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A Tale of Two Presidents: This Week’s TV Blogs

September 23, 2016
Another week, another five TV columns - read 'em all below.

Another week, another five TV columns – read ’em all below.

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, Sept. 23, 2016 — The new fall TV season got under way this week, so the TV blogs were heavy with reviews of new shows — including Kiefer Sutherland as a reluctant president in “Designated Survivor” on ABC. The real president turned up also — in a Hanoi noodle shop with Anthony Bourdain, the subject of Friday’s TV blog.

Two presidents — one fictional, one real — plus reviews of two other new shows and a morning-after look at last Sunday’s Emmy Awards. Read all five of my MediaPost TV blogs from the past week right here:

Monday, Sept. 19: The Emmy Effect: We’re All Spectators At Somebody Else’s Party

Tuesday, Sept. 20: ‘Bull’ Title Is Truth In Labeling; NBC Says Look In The Mirror

Wednesday, Sept. 21: President Kiefer Sutherland Is ABC’s ‘Designated’ Hitter

Thursday, Sept. 22: ‘MacGyver’? Really? What’s Next? The New Adventures of ALF?

Friday, Sept. 23: Fun-Loving President Obama Is America’s Chowhound In Chief

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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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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.

By ADAM BUCKMAN

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

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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 MediaPost.com, 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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How the Osama rubout was like ‘The Godfather’

May 5, 2011

WHO’S BEING NAIVE NOW? The president channeled his inner ‘Godfather’ to order bin Laden whacked.

By ADAM BUCKMAN

NEW YORK, May 5, 2011 — Osama bin Laden sleeps with the fishes — and that’s not the only way the whacking of the terrorist kingpin felt like it was something out of “The Godfather.”

It felt like that right away, as soon as the president came on TV late Sunday night to make the grim announcement that bin Laden had been taken out.  You could almost hear the voice of Tessio (Abe Vigoda) when he broke similar news to his Corleone family colleagues.  “We hit Bruno Tattalgia at four o’clock this morning,” Tessio said, explaining to Clemenza (Richard Castellano) why there were so many “new faces” — new soldiers — hanging around.

How else was the dramatic bin Laden takeout like “The Godfather”?  Here’s how:

Like Michael Corleone, the president “settled all family business”: The weekend whacking of bin Laden was just one of two pieces of lingering, irksome “family business” the president disposed of within the space of a few days — the other one was the lingering doubt about his birth-origins, which he finally decided to “settle” by releasing his birth certificate once and for all.

The president’s “baptism” scene — the White House Correspondents Dinner: Like Michael Corleone (Al Pacino), who participated in his infant son’s baptism while his button men took care of the heads of the other families, Obama spent Saturday night trading jokes with comedians, journalists and other guests at the White House Correspondents Dinner in Washington.  Meanwhile, his own button men –Team 6 of the Navy SEALs — were carrying out their own hit mission.

Presidents don’t have people killed?  Who’s being naive now?  The president’s decision to carry out a mob-style hit on Public Enemy No. 1 recalled the conversation Michael Corleone had with Kay (Diane Keaton), when they strolled down a suburban street after being estranged for nearly two years.  “My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senator,” Michael said, to which Kay responded: “Do you know how naive you sound, Michael?  Presidents and senators don’t have men killed.”  Kay was wrong, of course, and Michael told her so: “Oh. Who’s being naive, Kay?”

“Someone put a bullet through his eye”: Hyman Roth (Lee Strasberg) said those words in “The Godfather, Part II” when he told Michael the story of Moe Greene and how he was killed (a story Michael already knew, of course, and Roth knew it).  Well, someone — a Navy SEAL — put a bullet in bin Laden’s eye.  “This is the business we’ve chosen,” Roth said.  And getting a bullet in the eye is one of the risks, apparently.

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