The other night, my friend Renata and I got into a bit of a rhetorical discussion that was born from an old episode of Friends. The basic gist was, does anyone ever really do anything for someone from a truly altruistic perspective?
Under the Dome is great lightweight summer entertainment. For sure the CBS series, based on the novel by Stephen King, isn't meant to be taken seriously. That doesn't mean it is in the "Sharknado" category, but it also does mean this isn't The Good Wife.
On Wednesday my mentor and hero Marlene Sanders died of cancer at 84 years old. Since then, I've been trying to elicit the right words so I could honor her in a way that she would find meaningful and appropriate. I don't even know if these are them, but I'm going to try.
Networks will always act in their own best interest. Aggregators will come and go. But digital television is already becoming a huge business. In fact it's going to be the primary business, so stations must focus on building that business in a way they can control well into the future.
CBS has more shows about geniuses than any other network ever -- forensic and detective shows, threat-of-the-week shows, The Big Bang Theory -- at least a dozen programs, dwarfing the number of CBS shows about idiots (Big Brother).
It's especially important for women to help women. We are often underpaid, underpromoted, objectified and belittled. We frequently apologize, tiptoe, accept less and work twice as hard.
Crying at movies seems to happen more frequently of late. A side effect of aging? Perhaps that's just the way it works. I am not embarrassed by the fact that I have this tendency more often of late. Not that I don't take grief about it from my grown sons.
Netflix won, Hulu came in second. Amazon may be third but we won't know for sure until they cross the finish line. And the iconic broadcasters that built the TV industry and controlled it for the past 70 years are nowhere to be found.
On Friday, June 12th, I posted a piece in the Huffington Post titled, "There Is No Theatre Without Writers". I received a lot of positive letters, comments, phone calls and emails and I found it all gratifying.
In the 1970s, Bob Newhart found himself literally in the middle of a revolution. He did not look the type. In his "button-down" appearance and deadpan delivery and demeanor, he resembled what he was before he embarked on his standup comedy career; an accountant.
The Hunger Games was supposed to be fiction, but maybe it was prophetic. Now comes The Briefcase, CBS's new reality show that pits desperate middle-class families against each other for financial survival.
What does Brian do? Does he keep all of the money, or does he rescue the poor family from a life on the street? It's a good premise for a show. But that's just the start!
While the news business has changed dramatically over the past six decades, there is much for all journalists to learn from Bob Schieffer's remarkable career. He hosted presidents and world leaders. He asked tough questions, but was never confrontational. He never wanted to be the story; he just wanted to cover the news.
I was washing my hands in the bathroom at the Newseum in Washington D.C. when I met CBS News' Bob Schieffer. I was so awkward and nervous. A broadcasting legend was next to me (an aspiring journalist) washing his hands and I had the opportunity to talk with him.
Broadcast media are under intense pressure, given tight deadlines, security threats, competition and shrinking budgets. The key challenges are: How do we define media ethics and who sets the standards when the journalism of terror is becoming the new normal?
Is it really true that good looking reporters regularly scoop their less attractive counterparts? And who ever said that life is fair?