February 28, 2014 |
The Federal Communications Commission has pulled the plug on a study that sought information on the how local radio and television stations cover news. The Critical Information Needs study was to be conducted every three years for Congress. It was aimed at eliminating barriers that make entry into the media industry difficult for entrepreneurs and small-business owners. However, the pilot test for the survey included questions regarding the editorial practices of media and was heavily criticized both inside and outside the FCC. The test was slated for this spring in Columbia, S.C. PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of movies and TV Besides general inquiries regarding coverage of issues including the environment and requests for insight into the decision-making process behind a newscast, it also sought details on the relationship between journalists and management.
January 13, 2014 |
Aaron Sorkin's cable news drama "The Newsroom" will be back for a third and final season. HBO announced production on the final season would begin this spring with plans for a fall debut. Jeff Daniels stars in the series as outspoken cable news anchor Will McAvoy, who puts together the program "News Night" with his production staff, including Emily Mortimer as the executive producer. Daniels won an Emmy for best actor in a drama series last September. In a statement, HBO programming president Michael Lombardo said: "'The Newsroom' is classic Aaron Sorkin -- smart, riveting and thought-provoking.
September 23, 2013 |
In an Emmy night marked by both jaw-dropping upsets and predictably safe choices, "Breaking Bad" creator Vince Gilligan summed up the wild mood swings at TV's top awards ceremony this year. "I thought this was gonna be [for] 'House of Cards,'" Gilligan said with a smile as his series about a chemistry teacher-turned-meth dealer took the prize for best drama series at the 65th Primetime Emmy Awards in Los Angeles on Sunday. Indeed, some observers wondered whether the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences, which organizes the Emmys, might honor Netflix's acclaimed tale of political intrigue starring Kevin Spacey as a corrupt member of Congress as the first Internet-distributed series to attain TV's top echelon.
September 17, 2013 |
After the coffee. Before seeing how the debut of "Sleepy Hollow" did. The Skinny: I finally finished the season finale of "Newsroom" last night. That was some serious torture, particularly the last few minutes thanks to that butchering of Pete Townshend's "Let My Love Open the Door. " Tuesday's roundup includes a look at Queen Latifah as she tries another daytime show. Also, fears of a ratings falloff in the new TV season has executives nervous. Daily Dose: HBO usually makes its own TV shows.
September 16, 2013 |
“The Newsroom” Season 2 finale tied up so many loose ends, it looked like there wasn't going to be a Season 3. But fortunately for fans of the HBO political drama, the show will return next year, Emmy nominee Jeff Daniels (who plays news anchor Will McAvoy) recently announced on Twitter . Here's what happened on Episode 19 (“Election Night, Part 2”), the event-packed season finale: No one else at Atlantis Cable News got fired for airing the libelous “Operation Genoa” nerve gas story.
September 10, 2013 |
Alison Pill is finding herself in the dark these days -- for play rehearsals, anyway. Pill, who plays eager TV news staffer Maggie Jordan on HBO's “The Newsroom,” is to star in a new adaptation of Frederick Knott's thriller “Wait Until Dark” opening at the Geffen Playhouse next month. Pill will be filling the role made famous by Audrey Hepburn as a blind woman being manipulated by con men in Greenwich Village. The final scene immerses the audience in the perspective of Pill's character -- it's staged entirely in the dark.