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Sunday, August 5 2012

Defending Oprah

The Oprah Winfrey Network's shortfalls have come not by aiming too low, but instead in trying to buck the trends of the current cable landscape.

Monday, September 12 2011

Joke's on Us: Reality TV Always Gets the Last Laugh

The "rich" and "famous" are NOT like us... at least not on TV. Reality 'stars': Whether we love them or loathe them, if we watch them, they win.

Wednesday, January 1 2003

Top Ten Television Shows

Sunday, July 21 2002

Reality Slights

That first U.S. 'Big Brother' may not have made 'great television,' but the cast and producers of 'Big Brother' -- whether they intended to or not -- offered a positive take on about human nature.

Monday, June 17 2002

When Does Reality TV Become Child Abuse?

Why would anyone, let alone TV producers, construct an environment that might result in hunger, where youngsters have to go to bed with empty stomachs?


Sunday, June 20 2004

Joe Schmo 2

Tim and Ingrid must also contend with a pretentious host who, with deadly seriousness, delivers the most hackneyed speeches this side of Jeff Probst.

Sunday, October 12 2003

I'm With Her

I'm With Her is hopeful. When was the last time we saw that on TV?.

Sunday, October 5 2003

Two and a Half Men

Was anyone clamoring for a new Charlie Sheen sitcom?

Sunday, August 10 2003

Less Than Perfect

Will Butler doesn't figure much in the class warfare -- he's too busy checking his hair in the mirror.

Monday, July 21 2003

Big Brother 4

Perhaps a couple of exes will decide to rehash their broken relationship, leading to loud fights and slammed doors. You know, the stuff we like on reality TV.

Big Brother 3 [31.Jul.02]
The Shield [6.May.02]
Nigella Bites [31.Dec.94]
The Other Half [31.Dec.94]
The View [31.Dec.94]


Monday, November 10 2014

"Viewer, You're on the Air": The Follies of Interactive Programming

Talking back to your TV isn't a metaphor anymore, a fact that's posing a lot of problems.

Thursday, October 23 2014

Quick, Before It's Gone: Should Networks Cancel Shows Early?

When broadcast networks rapidly cancel new shows, it undermines their own efforts to reach out to audiences and make quality programming.

Monday, September 29 2014

Love, Divorce and Drama: Reality TV's Short-Lived Loves

Relationships don't last and winners don't really matter on reality TV -- but, of course, that's not what we're in it for.

Tuesday, September 16 2014

The Class Conciousness of Judge Judy

Judge Judy has been on the air for almost 20 years now, a legacy that continues to be built on the exploitation of others.

Monday, August 25 2014

Supply and Demand Stokes the Fires of the Illicit Press

Tired of the Kardashians and their kind? Sorry, but they are keeping an industry alive.

The Plight of 'Secondary Sex' (Channel Surfing) [5.Jun.14]
Why 'The Amazing Race' Can't Lose (Channel Surfing) [21.Apr.14]
A Short Shrift to Short Films? (Short Ends and Leader) [31.Mar.14]
Bravo's Shaky Future (Channel Surfing) [30.Jan.14]
On Pushing the Edge of Edgy Jokes (Channel Surfing) [27.Nov.13]
The Tested Truth About 'Maury Povich' (Channel Surfing) [12.Nov.13]
The Downfall of the News Junkie (Channel Surfing) [30.Oct.13]
Isn't It Shocking? (Channel Surfing) [24.Sep.13]
She Haunts Me Still: My Trip to Jenny Jones (Channel Surfing) [12.Sep.13]
The Worst Thing I Ever Saw (Channel Surfing) [28.Aug.13]
Girl Power (Short Ends and Leader) [24.Jul.13]
Six Examples of Clueless Miscasting (Short Ends and Leader) [16.Jul.13]
Honey Boo Boo, Reconsidered (Channel Surfing) [11.Jul.13]
Can We Try a Little Sympathy? (Channel Surfing) [8.Jul.13]
Judging the Judges of Reality TV (Channel Surfing) [18.Jun.13]
When News Equals Sex! (Channel Surfing) [5.Jun.13]
An Age-Old Problem (Short Ends and Leader) [8.May.13]
Is Nudity Really Necessary? (Channel Surfing) [23.Apr.13]
Why Are So Many of Today's Movies So Bad? (Short Ends and Leader) [27.Mar.13]
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