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2011
Jul
24
 
 
The FX series Rescue Me rescued me one recent weekend. I was sick and felt kind of low, but had seven episodes of the final season (back Wednesdays at 10 p.m. ET) to make me laugh, think about death and how crazy life can be...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jul
22
 
 
Two of HBO's comedy series are now in their eighth seasons: Entourage, which returns Sunday night at 10:30 ET, and Curb Your Enthusiasm, which presents its third episode of its latest go-round Sunday night at 10 ET. Entourage uses the occasion to reshuffle the deck and put all its characters in flux -- but Curb, with Sunday's "Palestinian Chicken" episode, pushes its comedy provocation style to envelope-pushing, jaw-dropping levels...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jul
21
 
 
Yesterday I raved about, and pointed you to, one of our veteran contributors, Ed Bark, whose pair of stories on media coverage of the Murdoch scandal I'm immensely proud to present on this site. Today, another point of pride, from another of our writers. Tom Brinkmoeller provides an intensely personal, yet touchingly funny, account of how and why his home TV viewing habits have changed...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jul
21
 
 
You won't find note of this in a any medical journal, but an after-effect of stroke is an unreasonable addiction to... Emeril Lagasse. Though not a neurologist, I conclude this from experience -- and, it has to be noted up front, with the bemused approval of my spouse...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jul
20
 
 
If you're following the Murdoch scandal, it pays to throw a fairly wide media net. On Tuesday, live coverage of the Rupert and James Murdoch hearing, and the testimony of Rebekah Brooks, was presented on Current TV, with Keith Olbermann presiding as anchor and John Dean weighing in as an analyst. Tuesday night, Comedy Central's Jon Stewart scored big, by underlining how Murdoch's Fox News has been largely ignoring the story...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jul
19
 
 
In my previous blog entry, I suggested the creation of a TV equivalent of Turner Classic Movies, but for TV -- a real one, not like what TV Land has morphed into -- and got lots and lots of fabulous responses, and suggestions for shows deserving of inclusion on such a network. You can read that post, and those comments, HERE. But you can also read a lot more on Twitter, where people have chimed in separately...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jul
19
 
 
Now you can watch CNN just about anywhere. The cable newser is boasting this week on-air and online of launching "the new CNN video experience," which provides high-quality live streams of its TV networks CNN and HLN via both web and mobile apps. But here's the small print...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jul
19
 
 
Mum's the word that most Brits use when talking about their moms. Mum's also mostly been the word at Fox News Channel, whose two main prime-time personalities -- Bill O'Reilly and Sean Hannity -- so far have yet to even mention the far-flung phone-hacking scandal that's engulfed Great Britain and world News Corporation chieftain Rupert Murdoch...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jul
19
 
 
Just what Rupert Murdoch needed -- a shaving cream pie to the puss. Actually, it may have been exactly what he needed to perhaps gain a little sympathy after a long Tuesday morning (U.S. time) of taking no direct responsibility for the phone-hacking scandal bedeviling his far-flung world News Corporation...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2011
Jul
18
 
 
The same year it earned a Peabody Award, and the same week it was handed a second Emmy nomination for Andre Braugher as Outstanding Supporting Dramatic Actor, Men of a Certain Age was awarded by TNT Friday by being given its pink slip. After two excellent seasons...It deserved to be shipped off to a home...