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  • CBS to adapt British sitcom about Jewish family

    5 days ago

    CBS will adapt a British sitcom called “Friday Night Dinner” about a Jewish family.

    The British show, created by Robert Popper, is about the Goodmans, a traditional Jewish family with two sons who come home each week for Friday night dinner.

    According to entertainment...

  • On a bike, on a jet ski, climbing Masada — the sporty Bibi gets his TV special

    By Simone Wilson

    February 26, 2014 | 3:57 pm

    “Can you get me a sandwich?” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said aloud to no one in particular in the film crew as he emerged from the back of an SUV, stepping into a bright, egg-yolk-hued sunset over Jaffa, Israel. A swarm of security dudes in sunglasses and...

  • REALITY CHECK! Which news site told you the truth about the murder in Israel today?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 13, 2013 | 12:30 pm

    "An Israeli soldier died after he was stabbed multiple times in the neck Wednesday morning by a Palestinian youth on a bus at the central bus station in Afula." This horrifying story, as described on Times of Israel shocked my country today.
    The news spread this morning, leaving...

  • REALITY CHECK! Which news site tells you the truth?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    October 30, 2013 | 1:00 pm

    In the past few weeks, I searched the word “Israel” in leading international news websites, originated in the US and the UK and presenting themselves as balanced and impartial. I examined the stories they tell about my country, and compared them with the facts, only to find that...

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  • Emmys tell bleak tale of broadcast TV

    By Melissa Weller

    September 24, 2013 | 5:52 pm

    So the Emmys were on Sunday, and with it no shortage of Neiling, Breaking and flopped attempts at Modernizing. Not least of which was characterized by the slap-happy host jabbing “our younger audience” by clarifying that television is “the thing you watch on your phones.” Cute?...

  • Must-see TV

    September 6, 2013 | 1:32 pm

    It’s September at last, when summer reruns and C-level realty shows cede their timeslots to returning favorites and new contenders. This fall’s offerings include Jewish connections galore, on and off camera; prolific producers J.J. Abrams, Jerry Bruckheimer and Jonathan Littman are...

  • CBS vs Time Warner Cable vs You

    By Marty Kaplan

    July 22, 2013 | 9:39 am

    Here’s progress: Big media companies now think Americans are as gullible as politicians do.  It’s not just candidates who assume we’re nincompoops.  The cable operators and networks take us for pigeons, too.

    Exhibit A is the current battle between behemoths Time Warner Cable and...

  • What is the Media War and why is it such a big deal?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 28, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Last week, we all witnessed what is called: Media War. The media war in unannounced and it doesn't end with a truce- it is an ongoing battle with social networks and websites as the battlefield. It occurs when two sides of a conflict of sort compete for the public's attention...

  • Seven days into Pillar of Defence- which news websites tell you the truth?

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 20, 2012 | 9:30 am

    It's been seven days now since operation Pillar of Defense got the green light. For seven days, missiles have been fired at both Israel and Gaza, and people have been suffering from both physical and mental injuries. Honestly, nothing's really changed in the last seven days. The...

  • Here’s what really happened in Israel in the past couple of days

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 15, 2012 | 10:32 am

    It is a solid fact that Operation Pillar of Defense did not come out of the blue. It came as a response to a massive, continuous attack on Israeli cities, fired from the Hamas terror organization sitting in Gaza. I know it, because I live in Israel. You know it, because you read...

  • Dog ‘Guru’ Justin Silver puts owners on tight leash [SLIDE SHOW]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 5, 2012 | 10:14 am

    When it comes to canines going to the dogs, trainer Justin Silver has seen it all: the pooch whose owner treated it like a baby, complete with diaper changes; the bulldog named Beefy who refused to take a walk unless he was schlepped down the street on a skateboard; the modeling...

  • Conversations From Twitter – Part 2

    By Ilana Angel

    May 24, 2012 | 1:27 am

    Last week I began my series of interviews with reality TV fans who follow me on Twitter.  I spoke with and it was great.  She is a wonderful lady, a lover of reality TV, and a southern belle.  This week it was my pleasure to speak...

  • Conversations From Twitter – Part 1

    By Ilana Angel

    May 18, 2012 | 7:56 am

    I was so sure Aubrey O’Day was going to make it into the final two of Celebrity Apprentice, I bet one my readers she would.  She felt strongly Aubrey was out and so we made a wager.  If the repulsive Ms. O’Day was in, she would write a guest blog for me, and if awful Aubrey was...

  • Mike Wallace: A dissent

    April 18, 2012 | 2:45 pm

    Praise for Mike Wallace as a probing investigative reporter saturated news media immediately after his death April 7 at age 93. Virtually all tributes omitted the fact that when it came to anti-Israeli tyrants, terrorists and oppressors of Jewish minorities, Wallace son of Russian...

  • How Tel Aviv became big business in Hollywood

    By Danielle Berrin

    February 8, 2012 | 3:21 pm

    In December 2009, Avi Nir, the chief executive of one of Israel’s largest broadcasting and production companies, invited the Hollywood agent Rick Rosen to spend a day at Keshet’s Tel Aviv office. Nir, who has a reputation among his Hollywood counterparts for being an aggressive...

  • Magician Max Maven Reads My Mind [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 26, 2011 | 4:16 pm

    I’m sitting across from Max Maven at a tiny table in the parlor at the Magic Castle, and Maven – a legend in the magic world – is reading my mind.  I’m staring at his third eye as he’s preparing to intuit exactly what I’ve drawn on a card tucked into a tiny envelope,...

  • Survivor is Back and There Might be Pot!

    By Ilana Angel

    September 15, 2011 | 5:02 pm

    The best thing about Big Brother ending is it means Survivor is starting.  I love this show and for the past few years I look forward to it with hope they will shake it up and give us something new and fresh.  I loved Russell and having him back was enough to keep me interested, but...

  • Giffords votes in House; colleague says preparations readying for re-election run

    August 2, 2011 | 10:27 am

    Following her dramatic return to Congress for the first time since she was shot, U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords announced that she would run for re-election in 2012.

    Giffords (D-Ariz.) made the announcement Tuesday morning on “The Early Show.” The CBS program promptly tweeted the...

  • Valedictorian to give taped speech to accommodate Shavuot observance [VIDEO]

    June 6, 2011 | 2:30 pm

    The valedictorian at a northern California high school is planning to deliver her graduation address via a pre-recorded audio message in order to observe Shavuot.

    Carolyn Fine worked out the arrangement with Vacaville High School officials, according to The Reporter, Vacaville’s...

  • Can Russians love ‘Raymond’?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 20, 2011 | 1:50 pm

    “Everybody Loves Raymond” creator Phil Rosenthal utters numerous “oys” before he even gets to Russia in “Exporting Raymond,” his documentary opening April 29 about how he helped develop the Russian version of his hit CBS sitcom. 

    Rosenthal was initially thrilled,...

  • Charlie Sheen, John Galliano and the Jews

    March 8, 2011 | 11:55 am

    Expressions of anti-Semitism by public figures generally follow a certain script in the media.

    The politician/actor/public figure says something construed as offensive/hostile/insensitive to Jews. Abraham Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, issues a...

  • One and a Half Men? Sitcom sacks Sheen

    March 8, 2011 | 10:43 am

    Actor Charlie Sheen has been fired from his hit CBS sitcom in the wake of a rant against the show’s executive producer that was called “borderline anti-Semitism.”

    Sheen was fired Monday, effective immediately, from “Two and a Half Men,” for which he was paid $2 million per episode....

  • Dreaming About Charlie Sheen? What the Heck!

    By Misha Henckel

    March 3, 2011 | 11:30 pm

    I can’t believe I’m writing this. I promised myself I would not get sucked into the Sheen mania that has swept across the airwaves and blanketed cyberspace, this past week. But last night, Charlie Sheen was in my dreams. No, seriously! I’m not kidding! Sheen mania has so...

  • Attackers shouted ‘Jew! Jew!’ while sexually assaulting CBS’ Logan

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    February 17, 2011 | 11:15 am

    Like basically everyone, I was beyond disturbed to read Tuesday that Lara Logan, CBS’ chief foreign correspondent, had been sexually assaulted for 20 to 30 minutes by a mob of Egyptians while covering the revolutionary protests. Sickening.

    This detail, via the New York Post,...

  • CBS News is clueless about ‘The Great Schlep’ [VIDEO]

    By The Web Guy

    October 14, 2008 | 5:55 pm

    News about The Great Schlep—an effort to mobilize young Jews to visit older relatives in Florida to convince to them to vote for Barack Obama—has been all over the Web for weeks. CBS News just found out about it, and wrongly attributes the idea to Sarah Silverman.

    Comedienne Sarah...

  • AUDIO: Norman Corwin, Radio Zionist—‘Tel Aviv’ (1944)

    By The Web Guy

    July 14, 2008 | 3:17 am

    It's 1944 and the Columbia Broadcasting System announcer gives time-checks in Eastern War Time. On Columbia Workshop, it's time for a half hour by Norman Corwin, the star hyphenate writer-director-producer of 30s and 40s radio drama. Corwin, says Wikipedia, 'was among the first...
  • VIDEO: The Goldbergs (1955) starring Getrude Berg

    By The Web Guy

    June 10, 2008 | 12:16 am

    Episode of the Jewish-themed 1950s soap-opera/sitcom “The Goldbergs”, starring Gertrude Berg, taken from the final season.

    The show was based on a popular radio program, and started on CBS, then moved to NBC, then moved to DuMont, then moved to syndication.

    This video is from a syndication episode, and the print is mostly complete, running at 25 minutes.

     

  • Clues to family drama’s Jewish roots finally add up on ‘Numb3rs’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Add family drama plus FBI action, and the sum equals CBS's hit drama, "Numb3rs." The show, which just started its third season, is as much about fathers and sons as it is about using mathematics to solve crimes. Alan Eppes (Judd Hirsch) is the widowed patriarch to two disparate...
  • 7 Days in The Arts

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, May 20

    High school teacher Eddie Friedman has made it his mission to take students on the March of the Living, as a way of teaching them about the Holocaust. Over the years, he accumulated a collection of photographs depicting the experience. UCLA Hillel's Dortort...

  • Tommywood - Raymond’s End

    By Tom Teicholz

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

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