Melissa Grego is Editor-in-Chief of Broadcasting & Cable.
Why 'Pan Am' Should Fly With FeministsMemo to my fellow feminist TV viewers: Don’t be distracted by the girdle and grooming checks. ABC’s Pan Am has the potential to become one of primetime’s most empowering shows for women. Critics did the show a favor Sunday morning at TCA, firing away at a panel of producers and cast about whether the show sets women back by sending the message that we need to serve... More
TCA: Greenblatt's Gutsiest AnnouncementRobert Greenblatt, in his first appearance at the TCA press tour as NBC Entertainment Chairman, didn’t trot out a bunch of charming, self-deprecating jokes designed to make the critics like him. He didn’t offer giant promises about making lemonade in primetime. And he didn’t wow anybody with his slew of entirely expected announcements about development, scheduling and... More
Mel's Diner -- Memo to Detroiters in Hollywood: Coney Dog is Here. The Hani Is Next!As soon as I grab a seat at one of the shared tables amid the wafting, familiar smell of Coney Dogs and chili, I spot the owner at the next table: Actor, writer and director Mike Binder. It’s Tuesday afternoon and he says he’s been camped here all week, since Coney Dog L.A. opened June 21. It’s across from the Whiskey on the Sunset Strip, stays open late and features... More
CNN, It's Time to Get A Revolution On At 8As I was flipping around the cable news options looking for updates on Libya on Tuesday, I landed on CNN as Parker Spitzer was underway. And I stopped. It’s been months since I’ve really watched this show — I bailed early on after I found the highly-publicized new 8 p.m. offering overpromising/under-delivering on the whole point-counterpoint idea. This time, though, I... More
The "Night to Be in Cairo" Should Get An ExtensionI was glad to see ABC, CBS and NBC break from their morning shows airing on the West Coast in the 8 a.m. hour to report on the Feb. 11 resignation of Hosni Mubarak as president of Egypt. They all deployed significant resources to document the dramatic, 18-day long uprising that led up to Mubarak stepping down. It was a pretty obvious call to make as it marked the culmination of a true, modern... More
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