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 just a few of the series’ creators.
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.
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 Jewish immigrants usually pitched softballs and parroted propaganda.
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.
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.
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 local newspaper.
“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, several years ago, when Sony Pictures gave him the opportunity to bring Russians their first “naturalistic” sitcom — one that was inspired by real family dynamics experienced by Rosenthal and the show’s star, Ray Romano.
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 condemnatory statement demanding penance. The offender expresses regret. If he deems it sufficient, Foxman issues his kosher certification absolving the sinner.
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. The series was not canceled, however.
In 1944, CBS broadcasts a 30-minute program about Tel Aviv on 'Columbia Presents Corwin'. The program begins as a young editor Douglas Adams flies from Cairo to Tel Aviv, and we meet the lovely R.A.F. Leftenant Aviva Har-Zahav . . .
Episode of the Jewish-themed 1950s soap-opera/sitcom The Goldbergs, starring Gertrude Berg, taken from the final season
Third season of "Numb3rs"
Phil Rosenthal, the creator of "Everybody Loves Raymond," which will end its nine-year run on CBS on May 16, and I are fressing at Barney Greengrass in Beverly Hills high atop Barney's Department Store. It's not that eating sable is the way I mourn (how is it that a fish can be named after a fur coat my mother owned?) -- or that toasted bagels and cream cheese dulls the imminent loss of my favorite sitcom.
Rabbi Joseph Telushkin said that he was inspired to write the book, which CBS plans to bring to the small screen in fall 2005, after he conducted a hypnotic regression with a friend of his who went back to a life in the year 1853.
Robert Carlyle, of "The Full Monty" and "Angela's Ashes" fame, gives a striking performance in the title role of the CBS miniseries "Hitler: The Rise of Evil."
When Lainie Kazan first read the screenplay of Nia Vardalos' "My Big Fat Greek Wedding," now a frothy CBS sitcom, she could relate.
Vardalos said she based the characters on her large, "loud, always-eating Greek family that loves me to the point of suffocation." And Kazan, who plays her Greek mama, hails from a similarly boisterous ethnic clan.
The new television season is upon us. African American and Latino groups are making the expected protests about the lack of people who look like them before and aft of the camera, and the Jews are -- as usual -- adding up their TV IQ on the fingers of one hand.
If there aren't many "brothers" out there, there are even fewer "Members of the Tribe," and those that are there are not particularly Jewish Jews, if you know what I mean.
"Be Quick -- But Don't Hurry: Finding Success in the Teachings
Andrew Hill should be considered a very lucky man. The 50-year-old Los Angeles native played basketball at UCLA in the 1970s under the auspices of John Wooden, one of the school's greatest coaches. Hill won three championship rings with UCLA but left the university with a chip on his shoulder and a deep misunderstanding of the coach who would later become his greatest mentor.
Television and film star George Clooney presents Leslie Moonves with the Sherrill C. Corwin Human Relations Award.
TV writer and CBS executive Eugene Stein exposes a darkerside in his latest book of fiction