Old-time TV at 'The New York Times Magazine'

Fox_logo_2Even if we don’t watch much TV these days, it’s still good fun to read stories that try to get inside the minds of TV programming executives, such as Lynn Hirschberg’s piece in The New York Times Magazine last Sunday on CBS’ Les Moonves. Though the story has plenty of insight into Moonves’ programming philosophy and interesting asides (like that he has instructed his wife, CBS “Early Show” anchor Julie Chen, to write down programming ideas he mumbles about in his sleep), it sketches a picture of broadcast TV as essentially a three-network universe (well, four, if you count CBS sibling UPN). Fox barely exists—not even rating mention in a rundown of which glitzy venues the networks used for their 1995 upfront presentations. And The WB? Fuhgeddaboutit. You have to wonder if this story, as it went through the editing process, passed through the hands of anyone under the age of 35.

—Posted by Catharine P. Taylor

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