The Tank Is Full Again

Of all of the attempts to try and get attention to the season premieres of broadcast TV shows during the past week, one of the more ambitious was the first-ever staging of SHARK TANK in front of a live studio audience. It was hardly the most heavily promoted event, and with good reason.  SHARK TANK … Read more

An Amazonian Performance Across The Board

So a mere few hours before its second NFL Thursday night game, Amazon Prime Video finally announced the official tallies of viewership for their first a week earlier.  Not exactly an overnight rating, for a number of both legitimate and red tape reasons, but in many ways worth the wait.   Sports and business media, not … Read more

Should It Matter If Someone Spins To The Right?

Social media has been abuzz with reaction to a picture recently released that depicts WHEEL OF FORTUNE emcee Pat Sajak with notorious congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene and a right-wing network TV host.  As Huff Post’s Ron Dicker reported, it has sent the snark-a-verse into overdrive: Sajak has hinted at retiring soon after about four decades on the … Read more

Dancing In The Dark

The new fall TV season kicked off last night, and in recent years the first to kick off on broadcast TV was the venerable reality competition series DANCING WITH THE STARS.  A hokey but immensely popular chance for B list and below “celebrities” to team with professional dancers and show off their moves, for 30 … Read more

Rescued Again?

Got a call from an old friend, we used to be real close Said he couldn’t go on the American way Closed the shop, sold the house, bought a ticket to the west coast Now he gives them a stand-up routine in L.A. Lately, I’ve been humming Billy Joel’s inspiration lyrics in my head a … Read more

God Save The Windsors

With all that’s been going on in my world lately, sleep is often an aspiration and, frankly, occurs only when my body reaches a point of exhaustion where it’s impossible for me to continue thinking or moving.  Fortunately, it hasn’t yet happened while I was operating a motor vehicle, but otherwise, it’s fair to say … Read more

G*E*N*I*U*S

Exactly 50 years ago tonight, two new half-hour comedies from 20th Century Fox TV that mined the IP of their theatricals debuted back-to-back to lead off their Sunday night prime time schedule.  (Yes, this was before 60 MINUTES had that slot; in those days, it aired seasonally at 6 PM once the NFL season ended). … Read more

Thursday Night Football Comes “Exclusively” To Prime Video. May They Not Be A Bunch of Yahoos.

Tonight could be a watershed moment in the history of televised sports.  Amazon Prime Video will debut its Thursday Night Football package, and will have a great divisional matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs, featuring outstanding young quarterbacks Justin Herbert and Patrick Mahomes squaring off having both won their 2022openers, to … Read more