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Fall Season Gets Under Way: This Week’s Blogs

September 25, 2015
This week's TV blogs: "Minority Report," "Blindspot," "The Muppets," Brian Williams, "Heroes Reborn" and, on Friday, a late-night candidates' report card. Links below.

This week’s TV blogs: “Minority Report,” “Blindspot,” “The Muppets,” Brian Williams, “Heroes Reborn” and, on Friday, a late-night candidates’ report card. Links below.

NEW YORK, Sept. 25, 2015 — With the fall TV season having its official start this week, the emphasis was on reviews of new shows in three out of five of this week’s MediaPost TV blogs — Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.

Also this week: The return of Brian Williams and, to close out the week, a report card grading the presidential candidates’ appearances on the late-night shows this month.

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

Monday, Sept. 21: Fall Season Begins With Three New Shows Monday Night

Tuesday, Sept. 22: New Fall Season, Night 2: ABC’s ‘Muppets’ Is Eerily Similar To ’30 Rock’

Wednesday, Sept. 23: Snarky Tweets Greet Brian Williams As He Returns For Pope’s Visit

Thursday: Sept. 24: ‘Heroes Reborn’: NBC Revives Show It Cancelled Five Years Ago

Friday, Sept. 25: September To Remember: Grading The Candidates On The Late-Night Shows

— Adam Buckman

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Read This Week’s MediaPost TV Blogs 6/15-6/19

June 19, 2015
TGIF: Thank God It's Five -- my five TV blogs for MediaPost this week, that is. Spend part of your Friday afternoon reading all five. Just follow the links, below.

TGIF: Thank God It’s Five — my five TV blogs for MediaPost this past week.  Spend part of your Friday afternoon reading all five.  Just follow the links, below.

NEW YORK, June 19, 2015 — The busiest man in TV this week may have been Matt Lauer. At the very least, he drew enough attention with two high-profile interviews to appear twice in this week’s rundown of my five MediaPost TV blogs — Tuesday’s blog about Lauer’s interview with race masquerader Rachel Dolezal and Friday’s blog on Lauer’s interview with Brian Williams. Also this week: “Seinfeld,” Donald Trump and Jeb Bush. Read all five of my MediaPost TV blogs for the week with the links below:

Monday, June 15: ‘Seinfeld’ Repeats On Hulu: Much Ado About ‘Nothing’

Tuesday, June 16: Politics Of ‘Self-Identification’ Takes Center Stage In Lauer-Dolezal Interview

Wednesday, June 17: Stars For A Day: Trump, Jeb Bush Take Over TV For Most Of Tuesday

Thursday, June 18: NBC’s Decision On Williams: Send Him Down To MSNBC

Friday, June 19: Williams’ Interview Was Painful To Watch, And Also Unnecessary

— Adam Buckman

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Week in Review: This Week’s MediaPost Rundown

March 20, 2015
ALL THIS MORE: Photos from this week's MediaPost columns -- links below.

ALL THIS AND MORE: Photos from this week’s MediaPost columns — links below.

NEW YORK, March 20, 2015 — In case you missed this week’s output of columns on, here they are — just click on the headlines below:

This weeks’ topics:

Monday, March 16: Obama on ‘Kimmel’: Entertainer In Chief Was A Regular Riot

Tuesday, March 17: ‘One Big Happy’ Review: ‘Happy’ Daze: New NBC Sitcom Is One Big Mess

Wednesday, March 18: ‘7 Little Johnstons’: Reality Show About Seven Dwarfs Proves Anything Is Possible On TV

Thursday, March 19: David Letterman’s Farewell Is Fast Approaching, But Where’s The Excitement?

Friday, March 20: Changes Mulled At MSNBC As Audience Yawns, Then Disappears

— Adam Buckman

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Adam Buckman comments on Kimmel on CNN

January 13, 2013

NEW YORK, Jan. 13, 2013 — Many thanks to Howard Kurtz and his producers for including me in a very lively segment this morning on CNN’s “Reliable Sources.”  Our topic: Jimmy Kimmel, and what his move to 11:35 p.m. means for ABC’s “Nightline.”  Watch:

Then we got into another topic — the dust-up last week in which Mika Brzezinski clashed with her “Morning Joe” co-host Joe Scarborough on MSNBC.  She called him a “chauvinist,” and he disagreed — to say the least.  Watch:

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And so, the Olbermann story runs its course. Alas.

November 10, 2010

KEITH RESURRECTED: Before you knew he was gone, he was already back.


NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2010 — Talk about glee!  Keith Olbermann was clearly happy to be back on the air Tuesday night after an “indefinite” suspension that lasted only four days.  But he was even more ecstatic – downright gleeful, you might say – about all the attention he received during his brief exile.

That was more than evident in the remarks he made about his experience, in the final segment of his MSNBC show, ‘Countdown,’ on Tuesday.  That’s the show on which Keith “counts down” the five biggest stories of the day.  And on this night, story Number One was the one about himself.

“I’d like to close tonight by discussing something that I’m sure has happened to you dozens of times in your own life,” Olbermann said, launching into one of the longest run-on sentences in the history of broadcasting.  “You know, when there’s a petition supporting you and it winds up being signed by 300,000 people and you get 21,000 tweets in a 72-hour period and then you’re invited to be on television because you aren’t on television because they want you to be the lead story on ‘Good Morning America’ and ‘Larry King’ and ‘Letterman’ and you break the traffic record on the Huffington Post and you’re on the front page of the New York Times without being dead, or in jail or Charlie Sheen or something!”   Whew!

“Well, maybe you’re used to it,” Keith went on, knowing full well we’re not used to it, that such things don’t happen to any of us mere mortals at home watching this champion of 72-hour tweets on TV.  “But for me, it was kind of a surprise,” Keith said with a huge grin.  “And all I can seriously say is I’m stunned and grateful and it still feels like a universal hug!”  Awww.

He apologized to his viewers for “having subjected you to all this unnecessary drama.”  And then he apologized, somewhat awkwardly, “for not having known by observation, since it’s not in my contract, that NBC had rules about getting permission for making political donations even though any rule like that in any company [is] probably not legal.”  Come on now, Keith – everybody knows that ignorance of the law (or corporate rules) is no excuse!

He admitted to making the campaign contributions to three Democratic candidates a few days before Election Day that resulted in his suspension last Friday.  He then played some videotape – very gleefully – of Jay Leno and Jon Stewart joking about him on ‘The Tonight Show’ and ‘The Daily Show,’ respectively.  And he thanked the many thousands who reportedly “signed” an on-line petition for his reinstatement.  “I’d like to thank all 300,000 signatories to that petition, but obviously I can’t,” he said, feigning humility and then adding this punchline: “And anyway, 99 percent of them were my relatives!”  (For the record, that would mean Olbermann, a stickler for accuracy when he criticizes his rivals at Fox News Channel, is claiming 297,000 relatives – a pretty large family.)

The cleverest part of the whole show was the opening, in which Olbermann’s empty desk was shown on screen for such a long period of time (at least by TV standards) that you couldn’t help wondering if he was going to show up at all.  Then he suddenly appeared, standing right before the camera, where he made his first remarks on the controversy.

“I need to address one thing right now,” he said.  “I read in a couple of places that this has to have been a publicity stunt.  This was not a publicity stunt!”

Well, if it wasn’t a real publicity stunt, for Olbermann it was the next best thing.  Said he, “Of course, if I had known that all this would happen, I would have done this years ago!”

Did you watch the show?  If so, what did you think of Keith’s return?  Are you glad to have him back?  Or more to the point, are you glad this whole suspension controversy is now over and done with?

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