Several months have elapsed since the first season concluded. It's now 14 months after Katrina, and the recovery has entered a new stage -- one characterized by rampant crime, maddening bureaucracy…
Revisiting the Merits of ’30 Rock’ (and ‘Studio 60’), 100 Episodes (and One Quick Cancellation) Later
Variety commemorates the 100th episode of "30 Rock" in today's edition, and somebody was kind enough to point out that I originally didn't give the series much of a chance. What I didn't foresee…
This Reagan-era fact-based story is undeniably stirring in a "To Sir, With Love" kind of way.
Revisiting the landmark 1973 documentary series "An American Family" serves as such a timely, provocative idea it's a shame the result, "Cinema Verite," isn't a better, more fully realized movie. An…
Dissecting the mechanics of stand-up comedy isn't for everyone, but students of the form will doubtless be attracted to "Talking Funny."
There are only a few weeks left before the "Oh yeah, that's still on" two-hour "Smallville" finale, which doesn't leave much time for the remaining fans to channel their inner geeks. So this Friday's…
The Emmy for guest roles in series has been described as the place where actors begin and end their careers.
Trump-o-Rama continued to suck up oxygen with its whirlwind media tour on Tuesday morning, with a "Good Morning America" interview and conservative columnists David Brooks (in the New York Times)…
HBO documentaries are seldom exactly "feel-good" fare, but "Saving Pelican 895" does offer a ray of hope at the end of a dark, oily tunnel. A mere 39 minutes, Irene Taylor Brodsky's film follows the…
Glenn Beck "needs Fox more than Fox needs him," radio host and liberal pundit Bill Press said on CNN's "Reliable Sources," by way of analyzing the host's forced-smiles departure from Fox News Channel.
Although I seldom have time to watch PBS's "Secrets of the Dead" — a very Syfy-channel-sounding title — I managed to preview a couple of upcoming hours, both worthwhile. "Lost in the Amazon,"…