Author: Adam Buckman

Adam Buckman

Adam Buckman has covered the TV business as a journalist for more than 25 years, including 18 years as an editor and columnist at the New York Post. He is now a New York-based columnist for the television Web site XfinityTV.com (formerly Fancast.com), owned by Comcast Corp.

About Adam Buckman

Adam Buckman has covered the TV business as a journalist for more than 25 years, including 18 years as an editor and columnist at the New York Post. He is now a New York-based columnist for the television Web site XfinityTV.com (formerly Fancast.com), owned by Comcast Corp.

Annals of Oprah: Why OWN isn’t Working

Annals of Oprah: Why OWN isn’t Working

Originally posted at TV HOWL. Oprah Winfrey’s OWN isn’t working for the simple reason that Oprah herself seems passé. Why opine on this subject today?  Because the news is all over the place that losses are mounting at OWN. Among other places, a front-page story in the Wall Street Journal says Discovery ...

Derailed: ‘Community’ run over by Subway

Derailed: ‘Community’ run over by Subway

Originally posted at TVHowl.com You’ve heard of a subway hijacking (at least in the movies)?  Well, in this case, the shoe’s on the other foot: Subway has hijacked “Community.” Or maybe “hijacked” is too strong a word because this wasn’t exactly a hostile takeover.  It was a business deal, with NBC ...

‘Mad Men’ new-season shocker: It’s boring

‘Mad Men’ new-season shocker: It’s boring

Originally posted at TVHowl.com Here’s a surprise about this Sunday’s season premiere of “Mad Men” that might spoil the show for you: It’s terrible. Yes, I know — it’s a shocker.  It might even be the first time any critic anywhere has ever used the word “terrible” to describe “Mad Men,” but ...

Sheen Plus Kutcher Add Up to Record-Setting Ratings for ‘Men’

Sheen Plus Kutcher Add Up to Record-Setting Ratings for ‘Men’

Re-syndicated from XfinityTV.com “Two and a Half Men” roared back onto CBS Monday night with huge ratings that are the talk of the TV industry. How huge? Just shy of 28 million viewers – specifically 27.759 million, according to Nielsen overnights. That kind of audience tally for a prime-time scripted sitcom ...

‘Rescue Me’ Series Finale: Perfect Blend of Tragedy, Dark Comedy

‘Rescue Me’ Series Finale: Perfect Blend of Tragedy, Dark Comedy

Re-syndicated from XfinityTV.com Tommy Gavin didn’t die. Instead, it was Lou, his best friend and perhaps the most likable of all the characters on “Rescue Me.” A tragedy to end the firefighters’ series run? Yes, but not completely. Though Lou’s death was certainly tragic, leaving all of his surviving ...

Not Even Close: Fox News Dominant in August

Not Even Close: Fox News Dominant in August

Re-syndicated from XfinityTV.com In an unusually active August for big news stories, Fox News Channel once again came out on top of the cable news ratings race. While FNC’s dominance vs. its rivals in cable news – CNN and NBC-owned MSNBC – is not exactly surprise news (since FNC has enjoyed a huge lead over the ...

Tough News for Conan: WSJ Says He’s ‘Flopping’

Tough News for Conan: WSJ Says He’s ‘Flopping’

Originally posted at XfinityTV.com “TBS’s pricey Conan O’Brien experiment is flopping.” If Conan O’Brien opens up Thursday’s Wall Street Journal, that blunt sentence will be the first thing he’ll see if he decides to read the Journal’s story about how his show, “Conan,” is faring following its ...