Tonight’s the Big Night for NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live!’
Dec07

Tonight’s the Big Night for NBC’s ‘Hairspray Live!’

It was the summer of 2003 and “Hairspray” was the hottest show on Broadway, after taking home eight Tony Awards, including Best Musical. A friend at New Line Cinema had offered to get me a pair of coveted tickets on a Saturday night, but upon arrival at the Neil Simon Theatre, they were not there. After a series of frantic phone calls back to Los Angeles, sweating on the sidewalk, tickets were procured literally one minute before...

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Pearl Harbor Attack Reconstructed in Real Time on Smithsonian Channel
Dec02

Pearl Harbor Attack Reconstructed in Real Time on Smithsonian Channel

“Riveting” is the first word that comes to mind upon viewing a new program that reconstructs in real time the events of one of the most fateful days in American history, December 7, 1941, a date which Franklin D. Roosevelt predicted will live in infamy, and for which we are rapidly approaching the 75th anniversary.   Most of us weren’t around to hear firsthand of the horrific attack on Pearl Harbor on a quiet Sunday morning as...

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From Adele to RZA, ‘Soundbreaking’ Tells Stories from Music’s Cutting Edge
Nov20

From Adele to RZA, ‘Soundbreaking’ Tells Stories from Music’s Cutting Edge

It’s a music lover’s dream, an eight-part exploration of innovations and insights across all musical genres over the past century, featuring unreleased footage and interviews with more than 150 artists in a series produced by the late Sir George Martin in what can now be considered his swan song to the music industry. Martin, who produced much of the Beatles catalog and continued work with them on some of their solo projects as well...

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Alec Baldwin Has a New Hosting Gig and No, It’s Not on ‘SNL’
Nov02

Alec Baldwin Has a New Hosting Gig and No, It’s Not on ‘SNL’

The outcome of next Tuesday’s presidential election determines not only the future direction of the United States, but how often we’ll see Alec Baldwin performing his bombastic, satirical spoof of Donald Trump on “Saturday Night Live.” Regardless of what happens on Election Day, Baldwin, best known as the powerful boss on “30 Rock” and for a number of roles in films going back to the late 80s, already has another regular TV gig lined...

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70 Years of Hispanics in Television — Going All the Way Back to ‘I Love Lucy’
Oct26

70 Years of Hispanics in Television — Going All the Way Back to ‘I Love Lucy’

The spirits of Desi Arnaz and Lucille Ball were in the room as the Paley Center for Media celebrated seven decades of Hispanic achievements in television in a gala event Monday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel that brought out some of the biggest names in the business. There was so much rich, artistic heritage to acknowledge that it was impossible to get it all into one night, although the content was nonstop. “We will demonstrate...

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