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June 15, 1992
Henry Mendoza's vision of local television is an invention that exists only in his mind ("Minority Journalists: Poor, Disaffected of Media," May 18). According to him, all the reporters are raw recruits, children, not able to understand minorities; all the minority reporters are disaffected and unhappy. Obviously, he sees a wasteland peopled by white faces. Mendoza seems to think that ethnic reporters are entitled to more positions on the basis of their race. He seems unaware that there are many so-called ethnic reporters on television.
December 23, 1989
I had a shameful experience recently, an experience more discomfiting than watching a billionaire's son panhandling for dimes. It shames me for our society that KCET public television should have to devote so much time and talent to begging for donations from the public. The billions of dollars in profits raked in by the commercial TV networks and Madison Avenue are made possible by franchises which cost them little or nothing, as do the license renewals which we routinely yield up. These licenses are a grant from us, the people of the United States, for the use of the airwaves which government regulation makes possible.
October 4, 2011 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Those shocked by the inclusion of Chaz Bono on this season's "Dancing With the Stars" would do well to check out the ESPN documentary "Renée" — there is nothing new under the sun, not even transgender individuals taking center stage in a national competition of athletic prowess. From childhood, Dr. Renée Richards, born Richard Raskind, seemed destined for an extraordinary life, though none could guess it would include competing on the women's professional tennis circuit after having gender reassignment surgery at age 40. Raskind was an accomplished athlete all his life, playing tennis throughout his college career at Yale and while serving in the Navy.
April 18, 2012 | By Deborah Netburn
Can Ikea's new Uppleva system solve our collective television problem? For too long we've been juggling too many remote controls, shoving unsightly tangles of electric cords behind bookshelves, and precariously stacking video game players on top of Blu-ray players on top of cable boxes. It's not pretty. It's not convenient. And it's not easy. But now Ikea has announced a new product designed to clear the clutter associated with watching television. They call it Uppleva.
November 10, 2013 | By Daniel Miller
Veteran TV director Michael Pressman got a surprising response when he asked students in his film directing class to describe their dream jobs. “Your job,” he said they told him recently. “We want to be the director in charge of a TV series.” Pressman, who has directed episodes of “Blue Bloods,” “Law & Order” and many other series, was stunned. This class, at New York's New School, focused on film. But the students weren't “dreaming of Oscar,” said Pressman, who has also directed several movies, including a “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” picture.
June 12, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"Dallas,"which in its love of the anti-hero and elevation of the cliffhanger set the stage for much of what is now considered Important Television, is back, 21 years after the end of the series proper and 14 years from the last branded TV movie. And the presence of Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy and Linda Gray as JR, Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing - arguably the most important characters from the original series - means that you should take it as seriously, on its less than serious terms. In order not to make the new version, which has devolved from CBS to TNT, entirely geriatric - it was a sea of gray even when the first run ran down - much of the action focuses on the rivalry between cousins John Ross (Josh Henderson)
January 31, 2014 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
Fifty years ago next Sunday, on Feb. 9, 1964, via "The Ed Sullivan Show," America met the Beatles. It was not the group's first appearance on American television. CBS News had reported, dismissively, on British "Beatlemania," and Jack Paar had aired on his talk show a clip of the band playing in England. Their music was in the charts, finally: After a year of outright refusal, Capitol Records (an American arm of EMI, the Beatles' British label) was finally releasing and promoting their records.
September 24, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Joanne Jordan, one of the top spokesmodels on television in the 1950s who was best known for touting "long-lasting" Hazel Bishop lipstick during commercial breaks on "This Is Your Life," has died. She was 88. Jordan, who also was an actress and TV host, died from complications of Parkinson's disease July 29 at a Calabasas care facility, said her son, Murray MacLeod. Her death was announced this week. As one of television's top saleswomen, she and others "struck a balance between glamour and unpretentiousness," Marsha Francis Cassidy wrote in the 2005 book "What Women Watched."
September 7, 2000
The television rankings chart will appear in the Friday Calendar section.
October 25, 2013 | By Meredith Blake
On the afternoon of Friday, Nov. 22, 1963, the turgid melodrama of "As the World Turns" was suddenly interrupted by grave news from the real world. In Dallas, three shots had been fired at President John F. Kennedy's motorcade. Fifty-eight minutes later, a visibly moved Walter Cronkite would confirm the unthinkable: The president was dead. For the ensuing three days, Americans gathered around their televisions in a rite of collective mourning as the three broadcast networks abandoned their regularly scheduled programming to provide uninterrupted news coverage.
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