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Ed Martin

Ed Martin has been the programming and entertainment editor for several JackMyers Report publications since 2000, including The Myers Programming Report, The Jack Myers Entertainment Report and, at present, Ed Martin's TV Buzz and TiVoWorthy TV on

A member of the Television Critics Association since 1990, Ed is among the media's best-known and most respected commentators on television programming. His access to industry leaders assures JackMyers readers unique insights into the behind-the-scenes influences that impact network programming executives and producers. Ed is also one of the leading experts on soap operas. (He has even tried his hand at acting in them.) His "voice" is among the most influential in the television programming community.

Previously, Ed was a television critic and reporter for USA Today and was senior editor, television critic and programming editor of the award-winning television and advertising trade magazine Inside Media. He has written features for Advertising Age, Television Week, Broadcasting & Cable and TV Guide magazines. Earlier in his career, Ed was publicity director for the independent feature film production and distribution company Vestron Pictures, where he orchestrated publicity campaigns and produced electronic press kits for dozens of movies including the Academy Award winning Dirty Dancing.

Entries by Ed Martin

General Hospital's Amazing 50th Anniversary Celebration Ends With a Few Troubling Story Choices

(8) Comments | Posted March 17, 2014 | 5:43 PM

As a long-time viewer of General Hospital I have been thrilled with much of what I have seen on the show during the last two years. I can't say that it's been all good - the return of Caleb the Vampire and Lucy Coe's obsession with destroying him was one...

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Who Is Tyler Oakley and Why Do His Videos Command Larger Audiences Than Many TV Shows?

(1) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 3:22 PM

PBS during the Winter Television Critics Association tour presented a panel for the edition of Frontline titled Generation Like, which among other topics explores the increasingly strong bond between digitally driven Millennials and corporate America. (It premieres this week on PBS.) The program in part reveals how brands...

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Sunday's Episode of The Good Wife Is The Most Exciting Hour of Broadcast Drama This Season

(1) Comments | Posted October 25, 2013 | 10:46 AM

I can say without reservation that this Sunday's episode of CBS' The Good Wife is the most exciting hour of drama anyone will see on broadcast television this season. It is certainly the strongest broadcast hour of 2013 to date -- and no, I haven't forgotten the most moving episodes...

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Emmy Flub: Larry Hagman (of All People!) Excluded From Special Memorial Tributes

(18) Comments | Posted September 20, 2013 | 3:27 PM

At first blush, the very thought of choosing specific individuals to receive special memorial tributes during an awards show outside of a traditional segment honoring all of the gifted people in a certain business who passed away during the previous year strikes me as unwise, if not outright tasteless.


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Millennial Madness: Pivot and Revolt TV at the Television Critics Association Tour

(2) Comments | Posted August 2, 2013 | 5:31 PM

Revolt TV and Pivot, two new networks that are targeting Millennials as their primary audience, recently hosted presentations at the Summer 2013 Television Critics Association tour during which their top executives explained how they are going to attract a generation of digital and social media obsessives who are widely regarded...

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With All My Children, One Life to Live and The Haves And The Have Nots, Will OWN Own the Soap Genre?

(4) Comments | Posted July 12, 2013 | 5:39 PM

Oprah Winfrey has finally listened to the television viewing public! Beginning next week, the first 40 episodes of the online versions of All My Children and One Life to Live that have been playing since late April on Hulu, HuluPlus and iTunes will run in afternoon time periods on OWN.

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Lifetime's The Client List and Army Wives Are Two of the Best Soaps on TV; The Challenges Facing Dallas

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2013 | 1:55 PM

As we saw last season with the creative challenges that compromised ABC's Revenge, which went from white hot in its freshman year to lukewarm in a dramatic sophomore slump, the maintenance of an effective primetime soap opera that does not revolve around doctors, lawyers, detectives, supernatural beings or the kinds...

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Are the Online Versions of All My Children and One Life To Live TV Game-Changers?

(19) Comments | Posted May 9, 2013 | 3:18 PM

Media history was made on April 29 when for the first time two broadcast series that had been cancelled by their network returned to life largely intact on the Internet. Specifically, new episodes of the long-running and now former ABC Daytime serials All My Children and One Life to Live,...

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General Hospital at 50: An Amazing Broadcast Milestone

(2) Comments | Posted April 2, 2013 | 3:16 PM

This week ABC is celebrating an extraordinary broadcast milestone -- the 50th anniversary on April 1 of ABC's General Hospital. Given all the excitement surrounding this event, it is somewhat sobering to note that just last year the network seemed ready to cancel this still-vital series. Had either The Revolution...

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At 50, General Hospital Feels Like It's Just Getting Started

(6) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 12:16 PM

April will mark the 50th anniversary of ABC's General Hospital. I'll be marking my 35th anniversary as a steady GH viewer just a couple of months after that. One year ago, I was almost certain that neither anniversary would come to pass, what with the show in a death spiral...

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The Lessons Television Is Teaching Us In 2013

(2) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 10:17 AM

The first few weeks of 2013 are proving to be highly educational as far as broadcast television is concerned. One can't help but learn something about the medium with each passing day.

For example, NBC's consistent ratings decline in this New Year makes it increasingly clear that people don't watch...

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Is Fox's Bold and Bloody The Following Too Sadistic for its Own Good?

(0) Comments | Posted January 29, 2013 | 5:17 PM

Fox's profoundly disturbing serial killer drama The Following is unarguably the boldest new series of the broadcast season. In many ways it is also the most problematic, but everyone involved had to know that controversy and criticism would come with such extreme material. If this show had turned out to...

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Noteworthy Series of 2012 You Didn't See on Many (or Any) Year-End Top Ten Lists

(3) Comments | Posted January 2, 2013 | 3:48 PM

The dozens of year-end top-ten lists compiled last month by television critics largely paid homage to the usual (and deserving) suspects, among them Showtime's Homeland, PBS' Downton Abbey, CBS' The Good Wife, HBO's Girls and AMC's awesome trifecta, Mad Men, Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead. My own...

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General Hospital Leads a Sudden Revitalization of Daytime Drama

(18) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 5:50 PM

In my last column I lamented the disappointing state of primetime drama on the broadcast networks, asserting that the quality of dramatic series on basic and pay cable was making it increasingly difficult to be satisfied by traditional network fare. But here's a pro-broadcast caveat: At present, the...

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NBC's "The New Normal" is the Season's Boldest New Comedy

(1) Comments | Posted October 1, 2012 | 7:12 PM

Something unexpected happened last week while I was watching NBC's The New Normal, which after four episodes has distinguished itself as the best new sitcom of the fall season. As the characters assembled around a table for dinner and began exchanging their sometimes combustible views on election year issues, I...

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Farewell to Damages, One of the Great Dramas of the Last Decade

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2012 | 10:15 AM

Another terrific series that did much to designate the last decade as a new golden age for dramatic television this week will come to an end. I'm speaking of Damages, the consistently chilling legal thriller starring Glenn Close as ruthless attorney Patty Hewes that began life in 2007 on FX,...

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Summer's Hottest Show? 'Here Comes Honey Boo Boo'!

(12) Comments | Posted August 31, 2012 | 10:38 AM

TLC's latest reality offering -- Here Comes Honey Boo Boo, a spin-off from the network's Toddlers & Tiaras centered on one of that show's more memorable pageant princesses -- has since it appeared out of the heat and humidity three weeks ago become one of the most talked about series...

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Will the Combination of "General Hospital" and "Katie" Make ABC's Afternoons Hot Again?

(42) Comments | Posted August 13, 2012 | 3:46 PM

We're one month away from the premiere of Disney-ABC Domestic Television's Katie, the nationally syndicated live daily talk show starring Katie Couric. This program is hugely important to ABC, the daytime identity of which remains in dire need of exciting new blood after the departures of syndication superstars Regis Philbin...

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Television Dominated the 2012 San Diego Comic-Con

(0) Comments | Posted July 17, 2012 | 1:39 PM

San Diego -- For the first time in the six years that I have attended the annual San Diego Comic-Con, television totally trumped movies when it came to dominating the environment and capturing the attention of convention-goers. Other than a blow-out panel for the upcoming fifth and final movie in...

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Fearless Emmy Advice -- Drama Series

(2) Comments | Posted July 12, 2012 | 5:32 PM

While voting members of the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences are busy poring through submissions for this year's potential Emmy Award nominees, here are my thoughts about which shows and actors should be nominated in the drama series categories, as well as my picks for the winners. It's always...

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