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It’s Not TV: HBO, The Company That Changed Television: The Wasteland

22 July 2013 4:23 AM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

The Wasteland:

Television is a gold goose that lays scrambled eggs;

and it is futile and probably fatal to beat it for not laying caviar.

Lee Loevinger


When people argue over the quality of television programming, both sides — it’s addictive crap v. underappreciated populist art — seem to forget one of the essentials about commercial TV. By definition, it is not a public service. It is not commercial TV’s job to enlighten, inform, educate, elevate, inspire, or offer insight. Frankly, it’s not even commercial TV’s job to entertain. Bottom line: its purpose is simply to deliver as many sets of eyes to advertisers as possible. As it happens, it tends to do this by offering various forms of entertainment, and occasionally by offering content that does enlighten, inform, etc., but a cynic would make the point that if TV could do the same job televising fish aimlessly swimming around an aquarium, »

- Ricky

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TV mother to many, Bonnie Franklin, dead at 69

1 March 2013 1:05 PM, PST | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

She was the hard working mom, Ann Romano, to many of us who grew up with her on TV. Actress Bonnie Franklin, who played Romano in the sitcom "One Day at a Time," died Friday from pancreatic cancer at her home. She was 69 years-old. The Santa Monica, CA. native was surrounded by her family and friends. A child star, Franklin appeared on television at age nine, in "The Colgate Comedy Hour," and made her Broadway debut in 1970 in "Applause." The comedy "One Day at a Time," which ran on CBS from 1975 to 1984, made her a household name. Franklin received multiple Golden Globe and Emmy nominations for her work on the series. »

- April Neale

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Bonnie Franklin, 'One Day at a Time' Star, Dead at 69

1 March 2013 11:15 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Bonnie Franklin, the Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actress who played Ann Romano in the CBS hit sitcom "One Day at a Time," died Friday at her home. She was 69. News broke in September that Franklin had been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. She was surrounded by family and friends at the time of her death, an individual familiar with the situation told TheWrap Born in Santa Monica, Calif., in 1944, Franklin first appeared on television at age nine, in "The Colgate Comedy Hour," and made her Broadway debut in 1970 in "Applause." She »

- Tim Kenneally

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