Howard Rosenberg's last TV column


Rosenberg thought of asking Larry David to write his farewell column after 25 years as the L.A. Times television critic and a Pulitzer Prize. But, as he observes, David "didn't do that well with the last episode of "Seinfeld." So he goes it alone (sub req'd).

I won't have television to kick around anymore. No more tortuous summer seasons, fall seasons, mid-seasons and mid-mid-seasons to blast to smithereens as they break old ground and call it innovation. No more cookie-cuttered "reality" shows to smack around. No more inane talk shows to club maliciously. No more self-parodying local newscasters to ridicule as they slip on one banana peel after another, then get up, dust themselves off and walk straight into a lamppost.

No more cheap shots from me, nor cheap jokes (please hold your applause)...

Actually, I'm just changing jobs, retiring from the paper as TV critic to join the literati as a mystery novelist (my dream occupation) and co-write with a cable news reporter a nonfiction book whose theme will be: No news is not good news.

The paper also runs a short Calendar story on his retirement.

Update 2:04 p.m.: Rosenberg's colleague Brian Lowry adds a nice congratulatory sendoff on the Romenesko letters page. Also, here's the audio link from yesterday's Warren Olney segment on Rosenberg.

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