February 23, 2013 |
Sunday's Academy Awards will feature many of Hollywood's shiniest stars, including Barbra Streisand, the cast of "The Avengers" and comic Seth MacFarlane. They'll be celebrating a slate of nine best picture nominees that includes six $100-million blockbusters. But the celebrities must do more than hand out awards or sing and dance: The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, and longtime broadcaster ABC, need their talent to inject new life into a show whose audience has been declining steadily and aging rapidly.
January 11, 2013 |
As 2013 begins, Robert Sean Leonard is the theater world's equivalent of a star athlete who's just completed his contract and become a free agent. There isn't a team that wouldn't want him; all he has to do is pick the best fit and sign. What's missing - this being stage acting instead of professional sports - is the chance for a big payday. But that's all right with Leonard. For eight seasons ending last spring, he played Dr. James Wilson, the often-bemused sole friend of Gregory House, the brilliant, extremely eccentric and incredibly arrogant protagonist of the Fox television series, "House, M.D. " PHOTOS: Arts and culture in pictures by The Times He took the gig in 2004 because he needed the money.
January 8, 2013 |
Satellite broadcaster DirecTV is taking the next step with its in-house channel Audience Network. Best known as the channel that gave a second chance to critically acclaimed but low-rated dramas "Damages" and "Friday Night Lights," the Audience Network is now making a big push into original scripted programming with the drama "Rogue. " Set to premiere in April, "Rogue" is a gritty and dark look at a detective (Thandie Newton) who goes undercover and finds herself crossing lines and putting her career in jeopardy.
January 8, 2013 |
Huell Howser, a great man of television, died late Sunday in Palm Springs, to which he retired quietly late last year - or as quietly as an interested public would let him, the announcement that he would make no more programs being news throughout the state and prompting tributes and some expressions of concern that now will be multiplied many times over. He was a boyish 67 years old. If you lived in California in the last few decades and owned a television you likely have an opinion, and quite possibly do an imitation, of Howser, and it probably involves the phrase "That's amazing!"
December 17, 2012 |
Nielsen and Twitter have struck a multi-year partnership to measure the reach of online conversations about television shows. The new Nielsen Twitter TV Rating will do more than provide information about how many people have Tweeted about a particular show, a service that is already available from other measurement firms. It also seeks to quantify the number of people who've read each comment. "It captures the whole audience of that conversation, not just the specific Tweeter," said Steve Hasker, president of global media products at Nielsen.
August 20, 2012 |
When Democrats and Republicans gather for their national nominating conventions, star-spangled in silly hats and their donkey and elephant jewelry, some may see it as a colossal waste of time and money. Decades have passed since the last time convention delegates actually decided a presidential nominating fight. The selection of a running mate, which used to be a big part of the drama, now occurs well ahead of the opening gavel. Given the lack of suspense, the major TV networks, which once competed with blanket coverage, have cut back in recent years to a scant one hour of prime-time programming each night.