| Nov 4, 2013
| 6:12 PM
When he was tapped to run CNN a year ago, Jeff Zucker was supposed to help lift ratings at the 24-hour cable news network.
CNN last week plunged to its worst numbers since August 2012, months before Zucker, a former NBC boss, was brought...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 6:49 AM
After the coffee. Before cranking "Rock 'n' Roll Animal."
The Skinny: When other kids were buying Beatles albums, I was buying the Velvet Underground's "Loaded." Lou Reed made me feel blue when I wanted to feel blue and lifted me up when I wanted to get...
| Oct 1, 2013
| 3:25 PM
Broadcasters spent millions of dollars promoting their new fall shows, but it was CBS' returning sitcom smash "The Big Bang Theory" that came out on top.
The comedy about the dating travails of CalTech nerds hit its all-time highest audience ever...
| Dec 16, 2013
| 1:47 PM
Let's call it the least shocking plot twist of the year: Brian Griffin, the intelligent dog on Fox's long-running animated comedy "Family Guy" returned to the show on Sunday, ending three weeks of fan mourning.
The episode, "Christmas Guy," revealed...
| Nov 25, 2013
| 11:00 AM
Forget "The Walking Dead," "Homeland" or all the rest of the usual Sunday-night-TV sources of Monday buzz. The real shocker came from an unexpected place: Fox's long-running animated hit "Family Guy."
The development? After 11 1/2 seasons serving as the...
| Oct 27, 2013
Emmy Award-winning actress Marcia Wallace, who voiced the "Simpsons" role of Edna Krabappel and played wisecracking receptionist Carol Kester on the classic sitcom "The Bob Newhart Show," has died at the age of 70.
Wallace died at home in Los Angeles...
| Dec 2, 2013
| 9:56 PM
When André Schiffrin was fired in 1990 as editor in chief of Pantheon Books, it was regarded as a loud shot in the war between commercialism and quality in American publishing. There were protests by noted authors, including Studs Terkel and Kurt...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 4:47 PM
Is "The Blacklist" NBC's Holy Grail, the long-sought hit drama the network needs to finally rebuild its schedule?
Certainly NBC is making that case, and the show is being hailed as a breakthrough in media reports. Slate, calling the show "one of the...
| Nov 15, 2013
| 9:00 AM
In a move that would have C. Montgomery Burns saying "excellent," the cable network FXX has acquired rerun rights to more than 500 episodes of the long-running Fox hit "The Simpsons."
Although reruns of "The Simpsons" have been on local television...
| Nov 10, 2013
| 2:17 PM
Just when it looked like Seth MacFarlane would have only one show on Fox, the network gave a 13-episode order to a new animated comedy series called "Bordertown."
With "American Dad" moving to TBS and "The Cleveland Show" getting canceled, the hugely...
| Oct 28, 2013
| 6:40 AM
The biggest shockers of Sunday night's "Walking Dead" occurred at the very beginning and at the very end. In the middle? Well, there was a whole lot of coughing.
The mysterious flu-like disease that began infiltrating the prison in the season premiere...