Wednesday, November 28 2012
TV's Mike Hammer could never be as violent and cynical as in the books; it wouldn't be allowed by censors.
Tuesday, November 27 2012
Caitlin Blackwood and her television counterpart, Amelia Pond, have something in common: their lives have been forever changed by meeting the Doctor and traveling far from home.
Thursday, November 1 2012
With All In the Family, Norman Lear created a rich stew of social commentary on working class life in Queens, placing the political right in the center of the domestic, where it's always been.
Tuesday, October 30 2012
One wonders if Elvis, the Beatles, the Who, et. al. would have gained such importance had TV not been available.
Sunday, October 28 2012
Teenage outcasts often feel like the world is against them; in 1994, three adolescents in West Memphis, Arkansas, experienced proof that it actually was. Now, despite being freed after 18 years of wrongful imprisonment, the battle of the West Memphis Three is not concluded.
Wednesday, October 17 2012
BBC's satirical news show has taken viewers on a long and bumpy ride. Now in its 44th series, has it reached the end of the road?
Sunday, October 14 2012
Political humor brings a lot of joy and laughter into our often humdrum lives, but is our national laugh fest a good thing for the nation at large?
Wednesday, October 10 2012
The recent surge in popularity of women as comedy contenders doesn't just highlight the fact that girls are typically funnier than boys.
Monday, October 8 2012
A Food Network baking competition may have introduced the world to Jillycakes, but Jillian Hopke has a secret recipe for turning her Cupcake Wars victory into even sweeter success.
Wednesday, October 3 2012
With its 15th season now in full swing, we're reminded of the many reasons why it's so hard for VH1's most fascinating show, Behind the Music, to still matter.
Wednesday, September 26 2012
How can today's top TV actors get into character? By listening to these themed playlists, of course.
Wednesday, September 5 2012
Tony Stark in Miami? An explosion on the set of Burn Notice? Actors dancing in the street? Filmiami’s Sandy Lighterman knows how to make it happen.
Thursday, August 30 2012
Before Sean Lock became a comedian, he worked as a labourer on building sites, an office worker for the Department of Health and Social Security, and a toilet cleaner and goat herder in France. No wonder he's got an opinion on everything.
Tuesday, August 28 2012
Gen X’ers may still want their MTV, but the version they loved is as distant a memory as Valley Girl speak, parachute pants, and leg warmers. Wake up and smell the VEVO.
Tuesday, August 21 2012
Why are there so many American police procedurals on French TV? Is it because French women have a massive crush on David Caruso? This and other hypotheses come to mind...
Thursday, August 2 2012
Two sides of the same coin, Bill Hicks and Bill Maher are comedic patriots; leave (their country) they will not, nor will they leave it alone, for they persist at picking at their nation’s open sores of injustice, hypocrisy, and superficiality.
Thursday, July 12 2012
The ambiguous ending in a movie doesn’t feel like 'art'. It feels like a copy. And it resembles the tendency of the franchise ending, with intent to leave it open for a sequel.
With the latest season of Episodes about to air on Showtime, we're reminded of how affecting the always-entertaining act of self-deprecation can be.
Tuesday, July 10 2012
Thanks to translation, the cult '60s British show The Avengers is known to French viewers as Chapeau Melon et Bottes de Cuir, literally "bowler hat and leather boots", a title which could be misconstrued for a show about bondage tips and foot fetish.
Monday, July 9 2012
Tony Hancock played an Every Man with the lovable charm and the infuriating selfishness of a know-nothing know-it-all. Like his character, most of us want what we don't have and the rest of the world, we believe, is responsible for our dissatisfaction.