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  • Two TV specials look at Jewish history’s darker days

    By Tom Tugend

    3 weeks ago

    The mass killing of 6 million Jews ended nearly 69 years ago, but almost every month we discover a new aspect of the Holocaust, its aftermath and its impact on future generations.

    Witness, for example, two new television specials scheduled to air in the next few days: “Treblinka:...

  • 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...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    January 17, 2014 | 12:39 pm

    As you probably know, Homeland, the award winning television phenomenon, is based on an Israeli TV series named Hatufim (Prisoners of War.)
    The show, created by Gideon Raff, had two seasons and considered very successful and unique in the Israeli television scenery.In July 2010,...

  • Noir drama ‘Mob City’ shines light on L.A.‘s criminal underbelly

    November 26, 2013 | 2:01 pm

    In the postwar 1940s, organized crime was rampant in Los Angeles, and the men behind the mob were Jewish, guys like Ben “Bugsy” Siegel and Meyer “Mickey” Cohen, who rubbed elbows with movie stars and reveled in their notoriety. These rather glamorous gangsters are the focus of...

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  • Rachel Berry, McDonalds, Paris and Tel-Aviv

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 6, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    Glee- what a fun show.  A bunch of high-school kids dance and sing, and though sometimes being "Slushied," they still enjoy life and sing about it. I watch Glee. In fact, I am a big fan of Glee. And Smash. And Revenge. And The Americans. And Modern Family. And Dexter. And this is...

  • ABC orders up more of ‘The Goldbergs’

    November 4, 2013 | 9:45 am

    Fans of “The Goldbergs,” kvell away. ABC has announced it is picking up the fledgling comedy for a full season.

    While the series received lukewarm reviews from heavyweight critics such as yours truly, it is averaging 7.5 million total viewers and a 2.7 rating in adults 18-49....

  • No news is bad news

    By Marty Kaplan

    October 28, 2013 | 11:54 am

    If you think the widening chasm between the rich and the rest spells trouble for American democracy, have a look at the growing gulf between the information-rich and -poor.

    Earlier this year, a Harvard economist’s jaw-dropping study of American’s beliefs about the distribution of...

  • Why there is still no ‘Entourage’ movie

    October 23, 2013 | 5:26 pm

    It seems the “Entourage” cast members could use some help from someone like superagent Ari Gold.

    The movie version of the HBO comedy has been in the works forever, but lots of drama has delayed it from getting off the ground. The latest hold up is due to more heated negotiations,...

  • Lena Dunham announces ‘Girls’ premiere on Instagram

    by Jana Banin, JTA

    October 17, 2013 | 1:20 pm

    Good news “Girls” fans! The show’s return date has been announced, and it’s January 12.

    “Girls” creator/star/promoter/mascot Lena Dunham virtually spread the word about season three yesterday, via an adorable Instagram selfie.

    So mark your calenders. Or scrawl on a mirror with lipstick.  Or you could tattoo it somewhere on your body. Whatever — the point is, save the date.

  • This week from Israel

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 30, 2013 | 12:09 pm

    A moment of humor

    Iranian President Rouhani acknowledged the Holocaust and then backed down. The Israeli embassy in Washington decided to respond with humor, and made a new LinkedIn page for him… The parody LinkedIn page refers to Rouhani as “President of Iran, Expert Salesman,...

  • Sex research and the single girl in ‘Masters of Sex’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 24, 2013 | 2:13 pm

    In the prudish 1950s, Virginia Johnson, a failed nightclub singer, caught the eye of St. Louis gynecologist William H. Masters, who was looking for an assistant to help him with his then-clandestine studies of human sexuality. At the time, Masters, a prominent fertility expert at...

  • ‘Breaking Bad’ finale is just the beginning: surviving Sept. 29

    By Melissa Weller

    September 17, 2013 | 12:16 pm

    On Sept 29, 2013, TV will take a giant shit on everyone.

    Sept. 29 will host series and season premieres, one historic series finale and a rousing day of Week 4 Sunday football. This could all get very messy if not approached with skill, grace, and above all, a plan. So I’ve...

  • Meet ‘The Goldbergs’: Adam Goldberg mines his family’s mishegoss for new sitcom

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 6, 2013 | 1:58 pm

    Adam F. Goldberg still remembers how his father used to come home from work, promptly unbuckle his trousers, drop them by the front door and then declare “the TV’s mine,” before parading around the house in his tighty whities.

    In lieu of car keys when Adam was a teenager, his...

  • 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...

  • The Newsroom: Second season, second thoughts

    By Melissa Weller

    September 4, 2013 | 12:46 pm

    The Newsroom is back again for the first time!

    I was hesitant to hop in the saddle for a second go at Newsroom, especially with an already packed schedule of Breaking Bad, Top of the Lake, re-re-watching Orange is the New Black and replying to a heavy influx of fan mail after one...

  • Shirly Brener: Through the lens — starkly

    September 3, 2013 | 2:13 pm

    An argument between actress Shirly Brener and husband Bruce Rubenstein turned quickly from a loud debate with each side trying to prove a point, to this: 

    “Honey, wait a minute  — I’ve got to grab the camera.” 

    Brener rushed to get the video camera from the couple’s Hollywood...

  • Unnecessary Gunn violence: A take on Skyler White

    By Melissa Weller

    August 28, 2013 | 4:15 pm

    Yesterday I asked a coworker, with whom I’ve participated in many a yay Skyler/nay Skyler conversation, to forget details for a minute and sum up in one general statement the first time he remembered filing Skyler White under the bitch column, and why. Coworker settled on Skyler’s...

  • 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.”

    ...
  • Hillary, helmets, ‘Crossfire’ and cash

    By Marty Kaplan

    August 26, 2013 | 11:06 am

    Money, they say, is the mother’s milk of politics.  Also of news, sports and the rest of the entertainment industry.  Three recent stories drive that home. 

    When Reince Priebus pressured Comcast’s NBC to drop a miniseries starring Diane Lane as Hillary Clinton, the hostage that...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    August 2, 2013 | 12:14 pm

    Halahaka ("The Troupe") is a 1978 musical film by Avi Nesher, starring Gidi Gov, Liron Nirgad, Sassi Keshet, Gali Atari, Dafna Armoni and more. This must see Israeli film tells the story of an IDF singing group in the late 60's. It was the time when soldiers/singers were the...

  • Jennifer Snukal brings energy and English to Israeli version of ‘Real Housewives’

    July 31, 2013 | 2:53 pm

    The show was supposed to be a celebration of glamor and glitz, but in the second episode it dropped a bombshell: One of the protagonists’ husbands died of cardiac arrest.

    The five stars of “Meusharot,” Israel’s version of the “Real Housewives” reality series, handled the news in...

  • Teen Wolf Recap: The Girl Who Knew Too Much

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 30, 2013 | 9:06 am

    If it's the girls know too much in this episode-- Allison takes her father's careful tracking of the Darach for evidence that he is one, Lydia decides to acknolwedge her power instead of denying it and discovers that she's a banshee, Jennifer, well, Jennifer is the Darach after...

  • Not Here to Make Friends: Competing on Reality TV

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 25, 2013 | 3:24 pm

    There are all kinds of careers in reality television. Last night's Top Chef Masters, which pits established chefs against one another in a bid to win money for their favorite charities, saw the return of a runner-up from the original Top Chef, Las Vegas' second place finisher Bryan...

  • Teen Wolf Recap: Visionary

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 23, 2013 | 9:46 am

    People who need to justify the public's sudden widespread interest in fictional supernatural creatures tend to cast them as metaphors: zombies are the stumbling hordes of viral infection and pandemic. Vampires are the simultaneous threat and promise of penetration, consumption,...

  • On-Screen Addiction

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 22, 2013 | 5:15 pm

    Addiction is a tough thing to talk about on a television show. It's a disease that defies the typical narrative arc: there's a slow start and a long middle, and getting treatment never guarantees that anyone will stay sober. So it tends to be relegated to Very Special Episodes or...

  • 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 You Should Be Watching: Boys Over Flowers

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 18, 2013 | 2:01 pm

    I wish I had a better explanation for the Boys Over Flowers thing. A friend mentioned it to me last June while we were walking around New York: there's this weird Korean soap opera I've been watching that I think you might like. She talked about the characters and their antics...

  • Teen Wolf Recap: Currents

    By Zan Romanoff

    July 16, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    Teen Wolf seems very determined to remind us that its characters-- no matter how smooth their skin or ripped their abs-- are still in high school. The first episode of the season opened with Scott studying for the PSATs; every week since has offered us a key word, first mentioned...

  • Turn yourself in to ‘Orange Is the New Black’

    By Melissa Weller

    July 16, 2013 | 1:22 pm

    Orange Is the New Black, adapted from the 2011 memoir of the same name, is, in a word, perfect. Perfect pacing, perfectly scripted, perfectly performed. A voluntary incarceration to the couch proved a fine way to spend the weekend, and many who participated in this latest Netflix...

  • ‘Newsroom’ Season 2: Will it gain the ‘trust of the public’?

    By Melissa Weller

    July 13, 2013 | 10:47 am

    The second season of The Newsroom premieres this Sunday on HBO, and for those who maybe didn’t tune in but kept an eye on critic reviews of and fan responses to Aaron Sorkin’s latest brain/ego child know the HBO drama’s freshman year was met with mixed feelings, to say the least....

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