Commentary: The Case For ‘Degrassi’

Spending five hours on a Saturday afternoon binge-watching ‘Degrassi: The Next Generation’ might not be your idea of a good time, but as the saying goes, “don’t knock it, till you try it.” Yours truly found himself in that position over the weekend, and can happily report that seeing the sordid lives of Canadian teens […]

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Commentary: Do Stars Make Sitcoms, Or Do Sitcoms Make Stars?

Here’s a classic chicken versus egg debate for the first day of October, one to ponder as you sit down to write that monthly rent check. Do television stars create successful sitcoms or do successful sitcoms create television stars? Based on the litany of comedy veterans fronting new series this fall—Kelsey Grammer, Patricia Heaton, Courtney […]

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Commentary: What ‘Melrose Place’ Needs In Order To Succeed

Here’s one thing I know about ‘A Nightmare on Elm Street,’ starring Hollywood’s go-to guy for creepy losers, Jackie Earle Haley, as accused (but possibly innocent!) pedophile Freddy Kruger: based on the just-released trailer, it promises the usual menagerie of torture porn and nostalgia that everyone has come to expect from Hollywood horror remakes. In […]

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NCIS: Los Angeles: What’s All The Buzz About?

It takes about five minutes to get fully immersed into the pilot of ‘NCIS: Los Angeles’—premiering tonight at 9 p.m., following the season premiere of the mother ship, ‘NCIS.’ There’s a high-speed police chase that feels lifted directly out of the cable news handbook (you can practically hear Shepard Smith doing a running commentary), which […]

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