Category Archives: tv

How Jon Stewart changed the media … CNN, at least

When a comedian hands you your ass on a plate, the best way to respond it to learn from it: Stewart clearly has had an impact on other media careers and decisions, most notably on the termination of the political … Continue reading

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Looking Back at ‘NewsRadio’s Perfect Pilot – Splitsider

Looking Back at ‘NewsRadio’s Perfect Pilot – Splitsider. I love NewsRadio, but I disagree. The pilot is a little clumsy — watch the “Catherine” character and Joe Rogan’s predecessor in particular. The pilot of Cheers, mentioned in the story, is indeed perfect, … Continue reading

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Is Fox News irrelevant?

That’s what the iconoclastic Jack Shafer implies. The reliably liberal Frank Rich appreciates better than most that Fox’s essential harmlessness. In a piece published last year in New York, he concluded more than that aside from infuriating liberals, Fox flexes … Continue reading

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A “30 Rock”-style Muppet Show?

Sounds good to me … ABC’s ‘Muppets’ Revival Will Be a “More Adult” Mockumentary Style Show | Splitsider.

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Does a TV series have to last to be successful?

For once, I agree with the critics. The Last Man on Earth was terrific for its first couple of episodes and then quickly went off a cliff. Just when it became too much for Will Forte to do on his own, they … Continue reading

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All-time great performances: Fishbone on SNL

March 23, 1991. I was sitting in the commons room at Brown House, my happy home for the past three years. I was terrified of the world outside Duke. We had watched most of the Gulf War on the same … Continue reading

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Brooks Wheelan: Smartest SNL short-timer ever?

I love this guy’s positive attitude, and I love the description “comedian/biomedical engineer.” Maybe he and Ken Jeong can team up for the nerdiest sketch comedy show ever. Brooks Wheelan on ‘SNL’ Firing: ‘Yeah, That Adds Up’ – TheWrap.

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