Ed Martin is the Editor of MediaVillage and the Chief Television and Content Critic. He has written about television and Internet programming for several Myers publications since 2000, including The Myers Report, The Myers Programming Report, MediaBizBloggers and, at present, TV/Video Download on MediaVillage. He is also the current President of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association and has been a member of the Television Critics Association since 1990.
Millennials (the younger ones, anyway) and Gen Zers certainly seem to be a bossy bunch, making clear to brands across the land that if they expect to do business with them they had better be doing good deeds, reflecting their value system and generally being stand-up companies -- or no business will be done at all. That’s fine, as each generation is entitled to define itself as it sees fit, but the idea that this is something new just doesn’t wash. The video above -- a clip from the 1978 comedy Heaven Can Wait, at the time of its release a very modern remake of the 1941 classic Here Comes Mr. Jordan -- offers proof.
Driverless cars? Autonomous vehicles? Call them what you will, if the non-stop chatter about them in the trade press is any indication, they are coming for us whether we like it or not -- and there’s not a dang thing any of us can do about it.
Pasadena, CA – ABC on Tuesday borrowed a delightful tradition from its annual Upfront event in New York City by adding Jimmy Kimmel to its day at the Winter 2019 Television Critics Association tour. Kimmel wasn’t there to do a monologue, though. Or to participate in his own press conference (though he should have). Instead, he was on hand to introduce new ABC Entertainment President Karey Burke. True to form, taking shots at his own network was not off limits. But his aim went much wider than that.