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  • CBS to adapt British sitcom about Jewish family

    August 22, 2014 | 11:52 am

    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...

  • 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...

  • George Segal on ABC’s ‘The Goldbergs,’ ‘Where’s Poppa?’ and playing Jewish

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 28, 2013 | 11:31 am

    Actor George Segal, the late film critic Roger Ebert once noted, “is good at playing the harassed son of the archetypical Jewish mother. In ‘No Way to Treat a Lady” [1968], he was the vice cop whose mother kept wanting him to finish his soup before rushing to rescue Lee Remick.”

  • The New Yorker’s Bruce Eric Kaplan on His New Book and Judd Apatow TV Series

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 3, 2011 | 2:07 am

    Many people know Bruce Eric Kaplan as BEK, the longtime cartoonist for The New Yorker.  But he’s also worked as a writer on the iconic TV shows “Six Feet Under” and “Seinfeld,” where he penned the episode in which Elaine was enraged by a cryptic New Yorker cartoon.

    To say...

  • When Everybody Didn’t Love Phil:  “Exporting Raymond” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 5, 2011 | 7:09 pm

    Nobody loved Phil Rosenthal when he first flew to Moscow to help develop the Russian version of his hit CBS sitcom, “Everybody Loves Raymond” – an endeavor he recounts as both the director and subject of his documentary, “Exporting Raymond,” now in theaters.

    Never mind...

  • Paul Reiser on Playing Himself on (What Else) “The Paul Reiser Show”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 8, 2011 | 6:39 pm

    Paul Reiser eyes his agent warily in an upcoming episode of “The Paul Reiser Show,” the writer-actor-comedian’s new half-hour comedy on NBC, which closely resembles his real life.  In the scene, it’s been some years since Reiser’s megahit “Mad About You” went off the...

  • California on Purim [VIDEO]

    March 16, 2011 | 5:02 pm

  • Meet ‘The Goldbergs,’  black and white TV sitcom stars of the 1950s

    By The Web Guy

    June 10, 2008 | 9:15 pm

    I don’t think we had a TV in 1955.

    I remember going next door to the Greenspan’s house to watch ‘Howdy Doody’ until my mom would knock on the wall three times and Jeanette Greenspan would send me home for dinner.

    I certainly don’t remember ‘The Goldbergs’—apparently a big show...

  • 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.


  • Enter Elijah, designated drinker

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    April 3, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Video demonstration

    Passover is a holiday near and dear to Marc Jaffe's heart. So when the "Seinfeld" and "Mad About You" writer went to a friend's house for a seder last year, he was let down when an Elijah's entrance gag bombed.

    "They shook the table. I thought, 'You gotta be...

  • Vintage British sitcom sketch: The Two Ronnies ‘Jewish Insurance’

    By The Web Guy

    July 13, 2007 | 10:53 pm

    Only a British sitcom could come up with a skit about someone wanting to purchase ‘Turning Jewish’ insurance.  From ‘The Two Ronnies’ circa 1987.

  • You’re Lucky You’re Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom

    By Phil Rosenthal

    October 19, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    The following excerpt is the prologue to "You're Lucky You're Funny: How Life Becomes a Sitcom," (Viking, 2006) a memoir by Phil Rosenthal, creator and executive producer of "Everybody Loves Raymond." Reprinted by arrangement with Viking, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc....
  • Forget March—Try Midseason Madness

    By Shoshana Lewin-Fischer

    March 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    The Olympics drama is over. The Oscar drama is over. The TV ratings drama is just beginning. Now that the networks have a handle on what worked in the fall (ABC's "Commander-in-Chief") and what didn't (CBS's "Head Cases"), it's time to make room for some midseason replacements that...

  • An Ode to Parents and Other Strangers

    By David Finnigan

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    When Paul Reiser co-created and starred in the 1990s hit sitcom, "Mad About You," -- about a secular Jew married to a Christian -- he helped spur a new trend in TV comedy: the cute but neurotic Jewish leading man. Along with Jerry Seinfeld and Richard Lewis ("Anything But Love"), he...

  • Spectator - How Sweet She Is

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 16, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    At the beginning of her risqué comic monologue, "Sugar Happens," Rachel Bailit struts onstage wearing a tight black corset, a skimpy skirt, garters, thigh-highs and an attitude.

    "I know what you're thinking: Big boobs ... big lips. Bimbo. Starlet. Slut," she says. "But don't judge...

  • Spectator - ‘The Nanny’ Robs the Cradle

    By Keren Engelberg

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    May/December romances are in. Just ask Hollywood. But we're not talking Michael Douglas and Catherine Zeta Jones. There's absolutely nothing new about older actors dating younger actresses (can you say Bogie and Bacall?) Nope, it's the older woman/younger man scenario that's making...

  • The Gold and the Beautful

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 21, 2005 | 8:00 pm


    "They hated me, didn't they, because they barely laughed," Elon Gold said fretfully after his audition on the new Fox sitcom "Stacked," starring Pamela Anderson.

    "That's exactly the neurosis your character needs," Executive Producer Steve Levitan told the 34 year old comic-actor...

  • The End of ‘Friends’

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 29, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    The last episode of "Friends" airs May 6, and while we may all express a collective sigh of relief at the end of more than a year of shameless hype and exploitation, it doesn't mean that we can't stop to reflect on this moment in American cultural history. Or that we don't care about...

  • Lainie Kazan’s ‘Big Fat’ Jewish Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    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...

  • ‘Slap’ Happy

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    When Melanie Mayron read an early script of the iconic yuppie angst-fest "thirtysomething" in 1987, she rushed to the telephone. The series' creators had portrayed her character, Melissa, as Jewish, fat and troubled. But the famously redheaded actress didn't want any of that. She'd...

  • Raymond Barone, Crypto-Jew?

    By Ellen Sandler

    January 24, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    When you watch "Everybody Loves Raymond," you take it for granted that the Barones are Italian, right?

    But don't these people remind you a lot of people in your family? Your Jewish family?

    While "Raymond" is a traditional family sitcom -- not sexy or taboo-breaking like HBO's "Sex in...

  • In the ‘Company’ of Kline

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    "Come and knock on my door,"began the jingle on the popular '70s ABC sitcom "Three's Company." These days, opportunity knocks on the door of actor Richard Kline.

    Kline, who played smarmy bachelor Larry Dallas on the quintessential sitcom, returns this week as director of KNBC...

  • From Middle to     the Top

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 23, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    Michael Glouberman felt the déjà vu the whole time he was reading the pilot of the Emmy-nominated Fox sitcom, "Malcolm in the Middle." "It was like someone had hidden a camera in my childhood home," says the 33-year-old "Malcolm" writer and co-executive producer.

    OK, so Glouberman...

  • ‘That ‘70s Show’ Star Enters Cyberspace

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    On Fox's breakout comedy, "That '70s Show," Mila Kunis plays spoiled and sassy Jackie Burkhardt. But, in real life, she's very much a child of the '90s, down to her fascination with the Internet.

    "I'm on AOL and Netscape every day," the 15-year-old sitcom star told Up Front. "I'm...

  • Seinfeld Borrows a Talmud

    By Ruth Stroud

    October 2, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    'Seinfeld' Borrows

    a Talmud

    By Ruth Stroud, Staff Writer

    The Jewish Community Library is used to catering to the literaryneeds of groups of school children, Yiddish scholars and day-schoolteachers. But seldom does it get a call for Talmudic texts to gracethe set of a sitcom. That...

  • Touch and Go

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 21, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Touch and Go

    TV writer and CBS executive Eugene Stein exposes a darkerside in his latest book of fiction

    By Naomi Pfefferman, Senior Writer

    Eugene Stein calls himself a Jewish writer, a gay writer, aprogressive writer.

    He is also a successful TV writer and the vice president of...