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The Blur: Does anything but where we watch separate film and television anymore? What the melding means for storytelling

It used to be easy: Movies were smart and television was dumb.  Movies were a special communal event, and television was part of humdrum home life. Television had commercials and movies did not,  television was episodic and open-ended while movies told a single story. Movies could be entertaining...

The Blur: Movie or TV? It's a question as old as 'The T.A.M.I. Show'

What is a film? The question is not a new one. Not by a long shot. While the question seems especially pertinent right at this moment — with ESPN debuting its 7 1/2-hour documentary "O.J.: Made In America" in theaters, doing whatever it takes to qualify the series for the Oscars, film's greatest...

For the VR generation, the differences between TV and movies may already be irrelevant

The upcoming crime drama "The Night Of" would seem like a prototypical cable show — commissioned by HBO, airing for eight episodes, designed as summer appointment viewing. Yet look beneath and a film beast stirs. "The Night Of" was co-written by Steven Zallian, an Oscar winner, and stars John Turturro;...

When rental and online retail companies decided to become studios, the last blurred line between movies and TV disappeared

For a long while I have had what felt like a workable definition of television, one adaptable to a changing world of proliferating platforms. It was generous — including everything from Vine videos to decade-long network dramas — and it was also fundamentally exclusive: Television, to my mind,...

The Player: How 'Quantum Break' puts TV inside the video game

Video games have long found inspiration in films. The reckless carnage in the “Call of Duty” franchise, for instance, has regularly been justified as turning a summer blockbuster into something more playable, more interactive. It goes both ways. The popularity of digital effects has lent many films...

Broadcast journalists remember Morley Safer: He 'showed us what journalism could be'

After Morley Safer's passing on Thursday at age 84, some of his fellow broadcast journalists took a moment to remember him. The "60 Minutes" stalwart was called an "extraordinary" and "masterful" storyteller who "showed us what journalism can be" by the likes of Katie Couric, Scott Pelley and "60...

Morley Safer, longtime '60 Minutes' correspondent, dies at 84

Morley Safer, a longtime reporter for CBS' "60 Minutes," has died, the network confirmed Thursday.  Safer, 84, died at his home in Manhattan. He was the longest-serving correspondent at CBS News. Due to declining health, he announced his retirement last week. "It’s been a wonderful run, but the...

'Supergirl' to air Mondays on CW, bumping 'Crazy Ex-Girlfriend' to Fridays

It's a bird! It's a plane! It's -- the CW's fall schedule! Ahead of its uprfront presentation Thursday morning in New York, the CW released its primetime lineup for 2016. Heading into its 10th anniversary, the network is adding two brand-new series for the fall, plus "Supergirl," which is relocating...

'Game of Thrones,' 'Confirmation' and 'black-ish' lead our 2016 Emmys Buzzmeter

Emmy nominations are just around the corner -- a very large corner that takes a while to get to, perhaps, but not that far away. So why not start looking at some of the top races and gathering the thoughts of our experts as to what series and performers we're likely to be talking about come July...

'Angie Tribeca,' 'Billions' and 'Baskets' break through the new TV overload

Remember when TV shows premiered in the fall? That new-series smell now wafts over the entire year. As a viewer, it’s hard to keep up if you’re not dedicating your life to watching television. Fortunately, or disturbingly, many people do dedicate their lives to watching television and reporting...

'The Americans' recap: Paige's role grows as Cold War gets hotter

Suburban teen Paige Jennings (Holly Taylor) plays a more prominent role each year on “The Americans” Cold War thriller. In Season 1 of this FX series, Paige knew something was strange about her travel agent parents Elizabeth (Keri Russell) and Philip (Matthew Rhys). Unbeknownst to this snoopy 13-year-old,...

Good times for 'black-ish'

Kenya Barris’ decision to end the second season of “black-ish” with a loving spoof of  Norman Lear’s groundbreaking inner-city comedy “Good Times” wasn't just a great idea, it was a much-deserved victory lap. With a remarkable second season that managed such incendiary topics as the N-word, gun...

When Norman Lear gets with Chuck Lorre, the laughs are king

The man who changed television the first time around is 93 years old. He lives in a big yellow house -- "sprawling" would not be hyperbole -- overlooking the wild depths of Rustic Canyon. Inside, airy rooms are filled with comfortable furniture, an impressive art collection and, as if on comedic...

Louis C.K.-Pamela Adlon comedy 'Better Things' treks it to Canoga Park

“Better Things," the upcoming series from friends Pamela Adlon and Louis C.K., seeks to strike a deeply personal, life-rich comedic tone in a seemingly hopeless place: a Macy's in Canoga Park.  The semi-autobiographical comedy features Adlon as a single mother of three who navigates the tightrope...

Three questions with Bryan 'LBJ' Cranston

“All the Way,” the story of President Lyndon Johnson’s battle to enact the Civil Rights Act of 1964 – and keep his desk in the White House – was one of Broadway’s biggest hits of 2014. If you missed the show in New York, you will get a chance to see a filmed version on HBO starting Saturday May...

Megyn Kelly goes too easy on Donald Trump in her Fox infomercial, er, special

After the weeks of hype and the queasy hopes of an anxious nation, it all became clear: Megyn Kelly didn’t ask Donald Trump to headline her Fox special “Megyn Kelly Presents” so she could pin him down on foreign and domestic policy issues, or even confront him about the months-long troll attack...

'Outlander' recap: The table is set with blood and broken promises

As overused a concept as it may be to describe an episode of television as setting the table for events to come, it’s difficult to view “Best Laid Schemes…” as anything other than an hour-long table-setting exhibition.  It’s a struggle that shows often encounter in penultimate episodes of a season,...

TV This Week, May 15-21: 'The Simpsons' and more

SUNDAY Live from Springfield! Through the magic of technology, the always-animated Homer (voice of Dan Castellaneta) will answer a handful of viewers’ pre-selected questions in real time during the final three minutes of a new episode of “The Simpsons.” 8 p.m. Fox Journalist Katie Couric tackles...

Will Donald Trump repeat the TV mistakes of past candidates in his Megyn Kelly interview?

Ted Kennedy was sailing in the polls in 1979 as a challenger to fellow Democrat President Jimmy Carter when he sat down for a nationally televised interview with CBS correspondent Roger Mudd.  Prim and coiffed, the senator tilted his head and looked very much the scion of a dynasty. Mudd took a...

'The Americans' recap: Horror of nuclear war hits home for TV viewers

The horrifying carnage of full-scale nuclear war seemed very real in November 1983 when 100 million Americans watched “The Day After.” Even President Reagan was stunned by the TV movie’s graphic depiction of leveled Midwestern cities and melted human flesh. This pivotal moment in Cold War relations...

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