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March 2010

The Marriage Ref: NBC’s Next 10 p.m. Revolution?

When NBC moved Jay Leno to ten, the network thought it was going to change the very face of TV. The goals in developing Jerry Seinfeld's The Marriage Ref were undoubtedly more modest. But Jerry may yet succeed where Jay failed.


American Idol: Week #2, Top Ten Boys

Will this season be looked at, months or years from now, as the one that killed American Idol?  Certainly, the writing is on the


The Sarah Silverman Program: “NightMayor”

Like most shows on Comedy Central that aren’t fake newscasts, The Sarah Silverman Program has aired quite sporadically since its 2007 premiere, with hiatuses that


February 2010

American Idol: Week #1, Top 12 Boys

After what was generally perceived as a lackluster performance from the girls on Tuesday, the Top 12 boys took the stage last night in hopes of


American Idol: Week #1, Top 12 Girls

There are those out there who prefer the audition shows to the actual American Idol competition, and tonight’s first live broadcast, on which the


Welcome to TIVO-lympics!

This is the first Olympics that I have viewed in a post-Tivo world. The DVR is such an omni-present part of my TV viewing experience


The Olympics, Take 2 (Or, Mary Carillo Cavorts with Polar Bears)

So, it has been over a week since my last contribution to this blog, and I am going to put blame where blame is due –


24: Wish Fulfillment for Policy Wonks

Most people know 24 as a taut thrill ride in real time. But there is a seamier side of the show that caters to the unfulfilled fantasy lives of our nation’s foreign policy and national security policymakers.


The Olympics, Take 1

So, it has been over a week since my last contribution to this blog, and I am going to put blame where blame is due—


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