FROM Mary McNamara
TV Roundup: Super Bowl Edition Beyonce performed during the Super Bowl half-time show yesterday – but she didn’t just sing. She also got political. This week in our regular Monday television roundup, we talk about the biggest day in sports and television.
Monday Night Emmys The 66th annual Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony is tonight at 5. It’s the first time in decades that the event is held on any day other than a Sunday. Up for awards this year: old favorites like Mad Men, Breaking Bad, and The Big Bang Theory. But can an upstart like Orange is the New Black or Silicon Valley take home the prize? Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Bryan Cranston, and Aaron Paul in Emmy Promo Video: “Barely Legal Pawn”
Reality Hits Hollywood in More Ways than One Network and Cable TV used to be totally separate worlds. Now NBC is part of the same company as USA, Bravo and Sci-Fi—and Viacom owns both CBS and Showtime. Both networks are now looking to cable to help fill prime time.
Studios Try to Influence Oscar Voters Tomorrow's the last day of voting for this year's Oscars , which will be given out Sunday. In an attempt to curtail campaign spending, the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences has shortened the season between nominations and Oscar night. Has it worked? What is the role of the Internet? Film critics? Are certain genres more likely to win than others? We hear the latest buzz from Mary McNamara of the Los Angeles Times and Peter Rainer, film critic for the Christian Science Monitor and president of the National Society of Film Critics.
Revisiting showrunner Steven Bochco on his memoir Steven Bochco, the writer-producer behind record-breaking Emmy winners Hill Street Blues, LA Law and NYPD Blue, fought battles with everyone from out-of-control actors to network censors in his long career. He isn’t afraid to tell those tales in his memoir, Truth Is a Total Defense. This week we revisit the conversation where he shared some of his favorite stories with us.
Accusations of lying fly between James Comey and White House During his testimony Thursday, former FBI Director James Comey accused President Trump and other White House officials of lying when they said the FBI was in disarray and its staff had lost confidence in him. President Trump’s lawyer said Comey was wrong -- that the president never asked for his loyalty, and never asked him to back off the investigation into former NSA director Michael Flynn.
Why did Jared Kushner want a back channel with Russians? News broke Friday that President Trump’s son-in-law and senior advisor, Jared Kushner, tried setting up a back channel between the Trump transition team and the Russian government. What are the consequences for Kushner, President Trump, and the investigation into Russian meddling?
Farewell LA freeways, Peter Shire is back Angelenos don't want more freeways but we seem not to want mass transit either. Metro has killed the 710 freeway extension, and bus and train ridership is down across the region. What's the future of getting around in LA? And, Peter Shire is having a comeback. What attracts a new generation to his playful ceramics and furniture?