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Republican U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump shakes hands with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper at the CNN Town Hall at Riverside Theater in Milwaukee, Wisconsin March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Ben Brewer

Organizers Name TV Journalists To Moderate Presidential Debates

Journalists from NBC, ABC, CNN and Fox News will moderate the three scheduled debates between U.S. presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump ahead of the Nov. 8 election, the nonpartisan group organizing the events said on Friday.

September 2, 2016
Republican U.S. presidential candidate Donald Trump departs after he was deposed for a lawsuit involving partners in a restaurant venture at offices in Washington, U.S. June 16, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Trump’s Cable TV Network Is The Vanity Project He Needs

If a report published Thursday in Vanity Fair — that Donald Trump is considering creating a “mini-media conglomerate,” anchored by a cable news network aimed at his current base — turns out to be accurate, it confirms the worst aspect of Trump’s candidacy for president: This is all about him.

June 17, 2016
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‘Roots’ Kindles In Us The Courage To Confront The History That Made Us

So it was on a Sunday night, the 23rd of January, in 1977. Your black friends simmered like a pot left too long on the stove. Your white friends tiptoed past you like an unexploded bomb. We had all watched the first episode of “Roots.” Now we no longer knew how to talk to one another.

May 29, 2016

Donald Trump’s Philosophy On Success Was Inspired By A ‘Twilight Zone’ Episode

If Americans feel like they’re living in a “Twilight Zone” episode thanks to Donald Trump, well, that’s kind of how he intended it. The presumptive GOP nominee is a big fan of the series, and for some time cited an early episode as a major inspiration for his lifestyle choices.

May 8, 2016
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Can Sitcoms Erase Bigotry?

Television can erase bigotry, according to a new study.

February 8, 2016

Pop Culture Warned Us About Trump, Part 5: ‘The Waldo Moment’

“Unprecedented” is a word you hear to describe Donald Trump. When searching for some kind of antecedent for Trump’s unlikely ascendance, the closest thing most people have been able to locate — and, believe me, the resemblance is jarring — is an incorrigibly vulgar cartoon blue bear named Waldo.

January 12, 2016

Sylvester Stallone Leads Night Of Surprises At Golden Globes

Gervais, returning to host the Globes for the fourth time, riled up the audience with an opening monologue in which he called the A-list audience “disgusting, pill-popping, sexual deviant scum.”

January 10, 2016

Pulled Punches And Easy Laughs When Trump Hosts ‘SNL’

Viewers expecting a biting satire or commentary on Donald Trump’s political candidacy — and his incendiary remarks — were disappointed, as the show punted rather than risk alienating their host.

November 8, 2015

‘Veep’ And ‘Game Of Thrones’ Win TV’s Top Emmy Awards

Viola Davis became the first African-American to win a drama lead actress Emmy for her role as a tough criminal defense lawyer in ABC’s ‘How to Get Away With Murder.’

September 20, 2015

Emmy Awards Adapt To A Stream Of TV Industry Changes

This won’t be the same old Emmys. After years of complaints of staid and predictable voting, the Emmys have finally caught up with the changes shaking up the TV business.

September 18, 2015
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With Donald Trump On The GOP Card, CNN Expects To Reap Ratings, Dollars

CNN anticipates its largest audience ever when Donald Trump, Jeb Bush and nine other contenders meet Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley.

September 15, 2015
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Schwarzenegger Is Back — Taking Over For Donald Trump on ‘The Apprentice’

Cue the machine guns, the “I’ll be back” jokes, the Austrian accent.

September 14, 2015

Raw And Refined, Smart And Stupid, Colbert Makes A Glorious Entrance

The friction between being in on the joke and stuck in a bad one doesn’t exist with Colbert, which is perhaps why the debut episode of his new show was such a weird and wonderful hour, rough and rowdy and full of contradictions and promise.

September 9, 2015
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Analysis: The Myths Of The Campaign Advertising Air War

The adage to “follow the money” isn’t the whole story.

August 19, 2015
Mexico hands out free TVs to the poor in massive giveaway

Mexico Hands Out Free TVs To The Poor In Massive Giveaway

It’s so Mexico can switch to digital signals.

August 18, 2015

Is Jon Stewart Done With Being A Political Figure?

Of course Jon Stewart ended his show Thursday night with a lecture to the camera.

August 7, 2015
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Jon Stewart Started Small, Became Voice Of A Generation

One of the greatest attributes of The Daily Show is its unwillingness to talk down to audiences. Jon Stewart became the voice of a generation because he didn’t parody the news — he pulverized it.

August 2, 2015

Jenner Pulls Back Curtain On Transgender Life In TV’s ‘I Am Cait’

It’s clear from the beginning of ‘I Am Cait’ that she is on a mission to educate about the challenges for the transgender community.

July 22, 2015
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Emmy Nods Reflect Push For Diversity On TV

Expect a lot of the attention to focus on the Best Actress in a Drama category, as two black women are nominated — Viola Davis in “How to Get Away With Murder” and Taraji P. Henson in “Empire.”

July 20, 2015

Josh Duggar Was ‘A Child Preying On A Child,’ His Father Says

The Duggar parents publicly addressed the allegations for the first time since reports surfaced two weeks ago.

June 4, 2015

CBS’ ‘The Briefcase’ Plumbs New Depths

With ‘The Briefcase,’ CBS has made a calculated bet here that you and I would not mind seeing real-life poverty as mass entertainment.

June 3, 2015

Meet The Duggars: Reality TV Stars And Moral Hypocrites

Despite their moralizing, Josh, the oldest in the long line of children, admitted to fondling several unnamed minors in 2006.

May 22, 2015

David Letterman Kept It Fresh On Late Night For 33 Years

All things change, and everything ends, and after Wednesday we will no longer be living in a world in which David Letterman is on television five nights a week.

May 18, 2015

‘Mad Men’ Finale Recap: There’s No Place Like Om

It’s an ending that’s as ambiguous, in its way, as the infamous finale of ‘The Sopranos.’

May 18, 2015
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A Brilliant TV Career Comes To An End

Before we say goodbye to “Dave,” let’s look at the highlight reel.

May 14, 2015