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  • Lisa Edelstein returns in ‘Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce’

    By Gerri Miller

    2 days ago

    With its frank, funny dialogue and authentic take on adult relationships and life in Los Angeles, “Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce” returns Dec. 1 to Bravo for its second season, providing a plum role for “House, M.D.” and “The West Wing” actress Lisa Edelstein. Edelstein plays Abby...

  • Where Jewish stars are shining this season

    September 8, 2015 | 3:22 pm

    With Andy Samberg emceeing the Emmy Awards on Fox (Sept. 20) a week before his return in “Brooklyn Nine-Nine,” style maven Rachel Zoe hosting the weekly Lifetime talk show  “Fashionably Late” (Sept. 24), plus former kid stars Josh Peck and Fred Savage in the back-to-back Fox...

  • ‘Homeland’ creator to direct film on Israel’s rescue of Ethiopian Jews

    September 1, 2015 | 11:18 am

    Since adapting his Israeli show “Prisoners of War” for U.S. audiences in the form of the Showtime hit “Homeland,” writer and director Gideon Raff has seen his Hollywood career take off.

    After creating the series “Tyrant” for FX and “Dig” for USA, the Israeli Raff has now sold a...

  • Actress Shiri Appleby chats about Jewish influences and life on the small screen

    August 12, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    It may sound surprising coming from someone who’s been acting on TV since she was a child, but Shiri Appleby (“Roswell,” “Life Unexpected”) insists she doesn’t watch much television. Nevertheless, Appleby found the lead role in Lifetime’s new series “UnREAL” — a scathingly...

  • Stop! Don’t Shoot!

    By Mindy Leaf

    August 9, 2015 | 3:48 pm

    Another day, another senseless shooting.

    We bring you this summer's blockbuster season of random shootings in our nation's movie theaters! See guns discharged by madmen in quiet suburbs of Tennessee and Louisiana! (The message may be a rerun, but it's no less frightening.)...

  • Nominees for the Emmy Awards

    July 16, 2015 | 10:22 am

    Following is a list of nominations in key categories for the Primetime Emmy Awards, the highest honors in U.S. television, announced on Thursday.

    The Emmys are awarded by the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences and will be handed out in a ceremony in Los Angeles on Sept. 20.

  • Dustin Hoffman says it’s a great era for television, the worst ever for film

    By JNi.media

    July 8, 2015 | 2:05 pm

    While television has never been better, according to veteran actor and two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman, film has never been worse.

    The star of the iconic Mike Nichols 1960s film “The Graduate,” who felt he was miscast because the main character, Benjamin Braddock, seemed to...

  • Israel, United States and Television

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    July 1, 2015 | 8:52 am

    In the past few years, dozens of Israeli TV formats have been sold to US’s leading networks. But while these shows are local hits, most of them never quite took off abroad. Perhaps it has something to do with our little country’s unique culture.

    There is something about American...

  • You’re fired! NBC dumps Trump over insults to Mexicans

    June 29, 2015 | 2:15 pm

    NBC ended its relationship with real estate developer and TV personality Donald Trump and his "Miss USA" and "Miss Universe" pageants on Monday after he made comments insulting Mexicans when he began his run for president.

    The pageants, which are part of a joint venture between...

  • American Football gets an F!

    By Mindy Leaf

    June 29, 2015 | 5:27 am

    Attention all parents! Before signing your kids up for the football team at camp — or during the school year — you must read this.

    And the results are in: Playing football is bad for your health. It's bad even if you haven't suffered multiple concussions — even if you haven't...

  • The Search for Inner Space

    By Mindy Leaf

    May 29, 2015 | 5:24 am

    It's come down to my morning shower. That's the only time it seems, of late, when I can be quietly alone, free to think undisturbed. At all other times, I'd say we are living in a 1984 world, surrounded by TV screens blasting 24-hour news that's hardly news at all, but still...

  • NBC Universal’s ‘Dig’ travels far, but not as deep

    March 10, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    Last summer, in the midst of the Gaza conflict, the threat of rocket fire forced NBC Universal’s “Dig” to stop production in Jerusalem and move out of the country.

    If only the show itself were half that dramatic.

    Instead, “Dig,” which premiered Thursday on the USA Network, is a...

  • How ‘Transparent’ became the most important new series of the year

    December 15, 2014 | 12:31 pm

    There's a phrase that has become popular among the kids today--'in your feelings,' or 'in my feelings.' As in, 'Oh, I was just all in my feelings the other day.' It's a way of admitting to being emotional, perhaps to a fault, and humorously exposing that vulnerability, owning it to...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 28, 2014 | 11:53 am

    This week, I would like to introduce you to the most Hollywood-like Israeli TV series, which is a combination of non-stop action, thrills and drama.

    New-York, which is filmed partly in Manhattan and partly in Israel, tells the story of Yossi Elharizi, the illegitimate son of...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    November 7, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    “GO GO Power Rangers!” If you grew up in the 90’s, this catch phrase was a big part of your childhood. If not, you probably heard of the live- action children’s television series at some point, but did you know it was created by Israeli Haim Saban?

    Nowadays, Saban is deeply...

  • ‘Gotham’ star talks life on set as young Batman

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 7, 2014 | 12:11 pm

    When David (pronounced “Da-veed”) Mazouz announced, “I am Batman,” to his friends at Hillel Hebrew Academy in Beverly Hills, he wasn’t just joking around. David, 13, stars as the young Bruce Wayne (the future Batman) in Fox TV’s highly anticipated “Gotham,” which airs Mondays at 8...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 19, 2014 | 3:08 pm

    You have SNL, we got Eretz Nehederet (“a wonderful country”) – a satirical television series, which makes fun of everything and everyone. The show, debuted on November 7, 2003, features satirical references to the main affairs of the week through parodies of the people involved, as...

  • In “My Opinionation”: Looking Back on Blossom

    September 17, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    My interest in Blossom blossomed relatively late, since I discovered the television series well after it stopped airing on NBC. When Blossom premiered in 1990, its title character was thirteen and I was six—more interested in Garfield and Friends than Blossom and Co. Instead,...

  • Talking ‘True Blood’ deeper meanings, sexual healings

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 2, 2014 | 3:39 pm

    Gregg Fienberg, the executive producer of HBO’s hit vampire saga “True Blood,” is nicknamed “Captain Chaos” by his cast and crew. It’s a nod to his knack for juggling myriad obstacles to bring the campy-sexy (and very expensive) supernatural thriller to the screen. 

    Based on the...

  • Seeing humor in ‘Arab Labor’

    By Simone Wilson

    May 15, 2014 | 11:00 am

    On a recent Friday morning, the Arab-Israeli writer Sayed Kashua, 38, wearing jeans and a Superman T-shirt, slouched forward over a tiny outdoor table at the Cafe Hillel located in an upscale Jerusalem neighborhood 10 minutes from his home. He was trying to explain to a foreign...

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

    By Tom Tugend

    March 26, 2014 | 1:57 pm

    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...

  • 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

    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,...

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