Diane Sawyer's Dream Job. What It Really Says About The State Of Network News

Avuncular she is not. Not so sure that she is "materteral" either. And even if she were, no one is going to say it because materteral is not as much fun to say as avuncular--the beloved adjective used for the past several decades to describe the relationship between television news junkies and the anchors who deliver the news. ...more

I firmly believe  if the nightly news programs were not on a fatal decline, Couric and ...more

Fall 2009 TV Preview: Stars, Stars and More Stars!

Julianna Margulies, Patricia Heaton, John Lithgow, Keith Carradine, Christian Slater, Jenna Elfman, Kelsey Grammer, Chris O'Donnell and L L Cool J. All these stars and more are coming to your Fall 2009 TV screens. If the concept of a year round TV season is like an all you can eat buffet, plentiful but with few memorable morsels, then fall is still when the network chefs trot out their best cuisine for viewers to sample. ...more

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ABC Soap "All My Children" Moving From NY to LA

I started watching ABC's soap opera "All My Children" when I was kid.  Like so many of my friends, I watched because my grandmother watched and my mother watched. That was in the days of generational soap opera viewing.  I've since moved on to other shows and other past times, but I still have a soft spot for what used to be appointment TV in our house.  In fact, soaps were "must see TV" long before some PR person came up with the phrase. That's why when ABC Daytime announced last week that  "All My Children" will be moving from its original home in New York City to Los Angeles by the end of the year, I couldn't help but feel a twinge of nostalgia.  ...more

The soap takes place on the east coast and characters on the east coast would not have tans ...more

On The Prowl

There definately seems to be an increasing interest in the older woman-young man relationship, as of late. While some actresses like Susan Sarandon and Goldie Hawn have been with their younger men (Tim Robbins and Kurt Russell, respectively), have Madonna and Demi Moore made it even more acceptable? Desirable, even. ...more

The 2009 Network Upfronts: What You'll See On TV This Fall

The last couple of weeks you might have been hearing about the television network upfronts.  For those of you who may not know that's when the networks hold meetings with the press and advertisers to announce their new shows for the fall/spring/summer TV seasons and allow the advertisers to buy time "up front."   So here's a look at what's coming to your TV sets this fall. ...more

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"Grey's Anatomy" Finale Roundup (Major Spoilers)

ABC's "Grey's Anatomy" ended their fifth season last week with a finale chock full of romance and angst. There was Izzie Steven's in her beautiful prom dress in that Great Grey's Elevator of Death, seeing the doors open to reveal George O'Malley, all decked out in his army uniform--007, licensed to kill.  Or in this case, be killed.   George and Izzie--both flatlining. Will either of them live to return to Seattle Grace this fall?  Only Shonda Rhimes and the lawyers negotiating their contracts know for sure. ...more

Jenny and John together?  Among other things you'd probably end taking home some great Mayer ...more

Media 101: Who Owns What in the TV World

If you wanted to boycott a particular TV network because they canceled your favorite show, odds are it might be harder than you think.  Take Fox's show "Dollhouse."  It's one of those "on the bubble" shows and last week my fellow CE Sweetney posted a plea to Fox not to cancel it.  In the comment thread, one angry viewer, Bambi, threatened to boycott Fox and watch Hulu instead if "Dollhouse" gets cut.  I had to give her the bad news that watching Hulu wouldn't hurt Fox in the least, because Hulu is partially owned by News Corp, which also owns Fox.  ...more

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Lost In Lost's Funhouse

I'll begin with a confession: I really have no clue what I'm talking about here. ...more

I enjoy Lost for the same reason I enjoy David Lynch. Over and over it proves what a sucker ...more

Grooving To "Grey's Anatomy"

A couple of weeks ago on "Grey's Anatomy" Dr. Owen Hunt (Kevin McKidd) and Dr. Cristina Yang (Sandra Oh), were asleep in her bedroom* when Yang was jolted awake by Hunt trying to strangle the life out of her.   That pivotal moment and several others like it are why "Grey's Anatomy" has become appointment TV viewing again.  Of course it hasn't been a perfect season, like say, "Lost" or "24"--Izzie's affair with her dead lover Denny pretty much took that mantle off their shoulders--but overall, it's been a redeeming season for "Grey's." var iamInit = function() {try{initIamServingHandler(234,324,843688,"http://cdn.pis.picapp.com/IamProd/Resources/Css/css2.css")}catch(ex){}}() ...more

I didn't know that. Having Eric Stoltz on Caprica definitely helps me to believe that it will ...more

ABC Television Puts Murderous Mommy on "Private Practice" Instead of Postpartum Depression Sufferer

ABC Television contacted Postpartum Support International several weeks ago to say they were doing a story about postpartum depression on an episode of "Private Practice" and wanted to do a public service announcement (PSA) with information about the illness.  I was aware of this project, because as the PR board chair for PSI, I had to write the PSA copy.  I was told a message about the PSA would appear at the end of the episode (which aired last night) and would direct people to the ABC website to watch it.  ABC wouldn't tell PSI any more about the episode.  ...more