January 11, 2010 |
PASADENA, CALIF. -- NBC finally confirmed it is going to scuttle Jay Leno's 10 o'clock comedy program and shift the host back to late night after NBC TV stations threatened to drop the prime-time weeknight series, the network's entertainment chief said Sunday. "The Jay Leno Show" will be pulled from prime time when the network starts its coverage of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C., on Feb. 12. Leno has been offered his old 11:35 p.m. start time, Monday through Friday.
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...
July 31, 2009
Regarding Michael Wilbon's July 28 Sports column, "A Carefully-Controlled Return": Mr. Wilbon usually gets it right. Not this time. By serving time for his role in a dogfighting operation in Virginia, Michael Vick earned his freedom, not a pass back onto an NFL team and a multimillion-dollar paycheck. What has Mr. Vick done to rehabilitate his good name (assuming he ever had one)? Gone to prison? Let Mr. Vick spend a year or two with former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy, who has agreed to work with Mr. Vick...
October 29, 2009 |
CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that, "In Feburary 2004, 2.9 children ages 2 to 11 watched those four broadcast networks that PTC whomped on in this study. " The number of children is actually 2.9 million. The number of violent crimes against women shown in prime time on broadcast television is extremely small, relative to the number of overall violent crimes shown in prime time on broadcast TV, according to a new study by the ever-vigilant Parents Television Council.
June 1, 2013 |
There was a time when Jessica Walter couldn't get "Arrested. " In 2003, the Emmy-winning actress read the script for "Arrested Development" and wanted the role of Lucille Bluth, the monstrous matriarch of the quirky sitcom's decidedly dysfunctional family. "But they weren't seeing me," Walter recalled, referring to the show's producers. "Yeah, tragic, isn't it?" she continued with a sly smile. Walter eventually got the gig, and "Arrested Development" would go on to win a 2004 Emmy...
March 21, 2013 |
The guy who led the first charge to dump late-night ratings king Jay Leno from NBC's "Tonight Show" now runs a ratings-starved cable-news network. And Thursday, that cable network's new star looked to improve his own disappointing early ratings by interviewing The Man Most Likely to Dance on Leno's Grave (a.k.a. Jimmy Kimmel) about the inevitability that Leno will get dumped a second time. "It makes perfect sense," Kimmel told Jake Tapper, who was...