Looking For Reasons to Like ‘Girls’

Girls, girls, girls.  I so want to like you. I really do. And there are moments when I think maybe I could form a long-term attachment. But upon reflection I usually decide, “Why bother?” As with that bad boyfriend of my own roiling 20s, I realize there is no there there and I just can’t make the commitment. Lena Dunham’s serial vignettes of millennial life in New York City – however  exaggerated  they may be – are sometimes insightful and …

Five Reasons to Watch Girls, Season Two

As a fifty-something baby boomer, I probably don’t fall within the target demographic for the critically acclaimed, endlessly discussed, highly controversial and wildly popular television series, Girls. But I certainly count myself among producer Lena Dunham’s biggest fans.  I loved the YouTube videos she made when she was still in college, and thought her first feature film, Tiny Furniture, was awesome. Last season, I couldn’t wait for Sunday nights so I could watch the half-hour episodes, which chronicle the post-college …

Mel Shaw: The Disney Artist Who Remade Howdy Doody

In a remarkable career that spanned more than a half-century, Disney design artist Mel Shaw earned a spot in animation’s pantheon for his work on a slew of classic films, ranging from Fantasia and Bambi in the early 1940s to The Lion King in the 1990s. The Brooklyn-born artist, who earned his first accolades at age 12 when a mule and rider that he carved from a bar of soap won second prize in a Procter & Gamble contest, had …

New YouTube Series Shows Drama, Humor in Dealing With Aging Parents

In Ruth & Erica, Maura Tierney and Lois Smith show the drama and humor that can come from caregiving. The pilot episode of the new YouTube series premiered yesterday — check it out.

Regis Philbin Cooking Up a Return to Television

When Regis Philbin said goodbye to morning television last November, he insisted he wasn’t retiring, per se — just moving on. True to his word, the world-record-holding talk show host (he’s logged more on-air hours than anyone in the history of television, according Guinness World Records) will return to T.V. next week as a recurring guest in Rachael Ray’s kitchen.

6 TV Grandparents We Still Love

This Grandparents Week, I’ve been thinking about classic TV grandparents.  Although there are many, here are 6 shows I loved to watch in prime-time or in syndication as reruns when I was a kid – and still do! As these stir up your memories, please share your favorites in the comments section below. The Real McCoys (1957) – A classic grandfather in many ways, the overall-wearing patriarch, grandpa Amos McCoy (Walter Brennan), was at times kind, meddling, funny and argumentative, …