Day: January 3, 2020

A tradition fades; commercials don’t

So I was watching the Rose Parade — please don’t judge — and kept confronting something odd: Commercials.
Real ones, telling me where to bank, which cell phone to use and, especially. which drugs to take. “How can they have commercials?” someone asked. “Isn’t the whole parade a commercial?”
It is, but there used to be an escape route: When I watched this every year — remember, I asked you not to judge — it was on HGTV, which did it commercial-free; as a bonus, it had announcers who were less likely to gush.
This was a pleasant tradition. Each year, the parade was followed by a full day of specials and season premieres. But this year (shown here), that quietly ended. Read more…

Best-bets for Jan. 5: Gervais’ Golden Globes

1) Golden Globes build-up, E and NBC. The Globes are all about glitter and starpower … which starts early. E has a preview at 4 p.m. ET and red-carpet coverage from 6-8 p.m., with Ryan Seacrest and Giuliana Rancic in charge; it also has an after-show at 11. NBC has its own red-carpet show at 7 p.m. ET… and expects the start of the Globes(at 8) to be fun. Avoiding the dreary, no-host approach of recent Oscars and Emmys, the Globes are bringing back Ricky Gervais (shown here) or his fifth time as host. Read more…