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2010
Nov
29
 
 
When the Naked Gun movies came out in the late '80s and early '90s, friends would not sit next to me in the theaters -- I laughed that much. So, when I was invited to have lunch with and interview Leslie Nielsen in the mid-'90s, when he was in Toronto promoting his mostly made up autobiography, The Naked Truth, I jumped at the chance...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Oct
17
 
 
Set phasers for stun! That's what it felt like to wander into the convention lobby at Southern California's Universal Hilton this weekend and discover it was the home of something called Hollywood Xpo. I'd never heard of Hollywood Xpo, which ran Friday-Sunday at the Universal Hilton, but they had a crazy little lineup of guest stars, 100 by their tally...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Oct
6
 
 
I guess I was looking for a miracle from Tuesday night's extra spiritual episode of Glee. Executive producer Ryan Murphy has faith in himself, I'll say that. Setting up his high school musical as a pop parable on modern day spirituality is a tall task. He's inviting scorn from the right and the left, from the Tea Partiers and the Agnostics. Only a producer with a two-year commitment and riding a ratings surge would get a network to sign off on a religion-in-schools storyline...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2010
Aug
9
 
 
BEVERLY HILLS, CA -- The first of two cable network days got a slap upside the head Friday as the Jersey Shore cast was in the House. The Situation, Snooki, JWoww, Pauly D, Sammi, Hungadunga and McCormick all stood on stage throughout the entire session, prompting questions like: "Do any of you know why MTV didn't let you sit down?"...and, "What do you want to be when you grow up?"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Aug
2
 
 
Craig Ferguson knows the way to a critic's artery-choked heart is through his stomach. The CBS Late Late Show host has been sending pizza to critics on press tour for our semi-annual business meetings ever since he hosted the TCA Awards show a few years ago...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jul
30
 
 
Maybe it's just because I'm sitting next to the constantly clicking still photographers, but the buzz level seems to have jumped a notch on Day Two of the Television Critics Association press tour. I'm in a session now for The History Network with Matt Damon and Marisa Tomei, both very involved with a program called "The People Speak"...
 
 
 
  
 
 
2009
Jul
22
 
 
He tells, for one thing, about the same press conference I did, where Cronkite cackled with glee when demand for his attention turned into a verbal free-for-all. But Brioux tells it with a lot more detail, a lot more flair, and a lot more... brio. And he tells other stories as well, including Cronkite's account of a stuttering rival from the old days...
 
 
 
  
 
 
 
 
 

Bill Brioux

Bill Brioux is the David Bianculli of Canada, except he keeps his white beard to himself. He currently contributes to the Toronto Star, The Canadian Press and blogs at brioux.tv, TV Feeds My Family.
 
 

Good news, TVWW readers: David’s new book from Doubleday, The Platinum Age of Television: From I Love Lucy to The Walking Dead, How TV Became Terrific is available on Amazon for $20. (Paperback will be available September 5th, here.)

Doubleday says: “Darwin had his theory of evolution, and David Bianculli has his. Bianculli's theory has to do with the concept of quality television: what it is and, crucially, how it got that way."

"The Platinum Age of Television is an effusive guidebook that plots the path from the 1950s’ Golden Age to today’s era of quality TV. For instance, animation evolved from Rocky and His Friends to South Park; variety shows moved from The Ed Sullivan Show to Saturday Night Live; and family sitcoms grew from I Love Lucy to Modern Family. A high point is the author’s interviews with Carl Reiner, Mel Brooks, Norman Lear, Bob Newhart, Matt Groening, Larry David, Amy Schumer and many others...Bianculli has written a highly readable history." —The Washington Post

 
 

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