Four Blogs On This Week’s Cleveland Trump Show

July 22, 2016
This week the Republicans, next week the Democrats: Read all five of my MediaPost TV blogs from the past week, below.

This week the Republicans, next week the Democrats: Read all five of my MediaPost TV blogs from the past week, below.

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, July 22, 2016 — The Republican Convention in Cleveland was the TV show to watch this week — which is why I devoted four out of five blogs to it since Monday. Read all five of my MediaPost TV blogs from the past week, right here:

Monday, July 18: With Snipers Making Headlines, USA Network Introduces A Series About A Sniper

Tuesday, July 19: The Cleveland Trump Show, Day 1: Making Special Effects Great Again

Wednesday, July 20: The Cleveland Trump Show, Day 2: Where’s The Showmanship?

Thursday, July 21: The Cleveland Trump Show, Day 3: As Ted Talked, GOP Lost Cruz Control

Friday, July 22: Cleveland Trump Show, Day 4: Candidate Gracelessly Accepts Nomination

Next week: A Thrilla in Phila.: The Coronation Of Hillary

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Hot Summer Blogs: From ‘Mr. Robot’ to ‘Fargo’

July 16, 2016
From "Mr. Robot" to "Fargo" and the Emmy nominations, here are this week's MediaPost TV blogs.

Here are this week’s MediaPost TV blogs — links below!

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, July 16, 2016 — The week started with a look ahead to the second-season premiere of “Mr. Robot” on USA Network and ended with a look at this year’s Emmy nominations announced Thursday — of which “Mr. Robot” received six. Read all of my MediaPost TV blogs from the past five days, right here:

Monday, July 11: No Easy Answers As ‘Mr. Robot’ Returns For Season Two

Tuesday, July 12: Obnoxious ‘White House’ Doc Reveals How First Families Live Like Royalty

Wednesday, July 13: Characters Have Many Vices, No Principles In HBO’s ‘Vice Principals’

Thursday, July 14: As Conventions Near, Late-Night Gets Serious About Politics

Friday, July 15: Thank You, Networks, For Tallying Your Emmy Nominations So I Don’t Have To

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Back By Popular Demand: This Week’s Rundown

July 8, 2016

ALL FOUR MEDIAPOST TV BLOGS: July 5-8

This week's TV blog topics included PBS's "Capitol Fourth" show and the mystery of the year-old footage, Donald Trump's TV habits, Gretchen Carlson's lawsuit against Roger Ailes, and the familiarity of this week's mayhem in the streets.

This week’s TV blog topics included PBS’s “Capitol Fourth” show and the mystery of the year-old footage, Donald Trump’s TV habits, Gretchen Carlson’s lawsuit against Roger Ailes, and the familiarity of the protest marches and violence in the nation’s cities this week.

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, July 8, 2016 — Presenting the return of the weekly rundown of this week’s MediaPost TV blogs — written by yours truly, Adam Buckman. Follow the links, below:

Tuesday, July 5: Complaints About PBS Rainy Night Fireworks Footage Are All Wet

Wednesday, July 6: Couch Potato-In-Chief: Grazing Around The Dial With Donald Trump

Thursday: July 7: Thanks To Carlson, Entire World Can Read Her Lawsuit Against Ailes

Friday: July 8: And The Beat Goes On: Mayhem In The Streets Revives Baby Boomer Memories

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This Year’s New York Upfront Tally: 36 Stories

May 20, 2016
10 more Upfrnt stories bring the grand total to 36 since the season began March 2. Read them all with the links below.

10 more Upfront stories for a grand total of 36 since the season began March 2. Read them all with the links below.

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, May 20, 2016 — The New York Upfront season is now over. It ended yesterday with the CW at City Center. Catch up with my most recent coverage of the Upfronts from the last two weeks with these links, and read all of my previous stories too (links below) — a grand total of 36 events covered since March 2. See you next year:

May 11, Upfront Week Preview: Final Upfront Week Isn’t The Big Bang It Used To Be

May 13, Screenvision: Screenvision Upfront Stresses ‘Impact’ Of The Moviegoing Experience

May 13, Univision preview: Univision Upfront Preview Unveils New Comedies, Dramas

May 15, Telemundo/NBC Universo: With Eye On Rival Univision, Telemundo Outlines Upfront Program Strategy

May 16, NBC Universal: NBCU Upfront Promotes Multiple Networks

May 16, Fox: At Fox Upfront, What’s Old Is New

May 17, ESPN: ESPN’s Upfront Mantra: Nothing Draws Audiences Like Live Sports

May 17, Univision: Univision Upfront Includes Netflix Deal To Co-Produce ‘El Chapo’ Series

May 18, Turner Networks: Turner’s Upfront Vow To Reduce Commercials Is Growing Industry Trend

May 19, The CW: CW Upfront Promotes Appeal To Both Sexes, Confirms ‘Supergirl’ Pickup

Previously:

Posted May 11: More Stories from NY’s Upfront/NewFront Season

Posted April 25: In Case You Missed Them, 8 More Upfront Stories

Posted April 4: Curated: All 9 of My March 2016 Upfront Stories

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More Stories from NY’s Upfront/NewFront Season

May 11, 2016

9 MORE BRINGS TOTAL TO 26 SINCE MARCH 2

Nine more upfronts and newfronts: Top: Outdoor Sportsman Group, ION; second row: Nielsen, Hulu; third row: Ellen Digital Network, BuzzFeed; fourth row: Time Inc., Newsy; bottom: TruTV.

Nine more upfronts and newfronts: Top: Outdoor Sportsman Group, ION; second row: Nielsen, Hulu; third row: Ellen Digital Network, BuzzFeed; fourth row: Time Inc., Newsy; bottom: TruTV.

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, May 11, 2016 — Catch up with my coverage of the New York Upfronts and NewFronts from the last two weeks with these links:

April 28, Outdoor Sportsman Group: Outdoor Channel Seeks To Broaden Its Appeal This Upfront Season

April 29, ION Media Networks: ION’s Upfront Strategy: Deliver On Ratings, Earn Advertisers’ Trust

May 3, Nielsen: Nielsen Research Sheds Light On ‘Live’ Vs. Delayed Viewing

May 4, Hulu: Hulu’s Upfront Message: Think Of Us As TV, But ‘TV Redefined’

May 5, Ellen Digital Network: Ellen DeGeneres Dives Into Digital With Original Content Network

May 5, BuzzFeed, Hulu, Ellen Digital Network: Cold Coffee And A Giant Bug: Notes From This Week’s NewFronts

May 5, Time Inc.: Time Inc. NewFront Unveils New OTT Service, Expanded Video Offerings

May 10, Newsy: Newsy NewFront Presents 3 New Shows, Touts Multiplatform Reach

May 10, TruTV: TruTV Beefs Up Programming, Reduces Commercials For Upfront

Previously:

Posted April 25: In Case You Missed Them, 8 More Upfront Stories

Posted April 4: Curated: All 9 of My March 2016 Upfront Stories

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Curated: My 6 Stories From NAB ’16 in Las Vegas

April 25, 2016
A visit to Las Vegas: view from a taxicab window, April 21, 2016

A visit to Las Vegas: View from a taxicab window, April 21, 2016. Photo by Adam Buckman

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, April 25, 2016 — It was another productive assignment at the National Association of Broadcasters Convention in Las Vegas last week as I produced six stories in three days for TVNewsCheck.com. Read all six with these links:

Monday, April 18:

ABC’s Sherwood Unveils ABC Clearinghouse

Tuesday, April 19:

Ben Silverman Still Bullish on Broadcast

2016 Ad Sales: Local Core +4%, Network +10%

ABC and Affiliates Get Down to Business

Wednesday, April 20:

Scripps Pushes Declaration of Independence

Google’s Allegre Touts Totally Changed TV

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In Case You Missed Them: 8 More Upfront Stories

April 15, 2016
Recent stories from the New York Upfronts: (top) Freeform and Cadent; (second row) Azteca America and Bounce TV; (third row) TV One and Crackle; (bottom) BET and MTV.

Recent stories from the New York Upfronts: (top) Freeform and Cadent; (second row) Azteca America and Bounce TV; (third row) TV One and Crackle; (bottom) BET and MTV.

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, April 25, 2016 — Catch up with my coverage of the New York Upfronts from the last three weeks with these links:

April 8, Freeform: Disney’s Youthful Freeform Slots Late-Night ‘Later Bitches’

April 12, Cadent Network: Cadent Upfront Explores New Frontiers In TV Media Buying

April 13, Azteca America: Azteca America Upfront Highlights New Shows, Digital Initiatives

April 13, Bounce TV: Bounce Upfront Vows More Originals For African-Americans

April 14, TV One: On Eve of Upfront, TV One Makes Deal For ‘Empire’ Reruns

April 20, Crackle: ‘Break-Free Advertising’ Initiative Is Centerpiece Of Crackle’s Upfront Push

April 20, BET: Digital Relaunch Takes Center Stage At BET Upfront

April 21, MTV: MTV And New Management Team Announce 14 New Shows

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Curated: All 9 of My March 2016 Upfront Stories

April 4, 2016
Nine upfront stories so far this spring: (top) Nickelodeon, TV Land/Nick at Nite/CMT, Game Show Network, (middle) National Geographic Channel, Pop Network, pop Op; Top: ot

Nine upfront stories so far this spring: (top) Nickelodeon, TV Land/Nick at Nite/CMT, Game Show Network, (middle) National Geographic Channel, Pop Network, Scripps (HGTV), (bottom) Hallmark Channel (Crown Media), Discovery Networks, Comedy Central.

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, April 4, 2016 — Presenting all nine of my stories from the New York upfront presentations in March. More to come in April and May. Follow the links, right here:

March 3, Nickelodeon: At Season’s First Upfront, Nickelodeon Stresses Star Athletes, Toy Tie-Ins

March 4, TV Land/Nick At Nite/CMT (Country Music Television): Viacom Upfront Combines TV Land, CMT, Nick At Nite Into One Big ‘Family’

March 8, GSN (Game Show Network): At Upfront, Game Show Network Outlines Its Winning Strategy: Produce More Originals

March 15, National Geographic Channel: Nat Geo Leaps Into Upfront Season With Programming On A Global Scale

March 21, Pop network: Pop’s Upfront Pitch: We’re Growing, And Our Competitors Are Not

March 29: Scripps Networks: Scripps Networks’ Upfront Message: Our Viewers Buy What They See

March 31, Crown Media Family Networks (Hallmark Channel): Hallmark Upfront Emphasizes Family-Friendly Programming, Focus On Holidays

March 31, Discovery Networks: Discovery’s Upfront Pitch Touts Global Reach, Domestic Audiences

April 1, Comedy Central: Comedy Central Pushes 5 New Series, 10 New Specials

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Hey, Now! A Treasury Of Garry Shandling Stories

March 28, 2016
Garry Shandling was proud of this headline and review of "The Larry Sanders Show" in The New York Post TV section. This picture ran in The Post on May 30, 1998.

Garry Shandling was proud of this headline and review of “The Larry Sanders Show” by Michele Greppi in The New York Post TV section. This picture ran in The Post on May 30, 1998. Photo by Lawrence Schwartzwald

THOUGH I NEVER KNEW HIM, SHANDLING NEVERTHELESS FIGURED REPEATEDLY IN MY CAREER

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, March 28, 2016 — I did not know Garry Shandling at all, but he figured into a couple of personal stories.

One was an interview I conducted with him over the phone some time in the 1990s when he was about to host the annual CableACE Awards. “ACE” meant “Award for Cable Excellence.” This was the cable industry’s answer to the Emmys back in the era when the Emmys used to shun TV shows made for cable.

My interview with Shandling does not survive – neither the audiotape nor the published story. For me, what was noteworthy about the story was that it enabled my long-deceased grandfather to earn a byline in TV Guide. The reason for this was because I had taken on this assignment as some sort of a writing test for a job at TV Guide at a time when I was working as the TV editor for the New York Post and didn’t want The Post to know I was applying for a job elsewhere.

So the TV Guide editor allowed me to pick a pseudonym for the byline and I chose the name of my maternal grandfather, Daniel Cooperman, who had been a lifelong pharmacist and, to my knowledge, never read TV Guide. He was a great guy and I was glad to get him a byline in what was at that time one of the highest-circulating magazines on Earth.

As for the interview with Shandling, I cannot re-create any of our conversation, but I remember that it was a terrible interview. On the phone from L.A., he was dour and combative, and gave the impression that he would have preferred to be doing just about anything else at that moment except be interviewed.

For me, it was the first of several such interviews with comedians in those days that eventually made me swear off interviewing comedians altogether – a self-imposed ban that I honored for nearly 10 years. I concluded from this handful of interviews that comedians – the people who make us laugh – are, generally speaking, unhappy people. Either they see interviews as opportunities to exercise their uncontrollable compulsion for spouting wisecracks, or if they are not in the mood for that, they just give answers that reveal they couldn’t care less about being interviewed. P.S. I didn’t get the TV Guide job.

I was nevertheless an admirer of Garry Shandling’s work, and I was well-aware of the attention that was being paid to “The Larry Sanders Show,” his HBO series about late-night TV. So some time in 1993, one of our TV reporters at The Post, Michele Greppi, interviewed Shandling about the show, and I put the story on the day’s list of stories we planned on publishing in the TV section the next day. And off I went to the morning editorial meeting in the editor-in-chief’s office.

On this particular day, we had a visitor who I had never encountered before at a morning news meeting – The Post’s proprietor, Rupert Murdoch. This was back in the days when HBO was not nearly the juggernaut it eventually became, and its audience (i.e. subscribership) paled in comparison to the major broadcast networks. Moreover, cable TV itself was still relatively new to vast swaths of the New York metropolitan area. Indeed, in the Queens neighborhood where I then lived, we didn’t get cable TV until something like 1989.

Mr. Murdoch said little or nothing while other editors recited their news lists. But perhaps because he was interested generally in TV, he decided to weigh in on mine. In his Australian accent, he questioned the value of slotting a story about this HBO series into the next day’s paper because, in his view, the show’s audience, and HBO’s distribution, was too miniscule to justify taking up space with it.

Somehow I came up with an answer. Recovering from the initial shock of being addressed by Rupert Murdoch, I told him that I understood his concerns. But I assured him that stories about HBO were relatively rare in the Post TV section – in proportion, I surmised, to the channel’s relatively small audience at the time.

I also added that as TV editor, I liked to pay particular attention to TV shows that were about television, and “The Larry Sanders Show” — which was about a fictional late-night show — was certainly a stellar example of this, and on that basis alone, would hopefully be of interest to readers of our TV section. Mr. Murdoch seemed OK with this explanation and the story stayed.

In the early summer of 1992, I attended a taping of the then-new “Tonight Show with Jay Leno” at NBC Studios in Burbank. Shandling was one of the guests that day. In those days, Leno was still trying to find his footing on the show and in a conversation he and I had backstage after the show, he fretted that he hadn’t been funny. Incredibly, I found myself in the unexpected position of having to assure Jay Leno that he had been funny, and that he shouldn’t worry about it.

As far as I can remember, I did not meet Shandling, but my impression after the show was that he got the best of Leno during their segments together, and I even formed the impression that Shandling was working hard to do so. I don’t truthfully recall if Leno was funny or not, but Shandling was.

On a Friday afternoon in May 1998, a Post photographer was trolling for celebrities on Madison Avenue when he ran into Garry Shandling at an outdoor café having lunch with Jeff Bewkes, then the chairman and CEO of HBO. Shandling was in the midst of reading the Post’s TV section, which that day ran a five-star review by Michele Greppi of the final-season premiere of “The Larry Sanders Show.”

The photographer, Lawrence Schwartzwald, asked Shandling to hold up the TV page, which featured a banner headline that read, “One last ‘Hey, now!’ for ‘Larry Sanders’.”

Garry, who was apparently more cooperative that day than he had been when I interviewed him some years before, gladly complied. This photo of Garry Shandling, smiling and apparently self-satisfied by the coverage that day, appeared in the next day’s TV section, Saturday, May 30, 1998.  In fact, I put it there.

Shandling, who died last Thursday at age 66, left a very long and valuable legacy on TV as a “Carson” show guest and frequent guest host, as the star of “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show” in the early years of the Fox network. and then as the star and creative force behind “The Larry Sanders Show” on HBO.

For a time, Garry Shandling was omnipresent on TV, which explains why he recurs in these unrelated and, truth be told, beside-the-point stories from my own career on the TV beat. Hey, now.

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Busy Month Yields 18 Blogs and Stories … So Far

March 25, 2016

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, March 25, 2016 — Always busy writing on every conceivable subject related to television: Click on the photo montage to visit my ever-increasing archive on MediaPost.com. Then please stick around and read ’em.

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Looking for Adam Buckman? Use the links below

March 4, 2016

Adam Buckman 1Looking for the latest from TV Howl’s Adam Buckman? Just click on his name below to visit his ever-growing MediaPost archive — adding new content everyday: Adam Buckman.

For more information about Adam Buckman, please visit AdamBuckman.com.

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Oscars And Upfronts: This Week’s TV Blogs

March 4, 2016
This week's topics: The Oscars, "The Real O'Neals," the start of New York Upfront season, "The Family" and "Damien."

This week’s topics: The Oscars, “The Real O’Neals,” the start of New York Upfront season, “The Family” and “Damien.”

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, March 4, 2016 — The Academy Awards, three new shows and the start of the spring ad sales season in New York were the topics this week of my five MediaPost TV blogs. Read them all, right here:

Monday, Feb. 29: Hectored By Hollywood: Joyless Oscars Were Hard To Endure

Tuesday, March 1: ‘Real O’Neals’: Show Goes From Dumb To Smart In Blink Of An Eye

Wednesday, March 2: Ready Or Not, Here Come The Upfronts

Thursday, March 3: With ‘The Family,’ Grim Storytellers At ABC Are At It Again

Friday, March 4: ‘Damien’ And ‘Bates Motel’: TV Shows As Movie Sequels And Prequels

Plus, these Upfront stories:

Nickelodeon Upfront (left) and George Lopez at the TV Land event in New York.

Nickelodeon Upfront (left) and George Lopez at the TV Land event in New York.

Nickelodeon, March 3: At Season’s First Upfront, Nickelodeon Stresses Star Athletes, Toy Tie-Ins

TV Land/CMT (Country Music Television)/Nick At Nite, March 4: Viacom Upfront Combines TV Land, CMT, Nick At Nite Into One Big ‘Family’

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Roll Over, Fats Domino: This Week’s 5 TV Blogs

February 26, 2016
Presenting all five of this week's MediaPost TV blogs.

Presenting all five of this week’s MediaPost TV blogs.

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, Feb. 26, 2016 — “Downton Abbey,” Snooki, the Oscars, Fats Domino and Beethoven all in one week: The TV business is nothing if not varied, isn’t it? Read all five of my MediaPost TV blogs from the past week, right here:

Monday, Feb. 22: As ‘Downton Abbey’ Nears Finish Line, The Claws Come Out

Tuesday, Feb. 23: Couples Therapy: Snooki And Hubby Are TV’s Newest Home-Repair Duo

Wednesday, Feb. 24: Get Ready For The Academy Awards Of Race Relations

Thursday, Feb. 25: Fats Domino Documentary Reinforces TV’s Role In The Birth Of Rock ‘n’ Roll

Friday, Feb. 26: Roll Over, Beethoven, History Channel Is In The Comedy Business

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Drink Up: ‘Kocktail’ Time With Khloe Kardashian

February 19, 2016
This week's TV blog topics: Donald Trump, Craig Ferguson, Big Data, teacher sitcoms and Khloe Kardashian.

This week’s TV blog topics: Donald Trump, Craig Ferguson, Big Data, teacher sitcoms and Khloe Kardashian.

THIS WEEK’S MEDIAPOST TV BLOGS

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, Feb. 19, 2016 — This week’s MediaPost TV blog topics ranged from Presidents Day to Khloe Kardashian’s cocktail party show on the FYI network.  Read all five blogs right here:

Monday, Feb. 15: For Would-Be Presidents Day: A Couple Of Things About Trump

Tuesday, Feb. 16: History Channel, Craig Ferguson Join Forces For Late-Night Laughs

Wednesday, Feb. 17: Big Data Blowhards Predict Information Age Will Save Planet

Thursday, Feb. 18: Teachers Behaving Badly: Cable Sitcoms Go Back To School

Friday, Feb. 19: Make Mine A Double: Surviving ‘Kocktails With Khloe’

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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.

By ADAM BUCKMAN

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

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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.

By ADAM BUCKMAN

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

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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

By ADAM BUCKMAN

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

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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 (Photo by Adam Buckman).

By ADAM BUCKMAN

MIAMI BEACH, Jan. 18-21, 2016 — 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.

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‘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.”

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, Jan. 22, 2016 — 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

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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. 

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, Jan. 15, 2016 — 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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All this, plus my exclusive interview for TVNewsCheck.com with Harry Connick Jr. about his upcoming syndicated daytime show, right here.

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