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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’ […]

Behind the Candelabra: The Real Story of Liberace and Scott Thorson

posted by Nell Minow

Behind the Candelabra premieres this weekend on HBO.  It is based on the hard to believe but true story of one of the most popular and flamboyant stars of the 1950’s and 60’s, who went by just one name: Liberace. […]

BFCA Television Award Nominees

posted by Nell Minow

 The nominees for this year’s Broadcast Film Critics Association television awards were just announced: BEST COMEDY SERIES ·      The Big Bang Theory – CBS ·      Louie – FX ·      The Middle – ABC ·      New Girl – FOX ·      Parks and Recreation – […]

New DVD Giveaway: Word Girl vs. The Energy Monster

posted by Nell Minow

One of my favorite television series for kids is the wonderful PBS show “Word Girl,” and this new release is one of the best: Wordgirl vs the Energy Monster. WORDGIRL and her sidekick CAPTAIN HUGGY FACE fight the good fight […]

Interview: Candace Cameron Bure of “Finding Normal”

posted by Nell Minow

It was great to catch up with Candace Cameron Bure to hear about her new film, “Finding Normal,” premiering this week on GMC-TV.  She plays a brilliant type-A surgeon who is completely focused on status and her career until she gets […]

Morgan Freeman’s Wormhole Series Starts a New Season

posted by Nell Minow

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

TV’s Lone Ranger is on DVD

posted by Nell Minow

The  Johnny Depp “Lone Ranger” will be out July 3, so it is a good time to take a look at the classic television series.   The Lone Ranger is America’s quintessential Western hero and a steadfast symbol for truth […]

My Dad and Television’s “Vast Wasteland”

posted by Nell Minow

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

Mel Brooks on American Masters

posted by Nell Minow

American Masters salutes Mel Brooks on May 20 (check your local PBS station listings for details).  I love this photo of Brooks with his 2000 Year Old Man collaborator (and fellow Sid Caesar “Your Show of Shows” writer) Carl Reiner. […]

Are You Smarter Than a TV Executive? Pick Next Season’s Programs

posted by Nell Minow

Amazon has children’s programs and comedy pilots available for free streaming — and viewer votes will help determine what gets picked up for a series.  Choices include a sharp political satire from Doonesbury’s Garry Trudeau, with John Goodman as one […]

The Big Brain Theory

posted by Nell Minow

Part “Big Bang Theory,” part “Project Runway” and “Top Chef,” and part “Mythbusters,” the new reality series beginning tonight on Discovery is a reality competition featuring really smart people solving really fun problems. The host is “Harold and Kumar’s” Kal […]

Never Forget to Lie — Tonight on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

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

Today! Soaps Back on Hulu — One Life to Live and All My Children

posted by Nell Minow

They’re back!  Check out the returning soap operas One Life to Live and All My Children on Hulu today.

New On Discovery: All the President’s Men Revisited

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview: Scott Swofford of “Granite Flats”

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Bible: Now on DVD

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:4th - 6th Grades
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:April 2, 2013
DVD Release Date:April 2, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: 4th - 6th Grades
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Movie Release Date: April 2, 2013
DVD Release Date: April 2, 2013

The hit television series is now available on DVD. “Audiences embraced The Bible in numbers and with passion we never could have anticipated,” producers Roma Downey and Mark Burnett said the morning after the finale aired on Easter. “What a great […]

Mr. Selfridge — Starring Jeremy Piven

posted by Nell Minow

Emmy-winning actor Jeremy Piven (“Entourage”) stars in Mr. Selfridge, a new Masterpiece series on PBS about the larger than life American entrepreneur/impressario who created a retail revolution in early 20th century London.  The store he created, Selfridges, is still known for […]

All My Children and One Life to Live are Back!

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview: The Rockin’ Rabbis from “The American Bible Challenge”

posted by Nell Minow

The American Bible Challenge returns for a second season on GSN, featuring host Jeff Foxworthy and musical co-host Kirk Franklin.  It airs Thursdays at 9 (8 central) I had a chance to speak with one of this season’s teams, the […]

Watch “Star Trek” Free on Hulu This Week

posted by Nell Minow

The original “Star Trek” series is free on Hulu this week and Slate has a great list of the essential episodes everyone needs to see. But — what, no tribbles?

How Groucho’s Grandson Saved “You Bet Your Life”

posted by Nell Minow

I am too young to have watched Groucho Marx’s famous game show, “You Bet Your Life” when it originally aired, but I loved watching the reruns late at night when I was in college.  The story of how those shows […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Remember The Cowsills? Here’s Their Movie!

posted by Nell Minow

The Cowsills were the real-life 1960’s singing group that inspired “The Partridge Family,” a top recording group made up of a mother and her children, ages 8-19.  Their crystal harmonies and upbeat songs like “The Rain, the Park, and Other […]

Contest: H2O — Just Add Water

posted by Nell Minow

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

An All-ASL Episode of “Separated at Birth”

posted by Nell Minow

I am a huge fan of “Separated at Birth” and especially appreciate its respectful portrayal of Deaf culture.  Tonight’s episode, which deals with the pending shut-down of a school for the deaf, is all-ASL (with subtitles).  Not to be missed. […]

On CNN: The Bully Effect

posted by Nell Minow

Every family should sit down together to watch CNN’s follow-up to the documentary, “Bully,” March 3 and 9 at 10 Eastern.    

Interview: Ben Mankiewicz

posted by Nell Minow

“I have only one thing in common with Martin Scorsese,” I confided to Ben Mankiewicz.  “We both pretty much keep Turner Classic Movies on all day.” Mankiewicz, who introduces many of the films on TCM, was in town for a special […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Tonight at the Grammy Awards

posted by Nell Minow

The biggest award in the recording industry is the Grammy and tonight is the 55th annual presentation.  It will be broadcast at 8 pm (7 Central) on CBS, hosted by rapper-turned-TV star LL Cool J.  I’m looking forward to the […]

Sesame Street Takes on Downton Abbey

posted by Nell Minow

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Jewish Gilt — New Television Series on the Jewish Channel

posted by Nell Minow

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

Today’s Big Game: The Puppy Bowl

posted by Nell Minow

Animal Planet’s most popular show is the Puppy Bowl, now in its ninth year.  Today’s broadcast features fan favorites like the Water Bowl Cam, tail-gating fans, and the hamster-steered blimp, this year’s big game is sure to be a tail-wagger. For […]

Jen Chaney on Liz Lemon and “30 Rock”

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Up for a Bit of English Mystery?

posted by Nell Minow

British TV specialist Acorn has the first complete collection of Agatha Christie’s Partners in Crime: The Tommy & Tuppence Mysteries starring James Warwick and Francesca Annis as the lively detective duo; Agatha Christie’s Poirot & Marple Fan Favorites Collection featuring 11 […]

House of Cards: Original and Remake

posted by Nell Minow

The new “House of Cards” series on Netflix starring Kevin Spacey is a remake of the brilliant original series from the BBC about a diabolical and ruthlessly ambitious politician.  Both are worth watching.

Downton Abbey 3rd Season DVD!

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:NA
DVD Release Date:January 28, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: NA
DVD Release Date: January 28, 2013

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

“Everything Else Was True” — “Catfishing” with Manti T’eo and on MTV

posted by Nell Minow

Notre Dame football player Manti T’eo says that he was the victim of a heartless hoax.  He thought he had a girlfriend who died of cancer.  But no such person existed.  Although he told people he had seen and spoken […]

The Abolitionists

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:Middle School
MPAA Rating:Not rated
DVD Release Date:January 21, 2013
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Lowest Recommended Age: Middle School
MPAA Rating: Not rated
DVD Release Date: January 21, 2013

The new release from the PBS series “The American Experience” is a three-part story called “The Abolitionists,” the story of the fight to end slavery in the United States.  They were called radicals, agitators, and troublemakers. They thought of themselves […]

The Bible on Television

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

A Game of Thrones Tribute: In Gingerbread!

posted by Nell Minow

  Bravo to blogger Liquorsnapper for this magnificent re-creation of Winterfell!  

Downton Abbey is Back!

posted by Nell Minow

The war is over, but intrigue, crisis, romance, and change still grip the beloved estate in the thrilling new season of Downton Abbey. Written and created by Julian Fellowes, with its all-star returning cast and Oscar-winning guest star Shirley MacLaine as […]

Hardrock, Coco, and Joe

posted by Nell Minow

Everyone who grew up in Chicago in the 50’s knows and loves this one:

“Carol of the Bells” With Jennifer Hudson and Sesame Street

posted by Nell Minow

Behind the Scenes — Comedy Writers

posted by Nell Minow

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

Dr. Who Christmas Special 2012

posted by Nell Minow

121212 — The Concert for Sandy Relief

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to tune in tonight at 7:30 Eastern for 121212: The Concert for Sandy Relief in support of the Robin Hood Foundation.  Jersey boy Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band kick things off, followed by Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, […]

Preview of “The Bible” With Cee Lo’s “Mary Did You Know”

posted by Nell Minow

“The Bible” is an epic 10-hour television series produced by Roma Downey (Touched By an Angel) and Mark Burnett (The Voice, Survivor, Shark Tank, Celebrity Apprentice) premiering on March 3, 2013, and Blu-ray and DVD soon after. Here is a preview, set to Cee […]

Sesame Street Celebrates Hanukkah!

posted by Nell Minow

Christmas TV Classic Alert: Grinch and Shrek

posted by Nell Minow

The joys of Christmas include sharing holiday favorites with the family and two of the best of the animated classics will be on ABC tomorrow night.  “Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas” — the animated Chuck Jones version with […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Inventing David Geffen — Tonight on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

Tonight on PBS, the “American Masters” series will show “Inventing David Geffen,” the story of the agent, manager, record industry mogul, Hollywood and Broadway producer, and philanthropist who has helped shape American popular culture for the past four decades. Notoriously […]

British TV Greats, Now Streaming!

posted by Nell Minow

Starting tomorrow, Acorn TV, the first British TV streaming service in North America, will offer the first two series of Helen Mirren’s iconic, Emmy-winning role as Jane Tennison in Prime Suspect. Series 1 guest stars also include Tom Wilkinson and […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery

posted by Nell Minow

“Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery” is a documentary from HBO about “the saddest acre in America,” the final resting place of our military who made the ultimate sacrifice in Iraq and Afganistan.  Emmy-winning producers Jon Alpert and Matthew O’Neill (Baghdad […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Nicholas Sparks is Writing for Television

posted by Nell Minow

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

Halloween Quiz: Television

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Mortified Sessions

posted by Nell Minow

One of the sharpest insights of the brilliant Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind was its recognition that the most painfully embarrassing memories are almost impossible to forget.  And most of those excruciating memories occur in childhood and adolescence.  The Mortified […]

“That Guy” — Showtime’s Documentary About Character Actors

posted by Nell Minow

I have a special affection for character actors.  They have to create a character and move the story forward without having the luxury of time and the audience’s primary attention, and they have to do it without overshadowing the star. […]

Seth MacFarlane to Host the Oscars

posted by Nell Minow

And next year’s Oscar host is…not a stand-up turned actor like Billy Crystal or Whoopi Goldberg or Steve Martin but a man who has never even attended the Academy Awards before and who did not even appear on screen in […]

Cheers — Happy 30th Anniversary!

posted by Nell Minow

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

Contest: 50’s Television Classics

posted by Nell Minow

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

Happy 50th Birthday to “The Jetsons!”

posted by Nell Minow

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

Steel Magnolias Remake Coming to Lifetime October 7

posted by Nell Minow

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

Contest: Downton Abbey, Seasons 1 and 2

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

American Graduate Day on NYC’s Channel 13

posted by Nell Minow

American Graduate Day is a national broadcast and outreach event on Saturday, September 22 from 1-8 pm, dedicated to engaging our country around the dropout crisis. Broadcast nationally from the Tisch WNET Studios at Lincoln Center, the seven-hour special highlights Community […]

“From Dust to Dreams” PBS Concert Special

posted by Nell Minow

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

9/11 Television Archive

posted by Nell Minow

The Internet Archive has assembled a comprehensive resources on 9/11 and the way the terrorist attacks were covered by the media.  It will be an essential resource for students and scholars who want to understand the way the events unfolded […]

Happy Anniversary Star Trek — From Google

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Utah NBC Affiliate Rejects “The New Normal”

posted by Nell Minow

The Mormon-owned Utah NBC affiliate station KSL-TV is refusing to carry one of the network’s new television series.  It is produced by Ryan Murphy of “Glee” and “Nip/Tuck” and it is the story of a gay couple who use a surrogate […]

Switched at Birth — Fall Season

posted by Nell Minow

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

Free: Magic Schoolbus Coloring Sheets

posted by Nell Minow

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

Tribute: Sesame Street’s Jerry Nelson

posted by Nell Minow

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

Fall TV 2012

posted by Nell Minow

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

TV Characters Who Love to Read

posted by Nell Minow

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

Christopher Guest to Create a Series for HBO

posted by Nell Minow

I was delighted to hear that Christopher Guest, the writer-director behind the improvisational mockumentaries “Best in Show,” “Waiting for Guffman,” and “This is Spinal Tap,” will be creating a new series for HBO, and even more delighted when I read […]

Happy Birthday, Julia Child!

posted by Nell Minow

Happy Birthday, Lucille Ball!

posted by Nell Minow

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

Doc McStuffins Teaches Kids About Being Healthy on Disney

posted by Nell Minow

Disney’s delightful animated series, “Doc McStuffins,” is about a little girl who is inspired by her doctor mother to open up a “clinic” for her stuffed animals and toys. That gives the show a chance to talk to kids about […]

Tribute: Sherman Hemsley

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Breakthrough Performer: Chris Messina

posted by Nell Minow

Two of the most intriguing independent films of the summer were written by the actresses who star in them, and both movies feature an actor I’ve admired for a while, Chris Messina.  in “Ruby Sparks,” he plays the brother of […]

A Capitol Fourth: Tomorrow on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

Tomorrow at 8 Eastern time, PBS will broadcast the annual Capitol Fourth concert, hosted by Tom Bergeron, of the hit TV series “Dancing With the Stars.” Performers include “American Idol” winner Phillip Phillips, acclaimed Broadway and television star Megan Hilty of NBC’s “Smash;” two-time […]

Carol Burnett Show: The Ultimate Collection

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Father’s Day Tribute to the Best Television Dads

posted by Nell Minow

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

Television Expands Content Ratings

posted by Nell Minow

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

Push Girls — New on Sundance Channel

posted by Nell Minow

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

Auto-Tuned Mr. Rogers

posted by Nell Minow

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

Summer Series — Television

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Real Story: Martha Gellhorn and Ernest Hemingway

posted by Nell Minow

HBO’s new movie “Hemingway and Gellhorn,” premiering this week, stars Clive Owen and Nicole Kidman and is directed by Philip Kaufman (“The Right Stuff,” “The Unbearable Lightness of Being”).  Today Ernest Hemingway is revered as one of the formost authors of […]

Today’s Memorial Day Tributes on Television

posted by Nell Minow

Today’s tributes include: A military movie marathon on TCM: “West Point,” “Germany Year Zero,” “PT 109,” “Darby’s Rangers,” “The Green Berets,” “Where Eagles Dare,” “The Guns of Navarone,” “The Dirty Dozen,” “The Bridge on the River Kwai,” “The Great Escape,” […]

Tonight: National Memorial Day Concert on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

The National Memorial Day concert on the Capitol Building lawn will be broadcast tonight live on PBS. The program will be co-hosted for the seventh year by Tony Award-winner Joe Mantegna (“Criminal Minds”) and Emmy Award-winner Gary Sinise (“CSI: New […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Dark Shadows: The Soap Opera

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview: Genie Francis of “Notes from the Heart Healer”

posted by Nell Minow

Genie Francis co-stars in “Notes from the Heart Healer,” the third installment in Hallmark’s popular series about the mid-life romance of an advice columnist named Peyton and a sportswriter named King.  It will be on the Hallmark Channel Saturday May 12 […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Tribute: Dick Clark

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Wedding of the Year: MLPFIM

posted by Nell Minow

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

Peter Dinklage of “Game of Thrones” — by Dan Kois

posted by Nell Minow

My friend Dan Kois has a terrific profile of one of my favorite actors, Peter Dinklage, in the New York Times, who plays Tyrion in HBO’s Game of Thrones. [H]e couldn’t book commercial jobs, because he wasn’t interested in the […]

Two-Night Titanic Event from National Geographic

posted by Nell Minow

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

April’s TV Highlights

posted by Nell Minow

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

Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee Tonight on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Song That Changed My Life

posted by Nell Minow

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

Smile of the Week: A Stunning Performance on “Britain’s Got Talent”

posted by Nell Minow

The sweetest part is the end.

Jeff Foxworthy to Host “The American Bible Challenge”

posted by Nell Minow

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

Mad Men Enters the Civil Rights Era

posted by Nell Minow

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

Mad Men-era Ads in Newsweek

posted by Nell Minow

Newsweek salutes the long-awaited return of “Mad Men” with a special issue this week, including examples of real and unabashedly sexist ads that ran in the magazine back in the 1960’s.  These are what the real Mad Men of the […]

Remake of “Steel Magnolias” with Queen Latifah and Phylicia Rashad

posted by Nell Minow

I was thrilled to hear that Lifetime is working on a remake of “Steel Magnolias” with Queen Latifah as M’Lynn (the part played in the movie by Sally Field), Phylicia Rashad as Clairee (played in the movie by Olympia Dukakis), […]

Esquire Picks the 100 Best Television Shows for Men

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

TCM Salutes Sisters on Screen

posted by Nell Minow

I’m the oldest of three girls and so I have always had a special fondness for movies about sisters.  I was delighted to see that Turner Classic Movies has a full schedule of sister movies today, from the classic Meet […]

The B-Word on Television

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Big Band Vocalists on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

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

Tribute: Davy Jones of The Monkees

posted by Nell Minow

I loved The Monkees. Sometimes referred to as “the pre-fab four” because they were artificially created to imitate the “Fab Four” Beatles, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork, Mickey Dolenz, and Davy Jones soon became more than four actors in a television […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Dancing with the Stars — and Urkel!

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Loving Story

posted by Nell Minow

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

Oprah Visits the Hasidic Jewish Community

posted by Nell Minow

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

Tribute: Don Cornelius

posted by Nell Minow

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

Oscar-Winner Joins Downton Abbey for Season Three

posted by Nell Minow

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

A Smile as Big as the Moon — Tonight on ABC

posted by Nell Minow

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

More for ‘Downton Abbey’ Fans

posted by Nell Minow

Can’t get enough of sumptuous British estates with their proper servants and silver tea services?  Check out Secrets of the Manor House on PBS, premiering tonight at 8/7 central and it will stream in its entirety beginning January 23. One […]

Watch Davy and Goliath on SpiritClips!

posted by Nell Minow

Remember the class television series “Davy and Goliath?”  The stop-motion animation children’s show about the little boy and the dog who spoke to him was owned by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and produced by Art and Ruth Clokey […]

The Xbox Takes Over TV

posted by Nell Minow

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

Let Me Down Easy

posted by Nell Minow

Anna Devere Smith’s brilliant one-woman play about Let Me Down Easy is being featured on the PBS series, “Great Performances” and can be watched online. Smith, an actress who appeared in “The West Wing” and “Philadelphia,” is an actress with […]

Billy Crystal’s Been Off the Grid — Oscar Ad

posted by Nell Minow

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

First Lady Visits iCarly

posted by Nell Minow

Entertainment Weekly reports that as a part of her Joining Forces program to support the US military troops and their families, First Lady Michelle Obama will make an appearance on the Nickelodeon television program iCarly.  Miranda Cosgrove (“School of Rock”) […]

Merry Christmas from Kukla, Fran, and Ollie

posted by Nell Minow

FCC Tells Advertisers To Stop Yelling

posted by Nell Minow

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

Lowe’s Public Relations Mess over “All-American Muslim”

posted by Nell Minow

“All-American Muslim” is a TLC reality show about five Muslim families in Dearborn, Michigan.  According to TLC, “Each episode offers an intimate look at the customs and celebrations, misconceptions and conflicts these families face outside and within their own community.” […]

The TV Preferences of Republicans and Democrats

posted by Nell Minow

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

Becoming Santa: Tonight on OWN

posted by Nell Minow

Hank Stuever has an excellent piece in today’s Washington Post that addresses an issue that has really been bugging me.  But first, he recommends a documentary premiering tonight on Oprah’s OWN station called “Becoming Santa.”  It is the story of […]

Tribute: Harry Morgan

posted by Nell Minow

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

Live Chat with ANTM All-Stars

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Heart of Christmas — Exclusive Clip From The Inspiring New Film

posted by Nell Minow

The Heart of Christmas is based on the inspiring true story of a community that came together to give one very ill little boy one last Christmas.  It will be broadcast this Sunday at 7 and 9 Eastern and we are […]

Trek Nation Tonight on Science-TV

posted by Nell Minow

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

Have a Little Faith

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview: Sarah McCarthy of ‘The Sound of Mumbai’

posted by Nell Minow

“The Sound of Mumbai,” premiering tonight on HBO2, is a touching documentary about the most unlikely of productions, a concert performance of “The Sound of Music” featuring the “slumdog” children of one of the poorest communities in India.  These children […]

The Muppets!

posted by Nell Minow

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

Woody Allen on PBS

posted by Nell Minow

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

‘Revenge’ Tonight!

posted by Nell Minow

The guilty pleasure of the fall television season is “Revenge,” a deliciously twisted story of a beautiful young woman (Emily VanCamp as “Emily Thorne”) who returns to the super-rich, super-luxurious, super-dysfunctional world of the Hamptons to wreck the title fate […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

A Wonderful Tribute to ‘Barney Miller’

posted by Nell Minow

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

Miss Representation

posted by Nell Minow

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

It’s Not Your Daddy’s ‘Star Wars’

posted by Nell Minow

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

New Sesame Street Character Teaches Kids About Food — And Hunger

posted by Nell Minow

In observance of World Food Day, “Sesame Street” has a new toolkit to help families make good decisions about food, so that even those on a limited budget can make meals that help families grow and stay healthy.  A new […]

Sesame Street Does ‘The Heaviest Catch’

posted by Nell Minow

This adorable parody of “The Deadliest Catch” has the cutest squid ever!

Five New Films About Breast Cancer Premiere Oct 10 on Lifetime

posted by Nell Minow

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

Reality TV: Pro and Con

posted by Nell Minow

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

Smile of the Week: ‘Sesame Street’ Does ‘Glee!’

posted by Nell Minow

Elmo and Cookie Monster Do ‘The Office,’ ‘CSI:Miami,’ ‘Bored to Death,’ and ‘The Big Bang Theory’

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out Elmo and Cookie Monster as they perform their versions of the hit TV shows whose stars will be appearing on the new season of “Sesame Street!”

Network Television’s Distressing New Word

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Return of ‘The Sing-Off’

posted by Nell Minow

“The Sing-Off” is back and it is bigger!  One of my favorite reality shows is Nick Lachey’s a capella competition.  This year, Sara Bareilles joins Shawn Stockman and Ben Folds as judges.  The contestants this year are:   AFRO-BLUE – Washington, […]

Interview: Paige Hemmis of ‘Extreme Makeover: Home Edition’

posted by Nell Minow

Paige Hemmis of “Extreme Home Makeover” has enough warmth and enthusiasm to power the show’s bus across the country.  It was a lot of fun to talk to her about the show’s 9th season, which starts this Sunday with a […]

On The Hub: Majors & Minors

posted by Nell Minow

Grammy® Award-winning superstar Will.i.am (Black Eyed Peas) and Grammy® and Academy Award®-winning Jennifer Hudson have joined an all-star lineup of industry artists and professionals serving as mentors for The Hub TV Network’s new original reality music series “Majors & Minors,” premiering Friday, […]

Happy Birthday June Foray (Voice of Rocky)

posted by Nell Minow

Here’s a tribute to one of the all-time greatest voice actresses, June Foray, who celebrates her 94th birthday today.  Best known as Rocky the flying squirrel, she also provided voices for Lucifer the cat in “Cinderella,” Grandmother Fa in “Mulan,” […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

My Dad at Harvard

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Fall TV Season is Tough on Men

posted by Nell Minow

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

Highlights of the New Fall Season on TV

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Nickelodeon Explains 9/11 to Kids

posted by Nell Minow

Linda Ellerbee’s news programs for kids on Nickelodeon are some of the best journalism for any age available today and very important for family viewing and discussion.  Tonight, she explains what happened on September 11, 2001 to children who were […]

Guess Who’s On Dancing With the Stars This Season?

posted by Nell Minow

And the competitors include….talk show diva Ricki Lake, Cher’s son Chaz Bono, TV host Nancy Grace, basketball player Ron Artest, Kristin Cavallari of “Laguna Beach,” Chynna Phillips of Wilson Phillips (and daughter of Michelle and John Phillips of The Mamas […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

30 Years of The Best MTV Videos

posted by Nell Minow

Time Magazine has a great list of the best music videos in the first three decades of MTV.  It’s hard to believe now that MTV’s arrival was controversial because some people thought it would take away from the purity of […]

Google Loves Lucy!

posted by Nell Minow

Who Is Simon Miller? Family Night TV

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Return of Mr. Rogers

posted by Nell Minow

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

Morgan Spurlock on 50 Un-Miss-able Documentaries

posted by Nell Minow

Morgan Spurlock of Super Size Me and Pom Wonderful Presents: The Greatest Movie Ever Sold is the host of a new series on Current called “50 Documentaries to See Before You Die.”  He quotes Alfred Hitchcock: “In feature films, the […]

Shark Week!

posted by Nell Minow

Could Shark Week get any better?  Yes!  This year, the Discovery Channel has dubbed SNL’s Andy Samberg its “Chief Shark Officer.”  Samberg told CNN it was a dream come true. Well, it was a childhood dream, obviously. Even though I’m […]

HIMYM Billboard Hijacked by New Ads

posted by Nell Minow

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

Tribute: Sherwood Schwartz, creator of ‘Gilligan’s Island’ and ‘The Brady Bunch’

posted by Nell Minow

We mourn the passing of Sherwood Schwartz, who helped define a generation with his enduringly popular if very undeniably silly television series, especially “Gilligan’s Island” and “The Brady Bunch.” He named the sinking ship on “Gilligan’s Island,” the S.S. Minnow, […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Great Character Actors: Denis O’Hare

posted by Nell Minow

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

Closed Captioning Urged for Online Series

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Breakthrough Performer: Katie Leclerc

posted by Nell Minow

ABC Family has a new series about two families who discover that their teenage daughters were switched at birth.  The girl who grew up with a single hairdresser mom and the girl who grew up in the wealthy home of […]

‘Field of Vision’ — New on Family Movie Night

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Goodbye to the Oprah Show

posted by Nell Minow

Today is the last Oprah show.  After 25 years, Oprah is giving up her daily talk show to concentrate on her OWN channel.  One of Oprah Winfrey’s great gifts is making everyone in the audience feel not just that we […]

A Death in the ‘Glee’ Family

posted by Nell Minow

Spoiler Alert!  If you did not see “Glee” last night, wait to read this until you get a chance to watch it.   Last night, “Glee” reminded us that it can be more than a sometimes coy or campy fantasy […]

Reminder: Drop Dead Diva Giveaway

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Drop Dead Diva: Season Two

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

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

What is ‘Real’ About Reality TV?

posted by Nell Minow

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

Half a Century of the ‘Vast Wasteland’

posted by Nell Minow

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

Happy Mother’s Day!

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

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