television en Bryan Cranston, Naomi Watts to star in 'Holland, Michigan' <p>Attention “Breaking Bad” fans (read: almost everyone): Bryan Cranston’s latest role has a Michigan twist.&nbsp;</p><p>Cranston, the 57-year-old star of “Breaking Bad” and of course, “Malcolm in the Middle,” signed on for the lead role in the new movie, “Holland, Michigan.”</p><p>Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris is expected to direct the film, a thriller centered on a family from – you guessed it – Holland.</p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 20:01:12 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16661 at Bryan Cranston, Naomi Watts to star in 'Holland, Michigan' There is a new news channel in Detroit, Al Jazeera America <p>There is a new "eye" on the news coming out of Detroit and southeast Michigan.</p><p>Al Jazeera America was launched August 20 on cable lineups in 48 million American homes. And it has opened 12 bureaus across the nation, including a Detroit bureau.</p><p>Bisi Onile-Ere, the correspondent for the new Detroit Bureau, joined us today.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Wed, 11 Sep 2013 21:16:23 +0000 Stateside Staff 14383 at There is a new news channel in Detroit, Al Jazeera America Online subscription TV could be the way of the future <p>It was 2007 when Amanda Lotz of the University of Michigan wrote a book entitled "The Television Will Be Revolutionized." The professor of communication studies predicted that eventually TV will move from the broadcast network format we grew up with to an online subscription format.</p><p>Well, if you are one of the many fans of the series "Arrested Development," you are celebrating the resurrection of the wildly popular series which began on Fox and was canceled by Fox, and has now been revived by Netflix in online subscription format.</p><p>Amanda Lotz, University of Michigan professor of communications studies, joined us today in the studio.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:38:54 +0000 Stateside Staff 13084 at Online subscription TV could be the way of the future Stateside for Monday, June 17th, 2013 <p>On today's show: Boondoggles.</p><p>We took a look back at some of Michigan's sorriest episodes in government spending.</p><p>And, we spoke with the members of the duo Midnight Faces, a Grand Rapids band taking a new approach to music from the '80's.</p><p>And, Dr. Amanda Lotz joined us in the studio to discuss the future of television now that services such as Netflix have become increasingly popular.</p><p>Also, a campaign has started to bring the summer 2014 X-Games to Detroit. We spoke with the guys responsible for starting the campaign about why they think Detroit should be chosen to host the event.</p><p>First on the show, with school out for the summer, state officials are already looking for ways to get more students to show up for classes in the fall. The state Department of Human Services wants to expand pilot programs that put more social workers in schools with high truancy rates.</p><p>At the same time, DHS has a new statewide policy that threatens to take away welfare benefits from families with kids who persistently miss school.</p><p>But, critics say that still means too few families are getting the support they need to avoid losing their cash assistance.</p><p>Michigan Public Radio's Jake Neher gave us the full report.</p><p> Mon, 17 Jun 2013 21:30:14 +0000 Stateside Staff 13088 at Stateside for Monday, June 17th, 2013 Ann Arbor nuns going to finals on 'American Bible Challenge' game show <p>Sure, the three sisters from Ann Arbor's Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist are probably going to beat you in a game of trivia about the Bible.</p><p>But you wouldn't expect them to take you on the physical challenges as well.</p><p>It turns out Sister Evangeline, Sister Peter Joseph and Sister Maria Suso are pretty darn good at flipping forks into glasses:</p><p></p><p>"American Bible Challenge" airs on the Game Show Network at 9 p.m. Thursdays.</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 18:00:52 +0000 Mark Brush 12180 at Ann Arbor nuns going to finals on 'American Bible Challenge' game show Super Bowl XLVII: A 20-to-1 ratio of ads to action <p></p><p>Super Bowl XLVII provided us with thrills, spills and record electric bills – plus a football game somewhere in there.&nbsp;</p><p>Congratulations!&nbsp;</p><p>You not only survived that annual orgy of conspicuous consumption called the Super Bowl, you also survived the two weeks of endless stories without news that lead up to the big day.&nbsp;</p><p>And when the big game arrives, what is our reward?&nbsp; On the <em>one</em> day we actually look forward to watching TV ads, they were so bland and boring and just plain bad, we had no choice but to turn our attention to the actual football game. Fri, 08 Feb 2013 06:00:00 +0000 John U. Bacon 11141 at Super Bowl XLVII: A 20-to-1 ratio of ads to action Bigfoot visits Michigan <p>You may not have seen it in the latest Pure Michigan ad, but the state would be a great place for any Bigfoot looking to relocate.</p><p>So says, Cliff Barackman a researcher for the reality television show “Finding Bigfoot.”</p><p>Barackman and his colleagues from <a href="">the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization (BFRO)</a> spent nearly a week in April investigating Bigfoot sightings around Houghton Lake, West Branch, and Gladwin State Forest, the Detroit Free Press reports.</p> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 18:59:00 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10401 at Bigfoot visits Michigan Remembering Sonny Eliot (VIDEO) <p>Sonny Eliot, Detroit radio and television pioneer, died this morning at his home in Farmington Hills.</p><p>He was 91.</p><p>For those who don't remember Eliot, he might be best known for his role as Detroit's star weatherman. Eliot had a quick wit and predilection for puns.</p><p>Here is a taste:</p><p></p><p>Spending over 60 years in broadcasting, Eliot worked into his 80s. He gave his final broadcast in September 2010.</p><p>Here's a look at Eliot toward the end of his career:</p><p></p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:30:02 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 9958 at Remembering Sonny Eliot (VIDEO) Raunchy TV script by Michigan's Rep. McCotter surfaces <p>Things don&#39;t seem to be going all that well in U.S. Rep. Thaddeus McCotter&#39;s (R-Livonia) political career. His bid for the Republican presidential nomination <a href="">sputtered out last year</a>, and more recently, he was forced to give up his Congressional re-election campaign over <a href="">falsified petition signatures</a>.</p><p>But perhaps he has a future in show business.</p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 15:46:49 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 8154 at Raunchy TV script by Michigan's Rep. McCotter surfaces Pure Michigan rolling out Summer tourism ads <div><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">LANSING, Mich. (AP) &mdash; As the seasons turn, it&#39;s time for this year&#39;s <a href="">Pure Michigan</a> national advertising campaign.</span></p><p><span id="_oneup" style="font-size: 11px">The $12 million ad blitz on cable TV starts Monday and runs through June on more than 20 networks, ranging from Animal Planet to CNN to the Weather Channel.</span></p> Sun, 18 Mar 2012 14:34:24 +0000 The Associated Press 6680 at Pure Michigan rolling out Summer tourism ads TLC cancels 'All-American Muslim' after one season <p>The groundbreaking reality show &quot;<a href="">All-American Muslim</a>&quot; has been canceled.</p><p>The show, which followed five Muslims families in Dearborn, will not be picked up for a second season, a TLC executive confirmed.</p><p>&quot;I&rsquo;m certainly sad to hear the show wasn&rsquo;t being renewed,&quot; says Suehalia Amen, <a href="">one of the women featured</a> on the reality show.</p><p>She says &quot;All-American Muslim&quot; sought to humanize Muslims in a way mainstream media hadn&rsquo;t done before&hellip;and it made viewers look at Muslims and Arab-Americans in a new light:</p><p>&quot;It&rsquo;s been an eye-opening experience,&quot; explains Amen. &quot;To have people tell you &#39;I hated Muslims, and after your show I&rsquo;m able to understand your community and have a new-found respect.&#39;&quot;</p><p>The show&rsquo;s creator, Mike Mosallam, agrees. He says the show&#39;s ratings dropped throughout the season, but he says that doesn&rsquo;t mean the show didn&rsquo;t succeed on a cultural level in terms of &quot;what it taught people and what it dispelled in terms of people&rsquo;s perceptions. I mean those are things that no ratings will ever be able to show.&quot; Thu, 08 Mar 2012 20:44:50 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 6559 at TLC cancels 'All-American Muslim' after one season Shh! The Super Bowl commercials are on. <p>&nbsp;A group of Michigan State University professors will get together to watch the&nbsp;Super Bowl on Sunday.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;But unlike most people, they won&rsquo;t be watching the&nbsp;game,&nbsp;they&rsquo;re more interested in <a href="">the commercials.</a></p> Sat, 04 Feb 2012 21:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 6084 at Shh! The Super Bowl commercials are on. Dimming the lights? People in Michigan's film industry worry they'll find less work in 2012 <p>The state of Michigan starts 2012 with a new incentive for film and television&nbsp;productions. But people in the industry in Michigan fear the new incentive will not attract the&nbsp;volume of business they need to stay employed.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Mark Adler is the director of the Michigan Production Alliance. He said many film people have already left the state of Michigan to find work.&nbsp;</p><p>&ldquo;The people that are players&hellip;that are keys&hellip;that we need&hellip;here in Michigan&hellip;were grown here&hellip;have sought work elsewhere,&quot; said Adler.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Sun, 01 Jan 2012 19:01:01 +0000 Steve Carmody 5594 at Dimming the lights? People in Michigan's film industry worry they'll find less work in 2012 Arab-American groups reject donations from Lowe's <p>A network of Arab-American nonprofits say they will no longer accept donations from Lowe&#39;s.</p><p>The home improvement chain has gotten <a href=";rct=j&amp;q=&amp;esrc=s&amp;source=web&amp;cd=4&amp;ved=0CEQQFjAD&amp;;ei=bqzqTuDXBcO3tweh1ansCQ&amp;usg=AFQjCNF-V9OuEarAHSQcNDKQ_E4U_Th-wg">tons </a><a href="">of </a><a href="">media</a> <a href="">attention </a>since it pulled its ads from TLC&#39;s All-American Muslim, saying the show was a <a href="">&quot;lightning rod&quot; </a>for controversy. The retailer was also the recipient of the conservative Florida Family Association&#39;s campaign to get the ads pulled.</p><p>Now 22 Arab-American nonprofits have refused to accept any future donations from Lowe&#39;s.</p><p>Hassan Jaber is with <a href="">ACCESS</a>, a nonprofit based in Dearborn. He says for the past five years the Lowe&#39;s in Allen Park donated shovels, paint, tools, and all other kinds of supplies to ACCESS. The items went to support the nonprofit&#39;s home renovation program in some of Detroit&rsquo;s poorest neighborhoods.</p><p>&quot;Together we gave hope to the community,&quot; says Jaber. But he goes on to say that the decision by Lowe&#39;s at the corporate level is &quot;a complete contradiction of their local mission here.&quot;</p><p>Jaber says they will no longer accept those supplies. He adds they considered the Lowe&#39;s in Allen Park a &quot;friend and partner,&quot; but he says ACCESS &quot;made it clear that we stand by our principal.&quot; Fri, 16 Dec 2011 02:33:51 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 5425 at Arab-American groups reject donations from Lowe's No political ads for me <p>The election season is about to bring something that most everyone likes to complain about: political ads on television.</p><p>For me, the problem isn&rsquo;t the barrage of political ads, it&rsquo;s the lack of them.</p><p>Chances are, if you live in Michigan, you&rsquo;re different from me.</p><p>You&rsquo;re in.</p><p>I&rsquo;m out.</p><p>You will get tons of what you might think are thoroughly obnoxious TV ads about Michigan political races.</p><p>Ads that say, &quot;Debbie Stabenow is a big spender,&quot; or &quot;Pete Hoekstra is an extremist.&quot;</p><p>Stuff like that.</p><p>And I won&rsquo;t. Mon, 19 Sep 2011 16:07:12 +0000 Keith Oppenheim 4205 at New reality series to focus on Muslims in Dearborn <p>A <a href="">new reality show</a> will focus on five <a href="">Muslim</a> families in Dearborn.</p><p>Filming is already underway for the new reality show &ldquo;All-American Muslims.&rdquo; The show will debut in November on <a href="">TLC</a>, the channel behind other reality shows like &quot;Sister Wives&quot; and &quot;Kate Plus 8.&quot;</p> Sun, 24 Jul 2011 20:00:00 +0000 Jennifer Guerra 3437 at New reality series to focus on Muslims in Dearborn The fate of ABC's "Detroit 1-8-7" <p>There&#39;s been a lot of speculation over whether the television program Detroit 1-8-7 will stick around.</p><p>Melissa Burden wrote about the speculation in today&#39;s <a href="">Detroit News</a>:</p><blockquote><p>A local actors union said it has confirmed with producers of &quot;Detroit 1-8-7&quot; that the show is leaving the Motor City for good, even if it&#39;s picked up for a second season.</p><p>An administrator for the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists Detroit chapter posted Tuesday on the group&#39;s Facebook page that the cop drama is leaving Michigan.</p></blockquote><p> Wed, 27 Apr 2011 18:59:20 +0000 Mark Brush 2249 at The fate of ABC's "Detroit 1-8-7" In case you missed it... <p><a href="">Michigan Radio</a> broadcasts hundreds of stories, interviews, and commentaries every week.</p><p>One person can&#39;t possibly hear them all.</p><p>Here, you&#39;ll find a few stories we think you might like to hear:</p><p><strong>Oh You Shouldn&#39;t Have... no really - <a href="">This American Life</a></strong></p> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 21:05:34 +0000 Mark Brush 1613 at In case you missed it... February, the slow season for sports <p>Last week my beloved television went POOF! It was seven years old, or 14 in sports writer years. &nbsp;<br /><br />So, what great sports events did I miss?<br /><br />Well, I can&rsquo;t be sure, of course, but I&rsquo;m willing to bet&hellip; not much.<br /><br />Sports writers complain about the dog-days of summer, when all we have to write about is tennis and Tiger and the Tigers &ndash; and, that&rsquo;s about it. But there&rsquo;s a lesser-known slow season for sports scribes, and it&#39;s called February.<br /> Thu, 17 Feb 2011 21:55:45 +0000 John U. Bacon 1329 at February, the slow season for sports