Super Bowl Winners & Losers, Plus HBO’s ‘Vinyl’

February 12, 2016

THIS WEEK’S MEDIA POST TV BLOGS

From Lady Gaga at the Super Bowl to next week's Westminster Dog Show on USA Network -- all five of my MediaPost TV blogs from the past week, below.

From Lady Gaga at the Super Bowl to next week’s Westminster Dog Show on USA Network — all five of my MediaPost TV blogs from the past week, below.

NEW YORK, Feb. 12, 2016 — Presenting this week’s MediaPost TV blogs — the Super Bowl, TV’s apocalypse comedies, review of HBO’s “Vinyl” and previewing USA Network’s last dog show. Read all five, right here:

Monday, Feb. 8: From Halftime To Ad Time: Assessing This Year’s Super Bowl Telecast

Tuesday, Feb. 9: Apoca-Laughs Now: TV’s End-Of-The-World Comedies

Wednesday, Feb. 10: HBO’s Record-Biz Drama ‘Vinyl’ Is TV’s Next Great Show

Thursday, Feb. 11: All Hail Megyn Kelly, TV’s Top Newswoman – And From Fox, No Less

Friday, Feb. 12: Fox And Hounds: USA Readies Last Dog Show Before Move To Fox Sports

— Adam Buckman

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Where the Action Is: This Week’s MediaPost Blogs

February 5, 2016
All in one week: "Downton Abbey," O.J. Simpson, Bernie Madoff, "Grease" and a bearded foodie named Action.

All in one week: “Downton Abbey,” O.J. Simpson, Bernie Madoff, “Grease” and a bearded foodie named Action.

NEW YORK, Feb. 5, 2016 — It was a very action-packed week of TV with column topics ranging from “Downton Abbey” and O.J. Simpson to Bernie Madoff and an f-word spewing foodie named Action Bronson. Read all five of my MediaPost TV blogs from the past week, right here:

Monday, Feb. 1: The Fall Of The House Of Downton

Tuesday, Feb. 2: The Juice Is Loose: FX Makes A Great Miniseries About O.J.

Wednesday, Feb. 3: Weeknight At Bernie’s: ABC Miniseries Tackles The Madoff Saga

Thursday, Feb. 4: Regular Ol’ Commercial TV Took Center Stage This Week

Friday, Feb. 5: Viceland Title Continues TV’s Campaign To Mainstream The F-Word

— Adam Buckman

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Wide World of TV: All Five of This Week’s Blogs

January 29, 2016
This week's TV blogs: Top - "Lucifer" on Fox, Kirstie Alley vs. Oprah; middle - NATPE programming session, Trump vs. Megyn Kelly; bottom - Mike Nichols.

This week’s TV blogs: Top – “Lucifer” on Fox, Kirstie Alley vs. Oprah; middle – NATPE programming session, Trump vs. Megyn Kelly; bottom – Mike Nichols.

OPRAH, KIRSTIE, TRUMP AND MORE

NEW YORK, Jan. 29, 2016 — TV commercials emerged as the subject of two out of this week’s five MediaPost TV blogs. One blog dealt with the dueling weight-loss commercials of Oprah Winfrey and Kirstie Alley, and the other imagined a world without commercials at all — something that’s already happening in some corners of the TV biz.

Read these blogs, plus three more, with these links:

Monday, Jan. 25: Sympathetic Devil: Fox’s ‘Lucifer’ Has Roguish Charm

Tuesday, Jan. 26: Kirstie, Oprah In Heavyweight Battle Of Weight-Loss Commercials

Wednesday, Jan. 27: TV Without Commercials? That Reality Is Already Here

Thursday, Jan. 28: Trump’s Absence Tests Whether Debates Can Thrive Without Him

Friday, Jan. 29: Mike Nichols ‘American Masters’ Documentary Is Not To Be Missed

— Adam Buckman

Contact Adam Buckman: AdamBuckman14@gmail.com

Interview With T.D. Jakes and More from Miami

January 25, 2016

CURATED: ALL FOUR OF MY STORIES FROM NATPE 2016

Four days in Miami Beach: top left - Fontainebleau Hotel; top right - station group panel discussion; bottom left - Rev. T.D. Jakes; bottom right - coffee on the beach.

FOUR DAYS AT NATPE 2016: Top left – Fontainebleau Hotel; Top right – station group panel discussion; Bottom left – Rev. T.D. Jakes; bottom right – Last day: Coffee on the beach.

MIAMI BEACH, Jan. 18-21 — The highlight of this year’s NATPE conference (that’s the National Association of Television Program Executives) in Miami Beach was the opportunity to interview Rev. T.D. Jakes, the Dallas pastor who’s shopping a syndicated talk show due to premiere next September.

The subsequent story from that interview was one of four NATPE stories published on TVNewsCheck.com — “The Business of Broadcasting” — over the four-day event. Read them all, right here:

Monday, Jan. 18: Digital Tops Syndication On NATPE Schedule

Tuesday, Jan. 19: Turbulent Times For Station Group Execs

Wednesday, Jan. 20: Pastor Jakes Welcomes The TV Challenge

Thursday, Jan. 21: Broadcasting Just One Of Many NATPE Facets

Adam Buckman in the lobby of the Fontainebleau Hotel, Miami Beach, Jan. 18, 2016.

GREETINGS FROM MIAMI BEACH: Adam Buckman in the lobby of the Fontainebleau Hotel, Jan. 18, 2016.

Contact Adam Buckman: AdamBuckman14@gmail.com

‘X-Files’ Redo, FX Clown Comedy Both Disappoint

January 22, 2016
This week's MediaPost TV blogs covered the annual NATPE programming conference, a new A&E reality show, Conan O'Brien, Zach Galifianakis and "The X-Files."

This week’s MediaPost TV blogs covered the annual NATPE programming conference, a new A&E reality show, Conan O’Brien, Zach Galifianakis and “The X-Files.”

NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2015 — This week’s MediaPost blogs ranged from clowns (“Baskets,” Conan O’Brien) to outer-space aliens (“The X-Files”). Read all five of this week’s blogs, with these links:

Monday, Jan. 18: Syndicator-Station Relationship No Longer Center Stage At NATPE Show

Tuesday, Jan. 19: In New Show, Trainers Gain Weight Just To Feel Empathy For Obese Clients

Wednesday, Jan. 20: Rediscovering Conan O’Brien, The Last Real Late-Night Host

Thursday, Jan. 21: ‘Baskets’ On FX: The Clown Comedy That Forgot To Be Funny

Friday, Jan. 22: Was This ‘X-Files’ Reunion Necessary? The Answer Is: No, It Wasn’t

— Adam Buckman

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com

Three New Shows, Yahoo and Obama’s Speech

January 15, 2016
Top: “Community” on Yahoo, “Second Chance” on Fox; middle: President Obama’s State of the Union speech, USA Network’s “Colony”; bottom: Showtime’s “Billions.”

Top: “Community” on Yahoo, “Second Chance” on Fox; middle: President Obama’s State of the Union speech, USA Network’s “Colony”; bottom: Showtime’s “Billions.”

THIS WEEK’S MEDIAPOST TV BLOGS COVERED IT ALL, PLUS AN INTERVIEW WITH HARRY CONNICK JR. 

NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2015 — It was a busy week of midseason premieres plus President Obama’s final State of the Union speech and an interview with Harry Connick Jr.

Follow the links …

Monday, Jan. 11: Yahoo’s Broken Promises: Shows Announced Last Spring Never Happened

Tuesday, Jan. 12: ‘Second Chance’? Not A Chance

Wednesday, Jan. 13: Obama Gave A Good Speech, But State Of The Union Was Dull TV

Thursday, Jan. 14: USA Network’s ‘Colony’ Asks: What If America Was Living Under A Dictatorship?

Friday, Jan. 15: Opening Scene Throws Wet Blanket On Showtime’s ‘Billions’

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Harry Connick Jr. 1-18-16

All this, plus my exclusive interview for TVNewsCheck.com with Harry Connick Jr. about his upcoming syndicated daytime show, right here.

— Adam Buckman

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com

David Bowie, ‘Heroes’ and a Newspaper Rebellion

January 11, 2016

Heroes David BowieBy ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, Jan. 11, 2015 — In March 1993, I was present at a newspaper insurrection.

It probably still stands as the most notorious staff uprising in modern newspaper history.

And in the chaos of the turmoil’s climactic week, I found I couldn’t shake David Bowie’s song “Heroes” from my head – a phenomenon described today as an “earworm.”

As the drama of that week enveloped us all, I felt like I was in the company of heroes – these New York Post editors and reporters who felt obligated to fight back against uncaring, belligerent owners even though the odds of victory were very long.

The “heroes” label was not my creation. We were being lauded in other media that week for the brash stance we had taken, which reached its apogee on Tuesday, March 16, 1993. That was the day we published an edition made up almost entirely of stories and editorials blasting our then-owners, a New York parking lot magnate and notorious eccentric named Abe Hirschfeld, and a publisher from Harlem named Wilbert Tatum.

930316NYPost-cvrThe cover of that day’s edition was an enlargement of the picture of Alexander Hamilton, the Post’s founder in 1801, that used to be placed every day in one of the upper corners of the paper’s front pages. This time, he took up the entire page, with a dramatic teardrop placed just under the corner of his right eye.

I first laid eyes on this front page on a staircase as it was being delivered to the composing room on Monday evening. Other than an elevator that was so slow no one could be bothered to wait for it just to travel to the floor above, this staircase in the old Post building at 210 South Street was the only other route between the fourth and fifth floors, and it was heavily traveled by editors going back and forth between the Post’s newsroom and the composing room, where printers pasted up the pages. As TV editor at the Post in those days, I used to go up and down these stairs about 20 times a night for close to five years.

On this particular evening, I ran into one of the Post’s editors about mid-flight – Tommy Ko – who held a rolled up object in one hand that I took to be surreptitious, since this wasn’t the way Tommy had traditionally transported pages upstairs.

So I called him on it. I asked him what it was, and may have even guessed it was the front page for the next day’s edition. He was reluctant to show it to me at first because all of us had been engaged that day in putting together an entire issue of the paper that would blast our owner in a rebellion that was being undertaken in secret but also under the clueless owner’s very nose since the Post newsroom was on the fourth floor and the executive offices were on the sixth.

But I pressed Tommy to unroll the page and I saw it for the first time. It was a glorious thing to behold and I was excited and anxious about the impact it would have when it hit newsstands late that evening and the next morning.

Among other things, this edition had a story on page three with the headline “WHO IS THIS NUT?” in something like 120-point type over a picture of Hirschfeld. There was also a story on the page about an incident at a Miami airport some time previously in which Hirschfeld was filmed by a local TV station in the act of spitting on a reporter. The spitting picture, a screen grab, was my one and only contribution to this edition of the Post. I had secured it from a source at CBS, which owned the Miami station whose news crew had filmed it.

“Rage, rage against the dying of the light,’ Dylan Thomas advised, and reporters and editors of The New York Post have taken the poet at his word,” said the New York Times in an editorial published the next day, on March 17. “Hemorrhaging red ink and on the brink of extinction, The Post hit the streets yesterday with a pungent, brassy issue that illustrated just what the city would lose if the paper shuts down. …

“Only The New York Post would publish an issue skewering its own boss. … In irreverence lies The Post’s charm, and a serious point: Money may be able to buy a newspaper’s real estate, computers and presses, but its soul belongs to the people who report, write and edit [it].”

In the midst of the tumult, David Bowie’s “Heroes” lodged in my brain, with its lyrics, “We can beat them, just for one day. We can be heroes, just for one day …” In my head, I was romanticizing the experience we were all having, perhaps as a counterpoint to the seriousness of the situation. We were all in danger of losing our jobs — and a whole lot more too — if the Post went down the tubes, which was where it seemed headed.

At around midday on one of the days of that week, I called a local radio station and requested that they play “Heroes” and dedicate it to the heroes of The New York Post. The station was WXRK, the one known as “K-Rock,” at 92.3 FM, because I knew someone who worked there.

Pete Fornatale played the song and my dedication, which I never heard since I didn’t possess a radio at the office. Many years later, after I had long forgotten it, Pete confirmed in a conversation that he played it that day. He remembered it, even if I did not.

Pete died in 2012. David Bowie died today in the wee hours of the morning. He left a catalogue of unforgettable hit songs and thousands, if not millions, of people each with their own memories.

P.S. The Post survived.

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com

 

‘American Idol’ Returns For One Last Go-Round

January 8, 2016
This week's TV blogs -- links below.

This week’s TV blogs — links below.

NEW YORK, Jan. 8, 2016 — The new midseason arrived this week, with two returning shows — “American Crime” on ABC and “American Idol” on Fox — and two new ones, “Angel From Hell” on CBS and “Shades of Blue” on NBC.

Read all five of my MediaPost TV blogs from the past week — including Friday’s blog on how 1990s nostalgia could elect Hillary Clinton — right here:

Monday, Jan. 4: ‘American Crime’ Is Serious Television, But Is That What You Want?

Tuesday, Jan. 5: No Longer A Phenomenon, ‘American Idol’ Heads Toward The Finish Line

Wednesday, Jan. 6: Guardian Angel In New CBS Sitcom Is More Like An Alcoholic Stalker

Thursday, Jan. 7: Stop Or She’ll Shoot! J. Lo Hits The Streets In NBC Cop Show

Friday, Jan. 8: Urkelmania! How ’90s Nostalgia Could Elect Hillary

— Adam Buckman

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com

My Year On The TV Beat: The Same, Only More So

December 31, 2015

Las Vegas April 2015

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, Dec. 31, 2015 — What was your personal year in review?

It’s easy to compile lists at year’s end — the best this, the worst that: TV shows, books, movies. But it’s all so impersonal, isn’t it? Think about it: What do you care what someone else thinks was the best and worst in the past year?

The only year that really had any value was yours. What did you do? Speaking for myself, 2015 was a good year for journalism — mine, that is.

I wrote 275 columns for Television News Daily/MediaPost.com, 38 news stories and features for TVNewsCheck.com, four stories for AARP The Magazine — all on the subject of television — and one story for a neighborhood paper in Philadelphia, The Chestnut Hill Local, that was the most meaningful of all the stories I wrote this year.

It was the story of Cooperman’s Pharmacy, my grandfather’s drugstore, a fixture of its neighborhood for more than 90 years until it closed for good last spring more than 35 years after he died. Farewell.

Jessie J at the MTV upfront, April 22, 2015

Jessie J at the MTV upfront, April 22

The 275 MediaPost bylines included 27 stories from the New York “upfronts” (the TV and on-line programming presentations) stretching from February to May and ranging from Nickelodeon and MTV to Yahoo and Buzzfeed. Among the highlights: Performances by Jessie J at the MTV presentation at the Beacon — electrifying — and Ricky Martin at the Univision event at the Lyric — awesome.

Vast wasteland: TV convention, Las Vegas, April 13, 2015

Vast wasteland: TV convention, Las Vegas, April 13

The 38 TVNewsCheck stories included nine stories written in three days at all hours, including the wee-est hours of the morning, during the National Association of Broadcasters annual convention in Las Vegas in April — attendance: 100,000-plus (the two photos at the top of this blogpost and left are from that trip).

I got little sleep, ate few actual meals and walked many miles — through the vast exhibition space at the Las Vegas Convention Center in search of drone displays (which I found, and the sheer number of them was mind-boggling), down endless hotel corridors searching for meeting rooms, and on the sidewalks of Las Vegas between venues (when a cab was not convenient).

One day, as I walked from the Wynn to the Convention Center, somewhere in the vicinity of the Indoor Skydiving place, the city was hit by a rare weather phenomenon — a dust storm that kicked up the desert sand and sent it flying through the air, a glorious thing to behold (although not to ingest).

The entire experience of covering the NAB this year felt like … journalism. Unless you’ve done it, or you’re a journalist yourself, you cannot know how great it feels. I think gonzo is the word I’m looking for here …

I did six radio interviews this year — two with Geraldo Rivera on WABC, New York; one with Mark Simone and one with Len Berman and Todd Schnitt on WOR, New York; one with the great Larry Rifkin on WATR, Waterbury, Conn., and one with Brian Kilmeade on Fox News Radio.

I did three TV interviews — one on the WPIX/Ch. 11 morning show last February assessing the Super Bowl commercials (actually, we did two different segments); one on Al Jazeera America (about the Brian Williams mess at NBC) — my first time on this particular channel; and one for WNET/Ch. 13’s “MetroFocus” show about my book “JERK: How I Wasted My Life Watching Television.” This interview has been posted on the Ch. 13 Web site since last spring, but it has yet to air on the actual show. Perhaps soon …

I made two public appearances this year, both courtesy of the National Geographic Channel, which enlisted me to host and moderate the two panel discussion events the network staged at the Paley Center for Media in New York.  The panels varied widely, to say the least.

The first one was the world premiere screening last July of a portion of the four-hour NatGeo documentary called “The 2000s: A New Reality,” about the first decade of the 21st century.

You can watch the whole thing here:

It was a great privilege (and the world’s biggest hoot) to conduct live, on-stage interviews with this diverse group of newsmakers from that decade: Donato Dalrymple, the south Florida resident who gained fame as the man who plucked the young Cuban refugee, 6 year-old Elian Gonzalez, from the waters near Miami in 2000; Andy Grignon, part of the development team at Apple who created the iPhone; John Keller, ex-U.S. marine who saved lives during hurricane Katrina in New Orleans; Richard Hatch, famed winner of the first season of “Survivor” on CBS in summer 2000; Sherron Watkins, brave whistleblower who told the world about the Enron mess; and Jane Root, executive producer of “The 2000s.”

Nat Geo 10-29-15 aThe second one was the New York premiere screening on Oct. 29 of the NatGeo science series called “Breakthrough,” which aired over eight weeks this past fall. The panelists that night were Trish Aelker of Lockheed Martin, who directs the company’s efforts in the development of exoskeleton technology; Dr. John Dye, who fights pandemics such as ebola as the chief of the immunology branch of the U.S. Army’s Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases; Dr. John Schenk, one of the original innovators of MRI technology at GE; Laura Deming, an investor who puts her money in companies involved in lengthening human life spans; Eric Fitch, an entrepreneur and pioneer in alternative energy sources; Cindy Wallis-Lage, an expert in new water-conservation technologies; and “Breakthrough” executive producer Kurt Sayenga. An amazing night.

Also in the past year, I contrived the usual boatload of ideas for stories and books that I have not yet started to write, and possibly never will.  I added many songs to my personal playlist too, including these four: “Bang Your Drum” (Dead Man Fall), “Here Comes That Rainy Day Feeling Again” (The Fortunes), the theme from “Up The Down Staircase” (Fred Karlin) and “Come Softly To Me” (The Fleetwoods).  Don’t ask me why.

Ever since Letterman said good-bye last May, I haven’t been able to get Everlong by Foo Fighters out of my head either.

adam-buckman-and-friend, New York, 12-14-15Of all the events of the past year, none could equal the reunion I had earlier this month (on Dec. 14) with this guy (the one in the photo at right) — a get-together that took 38 years to arrange, proof that miracles do happen.

Maybe I’ll run into some of you in 2016, on our way up the down staircase, always.

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com

The TV Follies of 2015: This Week’s TV Blogs

December 31, 2015
Presenting the last MediaPost TV blogs of 2015: Read all four of this week's blogs below.

Presenting the last MediaPost TV blogs of 2015: Read all four of this week’s blogs below.

NEW YORK, Dec. 31, 2015 — This week’s TV blogs wrapped up the year with a look at the worst shows of 2015, and a rundown of the revered TV legends we lost during the year.

Then it was on to two renowned shows returning in the New Year — “American Idol,” which clearly has over-stayed its welcome, and “Downton Abbey,” perhaps the greatest TV show ever made, coming to an end in its final season.

Read all four of my MediaPost TV blogs from the final week of 2015, right here:

Monday, Dec. 28: Nothing Golden About This TV Era: This Year’s Worst Shows

Tuesday, Dec. 29: Farewell To Spock: Remembering The Legends We Lost In 2015

Wednesday, Dec. 30: Tone-Deaf Fox Lets Kanye West Spew F-Words on ‘Idol’ Premiere

Thursday, Dec. 31: Farewell To ‘Downton’: We Will Never See The Likes Of This Again

— Adam Buckman

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2015: Brian Williams, Letterman and The Donald

December 24, 2015
Merry Christmas, everyone -- this week's MediaPost TV blogs.

Merry Christmas, everyone — this week’s MediaPost TV blogs.

NEW YORK, Dec. 24, 2015 — The holidays are a time for reflection.

Looking back at 2015 this week, I wrote about the year’s top TV stories and the joys of writing about Donald Trump. In between, I commented on President Obama as the nation’s Comedian in Chief and asked in another blog post: What’s the connection between the new “X Files” and Adolf Hitler’s autobiography?

Read all four of my TV blogs this week on MediaPost.com, right here:

Monday, Dec. 21: Williams Or Letterman? It’s A Toss-Up For TV Story Of The Year

Tuesday, Dec. 22: First Funnyman: Obama’s A Comedian In Chief Getting Coffee

Wednesday, Dec. 23: Mystery of ‘X Files’ Episode With Same Title as Hitler’s Autobiography

Thursday, Dec. 24: For A TV Columnist In 2015, Trump Was The Gift That Kept On Giving

— Adam Buckman

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com

Science Fiction and GOP Debates All in One Week

December 18, 2015
From Trump to J. Lo: Presenting this week's MediaPost TV blogs, below.

From Trump to J. Lo: Presenting this week’s MediaPost TV blogs, below.

NEW YORK, Dec. 12, 2015 — Donald Trump served as bookends to this week’s MediaPost TV blogs, which started with a preview of this week’s fifth Republican debate on CNN and ended with a column declaring these GOP debates — the whole series of them — as the year’s best TV show.

All that, plus science fiction (“Childhood’s End”), Joe Franklin and J. Lo too. Read all five of my MediaPost TV blogs from this week, right here:

Monday, Dec. 14: This Again? Trump And Others Line Up For Fifth GOP Debate

Tuesday, Dec. 15: Remembering A Legend We Lost In 2015: Joe Franklin

Wednesday, Dec. 16: Sixty Years Ago, ‘Childhood’s End’ Author Predicted Media We Have Now

Thursday, Dec. 17: Coming Next Year, All J. Lo All The Time

Friday, Dec. 18: Best Show Of The Year? The Republican Debates, Of Course

— Adam Buckman

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The Bubbly Hillbilly: Dolly Parton Rules on NBC

December 11, 2015
This week's MediaPost TV blogs: From "Telenovela" (upper left) to Bigfoot and Hitler (bottom) -- read 'em all below!

This week’s MediaPost TV blogs: From “Telenovela” (upper left) to Bigfoot and Hitler (bottom) — read ’em all below!

NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2015 — What a week to showcase the constant variety of TV — from a telenovela spoof on NBC (sorry, that one didn’t work for me) to a home-spun, hillbilly TV movie produced by Dolly Parton that scored great ratings Thursday night on NBC.

All this and more, in this week’s MediaPost TV blogs. Read ’em all right here:

Monday, Dec. 7: What’s The Spanish Word For ‘Bomb’? NBC’s ‘Telenovela’

Tuesday, Dec. 8: Dolly Parton’s Corn Pone Of Many Colors

Wednesday, Dec. 9: Gun Shopping Network Should Feel Right At Home On Gun-Saturated TV

Thursday, Dec. 10: As Year Comes To An End, NBC News Sails In Calmer Waters

Friday, Dec. 11: TV’s Wildest Goose Chases: ‘Finding Bigfoot’ And ‘Hunting Hitler’

— Adam Buckman

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Read All Five of This Week’s MediaPost TV Blogs

December 4, 2015
This week's MediaPost TV blogs -- top: America Ferrera in "Superstore," Queen Latifah in "The Wiz"; middle: "Born This Way" on A&E, "Childhood's End" on Syfy; bottom: Jay Leno on CNBC.

This week’s MediaPost TV blogs — top: America Ferrera in “Superstore,” Queen Latifah in “The Wiz”; middle: “Born This Way” on A&E, “Childhood’s End” on Syfy; bottom: Jay Leno on CNBC.

NEW YORK, Dec. 4, 2015 — Free of charge (as always), here are this week’s MediaPost TV blogs, written by TVHowl’s Adam Buckman:

Monday, Nov. 30: Just In Time For The Holidays, NBC Opens ‘Superstore’ Sitcom

Tuesday, Dec. 1: Will Anybody Beat ‘The Wiz’? Handicapping This Year’s Musical On NBC

Wednesday, Dec. 2: ‘Born This Way’: Show Examines Reality Of Adults With Down Syndrome

Thursday, Dec. 3: Watch Commercials Like Everyone Else? TV Critics Are Exempt From That

Friday, Dec. 4: Jay’s In The Driver’s Seat As Letterman Grows ‘Darwin’ Beard

— Adam Buckman

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‘Dancing’ to ‘Fargo’: This Week’s MediaPost Blogs

November 28, 2015
Presenting this week's MediaPost TV blogs: Read 'em all with the links, below.

Presenting this week’s MediaPost TV blogs: Read ’em all with the links, below.

NEW YORK, Nov. 27, 2015 — The MediaPost TV blog ranged widely this Thanksgiving week from outer space (“The Expanse”) to the high plains (“Fargo”). Read all four of this week’s blogs, right here:

Monday, Nov. 23: Space Show’s Online, VOD Premiere Is The Stuff Of Science Fiction

Tuesday, Nov. 24: Hey, P.R. People, Could You At Least Spell The Star’s Name Right?

Wednesday, Nov. 25: ‘Dancing With The Stars’ And The Triumph Of Uplifting TV

Friday, Nov. 27: Seven Episodes Into Season Two, ‘Fargo’ Is TV Storytelling At Its Best

— Adam Buckman

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‘Supergirl’ Is Not Invincible: This Week’s TV Blogs

November 20, 2015
This week's MediaPost TV blogs.

This week’s MediaPost TV blogs.

NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2015 — From “Supergirl” to Johnny Carson, this week’s TV blogs were an illustration of the constant variety of subjects available to a TV columnist.

Also covered: The arrival of a quality new show, “Chicago Med” on NBC, and the cancellation of one of the worst shows in recent memory, “Wicked City” on ABC. And, about that televised 500-mile train trip on Thanksgiving …

Read all five of my MediaPost TV blogs from the past week, with these links:

Monday, Nov. 16: Great Caesar’s Ghost! ‘Supergirl’ Has Lost A Third Of Its Audience

Tuesday, Nov. 17: El Of A Premiere: ‘Chicago Med’ Charges Out Of The Starting Gate

Wednesday, Nov. 18: Anatomy Of A Cancellation: Hunk Of Junk Deserved To Go

Thursday, Nov. 19: In New Publicity Approach, Cable Net Touts Show As ‘Snoozefest’

Friday, Nov. 20: Classic Carson Shows Are Coming Back, But Will Anybody Watch?

— Adam Buckman

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com

From Trump to Madoff: This Week’s TV Blogs

November 13, 2015
This week's TV blogs -- Trump, Donny Deutsch, TV court shows, O'Reilly vs. Will and Bernie Madoff.

This week’s TV blogs — Trump, Donny Deutsch, TV court shows, O’Reilly vs. Will and Bernie Madoff.

NEW YORK, Nov. 13, 2015 — The week began with Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live” and ended with TV’s dueling Madoffs — Robert De Niro and Richard Dreyfuss.

In between, this week’s MediaPost TV blogs included a look at Bill O’Reilly’s bullying brawl with George Will, another look at adman Donny Deutsch’s new sitcom on USA Network and a blog post about trial lawyers and their obsession with TV court shows (an idea that came to me while I was dozing off on jury duty in Manhattan this week).

Read all five of my MediaPost TV blogs from this past week with these links:

Monday, Nov. 9: Trump On ‘SNL’: As He Might Say, It Was A Total Disaster

Tuesday, Nov. 10: Random Thoughts You Might Have While Watching ‘Donny!’

Wednesday, Nov. 11: Trial Lawyers Obsessed With Influence Of TV Court Shows On Jurors

Thursday, Nov. 12: Bullied By O’Reilly, George Will Has The Last Word (So Far)

Friday, Nov. 13: Madoff Face-Off: De Niro, Dreyfuss Are TV’s Dueling Bernies

— Adam Buckman

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Petitions Pack No Punch: This Week’s TV Blogs

November 6, 2015
This week's TV blog topics: Raven-Symone, Donald Trump, "Star Trek," "Wheel of Fortune," "Angie Tribeca." Read them all below.

This week’s TV blog topics: Raven-Symone, Donald Trump, “Star Trek,” “Wheel of Fortune,” “Angie Tribeca.” Read them all below.

NEW YORK, Nov. 6, 2015 — Protest petitions took center stage this week as Donald Trump prepared to guest-host “Saturday Night Live” this weekend. Petitioners sought to have his invitation rescinded but by midday Friday, this effort was unsuccessful.

Elsewhere in TV Land, CBS announced a new “Star Trek” series, “Wheel of Fortune” kept on spinning and TBS attempted to announce a launch plan for a new comedy series — “Angie Tribeca” — but issued a press release that was incomprehensible.

Behold: This week’s MediaPost TV blogs — follow the links, right here:

Monday, Nov. 2: Web Site Provides Protest Platform To Petty Petitioners

Tuesday, Nov. 3: Latino Protests Can’t Stop Trump On ‘SNL’

Wednesday, Nov. 4: With ‘Star Trek’ Gamble, CBS Explores Bold New Paywall Plan

Thursday, Nov. 5: TV’s Happy Place: Never-Ending ‘Wheel’ Goes ‘Round And ‘Round

Friday, Nov. 6: Advice To Publicists: Avoid Comedic Press Releases

— Adam Buckman

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com

Focus On Fall: This Week’s MediaPost TV Blogs

October 30, 2015
This week's MediaPost blogs. Read them all below.

This week’s MediaPost blogs. Read them all below.

NEW YORK, Oct. 30, 2015 — The new fall season was the focus of three of this week’s MediaPost TV blogs Monday through Wednesday. Then came a consideration of a live-exorcism special planned for Friday on Discovery-owned Destination America, followed by a look at a new National Geographic Channel series about breakthroughs in science and technology.

Follow the links, below:

Monday, Oct. 26: Two More New Shows This Week Won’t Brighten Dull Fall Season

Tuesday, Oct. 27: ABC Mines Lifestyles Of Decades Past For Modern-Day Shows

Wednesday, Oct. 28: Full-Season Order’ Scorecard: These Shows Are Sticking Around For Awhile

Thursday, Oct. 29: Discovery’s ‘Exorcism: Live!’: The Devil Is In The Details

Friday, Oct. 30: Breakthroughs In Science Are Explored In GE, NatGeo Co-Production

— Adam Buckman

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com

From Homerzilla to Supergirl: This Week’s Blogs

October 24, 2015
Wide World of TV: This week's MediaPost TV blogs: (top) Homerzilla, "Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris"; (middle) "Supergirl," IBM's Watson on "Jeopardy!"; and (bottom) "Wicked City," the worst new show of the fall season. Read them all with the links below.

Wide World of TV: This week’s MediaPost TV blogs: (top) Homerzilla, “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris”; (middle) “Supergirl,” IBM’s Watson on “Jeopardy!”; and (bottom) “Wicked City,” the worst new show of the fall season. Links to all five blogs, below.

NEW YORK, Oct. 23, 2015 — A supermonster, a superheroine and a supercomputer headlined this week’s MediaPost TV blogs.

The week began with Homer Simpson as Godzilla in the 26th annual “Simpsons” Halloween special airing this Sunday night. Wednesday brought a review of next week’s premiere of “Supergirl” on CBS. And Thursday’s blog revisited the three-day battle of IBM’s Watson against humankind on “Jeopardy!” in 2011.

Meanwhile, Tuesday’s blog reported on the mediocre ratings for NBC’s big fall variety show “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris.” And the week ended with a review of “Wicked City” on ABC — the worst new show of the fall season.

Read them all with these links:

Monday, Oct. 19: Homer As Godzilla In ‘Simpsons’ 26th Halloween Special

Tuesday, Oct. 20: Harris Gives It His All, But ‘Best Time Ever’ Ratings Are Elusive

Wednesday, Oct. 21: Plucky ‘Supergirl’ Dons Miniskirt And Tights To Save Television

Thursday, Oct. 22: Resistance Is Futile: When Watson Conquered Mankind On ‘Jeopardy!’

Friday, Oct. 23: ABC’s Worthless ‘Wicked City’ Should Be Tossed On TV’s Junk Pile

— Adam Buckman

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com


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