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Television Broadcasting and Production

  • Blogs

    December 27, 2013

    Katy Man Charged With Hate Crime After Playing the "Knockout Game" with Elderly African American's Face

    The news media has been rapt lately with stories of an alleged game by young men called the "Knockout Game," in which participants choose an unwitting victim on the street and attempt to knock him out with a single punch. Jon Stewart summed up the media frenzy with his usual deft touch on the Daily ... More >>

  • Calendar

    December 19, 2013
  • Blogs

    May 14, 2013

    Is Football's Dominance of Sports Talk Sign of the Times or Permanent Fixture?

    One man's opinion...not whether too little Astro/baseball coverage on local sports radio, but whether too much football in off season.— Greg Lucas(@GREGCLUCAS) May 13, 2013 Former Astros broadcaster Greg Lucas tweeted the above a few days ago, and it resonated with me and something I've been ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 9, 2013

    Only Want Local Channels, but Want a DVR Too? Aereo is Coming to Houston

    As television begins the slow but inevitable conversion from traditional airtime to digital, on-demand services through devices like Apple TV and Roku, the one issue it faces is how to deliver things like local news or live on-air programming like sporting events. For now, if you don't have cable an ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 18, 2012

    Is It Time to Ditch Cable for Streaming Digital Video? Six Questions to Help You Decide

    Lately, a number of my friends have asked the question: should I get rid of cable? Ten years ago, the answer would be yes only if you didn't watch any cable network television shows, at which point you could simply go back to an antennae. With the advent of digital television, that has become a more ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2012

    Me Gustan Los Estudiantes: The Music of "Yo Soy 132"

    Mexican musicians and artists have helped lead the "Yo Soy 132" movement into the final week before the July 1 presidential election, and the protestors show no sign of stopping even if the frontrunner they're fighting against is elected. Young Mexican voters began the "Yo Soy 132" movement in Ma ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
  • Blogs

    October 6, 2011

    Pop Rocks: The Simpsons Last Stand?

    "Who knows what adventures they'll have between now and the time the show becomes unprofitable?" - Troy McClure A salary dispute is threatening to end one of television's most beloved comedies. The actors who provide the voices for the long-running cartoon hit "The Simpsons" are at odds over a new ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 21, 2011

    Pop Rocks: We Take Our Television Seriously

    The TV! The TV!​Hey America, what did you think of the season finale of The Killing? - S U C K S! Not wasting another minute watching or thinking about this show! - I want 13 hours of my life back! - Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me - A cheap, crappy cop-out. Whoa. That ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Ikea's "69" Ad: Too Racy For Houston?

    Some Houston TV stations won't go down this road?​Music from bad `70s porn and graphics talking about 69 in the bedroom, in the kitchen, in the office, in the bathroom, and how 69 is "the best date ever" -- why would anyone think something like that is nasty?(Unless the bathroom is in some bachelo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    January 28, 2010

    Soldier's Girl

    Don't ask, don't tell, don't kill

  • Blogs

    December 12, 2009

    We Have Our New Mayor!

    Annise Parker gave a pretty great speech tonight in accepting the win...beginning with the joke about being "the first.....(pause)....Rice graduate" to win a mayor's race in Houston."Didn't duck the family thing at all...But no kiss!!!!We'll have our update from our man on the scene in a bit, but ti ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2009

    This Week In TV: Horrible, Horrible People

    I'm recovered from the snow, I'm trying to convince people that "Dick in a Box" qualifies as Christmas music, and I've got a hole in my heart from eating batteries. This was the week in TV Land: • 30 Rock was cute this week, though the bit about Frank turning into Liz was a little lifeless. But ... More >>

  • News

    March 19, 2009
  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    The Great American Soccer Boom: Not Gonna Happen

    Photo by faeryboots Last week, I wrote a post about the Rockets lowering ticket prices, and I made a comment about the Dynamo playing in a minor league. And that is a comment that I stand by, though several of you got upset. And the responses that I got were the same as I always get: soccer is th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2009

    The Great American Soccer Boom: Not Gonna Happen

    Last week, I wrote a post about the Rockets lowering ticket prices, and I made a comment about the Dynamo playing in a minor league. And that is a comment that I stand by, though several of you got upset. And the responses that I got were the same as I always get: soccer is the most popular sport ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2008
  • Calendar

    August 28, 2008

    Clinton Jackson

    This L.A.-based comic works clean — and you like it

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2008

    These Things Don't Fit

    Three things you don't expect to happen when the TV stations are full of doom-ish news about how The Day After Tomorrow is today: 1) The Bolivar Ferry is running, for crissake. 2) The Galveston Causeway is open to traffic. 3) Restaurants in Kemah will be open for lunch. What's next? The Anorexic ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 5, 2008

    Back To Normal Programming

    And the last of the local TV stations has signed off on their Edouard coverage. KHOU abandoned things first, for Ellen. KTRK stuck around longest. We don't tend to watch a lot of daytime TV, so we were not familiar with the commercial that immediately followed 13's sign-off. But we are extremely ... More >>

  • Calendar

    July 3, 2008

    Free Kick Masters 2008

    It’s a soccer showdown worth $1.5 million

  • Blogs

    November 30, 2007

    TV Ratings, Courtesy of Houstoned Guest Commentator Conchita Maria Guadalupe Maria Hortencia Juanita Maria Garcia Gomez Gonzalez de Smith

    Just in case you had any doubt that Houston is quickly becoming a brown city, check out the latest Nielson ratings. The release from Telefutura – you didn’t even know we had a Telefutura channel, did you? – anyway, the latest release says that according to Nielsen Media Research, the Spanish ... More >>

  • Calendar

    March 2, 2006

    Her Prince Will Come

    Catch a rising star with a purple legend

  • Best of Houston

    September 25, 2003

    Best Weathercaster

    Frank Billingsley

  • Calendar

    December 19, 2002

    The Shannon Brothers Family Christmas

    Thursday, December 19 through Sunday, December 23

  • Culture

    July 18, 2002

    After M*A*S*H

    Larry Gelbart is one of TV's last great writers. So why can't he stay tuned?

  • Culture

    February 21, 2002

    Flunk You

    If Fox expels Undeclared, blame everyone but Judd Apatow

  • Culture

    February 14, 2002

    Net Loss

    The government killed TV, and Hollywood's begging it to revive the corpse

  • Culture

    September 7, 2000

    School's Out

    When Fox-TV canceled American High, the network hit a new low

  • News

    February 8, 1996

    Station Break

    Beset by budget problems, bereft of substantive local programming, Channel 8 finds itself at a crossroads. Perhaps it's time to put the "public" back into Houston Public Television.

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