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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 […]

Was This Game of Thrones Episode the Best TV Hour in Recent Memory?

Monday, June 1st, 2015 - by Bridget Johnson

Sure, the Senate was in session last night, but come 9 p.m. Eastern time few in Washington were paying attention to the last gasps in the upper chamber before the expiration of Patriot Act provisions. Instead, everyone from journalists to lobbyists were tweeting about that Game of Thrones episode. I’ve watched the series since the […]

Have the Duggars Made Christianity Look Bad?

Friday, May 29th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

I’ve never been a fan of the Duggars. It has nothing to do with them. I just don’t watch reality television, or much television of any kind. My knowledge of the abnormally large family has been entirely secondhand. I know they’re conservative Christians, as am I. I know they’re popular among that crowd. And I […]

No Need to Read Anything Else Because Here’s What Will Happen with the Duggars

Monday, May 25th, 2015 - by Michael T. Hamilton

Here’s what will happen with the Duggars: 19. Within a month, Josh and dad Jim Bob will issue fuller statements clarifying apparently contradictory narratives among the family’s joint Facebook message, the police report filed by Jim Bob, and other details disclosed by family members and inferred by bloggers and journalists. 18. Within six months, Josh […]

Fake Show About Reality Shows Coming to Lifetime

Monday, May 25th, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

It’s like professional wrestling. We all know reality television is staged, but fans watch it with relish anyway. The Lifetime network has a new drama about reality shows in the works. UnREAL premieres June 1st. From Variety: The show’s co-creator, writer and supervising producer Sarah Gertrude Shapiro, said she and fellow co-creator and exec producer […]

Reality TV Hits New Tasteless Height: ‘What’s Next, Big Brother Auschwitz?’

Sunday, May 24th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Czech TV show takes family back in time to live under Nazi control: http://t.co/vmJEVruNcs pic.twitter.com/thDGlNfa2n — ABC News (@ABC) May 22, 2015 The Forward picked up the Telegraph‘s report on a new Czech reality TV show that requires participants to live under Nazi occupation: Just when you think reality television has reached peak absurdity levels, […]

HBO to Air Political Drama Starring Star Wars’ Oscar Issac

Thursday, May 21st, 2015 - by Walter Hudson

From the creator of The Wire comes a new HBO miniseries portraying local political intrigue triggered by a federal order to establish low-income housing in an American city. The project stars Oscar Issac, currently seen stalking halls and abusing robots in Ex Machina and soon to appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as the […]

Scotch and Soda: TV’s Mad Men Concludes

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by James Lileks

If there’s one thing you can take away from the Mad Men finale, it’s this: the lipsyncing was really bad in that Coke commercial. Before the last show ran, AMC played a montage of key scenes with sappy “Do You Remember (the highlights of Your Life)” that drenched the show in tear-jerking awwww sap — […]

Why We’re Addicted to Nihilism: The Psychology Behind Mad Men’s Empty, Pointless Ending

Monday, May 18th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Sonia Saraiya, writing for Salon, observes the frustration of many fans in the wake of Mad Men‘s rather un-poignant series finale: I left this finale believing myself to be disappointed in Don Draper, but I’m really disappointed with myself. Disappointed for this narrative of settling for the modern world—which, along with its many perks, like lower infant […]

CBS’s Supergirl: Nothing More Than a Rehash of Pop Feminist Tropes?

Friday, May 15th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

At best, CBS’s new take on Supergirl is a cross between pop feminist trends and complaints. Pretty blonde girl (guaranteed to be noted as such by intersectional feminists covering the race beat) who spends her time being told by her bosses to get coffee (didn’t Marvel’s Peggy Carter already cover this one to death this year?) […]

The Muppet Show Reboot Takes a Jab at Reality TV

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

There will forever be one timeless classic following Gen-X and their Millennial crossover counterparts to the grave: The Muppets. The new ABC prime time series promises to be a satirical take on reality television. It didn’t take long for ABC to green light the show revived by Big Bang Theory co-creator Bill Prady. Granted, the original Muppet Show played […]

How to Save Red Eye (Without) Greg Gutfeld

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - by David Forsmark

I'm hosting #RedEye on FNC tonight at 3amET! #tbt to the early days as a guest A photo posted by Joanne Nosuchinsky (@jonosuchinsky) on May 7, 2015 at 7:51am PDT If Fox wants Red Eye, the satirical politics/culture late late late night talk show, to survive without founding host Greg Gutfeld, they need to act […]

It’s Not Even Funny How Wrong John Oliver Is About Paid Family Leave

Thursday, May 14th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

John Oliver, HBO’s version of Jon Stewart, decided to celebrate Mother’s Day by using his late night platform to argue for federal paid family leave in America. It was a compelling, heavy-handed report loaded with half-truths meant to support an ideologically beautiful, yet economically unfeasible concept. Based on my years administering FMLA in New Jersey, […]

Is Motherhood a Blessing, or a Curse?

Sunday, May 10th, 2015 - by Susan L.M. Goldberg

Women have innate superpowers. Thanks to a century-old patriarchal system of doctors, politicians and insurance companies, women have been fooled into believing they have no power. What’s worse, thanks to a cadre of covert female agents, women today willingly hand over their unique powers to the hands of government agents who control the “threat,” either through […]