? Really?) and truly awful […]

Interview: Sarah Colt on the PBS Documentary “Walt Disney”

posted by Nell Minow

Sarah Colt’s two-part “American Experience” documentary about Walt Disney is a fascinating look at one of the towering figures not just of film history but of American history. Disney revolutionized film and the way we tell stories with his animated […]

Coming on PBS: The Women’s List, With Margaret Cho, Madeleine Albright, Betsey Johnson, Shonda Rhimes, and More

posted by Nell Minow

The Women’s List is coming to PBS as a part of the American Masters series on September 25, 2015, featuring: Madeleine Albright, U.S. Secretary of State, 1997-2001 Gloria Allred, lawyer Laurie Anderson, artist Sara Blakely, entrepreneur Margaret Cho, comedian Edie […]

Tracy Morgan to Host SNL

posted by Nell Minow

It was great to hear that Tracy Morgan, who has been recovering from a serious automobile accident in June of 2014, will host the first “Saturday Night Live” episode of the 2015-2016 season. It will be a homecoming for the […]

Tonight on HBO: Show Me a Hero

posted by Nell Minow

“Show Me a Hero” is a new miniseries on HBO from David Simon (“The Wire”) and Paul Haggis (“Crash”), starring Oscar Isaac (“Inside Llewyn Davis”). It is the story of racial, class, and political tensions in 1970’s Yonkers, New York, […]

Interview: Nancy Porter and Harriet Reisen on Louisa May Alcott

posted by Nell Minow

No writer has influenced me more than Louisa May Alcott, and it runs in the family. My mother’s name is Josephine, like Alcott’s most famous (and most autobiographical) character, and she was inspired by Little Women to insist on being […]

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

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