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"Star Trek: The Next Generation" Season 1 Blu-ray Set

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 30, 2012

The official word (which pasted a bit awkwardly): The enduringly popular sci-fi favorite STAR TREK:
THE NEXT GENERATION – THE FIRST SEASON makes its Blu-ray debut on July 24 from
CBS Home Entertainment and Paramount Home Media Distribution. Celebrating its 25th anniversary in
2012, the beloved series continues to enthrall fans with its exciting and socially relevant tales of space
exploration in the 24th century.

STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE FIRST SEASON has been retransferred from
original film elements to produce stunning high-definition images, including amazing visual effects that
have been painstakingly recreated from the source material, creating before/after results that fans will
love. The six-disc Blu-ray set also features 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio and a wealth of exclusive bonus
material, such as archival footage, a gag reel, and an inside look at taking The Next Generation to the
next level of high-definition. Featuring numerous behind-the-scenes interviews, the new material also
features Star Trek experts Mike and Denise Okuda, consultants throughout this ongoing project, who
offer special insights into the countless man-hours dedicated to the upgrade of The Next Generation.

Featuring one of the most endearing ensemble casts in television history, STAR TREK:

THE NEXT GENERATION took fans on the remarkable continuing voyages of the Starship Enterprise

with Captain Jean-Luc Picard (Patrick Stewart), Commander William T. Riker (Jonathan Frakes),

Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge (LeVar Burton), Counselor Deanna Troi (Marina Sirtis),

Lt. Commander Data (Brent Spiner), Lieutenant Worf (Michael Dorn), Dr. Beverly Crusher

(Gates McFadden) and Wesley Crusher (Wil Wheaton).

The STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION – THE FIRST SEASON Blu-ray set will be available in

1080p with English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, English Stereo Surround, French Mono, Japanese Mono and

German Mono (with the exception of “Encounter at Farpoint” which is in German Stereo). The discs also

include English SDH, French, German, Castilian, Italian, Japanese, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Norwegian and

Swedish subtitles. The Blu-ray is not rated in the U.S. and rated PG in Canada. The disc breakdown is as

follows:

Disc One:

Episodes


Encounter at Farpoint

The Naked Now

Code of Honor
Special Features


Episodic Promos

Energized! Taking The Next Generation to the Next Level (HD)

Star Trek: The Next Generation Archives: The Launch
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Introduction to the Series (1987)
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Promo #1
o
Promo #2
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Promo #3
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Season One Promo
Disc Two:

Episodes


The Last Outpost

Where No One Has Gone Before

Lonely Among Us

Justice

The Battle
Special Features


Episodic Promos
Disc Three:

Episodes


Hide and Q

Haven

The Big Goodbye

Datalore

Angel One
Special Features


Episodic Promos
Disc Four:

Episodes


11001001

Too Short a Season

When the Bough Breaks

Home Soil

Coming of Age
Page 2 of 3


Special Features


Episodic Promos
Disc Five:

Episodes


Heart of Glory

The Arsenal of Freedom

Symbiosis

Skin of Evil

We’ll Always Have Paris
Special Features


Episodic Promos
Disc Six:

Episodes


Conspiracy

The Neutral Zone
Special Features


Episodic Promos

Stardate Revisited: The Origin of Star Trek: The Next Generation (HD)
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Part 1: Inception
o
Part 2: Launch
o
Part 3: The Continuing Mission

Gag Reel

Archival Mission Logs
o
The Beginning
o
Selected Crew Analysis
o
The Making of a Legend
o
Memorable Missions

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Mixed Notes -- April 30

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 30, 2012

This was a cleanup weekend at the House of Heldenfels: routine housecleaning on Saturday and then the big job on Sunday: cleaning the garage. As in taking everything off every shelf, moving the shelves, sweeping, disposing of things and MUCH MUCH MORE. When we were done, the bookshelves looked neater, recycling had received bunches of cardboard, Goodwill had some new items and great honkin' piles of trash were set aside for (gradual) inclusion in the trash pickup.

And we watched some TV, whether it was catching up on stuff from the week ("Missing" and "Scandal," for instance, although I am wondering ever more why I am still watching) and a Sunday load of "The Amazing Race," "The Good Wife" and "Mad Men."

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My Weekly Video: "The Five-Year Engagement"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 28, 2012

This covers some of the same ground as my earlier blog post, but there are some differences ...

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This Week's "American Idol" Chat

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 28, 2012

Including Malcolm's connecting one performer to a Cleveland steamer...

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Watching Movies: "Five-Year Engagement," "Deep Blue Sea"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 27, 2012

"The Five-Year Engagement" is the latest movie starring and co-written by Jason Segel, and it's a good if somewhat overlong effort. The humor is distinctly R-rated, and there's a melancholy that almost overwhelms the movie in its later stages; there were points when it felt as if the whole thing had gone sour. But there are many good things in the movie, including the lead performances by Segel and Emily Blunt, performers who generate so much likablitiy that we are willing to forgive some decidedly bad behavior.

Segel and Blunt play a couple who, as the movie begins, have been together a year and are now ready to get married. But before they can, life keeps getting in the way, especially when Blunt is offered a job in Michigan, far from their San Francisco base. Years drag on, other conflicts arise, and the audience is left to wonder if the engagement is, in fact, as far as these two will ever get.

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"Desperate" Derby Connection

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 27, 2012

The folks at the FirstEnergy All-American Soap Box Derby passed along the news that an official Derby racer will be on view in Sunday's episode of "Desperate Housewives." (In exchange for its help, the Derby received autographed memorabilia from the show's current, final season.)

Here's ABC's description of the episode:

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"Fringe" Gets 5th, Final Season

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 26, 2012

The official word: 

FOX has picked up FRINGE for a fifth and final 13-episode season, it was announced today by Kevin Reilly, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company.

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New Tyler Davidson Production Gets Ohio Tax Credit

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 25, 2012

The official word: The Ohio Department of Development has approved a $461,771 Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit for the film “Toy’s House”.

The Ohio Motion Picture Tax Credit is administered by the Department’s Office of Strategic Business Investments and provides tax credits up to 35 percent to support Ohio’s growing film industry. The 26-day shoot is set to begin in late June in Grafton (Lorain County). While on location in Ohio, more than $1.6 million dollars is expected to be spent for the various costs involved in production.

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A Few Words About "Mad Men"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 24, 2012

As I said in a previous post, I keep wanting to write about "Mad Men" but seem always to want to say more than time and energy permit. Fortunately, my friend Alan Sepinwall covers most of the ground I would have in this piece.

I do want to add a few more thoughts as follows: Don and Megan in HoJo felt so much like a reprise of Don and Betty in Europe. In Europe, Don's lack of sophistication was made clear. And the HoJo scene was another reminder; he clearly LOVES HoJo, and Megan sees it as both bad taste and (with the sherbet) bad-tasting.

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CBS Sets "Big Brother" Return, 2 New Summer Reality Shows

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 24, 2012

The official word: CBS will heat up summer with the return of its hit franchise BIG BROTHER, the new unscripted dating series 3 and the previously announced DOGS IN THE CITY.

BIG BROTHER, hosted Julie Chen, premieres Thursday, July 12 (9:00-10:00 PM, ET/PT) with the first of its three weekly broadcasts. BIG BROTHER will be broadcast Wednesdays, (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT, beginning July 18), the live eviction show on Thursday (9:00-10:00 PM, live ET/delayed PT, beginning July 19), and Sundays (8:00-9:00 PM, ET/PT, beginning July 15).

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Rock Hall Showing Scorsese's George Harrison Documentary on May 9

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 24, 2012

The production has also aired on HBO and will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on May 1.

The official word: The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is pleased to host a film screening of Martin Scorsese’s George Harrison: Living in the Material World (2011, 210 minutes) on Wednesday, May 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Foster Theater. This event is free with a reservation. Seating is limited. RSVP information is as follows:

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky To Discuss "Future of Movies" At Akron Library 5/9

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 24, 2012

The official word:

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In Case You Missed It: Sarah Vowell at UA Tonight

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 24, 2012

The official word:

The Northeast Ohio Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program presents a reading with Sarah Vowell on Tuesday, April 24, at 7:30 p.m. at the Quaker Square Inn. Vowell is the best-selling author of two essay collections and five nonfiction books on American history and culture, including “Assassination Vacation,” “The Wordy Shipmates,” and her most recent book, “Unfamiliar Fishes.” This event is free and open to the public.

Vowell has been a contributing editor for Public Radio International's “This American Life,” a columnist for Salon.com, Time and continues to write occasional essays for the opinion page of the New York Times. Vowell has made numerous appearances on the “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Late Night with Conan O'Brien” and has become a regular on “The Daily Show” with Jon Stewart. She is also president of the board of 826NYC, a nonprofit tutoring and writing center for students in Brooklyn

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Mixed Notes: Kelly Clarkson, Not Watching Things, Losing Interest in Others

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 24, 2012

Kelly Clarkson is 30 today, and the 10th anniversary of the premiere of "American Idol" is in June. "Idol" is old and tired, but Clarkson remains a refreshing musical presence. As I said on Twitter, I can't say my life would suck without her music, but she has brought joy to my playlists.

Some things just don't get my mojo working. I watched part of the first episode of "Veep," the Julia Louis-Dreyfus comedy that premiered Sunday, and just did not need anymore. Part of that stems from my general lack of interest in Louis-Dreyfus, who is at best an acquired comedic taste, and part from the rambling quality of the show itself. Its debt to "Curb Your Enthusiasm" is evident but compared to "Veep," "Curb" is tightly structured and focused. Bleh.

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Make That Liz-say: Lohan To Play Elizabeth Taylor

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 23, 2012

The much anticipated deal has been made. The official word:

Lindsay Lohan is set to star as the legendary Elizabeth Taylor in the Lifetime Original Movie Liz & Dick, based on the true story of the screen icon’s historic romance with actor Richard Burton. Principal photography on the movie will begin in early June in Los Angeles, it was announced today by Rob Sharenow, Executive Vice President, Programming, of Lifetime Networks.

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In Case You Missed It...

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 23, 2012

Video: 'Idol' chatter

By Dan Kadar Published: April 20, 2012

Video: 'Dancing with the Stars' recap

By Dan Kadar Published: April 19, 2012

Features editor and former dance instructor Lynne Sherwin and pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels say goodbye to Gavin DeGraw on America's favorite dance competition.

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Dick Clark, RIP

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 18, 2012

"Jiro" Filmmaker Sets Cleveland Q&A

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 18, 2012

The official word:

Movie and sushi lovers alike are invited to the Capitol Theatre (1390 W. 65th St., Cleveland) for a special Q&A with filmmaker David Gelb following the 7:00 PM showing of his new critically-acclaimed documentary JIRO DREAMS OF SUSHI on April 27th.

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"Damages" Final Season Begins July 11

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 18, 2012

The official word: DIRECTV’s Audience Network heats up this summer with the season five premiere of the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning, critically acclaimed legal thriller, DAMAGES, starring Emmy Award-winner Glenn Close and Emmy Award-nominee Rose Byrne, on Wednesday, July 11 at 9 p.m.

The fifth and final season of the series centers on the timely and controversial subject of government and corporate transparency, focusing on how the ever-changing digital landscape shapes the way in which information is obtained and shared.

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USA Network Sets Summer Series Premiere Dates

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 17, 2012

The official word:

As summer’s most beloved brand, USA officially kicks off the season with the most-watched series ROYAL PAINS and last year’s rookie hit NECESSARY ROUGHNESS on Wednesday, June 6 at 9/8c and 10/9c. The momentum heats up with returns of BURN NOTICE and the acclaimed drama SUITS on Thursday, June 14 at 9/8c and 10/9c followed by all-new seasons of WHITE COLLAR and COVERT AFFAIRS on Tuesday, July 10 at 9/8c and 10/9c.

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"Dancing With the Stars" Notes

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 17, 2012

Here's how the judges ranked the dancers on Monday's show: William (29) and Katherine (29), Maria (27) and Donald (27), Roshon (26), Jaleel (24) and Melissa (24), Gladys (22), Gavin (19). William and Katherine received two 10s each while Donald, electrifying and commanding in the final dance of the night, received a single 10 and a decidedly low-balled 8 from Len. (Thanks to Lynne Sherwin for catching a mistake in my earlier version of the scores.)

As usual, I felt different.

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Happy Monday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 16, 2012

Good looking day so far, and this is one of my favorite play-loud-with-the-car-windows-open songs:

 

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A Video Rant or Two About "American Idol"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 14, 2012

Video: Discussing 'The Cabin in the Woods'

By Ohio.com Published: April 12, 2012

Beacon Journal popular culture writer Rich Heldenfels discusses the blood-soaked yet logical horror film The Cabin in the Woods, starring Chris Hemsworth (aka Thor) and produced by Joss Whedon.

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Mixed Notes - Thursday (With Updated "Idol" Notes)

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 12, 2012

Updated comments on "American Idol" are below.

I wll be out of the loop today for some family business. Over at Ohio.com you can find my review of the movie "Bully" and my review of the new/old Joss Whedon horror film "Cabin in the Woods AND my review of "The Three Stooges." I liked them all, obviously for different reasons. Also, this week's mailbag is here.

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Video: This week's 'Dancing with the Stars' recap

By Ohio.com Published: April 11, 2012

Former dance instructor and features editor Lynne Sherwin and pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels tell us what they think about America's favorite dance show.

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Mixed Notes - Wednesday

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 11, 2012

Ready for lots of Fat Albert? Not that there could ever be just a little Fat Albert. Anyway, the announcement:

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GLAAD Announcement: Miss Universe To Include Transgender Women

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 10, 2012

The official word: GLAAD, the nation's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) media advocacy and anti-defamation organization, and the Miss Universe Organization are pleased to announce that after more than two weeks of discussions, the Miss Universe Organization is close to finalizing an official policy change that will allow women who are transgender to participate in its beauty competitions.

GLAAD first contacted the Miss Universe Organization on Saturday, March 24 after news broke that Jenna Talackova was disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada competition. GLAAD called on the Miss Universe Organization to review Jenna's case, as well as open the competition to transgender women.

After unsuccessful attempts to reach Jenna Talackova personally, the Miss Universe Organization and its owner Donald J. Trump moved forward and announced last week it would allow Jenna to compete. To further demonstrate its commitment, the organization, in consultation with GLAAD, discussed a policy change that includes transgender women in time for the start of this fall's 2013 pageant season; a time when most of the competitions around the world begin to take place.

"For more than two weeks, the Miss Universe Organization and Mr. Trump made it clear to GLAAD that they were open to making a policy change to include women who are transgender," said GLAAD spokesperson Herndon Graddick. "We appreciate that he and his team responded swiftly and appropriately. The Miss Universe Organization today follows institutions that have taken a stand against discrimination of transgender women including the Olympics, NCAA, the Girl Scouts of America and The CW's America's Next Top Model.

"Jenna and all of the LGBT advocates who have called for this change and spoken out in support of transgender women are to be commended. At a time when transgender people are still routinely denied equal opportunities in housing, employment and medical care, today's decision is in line with the growing levels of public support for transgender people across the country."

Adds Paula Shugart, president of the Miss Universe Organization: "We want to give credit where credit is due, and the decision to include transgender women in our beauty competitions is a result of our ongoing discussions with GLAAD and not Jenna's legal representation, which if anything delayed the process. We have a long history of supporting equality for all women, and this was something we took very seriously."

As a result of Jenna's case, GLAAD has worked with many national media outlets to profile transgender women. Actress, producer and transgender advocate Laverne Cox spoke out about the decision:

"I am so moved and excited that The Miss Universe Organization has sided with justice and equality by not only allowing Jenna to compete, but by also allowing other trans women to compete in the future. No one should have a glass ceiling on their dreams. It is my hope that this moment can begin to highlight other injustices trans people face so that they too may be eradicated."

Laverne Cox can currently be seen in the film Musical Chairs. She is the first African American trans woman to produce and star in her own television show VH1's TRANSform Me. She is the first African American trans woman to appear on a reality competition show, VH1's I Want to Work for Diddy. She is also a regular contributor to the Huffington Post.
 

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Mixed Notes

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 10, 2012

This is a bit of a crazy week, with a lot of movies on my plate including "The Cabin in the Woods," which I saw last night, and "The Three Stooges" and "Bully," both today. Plus I am trying to keep up with some TV and reading: "My Friend Dahmer," for one, and the third "Game of Thrones" novel, for another. So here are bits and pieces for today.

Last night's "How I Met Your Mother" was one of their more enjoyable time-shifting (and fantasy time-shifting) episodes, until the sentimental ending. But tone of he best things may be the way it used newspaper headlines to remind us of what a fickle dilettantte Ted is, his affection shifting from Gore to Howard Dean to Kucinich? Really? And the other best thing was its not falling prey to the later "Star Wars" movies by keeping everyone loyal to the original trilogy. Which is all the "Star Wars" anyone really needs. Especially with Han shooting first.

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Mike Wallace, R.I.P.

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 8, 2012

Here's the CBS announcement:

CBS News legend Mike Wallace, the 60 MINUTES’ pit-bull reporter whose probing, brazen style made his name synonymous with the tough interview – a style he practically invented for television more than half a century ago – died last night. He was 93 and passed peacefully surrounded by family members at Waveny Care Center in New Canaan, Conn., where he spent the past few years. He also had a home in Manhattan.

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Video: The HeldenFiles (sort of) in 3D

By Ohio.com Published: April 7, 2012

Rich Heldenfels, Akron Beacon Journal pop culture writer critiques the new 3D Titanic.

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Video: 'Idol' chatter with Rich and Malcolm

By Ohio.com Published: April 7, 2012

Pop music writer Malcom X Abram and pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels think they know who'll win America's favorite singing show. What do you think?

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"Bully" Gets PG-13

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 6, 2012

The official word: The Weinstein Company (TWC), aided by the guidance and consultation from attorneys David Boies and Ted Olson, announced today that the MPAA has lowered the R rating, given for some language, for BULLY to a PG-13 in time for the film’s April 13th expansion to 55 markets. The scene that has been at the forefront of the battle with the MPAA, the intense scene in the film that shows teen Alex Libby being bullied and harassed on a bus, has been left fully intact and unedited. BULLY director Lee Hirsch felt editing the scene was not an option, and subsequently refused to do so, since it is too important to the truth and integrity behind the film. Also a victory is the exception the MPAA made by allowing the film to be released with the new rating before 90 days, which is the length of time their policy states a film must wait to be in theaters after a rating change to avoid confusion or inconvenience for moviegoers.

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TV Watch: "Scandal"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 5, 2012

The latest show from Shonda Rhimes is preposterous. I mean, how-nutty-is-that-plot preposterous. By the end of the second episode, I had lost count of how many times I had muttered "well, that could never happen" or "no one would do that." But that's Rhimes. "Grey's Anatomy" has had plenty of similar no-way moments over the years, as has her "Private Practice." The difference between the two is that "Grey's" still found a way -- well; some of the time -- to make you care about the characters enough that you kept turning the TV pages, or hoping that whatever absurdity had overtaken  the show would pass. At its worst, and "PP" and "Off the Map" come  to mind all too often, you either stop caring or never start, and the flaws are all the more glariing.

So where does that leave "Scandal"?I don't know.  Aside from the main charracter Olivia Pope, I don't have many strong feelings. And I give Kerry Washington mega-credit for making Pope so interesting; another actress might have tried to signal lovability when Washington is more than willing to indicate that this is an unpleasant, even chilly woman, and that's what makes her so good at dampening scandals for her clients. She doesn't care if you like her; that's not her job. She needs you to like or respect or even ignore her client -- whatever it takes to make the problems go away, She is Cristiina Yang with a better understanding of people (aside, perhaps, from herself).

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"American Idol" And Other Notes (Updated)

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 5, 2012

Teddy Pendergrass, dammit. We will come back to that.

This week's mailbag is here..

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Video: 'Dancing with the Stars' review

By Ohio.com staff Published: April 4, 2012

Former dance instructor and features editor Lynne Sherwin and pop culture writer Rich Heldenfels think the scores are too darn high on America's favorite dance show.

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WEWS (Channel 5) Among Peabody Award Winners

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 4, 2012

Its "Operation Deep Freeze" report,. embedded above, was honored. Other winners include "Treme," "Game of Thrones," "Homeland" and "Parks and Recreation." 

The reporting involved reporter Ron Regan, producer Mel Watson, videographers  Dave Hatala and Dave Arnold, and editor Rob Gardner

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President Obama To Introduce "To Kill a Mockingbird" Telecast

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 3, 2012

You may have seen my earlier post about the recent PBS Harper Lee documentary (which you can still watch online here).  Still, if you are going to see "Mocklingbird," I would recommend the DVD or Blu-ray to spare yourself even "limited commercials." That said, here's the Obama announcement:

USA Network, the American Film Institute (AFI) and Universal Pictures proudly announce the exclusive airing of “To Kill A Mockingbird” on Saturday, April 7th at 8PM ET/PT on USA, featuring a special introduction from President Barack Obama.

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From the Bookshelf: “Steve Jobs,” “11/22/63: A Novel,” Don Winslow’s “Savages”

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 3, 2012

I’ve been doing more reading than usual lately. I am currently working through “Mockingjay,” the third of the “Hunger Games” novels, and expect next to tackle the third “Game of Thrones” book. But I have also managed to finish some texts, including Walter Isaacson’s biography of Steve Jobs, Steven King’s Kennedy-assassination novel, and the Winslow book, which has been adapted for an upcoming Oliver Stone film. Reading notes follow.

 

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TV Land Salutes "In Living Color"; Wayans, Carrey, Grier Attending

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 3, 2012

No Jamie Foxx listed. Is he part of the "additional cast members" expected? The official word: 

TV Land announced today that the cast of the trailblazing FOX series “In Living Color” – Keenen Ivory Wayans, Jim Carrey, David Alan Grier, Shawn Wayans, Marlon Wayans, Tommy Davidson, Kelly Coffield Park, Kim Wayans and T’Keyah Crystal Keymah – will be honored with the Groundbreaking Award at the “TV Land Awards” 10th Anniversary celebration, taping Saturday, April 14 at the Lexington Avenue Armory at Gramercy Park in New York City. Additional cast members are expected to join. Previously announced honorees include “Laverne & Shirley,” “One Day At A Time,” “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” and Aretha Franklin. The “TV Land Awards” 10th Anniversary will air on Sunday, April 29 at 9pm ET/PT.

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TV Watch: "Dancing With the Stars"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 3, 2012

Monday was a difficult night for people who care about dance, with so many performances wrapped up in emotional memories and crying (by contestants and by Carrie Ann) that the bathos seemed to get judged as much as the footwork. And rhe footwork at times was not that great.

I thought the best performances of the night were by William and Donald, but the show keeps low-balling Donald (and again gave Katherine higher marks than she deserved).

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TV Watch: "Mad Men": Hope I Die Before I Get Old

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 2, 2012

The harshest thing said about Betty Draper Francis on Sunday’s “Mad Men” did not have to do with her weight. It was her being called “middle-aged.”

            This season of “Mad Men” is all about aging. (I keep thinking they should call it “Mad Men: Generations.”) The two-hour season premiere brought that into sharp focus with Don’s birthday party, and the divide between his younger acquaintances (including his new wife, about 15 years his junior), and Roger, Don and even Pete, who is after all is a younger but philosophically comparable version of Don, much the way Don follows in Roger’s footsteps.

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Talking "Dancing With the Stars"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 1, 2012

Another season has begun, and Lynne Sherwin and I have thoughts:

 

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Talking "American Idol"

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 1, 2012

Malcolm X Abram and I discuss the most recent developments, with irritation:

 

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Sunday Notebook

By Rich Heldenfels Published: April 1, 2012

From today's Beacon Journal and Ohio.com:

Is there a missing pilot for a Drew Carey series? See the story here.

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