Thursday, January 12, 2017

Masterpiece on PBS Latest Jewel in the Crown: Victoria

Victoria stars Rufus Sewell (Lord Melbourne) and Jenna Coleman (Queen Victoria) Photo:Masterpiece

Lovers of British period dramas rejoice! This Sunday PBS's Masterpiece series will premiere a new drama that is sure to satisfy lovers of Downton Abbey (the show is even taking over the series' Sunday at 9 pm timeslot). Victoria, stars Jenna Coleman (Dr.Who) as the titular lead and a smoldering Rufus Sewell (Man in the High Castle) as the first important man in the young queen's life, Lord Melbourne. The sweeping sets and costumes are wonderful and do much to transport viewers back to the Victorian era. Of course the show gets around to the legendary love affair that Victoria and Albert had that captivated a nation, but the first few episodes devoted to the queen's little known fascination with the man she called 'Lord M' is just the thing to warm the heart on a chilly winter evening. Here's my interview with the two actors whose chemistry makes the series a must-watch: https://britishheritage.com/victoria-interview/

Thursday, November 17, 2016

'Lunch' with Telemundo's Jose Diaz-Balart


'Lunch' at Michael's in NYC with Telemundo's Jose Diaz-Balart

One of the very best parts of doing my 'Lunch' column for Adweek's Blog Network is the opportunity I get every week to meet some of the interesting and accomplished people in media and entertainment. It's always a huge plus when that person turns out to be equally engaging and thoughtful. This week I had the pleasure of 'Lunching' with Telemundo's news anchor Jose Diaz-Balart. He's a rising star at NBC Universal -- pulling double duty as the Saturday anchor of NBC's Nightly News in addition to his already full plate. Definitely one of the good guys. Read the full column here:  http://www.adweek.com/fishbowlny/telemundos-jose-diaz-balart-the-latino-community-shouldnt-be-seen-as-foreign/390616

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

'Lunch' with Gloria Steinem

I have been doing my 'Lunch' at Michael's column for ten years this month so it is only fitting that this week's conversation with Gloria Steinem was one of the most exciting interviews I've ever done. It's not every day you meet a living legend let alone go one-on-one about some of the most important issues of the day. You can read the interview here. http://edit.adweek.com/fishbowlny/gloria-steinem-trump-sex-assault-claims-are-anita-hill-plus-a-million/388180