June 29, 2006 |
"Her and, like, five old dudes in New York rule the roost in pizza," said the young waitress at Nizza La Bella restaurant here, about her boss, Evelyne Slomon. A few of those dudes died a while ago, so Slomon, who is one of the on-camera experts in the premiere episode of the History Channel series American Eats at 10 tonight, may have moved up the list. But you'll never get folks in the pizza game to admit it. Pizza people are passionate. They all think theirs is the only true path to enlightenment.
March 9, 1998 |
Making a television show about the Depression that is entertaining and informative without being gloomy and depressing is not an easy task. But the History Channel, again demonstrating its expertise and facility with real-life happenings, has done it. The Great Depression will air in four one-hour episodes, tonight through Thursday night at 9, on HIST. The near-perfect host is former New York Gov. Mario Cuomo. He demonstrates his fitness in his opening remarks, as he uses his own experience to illustrate how families so often helped one another through the trying and frightening 1930s: "My father had lost his job as a ditch digger when construction work virtually stopped after the [stock market]
May 27, 2011 |
LOS ANGELES - As a kid in the 1960s, reality TV king Mark Burnett was thrilled by the special-effects miracle of a sundered Red Sea in The Ten Commandments . "How cool was that?" said the producer of Survivor and The Apprentice , who watched Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 film when it aired on television. Now it's Burnett's turn to wow a small-screen audience with epic Scripture stories: He and his wife, actress Roma Downey, are producing the 10-part docudrama The Bible for the History channel.
April 3, 2011 |
April in the land of television. No holiday tables, but a couple of chestnuts and way too much programming for any single person to keep up with. For a long, long time, most of the new shows came in September, when the days grew short. "Aha," said the cable channels, "we'll counterprogram in the charm of spring, when there's nothing new. " And then there was something new: a TV logjam of monumental proportions. Hot on the heels of Starz's lusty Camelot , which premiered Friday, come three more new big-deal productions on Sunday, all the kind of "event" television that TV execs are constantly touting.
February 6, 2015
FACE FULLY obscured but voice fully audible, Tom Bee rummages around the compartments of Franky Bradley's host stand, leading a one-man search party for something. Suddenly, his hand pops up like a periscope, waving a yellowed magazine half-shrouded in a black plastic bag. "Is this your Playboy ?" His cousin Mark Bee, owner and primary resurrector of this historic Center City space, shoots it a quick glance and nods. "Oh, yeah. There's a couple really good articles in there.
February 28, 2014 |
* VIKINGS. 10 tonight, History Channel. * THE RED ROAD. 9 tonight, Sundance TV. IF WE'VE learned anything in the past few TV seasons, it's that there's a sizable audience that can't get enough of scruffy, violent men and the women who love them (and sometimes fight by their sides). We've seen it with the FX hit "Sons of Anarchy," and we're seeing it again with the History Channel's "Vikings" (which resembles "Sons" far more than it does HBO's "Game of Thrones," to which it's sometimes been compared, generally not favorably)
April 9, 2006 |
History doesn't need gimmicks. What history does need - especially for a mass audience - is lively storytelling. It gets both in 10 Days That Unexpectedly Changed America, a mini-series premiering tonight at 9 on the History Channel. The result is an eccentric excursion, alternately fascinating and annoying, through the nation's past. The series, which runs with two one-hour episodes a night through Thursday, focuses on 10 events that the History Channel has deemed "influential moments in U.S. history.
November 17, 2003 |
The flood of TV programming leading up to the 40th anniversary of President John F. Kennedy's assassination began this weekend, but there's more to come: Today "Men Who Killed Kennedy. " Parts 1, 2 and 3 of a six-hour series on the various theories surrounding the assassination. 8 p.m., the History Channel. "The Kennedys. " Stacy Keach narrates this repeat of PBS' "The American Experience," which begins with patriarch Joseph Kennedy. 9 p.m., Channel 12. "JFK: The Day That Changed America.
May 23, 1998 |
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington has become, literally and figuratively, a touchstone for the grief and remembrance attached to that conflict. But who knew that the wall would also become a drop-off point for personal mementoes, the simple things of life that remind us of each other? That singular collection has been gathered by the National Park Service, making for one of the most enigmatic and moving of exhibits displayed, in part, by the Smithsonian Institution.
February 2, 2012 |
NEW ORLEANS - Alligator hunters, raccoon wranglers, and crawfish catchers in Louisiana's critter-filled swamps and bayous are increasingly common on television. Since the introduction of the History Channel's wildly popular Swamp People in 2010, roughly a dozen other Louisiana-based reality shows have made their television debuts, among them the Travel Channel's Girls, Guns and Gators , CMT's Crawfish Cowboys , and the Discovery Channel's Ragin' Cajuns . The reason for the boom in Louisiana-based reality TV is twofold, said the state's lieutenant governor, Jay Dardenne.