Bob Costas, Level-Headed Broadcaster

A friend called me Thursday morning and told me to turn on the Charlie Brennan Show on KMOX, a station I haven't listened to since parting ways with it almost a decade ago. But my friend told me the guest was a broadcaster who I respect enormously, Bob Costas, so I...

TV Notes

I don't recommend the sixth season of "House Of Cards." The show ran out of steam by its third year, and this final one doesn't re-energize anything. It plays out as a boring battle for control between new president Claire Hale (Robin Wright) and the brother-sister...

Picture Of The Day: Roy Clark

If you've never heard of Roy Clark (who died yesterday at 85), or only know him from his 24 years hosting "Hee Haw," watch this to see what a versatile guitarist he was. It's a montage of clips from a 1975 episode of "The Odd Couple" which was built entirely around...

Megyn Kelly Update

As I predicted, the fallout from Megyn Kelly's "I don't see what's wrong with blackface" comments continues. Not only did her own "Today" show colleagues call out her stupidity on the air Wednesday morning, but now guests that were booked on her show (e.g. the cast of...

Best Thing I’ve Read Today

Here's a wonderful remembrance by Leonard Maltin of his friend James Karen, who I grew up knowing as The Pathmark Man and later Jane Fonda's boss in "The China Syndrome." Little did I know that "Jimmy" seemingly acted with or knew everyone in movies and...

Two Random Thoughts

I'd bet there was a hastily called meeting at NBC News yesterday morning after Megyn Kelly said she doesn't understand what's wrong with white people dressing up for Halloween in blackface. I haven't seen Kelly's ratings lately, but if they are still as low as they...

Bill Maher’s Anniversary

There have been a few times when I've sworn I was done with Bill Maher because he did something incredibly anti-science on his show, like his dangerous anti-vaccination remarks or the interview with the "doctor" who claimed he had an AIDS cure made from the milk of...

The Alec Baldwin Show

I like Alec Baldwin's podcast, "Here's The Thing," but was surprised when ABC essentially picked it up and turned it from audio-only content into a weekly television show. One-on-one conversation has never worked in primetime (late night is a different story, as Bob...

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