Saturday, October 10, 2015

POSTED: Thursday, August 13, 2015, 1:41 PM
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump answers a question at the first official GOP debate of the 2016 campaign in Cleveland on Aug. 6, 2015. (REUTERS/Brian Snyder/Files)

NBC's divorce from Donald Trump is nearly final.

"At the moment we're sort of separated," NBC entertainment chairman Robert Greenblatt told reporters Thursday at the Television Critics Association's summer meetings.

"We're almost done" selling off the network's interest in the Miss USA pageant, which Trump co-owns and whose July 12 broadcast NBC dumped after the Republican presidential candidate described Mexican immigrants as "rapists."

POSTED: Wednesday, August 12, 2015, 8:00 PM

Donald Trump hasn't made it to the Television Critics Association's summer meetings in Beverly Hills this month, but that doesn't mean the former “Celebrity Apprentice” host has been forgotten at an event where he's appeared from time to time in the past to remind reporters of his tremendous importance to television.

So in case the Donald's ears were burning, here are some of the things people had to say while he was out on the campaign trail, making other news:

“The trouble with Donald Trump is that his thoughts turn into words.”

POSTED: Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 8:19 PM

From the moment Deadline reported that the CW had ordered a script for a "Little Women" series that would take place on the "dystopic streets of Philadelphia," I've wondered: What did Philly ever do to Hollywood that we're getting the "12 Monkeys" treatment again?

The Philadelphia setting's "an homage to the book," said Thom Sherman, the CW executive vice president who took the pitch for the script, told me Tuesday. (The script's to be written by Alexis Jolly, who comes from Chadds Ford, outside Philadelphia.)

But the book, published in two volumes in 1868 and 1869, is set in New England (where Alcott, who was born in Philadelphia's Germantown, ended up spending most of her life).

POSTED: Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 5:19 PM
Patti Smith at NY screening of The Hunger Games: Catching Fire. (Dan Jackman/

Patti Smith's 2010 memoir "Just Kids" will become a limited series, Showtime Networks president David Nevins announced Tuesday.

Smith, who was raised in Germantown and Deptford, N.J.,  will write and produce it with "Penny Dreadful" creator John Logan.

"This is a project that every producer, movie studio, and TV company in Hollywood wanted, and one we fought hard to get. It didn’t hurt that Patti just happens to be a diehard 'Penny Dreadful' fan," said Nevins, speaking to reporters at the Television Critics Association's summer meetings in Beverly Hills.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 11, 2015, 1:19 PM
Sherilyn Fenn as Audrey Horne, and Kyle MacLachlan as Dale Cooper in David Lynch's "Twin Peaks."

Good news for "Twin Peaks" fans: Filming starts filming next month, with David Lynch at the helm.

"I never had any doubts we were going to get him back," Showtime Networks president David Nevins said Tuesday at the Television Critics Association's summer meetings in Beverly Hills.

In April, Lynch had taken to Twitter to announce his resignation from the project "because not enough money was offered to do that script the way I felt it needed to be done."

POSTED: Monday, August 10, 2015, 9:07 PM
Stephen Colbert speaks onstage during the 'The Late Show with Stephen Colbert' panel discussion at the CBS portion of the 2015 Summer TCA Tour at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on August 10, 2015 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

It was, as the future host of CBS' "Late Show" put it, "a little like therapy."

If therapy took place in a ballroom full of reporters in Beverly Hills and was interrupted by live-tweeting and Donald Trump jokes.

Stephen Colbert made his first appearance in many years at the Television Critics Association's seminannual meetings, and let's just say he can come back anytime.

POSTED: Monday, August 10, 2015, 12:31 PM
Stephen King wrote the book on which CBS' "Under the Dome" is based

CBS' "Under the Dome" won't be under the dome for much longer.

“The dome is coming down at the end of this season," CBS entertainment chief Nina Tassler told reporters Monday at the Television Critics Association's summer meetings in Beverly Hills.

Don't panic (or cheer) just yet, though.

POSTED: Sunday, August 9, 2015, 2:21 PM

Reelz, the cable network that picked up "The Kennedys" miniseries when the History Channel decided it might not be, um, historical enough, might want to reread John F. Kennedy's "Profiles in Courage."

Because it's been a while, but I don't remember seeing Donald Trump's name in there anywhere.

Or, for that matter, that of Reelz channel chief Stan Hubbard, who Sunday commended himself for having had the guts to pick up Trump's Miss USA pageant when NBC dropped it in response to the GOP frontrunner's calling Mexican immigrants "rapists."

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As the TV critic for the Philadelphia Daily News, I've always believed my job is less about thumbs -- up or down -- and more about the conversation. Because the more choices we have, the fewer people in our lives know what we're talking about when we say, "Did you see that?" And that's when television really starts to get interesting. Reach Ellen at

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