7 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Larry Wilmore

If you watch The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, you already know Larry Wilmore as its “Senior Black Correspondent.” But when Comedy Central picked him to host a new show of his own, The Minority Report With Larry Wilmore, which will replace the departing Stephen Colbert in the 11:30 p.m. slot in January 2015, the 52-year-old actor-writer-producer expressed surprise at getting the opportunity – not because of his race, but because of his age. “I’ve been in the business for a while,” Wilmore …

Will Aereo Revolutionize Broadcast TV, or Kill It?

On April 22, the U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments in a lawsuit that some think will determine the future of television – or, at the very least, whether you can watch local TV news and broadcast channels over the Internet, without having to buy a cable TV subscription. The case involves Aereo, a two-year-old New York-based start-up that offers a new way to watch TV. Aereo captures signals from broadcast TV stations on banks of antennas located close to the …

Amazon Fire: Another Way to Watch TV

There’s a new box in town – for streaming content to your television. It’s called Amazon Fire TV, and it costs $99. For years, Amazon Prime members (those who pay the company for unlimited shipping) have had access to Amazon’s massive database of movies and TV shows from their “smart” TVs or Blu-ray players. Some programming is free, some can be rented or bought. Now it’s a little easier to connect with that content through the company’s new Fire TV …

Ralph Waite: Patriarch of ‘The Waltons’

In the early 1970s, Ralph Waite, who passed away on Feb. 13 at age 85 in Palm Desert, Calif., already had a solid acting career on Broadway when he was offered a role in a new series. It was to play the father in a rural family who made it through the travails of the Great Depression by sticking to their simple, homespun virtues. It didn’t sound that appealing to Waite, who was accustomed to more challenging, edgy stage roles. …

This Week in Boomer History: Kasparov vs. Deep Blue … Nightly Newscast … Peanuts RIP

Notable events from our shared experience On Feb. 10, 1989, Ron Brown becomes the first African American to head a major U.S. political party. Later named U.S. secretary of commerce – also the first African American to hold that post – Brown dies in a 1996 plane crash in Croatia. What’s the opposite of a love letter? On Valentine’s Day 1989, Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini issues a “fatwa” encouraging Muslims to kill author Salman Rushdie for blasphemy in his novel The …

Stiff Upper Lips Rejoice: ‘Downton Abbey’ Returns

The holidays are over, but to an awful lot of TV viewers Downton Abbey creator/writer Julian Fellowes is Santa Claus and this weekend’s season premiere is their most anticipated Christmas present of the year. Of course, Fellowes did leave fans with a rather unpleasant lump of coal at the end of last year’s finale.  We’d all been tipped that a major character was going to go to that great Afternoon Tea in the Sky, but virtually no one was prepared …