Inspirations: “I’d have to go as far back as ‘Northern Exposure’ and ‘Picket Fences,’ two shows in which it was deceivingly difficult to strike the bell in maintaining a quirky tone that is funny and…
A discussion about the reality in television's so-called reality programming these days sounds like a college seminar in Philosophy 101.
Cynics call it stunting. Producers call it making the show interesting. Viewers can tell when it's coming, every November, February and May -- those precious, dreaded, coveted, anticipated sweeps…
Today's writers of television drama can be merciless with their lead characters, forcing them into dilemmas so extreme they can only be called moral contortions.
Jonathan Bing: The Write Stuff
Another season, another bag of radically mixed opinions. As Emmy hopefuls prep for campaigns, caviar and constant attention from spin doctors, there is, as always, a swell of support for lesser-known…
Don't let the screaming mom routine fool you: Jane Kaczmarek would cross Wilshire Boulevard blindfolded if it meant a better future for her kids. And Bradley Whitford will gladly stop fighting big…
On "Gilmore Girls," Lauren Graham plays a young woman who had a daughter at 16, a development that altered the course of the character's life. It is fitting, then, that Graham's involvement in the…
The first year of school is over for Chi McBride, and he's savoring a well-deserved summer vacation. As principal Steven Harper on Fox's "Boston Public," a majority of the storylines go through…
It's entirely possible that Tom Cavanagh isn't acting at all on "Ed," one of the few freshman shows that connected with auds and is returning for a second season: He's as nice and easygoing on the…