Posts Tagged ‘Los Angeles Times’


Comedy is King in Fall TV Lineups, Prof. Tells LA Times

Unveiling their fall lineups, television networks “have gone cuckoo for comedy in a way not seen in at least 15 years,” writes Scott Collins in today’s Los Angeles Times. “Reversing their lament from a few seasons ago that sitcoms were suffering from a creative and ratings drought, the networks are now whipping up a cloudburst […]

Originally posted: May 18, 2012

Prof. Jeff McCall ’76 Discusses “Aging” of TV’s ‘American Idol’

“As American Idol winds down its 11th season, it’s time to ask: Is Fox‘s smash singing contest losing the kids?,” asks Scott Collins in today’s Los Angeles Times. His story, which examines how the TV program has lost younger viewers to NBC‘s The Voice, includes analysis from Jeff McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University. […]

Originally posted: April 14, 2012

American Idol and its Rivals Meet “Need for Optimism” in Tough Times

American Idol has spawned a series of television programs based on talent competitions, including The X Factor, America’s Got Talent and The Voice, writes Scott Collins in today’s Los Angeles Times. “Jeffrey McCall, a communications professor at DePauw University, wondered, ‘At what point do all of these aspiring singing stars start to look and sound […]

Originally posted: January 18, 2012

Charlie Sheen’s New Show “A Real Gamble,” Prof. Tells LA Times

Greencastle, Ind. — A Los Angeles Times story today on Charlie Sheen’s announced plans for a new show, a TV adaptation of the film Anger Management, includes comments from Jeff McCall, professor of communication at DePauw University. “His personal, professional and business unpredictability make him a real gamble for any channel that would be considering him,” Dr. McCall […]

Originally posted: July 19, 2011

LA Times’ Front Page Ad “Unwise and Ethically Problematic”

Greencastle, Ind. — “The Los Angeles Times came under criticism Thursday after it ran a front-page advertisement that resembled a news story,” begins a story in today’s edition of that newspaper, which quotes Bob Steele, DePauw University’s Pulliam Distinguished Visiting Professor of Journalism. Although labeled as an advertisement, the plug for NBC’s Southland “appeared in […]

Originally posted: April 10, 2009

Gullible or Culpable?

In a week marked by historic firsts and flubs, an editorial appearing in the January 20 edition of the Los Angeles Times stopped me in my tracks. For a minute I thought I had inadvertently stumbled across the pages of The Onion. Writing on the occasion of Barack Obama’s inauguration, the editorial staff of the […]

Originally posted: January 25, 2009

Los Angeles Times Examination of “News as Entertainment” Includes Analysis from DePauw’s Robert Calvert

Greencastle, Ind. – “The wealthier a society is, the more self-consciously individualistic it is and the less an individual feels obligated to consider things outside oneself and one’s immediate interests,” Robert Calvert, professor of political science, is quoted in the July 11 Los Angeles Times. The column, by media critic David Shaw, examines how the […]

Originally posted: July 11, 2004