My first love will always be the movies… but I’m also very passionate about television — past and present, popular and obscure, highbrow and lowbrow, etc.
I minored in film studies at college, but I also took classes on television, its history, and its cultural impact, all of which I loved, and I’ve continued to independently study those subjects in the years since.
When I operated AndTheWinnerIs.blog.com, the previous incarnation of my current Web site, I wrote numerous long-form posts about television (analyzing the roots of America’s fascination with “24,” the implications of America’s obsession with “American Idol,” etc.).
For that blog, and/or my former Los Angeles Times blog, and/or my current blog, and/or a book project that I have been researching for several years, I have extensively interviewed loads of people who are largely — and, in some cases, exclusively — associated with the small screen (including Gene Barry, Kitty Carlisle, Michael Cera, Richard Chamberlain, Thomas Haden Church, Angie Dickinson, Zac Efron, Matthew Fox, Anne Francis, Jennifer Garner, Betty Garrett, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Woody Harrelson, Hugh Hefner, Paris Hilton, Norman Jewison, Mila Kunis, Ashton Kutcher, Melissa Leo, Benjamin McKenzie, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dev Patel, Joan Rivers, Keri Russell, Eva Marie Saint, Michael Shannon, Aaron Sorkin, Mark Wahlberg, Ruth Warrick, Michelle Williams, etc.).
When I’ve made my fairly regular appearances on WTNH-8, the ABC News affiliate in New Haven, Connecticut, for which I serve as an entertainment contributor, I have talked about not only about matters pertaining to film, but also to television.
And, after the last Oscar season came to an end, I made a big decision: namely, that I will devote each year’s Oscar “off-season,” which spans roughly March through September, to posting significantly more television-related coverage — news, analysis, interviews, etc. — on ScottFeinberg.com.
This week, for instance, I’ll be conducting Flip-Cam interviews with John Slattery, the thrice Emmy-nominated actor who plays roguish Roger Sterling on “Mad Men,” and Michael Kenneth Williams, who has followed up his unforgettable portrayal of Omar Little on “The Wire” with another impressive turn as Chalky White on “Boardwalk Empire.” Then, next week, I’ll head into New York to speak with the ageless TV icon Betty White, who has helped to propel “Hot in Cleveland” to the highest ratings of any show on TV Land. And then I’ll be heading out to Los Angeles for a week, during which I’ll conduct several other interviews, including one with youngster Kiernan Shipka, whose role as young Sally Draper on “Mad Men” has grown more complex with each season of the show, and another with veteran June Lockhart, who we’ll always remember as the mother on both “Lassie” and “Lost in Space.”
For all of these reasons, I was very delighted to become one of the charter members of the Broadcast Television Journalists Association — an off-shoot of the 16-year-old Broadcast Film Critics Association, of which I am also a member — when it was formed earlier this year, and I’m very excited for 9am EST tomorrow morning, when we’ll be able to share with you the nominees for our first-ever Critics’ Choice Television Awards. The CCTA, which will take place on Monday, June 20th, at the Beverly Hills Hotel, will be hosted by Cat Deeley, the host of “So You Think You Can Dance,” and will be broadcast to viewers around the world on ReelzChannel and VH1.com. (I served on this year’s nominating committee for the drama branch, and I couldn’t be more pleased with our members’ selections, as well as those of the entire voting body.)
I hope that those of you who have been kind enough to read and support me over the years that I have been blogging about film will continue to do so now that I’ll be incorporating television into my coverage a lot more, as well. I think it will be an exciting, interesting, and fun new chapter for the site.
All my best,