Television in the 21st Century is Not Just About Entertainment

The earliest shows included police dramas like “Highway Patrol” starring hard-driving Broderick Crawford, quiz shows like “Beat the Clock” with Bud Collier and fun-filled half-hour and full hour live “variety” shows with such great entertainers as Sid Caesar, Milton Berle (known then as Uncle Miltie) and the great Jackie Gleason. However, there was little -or no- programming that centered on education. The reason for that was obvious.

Television Brings Back the Old West

There was a time when American television was dominated by western (or cowboy) programming. Throughout the 1950s and for much of the 1960s, as well, shows that featured cowboys dominated the airwaves. If you’re too young to remember those days, here’s what you missed.

Programming Operators and Television – Home Entertainment For the 21st Century

Many Americans alive today may not know this, but television’s history is relatively short. While television was invented way back in the 1920s (or was it the 1930s?), it didn’t enjoy its first commercial application until the last 1940s.

Has Television Replaced Conversation?

In the long history of the United States, people have always spent the time after dinner speaking with one another. Parents and their children would actually sit in their living rooms (in many homes folks sat in the kitchen) to talk about the day’s events.

Educational TV Can Be Entertaining

Television doesn’t have to be only about thirty minute sitcoms or sixty minute dramas or hard-to-stomach reality shows… or even news and sports. There is an entire segment of the national TV audience that enjoys programming that instructs and teaches.

I Was a Closet Television Addict

There, I said it. I’ve finally admitted to a fault that I refused to own up to for years. I was hooked on TV. It wasn’t just evening entertainment which is arguably the best that TV networks have to offer.

Television Puts Me in the Front Row For All of My Favorite Old Movies

I love old movies, can’t get enough of them. I get a real kick out of watching the great movie stars from the 1930s and 1940s, people who “lit up the screen.” If you have ever seen a flick (no, call it a film) with such acting legends as John Wayne, Clark Gable, Humphrey Bogart, Edward G. Robinson and the immortal (in my opinion) James Cagnye, you know what I mean.

John Ford – The Making of a Great American Film Director

John Ford is one of America’s foremost Academy Award-winning film directors. His impressive and influential directing style has included adaptations of classic 20th century American novels like The Grapes of Wrath along with some of the most exciting Westerns in motion picture history.

Fred Niblo – Making His Mark in the Film Industry

Fred Niblo (1874-1948), whose real life name was Frederick Liedtke, was an American actor and film director who developed remarkable silent films including the epic story ‘Ben-Hur.’ For twenty years, Fred Niblo traveled the world participating in vaudeville as well as acting in several small theater productions. In 1916, he decided to try his luck in the field of directing and his first silent film, ‘Get-Rich-Quick Wallingford,’ was filmed in Australia.

Technofiction Review of “How to Train Your Dragon” and “Clash of the Titans” (2010)

Dragon was so contemporary! It felt as Viking as an Orange County middle school with Vikings as its mascot. Clash, on the other hand, was refreshing. I was pleasantly surprised when it wasn’t the Disney-story version of some classic.

Fiction Addiction – Is Television Killing Social Interaction?

How much of your life do you spend on things that are make believe? Do you mark your calendar to make sure you don’t miss your favorite TV show while putting your kids on hold?

Life Cycles and the Seinfeld Show

This is a profile of the correlation between Life Cycles theory and the world famous ‘Show About Nothing’. It is actually Jerry Seinfeld’s life we are looking at. This will be the first in a series of articles looking at people in showbiz and their ages when career-defining moments happened.