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After a few discussions at the beginning of the fall TV season, the subject has dropped from the rather vigorously updated Ricochet feed. I suppose, one watches TV & that’s enough of a waste of time without adding hours spent reading & scratching the ol’ bean. I see Sabrdance has come up with a really […]

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Fall TV: What Are You Watching?

 
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The cast of “Brooklyn Nine-Nine.”

Fall TV has begun and in spite of the fracturization of media consumption, enough people still watch the Big Four (and CW) that the rhythms of fall, spring and summer programming persist. Entertainment sites tout the cool shows to recap and analyze “The Walking Dead” in its various forms, “Game of Thrones,” and whatever show HBO is taking too seriously this season.

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It’s been my pleasure to introduce Ant-man, Marvel’s new interest in social class in America to a near-unanimous gasp of disapproval & incomprehension. But in the way of show business, I’ve got a sequel, & it’s going to be worse. The best new drama on TV is not the ever-elusive conservative darling of a show […]

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“Everybody Loves Raymond,” an aging sitcom, gets plenty of airtime.  The show deserves its popularity because it’s one of those rare comedies that is actually funny, not saccharine or mediocre.  The central character Raymond is a sportswriter and his wife, Debra, takes care of the three children. For some reason, Debra and Raymond have chosen to live […]

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When I was growing up in the 80s and 90s, I watched a lot of old TV. Someone came up with the brilliant idea of Nick at Nite — a TV station devoted to airing reruns of shows from previous decades. That’s how I got the opportunity to watch things like The Dick Van Dyke […]

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My husband and I have become Jeopardy! watchers with our new satellite TV access.  I’m noticing some surprising patterns:  1.) I stink at Jeopardy. I thought I would do okay–answer a handful of questions, get the Final Jeopardy question when none of the contestants do, clean up in one category, feel good about myself. And […]

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Maybe Rob Long can weigh in on this, but it looks like Mr. Shearer is done with the show after 26 years.  I haven’t watched the show myself in a good 15 years, save for the occasional viewing, and those shows I caught seemed a far cry in quality from the early seasons I watched […]

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My wife and I have pretty much given up on network TV. Every season we pick a couple of new shows to follow, enjoy the pilots, then brace for the inevitable in which the show either 1) falls apart and becomes unwatchable by episode four yet survives or 2) gets pretty good and is cancelled by episode […]

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NBC Wanted Jon Stewart to Host ‘Meet the Press’

 

After a prolonged ratings slide, NBC News recently handed the “Meet the Press” microphone to Chuck Todd. Most Sunday morning beltway shows have seen dramatic declines in viewership, but MTP was dropping them at a slightly higher rate that its cookie-cutter competitors.

The network hopes that the ginger-goateed reporter can right the ship, but they seriously considered a much more radical choice. According to New York magazine, NBC News held negotiations with Jon Stewart and were prepared to offer “The Daily Show” comic “virtually ‘anything’ to bring him over.”

The Agony and the Ecstasy: Of Cartoons and Advertising

 

My younger generation might not know symphonies and concertos by name, but we recognize many melodies. Relatively few of us have attended classical performances — and fewer still seek them out — but we have at least a passing knowledge of the great composers’ works, even if we never listen to the songs all the way through and know little about the composers themselves. 

How did we gain this basic familiarity with classical music?  Through TV advertisements, film soundtracks, and (like Baby Boomers) through Looney Tunes.  The latest generation is learning these songs through video games like Peggle.  

Dreaming of Richard Nixon

 

richard_nixon_fighting_a_saber_tooth_tiger_by_sharpwriter-d6bln06I dreamt last night of my childhood.  Richard Nixon loomed large. 

Watergate is my first explicitly political memory.  I was five years old, and that summer my parents rented a huge house in Vermont.  Or huge it seemed to me at the age of five: I imagine that were I to go back now, it would seem much reduced in size, as everything does when revisited in adulthood.  It couldn’t have been that big; my father was an academic and my mother was a musician; there’s no way they could have afforded to rent a house as big as Buckingham Palace.  But, to my five-year-old eyes, that’s how it looked. 

I was too young to understand the significance of what was happening, but I remember the mood and the urgency: no matter what we were doing, we had to rush back to be in front of the television for the evening news.  For those of you too young to remember, “the news” happened at 6 p.m.  You had three options: ABC’s World News Tonight, NBC Nightly News, or CBS Evening News.  Every American watched one of those shows, and they were essentially indistinguishable in ideological perspective: I suspect we were a much more unified nation for it.  Anyway, you either caught the news at 6 o’clock or you missed everything.  For the saplings among us, this is what television looked like back then:

The Left’s Obsession with Fox News

 

fauxnewsFor me, Twitter is less a social-media service than a six-year-long political argument with no sign of ending. In myriad (and meaningless) keyboard battles, I’ve tangled with progressives on economic policy, foreign affairs, elections, pop culture, social issues, education reform and countless other topics.

Obviously, I waste too much time on Twitter. But whatever the subject, my liberal enablers always drop the same line; one they believe will end the debate for good. About every other day since 2008, I’ve been on the receiving end of this withering coup de grâce, always delivered with a supercilious tone of finality.

“Maybe you should stop watching Fox News!” The more clever interlocutors misspell it “Faux News,” adding wonky jargon such as “dum winger” or “tea-tard.”

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Anyone else out there a fan of the TV show Longmire? I just caught up on the last season, and am looking forward to this new season. In my humble opinion, Longmire might be one of my favorite ‘Crime” serial dramas of all time and being that I am a sucker for serial crime dramas […]

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I am. It’s enjoyable seeing depictions of events happening during our war for independence, based on real life characters, including George Washington. The characters and situations are pretty real, even the characters from the mother country. The series is about how we learned the importance of developing spy networks at a crucial time in our […]

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With an ever increasing array of on-demand TV services, parents have never had so many options for selecting their children’s entertainment. In addition to new programs like Blue’s Clues and Wild Kratts, many shows from previous decades are now available for streaming. Some old favorites, like Scooby Doo, have even been refreshed with new episodes.  […]

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