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Posted Thursday 10/11/18 at 7:53PM EDT
Tavis Smiley: PBS is about to accuse me of misappropriating public funds
The former PBS host who was fired last year over sexual misconduct allegations once again slammed the public broadcaster. “I’m hearing that they will be falsely accusing me of misappropriating public funds,” he wrote in a post on his website. “A case that started out being about sexual misconduct has now turned into a case of money mismanagement. Neither accusation is true. Nonetheless, PBS hired an outside accounting firm to conduct a months-long audit of my television show covering multiple years, and not a cent is unaccounted for over those seasons. Never a single infraction, as PBS accountants gave us a clean bill of financial health, year after year." PBS has yet to respond to Smiley's post.
Posted Tuesday 10/02/18 at 4:56AM EDT
PBS comes out on top at the News & Documentary Emmys
PBS scored seven Emmy Awards at Monday's ceremony, edging out CBS and HBO, which tied for No. 2 with six apiece.
Posted Thursday 9/27/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Check out Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers
Source: BuzzFeed News
Sony Pictures released the first image of Hanks as the Mister Rogers' Neighborhood kids' TV icon in the upcoming movie You Are My Friend about Fred Rodgers' relationship with journalist Tom Junod.
Posted Tuesday 9/25/18 at 6:56PM EDT
Ken Burns turns his documentary lens on the famed Mayo Clinic
Source: Star Tribune
Burns' two-hour PBS documentary, The Mayo Clinic: Faith-Hope-Science, premieres tonight as an "unabashed love letter" to the Minnesota not-for-profit medical institution.
Posted Friday 9/21/18 at 1:26PM EDT
Google Doodle animated video pays tribute to Mister Rogers
Google made a stop-motion animated video of Fred Rogers to celebrate the 51st anniversary of him first taping his iconic kid's show.
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 10:06PM EDT
Sesame Street posts video titled “Bert and Ernie Sing the Ding Along Song!” after hubbub over whether they're gay
As Slate points out, "Sesame Street’s latest move in a controversy over whether Bert and Ernie are gay was to passive-aggressively post a music video containing the two characters titled, 'Bert and Ernie Sing the Ding Along Song!' on their YouTube channel." ALSO: Ex-Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman's Queerty interview included insights into how the Muppets covered a myriad of LGBTQ issues.
Posted Wednesday 9/19/18 at 2:34PM EDT
Ex-Sesame Street writer says his comments about Bert and Ernie being gay were misinterpreted
Source: The New York Times
Mark Saltzman told Queerty he always saw Bert and Ernie as a "loving couple" inspired by his relationship with his partner Arnold Glassman, who died in 2003. Saltzman says he was trying to say that Bert and Ernie were like his real-life relationship -- opposites who found a way to love each other. “As a writer, you just bring what you know into your work,” he told The New York Times. “Somehow, in the uproar, that turned into Bert and Ernie being gay,” he added. “There is a difference.”
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
Sesame Street is wrong to say Bert and Ernie can't have a sexual orientation because they're puppets
Sesame Workshop quickly refuted ex-Sesame Street writer Mark Saltzman's apparent confirmation to Queerty that Bert and Ernie are gay, saying in a statement: “Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets™ do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation.” As Kathryn VanArendonk argues, "this is poppycock," pointing to the Sesame Street characters Mama, Papa, Baby and Curly Bear. "If Muppets don’t have sex, then how does reproduction work? Where would Baby and Curly Bear even come from?" she asks. "Sesame Street Muppets," she adds, "share a universe with Muppet Show Muppets: Kermit has appeared on Sesame Street, Big Bird makes a cameo in The Muppet Movie, and Rowlf appeared in the pilot pitch reel for the Sesame Street series. This makes their shared universe canon. And if the Muppets of Sesame Street cannot have a sexual orientation because they’re puppets, that same argument would have to go for the Muppets of The Muppet Show. Postulating that puppet-ness prevents beings like Elmo or Cookie Monster from having a sexual orientation is one thing. It feels nonthreatening. They’re so sweet and cuddly! But extending that same puppet-ness as a foundational argument for the absent sexuality of characters like Sam the Eagle? Miss Piggy? Pepe the King Prawn? Rowlf?! That borders on insanity."
- Sesame Street bungled the chance to say "Yep, Bert and Ernie are gay. So what?"
- Why are Bert and Ernie without sexual orientation when Miss Piggy is so lustfully sex-crazed for Kermit?
- Frank Oz, the voice of Bert, tweeted: "Does it really matter? Why the need to define people as only gay?"
- Why Oz should realize that it does matter to question whether Bert and Ernie are gay: "When you’re the isolated gay kid in your own desert, why not look to the oasis of Bert and Ernie, not fitting in to the established order in their own way, and ask some questions of them and maybe yourself," says Tim Teeman. "Such questions can be liberating and nourishing."
- "Look: Saltzman affirming the idea of Bert and Ernie being lovers has nothing to do with their sex lives," says Charles Pulliam-Moore, "and everything to do with the fact that theirs is one of the most stable, healthy, and caring relationships in television history—on a show that’s meant for children, no less."
- Bert is still trending on Twitter above Ernie
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 3:13PM EDT
Sesame Street responds after ex-writer says Bert and Ernie are a gay couple: They "do not have a sexual orientation"
Mark Saltzman, who began writing for Sesame Street in 1984, said in an interview with Queerty the duo are a reflection of his same-sex relationship with film editor Arnold Glassman, joking that he's Ernie while Arnold is Bert. "I remember one time that a column from The San Francisco Chronicle, a preschooler in the city turned to mom and asked 'are Bert & Ernie lovers?' And that, coming from a preschooler was fun. And that got passed around, and everyone had their chuckle and went back to it. And I always felt that without a huge agenda, when I was writing Bert & Ernie, they were," Saltzman told Queerty. "I didn't have any other way to contextualize them." Sesame Workshop responded to the interview via a Twitter statement, saying: "As we have always said, Bert and Ernie are best friends. They were created to teach preschoolers that people can be good friends with those who are very different from themselves. Even though they are identified as male characters and possess many human traits and characteristics (as most Sesame Street Muppets do), they remain puppets, and do not have a sexual orientation." ALSO: Why is Bert trending higher on Twitter than Ernie?
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 8:17AM EDT
Pampers gets rid of Sesame Street characters amid gender concerns
Source: New York Post
Elmo, Big Bird, Cookie Monster and Oscar the Grouch no longer appear on Pampers diapers after complaints that Sesame Street characters lack female representation.
Posted Monday 9/10/18 at 2:00PM EDT
BBC announces Poldark will end with Season 5
Source: Digital Spy
The BBC period drama starring Aidan Turner based on Winston Graham's 12-book saga has begun filming on its fifth and final season. Season 4 premieres on PBS' Masterpiece on Sept. 30.
Posted Wednesday 9/05/18 at 3:54PM EDT
Julia Louis-Dreyfus' Mark Twain Prize for American Humor ceremony will feature tributes from Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Jerry Seinfeld
Source: Page Six
The Oct. 21 ceremony's other guests include her Veep co-star Tony Hale, Keegan Michael-Key, Kumail Nanjiani, Bryan Cranston, Ilana Glazer and Abbi Jacobson. PBS broadcasts the ceremony on Nov. 21.
Posted Tuesday 8/21/18 at 10:26PM EDT
Betty White pokes fun at the title of her PBS special, Betty White: First Lady Of Comedy
Source: TV Insider
"That means the oldest lady of television — and definitely gives a hint to my age," says the 96-year-old TV legend, who's the subject of tonight's documentary special. ALSO: Watch White recall battling stage fright when she hosted SNL in 2010.
Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
George R.R. Martin says in a PBS interview how The Lord of the Rings influenced Game of Thrones
The author spoke to The Great American Read about how the death of a Lord of the Rings character inspired a murderous rampage in his books
Posted Wednesday 8/01/18 at 1:35PM EDT
PBS special will celebrate Betty White's 80 years in show business with a special featuring Mary Tyler Moore's last interview
Source: Page Six
Betty White: First Lady of Television airs Aug. 21 and will feature interviews with her The Mary Tyler Moore Show co-stars, including Moore in her last interview before her death last year.