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Showtime Gives Green Light to 'Masters of Sex' Pilot

People who write books say the process is sort of like having a baby. Months and months go by until -- voila! -- there's your little gift to the world! In this sense, having a TV program made from your book then is sort of like having twins. Twice the effort but twice the fun!
So with fatherly delight, I'm delighted to see the following announcement from Showtime. Stay tuned to see who might be the actors, the directors and when this series might appear in the future. But for now, the management of this website is tickled pink to see our baby up in show lights.
Here's what The Hollywood Reporter said:

Showtime's entertainment chief David Nevins continues to put his stamp on the premium cable network's lineup, giving the go-ahead to three new pilots.
The first of the trio is Masters of Sex, an adaptation of Thomas Maier's book of the same name. The one-hour drama, from Sony Pictures TV, centers on the lives and unusual relationship between inf…

JFK's Howl at the Moon -- Tapes Show President Worried about the Cost of the Space Program

The 50th anniversary of Kennedy's administration recalls his famous challenge to go to the Moon. Just recently, the JFK Library released tapes that indicated that he worried about the cost of all this hardware and whether it cost him at the polls. “This looks like a hell of a lot of dough,” Kennedy said of the space program. "It seems to me…we’ve got to wrap around in this country, a military use for what we’re doing and spending in space,” he said, as the tapes reveal. “If we don’t, it does look like a stunt.”
"I think it's the only way we're going to be able to defend it before the public in the next 12 months,” he said. “I want to get the military shield over this thing.”

Accept No Substitutes, Vote for "The Kennedys" -- the Book, Not the Mini-Series

The television miniseries "The Kennedys" apparently has little or nothing to do with the truth, according to the many reviews that have panned it. That's too bad because I spent a lot of time to ensure the accuracy of my book that bears a similar name, "The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings." Just as Honey Fitz might say, Vote for "The Kennedys" the book, and accept no substitutes!

Kennedys Home Movie - TLC documentary recalls similar photos in book "The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings."

The TLC Channel is featuing all the Kennedy home movies, etc. this Sunday, but for the real story, I say read the boo -- The Kennedys; America's Emerald Kings!

Ask Why Not A President Obama and Kennedy Comparison? A 50th Anniversary Thought on JFK's 1961 Inaugural Address

Today, President Obama spoke about the legacy of John F. Kennedy on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Kennedy's inaugural. In the updated 2008 preface to my book, "The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings," I addressed the links between Obama and Kennedy's presidencies, particularly as "outsiders" elected to the nation's highest office.

"Once I thought to write a history of the immigrants in America. Then I discovered that immigrants were America. " —historian Oscar Handlin (as quoted by John F. Kennedy in A Nation of Immigrants)

The 2008 presidential campaign offered many reminders for Sen. Edward Kennedy of the barriers his brother faced in 1960, becoming the first and only U.S. president from a minority background. With a sign from Dunganstown, Ireland hanging in his Senate office, a reminder of the famine-ravished farm where his ancestors began, Ted always seemed to understand that the Kennedys were perhaps America’s greatest im…

Video and MSNBC Story: The Kennedys Legacy- What Does JFK Inaugural Mean 50 Years Later?

Here's a video about President Kennedy's Inaugural, as well as a MSNBC story about the legacy of JFK and what he meant for America.

“Martyrs are powerful things,” historian and author Rick Perlstein told BLTWY, noting that you don't see TV memorials to Dwight Eisenhower or most other presidents. “It's so interesting, this line we have between the presidents we think of as heroes and and the ones we think of as goats.”

“The Kennedy image of a wonderfully attractive, energetic, aspiring family was in many ways the American ideal,” author and historian Thomas Maier, who wrote The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings told BLTWY.

For Maier, Kennedy's inauguration speech, that cold January day “marks the 50th anniversary of the beginning of the new America we live in. This is when it started,” he says. An an Irish-Catholic, Kennedy symbolized the fact that America was now officially more than a white Anglosaxon nation, Maier says.

Naturally, amid all the events Thursday -…

Remembering Sargent Shriver, the Peace Corps and the Impact of the Kennedys' Catholic Background On That Mission

With a remarkable family of inlaws, R. Sargent Shriver managed to excel on his own in public life. Shriver passed away today at age 95, known as the 1972 vice-presidential running mate of George McGovern and who later ran himself for the 1976 presidential nod. But Shriver is best known as the first head of the Peace Corps under President Kennedy, his brother-in-law. Here's what my book, "The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings" had to say about the impact of Shriver's own background in putting together that organization.

Harvard Nieman Foundation's "Watchdog" website showcases "Campaign Season," the Newsday/News12 documentary

Harvard's Nieman Foundation's Watchdog website is highlighting Newsday's new documentary "Campaign Season" in its "Showcase" page. Here's what the Nieman intro says:
Newsday's striking coverage of the NY governor's race
SHOWCASE | January 02, 2011
A one-hour documentary, done on the fly, gives a narrative arc to political coverage, exposes high-level betrayals and brings back into view some old New York pols like Alfonse D-Amato, Ed Koch, and (in cameos) Mario and Matilda Cuomo. It's a multimedia effort: newspaper and online coverage and TV specials. Here Thomas Maier tells how it was put together.

Flawed Miniseries Given the Knife, But Much Better "The Kennedys" Lives on in Book Form and Even DVD!

After much controversy, a History Channel miniseries called "The Kennedys" (NOT based on my book, "
The Kennedys: America's Emerald Kings," but a mismash of other sources) has been cancelled. Now the producers are looking for a new U.S network willing to air it. In the meantime, readers might want to check out the 2008 updated version of my book that tells the real story! Or the two-hour documentary based on my book that was distributed in 2008 by Warner Home Video along with Oliver Stone's classic film, "JFK".