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2011
Apr
27
 
 
I don't know what bothers me more about ABC's announcement that it has canceled All My Children and One Life to Live, two of its three long-running soap operas...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Mar
23
 
 
The 2010-11 television season has been a disappointing one, with the broadcasters failing to deliver a single new hit and the cable networks creatively under-performing, as well...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Mar
1
 
 
While watching ABC's telecast of the 83d Annual Academy Awards Sunday night, you would never guess, if you didn't already know, that it was one of the two most important events on the broadcast calendar. There was nothing particularly big or important or exciting about it; nothing dramatic, nothing suspenseful, nothing spectacular and nothing to warrant ferocious blogging...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Feb
17
 
 
The biggest surprise of this somewhat lifeless midseason is the creative resurgence of Fox's American Idol. One might assert that the renewed appeal of this show should come as no surprise at all, given the major changes made by its many executive producers following the multitude of bad choices that crippled Idol during its last two seasons...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Feb
8
 
 
One of the finest drama series in the history of television comes to an end this week -- and, sadly, most people won't even be aware of it. Then again, that unfortunate circumstance is nothing new for Friday Night Lights, a sublime example of dramatic programming at its best that during its five-season run has never received the level of attention it has so richly deserved...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jan
30
 
 
Why the uproar over MTV's Skins? Could it be that there is so little else to get excited about, during the opening weeks of what is shaping up to be a curiously dead midseason? Had we become that dependent on Lost and 24 to bring us back to life after a long holiday break?...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Oct
28
 
 
Television viewers will remember 2010 as the year that began with the arrival of the most brutal and graphic series in the history of the medium -- Starz' gory gladiator epic Spartacus -- and ended with the premiere of another show that is in many ways even more violent and shocking -- AMC's The Walking Dead. Tellingly, both programs could have been slapdash cheese fests, in the rich traditions of the low-budget sword-and-sandal movies and goofy zombie flicks that filled drive-ins (and late-n
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Oct
16
 
 
At a time when many established television networks have been cutting back on their publicity and promotion efforts, it is remarkable to watch one of them actually move in the opposite direction. That's what Syfy has done since 2007 with its annual Digital Press Tours, in which it brings executives and talent from its series together with dedicated bloggers, tweeters and Web writers for a day of press conferences and other activities...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Sep
22
 
 
The summer's worst-kept secrets were confirmed Wednesday: Long-time Aerosmith front-man and legendary party guy Steven Tyler and entertainment goddess Jennifer Lopez will replace Simon Cowell, Kara DioGuardi and Ellen DeGeneres next season at the American Idol judges' table...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Sep
16
 
 
Companies put so much time and money into their efforts to establish household names that it always amazes me when they turn around and destroy one. Not that it happens very often. But it's going to happen this Friday, when the final episode of the venerable CBS soap opera As the World Turns will be telecast...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Ed Martin

Ed Martin is a media critic whose columns appear at MediaVillage and The Huffington Post. He is the former senior editor of Inside Media and has also written for USA Today, Advertising Age, Broadcasting & Cable and TV Guide. The first five shows on Ed's all-time top-ten list are, in order, I Love Lucy, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, All in the Family and two from the BBC, Skins and Coupling. The remaining five shows are in constant flux, but they usually include Green Acres, The Twilight Zone and The Sopranos.
 
 
 
 
 

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