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Hulu Ditching Ads, But Charging More

Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

My family cut the cord years ago. We have neither cable nor satellite. Instead, we subscribe to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime and HBO Now, all streamed on-demand over the internet. It’s more entertainment than we could possibly keep up with, covering the divergent tastes of our family members, all for a fraction of what we […]

Conan Spoofs Trump/Ramos Fight

Thursday, August 27th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Conan O’Brien jumped on the recent confrontation between Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump and Univision newscaster Jorge Ramos as fodder for a late night sketch. A voice actor playing Trump “calls” the show to object to Conan’s characterization of the incident. Ironically, a fair amount of the humor in the sketch emerges from racial stereotypes. […]

The Fundamental Reason Why Anna Should Dump Josh Duggar

Monday, August 24th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

This past weekend, the Duggars’ pastor, Ronnie Floyd, preached a sermon about Josh. Go figure. In it the pastor, who previously defended the eldest Duggar’s molestation of his sisters with the statement, “things like [the scandal] have happened before and will happen again,” explained that Josh’s infidelities via the Ashley Madison website were the result […]

Original Batgirl Actress Dead at 78

Thursday, August 20th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

She may have been the first female superhero on television. Certainly, she was a pioneer. Yvonne Craig played Batgirl in the classic 1960′s Batman television show, awakening male libido in teenage viewers over several generations. Craig also played a green Orion slave girl in an episode of Star Trek, another iconic role from the era. […]

Mitt Romney as Mitt Romney in New Colbert Spot

Monday, August 3rd, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Stephen Colbert will be taking over the Late Show for CBS in September after the retirement of David Letterman. Promotion has begun in earnest with an already active YouTube channel and some new television spots. One features former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Colbert tells us he expects to interview all kinds of public figures, […]

Rowdy Roddy Piper 1954-2015

Saturday, August 1st, 2015 - by Mark Ellis

I met professional wrestler Rowdy Roddy Piper in an unusual place two summers ago. It was an annual bash thrown by well-known Portland conservative businessman Terry Emmert. But that doesn’t necessarily mean that Piper was a conservative. Emmert is big into sports — he owns the arena football franchise the Portland Thunder, and the semiprofessional […]

Transparent Creator Calls Male Stories ‘Immoral’

Wednesday, July 29th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Transparent, a drama featuring a transgender father who comes out to his family, can be seen exclusively on Amazon Instant Video. The show has attracted acclaim for pushing the LGBT social agenda. Its creator, Jill Soloway, recently told Variety that Hollywood needs to become more diverse. Her rhetoric was pointed: “I think, as the ACLU […]

Conan O’Brien Sued for Stealing Jokes from Blogger

Tuesday, July 28th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Late night television host Conan O’Brien finds himself on the wrong end of a lawsuit, targeted by a blogger for alleged copyright violations. From The Hollywood Reporter: According to a complaint filed on July 22 in California federal court by Robert Kaseberg, the [four allegedly stolen] jokes were posted on a personal blog and on […]

Xena Rumored to Return to Television

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Rumors suggest early development of a Xena: Warrior Princess reboot at NBC Universal. In an era where old franchises like Jurassic Park and Star Wars are returning to the big screen, television is poised to deliver its own set of reworked classics. Variety reports: Also at NBC are the “Coach” sequel and “Heroes Reborn,” which bows this fall. […]

From First to Worst: NBC’s “Hannibal” Goes from Broadcast’s Best Crime Drama to a Sick Mess

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015 - by David Forsmark

“Believe me, you don’t want Hannibal Lecter inside your head.” – Jack Crawford, The Silence of the Lambs That sage advice has been ignored by every writer and director to use the character of Hannibal Lecter ever since the huge popularity of Jonathan Demme’s great film and Anthony Hopkins’ Oscar winning portrayal—including Thomas Harris, the […]

Here’s Why You Should Be Watching Amy Schumer

Monday, July 20th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Amy Schumer’s debut film Trainwreck opened in theaters this past Friday. As the weekend drew to a close, Variety made the bold declaration that Schumer has catapulted onto “Hollywood’s A-list:” “This is the birth of a new film star,” said Phil Contrino, vice president and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com. “She’s going to get tons of […]

Caitlyn Jenner’s ESPY Speech and the Respect That Trans People Deserve

Thursday, July 16th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Caitlyn Jenner, formerly Bruce, accepted the Arthur Ashe Courage Award during Wednesday’s ESPY Awards. Variety notes it was her “first formal award… since announcing her transition [from man to woman].” In her acceptance speech, Jenner called upon society to treat transgendered people with respect. From Variety: “Trans people deserve something vital,” she said. “They deserve […]

Are You Ready for a Christian Streaming Service?

Friday, July 10th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

If the name Pure Flix rings a bell, it may be in connection with the Christian production company’s standout commercial hit God Is Not Dead. They also have a film in theaters right now, Faith of Our Fathers. Pure Flix has recently jumped into the streaming entertainment space, creating a Netflix-style service featuring “faith and […]

Amy Schumer Wants to Be the Next Bachelorette

Tuesday, June 30th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

After making a guest appearance on the dating contest show “Bachelorette,” Amy Schumer attracted a draft campaign to see her cast in a new season. ABC execs thought it was a good idea and extended an informal invitation on Twitter. In a new interview with E! Online, Schumer indicates her interest in becoming the next Bachelorette, […]

From ‘Red Eye’ to Red Face

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 - by David Forsmark

  I doubt that I have the ear of Fox News execs, but we did agree on one thing: Tom Shillue was the best choice to replace Greg Gutfeld on “Red Eye.” However, had I known that Fox was going to put such meager resources behind “The Greg Gutfeld Show,” I would have recommended they stick […]

Jon Bernthal on Joining Netflix’s Daredevil as the Punisher

Thursday, June 18th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

Marvel’s handling of their cinematic universe has set a standard for the film industry. Shared cinematic universes have become the goal for every conceivable franchise, from Ghostbusters to Transformers, Star Wars, even Robin Hood. Marvel’s cinematic universe has carried over into television, first with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and Agent Carter on ABC, and most recently […]

The Dangerous Messages US Weekly Sent to Women This Week

Wednesday, June 17th, 2015 - by Bethany Mandel

Gossip rags aren’t generally known for sending positive messages to women who read them. Despite the fact that magazines like US Weekly are marketed to women, they often send messages quite toxic to their readers and to society in general. This week’s issue is no different, and as a regular reader I can say, especially […]

Somehow Vox’s Matt Yglesias Still Has a Job After His Bizarre Take on Game of Thrones

Saturday, June 13th, 2015 - by Leslie Loftis

I’m not going to link to Matt Yglesias’s Vox article on last week’s Game of Thrones. At first, I wasn’t going to even read it because I figured the title was clickbait. Still, I’m a hopelessly curious geek, so I read the post. Yglesias titled his piece “Game of Thrones’ Shireen scene was perfect, and […]

Lena Dunham Breaks Up America’s Favorite Couple

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

NBC New York reports: There’s some major heartbreak coming up on “The Simpsons” and we’re not sure our hearts can handle the pain. Homer and Marge, one of TV’s longstanding married couples (27 seasons and counting), are separating this season…and Lena Dunham is the one to blame? What the what?! In an interview with Variety, executive […]

The World Where Being an Odd Mom Means Loving Your Kids

Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Watching a four year old boy jiggle his mother’s underwear’d-rear end was an odd way to open a TV show. Then again, it was the perfect kind of quirk for Bravo, a network devoted to mocking worship of all that is rich, fake, and wannabe-famous. This, of course, makes the “odd” in Odd Mom Out the […]

Duggar Girls’ Pain Makes for Great Spin-Off PR

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Why hasn’t TLC officially cancelled the Duggars? Ask Jill and Jessa, the daughters who are going through “immeasurable pain” presumably because they have to re-live the humiliating experience of being fondled by their brother when they were pre-teens. They’re so humiliated that they booked an exclusive with Fox News to air their shame before an […]

How Supernatural Horror Shows Constantine and Sleepy Hollow Hemorrhaged Viewers

Monday, June 8th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

NBC’s cancelled supernatural horror show Constantine, based on a DC Comic series, will not be picked up by another network. The news comes as no shock to this viewer. I was excited to check out the new series when it premiered last fall. The film version starring Keanu Reeves was serviceable and entertaining despite departing […]

10 Most Politically Incorrect Moments this TV Season — Part One

Thursday, June 4th, 2015 - by David Forsmark

Hollywood has a narrative, and usually it isn’t too subtle.  Religious people are perverts (and not just the priests), Republicans are oppressive, civil rights crusaders are saints, every variety of sexuality that doesn’t start with the prefix hetero needs protection from an ignorant world, etc.  If a white businessman shows up on Law and Order, […]

Michelle Duggar: Daughters More Victimized Now Than Before

Thursday, June 4th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

In an interview with Megyn Kelly of Fox News, matriarch Michelle Duggar indicated that the current media hubbub surrounding revelations of sexual misconduct has proven more victimizing than the original incidents. Josh Duggar, son of Michelle and Jim Bob, has admitted to fondling five girls when he was 14 years old. Among those he touched […]