| Jun 6, 2013
| 6:00 AM
"Modern Family" has won the comedy series Emmy for each of its three seasons. Other shows that have gone the three-peat route — "30 Rock," "Taxi," "The Mary Tyler Moore Show," "All in the Family" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" — were denied a...
| Jun 3, 2013
| 5:00 AM
They say that television is a writer's medium, so it makes sense that the Writers Guild of America would have its own list of the 101 greatest TV shows of all time.
At the top of the list is "The Sopranos," HBO's multiple award-winning hit series that...
| May 21, 2013
| 3:36 PM
Groping in the grotto isn't the only thing the Playboy Mansion is good for. Magazine publisher Hugh Hefner passes out awards there, too.
On Wednesday, Norman Lear will get his turn. The 1970s sitcom legend - the man behind "All in the Family," "The...
| May 14, 2013
| 2:45 PM
New York hedge fund manager Daniel Loeb wants Japanese electronics giant Sony Corp. to spin off its Culver City entertainment business.
CBS Corp. might like that, too.
Loeb, whose Third Point funds own more than $1 billion in Sony stock, sent a letter...
| May 14, 2013
| 8:45 PM
Sony Corp. stock soared in afternoon trading after New York hedge fund Third Point proposed that the electronics and media giant make an initial public stock offering of up to 20% of its entertainment arm.
That unit, known as Sony Entertainment Inc.,...
| Apr 30, 2013
Jack Shea, a Hollywood veteran who directed popular sitcoms such as "The Jeffersons" and who, as president of the Directors Guild of America, forcefully argued for minority hiring and local production, has died. He was 84.
Shea's death Sunday at a...
| Jun 20, 2012
Television comedy can probably be divided into two eras: B.L. and A.L. — Before Lear and After Lear. Norman Lear's seminal 1970s sitcoms —"All in the Family" and its offspring, from"Maude" to "The Jeffersons" — used the laissez-passer of...
| Nov 24, 2012
| 4:46 PM
“‘You make Machiavelli look like Mother Teresa.” The speaker was a paramour of J.R. Ewing, the time was 1996, and the backdrop was a shoddy TV movie called “Dallas: J.R. Returns.” Of course, J.R. never really left. He looms...
| Sep 23, 2012
| 9:43 PM
The Emmys used to bring attention to struggling series. Emmy victories helped “All in the Family,” “Cheers” and “Hill Street Blues” overcome weak ratings. These days, the Emmys may bolster the little-seen cable drama or...
| Sep 18, 2012
| 4:45 PM
‘Saturday Night Live' in the early years, from left: Gilda Radner, Laraine Newman, Steve Martin, Dan Aykroyd and Jane Curtin. Courtesy Everett Collection THIS POST HAS BEEN UPDATED: It's a grand night for TV nostalgia. The Tuesday highlights:...
| Jul 24, 2012
| 4:46 PM
When news came that Sherman Hemsley had died, I thought first of the “Jeffersons” theme song. It's a boisterous hymn to progress with the lines ”we're movin' on up … to a deluxe apartment in the sky … we finally got a piece...
| Jan 14, 2012
| 4:36 PM
The mania for remaking classic (and sometimes not-so-classic) television shows continues to pick up speed. In recent years, series like “Hawaii Five-O,” “Beverly Hills 90210” and “Battlestar Galactica” have been...