Mary McCormack

Memorial Day eve concert: The statistics become real, human stories

Each year, PBS' "National Memorial Day Concert" -- on the eve of Memorial Day, actually -- offers a rich blend of music and tributes. It can have a strong impact on some viewers ... and on some participants. Here's the story I sent to papers:

By Mike Hughes

Many of us get the
general idea of Memorial Day, without the real impact.

This week, Fridays are fun again

For the USA Network, this is a big shift -- its first attempt to put new, scripted shows on Friday.

And for viewers, it's good news. Fridays are a semi-wasteland, when CBS is virtually the only place interested in scripted shows. And with the basketball tournament, even CBS will skip the next two Fridays (March 16 and 23).

That makes this the perfect time to open the seasons for "Fairly Legal" and "In Plain Sight," at 9 and 10 p.m. this Friday. Both are smart shows with likable heroines. Here are the two stories I sent to papers: