Category Archives: Television

Found (One 120 Chrome) and Hopefully Lost (the Man in the Photo): Archaeology in the Flat Files*

I photographed a much younger, pre-Factor Bill O’Reilly, on the set of Inside Edition, publicity images for the then-new show. He was more cooperative, had budgeted more time, than his co-hosts (a typically perky blonde woman and a handsome African American man). He … Continue reading

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Mary Tyler Moore 1936-2017

Mary Tyler Moore, the pioneering and iconic actress, who “turned the world on with her smile,” died today in Greenwich, CT. She was 80. Moore’s eponymous series (for which she won her three of her six Emmys) was must-see TV in my … Continue reading

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The Evolution of Scandalous

Vanessa Williams, the first African-American Miss America, was crowned on September 17, 1983. And dethroned (the pageant says “resigned”) the following year after nude pictures surfaced, scheduled to be published in Penthouse. Thirty-two years later, it’s not just Miley Cyrus who’s … Continue reading

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Colbert Town

Of course I’m a fan. (And of Clooney too. Jeb! not so much.) Can’t wait to tune in.

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When Political Vitriol Was Infused With Wit

In 1968, ABC News’ ratings were in the basement. The networks’ executives knew they “needed a media event” and hired two public intellectuals, Gore Vidal, a Democrat and historian, and William F. Buckley Jr., a “new” Conservative, to debate during the Democratic and Republican … Continue reading

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He’s Their Daddy Or, What Mort Wrought*

Near the conclusion of the entertaining, provocative new documentary, “Évocateur The Morton Downey Jr. Movie,” Bryant Gumbel, shown in an archival clip from the 80s, wonders if Downey’s wild TV show is a one-off or the tip of a wave. … Continue reading

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Crime Stories (En Français)

My mother liked murder. The first thing she read in the Sunday papers was The Justice Story in The Daily News. It was impossible to enjoy watching a mystery on TV with her–five minutes in and she had infallibly apprehended … Continue reading

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