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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

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ABC’s Red-Hot “How to Get Away with Murder” Proves Broadcast Isn’t Playing It Safe – Ed Martin
By Ed Martin

In an exciting but not altogether unexpected development, the addition of “How to Get Away with Murder” to ABC’s schedule now gives each of the Big Three networks a current drama series that challenges basic cable’s status as the home of top-quality, unapologetically adult programming.

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Planet Ed: Universal’s “Mr. Greenblatt” Visits NBC’s “Days of Our Lives”
By Ed Martin

The trials and tribulations of daytime dramas in recent years – which collectively have far outweighed the problems and perils suffered by their characters – have left this unique broadcast format in near ruins. Only four remain – CBS’ “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the... 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

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