Sanjay Gupta

A great TV show flows with many (or hardly any) words


This is a busy TV time, so please read the previous blogs. There's one on the "Shakespeare Uncovered" on Friday (Feb. 1) and several on the Super Bowl and the shows that come before and after it.

But now we'll jump ahead to Monday (Feb. 4). I think "Monday Mornings" is the best new show since HBO's "The Newsroom." Here's the story I sent to papers:

By MIKE HUGHES

For actors, words can be streaky
things.

Concussions bring a chilling counterpoint to football fun


This is a huge weekend for TV. If you scan the recent blogs here, you'll see stories on Tony Bennett (Friday), a "Hallmark Hall of Fame" movie (Sunday) and Jennifer Granholm's new talk show (Monday).

There's one more story, however: Dr. Sanjay Gupta has a terrific report (Sunday, then rerunning the following Saturday) on football concussions. I'll put the story here in a moment, but first two recollections from my childhood in Clintonville, Wis.:

"Toxic Towns": CNN sticks with strong documentaries


The TV news world may be getting sillier, but CNN keeps making strong, solid documentaries.

A prime example is "Toxic Towns" on Saturday, the first of a string of documentaries this month. Here's the story I sent to papers: