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Ed Martin has written about television and Internet programming for several Myers publications since 2000, including The Myers Report, The Myers Programming Report, MediaVillage and, at present, MediaBizBloggers on

A member of the Television Critics Association since 1990, Ed is among the media's best-known... more

Planet Ed: Syfy Remains at the Forefront of Digital Publicity with Unique Press Tour – Ed Martin
By Ed Martin

Syfy on Sunday and Monday in Orlando produced its eighth annual Digital Press Tour – a one of a kind event in television publicity and promotion that puts the network's executives and the stars and producers of its series together with influential bloggers, robust tweeters and other digital communications experts and enthusiasts... more

Unlike Most TV Dramas, “The Waltons” Put Death in Perspective -- Ed Martin
By Ed Martin

“The Gift,” a recently repeated episode from the second season of “The Waltons” (seen in four-hour blocks Monday-Friday on Hallmark Channel) got me to thinking about the depiction of death in scripted television, which more often than not is a function of extreme violence and rarely explores the emotional and... more

AMC’s “The Walking Dead” and FX’s “American Horror Story: Freak Show” Once Again Smash Records – Ed Martin
By Ed Martin

Just in case anyone had forgotten, AMC’s “The Walking Dead” is still television’s mightiest show. The ongoing proof of that statement, which has been valid for several seasons, came on Sunday when the numbers for its season five premiere (more than 17 million viewers) made it the series’ highest rated episode ... more

“I Never Saw Myself on Screen”: “Jane the Virgin” Star Gina Rodriguez Makes the Diversity Discussion Personal – Ed Martin
By Ed Martin

The CW’s much-buzzed-about “Jane the Virgin” is best described as a lightly comedic serial that deals with serious social and personal issues in telling the story of a sexually inexperienced young woman who as the result of a medical mix-up becomes pregnant via artificial insemination. It is in every way an ethnically... more

“Sons of Anarchy,” “Homeland,” “Tosh.0” and More Non-Broadcast Newsmakers of the 2014-15 TV Season So Far – Ed Martin
By Ed Martin

As noted in yesterday’s column, it has been years since the opening weeks of a new television season truly “belonged” to broadcast – but it... more

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