Monday, January 24 2005
Johnny Carson was a comedic genius and lord of the evening talk show format whom generations of viewers welcomed into their homes for roughly three decades.
Tuesday, January 4 2005
In the midst of the flash and cacophony issuing from the Idiot Box, Jerry Orbach emerged as a singular talent, his work an oasis of depth and humanity.
Wednesday, December 1 2004
Television continues to be a captivating window into our world, for better or for worse, and throughout all these shifts and events, PopMatters has worked to keep readers informed of what's going on in the strange universe of the boob tube.
Tuesday, November 2 2004
Perhaps Stewart and the Daily Show faux journalists offer something more like a traditional Fourth Estate's resistance to spin and message. Occasionally, they even push boundaries of what 'news' might do, encourage consumers to be skeptical and pissed off.
Monday, September 13 2004
Many vibrant personalities host cooking shows, as well as numerous exceptional culinary teachers. Few individuals are both.
Tuesday, July 20 2004
Entertainment news shows are not interested in reporting
Tuesday, May 4 2004
No one expected that William Hung would now boast a CD out on Koch Records, an accompanying music video, and appearances on Ellen, the Tonight Show, and the Today Show. In other words, Hung is huge
The phenomenon of William Hung recalls such stereotypes: an infantilized, incompetent, and feminized (impotent) Asian male, he will never be 'the same'.
Monday, April 19 2004
With the little matter of the Super Bowl Halftime Show to get over, Janet Jackson did what she had to do. She returned to TV.
Monday, April 12 2004
MST3k taps into a more sophisticated language than do shows of lesser scope.
Monday, March 1 2004
Even if we never cease to be captivated by dirt, we need also to focus on substantive matters.
Oprah's appearance on Primetime Live did put faces and stories behind the devastating realities of the African AIDS crisis.
Thursday, December 11 2003
It's unclear how comfortable Brandis was with the 'former teen idol' label, and to what degree that label affected his choice to take his own life.
Tuesday, September 16 2003
When John Ritter died, in my grief, I felt like a very special oddball.
Monday, August 4 2003
Imagining The Jerry Springer Show as the radical vanguard is unspeakably ludicrous. What politics does it address or challenge?
'People would lay down their money and laugh and you'd see them walk out happy.'
Monday, July 14 2003
While Spike TV's philosophy may seem abrasive to some viewers, its content hardly deviates from standard television fare.
Sunday, May 18 2003
Buffy is often mentioned specifically as a "female empowerment" show, but one of its most inviting aspects is the way its cast has always been uncommonly split between guys and girls.
Monday, May 12 2003
We expect more from PBS. The competition is too stiff now, with four other networks showing commercial-free preschool programming. PBS Kids: It's time for really new ideas.
Monday, March 31 2003
Tell me the Tubby home doesn't resemble a bomb shelter.