Television

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’: The CW’s Newest Jewish Comedy

Reminiscent of 'Seinfeld' and 'Broad City,' this musical dramedy doesn't shy away from its protagonist's MOT status.

10/28/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Vice calls CW's new show “The best TV show you’re not watching" because it "combines the ribald humor and ... of Broad City with Seinfeld's obsession with social minutiae while jacking up the pacing to 30 Rock–levels of freneticism.”

Rachel Bloom as Rebecca Bunch, a successful New York lawyer who moves to California to try to reunite with her ex-boyfriend. CW

‘Big Bang’ Writer Talks About Show’s Jewish Bent — On And Off The Set

You've got Friday morning Torah sessions, Chanukah candles in a dressing room and a script sprinkled with Yidish.

10/18/2015 - 20:00
Editorial Intern

Only one of the characters in “The Big Bang Theory” is Jewish, so why does the show — like “Seinfeld” a decade earlier — feel so Jewish?

“Big Bang” writer and co-producer Eric Kaplan said that the Jewy feeling of the show is the result of both the Jewish sensibilities of its producers, who are both of the tribe, and of one of its actors, who, while not Jewish on the show, brings her Orthodox identity to the set each day.

Although Mayim Bialik, right, doesn't play an Orthodox character in the show, Amy's frumpy style is plenty modest. Via cbs.com

Why ‘Mad Men’ Was One Of TV’s Most Deeply Jewish Shows

05/14/2015 - 20:00

AMC’s ad campaign for the second half of the final season of “Mad Men” centered on the phrase “The End of an Era.” The clever double meaning of the phrase was that this was not only the end of an era within the show, as the plot spilled into the 1970 and left the ’60s behind – it might also be the end of an era (albeit a relatively brief one) of sublime television largely ushered into existence by the success of “Mad Men.”

The series finale of the acclaimed show “Mad Men” airs this Sunday night. Via amc.com

WNET To Fight Anti-Semitism In Big Way

04/21/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

During an event sponsored several years ago by WNET, New York City’s public television station, Sylvia Poyta, a longtime supporter of the station, took Neal Shapiro, WNET’s president, aside for a short, quiet conversation.

Dr. Simon and Sylvia Poyta leave record estate to WNET.  Courtesy of WNET

The Simpsons Co-Creator Dies At 59

Sam Simon, who bequeathed his entire fortune to charity, was the show's 'creative force.'

03/09/2015 - 20:00
Blueprint Editor

Sam Simon, co-creator of The Simpsons and nine-time Emmy award winner, passed away in his L.A. home on Sunday after battling colon cancer.

Sam Simon. Wikimedia

Remembering Sid Caesar

Comedy great Sid Caesar died on Wednesday at age 91, at his home in Beverly Hills.  His pioneering work in television in the 1950s, with “Your Show of Shows,” spawned television’s golden age. I interviewed Caesar in November 2003 when his book  “My Life in Comedy, With Love and Laughter" was published.  Some excerpts of that interview follow.

Sid Caesar, 1922 - 2014

Devarim At Downton

Like many New Yorkers looking to escape the cold, I settled down the other night with my hottest cuppa tea and delved into the world of Downton Abbey.

A world full of good old English values, a world where the introduction of a modern electric mixing bowl is greeted with alarm—and a world that would likely go into an apoplectic shock at the very thought of peyot and phylacteries.

Robert, Duchess of Yeovil, Mary; "Downton Abbey, Season 4: Part Two." Photo courtesy PBS

Crowning Lena Dunham

Esther as Eloise?  Makes sense when Lena Dunham channels the parentless and precocious Eloise - “I am Lena and I am six” -- for a modern retelling of the Purim spiel.

Lena Dunham. Photo by Matthew Carasella/The Jewish Museum

Ben Stiller To Star in HBO Series About Jewish Family

01/25/2012 - 19:00

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Ben Stiller reportedly has signed on to direct, produce and star in an HBO original series about a Jewish family called “All Talk.”

The script is being written by Jonathan Safran Foer and the series, set in Washington, will co-star Alan Alda.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the show is billed as “politically, religiously, culturally, intellectually and sexually irreverent.

Shooting is set to begin in the fall.

Concern Over Al Jazeera English Network Here

As coverage debuts in N.Y., is it ‘terror TV’ or ‘comprehensive reporting?’
08/08/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

It has been called “terror television” and a “mouthpiece for al-Qaeda,” and critics say its anti-Israel bias only serves to further demonize Israel worldwide.

During its Tahrir Square coverage of the Arab Spring, Al Jazeera English was criticized for ignoring the attack on CBS reporter
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