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Friday, October 28th, 2016
american series in italy
The first time I've visited the US, I found everything so new, yet utterly familiar at the same time. You see, as pretty much everyone of my generation, I grew up watching american tv shows on the telly. Rigorously dubbed into Italian, american sit-coms, dramas and movies set trends and created manias, all while showing to Italy how the US looked like and lived. Even though, especially in the last couple of decades, italian tv has become more independent from american imports, increasing the
Tuesday, October 11th, 2016
maurizio costanzo
Maurizio Costanzo. Ph. Birillo253 on wikimedia   Maurizio Costanzo is one of the most well-known people in Italy, a legend of Italian television. While his profile has declined in recent years, the presence of his wife Maria De Filippi has only increased. Here we'll take a closer look at Costanzo, a complex and controversial public figure, who seems to have devoted his life to entertaining the masses.   Maurizio Costanzo's career began at RAI, as did the careers of the majority of his
Friday, August 19th, 2016
Daria Bignardi
  Daria Bignardi (photo from Wikipedia)   What strikes the most about Daria Bignardi are her versatility and her incredibly young looks, despite the fact that she has been on Italian television for over two decades. She was able to move from hosting the number one edition of Big Brother to become a perfect interviewer, and has worked with all major networks. Over time, with hard work and a certain tough attitude that characterizes her, Daria was able to gain recognition and credibility in
Sunday, July 3rd, 2016
Two Veline at Striscia la Notizia: Federica Nargi and Costanza Caracciolo   Historically, the term "velina" referred to the press releases sent by the Ministry of Culture to newspapers in Fascist Italy. These releases reported facts, and most often the government's interpretation of facts, to the newspapers. In the years that followed the term became a common one in political jargon, used to identify official and not so official communications between the offices of
Friday, November 20th, 2015
italian american stars
  When talking about TV personalities, can you forget Jay Leno, or Jimmy Kimmel? Well, aside from the fact that they are witty, spontaneous, and smart, there is another thread which binds them: they have an Italian heritage. Yes, while names like Jay Leno and Jimmy Kimmel don't sound particularly Italian,they have Italian blood. Jay Leno was born James Douglas Muir Leno and Jimmy Kimmel was born James Christian Kimmel. Leno is noted for his amazing comic timing as a standup
Saturday, August 1st, 2015
Beppe Grillo
Beppe Grillo on stage   Beppe Grillo is one of the most recognized and probably most talented Italian stand up comedian. For almost 40 years he has entertained the Italian public through every media, and some of his most memorable performances entered the history of Italian popular culture. Grillo represents the classical satirical actor: hedgy, often attacking the system, an attitude that led him to slowly transfer from comedy to politics, becoming a very important blogger and
Friday, July 31st, 2015
Emilio Fede   The younger generations see Emilio Fede as an anchorman who is able to deviate from just telling the news. Nowadays, Fede is known more as a showman and comedian, than a journalist. The truth is, however, that Emilio Fede has a long history in journalism and is one of Italy’s newsmen with the lengthiest career. In the 1970s Fede, along with colleagues like Massimo Valentini, were predominant figures at Tg1 (or TeleGiornale 1, the news at one of Italy’s state-run TV channels). A
Thursday, July 30th, 2015
sabina guzzanti
Sabina Guzzanti at Cannes for her movie Draquila   The Guzzanti family has truly become a public affair within Italian society, as each member is somehow a public figure and is allowed to speak and appear pretty much at any condition they demand. Sabina is the daughter of Paolo, a prominent journalist and politician, who after many years of supporting Silvio Berlusconi, decided to leave the party. Paolo's political affiliation created a very interesting scenario, as Sabina built
Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015
pietro taricone
  Pietro Taricone and fiancee Kasia Smutniak   While Pietro Taricone didn't win the first edition of "Big Brother," he won Italian hearts the moment he stepped on screen.   The first edition of the Italian version of the "Big Brother" hit the airwaves in 2000 and proposed a dramatic shift in TV broadcasting, probably second only to the advent of color. The show was the first of all reality shows, and proposed the new tv concept of unscripted, non edited tv
Friday, June 1st, 2012
  Italian Television Like in North America and other parts of the industrialized world television in Italy has been a cultural phenomenon since its inception. Since the beginning of broadcasting on January 3rd, 1954, television has been a fundamental part of the public and private lives of Italians. At the time Filiberto Guala, the CEO of Italy's newly created public broadcasting company RAI, said that "television is the hearth of our times." Over the years those words have proved to be
Friday, June 1st, 2012
In Italy, as in North America, the 1990s saw a huge jump in popularity for two types of programs: information shows and reality shows. In the 90s Mediaset launched their own newscasts and both RAI and Mediaset added socio-political talk shows and informational programming to their daily schedules with the Mani Pulite (“Clean Hands”) political scandal fuelling the debates on these shows. Where mindless entertainment is concerned reality became all the rage with these cheap-to-produce shows
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Italian Tv 80s, Has Kidankel,Greggio,D'AngeloThe 1980s is the decade of the private broadcaster in Italian television, a development that saw an explosion in the number of programs available to viewers. Never before had Italians had so much choice about what to watch, but it soon became clear that a few genres would be especially popular, namely soap operas and cartoons. Telenovelas, American fictional programming, soap operas and Japanese cartoons routinely ranked among the most loved and
Friday, June 1st, 2012
    At the beginning of the 1960s RAI introduced a new channel, RAI 2 (“due”), usually called "il secondo" or “the second one.” With the new channel the programs on offer doubled, even though both channels still didn’t broadcast twenty-four hours a day. The original channel was the home of the more expensive and successful programs, while cheaper productions and experimental shows were aired on the second channel. During this time Italy was also going through an economic boom that
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The two main events in Italian television history that occurred in the 1970s were the advent of color and the introduction of private channels. The story of color TV is truly a political-industrial epic that began in the mid-sixties and ended only towards the end of the 70s after many delays and false starts. In these years RAI’s television monopoly showed its first cracks with viewers tuning into shows from neighboring countries like Monaco and Switzerland that were broadcast in Italian. For
Friday, June 1st, 2012
From Left: Baudo, Bongiorno, Corrado, Tortora Pippo Baudo is one of the best known figures on Italian television.   The Early Years Baudo was always interested in show business and as a boy tried his hand in theater. Pippo gained a small amount of fame as a piano player and singer while he was in full-time education and in the late 1950s he was hired as a pianist and singer in the Moonlight Orchestra. Baudo made his television debut in 1959 with the Moonlight Orchestra during
Friday, June 1st, 2012
The 1950s marks the first decade that television was available in Italian homes and this chapter of the country's TV history is really the story of its public channel, RAI. Until the 1970s when private channels began appearing, Radio Audizioni Italiane (RAI), which is now known as Radiotelevisione Italiana, was the sole broadcaster in Italy. The state owned public service broadcaster is the first company that brought daily programming to everyday Italians.   The 50s were a time of
Friday, June 1st, 2012
Maria De Filippi The end of 2000 sees the beginning of the the TV show format that will dominate the decade: the reality show. It was the 14th of September, 2000, when the ten contestants of the first edition of Grande Fratello (the Italian Big Brother) began living under the attentive eye of the cameras.   The first edition of Grande Fratello, hosted by Daria Bignardi, started airing to general skepticism after much controversy and criticism, but quickly became a media phenomenon, the likes