Thursday, April 14 2005
Kids want entertaining visuals: bright colors, silly action, friendly faces. Songs are good too, inane songs that play in endless loops.
Tuesday, March 29 2005
According to the law, and the Constitution we used to hold so dear, Robert Blake is an innocent man. Just don't expect the media to take the court's word for it.
Wednesday, March 23 2005
Among the strangest spectacles available these days is the televised poker tournament.
Monday, January 24 2005
It was Carson's personal barometer for value that shaped pop cultural tastes, and in many ways continues to do so. Carson knew what was funny, and he knew how important funny was in difficult times. And he did funny with class.
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.'