With HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Trailer, the Worst Nuclear Disaster of All Time Is Having a Moment

“There was nothing sane about Chernobyl,” a character gravely intones during the trailer for Chernobyl, a new HBO series that premieres May 6. And for those who’ve forgotten the details of the infamous nuclear calamity–or who weren’t alive when it happened–the preview is a jarring reminder of the events of the spring of 1986, when […]

Data Sheet—The Theranos Saga Shows Why It Pays to Be Skeptical

This weekend I finished watching The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, Alex Gibney’s documentary about Elizabeth Holmes and Theranos. It is chilling, painful to watch, and a reminder of why it pays to be skeptical. If something is too good to be true, and if lots of smart but otherwise unqualified people repeatedly […]

‘The Simpsons’ Producers Are Pulling an Episode That Featured Michael Jackson

The executive producers of The Simpsons are pulling an episode that featured Michael Jackson. In an interview with The Wall Street Journal, The Simpsons producers James Brooks, Matt Groening, and Al Jean said that they will pull a 1991 episode called “Stark Raving Dad” that starred Michael Jackson in the role of a patient in […]

‘Leaving Neverland’ Could Hurt Sony’s $250 Million Deal to Distribute Michael Jackson’s Music

When Sony entered a $250 million seven-year deal to distribute recordings of the late pop star Michael Jackson, it didn’t know that the documentary Leaving Neverland that ran on HBO would cast a pall over Jackson’s reputation, the Wall Street Journal reported. The result could be a negative impact on sales and uses of Jackson’s […]

HBO’s CEO and Hitmaker Richard Plepler Leaving Cable Network Following AT&T Merger

One of television’s most powerful executives is signing off from his long-time network. HBO’s Richard Plepler–who’s served the cable giant for nearly three decades, most recently as chairman and CEO–announced Thursday that he was leaving the network where he’s worked since 1992. During his regime, Plepler is credited with developing such hits as Game of […]

Michael Jackson Estate Sues HBO Over ‘Devastating’ Michael Jackson Documentary

Michael Jackson’s team is looking to cancel HBO–at least in court. Representatives for the late singer, who died in 2009, have filed a lawsuit against HBO and its parent company, Time Warner, over next month’s Leaving Neverland, a two-part documentary detailing multiple allegations of sexual abuse against Jackson. The movie, which is set to air […]