January 8 marks the Season 2 premiere of Downton Abbey, the Masterpiece series on PBS, which has earned kudos for its wondrous mix of period dramatics and comedy-of-manners satire.
Trust me, it's even better than the Kardashians.
The new face of poverty on Sesame StreetIn an effort to raise awareness about poverty and hunger, the makers of Sesame Street are introducing a new Muppet to the neighborhood. Her name is Lily, and her family has an "ongoing struggle with hunger."
"Won't you be my neighbor? REMIX!"A decade after Mister Rogers' Neighborhood went off the air, PBS has announced a spin-off called Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood. The series will be animated and star Daniel Tiger, the son of Daniel Striped Tiger, who was originally a puppet. The original Mister ... More >>
Photo courtesy Chris LeahyChris Leahy = Macaron Man Yesterday we spoke with Lyon chef Chris Leahy about what makes Lyonnaise cuisine distinctive and what it was like working for Gordon Ramsay. Today, in honor of Bastille Day, Chris explains why the French macaron, is, in fact, superior to th ... More >>
English, muffin.Todd English has been taking a beating in the press of late. In a New York Times profile today, he gets to tell his side of the story. The article lists English's current lawsuits:
"He is being sued by Resolution Pictures, a company based in Pennsylvania that did production w ... More >>
It's a sad, scary day in journalism, as it too often is, with the New York Times announcing that four of their own are missing in Libya, where government forces continue to clash with demonstrators. This after last week, when four BBC journalists were detained by Colonel Muammar el Qaddafi's ... More >>
Left to right: Val Kilmer, Crosby, Stills, and Nash After having shown a stunning lack of muscle regarding the Clash and Bob Dylan, I figured I'd give our trusty panel of rock critics one last chance to embarrass themselves in front of whatever baby boomers have figured out the Internet. The ... More >>
The Decoded coverTo celebrate the release of Decoded, the "narrative journey through the lyrics and life" of Jay-Z, which will be published by Spiegel & Grau on November 16, the rapper will sit down for an interview with PBS host Charlie Rose in front of a live New York City audience. The eve ... More >>
Hustlin'Jack Horkheimer died last week.
Son of a bitch. I didn't hear right away because I was on my way to a week in Maine. An e-mail got through to me on the road. Well, I thought, I'll just wait for the canned "Star Gazer" obits to appear, and when I get back to town I'll get around to wr ... More >>
left to right: Healy, Riedel, Green, Haskins, meOn this Friday night's Theater Talk (1230 that night on PBS), legendary thesper Marian Seldes appears to talk about her illustrious career.
Marian's the one who gave no acceptance speech at all for her special Tony--she simply looked bemusedly ... More >>
Cookbook of the YearThe James Beard media and cookbook awards were announced last night at a Kelly Choi- and Andrew Zimmern-hosted event at Espace. Cookbook of the Year went to Colman Andrews' The Country Cooking of Ireland, and the other winners were as follows:
On February 10th, Mario Batali will appear on Faces of America, the PBS series on the complex genealogy and genetics of prominent Americans, hosted by Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. (Yes, he of the beer summit.) In the preview, we learn that Batali had a French great grandfather named LaFra ... More >>
Grandma's is particularly inviting on a rainy night Perhaps you've heard about the Christmas lights displays in the mainly Italian neighborhood of Dyker Heights, Brooklyn, that inspired a PBS documentary, Dyker Lights. But the spectacle has to be seen to be believed--wend your way through 77n ... More >>
Sigh. Another postmortem analysis on the death of Gourmet, and it's a depressing one. Nat Ives writes in Ad Age that the reason the magazine had to go was because Conde Nast chairman S.I. Newhouse is too focused on magazines and not focused enough on cross-branding.
In other words, instead of thou ... More >>
aveceric.comLe Bernardin's Eric Ripert dropped in on Dan Barber at Blue Hill at Stone Barns to shoot an episode of his upcoming PBS show Avec Eric. Ripert posted a dispatch of the encounter on the show's website:
"I was lucky to spend a day with Dan while we were shooting an episode of my up ... More >>