July 20, 2007
The Emmys have not always been in sync with what's happening on screen and in viewers' hearts. But yesterday's 59th annual Primetime Emmy Award nominations got one thing right: As network television sinks deeper into a dismal sea of reality TV with series like this summer's new No. 1 show, NBC's The Singing Bee, increasingly cable becomes the place for quality programming. For the eighth straight year, HBO led all networks - this time with 86 nominations. The premium cable channel had both the most-nominated program, the made-for-TV movie Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, and the top series, The Sopranos.
September 25, 2005
If a culture is judged by its heroes, CBS, which tonight presents Martha Stewart, in Martha Behind Bars (9 p.m., WJZ Channel 13), has a lot to answer for. This crackpot hagiography launches a new season of CBS Sunday night movies, with Cybill Shepherd reprising her 2003 role from the network's made-for-TV movie, Martha, Inc. This "sequel's" message? For Martha, even a stint in prison can be transformed into a good thing. s TV season, go online to baltimoresun.com/falltv.
March 29, 2005
FORT MYERS, Fla. - Jason Varitek is making a point. The Boston Red Sox catcher and team captain wants reporters to know that, despite the defending World Series champions' reputation as a group of mad-partying, fun-loving idiots, renegades and rock stars, the essence of this team is dedication and work ethic. Standing in the middle of the spring training clubhouse, Varitek implores the media to look beyond the appearances and quirks of a few characters and instead concentrate on the bond of hard-nosed baseball that unites an eclectic clubhouse.
March 23, 2004
Even in the humdrum setting of a preseason game, network executives found the Ravens-Philadelphia Eagles matchup too tempting to pass up. The teams will play at Lincoln Financial Field Aug. 20 on CBS, the second of back-to-back nationally televised games for the Ravens. It will be the Ravens defense's first crack at Eagles receiver Terrell Owens since the Pro Bowl player filed a grievance with the NFL Players Association against a trade that would have sent him to the Ravens. A settlement and three-way trade sent Owens from the San Francisco 49ers to the Eagles.
April 28, 2002
In 1969, Jim Brooks and Allan Burns, two of Hollywood's most talented young television writers, had an idea for a new sitcom about a single woman working at a television station in Minneapolis. The writers met with CBS executives in New York to present the concept for what would become The Mary Tyler Moore Show. Central to the series was the fact that Moore would play the young, divorced Mary Richards -- the first divorced female character in television history. The executives loved the concept until they heard the word "divorced."
March 2, 2002
Starting this weekend, television viewers are going to have more choices, for a few major reasons: Several programs were pulled from the fall schedule after Sept. 11, but not for issues of propriety or taste. Network programmers were uncertain of the audience's psychological state, and didn't want to debut costly series and made-for-TV movies when viewer interest was elsewhere. That created one backlog of programs. The Olympics aired during a "sweeps" ratings period, making for a second, smaller backlog.