December 8, 2012 |
Well, the networks are off on a well-deserved winter break. Not a creature is stirring, except Willie Geist. Time once again for our midseason report card. Let's not beat around the bush. This freshman class, which was pretty small to begin with, is failing. Having canceled Animal Practice and Guys With Kids , NBC is heading into the next semester with only four new shows surviving. And that puts it atop the heap. Obviously, we're marking on a steep curve here. Grade: B minus Fox launched only three series, all comedies.
August 27, 2011 |
Cue the crickets. We're in one of the TV year's dead zones. It's so slow out there that MTV couldn't find anyone to host its Video Music Awards this weekend. Rather than stare at our navels, let us turn our gazes forward. With the new season fast approaching, I make the following fearless predictions: The winner of Dancing With the Stars will be a professional athlete and not an entertainer (or whatever the likes of David Arquette pass for). It will take only two episodes of Fox's new talent show, The X Factor , for old adversaries Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul to be going for each other's throats.
October 8, 2011 |
Autumn is here and the recently introduced network shows are already falling like, well, like leaves. This week NBC canceled The Playboy Club and Free Agents , while the CW dropped H8R . Do you have any idea how irredeemably awful you have to be to get canceled by the CW? There are infomercials that get better ratings than its prime-time fare. So who's next? Here's your fall TV death watch. A handful of shows are exempt. The sitcoms New Girl , Up All Night , and Whitney already received full season pickups, which is like getting the immunity idol on Survivor . But embracing these series seems almost giddily optimistic.
January 9, 2013 |
Even in its glory days, Monday Night Football on ABC climbed only to fourth in prime-time ratings in the 1998-99 TV season. Some years in the 1970s, Monday Night Football did not even crack the top 20. This year, NBC's lushly produced Sunday Night Football , which opens with country star Faith Hill belting out "I've been waiting all day for Sunday night," is expected to lead broadcast TV with the highest average viewership and...
July 1, 2005 |
He was hailed as an icon of Philadelphia's black community, a groundbreaking radio personality, and an impresario who brought the nation's best rhythm-and-blues artists to the landmark Uptown Theater, and a champion of racial equality and social justice. At a church on a street named for Cecil B. Moore, a civil-rights leader with whom he often collaborated, Georgie Woods was remembered yesterday by about 2,500 people who attended his funeral as, above all else, his radio handle: "The Guy with the Goods.
September 30, 1997 |
She's young. She's smart. She's outtahere. Yesterday was Channel 6 reporter Kristen Sze's last day on the air for WPVI. She's departing for New York City, and a spot as the sole East Coast correspondent for the syndicated show Extra, which airs locally on the competition, WCAU (Channel 10), at 7 p.m. Sze describes the show as "a People magazine on TV," covering feature stories, interesting people, medical developments and, of course, celebrities and their woes (the show was big on Diana's funeral, Versace's murder, and recent fave, the Marv Albert trial-cum-guilty plea)
March 20, 1986 |
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, founder and director of People United to Save Humanity (PUSH), and a number of CBS executives including Van Gordon Sauter, president of CBS News, and Neal Pilson, executive vice president of the CBS Broadcast Group, met at CBS headquarters in New York on Tuesday to discuss the PUSH boycott of CBS affiliate WBBM-TV in Chicago; the hiring of more minority applicants; and the possible boycott of the other three CBS affiliates, including...
December 18, 2007 |
Anchorwoman Alycia Lane's future with KYW (CBS3) is uncertain after her arrest early Sunday on charges of slugging a plainclothes New York City police officer. The station announced that Lane, 35, would begin a planned two-week, end-of-year vacation a week early, effective yesterday. Her name and image were stripped from station promos, and her work on the station's holiday special, airing tonight, was edited out. Observers say her return to her $700,000-a-year anchor job hinges not only on her legal case - a felony charge of second-degree assault that could take months to resolve - but the court of public opinion.
November 28, 1997 |
The relentless sun seemed to melt the tarmac at Santa Monica Airport. Inside a massive old hangar, the air was chilled and the scene resembled a picture postcard of an alpine scene. The crew was filming Snowden on Ice, an hour-long special that will appear at 8 tonight on CBS (Channel 3). The winter fantasy includes skating stars Ekaterina Gordeeva of Russia, Scott Hamilton of the United States, and Canadians Kurt Browning and Josee Chouinard. Original songs for the special are performed by Kenny Rogers, Lou Rawls, Amy Grant, Anne Murray and Olivia Newton-John.
May 1, 1989 |
Lucille Ball recalls the creation of the Ricardos in June 1951: "We were middle class, we had a typical brownstone apartment in New York, and we had problems with the washing machine and with paying the baby sitter. "We always talked about expenses and the budget. I could identify with Lucy and Ricky. I wanted her to be an average housewife. A very nosy but very average housewife. And then the writers came up with the older married couple, which made two generations of marrieds - the four of us - and from there we sailed.