Thursday, February 23, 2006

Column Debut

My first column appears today on a website called Monsters and Critics ( I work in television, so my column will address various topics related to TV. This week, it's the change in the rules for the Emmys, recently brought about by the Academy for Television Arts and Sciences.

I've called it Notes from the Wasteland after the famous quote from Newton Minow's speech in 1961, wherein he said:

"When television is good, nothing — not the theater, not the magazines or
newspapers — nothing is better.

“But when television is bad, nothing is worse. I invite you to sit down in front of your television set… and keep your eyes glued to that set until the station signs off. I can assure you that you will observe a vast wasteland."

The editor of the site, James Wray, even gave me the cool little logo you see in the upper left. I love it! It looks just like the stretch of Hollywood Boulevard where I run two or three times a week to stay somewhat in shape, though the sky hasn't been quite that shade of brown since the fires last summer. I hope to write a column every week and also to contribute reviews of shows. I'm particularly looking forward to the final season of "The Sopranos" which debuts in a few weeks and hope to write about that, as well as whatever else catches my fancy. The gig is unpaid, but it nonetheless feels great to see my name in print on something other than this personal website. Gotta keep the ol' writing muscles in shape.

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