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2011
Jan
26
 
 
The cartoon teen in Archer's Season 2 opener Thursday night can do what none of MTV's can -- get naked and be sexually explicit without raising concerns that these might be violations of federal pornography statutes...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jan
23
 
 
Although he's made himself toxic wherever he's worked, CNN probably would be wise to make itself the next waystop in Keith Olbermann's checkered career. The slot currently occupied by the network's failed and flailing Parker Spitzer would be perfect for the oft-bombastic Olbermann, who could resume competing against The O'Reilly Factor and now Lawrence O'Donnell in MSNBC's 8 p.m. ET hour...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Dec
27
 
 
The TV world again turned on its head in 2010. Let's get right to our annual countdown of what had viewers buzzing...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Dec
26
 
 
No. 1-rated CBS is doing less deck-shuffling than its rivals, but will still make some significant changes in the coming year. The network announced that four new series will be joining its new mix, although Paula Abdul's previously announced Live to Dance basically is a place-holder for Survivor as Wednesday night's lead-off hitter. The notable eviction is William Shatner's $#*! My Dad Says...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Dec
10
 
 
Just five weeks before his Oct. 14, 1977 death, a crooning, cardigan-sweatered Ghost of TV Christmas Specials Past performed a well-worn carol with an androgynous, cutting-edge rock star 44 years his junior...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Dec
4
 
 
TNT's best-ever drama series -- the show that defies all conventional wisdom about what should work on TV -- finds its way to Season 2 Monday night. Amazingly, Men of a Certain Age (10 p.m. ET) has nothing to do with fatalities, legalities or life-saving medical procedures. Its three middle-aged central characters...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Dec
2
 
 
Barbara Walters and ABC's prime-time domain aren't quite done with one another. She's given up her yearly pre-Oscar specials, but hasn't yet relinquished her clout when it comes to big-time hobnobbing. So here comes ABC's "One Night, One Big Event" -- namely back-to-back Dec. 9th Babs specials in which she first spends an hour with Oprah Winfrey and then presents her 18th 10 Most Fascinating People of the year extravaganza...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Nov
19
 
 
American Idol's weekly results shows will get a Thursday night berth for the first time as part of a Fox midseason lineup that also includes five new series, all but one of them scripted. Idol, which will deploy new judges Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler plus some format changes, has been airing on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. But Season 10 inaugurates a Wednesday-Thursday shift...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Nov
4
 
 
Unappreciated at Emmy time and under-seen on HBO, The Larry Sanders Show only grows in stature as time marches on through the late-night talk TV minefield. All 89 episodes are now available via Shout! Factory, the video curator whose restoration projects and dedication to both the great and the bizarre merit yet another full-throated shout-out...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Oct
6
 
 
Vocalist/pianist by night, collector/hoarder by day, here's a guy who knows what he likes. Michael Feinstein worships the kind of music that never goes out of fashion but almost assuredly will never be fully fashionable again. In other words, it's hard to imagine someone downloading Alexander's Ragtime Band on iTunes...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Ed Bark

Since 2006, Ed Bark's local and national TV stories and observations have been showcased on his pioneering website, www.unclebarky.com.  For 26 years before that, he was TV critic for the Dallas Morning News. He's a past president of the Television Critics Association, and for seven years served on the national Peabody Awards board.

 
 
 
 

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