| Oct 4, 2008
Whenever I walk into a hospital emergency room, I still look for Nurse Hathaway -- the one who goes the extra mile for her patients, even when someone who looks like George Clooney is distracting her at the moment.
Actress Julianna Margulies may have...
| Nov 10, 2008
At last the election is over! Now, viewers can go back to really important TV fare, such as "Dirty Sexy Money" and "Lipstick Jungle."
Don't laugh. That's what the networks are praying for.
Conventional wisdom has it that the fall TV season was...
| May 14, 2008
Tuesday was the second day of the weeklong "upfronts" held in New York City where the major television networks gather annually to present their new programming to media buyers.
NEW YORK -- As expected, ABC President of Entertainment Steve McPherson...
| Jan 20, 2008
| 4:41 PM
WHEN NBC's Golden Globes telecast devolved into a fiasco earlier this month, with ratings skidding more than 70%, it seemed to hammer home the conventional wisdom about the writers strike.
The strike by the Writers Guild of America, you'll recall, was...
| Feb 4, 2008
REMEMBER when they used to gobble horse innards and other delicacies on "Fear Factor"?
Ah, 'twas prime time's golden age.
Blame it on the writers strike, but network TV is rushing to embrace cheap and sponsor-friendly unscripted programming that makes...
| Mar 29, 2009
On the night of Feb. 10, 2000 -- in the pre-spoiler era, when it was possible to watch an episode of television and be wholly surprised -- "ER" viewers found themselves stunned/petrified by its final two minutes.
The scene: During a Valentine's Day party...
| Mar 29, 2009
The patients at "ER's" County General Hospital weren't the only ones receiving a little TLC.
In between the endless paperwork and bloody surgeries, young doctors and nurses in love -- and sometimes not -- administered a crash cart full of sexual...
| Mar 28, 2009
With its technical innovations and reliance on realism, "ER" changed dramatic television. And when NBC pulls the plug on the show Thursday after 15 seasons, "ER" will leave behind a splintered prime-time landscape as the networks struggle to compete in...
| Jul 5, 2009
"Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles" had all the makings of a hit, even without Arnold.
But after just two shortened seasons, Fox pulled the plug on the blockbuster franchise's move to TV. Ratings had fallen to a series low by May, and it seemed the...
| Apr 4, 2007
Daytime soaps are in peril and it just may be that prime-time is riding to the rescue.
While soap opera audiences continue to dwindle, SoapNet, the Disney-owned cable channel devoted to sex-and-suffering serials, is embarking on a mission to revive the...
| Nov 22, 2009
In the middle of everything there is a pool. It's flanked by beach chairs under umbrellas, picture-perfect palm trees, actresses, publicists, reporters and other hangers-on. Four good-looking young guys dressed in Hollywood-wear -- skinny jeans, jackets...