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.

Annals of Oprah: Why OWN isn’t Working

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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 has sunk $312 […]

Derailed: ‘Community’ run over by Subway

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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 agreeing to give the […]

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

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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 there it is.  […]

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

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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 hasn’t been seen for […]

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

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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 colleagues to question their futures in […]