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CBS Loves Geniuses

Rick Rosner | Posted 07.15.2016 | Entertainment
Rick Rosner

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).

There Is No Mystery to The Mysteries of Laura

David Juskow | Posted 11.24.2014 | Entertainment
David Juskow

I saw Debra Messing on The Today Show talking about how much she loved the script. What script was she reading? Matt Lauer asked her if her character in TMOL was the same as Grace Adler in Will & Grace. She didn't deny it.

Three Is the Magic Number

Nicholas Weinstock | Posted 09.24.2013 | Arts
Nicholas Weinstock

The Three Things is just my conviction that every one of those writers should always be working on at least three things at once.

Is TV Dead? Not so Fast!

Kevin McDonough | Posted 07.13.2013 | TV
Kevin McDonough

Knee deep amidst the network upfront announcements of axes swung and shows born and reborn comes a dire New York Times business article. The end of every TV season brings predictions of TV's demise. Is The End really near?

What Is Wrong With Us?

Patty Culhane | Posted 07.08.2013 | Media
Patty Culhane

I've now watched the taped phone call between Amanda Berry and her grandmother and I wish I had never seen that. She deserves for that to be a private and a protected moment.

Maureen Ryan

Are Broadcast Networks Killing Comedy -- Is Its Future On Cable? | Maureen Ryan | Posted 04.13.2013 | TV

"Happy Endings" is more than just a funny, flailing show on ABC. Its wobbly situation provides an object lesson in what ails broadcast network comedie...

The New Sexy in Media, Less May Finally Become More

Pamela Johnston | Posted 05.21.2013 | Media
Pamela Johnston

Once upon a time what you didn't see was sexy. There was just a little less showing and as a result, what showed had impact. The era of the oversharing has descended upon us and bemoan it we may but turn away we do not.

The Exit Strategy

Bethany McHugh | Posted 06.05.2012 | College
Bethany McHugh

Was it a PR move after their new drama The Playboy Club became the first show axed this season? Or was it because NBC had essentially put its reputation on the line for Whitney and refused to accept anything less than praise?

Help Me Understand...

John Joss | Posted 03.19.2012 | Media
John Joss

... how supposed news reporters can get away with being advertising spokespeople. Lots of our local (San Francisco) radio people -- for example, spor...

Insider: Playboy Was In Bed With Producers of The Playboy Club

N. E. Marsden | Posted 12.17.2011 | Media
N. E. Marsden

NBC axed the show after episode 3. Feminists, parents and anti-porn groups that boycotted the program are elated -- but arguably Playboy will come out on top for three reasons.

Thomas Schlamme Takes Flight With Pan Am

Ashley Wren Collins | Posted 11.25.2011 | Entertainment
Ashley Wren Collins

"These women were college educated, spoke multiple languages, were traveling the world... they didn't want to become secretaries, teachers, or wives at that point in their lives. They just wanted some adventure."

FALL TV: What's Premiering Tonight

Posted 11.20.2011 | Media

The rollout of the 2011 fall television season continues on Tuesday. As ever, there's a mix of returning hits like "Glee" and new maybe-hits like "Unf...

FALL TV: What's Premiering Tonight

Posted 11.19.2011 | Media

Monday night marks the real kickoff of 2011's fall network TV season. All of the networks are rolling out their new shows and hoping audiences will la...

Two and a Half Egos

Stu Kreisman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Stu Kreisman

The network and studio have been backed into a corner and unfortunately for the crew, the only way to deal with situation is to take the old show out behind the barn and put it out of its misery.

Another black show cancelled

Logan Nakyanzi Pollard | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Logan Nakyanzi Pollard

Now, don't get me wrong, I'm not saying the show was ready for an Emmy of anything. But JJ Abrams, is respected in the industry and we've seen other s...

Those Who Cannot Innovate, Regulate: Old Media's Twisted Logic

Gary Shapiro | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Gary Shapiro

Should we protect old media by hindering market competition? Of course not. But try telling that to the National Association of Broadcasters and the Recording Industry Association of America.

The OLDEST Shows On Network TV (By Audience)

Huffington Post | Jack Mirkinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

Ad agency research firm Magna Global released a study this summer, breaking down the median audience age of every show on network television during th...

Network TV Profits Would Probably Increase With Nudity And Swear Words

AP, Epicenter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

This week has been a week of confirming what analysts had expected about Rupert Murdoch: he's making money -- but not really on TV. Chairman and Chie...

Network TV Pushes Language Limits To Keep Up With Cable

Los Angeles Times | Martin Miller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

After huge fines and public outrage, the now infamous Janet Jackson "wardrobe malfunction" at the 2004 Super Bowl was supposed to have had a chilling ...