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2008
Nov
19
 
 
Well, here are two different approaches to comedy, all right...Both new specials try to revive the variety tradition in their own ways: redneck raucousness and sarcastic smarm...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Nov
19
 
 
Two of our faves come together Thursday night... it's Lon Chaney via Ray Bradbury on Turner Classic Movies' monthly guest programmer night, where the Fahrenheit 451 author picks flicks and discusses with host Robert Osborne what they mean to him...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Nov
17
 
 
Most TV ads are eminently, instantly forgettable, but once in a while, one appears that's either really good or really bad. On television right now, there are stellar examples of both...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Nov
14
 
 
There isn't much to look forward to in this very weak November sweeps month, but here comes something great: The new HBO standup special, "Ricky Gervais: Out of England"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Nov
14
 
 
C'mon, it's only six weeks away! So no more complaints about Christmas coming too early. TV is officially declaring the season "on" this weekend, offering a fresh holiday episode and a new yule standup special...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Nov
13
 
 
How low will NBC stoop in its enthusiasm for in-program scripted product placement? As low as "Knight Rider" and its ubiquitous Mustang, we all know that. But last week on "My Name Is Earl," NBC sank even deeper into the bottom of the barrel...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Nov
12
 
 
It hasn't taken long at all -- less than a month -- for David Alan Grier to turn his new "Chocolate News" comedy series into Must-See TV. Exhibit A: The day after Barack Obama was elected, Grier opened his program with an emphatic, unbleeped two-word phrase. The first word was "Holy." The second word rhymed with "fit." And then he screamed with joy...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Nov
11
 
 
I don't post a video link often -- about once every vernal equinox, actually -- but this one definitely is TV Worth Watching...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Nov
11
 
 
Curious what the ratings are for your favorite show? Wondering if it's waiting for the ax to fall? All network-related answers reside at The Programming Insider, a great weekday e-letter from Mediaweek's Mr. Television columnist, Marc Berman...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2008
Nov
11
 
 
Studs Terkel wasn't just a prolific author, grassroots historian and radio personality. The Chicago institution, who died Oct. 31 at age 96, also did some groundbreaking TV work in the medium's infancy...