July 23, 1995 |
So here it was, another sweltering Saturday in Philadelphia, and more than 100 sweaty people were outside on hot concrete, chanting "Crackers! Crackers! Crackers!" as they followed an even sweatier guy in an 8-foot chicken suit to the bank. Why? you wonder. Did we mention there was a TV camera with the chicken? This was TV Nation at work, in Center City to use the power of television to ferret out corporate wrongdoers and, in the process, encourage a bunch of everyday folks to do some pretty silly stuff.
July 19, 1994 |
Tonight's new show on NBC is called TV Nation, but, somehow, the name Alien Nation just keeps inserting itself into my brain. Alien Nation is the old Fox sci-fi show, based on the 1988 movie, about bald extraterrestrials with stripes on their heads who landed, several hundred thousand strong, and sort of joined up with the human race. You remember, the show where the man had the baby? (This fall, Fox plans a made-for-TV movie reprise of Alien Nation - just what we all need.
April 7, 1999 |
Writer/director/provocateur Michael Moore's latest project wasn't born out of rage at rampant capitalism, or fury over life's inequities, or a burning desire to uplift the common man. Instead, The Awful Truth, which debuts at 9 p.m. Sunday on Bravo, came about because the guerrilla filmmaker couldn't find a sitcom that he liked. True story: The man who got famous for Roger & Me, the documentary of his quest to meet with General Motors chairman Roger Smith and hold him accountable for the devastation he'd wrought on Moore's Michigan hometown, is a happy couch potato, just like the rest of us. "The honest answer - I love TV!"
January 16, 1995 |
If Michael Moore wanted to a cause less of a ruckus at the TV critics tour, he could have dumped jalapeno dip onto everyone's lap. The executive producer of "TV Nation" on NBC told television critics about a piece he produced for a special in December that showed radical anti- abortionists advocating the assassination of President Clinton and members of the Supreme Court. "The people in advertising did not feel that they had enough time to try and find the right advertisers," Moore said.
July 19, 1994 |
Glance at today's television listings and there it is, competing against such seasoned vets as "Full House" and "Rescue 911. " "TV Nation," filmmaker Michael Moore's first foray into network television, is scheduled to air at 8 tonight on KYW-TV (Channel 3). However, the staff of the hilarious, skew-on-sight newsmagazine feels a tad uneasy about NBC's plans to run a show that takes a shot at General Electric, the parent company of NBC. "There are people in the office who don't believe it will air until they actually sit in front of the TV on the 19th and see it," Moore said.
November 6, 1997 |
One of the summer's major blockbusters tops a quiet week in new home video releases. The Lost World: Jurassic Park 1/2 (1997) (Universal) $22.98. 129 minutes. Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore, Pete Postlethwaite, Richard Attenborough. A cautionary tale as colossal, scaly and predatory as a T. rex, The Lost World is a B-minus monster movie with A-plus production values. Except for the witty Goldblum, director Steven Spielberg's film lacks the human scale and interaction that made Jaws and E.T. as special for their stories as for their special effects.
June 2, 2004 |
THE SUMMER movie season got a lot hotter last night. That's when word arrived that Michael Moore's controversial "Fahrenheit 9/11" will hit theaters - June 25. Distribution is being handled by Harvey and Bob Weinstein's newly formed Fellowship Adventure Group - which purchased rights to the film from Disney last week - in conjunction with Lions Gate Films and IFC Films. Pay TV rights will be handled by Showtime, Lions Gate's Pay TV partner. "With Frodo [Harvey] and Sam [Bob]
October 15, 2011 |
I feel your pain, TV nation. It's not enough that every show is seemingly required either to reference the Kardashians or to include a cameo by one of them. No, it appears that every show is also designed to appeal to them, i.e., twentysomethings. (That's both an age and an IQ bracket, as in "Yo, Mikey, you was so drunk last night. ") "Why don't they make any series that cater to me?" you might well ask. I'll tell you why: Because they take you for granted. We hear over and over again that the only audience TV programmers are interested in is 18-to-49- year-olds (a group usually referred to in ratings stories as "all-important")
April 8, 1998 |
If you judge a man by those who fear him, then Michael Moore is wicked powerful. To whisper the name of the guerrilla filmmaker in the corridors of corporate America is to hear executives howl in terror. Moore's target is corporate greed, and with Roger & Me, his 1989 documentary about how General Motors fiddled around moving plants to Mexico while Flint, Mich., got burned, Moore struck a bull's-eye. A man for all media with the Emmy-winning TV Nation and the bestseller Downsize This!
September 5, 1995 |
Debbie Nigro's life is a whirlwind of bounced checks, parking tickets (unpaid), crises (7 1/2-year-old daughter), guilt (7 1/2-year-old daughter), diets, black clothes (to look slimmer), face stuff (to look younger), romance (right!), bad hair days and, oh yes, a job (radio talk-show host and, in her spare time, ha-ha, author and workout star.) Obviously, Nigro is the quintessential working mom on the run. That explains the popularity of her 2 1/2-year-old nationwide radio show on Saturday mornings called The Working Mom on the Run (a.k.