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Wednesday, April 28 2010

Robert Culp: From ‘I Spy’ to ‘Hickey & Boggs’

Robert Culp and Bill Cosby's wit and warmth in I Spy also established a foundation of fragility and fatalism for Culp's despairing Hickey & Boggs.


Tuesday, April 27 2010

The Goldbergs: The Most Jewish Show on Television

This show is an example of "melting pot" art from the tail end of the Ellis Island era in popular culture, when the wide variety of accents heard in city streets was reflected on the vaudeville stage, on radio, in comics, and wherever pop culture served the mythology of the mainstream.


Wednesday, March 24 2010

Beyond Barthes: Shawn Michaels vs The Undertaker, Wrestlemania XXV

If any wrestling match has crossed over to the emotional realm, it's the epic bout between Shawn Michaels and The Undertaker, but is it enough to bring sensitivity to professional wrestling?


Sunday, March 21 2010

Come Back to the 9-5, Dave Chappelle, Dave Chappelle

If Dave Chapelle came back, spring would come earlier, melodies would sound sweeter, the polar ice caps would stop melting, and maybe we might all understand and treat each other just a bit better.


Sunday, March 14 2010

Chronic ‘Lost’ Sickness

The Lost Syndrome has consumed me for five years running, and I'm growing weaker. It’s like X-Filesioma all over again.


Wednesday, March 10 2010

‘Girls’ Gone Wild

While following a storyline about the trials of a mother and daughter may not be demographically the most masculine thing in the world, neither is my unabashed enjoyment of ABC Family original movies.


Thursday, February 25 2010

Does Late Night Still Matter? Jay V. Conan and the Death of Network Television

The Rockist celebrates the demise of The Jay Leno Show. The Rockist shakes his head at the return of The Jay Leno Show.


Wednesday, February 24 2010

Ghost Hunters: Paranormal Pop Culture for Normal People

Amongst the familiar mythologies in all of reality television, Ghost Hunters ranks in the top 10. Love the show or loathe it, it is popular culture and has earned a spot in the reality TV pantheon.


Sunday, February 14 2010

The Simpsons, ‘Radio Bart’ Part 2: ‘Ace in the Hole’ and Jessica McCllure

'Radio Bart' may not offer any solutions, but it manages to compress an extraordinary amount of media history, compassion, manipulation and cynicism into a sharp, quick and funny 20-minutes or so.


Wednesday, February 3 2010

The Simpsons, ‘Radio Bart’ Part 1: Floyd Collins and Kathy Fiscus

'Radio Bart' draws on 70 years of media history to position itself in that uneasy mix of altruism, morbid curiosity and callous self-interest.


Wednesday, January 27 2010

A Little Human Magic in Recent DVDs

Either by coincidence or because I just happened to watch these all on a cold day when I needed a little warmth, the magic of the human condition emerged as a trend in these new DVD releases.


Thursday, January 14 2010

Does Late Night Still Matter? Heeere’s Stephen!

Stephen Colbert's The Colbert Report is a comedic game-changer as culturally significant right now as Letterman or SNL were at their peak.


Wednesday, January 13 2010

The Burden of Being Pop Psychic

Based on the shock and awe the media is exhibiting over recent entertainment events, my predictions must involve supernatural psychic powers since I saw it all coming.


Sunday, January 3 2010

This New Year’s Eve Really Did End with a Bang

Nothing like spending New Year's Eve with couple of white guys pretending to be black guys during a war-time year worthy of blowing its own brains out.


Thursday, December 17 2009

Does Late Night Still Matter? Jon Stewart

What does Jon Stewart have to do with Will Rogers and Mark Twain? The Rockist answers that, thanks to what he learns from a week of watching 'The Daily Show'.


Wednesday, December 16 2009

The Best of Slugging Santas and Fightin’ Father Christmases

Sliding down chimneys in the middle of the night is not without its risks, which is why Santa needs to be one tough elf with survival tactics and fighting skills.


Sunday, December 13 2009

Kathy ‘Oprah’ Griffin?

We don’t need Oprah Lite or Oprah 2.0, we need someone who’s a true Oprah-in-Training. And the only person who can claim that title is... Kathy Griffin.


Thursday, November 19 2009

We All Know the Way to Sesame Street

In the 2008 presidential election, America crossed the Henson Point -- the point where we are a post-Baby Boomer society. The Rockist calls for a champagne toast.


Thursday, November 12 2009

Does Late Night TV Still Matter? Jimmy Kimmel

In the third part of his never-ending odyssey of late-night talkers, the Rockist endures Kimmel and bits.


Wednesday, November 11 2009

The Prisoner: ‘Fall Out’

The Prisoner's unapologetic payoff of surrealism and absurdism heads into that artistic realm where meaning is defined more by resonance than by immediately identifiable relevance.


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