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2008
Oct
15
 
 
James Cagney has always been my favorite actor, but it took Orson Welles to explain why. Hearing the auteur admire him in the 1988 profile With Orson Welles: Stories from a Life in Film, I finally understood Cagney's visceral appeal in cerebral terms...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Oct
14
 
 
One day before the final presidential debate of 2008, the PBS "Frontline" series presents an invaluable primer: Its latest installment of "The Choice," this time profiling candidates John McCain and Barack Obama. Don't miss it...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Oct
13
 
 
While interviewing CBS's Bob Schieffer for my "Broadcasting & Cable" column, about his preparations and expectations for Wednesday's final 2008 presidential debate, I threw him what might have been a curve, but which he caught gracefully and gratefully...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Oct
13
 
 
If only David Alan Grier had been on the case on-air for weeks already. But maybe it's best he waited till now to unleash his new Comedy Central lampoon Chocolate News...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Oct
13
 
 
The lady is a scamp. And a sex bomb. And a sophisticate. And a screwball queen. Carole Lombard was the whole package, which not enough movie fans realize today, since Lombard died at the age of 33 -- at the height of her Hollywood fame...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Oct
10
 
 
The 2008 presidential election campaign is no laughing matter. Except, on TV, it really is. Big time. Tina Fey, on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," has scored a coup for the ages by devastatingly imitating Sarah Palin. Jon Stewart, on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show," just canceled a planned vacation week next week, because this was too volatile -- and politically rich -- a news cycle to ignore...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Oct
9
 
 
Tonight's biggest must-see show is one that NBC didn't send for preview, because it couldn't. It's the premiere of the first of several October prime-time Thursday special editions of "Weekend Update," broadcast live at 9:30 p.m. ET. Plan your night around that, for starters. As for the rest...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Oct
8
 
 
In the post-debate analysis of Tuesday's second prime-time faceoff between presidential candidates John McCain and Barack Obama, Jeff Greenfield told Katie Couric on CBS that the key water-cooler topic the next day was certain to be McCain's dismissive reference to his Democratic opponent as "that one." Good call...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Oct
6
 
 
She's only been strutting her stuff on the national stage for a month now, yet she gets more confident, more riveting, and more anticipated with each appearance. She's amazing to watch, and more talked about, right now, than anyone else with whom she's staring the stage...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Oct
6
 
 
Obviously, Comedy Central's publicists haven't heard Lou Dobbs rant lately. Here's what their press release has to say about the semi-season return of South Park this Wednesday: "Cartman seems to be the only person aware of the gathering threat the Chinese pose to the United States..."