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Kennedy Miniseries Rejected Again

posted by Nell Minow

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

Regis Says Goodbye to Daytime

posted by Nell Minow

Regis Philbin has announced that he will leave his daily “Live” show sometime this year. He is 79 years old and has been doing the show for 28 years. His many television appearances have made him the Guiness Book of […]

Eyes on the Prize (Part 1)

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

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

Downton Abbey

posted by Nell Minow

I love the new Masterpiece Theatre series, “Downton Abbey.” It’s a gripping story of fascinating characters and an enthralling depiction of a society undergoing seismic changes. English society flourished for centuries based on a system that kept property from being […]

Tonight: Critic’s Choice Awards!

posted by Nell Minow

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

Tribute: David Nelson

posted by Nell Minow

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

Duet that Inspired Glee

posted by Nell Minow

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

TV Guide on Faith on Television

posted by Nell Minow

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

Tribute: Doonesbury’s Mom and Marshall’s Dad

posted by Nell Minow

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

Change of Plans — Family Movie Night on FOX

posted by Nell Minow

The latest in the WalMart and P&G-sponsored Family Movie Night series is “Change of Plans,” starring “American Idol’s” Brooke White as a free-spirited singer married to an engineer and pilot (Joe Flanigan of “Stargate Atlantis”). When her one-time best friend, […]

Tribute: Anne Francis

posted by Nell Minow

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

Oprah’s OWN Is Here!

posted by Nell Minow

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

Do You Have a Modern Family?

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Sing-Off — Finals!

posted by Nell Minow

I hope you’ve been keeping up with “The Sing-Off” — it is simply enthralling television. I just hate to think that they can’t all be winners! If you’ve been watching, be sure to check out the blog from judge Ben […]

PTC Report on Sexualization of Teenage Girls on Television

posted by Nell Minow

The Parents Television Council released a new report today on the portrayal of teenage girls on television. The report, ??Tinseltown’s New Target: A Study of Teen Female Sexualization on Prime-Time TV, is based on a content analysis of the most […]

‘The Calling’ — PBS Documentary on Divinity Students

posted by Nell Minow

“The Calling,” a two-part documentary series premiering on the PBS Independent Lens series on December 20, is the inspiring story of a group of seven young people of different religions who share the experience of being called to serve as […]

Interview: Fionnula Flanagan of ‘Three Wise Women’

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Peter Yarrow Sing-Along Special

posted by Nell Minow

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

‘Modern Family’ Flash Mob

posted by Nell Minow

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

Kids Re-Enact ‘Project Runway’

posted by Nell Minow

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

Gwyneth Sings!

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Good Witch’s Gift

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

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

Happy 40th Birthday, Sesame Street!

posted by Nell Minow

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

Wartorn: 1861-2010

posted by Nell Minow

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

MVPs of the Month: Ty Burrell and Juliette Lewis

posted by Nell Minow

Ty Burrell is everywhere these days. He is Phil on the beloved television series “Modern Family,” brilliantly updating the classic “Honey, I’m Home!” sitcom dad as a guy who may be clueless and corny and overly sensitive but who adores […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Tribute: Alex Anderson, Creator of Rocky and Bullwinkle

posted by Nell Minow

Alex Anderson, who came up with the beloved characters Rocky the flying squirrel, Bullwinkle Moose, and Dudley Do-Right, died this week at age 90. While Jay Ward usually gets the credit, it was his childhood friend and partner Anderson who […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Do the GQ ‘Glee’ Photos Go Too Far?

posted by Nell Minow

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

Tribute: Tom Bosley

posted by Nell Minow

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

‘Glee’ and ‘Modern Family’ Talk About God

posted by Nell Minow

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

Chick Flicks On Demand to Support Breast Cancer Research

posted by Nell Minow

Warner Brothers Digital Distribution will support Susan G. Komen for the Cure in the fight against breast cancer every time one of 16 special movies is watched On Demand during a special initiative this month. So get a bowl of […]

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

‘Sister Wives’ on TLC

posted by Nell Minow

America’s fascination with extreme family living has led to reality shows about very little people and very big families. The latest is TLC’s “Sister Wives,” about a real-life fundamentalist Mormon polygamous family living in Utah. We meed Kody and his […]

‘God in America’ Comes to PBS

posted by Nell Minow

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

Gwenyth Paltrow to Appear on ‘Glee!’

posted by Nell Minow

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

Television: Fall Preview 2010

posted by Nell Minow

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

Peter Sarsgaard Visits the Pirates Convention

posted by Nell Minow

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

Return of ‘At the Movies!’

posted by Nell Minow

Most welcome news! Roger and Chaz Ebert have announced a new edition of the legendary movie review show, “At the Movies,” featuring AP movie critic Christy Lemire, with help from luminaries like Elvis Mitchell and Omar Moore. “This is the […]

Labor Day: Thanks to Workers Everywhere

posted by Nell Minow

Camp Rock 2

posted by Nell Minow

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

StoryCorps Moves from Radio to Television

posted by Nell Minow

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

A Cancer Comedy?

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Open Mind from PBS — Available Online

posted by Nell Minow

Episodes of the classic television series, “The Open Mind,” are now available online. These are real treasures. For more than 50 years, some of the most thoughtful and influential people in every field visited this program for lively conversations about […]

Interview: Jodi Lyn O’Keefe of ‘Class’

posted by Nell Minow

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

Breakthrough Performer: Laura Breckenridge

posted by Nell Minow

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

Contest: ‘Prime Suspect’ Complete Series

posted by Nell Minow

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

Smile of the Week: Esperanza Spaulding is ‘Overjoyed’

posted by Nell Minow

The glorious Esperanza Spaulding sings “Overjoyed” at the White House tribute to Stevie Wonder. Heaven. And here it is sung by Stevie himself. This is one of my favorite songs, ever.

Comic-Con: NCIS and Kick Buttowski

posted by Nell Minow

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

Time to Say Thanks for Family Programming

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Preview: The Jensen Project

posted by Nell Minow

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

Free Download of Shows for Kids

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Zach Has My Vote for an Oprah-Sponsored Talk Show

posted by Nell Minow

Vote here!

Be a Movie Critic for Ovation TV

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Original ‘Karate Kid’ Marathon on Encore

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview: Brian Wells of ‘Secrets of the Mountain’

posted by Nell Minow

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

An App for Gleeks

posted by Nell Minow

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

When I Was 17 — on MTV

posted by Nell Minow

One of the best shows on television right now for teens and their families is MTV’s “When I Was 17.” It’s as simple as the title. Celebrities talk about what they were doing when they were 17 years old. Participants […]

Tribute: Gary Coleman

posted by Nell Minow

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

Drop Dead Diva

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

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

‘Lost’ and Found!

posted by Nell Minow

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

The End of the Original ‘Law & Order’

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Horse Boy

posted by Nell Minow

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

TV Theme Songs (Part 4)

posted by Nell Minow

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

We Love You, Betty White

posted by Nell Minow

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

TV Theme Songs (Part 3)

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Best TV Moms

posted by Nell Minow

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

TV Theme Songs (Part 2)

posted by Nell Minow

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

TV Show Theme Songs (Part 1)

posted by Nell Minow

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

Lois Wilson, the Woman Behind Al-Anon

posted by Nell Minow

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

Secrets of the Mountain

posted by Nell Minow

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

Vogue — Glee Style

posted by Nell Minow

A preview of next week’s all-Madonna episode of “Glee” — with Sue Sylvester starring in “Vogue!” One thing I especially love about this show is is agnosticism about music — it makes no distinction between classic rock (“Somebody to Love”), […]

I Remember Better When I Paint

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Storytime Live! — Interview with Director Sam Scalimoni

posted by Nell Minow

Sam Scalimoni is the director of Nickeoldeon’s new traveling “Storytime Live” show, starring its most popular characters, including Dora and Diego, the Backyardigans, the Wonder Pets, Kai-Lan, and more. What is it like to create a show for the most […]

Interview: Matt Roloff of “Little People, Big World”

posted by Nell Minow

Matt Roloff is a businessman, entrepreneur, farmer, husband, and father of four, including teen-age twins. He and his family star on the TLC series Little People, Big World. Matt, his wife Amy, and one of the twins are little people, […]

Tribute: Dixie Carter

posted by Nell Minow

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

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

posted by Nell Minow

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

Classic MGM Films and TV via CreateSpace DVD on Demand

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview: Karley Scott Collins of ‘Amish Grace’

posted by Nell Minow

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

Hallmark Wants to Meet Your Mom

posted by Nell Minow

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

Gilligan’s Island: The Movie

posted by Nell Minow

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

Who is Clark Rockefeller? — The Real Story

posted by Nell Minow

Lifetime’s new movie, “Who is Clark Rockefeller?” is based on the real-life story called “the longest-running con in FBI history.” Christian Karl Gerhartsreiter (Eric McCormack of “Will and Grace”), pretended to be numerous people, ranging from a talk show host […]

‘Eight is Enough’ and ‘Partridge Family’ Reunions

posted by Nell Minow

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

Alessandra Torresani of ‘Caprica’ on ‘The Soup’

posted by Nell Minow

A very cute interview with the star of the prequel to “Battlestar Gallactica,” who plays the first cylon. Here she tweaks host Joel McHale about being old and a geek.

Guess that Voiceover!

posted by Nell Minow

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

Faces of America with Henry Louis Gates Jr.

posted by Nell Minow

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

Baby Week on Discovery Channel

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview: Danielle Bisutti of ‘True Jackson VP’

posted by Nell Minow

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

Why We Laugh

posted by Nell Minow

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

The Parenthood Project

posted by Nell Minow

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

Quiz: Television Couples

posted by Nell Minow

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

Temple Grandin

posted by Nell Minow

Claire Danes plays Dr. Temple Grandin in an outstanding new HBO film about the pioneering animal scientist whose autism is a central element of her ability to understand animals and to think visually. Her astonishing and inspiring story first came […]

The Battle Over Super Bowl Ads

posted by Nell Minow

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

Blacking Up: Hip-Hop

posted by Nell Minow

“Where do you draw the line between influence and appropriation?” “When is it admiration and when is it mockery?” Blacking Up: Hip-Hop’s Remix of Race and Identity is a thought-provoking film by documentarian Robert Clift is a sympathetic look at […]

What Can We Learn from ‘The Office?’

posted by Nell Minow

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

‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’ — Anti-Semitism Episode

posted by Nell Minow

Hulu has an episode of the classic “Mary Tyler Moore Show” about a woman who does not want Mary’s friend Rhoda (Valerie Harper) to come to her club because she is Jewish. The woman is played by Mary Frann, who […]

Religion on ‘The Office’ — a Quiz

posted by Nell Minow

How well do you know the characters on “The Office?” Try our Idol Chatter quiz about religion on the hit series about paper company Dunder Mifflin. Like most American workplaces, this one includes employees with an assortment of views about […]

Interview: Bruce Faulk of ‘Soul of the Church’

posted by Nell Minow

I was able to speak to the man behind the Black History Collection: Soul of the Church DVD, Bruce Faulk, who assembled a treasure trove of gospel performances into this stirring and inspirational collection. It even includes some of the […]

Soul of the Church

posted by Nell Minow
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Lowest Recommended Age:All Ages
MPAA Rating:NR
Movie Release Date:2010
DVD Release Date:January 19, 2010
B+
Lowest Recommended Age: All Ages
MPAA Rating: NR
Movie Release Date: 2010
DVD Release Date: January 19, 2010

This is a genuine treasure. Black History Collection: Soul of the Church is a collection of vintage broadcasts of gospel superstars of the 1960’s, taken from a Sunday morning television show called TV Gospel Time and not seen for decades. […]

Critic’s Choice Award Show: This Friday on VH1

posted by Nell Minow

Presenters will include: Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Kristen Bell, Emily Blunt, Cedric the Entertainer, Bradley Cooper, Rob Corddry, Abbie Cornish, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Vera Farmiga, Heather Graham, Ed Helms, Samuel L. Jackson, Ken Jeong, Adam Lambert, Tobey Maguire, Tracy […]

Happy 20th Anniversary Simpsons!

posted by Nell Minow

Interview: Michael Cudlitz of ‘Southland’

posted by Nell Minow

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

Interview: Will Shadley of ‘The Spy Next Door’

posted by Nell Minow

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

Can You Guess the Celebrity Voice?

posted by Nell Minow

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

NPT’s Monkey See Blog on a Neglected Gem

posted by Nell Minow

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

Hardrock, Coco, Joe & Suzy Snowflake

posted by Nell Minow

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

A Festivus for the Rest of Us

posted by Nell Minow

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

Christmas With the King Family DVD

posted by Nell Minow

Just to show I am not really Grinch-y about Christmas specials, I’m very happy that Christmas with the King Family is out on DVD. Those of us who grew up with the King Family in the 1960’s remember their cheery […]

Slate’s Tribute to the Worst Christmas Television Specials

posted by Nell Minow

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

Carol Burnett and Julie Andrews

posted by Nell Minow

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

Glee: We All Need Somebody to Lean On

posted by Nell Minow

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

More About the AMA Performances

posted by Nell Minow

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

What Was Adam Lambert Thinking?

posted by Nell Minow

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

More on the Eww-ishness of Zach and Cody

posted by Nell Minow

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

Rocky and Bullwinkle Celebrate their 50th Anniversary

posted by Nell Minow

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

‘Idols’ Around the World

posted by Nell Minow

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

‘The Way We Get By’ — Thanking Those Who Serve

posted by Nell Minow

Please take time to gather your family to watch The Way We Get By in observance of Veteran’s Day, showing tonight on PBS. This is a documentary about the troop greeters who devote their last years to being there to […]

Touched by an Angel

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

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

Interview: Martha Williamson of ‘Touched by an Angel’

posted by Nell Minow

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

Jewish Characters on TV

posted by Nell Minow

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

Happy 40th Birthday Sesame Street!

posted by Nell Minow

I watched the very first episode of Sesame Street when I was a teenager. My dad, Newton Minow, helped get the funding for the show in the late 1960’s and I remember how excited he was about transforming what children […]

Tribute: Soupy Sales

posted by Nell Minow

Kids’ television pioneer Soupy Sales died this week at age 83. Back before there were whole channels devoted to children’s programming, and back way before children’s television was certified wholesome and educational, Soupy Sales was just plain deliriously silly, pie-in-the-face […]

Happy 40th Monty Python!

posted by Nell Minow

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

Astro Boy (old school)

posted by Nell Minow

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

What is the Phrase Heard on Every Single Reality Show?

posted by Nell Minow

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

Beany and Cecil

posted by Nell Minow

Parents and some grandparents will remember the old “Beany and Cecil” show about the boy with the propeller hat and his friend the sea-sick sea serpent and their adventures in outsmarting the dastardly Dishonest John. I’m very pleased that these […]

Danyl Johnson Gets By With a Little Help From His Friends

posted by Nell Minow

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

Miles Davis at the Movies

posted by Nell Minow

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

Wiseguy

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

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

Angels in Movies and Television: Before 1970

posted by Nell Minow

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

Early TV on Stamps

posted by Nell Minow

I’m thrilled with the wonderful new postage stamps saluting the early days of television. They bring back some very happy memories. I love all those old shows, especially “Burns & Allen,” “The Twilight Zone,” “The Ed Sullivan Show,” and of […]

Interview: Jon Brunson of ‘Addicted to the Outdoors’

posted by Nell Minow

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

Calling all Gleeks! Preview of ‘Glee’ Episode 2

posted by Nell Minow

Behind the Scenes of "Gold Digger"!

Life Lessons from Saturday Morning Cartoons

posted by Nell Minow

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

Law on Television: the ABA’s Top 25

posted by Nell Minow

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

‘Reality’ Dating: In the Dark and Overweight

posted by Nell Minow

I’m not a fan of reality shows about dating because they seem too artificial and everyone on them seems so self-obsessed (granted, inevitable given their constantly being asked how they feel). But two new variations are worth a mention. Dating […]

WordGirl Interviewed by Jim Lehrer

posted by Nell Minow

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

Super Why!

posted by Nell Minow

I am very pleased to see this delightful DVD re-issued. I love the way it encourages kids to read by bringing them inside the stories. Meet Jack and the Giant, the Three Little Pigs, Little Red Ridinghood, and the Princess […]

Do Reality Shows Abuse Children?

posted by Nell Minow

The Wrap has a provocative column by Domnic Patten about the impact of reality television programs on the children who participate in them. One problem is a loophole in the law. If children are working as actors on a film […]

What does ‘Syfy’ mean?

posted by Nell Minow

Forrest J. Ackerman is credited with coining the term “sci-fi” at UCLA in 1954. It is the perfect way to describe the wide range of astonishing, imaginative, mind-expanding works of fiction that are grounded in some element of science, often […]

Tribute: Walter Cronkite

posted by Nell Minow

As well as I remember those misty images of Neil Armstrong coming out of the lunar module to put the first footstep on the moon, I remember the look on Walter Cronkite’s face as he reported it. Cronkite died today […]

‘Revelation’ — a new Showtime Series

posted by Nell Minow

Entertainment Weekly reports that Showtime has a new series about a minister and his family called “Revelation.” Margaret Lyons wrote: I’d be pumped for anything from David Janollari and Craig Wright — their mutual previous credit is Six Feet Under, […]

Happy Birthday SpongeBob!

posted by Nell Minow

VH1 has a 10th birthday tribute to SpongeBob Suqarepants that premieres tonight. VH1 TV Shows | Music Videos | Celebrity Photos | News & Gossip I like this tribute to SpongeBob’s innocence and sincerity. The Washington Post has an article […]

Disney Scavenger Sweepstakes!

posted by Nell Minow

Is your family madly searching the Disney channel to find an orange life vest, a bottle of blue dye, and a blood pressure cuff? Then you must be participating in the very popular Disney Scavenger Sweepstakes! The list of required […]

PTC Opposes Raunchy Ads from Burger King, Hardees, and Carls Jr.

posted by Nell Minow

From the Parents Television Council: The Parents Television Council condemned Burger King, Carl’s Jr., and Hardee’s for a rash of new advertisements that are taking sexual innuendo to the next level. PTC slammed the companies for their gross irresponsibility and […]

Gertrude Berg, Television Pioneer

posted by Nell Minow

A forthcoming book and documentary about Gertrude Berg tell the story of this pioneering broadcaster, producer, and actress. According to a story in Flow Magazine, Gertrude Berg was the founder of the family situation comedy on radio and television. She […]

Jon and Kate Plus D-I-V-O-R-C-E

posted by Nell Minow

The big announcement by Jon and Kate Gosselin that they are divorcing comes as no surprise. While they used the word “separate,” the program acknowledged that it has gone farther than that and that they have filed for dissolution of […]

Dan Savage Takes on “The Suite Life of Zach and Cody”

posted by Nell Minow

I am a huge fan of advice columnist Dan Savage and his essays for “This American Life.” His recent commentary on the death of his mother brought me to tears. And I am very impressed with his thoughtful assessment of […]

Come ‘Home’ with a One-Time Chance to See An Amazing Documentary

posted by Nell Minow

Home is a gorgeous new documentary with a haunting musical score about the planet we live on. It is from internationally renowned French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand and produced by award-winning director Luc Besson. HOME is narrated in English by Glenn […]

Jon and Kate: Can Their Marriage Be Saved?

posted by Nell Minow

Why do we care so much about Jon and Kate? Why is the show about these two people and their twins and sextuplets so popular? And why are their marital problems getting so much attention? I feel terribly sad for […]

‘Land of the Lost’ — The Original

posted by Nell Minow

As we get ready for next week’s big release, Will Ferrell’s “Land of the Lost,” let’s take a moment to remember the deliciously cheesy Saturday morning television show that inspired it.

Glee

posted by Nell Minow

I so enjoyed the sneak preview of the new fall series, “Glee.” The characters are immediately engaging and the music is inspired. You can watch the entire pilot episode of “Glee” on Hulu and listen to an interview with the […]

Star Trek Top 10: Leonard Nimoy on Letterman

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to tune in tonight to hear Letterman’s Top 10 list — read by Mr. Spock himself, Leonard Nimoy! Thanks to Bob Elisberg for the tip!

Star Trek Quiz (Old School)

posted by Nell Minow

Get ready for this week’s rebooting of the “Stark Trek” saga by revisiting the original television series. How much do you remember about Captain Kirk and his crew, whose origins we will see in the new J.J. Abrams film? 1. […]

The Hip Hop Project

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to watch the amazing documentary The Hip Hop Project tonight and see the extraordinary work by Chris “Kazi” Rolle in encouraging young people to tell their stories. He gives kids who feel invisible a chance to own their […]

Grey Gardens, Act III

posted by Nell Minow

What is is about the story of Grey Gardens that has been so enduringly fascinating? They have inspired a documentary film, a Broadway musical, endless articles, even a song by Rufus Wainwright. Some people think it is because the two […]

iCarly

posted by Nell Minow

iCarly is a cute Nickelodeon series about a girl named Carly (Miranda Cosgrove) who creates her own web show called iCarly with her best friends Sam and Freddie. The series incorporates content produced by the viewers. I’ve got copies of […]

Make a Zimmer Twins Movie — and Win!

posted by Nell Minow

Qubo is sponsoring a contest for kids who make their own movies featuring the channel’s Zimmer Twins. Children have until April 30 to submit animated films to be considered for broadcast on national TV. Young filmmakers can create mini animated […]

Interview: Stacey Oristano of ‘Friday Night Lights’

posted by Nell Minow

Stacy Oristano provides comic relief as the warm-hearted but slightly trashy Mindy on “Friday Night Lights,” one of the best shows on television. She was nice enough to take the time to answer some questions about the show and the […]

‘Kings’ — A Modern David and Goliath

posted by Nell Minow

I am really intrigued by the new NBC series Kings, “a contemporary re-telling of the timeless tale of David and Goliath. This series is an epic story of greed and power, war and romance, forbidden loves and secret alliances — […]

Father Does Know Best

posted by Nell Minow

This is what television used to look like. Watch this beguiling episode of “Father Knows Best” where Bud gets into trouble for shirking his chores to play a baseball game. It is impossible not to charmed by the innocent wholesomeness […]

TV First Kisses

posted by Nell Minow

A Valentine for my readers — this YouTube compilation of 10 great first kisses from recent television series, including “The O.C,” “One Tree Hill,” “Veronica Mars,” and “Gilmore Girls.”

House and Cuddy — Should they get together?

posted by Nell Minow

In the words of Entertainment Weekly, House and Cuddy will “do the deed” this season. The popular television series is about the irascible doctor who is a master diagnostician but who constantly battles with his frustrated supervisor about his disregard […]

Super Bowl Ads — Not Family Friendly?

posted by Nell Minow

Many families have Super Bowl traditions as the generations gather around the television to watch the biggest football game of the year. It gives families a wonderful opportunity to share their interests and histories and to talk about the skill, […]

Return of ”The Electric Company’

posted by Nell Minow

Hey you guys! The classic 1970’s show The Electric Company taught a generation of kids how to take the letters they learned on “Sesame Street” and turn them into words and sentences. The superstar cast included Morgan Freeman, Rita Moreno, […]

Make Em Laugh — The (Very Funny) History of Comedy

posted by Nell Minow

There is no better way to strengthen family connections than combining shared laughter and history. So every family should make time to watch the hilarious new PBS series “Make Em Laugh,” the history of comedy on television and in the […]

‘Lost’ Travels Through Time

posted by Nell Minow

Jen Chaney reports in the Washington Post that “Lost” gets even more mysterious with its season premiere as the island itself begins to travel through time. After four seasons that contained flashbacks, flash-forwards and electromagnetic forces that sent some characters […]

Jen Chaney’s Top Holiday Television Episodes

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post’s always-delightful Jen Chaney wrote about her favorite television series holiday episodes from “Seinfeld” and “South Park” to “Moonlighting” and “The O.C.” Be sure to take a look as the column includes some great clips. I remember the […]

Christmas Specials and Jewish Children

posted by Nell Minow

December is a long month for Jewish parents. From the day after Thanksgiving until New Year’s Eve, America is completely saturated with Christmas and it can be very difficult to explain to small children why Santa seems to come to […]

Ruby

posted by Nell Minow

Television viewers have been inspired and captivated by Sunday School teacher Ruby Gettinger, a woman who is putting her weight loss journey on television in a reality show. Once over 700 pounds, she is now down to 500 and sticking […]

Golden Globe Nominations: Television

posted by Nell Minow

TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA * Dexter * House * In Treatment * Mad Men * True Blood ACTRESS IN A TELEVISION SERIES, DRAMA * Sally Field, Brothers & Sisters * Mariska Hargitay, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit * January Jones, […]

Interview: Leverage

posted by Nell Minow

“Leverage” is old-fashioned entertainment, a little bit “Mission Impossible,” a little bit “A-Team,” a touch of “It Takes a Thief,” and a lot of fun. It premieres tomorrow night on TNT at 10/9 Central. Tim Hutton plays Nathan Ford, a […]

Vote for Your Favorite Holiday Movie

posted by Nell Minow

New York’s Paley Center for Media is asking visitors to select their favorites from a list of classic Christmas television specials. The top five vote-getters will be screened at the Paley Center in New York and Los Angeles between December […]

Interview: Darby Hinton of ‘Daniel Boone’

posted by Nell Minow

Darby Hinton played Israel, the son of Daniel Boone on the classic 1960’s television series starring Fess Parker. From the moment he got on the phone to talk with me about the series and its new release on DVD he […]

Still Leaving it to Beaver

posted by Nell Minow

The Washington Post has a poignant tribute to Leave It to Beaver from a man who found his favorite childhood show unexpectedly comforting when he was struggling with serious illness. “Leave It to Beaver” rejuvenates me. I need its gentle […]

The FCC, the Supreme Court, and the F- and S-Words

posted by Nell Minow

As we go to the polls today, honoring our Constitution’s fundamental principles of representative democracy, another key element of Constitutional system of checks and balances is also at work. And it may include consideration of yet another key founding principle […]

When Television Changed Politics: Stevenson/Eisenhower

posted by Nell Minow

NPR has a great series about political firsts, including the first woman candidate for President (Victoria Woodhull, who ran in 1872, 48 years before women got the vote) and the impact of television on political campaigns in 1952, when Adlai […]

Religion on ‘The Simpsons’

posted by Nell Minow

Be sure to check out this terrific Beliefnet gallery from Mark I. Pinsky on the best Simpsons episodes about religions. It includes “Like Father, Like Clown” (written with the help of three rabbis, about Krusty the Clown’s exploration of his […]

Televised Presidential Debates

posted by Nell Minow

There’s an op-ed in today’s Chicago Tribune is about the value of televised debates. It was written by my dad, Newton Minow, and his frequent co-author, Northwestern professor Craig LaMay. This week is the anniversary of the very first Presidential […]

The Art Form of TV Opening Credits

posted by Nell Minow

Newsweek’s tribute to the opening credits of the new HBO series “True Blood” reminded me of the good old days when television show theme songs and opening credits were as much fun as the shows. The “Dick Van Dyke” show […]

John Voight, Joey Tribiani, and Chabad

posted by Nell Minow

There’s a terrific Idol Chatter post about the Chabad telethon with clips from John Voight, Matt LeBlanc as Joey, Arnold Schwarzenegger, and a lot of men dancing together. Chabad’s 2008 telethon broadcasts tomorrow, September 14.

Online Audio and Video Resources

posted by Nell Minow

With not much new in theaters this week and next week, it’s a good time to investigate some of the great online resources for entertainment. I was delighted to find out that there is still a way to see Joss […]

Why all the Vampires?

posted by Nell Minow

Vampires are really big this year. Breaking Dawn, the fourth volume in Stephanie Meyers’ Twilight series was the most eagerly anticipated book since Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. And one of the most popular events at Comic-Con was the […]

The S.S. Minnow is Back in Shipshape

posted by Nell Minow

Anyone for a 3-hour tour? If you get on the S.S. Minnow and the other passengers are a movie star, a professor, a millionaire and his wife, not to mention Mary Ann, you might want to check to make sure […]

Parents Television Council Report on Sex on TV

posted by Nell Minow

The Parents Television Council released a new report on the way sex and marriage are portrayed on prime time television this afternoon. Today’s prime-time television programming is not merely indifferent to the institution of marriage and the stabilizing role it […]

Comic-Con 2008

posted by Nell Minow

I’m getting ready for one of my favorite events of the year, Comic-Con in San Diego. It began in 1970 with a few dozen comic collectors swapping comics and stories. This year, all 125,000 passes were sold out long before […]

Why is TV So White? (Entertainment Weekly)

posted by Nell Minow

Entertainment Weekly has a very important article that asks a very important question. Why is it that the only minority character to anchor a new series is Cleveland Brown — an animated character voiced by a white guy? The show […]

American Dreamz

posted by jmiller
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Lowest Recommended Age:High School
MPAA Rating:Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references.
Movie Release Date:2006
DVD Release Date:2006
B
Lowest Recommended Age: High School
MPAA Rating: Rated PG-13 for brief strong language and some sexual references.
Movie Release Date: 2006
DVD Release Date: 2006

The Roman rulers used to distract the populace from the problems of corruption and decadence with “bread and circuses.” Today’s equivalent might be junk food and television, especially “reality” television. It plays to our fascination with both “real people” and […]

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