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Jake Tapper Survives “Real Time With Bill Maher”

Considering what happened with Juan Williams and NPR last week, it took guts for ABC’s  Jake Tapper — who graduated from Merion’s Akiba Hebrew Academy […]

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Mourning June Cleaver

June Cleaver died over the weekend, and this Boomer is bummed. Well, not June Cleaver, exactly, but Barbara Billingsley, the actress who will forever be […]

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Lighten Up, ‘Sesame Street’

PBS or bust. Apparently, those were the only options available in the “Sesame Street” neighborhood last week for the music video of Katy Perry and […]

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Gail Shister to Ines Sainz: Stop Dressing Like a Hooters Waitress

The Ines Sainz-New York Jets imbroglio brings back memories of my sportswriting days in the mid-‘70s. Quick recap: Sainz, a reporter for Mexico’s TV Azteca […]

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The Women of Mad Men

Four seasons in, I am still mad about “Mad Men.” The production values continue to be superb, the writing diamond-sharp and the actors a visual […]

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No More Jim Gardner? No More Chris May?

Imagine local TV news without Jim Gardner or Renee Chenault-Fattah or Chris May. Oh, the horror. For Delaware Valley viewers, such a scenario is a […]

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Why the FCC Should Learn to Stop Worrying and Love the F-Bomb

Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. Fuck. In a surprise ruling last week, a New York […]

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Connie Chung’s Marital Advice

News item: Al and Tipper Gore announced last week they are separating after 40 years of marriage. In this country, the average matrimonial union lasts […]

The Scene

HughE Dillon: Philly-filmed TV pilot with Jimmy Smits picked up

Citizens Bank and longtime actor/director Charles Abbott were honored with the Edwin Forrest Award at the Walnut Street Theatre’s 1st Annual Gala Concert. Last year, […]

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No Justice for Law & Order

Say it ain’t so, L & O! In a fit of colossal stupidity, NBC, the fourth-place network, has decided to kill the original Law & […]

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Confessions of a Law & Order Junkie

My name is Gail and I am a Law & Order addict. Any hour of the day or night, I have to feed my L […]

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ABC’s Odd Man Out

Poor Jake Tapper. ABC’s White House ace — a homeboy and graduate of Akiba Hebrew Academy — was considered a slam dunk to take over […]

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119 Words You Can’t Say on TV

News item: Tribune CEO Randy Michaels last week issued a list of 119 words and phrases forbidden to be said on air by reporters at […]