January 19, 2010 |
Back in the late 20th century, when people were getting sick of stories about David Letterman's mistreatment by NBC -- instead of getting sick of stories about Conan O'Brien's mistreatment by NBC -- I managed to get an NBC executive on the phone, which wasn't easy in those days, and he proceeded to give me what he said was the real story about the whole mess. A creepy sort of guy, who was later one of the NBC executives depicted in the HBO movie "Late Shift," he said the real story, ignored by the media, was that the dispute over who would...
September 13, 2013 |
The Michael J. Fox Show Thursday, Sept. 26, 9 p.m., NBC Who wants to be the one to tell Michael J. Fox that his new show, which is built entirely around the nobility of his real-life travails and triumphs with Parkinson's (the word "disease" seems to have been dropped from all references), just isn't that entertaining? Here, the '80s star of the small and silver screens leaps back into series comedy, playing a Manhattan TV reporter who went on hiatus to manage his illness.
December 6, 2011
TOP LIBERAL DEMOCRAT SHOWS 1. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (Comedy Central) 2. The Colbert Report (Comedy Central) 3. Masterpiece (PBS) 4. 30 Rock (NBC) 5. Parks and Recreation (NBC) 6. The View (ABC) 7. Glee (Fox) 8. Modern Family (ABC) 9. It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia (FX) 10. Treme (HBO) 11. Cougar Town (ABC) 12. The Late Show with David Letterman (CBS) 13. The Soup (E!) 14. The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (CBS)
January 26, 2010 |
Where there's mire, there's muck, and NBC is just the place to find both. It's long been a kooky little tradition that when TV columnists and critics write about which of the four major broadcast networks is doing worst in the ratings, they say it is "mired in fourth place" or "mired" in third. The practice seems to be phasing out, but then, networks seem to be phasing out, too. None is phasing faster than NBC, the once-proud-as-a-peacock establishment that is now mired in fourth, behind Fox, behind everybody.
January 13, 2010 |
"30 Rock" is NBC's critically acclaimed prime-time comedy starring Tina Fey, who plays the head writer for a fictionalized NBC late-night comedy show, and Alec Baldwin, the vice president for East Coast television and microwave programming, sent in from corporate headquarters to boost ratings by pandering to viewers' worst instincts. At its heart, "30 Rock" is a satire on corporate culture and the conventions of American business. But as self-parody, it can't hold a candle to the tragicomedy now playing out at the...
April 11, 2012 |
Alec Baldwin had fans hyper-ventilating Wednesday when he again hinted that he might leave NBC, home of "30 Rock," the comedy series in which he stars. Once again, it's all wrapped up in high Baldwin drama. This time, it involves a struggling Canadian actress named Genevieve Sabourin, with whom Baldwin may have had dinner a couple of times and who has been busted for allegedly stalking him after news got out that he'd gotten engaged to a yoga instructor. What gave fans the vapors Wednesday was a series of tweets ...