July 21, 2002
The 50 worst TV shows of all time? Oh, that the list could be stopped at a mere 50. For that matter, that the worst shows of the past five years could stop at 50. OK, maybe that's an exaggeration. Truth is, I'd probably have trouble naming 50 shows from the past five years. But I think that's proof not so much of my fading memory as of the distinct lack of memorable programming. True, TV in the last half-decade has given us The Sopranos and The West Wing, 24 and Freaks and Geeks (even if it did last a single season)
May 2, 2002
ONE OF the great things about this business is that you get to nit-pick and second-guess others, something that's so much fun, it's almost indescribable. So today we take on the folks at TV Guide, who this week list the "50 Greatest Shows of All Time" and have so thoroughly botched the job that ... OK, I take that back. Botched is too strong a word. Let's just say I have issues with some of their selections. Quite a few of their selections, actually. Look, I have no problem with Seinfeld at No. 1. Seinfeld was consistently brilliant, at least until its later years when each episode was juggling three and four story lines, one more inane than the next.
October 5, 1999
PASADENA, Calif. -- Gemstar International Group Ltd., the maker of the VCR Plus technology, said yesterday that it will buy TV Guide Inc. for about $9.2 billion in stock and debt to boost its electronic program guides.Gemstar said it will swap 0.6753 of a share for each TV Guide share, giving TV Guide shareholders 45 percent of the combined company.Gemstar makes technology for interactive TV program guides, which are expected to gain in popularity with the rise of digital ca- ble. TV Guide runs a weekly magazine with TV listings.
May 13, 1998
THERE is something absolutely annoying about the way some culture gurus take for granted that, come tomorrow night, we will all sit glued to our televisions watching the last episode of "Seinfeld."To do otherwise is to be uncivilized, un-American, someone unworthy of calling herself a New Yorker.Well, excuse me. I have been a New Yorker for 22 years. But I am not a "Seinfeld" fan. And, from what I have gathered from various folks I've talked to in recent days, I am not alone.I am not one of those snobs who insist that they never watch television.
June 28, 1997
The 100 best TV show episodes of all time, and no Jack Benny? No Jim Rockford? No "Masterpiece Theatre"?For shame, for shame.To be honest, TV Guide did a pretty fine job with the Top 100 list it published in this week's edition. You'll get no argument here that the "Chuckles Bites the Dust" episode of "The Mary Tyler Moore Show" deserves to be No. 1; nowhere else has great writing and great acting come together so seamlessly and so hilariously. And the Vitameatavegamin episode of "I Love Lucy" is a worthy No. 2, as Lucy gets drunk while making a commercial for a magic elixir that's mostly alcohol.
May 15, 1997
Imus now believes he caused Clintons inappropriate painFinally, somebody feels President Clinton's pain. Of course, he caused it in the first place.At last year's Radio-Television Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, radio personality Don Imus joked about the president's alleged extramarital affairs and Hillary Clinton's alleged financial peccadilloes. The Clintons were sitting just a few feet away.Now, Imus says in the June issue of George magazine: "It wasn't whether it was funny or not; it was whether it was appropriate.