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  • The new year brings viewers new T.V. shows

    September 19, 2014 | 11:50 am

    It’s September, which means back to school, Rosh Hashanah and a brand-new TV season. This year, members of the tribe populate the landscape both on camera and behind the scenes, from Bebe Neuwirth as the secretary of state’s chief of staff in CBS’ “Madam Secretary,” to Jeffrey...

  • What if we really knew what media does to us

    By Marty Kaplan

    May 5, 2014 | 10:31 am

    What if we knew that the fictional rapes in HBO’s mega-hit “Game of Thrones” caused real rapes in the real world?  What if we knew that the portrayals of gay characters in “Modern Family” caused actual states to legalize same-sex marriage?

    The catch, of course, is causation. ...

  • Fox picks up another Israeli-developed TV show format

    April 8, 2014 | 3:17 pm

    Fox has purchased the rights to Boom!, a new Israeli game show.

    The program debuted earlier this month in Israel. Under the format, four contestants race against the clock to diffuse a bomb by cutting colored wires that hold the answers to trivia questions. Viewers can also play...

  • Bob Odenkirk on ‘Nebraska’ and ‘Breaking Bad’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 15, 2013 | 5:32 am

    Actor Bob Odenkirk seems to be everywhere these days, on screens large and small.   Having burst into the comedy zeitgeist with series like “The Larry Sanders Show,” and “Saturday Night Live,” he’s best known for playing Saul Goodman, meth-cooker Walter White’s sleazy but...

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  • 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...

  • 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.”

    ...
  • Samsung buys Israeli Web TV startup Boxee

    July 3, 2013 | 8:54 am

    Samsung acquired the Israeli streaming media startup Boxee for $30 million.

    The Israeli high-tech website TheMarker reported the acquisition by the Korean electronics giant on Wednesday. The report said Samsung will continue to employ Boxee’s 40 employees.

    Boxee, based in Tel...

  • Noah Emmerich of ‘The Americans:’  Emmy Awards watch

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 29, 2013 | 6:18 pm

    Actor Noah Emmerich folded his lanky body into a chair at L’Ermitage Hotel and pretended to clandestinely scan the lobby. “Those guys over there could be suspicious,” he quipped, and then added, “You don’t have a poison pen, do you?”

    The affable actor was joking, of course --...

  • Dysfunctional first family

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 6, 2013 | 12:46 pm

    When Barack Obama heard that his speechwriter Jon Lovett would be leaving the White House to follow his dream of becoming a Hollywood comedy writer, the president joked something in the vein of, “You’re not going to write about me, right?”

    The commander in chief didn’t need to...

  • Q&A with Nikki Levy

    By Ryan Torok

    September 27, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    “Saturday Night Live” alumna Laraine Newman shares an experience she had in high school, when, high on a psychedelic drug, she saw her mother as a person and not just her parent for the first time. 

    Actress (and daughter of Motown icon Diana Ross) Tracee Ellis Ross, one of the...

  • Clara Mamet makes her way in the family biz

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 10, 2012 | 4:58 pm

    It was a sweltering day on the North Hills set of ABC’s upcoming sitcom “The Neighbors,” as Clara Mamet opened the door of her trailer with a toss of her long, brown hair. The 17-year-old actress wore peach-colored satin trousers, a floral blouse and a devil-may-care expression as...

  • MTV’s ‘True Life’ seeking a Jewish mama’s boy

    August 9, 2012 | 3:48 pm

    MTV is searching for a Jewish mama’s boy for an episode of “True Life.”

    The show is looking for someone aged 16 to 28 who consistently chooses his mother over his girlfriend. The episode will be called “True Life: I’m Dating a Mama’s Boy.”

    “We really hope we can find a...

  • Conversations from Twitter – Part 8

    By Ilana Angel

    July 6, 2012 | 9:17 am

    When I started this series of interviews a lot of people wrote to tell me I should talk to @WillLoveInc because he was fabulous.  I did not follow Will and he did not follow me, so I was curious about who this person was.  Before I got a chance to check him out, he tweeted that I was...

  • 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...

  • Dog ‘Guru’ Justin Silver puts owners on tight leash

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 5, 2012 | 10:11 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...

  • Oh, What a Tangled ‘Web’ She Weaves

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 13, 2012 | 12:55 pm

    On a sunny morning at Jerry’s Deli on Beverly Boulevard, Lisa Kudrow was laughing about the narcissistic shrink she plays on her improvised Showtime dark comedy, “Web Therapy.” “Isn’t she awful?” said Kudrow, who burst into popular culture in 1994 playing the kooky masseuse Phoebe...

  • TV for dogs reaches prime time

    May 8, 2012 | 7:07 pm

    Bark if you love DogTV.

    The new made-in-Israel U.S. cable channel is scientifically programmed to keep pooches stimulated, happy and comforted when they’re home alone.

    When dogs are left alone, they can get depressed, lose their appetite and their desire to play, says DogTV CEO...

  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan on playing a Jewish hotelier

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 7, 2012 | 2:05 pm

    “It’s Jeffrey Dean,” a voice says on the line, and it’s Jeffrey Dean Morgan, who plays Jewish hotel mogul Ike Evans in the 1950s Miami noir series “Magic City” on STARZ.  Dean says he’s driving his 2-year-old son, Gus, to a cabin in the Catskills, a nice vacation from the...

  • Jonah Hill: ‘Moneyball’s’ super-talented, super-nice Jewish boy [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 11, 2012 | 1:44 pm

    Five minutes late to an interview at House Cafe on Beverly Boulevard, Jonah Hill apologizes like a contrite teenager. “I’m sorry I’m tardy,” he says, explaining he’d just flown in from shooting “Neighborhood Watch” in Atlanta and was scrambling to finish his Chanukah shopping.  His...

  • Claire Danes blows off steam in Tel Aviv

    By Lauren Bottner

    December 5, 2011 | 12:32 pm

    “Homeland” actress Claire Danes spent her evenings in Israel bar hopping in Tel Aviv after shooting the pilot to Showtime’s “Homeland” according to the Forward.  Danes told Conan O’Brien what a “party town” Tel Aviv is, remarking:

    “it’s very stressful...

  • Change soap opera’s Hitler name, ADL asks Indian network

    November 22, 2011 | 5:33 pm

    The Anti-Defamation League has called on an Indian television network to change the name of a new soap opera with Hitler in the title.

    “Hitler Didi” airs five days a week on Zee TV, a division of Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited, based in Mumbai. After receiving numerous...

  • Are Jews outdoorsy? Henry Winkler of ‘Happy Days’ thinks so

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 21, 2011 | 1:21 pm

    Henry Winkler, the beloved Arthur Fonzarelli from “Happy Days” thinks Jews are more outdoorsy than stereotypes allow. He said this in an interview with the Baltimore Jews Times about his new book, “I’ve Never Met An Idiot On The River: Reflections On Family, Fishing, And...

  • ‘Friday Night Dinner’ (aka Shabbat) heads to NBC

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 11, 2011 | 11:13 am

    Shabbat dinner, the weekly Jewish ritual that comprises almost as much drama as the Bible, is headed for sitcom status.

    NBC is developing an adaptation of the British show “Friday Night Dinner,” featuring a Jewish family and their weekly Shabbat dinner antics, for an American...

  • Howard Stern’s got talent?

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 11, 2011 | 10:36 am

    It’s been a big week for Howard Stern between chatting with ousted Oscars producer Brett Ratner and negotiating with NBC.

    Stern, the infamous radio jock, is in talks with NBC to become the next “America’s Got Talent” judge, replacing Piers Morgan.

    If he decides to join...

  • Mikveh time for Oprah?

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 10, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    Oprah still isn’t a member of the tribe, despite a visit to a Brooklyn Heights mikveh last week.

    JTA caught the eye of Jewish hopefuls last week with a title that suggested she was visiting the mikveh to mark the beginning of her new show. 

    “Oprah did not embrace the Jewish...

  • Adam Lambert’s legal woes

    By Lauren Bottner

    November 8, 2011 | 11:38 am

    Pop singer Adam Lambert has been slapped with a lawsuit charging that he violated the rules of American Idol when he agreed to be on the 8th season of the reality show.

    A new lawsuit, from Colwel Platinum Entertainment, alleges that he had a music contract at the time he auditioned...

  • TV Military Drama ‘Homeland’ Taps Into America’s Psyche

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 19, 2011 | 4:04 pm

    Producer and writer Howard Gordon’s TV shows have reflected uncannily the American psyche since the attacks on the World Trade Center in 2001.

    “24,” the Fox drama he helped mold into the Emmy-winning thriller about terrorist-busting super patriot Jack Bauer, premiered just...

  • ‘Big Bang Theory’ Actress Lives at Intersection of Science, Religion [UPDATE]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 19, 2011 | 4:18 pm

    On a recent afternoon, Mayim Bialik, having finished rehearsing a scene for “The Big Bang Theory” — the CBS comedy about a clique of uber-geeks that premieres its fifth season this week — had retired to her dressing room for a bit of Talmud study and to begin planning her...

  • ‘Israeli Idol’ Diana Golbi brings act and message to U.S.

    September 19, 2011 | 12:08 pm

    For her first visit to New York and the United States, Diana Golbi adopted the unofficial uniform of most city dwellers—head-to-toe black. Black shirt, black top and tight black jeans. Her long brown hair was straight and hung past her shoulders.

    Pointing to her stiletto heels,...

  • Road Rage, Crazy People & the Perils of Watching Too Much Television

    By Ilana Angel

    September 5, 2011 | 8:19 am

    I got a message from my little sister that she was at a police station by her house, filing a report against a man who assaulted her while driving home. She was driving to the store when she saw a man run a stop sign. As he went past her and through the intersection, she honked at...

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