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Kevin McDonough
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Kevin McDonough is a nationally syndicated columnist and television critic whose column Tune In Tonight (distributed by Universal) appears in more than fifty newspapers nationwide, with a total readership numbering in the millions.

Unlike many TV critics who are known, or read, in one city or in a single magazine, McDonough's readership runs the gamut from newspapers in rural Alabama to larger cities like San Antonio, Texas or Santa Barbara, Calif. From Oregon to Florida and from New England to the Virgin Islands, his daily readers have an intimate connection with their "TV Guy" and his television tips and insights.

A veteran of book publishing, he worked as an editor, author and ghost writer, specializing in politics, entertainment and popular culture. As unlikely as it sounds, editing books offered a solid background for reviewing television, a medium that covers the gamut, from serious documentary to game shows.

Is there better preparation for a national columnist than ghost-writing books by nationally prominent politicians, compiling a book of columns by Mayor Ed Koch or lawyer and first amendment advocate Alan Dershowitz or acting as a literary midwife to "Gilligan" himself, the late Bob Denver?

McDonough is the author of "A Tabloid History of the World" and the the co-author of "The Seventies: From Hot Pants to Hot Tubs."

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In Attacking NBC's 'Hillary' Reince Priebus Lacks Ronald Reagan's Confidence (and Wisdom)

(96) Comments | Posted August 9, 2013 | 3:34 PM

Before GOP chairman Reince Priebus started criticizing NBC for announcing its Hillary miniseries project, maybe he should have asked himself, "What would Ronald Reagan Do?"

Had he done so, he might have avoided a great deal of noise and embarrassment. Reagan was faced with a very similar situation as...

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Dowd Provides Maximum Exposure for Unmade Mini

(21) Comments | Posted August 7, 2013 | 3:55 PM

Dear Maureen Dowd: Stop writing about television. You've got better things to do. Leave TV criticism to lowly hack TV critics. Like me.

With all due respect. You can write about anything. Putin and Obama just relaunched the Cold War and you've devoted your column ("Reince Is Right")...

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Boehner Plays Woodstock, Where Everybody, It Seems, Is Tone Deaf

(17) Comments | Posted August 5, 2013 | 7:26 PM

For those still interested, the 44th anniversary of the Woodstock music festival (August 15-19, 1969) is drawing near. It's rather surprising how many still care, and how much the event, and the mists of metaphor that have grown around it, still reverberate.

The aura of Woodstock has long been...

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Taking Uncivil Liberties With Modern Family

(49) Comments | Posted May 15, 2013 | 3:32 PM

It seems the ACLU wants to get into the sitcom writing game.

My first reaction to the press release titled, "ACLU Action Launches Campaign to Get Cam and Mitch Hitched on 'Modern Family'" was: "Don't you have better things to do?"

Now I take the ACLU...

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Is TV Dead? Not so Fast!

(16) Comments | Posted May 13, 2013 | 3:53 PM

Is TV really most sincerely dead?

Knee deep amidst the network upfront announcements of axes swung ("Smash" cancelled!) and shows born ("The Blacklist"!) and reborn ("24"!?) comes a dire New York Times business article ("As TV Ratings and Profits Fall, Networks Face a Cliffhanger" by Brian Stelter)....

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Just in Case You Missed It: The Media Revolution of 1999

(11) Comments | Posted May 3, 2013 | 1:25 PM

As "Mad Men" revisits the chaos of 1968, we're reminded that some years are more memorable, traumatic and influential than others. If some revolutionary periods seems like earthquakes, others arrive with subtle tectonic shifts and are all the more profound for going by unnoticed.

A case can be made...

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What If They Blew Up a Small Town in the Heartland? (And Nobody Cared?)

(83) Comments | Posted April 25, 2013 | 11:32 AM

Not all tragedies are covered equally. Of the two major explosions in the news last week, the unfolding Boston Marathon story certainly received more attention than the deadlier blast in West, Texas. In some ways this is understandable. In the news' narrative, Boston emerged as a triumph of police work...

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Television's Endless War Opens a Brand New Front

(8) Comments | Posted March 5, 2013 | 6:57 PM

We are now at war with everyone. Everywhere. All the time. Battling without cease over every conceivable subject.

And that's just on television.

Over the past several years, "Wars" and rumors of war have erupted in the strangest places. A reality series about the banality of the DMV becomes...

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