Michael Malament

Michael is a graduate of the World Journalism Institute mid-career course.

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Dubious Council of Dads

Television | Being woke is more important than true fatherly care in new series
by Michael Malament
Posted 5/21/20, 02:53 pm

While NBC’s new series Council of Dads illustrates the importance of fathers, producer Jerry Bruckheimer doesn’t succeed in fulfilling the initial promise of a family-friendly drama.

The premise centers on Scott, a middle-aged father and restaurateur diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. He and his wife, Robin, enjoy a comfortable waterfront home in Savannah, Ga., where she deftly balances a career as an OB-GYN with mothering their four children. 

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Who is Ken Jennings?

Television | Jeopardy! crowns its GOAT player
by Dustin Messer & Michael Malament
Posted 1/15/20, 10:16 am

Ken Jennings became Jeopardy’s “Greatest of All Time” champion on Tuesday evening. He won three of the four contests in a series that began last Tuesday. About 15 million viewers—the largest television audience drawn by a non-sports program in the past four years—watched each of the four nights of competition.

Jennings, who holds the record for the longest Jeopardy! winning streak—74 games in 2004—defeated Brad Rutter and James Holzhauer, who held records for most dollars won.

The win was far from inevitable.

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