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Girl meets public: Star of “Girl Meets World” gets cast

By | Jan 29, 2013

The buzz about Disney Channel’s upcoming “Boy Meets World” sequel “Girl Meets World” hasn’t died yet. After a nationwide casting search, the nineties spinoff has found its “Girl.”  Having credits in both “The Back-up Plan” and the fourth “Spy Kids” film, 11-year-old Rowan Blanchard has been given the title role. This is great news -…

Happy Pilot Season!

By | Jan 24, 2013

As much as I love the holidays (which I talked about in my last blog post), pilot season is definitely the most wonderful time of the year. Pilot season — which, in the television industry, comes right after development season — is when broadcast networks have chosen scripts to make into actual episodes. This is…

Top 5 holiday TV specials

By | Dec 17, 2012

Many are finally getting the chance to enjoy the holidays, and what better way to celebrate than by lounging on the couch watching a December-only TV event? Here are five of my favorite holiday specials you can catch on your television. 1. “Year Without a Santa Claus” I wouldn’t go so far as to say…

Annual List of “Power Women in Entertainment” Released

By | Dec 5, 2012

“The Hollywood Reporter” has released its annual list of the top 100 women in the entertainment industry. On the 21st edition of the list, released this morning, five of the top ten spots are held by women who work in television. Topping the list for the third year in a row is Anne Sweeney. She…

The End of Bieber Fever

By | Nov 26, 2012

Last night, Justin Bieber performed during the half-time show of the 100th Grey Cup in Toronto, Canada. Maybe it was because he wasn’t performing to his usual crowd of preteen girls, but when Beiber asked the crowd to make some noise, he got something he wasn’t expecting. Boos. Outwardly, Bieber didn’t react, but he had…

R.I.P. “ABDC”

By | Nov 12, 2012

MTV seems to be cutting back on its reality programming. First, the network cancelled popular show “Jersey Shore” and now, “America’s Best Dance Crew” has been cancelled The show ran for seven seasons and was produced by Randy Jackson, a music producer best known for his role as an “American Idol” judge. Instead of Jackson,…

Potential(ly bad) results of Disney’s LucasFilms acquisition

By | Oct 31, 2012

Social media blew up yesterday when Disney announced that it had purchased LucasFilms for 4.05 billion dollars and also promised “Star Wars: Episode 7” (a.k.a. “Star Wars: Let’s Rake in the Dough”) in 2015. This deal has great media industry potential, but for every great idea this deal could spawn, there are five more that…

The “Sandy”s of television

By | Oct 29, 2012

With impending Hurricane Sandy, the name has become one of the week’s most popular buzzwords. An a peace offering to the year’s most dangerous storm, here are some television characters that share the Hurricane’s name. Sandy, “Friends” He’s not a major character, but in the episode “The One With The Male Manny,” Ross and Rachel…

Bear Grylls develops new competition series

By | Oct 22, 2012

Forget surviving the outdoors, let’s see if Bear Grylls can survive NBC programming. Edward “Bear” Grylls, a popular British outdoorsman and celebrity best known for his television series “Man vs. Wild,” has just landed a new reality series on broadcast television network NBC. Instead of focusing solely on his personal adventures, this new show —…

Showtime gives ‘Homeland’ another season

By | Oct 22, 2012

Is this proof that the Emmys actually have clout within the television industry? Showtime’s “Homeland,” which swept the drama category at the 2012 Emmy ceremony, was recently renewed for a third season. The show is currently in currently in the middle of its second season. Based on “Homeland”’s ratings, the move make sense.  The premiere…

“Avengers” show will be headlined by unlikely actor

By | Oct 15, 2012

So you’ve seen “The Avengers,” right? No need to answer — since it’s the third-highest grossing film of all time, I’m just going to assume your answer is yes. One of my first blog posts was regarding Joss Whedon’s new television project, an “Avengers” spinoff that focuses on the military organization S.H.I.E.L.D. In the Marvel…

NBC orders full seasons of successful new shows

By | Oct 7, 2012

For the first time since 2003, NBC won the first week of the broadcast season. This is great news for the network, which is slowly overcoming its “punchline status” among industry insiders. With highly publicized debacles like “Heroes,” “The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien” and “The Playboy Club,” many wondered if NBC would ever recover.…