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Following the death yesterday of Nelson Mandela, the networks are just now setting a weekend of tributes and retrospectives. First up, CBS News will air “Nelson Mandela: Father of a Nation,” a one-hour "48 HOURS PRESENTS." And ABC just announced a Robin Roberts/David Muir-anchored special tonight at 10, titled "Nelson Mandela: A Man Who Changed the World."
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Last night's "How I Met Your Mother" a-rhyming it did go, confirming fears of fans that this season's stretched like a bow.
The conceit was clever, kinda sweet, the idea certainly not un-fun, but before the first commercial break, you also sensed its course had run.
If you missed, the plot's a cinch, poor Marshall's in a pinch:
On a bus to far points east, his kid's...Read more »
One of the media's most unique efforts at bringing back that terrible day in history, fifty years ago, is on-going right now - at CBSNews.com, which is streaming its coverage of the day. It's a remarkable time capsule, and a must-watch for anyone who cares to go back to remember - and experience - that long ago moment:
Meanwhile, here are the times to watch this web streaming event... And speaking of television and what this all meant that day, here's a post from earlier today.
Day 1 - [9hrs. 45min. 23sec.] Start time: 1:40PM - End time 11:24PM
Day 2 - [15hrs. 01min. 20 sec.] Start time: 8:00AM - End time 11:02PM
Day 3 - [14hrs. 21min. 26.sec.] Start time: 9:00AM - End time 11: 22PM
Day 4 - [15hrs. 38min. 23sec.] Start time: 8:00AM - End time 11:38PM
Too much TV coverage of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John F. Kennedy . . . or too little? There is (after all) a lot: For example, The History Channel's "JFK Assassination: The Definitive Guide" and "Lee Harvey Oswald: 48 Hours to Live," tonight competing with Tom Brokaw's "Where Were You: The Day JFK Died."
TV will break today for a moment of...Read more »
Walter Cronkite, November 22, 1963:..."Some thirty-eight minutes ago..."
'Tis the season -- the November sweeps season, that is -- for shocking primetime twists, and there was no twist more shocking at least so far than the abrupt and final departure of Det. Joss Carter -- Taraji P. Henson -- from Tuesday's "Person of Interest." She spoke with David Letterman last night about the exit, which -- she says -- she sought, because she was unwilling to sign...Read more »
Over the past few weeks, this curious and rather sad side drama enveloped ongoing coverage of the JFK assassination anniversary: Would Dan Rather be airbrushed out of CBS News' coverage of that tragic long-ago day altogether? In fact, he was not: He appeared on Saturday's quite-good "48 Hours" special edition, "As It Happened."
Rather had a major role that day 50...Read more »
"60 Minutes," which Oct. 27 aired a report on Benghazi that almost immediately came under attack as deeply flawed, has finally issued a statement after days of standing by the Lara Logan story:
60 MINUTES has learned of new information that undercuts the account told to us by Morgan Jones of his actions on the night of the attack on the Benghazi compound. We are currently looking into this serious matter to determine if he misled us, and if so, we will make a correction.
It's unclear what "new information" CBS is referring to. The network has already said it should have revealed that the subject of the report, Dylan Davies, who was identified in the story as Morgan Jones, had written a book that was to be published by a CBS-owned imprint (the network's been caught with its pants down on this sort of thing before, so no big deal). But the larger issue is that Davies told the program something that was at variance with the official report he had filed with his employer concerning the Sept. 11, 2012 attack on the embassy, where he was supervisor of the local guards protecting the mission.
He told "60 Minutes," for example, he had heroically scaled the compound wall during the attack to rescue the embassy officials -- four of whom, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, were killed. But he said in his official report he was at a seaside villa, and couldn't get anywhere near it. That was not revealed in the "60" report and now he's thrown fuel on the political firestorm that has engulfed the attack and its aftermath for more thana year, with many critics insisting the Obama administration has engaged in a cover up.
"60" is now deeply in the soup, too.
James Wolk finally has the hit most of his fans think he was destined for -- though most of them didn't figure this would be the hit: "The Crazy Ones," which is easily the standout success of the new fall crop. (The lead-in doesn't hurt, but a success is a success...)
In this clip posted by CBS, Wolk does briefly address his "Mad Men" role -- Bob Benson, one of those wonderfully ambiguous characters who drove an army of TV writers in fits of speculation last season. But "The Crazy Ones" success also raises the whole issue of Bob's continued tenure at Sterling Cooper. His "Zach Cropper" is obviously a key reason why "Ones" is working, yet how would this sync with the "Mad Men" universe? Probably wouldn't which is why we have either seen the end of "Bob" or the beginning of the end of Bob. That's OK: The mysterious Bob has now been solved anyway...
The clip... Newsday app readers know the drill -- head to newsday.com/tvzone to watch Zach talk Bob...
"War of the Worlds" entered American life and culture seventy-five years ago - at 8 p.m. - as one of those events that seemed to expose, or anticipate, the fault lines of human affairs. The most terrible war in human history was to begin within a year, and Americans seemed to sense this, almost as if "sensing" premonitions of a terrible earthquake.
Then along comes this frivolous radio drama that now - three quarters of a century later - seems to have anticipated something terrible as well. (Which is what great artists like Orson Welles are supposed to do...Anticipate.)
What the heck was all the fuss about? Were "millions" really scared? All just a lot of hype? (Aren't you just a little curious to find out?) Here's the original broadcast. It's interesting, but as as you listen, put yourself in the minds of people who were wondering what the world was coming to all those years ago. That makes this a little more intriguing, and perhaps it also makes those who were frightened a little more sympathetic...