‘Telenovela’ Shows What It's Really Like Behind the Scenes of a Soap-Opera

Prior to its official premiere on Monday, NBC offered a prime-time sneak peek of two episodes, and an online preview of the third, of its new sitcom, Telenovela. The show takes place behind-the-scenes of a Florida-based, Spanish language soap-opera, where star Ana-Sofia (played by Executive Producer Eva Longoria) is horrified to discover that her new co-star is her cheating ex-husband, Javier (Jencarlos Canela). Image: NBC ...more

10 Things You Didn’t Know About ‘The Wiz’

Hot on the heels of their massive success with The Sound of Music LIVE and Peter Pan LIVE, NBC will be airing The Wiz LIVE, starring Queen Latifa, Mary J. Blige, David Alan Grier, Ne-Yo, Uzo Aduba, Amber Riley, Broadway’s original Dorothy, Stephanie Mills, and newcomer Shanice Williams in the lead role, on Thursday, December 3. ...more
Will I? What else is there to do when "The Wiz" is on? My whole family will be watching.more

Amazon's ‘The Man In the High Castle’ Makes Us Think About Racism, Anti-Semitism and Fascism in America

The good news is, if the Axis powers had actually won World War II as posited in Amazon’s new series, The Man In the High Castle, it wouldn’t affect my life much. The bad news is that’s because I’d be dead. Well, technically, unborn. ...more
I'm going to have to check out this series now...more

'Blood & Oil' Wants to Be 'Empire' But It Just Isn't Slick Enough

In 1986, the return of Patrick Duffy as Bobby helped Dallas win its first head-to-head skirmish with hip, Technicolor rival, Miami Vice. The prime-time soap continued to dominate for the duration of the season and beyond. Now, almost 30 years later, Don Johnson, who once made America safe for neon blazers and shoes without socks, returns to TV with a prime-time soap of his own, Blood & Oil, which debuted on ABC on Sunday, September 27. ...more
Great article! I grew up watching "Dallas" and "Dynasty."  I loved the new revamped Dallas and ...more

Can Neil Patrick Harris — and Live TV — Get America Watching Variety Again?

Can Neil Patrick Harris break through multiple decades of viewer habits and convince them to watch television live again by promising The Best Time Ever? Image: NBC...more

Here's to You ‘Mr. Robinson,' But Why Are Most Pop Culture Teachers Men?

With kids all across the country getting ready to head back to school, NBC is launching a 6-episode series, Mr. Robinson, starring stand-up comic Craig Robinson as a struggling musician who takes a day job substitute teaching a high-school music class to pay the bills. (Because it’s trivial to land a teaching job, and you don’t need certification or anything.) Image via NBC ...more
Oops, 'scuse me, that should be "Dangerous Minds".  "Gansta's Paradise"  was one of the tunes ...more

Do TV Moms or Dads Fare Better in the Cutthroat World of NYC Parenting? Take One Guess.

What are the odds that two new TV sitcoms would premiere in the same summer, both of which feature the micro-issue of applying children to NYC’s ultra-competitive private schools as their underlying premise? Image via TV Land ...more
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'The Astronaut Wives Club' Looks Back at America’s First 'Real Housewives' Show

The Astronaut Wives Club, a limited run series based on Lily Koppel’s book of the same name, premiered Thursday, June 18 on ABC (right before the network’s 2-hour season 3 debut of Mistresses, which offered a pretty good idea of where ABC expected The Astronaut Wives Club to fit into its line-up demographically). Image: ABC ...more
I loved it!more

What's Behind All of These Shows Featuring Evil, Possessed Kids?

“We love to play games with our children,” generalizes the official website for the new show, The Whispers, premiering Monday, June 1 on ABC. “But what happens when someone else starts to play with them too? Someone we don't know.” ...more

15 of the Best and Worst Pop Culture Teachers Are Put to the Test

The end of the school year inevitably brings heated debate among parents and politicians about the value of tests  – for both students and teachers. Families insist that their children can’t be quantified by a single number, while educators reject being graded themselves or having their salaries tied to classroom performance. ...more
I love this post.  I actually wrote my dissertation in Education on teacher stories.  As for the ...more