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Does a 10 p.m. Nightline Make Sense?

A few weeks ago, the New York Times’ Bill Carter and Brian Stelter wrote a piece looking at the possible implications of NBC’s scheduling Jay Leno at 10 p.m. in the fall. One of the lines in the story that generated some buzz was this:

NBC’s move has also caused planning battles inside ABC, whose 10 p.m. hours have been a string of

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The Morning After: Letterman Apologizes. Is It Over?

Last night on Late Show, David Letterman took to his desk and delivered a second—or depending on your view of his sincerity last week, first, or first-and-a-halfth—apology to the family of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, for a joke he made last week about Palin’s daughter getting “knocked up” at a Yankee game. Sober and snark-free, …

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Fox Jumps Right In With Fall Sked

Fox network has followed ABC’s lead in announcing its fall premiere dates. I haven’t yet got the press release (was it something I said?) but while I try to scrounge it up, you can find it at The Hollywood Reporter.

The most notable aspect of Fox’s September TV plans is that there are a lot of them: the network has a tendency to hold …

Talking to Maya Lin

The other day I stopped by the New York studio of Maya Lin, the artist-architect-memorial designer, to talk with her about current projects, but mostly about Storm King Wavefield, the large new earthwork she just unveiled at Storm King Art Center, the mountainside sculpture park about an hour north of Manhattan, which I was on my way …

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The Morning After: Do I Smell Smoke?

It’s (almost officially) summer, which means the beach that is network television is thick with smoke from the bonfire of summer-burnoff shows. Last weekend saw the return of Kings, which may or may not get the chance to air its remaining shot episodes on NBC, depending how the ratings hold up; the final episode of Pushing Daisies; …

The Elgin Stalemate

I wasn’t surprised this morning to see that the government of Greece has turned down an offer from the British Museum to lend the Elgin Marbles for three months to the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, which will be having its much delayed official opening on June 20. In October of 2007, when the museum was largely complete and the …

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TV Weekend: Another Bite for True Blood

I have to say this for HBO’s True Blood, which returns Sunday for its second season: It begins and ends better than possibly any show on TV.

By beginning, I mean the theme song (Jace Everett’s “Bad Things”) and the amazing title sequence. By ending, I mean the way nearly every episode ends on a dizzying crescendo of …

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The Sarah and Dave Show: The Outrage-a-Thon Continues

So, as I type this, it’s 9 a.m., and the lead story at the top of the hour on MSNBC is a Democratic and a Republican strategist debating each other on the feud between Sarah Palin and David Letterman. The news judgment shouldn’t surprise me, I guess: Palin launched her latest broadside against Dave on NBC’s Today Show, with Matt Lauer, …

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The Morning After: Late to the Dance

Earlier this summer I made a semi-vow to try to keep up with this season’s So You Think You Can Dance. Each consecutive episode that I miss, then, makes me feel like a grade schooler who has still not done the reading for a book report due this morning. Here, then, is my report on last night’s So You Think You Can Dance:


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TDS on NYT: Read It and Weep

Someday I want to write a piece about the obsessive hold the New York Times has on people: how it’s loved and hated, worshipped and sneered at, fetishized and despised, dismissed as irrelevant and criticized as tyrannically influential, written off as a dinosaur while providing content for seemingly the entire Internet. How Left and …

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