Archive for August, 2015

Tragedy In Local TV News Dominates Week

August 28, 2015
Sad week in TV: Read all five of my MediaPost blogs from the past week, right here (below).

Sad week in TV: Read all five of my MediaPost blogs from the past week, right here (below).

NEW YORK, Aug. 28, 2015 — This week’s TV blogs gravitated from summer leisure — a mid-August tour of QVC’s mammoth studio complex in the southeast corner of Pennsylvania — to a summer tragedy: The on-air killing of two young local TV newspeople in Roanoke, Va., on Wednesday. This week of MediaPost TV blogs concluded with two columns on that subject — the first about the trust and affection TV stations and their newspeople engender in markets large and small across the Unites States, and the second about videotaped violence and how, thanks to the Internet, it’s here to stay.

Read these posts, plus one post on Stephen Colbert and another on yet another shakeup at “The View,” with these links:

Monday, Aug. 24: A Tour Of QVC: Inside TV’s Mecca Of Selling

Tuesday, Aug. 25: Oh No! Stephen Colbert Intends To Actually Interview People

Wednesday, Aug. 26: Table Gets Crowded As ‘The View’ Sets New Lineup Of Co-Hosts

Thursday, Aug. 27: In Places Like Roanoke, Local TV Newspeople Are Like Family

Friday, Aug. 28: Violence On Video: It is The World We Live In

— Adam Buckman

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com

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From Big Bird To ‘Perry Mason’: Last Week’s Blogs

August 24, 2015
From Big Bird to "Perry Mason": Last week's MediaPost TV blogs covered topics such as the HBO-"Sesame Street" deal, CNN's Morton Downey documentary, the threat of even more commercials on cable TV, the premiere of "Public Morals" on TNT, and a new look at "Perry Mason." Follow the links, below.

From Big Bird to “Perry Mason”: Last week’s MediaPost TV blogs covered topics such as the HBO-“Sesame Street” deal, CNN’s Morton Downey Jr. documentary, the threat of even more commercials on cable TV, the premiere of “Public Morals” on TNT, and a new look at “Perry Mason.” Follow the links, below.

NEW YORK, Aug. 24, 2015 — Still in shock over HBO’s deal to grab “Sesame Street” from PBS, the week began with a follow-up on the big story from the week before. The week also saw a mini-revival of interest in Morton Downey Jr., thanks to a documentary on CNN. TNT premiered a new cop show set in the 1960s — “Public Morals” — and I ended the week with a reconsideration of a courtroom drama from the 1950s, the incomparable “Perry Mason.” Read all five of last week’s MediaPost TV blogs with these links:

Monday, Aug. 17: Tyrion, Meet Big Bird: How The Media Told The HBO-‘Sesame Street’ Story

Tuesday, Aug. 18: Remembering Morton Downey Jr.: Documentary Revives The Man And His Era

Wednesday, Aug. 19: Dear Cable TV Networks, Please Don’t Add More Commercials

Thursday, Aug. 20: Costumes And Cars Are Not Enough To Make You Believe It’s The ’60s

Friday, Aug. 21: Television Noir And The Zen Of Perry Mason

— Adam Buckman

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com

Wide World of TV: This Week’s MediaPost Blogs

August 14, 2015
From "Monday Night Football" in the 1970s to "Sesame Street" in the present day, here are this week's MediaPost TV blogs written by TV Howl's Adam Buckman. Follow the links, below.

From “Monday Night Football” in the 1970s to “Sesame Street” in the present day, here are this week’s MediaPost TV blogs written by TV Howl’s Adam Buckman. Follow the links, below.

NEW YORK, Aug. 14, 2015 — This week’s TV blogs began and ended with columns about television institutions whose histories stretched back more than 40 years — to an era that was much different than today’s. The week’s blogs started with a look at the phenomenon of “Monday Night Football” in the early 1970s, following the death last Sunday of Frank Gifford. The week ended with a blog post about the stunning move of “Sesame Street” — a PBS staple since its inception in 1969 — to HBO, an unlikely, if not unimaginable, destination for this kiddie TV show.

In between: A review of a new docuseries on CNBC about sports agents (“The Agent”), a column cheering on a Florida news anchor who rebelled against reporting yet another story about the Kardashian family, and a post praising Jon Voight, who is giving TV’s best performance this summer in “Ray Donovan.”

Read all five of my MediaPost TV blogs from this week with the links, below.

Monday, Aug. 10: Gifford’s Death Revives Memories Of TV In A Much Different Era

Tuesday, Aug. 11: Esquire Sports Agent Series Sheds Light On Real-Life Jerry Maguires

Wednesday, Aug. 12: Hooray For Local TV News Anchor’s One-Man Kardashian Protest

Thursday, Aug. 13: ‘Ray Donovan’ Actor Is Giving TV’s Best Performance Right Now

Friday, Aug. 14: What? HBO Picked Up ‘Sesame Street’? How Is This Possible?

— Adam Buckman

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com

GOP Debate, Stewart’s Farewell Dominated Week

August 7, 2015
Donald Trump and Jon Stewart were the dominant personalities on TV this week. Read what I wrote about Trump, the GOP debate, Stewart and "The Daily Show" below. Plus: Craig Robinson's new NBC sitcom, "Mr. Robinson."

Donald Trump and Jon Stewart were the dominant personalities on TV this week. Read what I wrote about Trump, the GOP debate, Stewart and “The Daily Show” below. Plus: Craig Robinson’s new NBC sitcom, “Mr. Robinson.”

NEW YORK, Aug. 7, 2015 — A summer week in TV that would normally be sleepy was enlivened by a single night — Thursday — when 10 Republican presidential candidates faced off in a prime-time debate on Fox News Channel and Jon Stewart signed off as host of “The Daily Show” on Comedy Central after nearly 16 years. Oh, and NBC premiered a dreary sitcom on Wednesday. Read all about this show, the GOP debate and Stewart’s farewell, with these links:

Monday: Aug. 3: NBC Sitcom ‘Mr. Robinson’ Proves August Is Still TV’s Deadest Month

Tuesday, Aug. 4: Thursday Night Irony: Stewart Says Farewell As GOP Holds First Debate

Wednesday, Aug. 5: The Feuds! The Firings! Trump’s History Of Hilarity On TV

Thursday, Aug. 6: Stewart Faithful Prepare To Say Good-Bye To Their Ranting Hero

Friday, Aug. 7: GOP Debate Was Great TV; Stewart’s Farewell Was A Yawner

— Adam Buckman

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com

Adam Buckman Interviewed on PBS’ ‘MetroFocus’

August 3, 2015

NEW YORK, Aug. 3, 2015 — Click on the pic to watch Rafael Pi Roman interview TV Howl’s Adam Buckman about his book “JERK: How I Wasted My Life Watching Television” on “MetroFocus,” seen on New York’s WNET/Ch. 13:

TV Howl’s Adam Buckman on “MetroFocus,” WNET/Ch. 13, New York.

TV Howl’s Adam Buckman on “MetroFocus,” WNET/Ch. 13, New York.

Read “JERK: How I Wasted My Life Watching Television” by Adam Buckman: Order your copy today — right HERE!

— Adam Buckman

Contact Adam Buckman: adambuckman14@gmail.com


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