Category: Programming Reviews
December 7, 2011
(Dec 7) Often at parties and other social functions people ask about current shows, ‘What should I be watching?’ is the question usually.
Fewer inquire about favorite shows of the past. Thank goodness. The memory banks sometimes seem crammed to capacity …
November 29, 2011
(Nov 29) In television, as in other businesses, nothing succeeds like success. And mysteries have been and are hot on television. In the television-movie business, network executives often make safe bets by returning to films that were hits in theaters.
Such is …
September 15, 2011
(Sept 15) There are few if any revelations in NFL Films’ year-long tracking of Bill Belichick.
On the other hand, the result, Bill Belichick: A Football Life (premieres Sept 15, NFL Network, 9pm ET), provides viewers with an intimate look at …
August 27, 2011
(August 23, 2011) When asked to name cable channels that represent a personal touch, you might think immediately of OWN, the Oprah Winfrey Network, which claims to be Oprah’s personal take on programming.
When it comes to channels that concentrate on …
August 1, 2011
The nerve of Starz Encore–how dare it interrupt cable’s longest-running programming stunt, Discovery’s Shark Week, with another fish tale?
Oh, but it’s a very large fish. One whose liver is as long as two horse-drawn carts, we’re told in Starz …
July 21, 2011
It’s nearly 11 minutes into Ralph Kiner: 50 Amazin’ Years before viewers are reminded that Kiner, who’s known chiefly for having spent half a century behind the microphone with the NY Mets, was an extraordinary power hitter decades ago.
In 10 …
May 10, 2011
May 10, 2011
Here’s fair warning. Tonight’s special 2-hour edition of Dan Rather Reports (HDNet, 8pm ET; the program can be seen again Sat and Sun, 11am ET), describing the pitiful state of the Detroit Public Schools (DPS), is one of …
May 3, 2011
It’s difficult to describe all the wonderful touches, myriad layers and complexities that make up HBO’s post-Katrina drama Treme, now in its second season (Sundays, 10pm).
Named for a musicians’ village in New Orleans, the series shows how the Crescent …
April 5, 2011
We couldn’t let April 1 slide past without wishing a fond farewell to former NCTA chief Kyle McSlarrow.
McSlarrow tried to slip out the door unnoticed last week; he arrived at NCTA the same way, quietly. His influence on cable was …
March 25, 2011
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Sometimes the irony of life and death is extraordinary.
Earlier this month, as I was writing a review of Smithsonian Channel’s fine film Nature’s Matchmaker, something moved me to research its protagonist, a Veterinarian specializing in reproduction, known technically as …