Call for Feature Essays About Any Aspect of Popular Culture, Present or Past

Cary O'Dell


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, March 31 2014

A Short Shrift to Short Films?

Can showing short and experimental films in real movie theaters be a sign of disrespect?

Tuesday, February 18 2014

The New Unholy Alliance of Kids and Reality TV

Reality television has come for our children. And there’s not a damned thing we can do about it.

Thursday, January 30 2014

Bravo's Shaky Future

When it comes to its programming, what put the cable channel on the map may soon also lead to its downfall.

Wednesday, January 22 2014

How to Improve the Oscars... Or at Least Shorten the Telecast

Believe it or not, the annual Academy telecast doesn't have to be a slog. Here are some ways to speed it up and still get the job done.

Wednesday, January 8 2014

Shades of Grey: Television in Black and White

Recent trends in black and white viewership are changing TV's big picture, making it not so black and white.

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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