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2011
Jul
8
 
 
Wonder how much they paid for this one? It's become a back-of-the-mind question whenever ABC News in particular touts an "exclusive" interview. The network did it again Wednesday night with a Primetime Nightline edition built around co-anchor Terry Moran's one-on-one sitdown with Casey Anthony trial juror Jennifer Ford...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jun
16
 
 
Fran Drescher of The Nanny fame still talks as though she's just gargled with glass shards. Which might be an overall healthier choice for you than watching her new comedy series, Happily Divorced. It's TV Land's latest effort to mix and match familiar stars of bygone TV hits. And perhaps it's time to stop for a while after striking gold with Hot In Cleveland before sinking to Retired at 35 and now this...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
May
21
 
 
Leave it to HBO to not only tackle this daunting, sex-less numbers game, but to somehow make it dramatically interesting. Not spectacularly entertaining, mind you. But a bravura lead performance by William Hurt and some early heavy lifting by James Woods give "Too Big to Fail" (Monday, May 23 at 9 p.m. ET on HBO) enough currency to carry it through this complex tale of 2008's near-collapse of the U.S. economy...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Apr
13
 
 
It begins pretty clumsily with a wedding stoppage scene straight out of The Graduate. Friends also quickly comes to mind. Still, this is an otherwise new ABC comedy called Happy Endings. And after viewing three available episodes, let's dust off another old saw: All's well that ends well...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Mar
11
 
 
Has a big-time broadcast network ever been in sorrier prime-time shape than NBC? The network's new owner, Comcast, and its new entertainment president, Showtime export Robert Greenblatt, have miles to go before they can even feel safely ahead of Univision. And given the ongoing population shifts, that day might well never come...
 
 
 
  
 
 
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...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

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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