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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 JackMyers.com.

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

AMC’s Big Night: “Walking Dead,” “Talking Dead” and “Fear the Walking Dead” – Ed Martin
By Ed Martin

It isn’t often that an annual program emerges as one of the most significant television events of the year for viewers and advertisers alike. It’s even rarer for such a program to maintain that status over a long period of time. In fact, the only such event I can think of off the top of my head (other than the Super Bowl and ... more

Hindsight TV: Seth Meyers and Ted Cruz on Media, Politics and the Difference Between Satellite and Cable – Ed Martin
By Ed Martin

I have been known to complain about the broadcast networks’ tendencies to repeat recent installments of their late-night talk shows within a week or two of their original telecasts. But I was pleased last Friday that NBC offered a rerun of the March 16 edition of “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” which included among its... more

Don't Miss Ken Burns' "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies” – Ed Martin
By Ed Martin

Editor's Note: Ken Burns' "Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies," one of the two documentaries discussed in this February column, premieres tonight (March 30) on PBS. Check local listings for times.

The Winter 2015 Television Critics Association tour ended several weeks ago, but I find that out of the dozens of series and ... more

Lessons Learned from the Hits and Misses of the 2014-15 TV Season – Ed Martin
By Ed Martin

Pilot season is in full swing, as network and studio executives busily rush through a process that should have been abolished years ago, trying in the space of just a few short weeks to pull together most of the new scripted series programming that will land on the broadcasters' 2015-16 schedules when they are announced in... more

A Moment of Unforgettable Emotional Power on ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” – Ed Martin
By Ed Martin

Anyone who thinks ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars” has worn out its welcome – that there isn’t a compelling reason to continue watching this veteran competition program – must be prompted to reevaluate his or her assertion after this week’s show. After all, when was the last time a network television... more

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