"The Golden Age of Television is now (2008). I mean, show me any kind of dramatic series of the past that have been the equal of 'The Sopranos,' of 'The Wire,' of 'NYPD Blue,' of the original 'Law & Order,' of 'In Treatment'. I can think of nothing in the past that equals those. This is a remarkable time."
About This Interview
In his two-and-half hour Archive interview, Howard Rosenberg speaks about his early interests, including athletics and writing. He describes his work as a reporter for the Moline Dispatch of Kansas, where he learned how to report and deliver on deadline. He recounts his move in the early 1970s to TheLouisville Times of Kentucky where he lobbied to be the television critic. Rosenberg speaks about his investigative pieces about the deceptive practices of local public television in its use of funds. He details the way celebrities were interviewed through junkets and his own attempts to do independent interviews. He talks in great detail about the pieces he wrote as television critic/columnist for The Los Angeles Times, beginning in 1978, and recalls his difficulties in his early years. Rosenberg comments on some of his '80's pieces including one on the 1984 Olympics, that led to his winning a Pulitzer Prize for Television Criticism in 1985. He discusses the flood of negative response he got about his column following 9/11 when he criticized President George W. Bush. Lastly he discusses several genres of television programming and how they've changed over the years. Karen Herman conducted the interview on December 16, 2008 in Los Angeles, CA.