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Wide World of TV: This Week’s MediaPost Blogs

August 19, 2016
From Dindin the Olympic penguin to John McLaughlin -- what a week in TV. Read all five of my MediaPost TV blogs from the past week, below.

From Dindin the Olympic penguin to John McLaughlin — what a week in TV. Read all five of my MediaPost TV blogs from the past week, below.

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, Aug. 19, 2016 — This week’s MediaPost TV blogs were truly representative of the wide world of TV — stretching from Rio de Janeiro (the Olympics) to the U.K. (“Inspector Lewis”) and back to the USA (Comedy Central’s late-night woes, new research about prime-time TV, and John McLaughlin, who died this week at age 89).

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

Monday, Aug. 15: NBC’s Olympic Ratings: Down Or Just Moved To Other Platforms?

Tuesday, Aug. 16: ‘Inspector Lewis’ Finale Raises Question About British TV ‘Golden Age’

Wednesday, Aug. 17: Tough Acts To Follow: Comedy Central Struggles Without Stewart, Colbert

Thursday, Aug. 18: Innovative Magid Research Finds Most-Valued And Least-Valued TV Shows

Friday, Aug. 19: A John McLaughlin Memory That’s So Old, It’s On VHS

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From ‘Caitlyn’ to ‘Colbert’: This Week’s TV Blogs

June 5, 2015
This week's MediaPost blogs covered the premiere of "UnREAL" on Lifetime, Caitlyn "Bruce" Jenner, Brian Williams, the upcoming USA Network series "Mr. Robot" and Stephen Colbert.

This week’s MediaPost blogs covered the premiere of “UnREAL” on Lifetime, Caitlyn “Bruce” Jenner, Brian Williams, the upcoming USA Network series “Mr. Robot” and Stephen Colbert.

NEW YORK, June 5, 2015 — Bringing you the constant variety of television: This week’s MediaPost blogs included columns on two, new original dramas — “UnREAL” on Lifetime and the cyber-thriller “Mr. Robot” on USA Network — plus the latest in the Brian Williams drama at NBC News, and the start of the Stephen Colbert era on CBS. And, of course, there was Bruce — oops! Caitlyn — Jenner …

Catch up with all five of this week’s TV blogs with these links:

Monday, June 1: Lifetime’s TV Satire ‘UnREAL’ Is The Real Deal

Tuesday, June 2: The Making of Caitlyn Jenner: A Media Campaign Like No Other

Wednesday, June 3: NBC News In A Twist As Williams Saga Continues

Thursday, June 4: USA Says ‘Mr. Robot’ Premieres Later This Month, But It’s Already On

Friday, June 5: Who Is He Now? Colbert Struggles To Find Himself In CBS Debut

— Adam Buckman

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In Case You Missed My MediaPost Blogs 5/4-5/8

May 16, 2015
Catch up with my MediaPost TV blogs from the first week in May, right here -- links below.

Catch up with my MediaPost TV blogs from the first week in May, right here — links below.

NEW YORK, May 16, 2015 — What a week it was: From the TV upfronts to Charles Manson, coming this summer on NBC. Read my MediaPost TV blogs from May 4 to May 8.

Monday, May 4: ‘Traditional’ Upfront Season Gives Way To Anything-Goes ‘Content’ Bazaar

Tuesday, May 5: Big Question For NBC’s ‘Manson’ Plan: Is It Good Enough To Binge-Watch?

Wednesday, May 6: Trans-Parent: Kardashians Want A Piece Of Jenner’s Transgender Story

Thursday, May 7: What The F—? ‘Porn’ Emerging As Hot New Word In TV Titles

Friday, May 8: Why Doing Away With Upfronts Would Be A PR Disaster

— Adam Buckman

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Last Week on MediaPost: My 5 Blogs 4/20-4/24

April 26, 2015
From Las Vegas and back: Last week's MediaPost TV blogs covered the annual NAB Convention, Bruce Jenner, a new show on Showtime, "Mad Men" and David Letterman.

From Las Vegas and back: Last week’s MediaPost TV blogs covered the annual NAB Convention, Bruce Jenner, a new show on Showtime, “Mad Men” and David Letterman.

NEW YORK, April 26, 2015 — Catch up with all five of my MediaPost.com TV blogs from last week — starting with my recap of the annual National Association of Broadcasters convention in Las Vegas a week earlier, and winding up with a kiss good-bye to David Letterman. Read ’em all by clicking on these links:

Monday, April 20: At NAB Vegas Show, Questions and Observations About the Future of TV

Tuesday, April 21: Sawyer-Jenner Interview Is This Week’s Most Talked-About TV Show

Wednesday, April 22: At Halfway Point, ‘Mad Men’ Soap Opera Drifts To Its Conclusion

Thursday, April 23: In Showtime’s ‘Happyish,’ Unhappy Ad Man Is Sick Of Advertising

Friday, April 24: Kiss Him Good-bye: Now Dave’s Getting A Real Send-off

— Adam Buckman

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Keep up with the Kardashians? A snail could do it

December 11, 2009

O-‘K’ corrall (l-r): Kardashians Khloé, Kim, mom Kris, and Kourtney. (E!)

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, Dec. 11, 2009 — Keeping up with the Kardashians?  That’s easy, since it’s not as if the Kardashians move around very fast.

They’re a pretty sedentary clan – they sit around the dining room table eating meals, they sit around the family room together, they sit around at restaurants, and they ride around in cars.  At least they seem like a close family since they are always together – as opposed to each of them being off doing things by themselves, such as working, for example.

You’re supposed to believe their days are fast-paced, and their family life “zany,” “crazy,” maybe even “wacky” and “out of control.”

But they’re really not.  In the premiere episode that kicks off the fourth season of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians” (Sunday, Dec. 13, at 9 p.m. eastern time, on E!), bodacious Kim loses the will to live (well, at least the will to work or get up off her couch) stemming from the blues that have set in from her separation from her boyfriend, NFL star Reggie Bush, who’s in New Orleans with the Saints (the episode, a preview DVD of which was provided by E!, seems to have been filmed before the onset of the Saints’ as-yet undefeated season).

Sister Kourtney is pregnant and about to deliver a baby whose father is her off-again, now on-again boyfriend, Scott, who is portrayed in the show as a shiftless layabout whom most of the Kardashians loathe for knocking up their sis.

And Khloé, newly married to L.A. Lakers star Lamar Odom, is house-hunting for the couple’s first home together.   This is always a highlight of these L.A.-based reality shows – the spacious homes with their gargantuan kitchens, walk-in closets larger than most New York City apartments, elaborate iron- and stonework, the custom-shaped swimming pools and everything else.  The opportunity to peek inside the mansions of L.A. and its moneyed environs have been an integral feature of these types of series dating all the way back to “The Osbournes.”

Real estate is often at the center of a plotline or two on these shows, resulting in “conflicts” to which few of us can relate, such as Khloé’s dilemma in this weekend’s episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians”: Should she and Lamar buy a $5.9 million home with something like 11 bedrooms, or “settle” for something cozier?

And another situation alien to most of us: Can Kim motivate herself out of her lethargy and stop pouting long enough to successfully participate in a photo shoot for her own fragrance, a dream she says she has had all her life?

Rest assured that it takes very little effort to keep up with the Kardashians as they house-hunt, eat lunch and pose for photos – activities they undertake languidly.  In fact, the fastest elements in this show are the frequent scenes of L.A. that serve as partitions between every scene.  You know the footage – it’s seen in every reality series: The fast-motion sunrise, the overhead shots of cars in fast-motion on sunny freeways and residential streets lined with palm trees and vast dewy lawns, the fast-moving video of the sun-splashed storefronts of Rodeo Drive.

The lesson is the same here as in many another L.A.-based reality show: Problems will inevitably arise from photo shoots and multimillion-dollar real estate decisions, but in the end, it’s always sunny in southern California.

TV Howl photo extra  . . .  Later this season on “Keeping Up With the Kardashians,” Kim gets a life lesson from Deepak Chopra:

Deepak Chopra explains the meaning of life to an attentive Kim Kardashian in an upcoming episode of “Keeping Up With the Kardashians.” (E!)

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