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Mad Men: Why the Ending Is Far Better Than the Speculation (And No Sell-Out)

William Bradley | Posted 05.23.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Mad Men began and ended with Don Draper in silhouette against an iconic backdrop. In the beginning, the richly cluttered urban canyons of Manhattan in the show's evocative opening titles. In the end, the seemingly limitless horizon of the Pacific Ocean.

How to Save a Fortune in the TV News Business -- The UK Shows the Way

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 05.20.2015 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

While The BBC does not release its spending on election night coverage, The BBC apparently spends about £7m a day on making their programs. They don't make them cheap. We do know what the students at the University of Winchester spent on their election night coverage. £100. Now, clearly there is a major difference.

Mad Men: One Journey, One Redemption, One Ending

William Bradley | Posted 05.15.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Don Draper has been shedding quite a few things this season. So it makes sense that he ends the penultimate episode in the epic novel for television that is Mad Men sitting alone on a bus stop in Oklahoma, heading west.

Can Newspapers Survive? Here's a Plan

Michael Rosenblum | Posted 05.10.2015 | Media
Michael Rosenblum

Suppose we were to aggregate all those newspaper videos into a daily news feed -- license it to networks around the world -- and then split the license feeds amongst the newspapers that contributed? A kind of video syndication. Would that work?

Mad Men: Horizons Lost and Not Yet Found

William Bradley | Posted 05.06.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

With just two episodes left after this one in the life of the series, most of the characters seem set in their trajectories, save for one. You can guess who that is.

Mad Men: What's in a Name? Or, Don Draper Looks to the Horizon

William Bradley | Posted 04.28.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Now, with only three episodes left in the series, Don is free to explore in next week's antepenultimate episode, "Lost Horizon," his own private paradise free of the shallowness and hypocrisy from which he's been becoming alienated. (

21 Old School Sitcoms That Owe Us A Reunion Show

Pat Gallagher | Posted 04.27.2015 | Fifty
Pat Gallagher

Television audiences are beyond loyal. Indeed, post-50s remember their favorite sitcoms with particular passion and nostalgia. Just the sound of those great TV theme songs brings us to our feet. So, veteran TV sitcom stars who made us laugh out loud, sit up and take notice. Millions of us watched you and loved you, so please come back and make us laugh out loud one more time.

Mad Men: "The Forecast" Is Mixed

William Bradley | Posted 04.22.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Don Draper takes stock of the future, his own, his agency's, his family's, maybe even a bit of thought about the world.

Mad Men: Clearing the Decks for 'New Business'

William Bradley | Posted 04.14.2015 | Entertainment
William Bradley

In a sense, the title of the latest episode of Mad Men, "New Business," is a misnomer. For most of it concerns old business. Yet dispensing with old business as good a way as any to get on with the new, and this episode clears the decks of much that remains from the past.

Breaking Bad, Sherlock, and Television's Golden Age of Anti-Heroes

William Bradley | Posted 09.03.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Whether all these figures are anti-heroes, or in some cases something else entirely, is an interesting question. As is the question of why anti-heroes are so important in quality television. Short form answer is that they match the times. It's a mostly cynical and sour era, with little faith in institutions or, generally speaking, leaders.

Why 24 Lived Another Day and Will Live Again

William Bradley | Posted 09.23.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Given that the show had seemed near played out when it ended its eight-season run four years ago, the question is why the longest-running espionage TV series in history seems still to have a lot of life left in it 13 years after it first ran.

America's Best News Channel Is Owned by Arabs

Henry Tenenbaum | Posted 07.30.2014 | Media
Henry Tenenbaum

There are two obvious things (at least!) that will need to happen if Al Jazeera America is to succeed as a journalistic enterprise. First, it must find enough viewers to become economically viable.

Mad Men To the Moon: Classic Series Returned To Form in 2014

William Bradley | Posted 07.27.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Why is an episode about victory named after one of the most famous defeats in world history? Is it because the crushing blow to Napoleon proved to be a smashing victory for the British Empire and its allies?

Mad Men: The Strategy Is My Way

William Bradley | Posted 07.19.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

"The Strategy," Mad Men's penultimate episode of 2014, was a very important episode about work and relationships. And in the best tradition of Mad Men, it showed that, for these folks, the most important relationships revolve around work while the best work is about relationships.

Mad Men: Direction Amidst Chaos

William Bradley | Posted 07.12.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Don Draper continued his move toward redemption and re-emergence as a career success in the latest episode of Mad Men, the more than a little bizarre "The Runaways." But as one brilliant talent continued in a positive direction, another careened precipitously into emotional collapse.

Mad Men: The Anvil, er, Monolith

William Bradley | Posted 07.05.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

In "The Monolith" -- and imagery royalties here might be due to Arthur C. Clarke and Stanley Kubrick for this episode set about a year after the release of 2001: A Space Odyssey -- Don Draper has gotten back through the door of the ad agency he founded. And he is showing up.

One Good Egg: Scrambled and Fried at 45

Wendy Burch | Posted 07.05.2014 | Women
Wendy Burch

About three years ago I went public with a very personal battle. At the time, I had just turned 42. I had a great, big life... but I didn't have a little one in it. I had always wanted to have a baby.

What's Wrong With Meet The Press

Chris Weigant | Posted 06.21.2014 | Media
Chris Weigant

There is absolutely no danger of Meet The Press being cancelled. The show will go on. Sooner or later, though -- after exhausting all possible format gimmicks -- the higher-ups at NBC may finally realize they chose the wrong guy to host it when Russert died.

Mad Men: More Hope and Some Change

William Bradley | Posted 06.21.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Valentine's Day 1969 finds not much romance amongst the Sterling Cooper crew and no little consternation over work. But there are some definite green shoots of hope and change popping up amidst the confusion and anger.

10 Life Lessons We've Learned From Scandal

Mark Brennan Rosenberg | Posted 06.17.2014 | Entertainment
Mark Brennan Rosenberg

Because Scandal is so much like real life, there are some very important life lessons to take away from it each week, because after all, which one of us can't say we haven't been a part of an international cover-up that seemingly resolves itself in 44 minutes or less? No one, my point exactly.

Could 'Frybread' Become America's First Native American Sitcom?

The Huffington Post | April Sperry | Posted 02.13.2014 | TV

A new show called "Frybread" may revolutionize the way American Indians are portrayed by the media and in the mainstream entertainment industry. Writt...

Senior Global Digital Correspondent

Brian Rooney | Posted 03.23.2014 | Media
Brian Rooney

Journalists have an insecurity complex. Dealing with mayors, senators and heads of countries, reporters are relative nobodies. Their job has no actual power and they can't wear rows of ribbons on their chest like a general.

Kate Sheppard

This Is How Little Time Television News Devotes To Climate Change

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 01.25.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Climate change got more coverage on broadcast news in 2013 than in the previous few years, but the issue still didn't get nearly as much...

Homeland Is Back With a New Index of Our Post-9/11 Unease and Dysfunction

William Bradley | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
William Bradley

All of a sudden, in a rush -- though not so spectacular a Rush as the outstanding racing drama which went wide across the U.S. over the weekend -- Homeland is on a dramatically new course. Not just different, not a return to Season 1, as most of the characters are in very different places, but new.

'No One Will Be Disappointed': An Interview With the Music Supervisor of Breaking Bad

Brian Formo | Posted 11.27.2013 | TV
Brian Formo

Perhaps the most talked about episode of television this year aired a few weeks ago. A prominent character had just been killed. Another was handed over to be tortured by a band of neo-Nazi meth-makers.