Note: The columns below include several from Ed’s year-end series The Top 25 Shows of 2015.
A touching and truthful story about a transgender character played out on the venerable daytime drama at the same time that Caitlyn Jenner’s transition played out in the media.
A best in show emerged from television’s busiest summer ever. The distinction may have struck some as improbable during the season in which popcorn entertainment generally rules.
The fan base for Starz’ lush adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s best-selling Outlander novels proved in terms of knowledgeable enthusiasm and supportive ferocity to be second only to that for HBO’s “Game of Thrones.”
Pepsi’s sponsorship of Fox’s hit primetime serial “Empire” became virtually DVR-proof for several episodes while also evoking that long-ago era of television when advertisers were integral to the presentation and content of programming.
NBC’s summer hit “America’s Got Talent” has offered up countless impressive acts during its decade-long run … but there was one during the most recent season that may have topped them all.
This venerable soap opera didn’t have a very good year… but the episode that marked the show’s 52nd anniversary was a stunning marvel unlike anything ever seen in daytime drama.
Much like “Magic Mike XXL,” “Naked & Afraid XL” brought back the folks who stripped down and wowed their audience the first time around. “Dating Naked” was hot, too.
In the year of Transgender TV the most surprising transgender drama of all played out on CBS’ sterling, always sizzling soap opera “The Bold and the Beautiful.”
Both shows debuted last summer on basic cable networks absent any significant expectation or anticipation, at least on the part of the press, and they were both identified immediately as being among the best new series of the year.
Ed hasn’t missed the annual CMT Awards for 10 years now, and after every one of them he’s always moved to declare that they are the most reliably entertaining awards telecast of them all.
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