Television Q&A: Is 'Council of Dads' returning this fall?
You have questions. I have some answers.Q: Will the phenomenal show “Council of Dads” return this fall?A: No. NBC has dropped the show after a single season. While it seemed designed to draw the “This Is Us” audience, ratings were reportedly low.Q: I believe Barbara Stanwyck had a son, Stephen. What happened to him?A: From what I can find, the acclaimed actress Stanwyck had only an adopted son, Dion Anthony Fay, from her marriage to actor Frank Fay. (The marriage ended in divorce, as did a later one to actor Robert Taylor.) Mother and son did not have a happy time. Stanwyck’s obituary in the N...
Tribune News Service
Editorial: Voice of America becomes the Voice of Trump
President Donald Trump has not limited his assault on the free press to just domestic news outlets. He’s remaking America’s voice abroad in his own image too.Voice of America is part of the U.S. Agency for Global Media. The federal agency also operates Radio Free Europe, Middle East Broadcasting Networks and other international broadcasters. They all are supposed to be independent organizations that provide unbiased news and information around the globe. The idea is as simple as it is profound: Accurate, reliable and objective journalism embodies and showcases freedom and democracy.In many pla...
The Seattle Times
Finding their voices: One-time national contestants, Kat Perkins and Nicholas David have come home to lasting success in Minnesota
MINNEAPOLIS — He’s a Bible-quoting hippie dad, a 6-foot-2 kaleidoscope of colors, layers and wizardly beard.She’s a spunky 4-foot-11 rock ‘n’ roller, all tattoos, leopard patterns and jet-black hair.He lives with his wife and three kids in their St. Paul home. She’s single in a rented house in suburban Minneapolis.Nicholas David and Kat Perkins seem to have about as much in common as mystical rocker Father John Misty and pop powerhouse Lady Gaga. But David and Perkins are indelibly linked — Minnesotans who won the hearts of America on NBC’s “The Voice” and then became bankable stars in their h...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
iHeartMedia launches national radio news outlet for Black community led by Chicago-based radio veteran
Radio broadcasting company iHeartMedia launched a national news network Tuesday for the Black community that will be run by a Chicago-based radio industry veteran.San Antonio, Texas-based iHeartMedia said Black Information Network is a full-time national and local news network that aims to be an objective, accurate and trusted source of news coverage with a Black voice and perspective.The network went live Tuesday on 15 radio stations and with an online presence, and more stations will be added in the next couple of months. Atlanta’s BIN 640 will serve as a flagship station for the news networ...
Inside Amazon's Kent fulfillment center, a proving ground for the company's coronavirus response
The four-year-old Amazon fulfillment center in Kent, Wash., has played an outsized role in the company’s response to the coronavirus pandemic.Employees there began sounding alarms to management in the first half of March, and then to reporters, as the virus began spreading in the Seattle-area and demand from customers spiked. The facility — the closest of its kind to Amazon’s Seattle headquarters — became a proving ground for several new safety measures implemented by the commerce giant, including coronavirus testing.The last three anxious months have brought dramatic changes to the Kent wareh...
The Seattle Times
Hailing 'Taxi,' one of TV's all-time great sitcoms
Viewers love a loser. We daydream about saving one of Mary Richards’ horrendous dinner parties, cooing “Soft Kitty” to Sheldon Cooper, picking up the bar tab for Cliff Clavin.But if you really want to rescue the downtrodden, step into the bowels of the Sunshine Cab Co.From 1978 to 1983, this New York grease pit doubled as purgatory for the cabbies of “Taxi,” a sitcom custom-made for binge watching in these somber times.At first, the rodent-infested digs may not seem inviting. The only sign of life is a never-ending poker game. The vending machine stocks apples dating back to the Great Depressi...
Star Tribune (Minneapolis)
'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' dumps new episodes after George Floyd's death
Count “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” among the TV cop shows that are recalibrating their approach in the wake of George Floyd’s death and massive protests against police violence.The NBC sitcom starring Andy Samberg has apparently dumped several scripts for next season in order to write new ones that, in some way, reflect current events.“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” cast member Terry Crews told Access Daily that “they had four episodes all ready to go, and they just threw them in the trash.”Crews added: “We have to start over. Right now, we don’t know which direction it’s going to go in.”The cast has been talkin...
The Mercury News
Television Q&A: Why did coronavirus appear in a 2003 'Law & Order' episode?
You have questions. I have some answers.Q: Assuming the current virus, COVID-19, is new, why did the coronavirus appear in an episode of “Law & Order” from 2003? The virus was found in a container in a car driven by an employee from a lab.A: “There are many coronaviruses,” says the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, “including some that commonly cause mild upper-respiratory tract illnesses” as well as scarier forms such as SARS and COVID-19. The term “coronavirus” dates back to 1968. For you science students, it is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as “any member of a group (fo...
Tribune News Service
LeBron James' Decision a decade later: Stern's ire, awkward TV, lessons learned
It has been nearly a decade since a moment in sports like no other, on July 8, 2010, when LeBron James, on the ESPN television special titled The Decision, announced he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers in NBA free agency to sign with the Miami Heat.Now, as part of an ESPN series, “Backstory: The Decision,” which features the investigative reporting of three-time Pulitzer Prize winner Don Van Natta Jr., offers a behind-the-scenes examination of a night that in many ways changed athlete empowerment.In advance of Sunday’s 9 p.m. ESPN broadcast, the Sun Sentinel was provided an advance screenin...
Jenice Armstrong: It took newspapers way too long to finally start capitalizing the letter 'B' in Black
For practically my entire career, when I’ve written about the experiences of Black people I’ve had to do so using a lower case “b.”It never felt right.But that was the official style at every single newspaper where I have worked, and I had to follow suit. Even if I didn’t, an editor would have just changed it. Today, though, for the first time ever, I can write about Black people and do so using a capital B.It may not seem like a big deal but words matter.Black journalists, activists and academics around the country have been calling for this small but significant tweak since just after slaver...
The Philadelphia Inquirer