MIPTV: Keshet Sells Two Israeli Comedies to U.K.’s Channel 4

From The Hollywood Reporter ‘The Baker and the Beauty‘ and ‘Milk & Honey‘ are bound for the broadcaster’s new foreign-language drama platform Walter Presents. Israeli TV powerhouse Keshet International has sold two comedy series to Walter Presents, the recently launched on-demand platform for foreign drama from British broadcaster Channel 4. The Baker and The Beauty … Read more

When Holocaust Themes Don’t Work

From Tablet Magazine A recent episode of ‘Supergirl’ invoked imagery that felt exploitive and uncreative By Sarah Meira Rosenberg the show in question is CBS’s effervescent Supergirl and an episode called Strange Visitor from Another Planet, which aired last Monday. In fact, the bodies in the aforementioned narration are not from a scene that re-imagines … Read more

‘Angie Tribeca’ Is the Best Show You’re Not Yet Watching

From Tablet Magazine By Liel Leibovitz … Although the show’s creators—the actor Steve Carell and his wife the comedian and writer Nancy Walls Carell—aren’t Jews, its sensibility is unmistakably rooted in the same mid-century, Midwestern, suburban, neurotic, literate, anarchic soil from which Airplane! et al. bloomed. But while the Carells aren’t the first non-Jews to … Read more

Miley Cyrus and Woody Allen are going to make art together—for America

From Tablet Magazine The cast has been announced for Woody Allen’s long-in-the-works six-episode television project for Amazon Studios (Transparent, Mozart in the Jungle, and The Man in the High Castle), and boy, does it have people you’d never expect to see in the same room together. Most notable is the pairing of frequent Allen collaborator … Read more

Yiddish-Speaking Brooklyn Hits the Small Screen

If you’re going to showcase Brooklyn, where better to start than the neighborhoods of Williamsburg, Crown Heights, and Borough Park where the Yiddish language thrives? That’s exactly what non-profit public access network BRIC TV, in partnership with CUNY’s Center for Urban Research, did for the recent premiere of its show On the Grid with Zephyr Teachout. In the series, host … Read more

Fall TV’s new shows rely on Old Testament motifs

Ruthless Viewing Fall TV’s new shows, including Of Kings and Prophets, American Horror Story: Hotel and the mega-hit Empire, rely on Old Testament motifs During this time, networks puts forth their new shows and, in most cases, they’ll soon be handed a swift and terrible verdict: cancellation. It’s solemn, it’s terrifying, and unless you’re an … Read more

A rabbi explains what Orange Is the New Black gets right about Judaism

It’s surprisingly refreshing how much Cindy’s storyline gets right about Judaism. Some have questioned whether or not Orange Is the New Black is anti-semitic or pondered whether the show has a “Jewish problem.” Playing up stereotypes across many different groups — including different races, sexual orientations, and, in season three, religions — has always been a huge part … Read more

Israeli Television Hitmakers Take Hollywood by Storm — Eye Global Market

Amid rising calls in some quarters for a boycott of Israel, creating television shows is one export that is humming like never before around the world — and even making quiet inroads in Muslim countries where business ties with the Jewish state are taboo. After the success of shows like ‘Homeland,’ Israeli TV hitmakers are breaking … Read more

The Life and Good Times of Norman Lear

The genius behind ‘All in the Family,’ ‘The Jeffersons,’ and other barrier-breaking TV shows talks about his childhood and career Archie Bunker, George Jefferson, Mary Hartman, Maude Findlay are just a handful of the iconic characters Norman Lear created for television. In his storied career, Lear tackled abortion, cancer, racism, rape, abuse, interracial relationships, single … Read more