Archive for February, 2009

Room for Debate: Do We Need Really Network TV?

Saturday, February 28th, 2009

As an adjunct to the article that ran this morning about network television’s struggles to remain viable in a time of declining ratings and plummeting profits, the New York Times invited me, along with three other media experts, to comment on the topic as part of its Room for Debate blog. I was asked to provide a few quick thoughts on how older cultural touchstones such as The Rockford Files compare to other pop culture staples on cable TV and other forms of popular entertainment today. Is this the death knell for network programming as we know it today? What made Rockford different from current shows such as The Closer, The Sopranos, E/R and Lost, or is there any difference at all?

Read my comments, along with those of Christopher RosenElayne Rapping, and my friend Bob Thompson by clicking on the link below:

http://roomfordebate.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/02/27/how-network-tv-brought-america-together/

Ed Robertson
Entertainment Journalist
Author, THIRTY YEARS OF THE ROCKFORD FILES
and other books on television
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Bernie Casey and Bill Tush: This Week on TV CONFIDENTIAL

Tuesday, February 10th, 2009

Film and TV actor Bernie Casey and veteran CNN entertainment correspondent Bill Tush will be our special guests this week on a star-studded edition of TV CONFIDENTIAL, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 10pm-midnight ET, 7pm-9pm PT on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org.

Known for his roles in such diverse films, TV-movies and series as Sharky’s Machine, Revenge of the Nerds, Never Say Never Again, The Streets of San Francisco, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Roots: The Next Generation, Harris and Company and the original Brian’s Song, Bernie Casey is also an esteemed painter and poet with many interesting stories to share. Among his recent credits is When I Find The Ocean, in which he stars as a tugboat captain who befriends a young white girl amidst of civil unrest in the United States in the early 1960s. Bernie Casey will be joining us during our first hour, beginning at 10:10pm ET, 7:10pm PT.

Then in our second hour, we’ll welcome Bill Tush, who first joined forces with Ted Turner in the mid 1970s at Turner’s then-struggling Atlanta-based television station, WTCG Channel 17. A jack of all trades, Tush anchored the late night news, did commercials, hosted movies and eventually became the original face and voice of Superstation WTBS. Tush then hosted a groundbreaking weekly sketch comedy series, Tush, which introduced Jan Hooks (Designing Women) and Bonnie and Terry Turner (Third Rock from the Sun, That ’70s Show), before joining CNN, where he was the anchor and entertainment correspondent for CNN Showbiz Today for more than 20 years. Bill Tush will be joining us at approximately 11:05pm ET, 8:05pm PT.

If you have questions for either of our guests, and would like to participate in our program, we invite you to join Frankie Montiforte and me this Tuesday, Feb. 10 beginning at 10pm ET, 7pm on Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org. The phone number, as always, is (800) 407-KSAV (5728); email address is talk@tvconfidential.net.

Ed Robertson
Co-Host, TV CONFIDENTIAL
Every other Tuesday at 10pm ET, 7pm PT
Share-a-Vision Radio, KSAV.org
www.tvconfidential.net
blog.tvconfidential.net
Also available as a podcast via iTunes and FeedBurner