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Posted Friday 5/25/18 at 7:45PM EDT
Showtime's New York Times documentary The Fourth Estate is engrossing and refreshingly human
Liz Garbus' four-part documentary, premiering Sunday, captures the toll of being a journalist in the 24/7 Trump era. "Although it is filled with sort of pulse-quickening journalistic jujitsu one expects — the deadlines, the doggedness, the scoops, the backlash — it is also refreshingly human in scope, stopping more than once to observe the emotional toll on these journalists who are working themselves to the bone," says Hank Stuever. He adds: "As naive as it sounds, I hope this film reaches an audience beyond nitpicky Times aficionados and self-fascinated journalists. We live in an era where fewer citizens seem to understand that there are many kinds of media, some better than others. And when people do make films about newspapers anymore (dramatic or documentary), they’re usually nostalgic for an era that’s never coming back."
Posted Monday 5/21/18 at 6:27PM EDT
The New York Times is developing a scripted anthology series based on its "Overlooked" obituary series
The Times has yet another TV show in the works, partnering with Paramount Television on the 10-episode series Overlooked, which will use each episode to tell the story of a woman who left an indelible mark on history but didn't get a New York Times obituary. The Times' "Overlooked" series, launched earlier this year, aims to give those historical women proper obituaries. They include Charlotte Brontë and Ida B. Wells. Each episode will be written and directed by women. Earlier this month, The Times announced that it would partner with FX on the weekly series The Weekly.
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 10:52PM EDT
Journalism is boring, so why is FX making a New York Times docuseries?
FX this morning announced a docuseries called The Weekly based on The New York Times' daily reporting (and its daily reporting podcast, The Daily), joining the upcoming Showtime documentary on The Times titled The Fourth Estate. The problem, as the failed 2006 Bravo reality show Tabloid Wars proved, is that journalism doesn't make for compelling television -- unless it's fictionalized, says Hamilton Nolan. "The journalism that you consume is the interesting part of the media. Everything that goes into making the journalism is a f*cking job," he says. Nolan adds: "If you want to make a fictional movie or TV series about hard-charging, hard-drinking swashbuckling reporters who are constantly rushing around making urgent phone calls to high level top secret moles that they later f*ck, forbiddenly, though their lives may be in danger, that’s fine, and also it’s called House of Cards Season One. But if you think that you are going to make a documentary that is gripping and stunning and intriguing about the behind-the-scenes action of newspaper reporting: you are not. If you insist on making a nonfiction TV show on this topic, you can either have it be accurate (extremely boring) or exciting (fictional). Not both." ALSO: The Weekly might work because journalists have become characters in the national drama of the Trump presidency.
Posted Wednesday 5/09/18 at 1:30PM EDT
FX orders The Weekly, a series based on The New York Times' The Daily podcast
FX boss John Landgraf calls the partnership "the first entry for both organizations into the weekly TV news business." On The Weekly, which has received a 30-episode order, Times writers will take viewers behind the scenes of their reporting, looking closely at particularly stories covered by The Daily podcast, which is hosted by Michael Barbaro.
Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 6:48PM EDT
Watch the trailer for Showtime's New York Times docuseries on covering the Trump presidency
Liz Garbus says of her film The Fourth Estate, which premieres May 27: "We've been given unprecedented access to capture the challenges, triumphs and pitfalls of covering a president who has declared war on the free press, from the point of view of those on the front line."
Posted Thursday 4/05/18 at 1:50PM EDT
Harvey Weinstein sexual misconduct scandal dropped six months ago today
Read a timeline of how The New York Times' Oct. 5, 2017 bombshell story rocked Hollywood.
Posted Tuesday 3/13/18 at 10:17PM EDT
The New York Times made a Too Many Cooks-style video to mark Rex Tillerson's firing
The Times' Opinion section made a sitcom-style montage mocking Trump's many firings at the White House with a video reminiscent of Adult Swim's Too Many Cooks, which parodied opening sequences of 1980s and 1990s sitcoms. ALSO: Jake Tapper takes President Trump to task for not living up to his "You're fired" Apprentice reputation.
Posted Monday 3/12/18 at 6:57AM EDT
Showtime's New York Times docuseries will show President Trump on the phone with White House reporter Maggie Haberman
New York Times White House reporter Haberman has been called Trump's "snake charmer" because he likes to speak exclusively and frankly to her in private, while bashing her in public -- like when he tweeted that she was a "Hillary flunky" on Sunday morning. Showtime revealed that The Fourth Estate will show Trump talking to Haberman for one of his newsmaker interviews. As Slate wrote last year of Haberman, "she handles her thin-skinned subject with the tact and grace of an old-school talk therapist, disbursing neutral prompts to draw him out and keep him going."
Posted Friday 3/02/18 at 10:05AM EST
Rachel Maddow helped construct today's New York Times crossword puzzle
The Times has been enlisting celebrities to co-create crossword puzzles in honor of its 75th anniversary of the birth of The New York Times Crossword.
Posted Tuesday 2/27/18 at 12:27AM EST
The New York Times is developing "an ambitious television news series"
The Times is partnering with the producer of This American Life's Showtime series on a TV series that promises "groundbreaking investigations, on-the-ground reporting, agenda-setting interviews and new formats yet to be invented." Other details, like where the series will be shown, haven't been revealed.
Posted Tuesday 1/30/18 at 2:04AM EST
Roger Ebert’s former partner Richard Roeper suspended after he was accused of buying Twitter followers
The Chicago Sun-Times movie critic, who was paired with Ebert on At the Movies from 2000 to 2008, was suspended from his newspaper Monday after he was named in a list of celebrities said to have bought fake Twitter followers in a New York Times investigative story.
Posted Wednesday 1/10/18 at 2:41AM EST
Stephen Colbert grills James Franco over sexual misconduct accusations that emerged after his Golden Globes win
The Deuce star’s Late Show interview on Tuesday was taped hours before The New York Times canceled a TimesTalk interview with him, saying that "given the controversy surrounding recent allegations, we’re no longer comfortable proceeding in that vein." As Marlow Stern explains, after Franco's surprise Globes victory Sunday night for The Disaster Artist, “the actor was bombarded with allegations of sexual misconduct—some vague, others more detailed—on Twitter." The accusations included several tweets from Ally Sheedy, which she later deleted. A “nervous” Colbert brought up the allegations, saying in part: “I do want to ask you something, and I know I mentioned backstage that I wanted to talk to you about this, and if you’re OK talking about it, I wanted to ask you about some criticism you got on Golden Globes night.” Franco responded, in part, that “in my life I pride myself on taking responsibility for things I’ve done. I have to do that to maintain my well-being. I do it whenever I know that there’s something wrong that needs to be changed, I make it a point to do it. The things that I heard that were on Twitter are not accurate, but I completely support people coming out and being able to have a voice, because they didn’t have a voice for so long, so I don’t want to shut them down in any way. I think it’s a good thing, and I support it.”
Posted Friday 1/05/18 at 12:04PM EST
The New York Times will air a “simple, powerful” TV commercial about sexual harassment during the Golden Globes
Check out the “He said. She said” 30-second spot from the newspaper that broke the Harvey Weinstein story.
Posted Tuesday 8/15/17 at 10:46PM EDT
How The New York Times deals with Trump will be the subject of a Showtime documentary
A documentary filmmaker has been embedded with the newspaper since President Trump was inaugurated, and CNN reports that the tentatively-titled Fourth Estate could air in four parts. Liz Garbus, who directed Nothing Left Unsaid: Gloria Vanderbilt & Anderson Cooper, is behind the documentary.