This afternoon, while I was preparing dinner, my kids were watching an episode of Sesame Street and Will Arnett was in a long sketch at the beginning … as a magician.
My kids couldn’t understand why I was laughing so hard I was almost crying.
Well played, Sesame Street.

This afternoon, while I was preparing dinner, my kids were watching an episode of Sesame Street and Will Arnett was in a long sketch at the beginning … as a magician.

My kids couldn’t understand why I was laughing so hard I was almost crying.

Well played, Sesame Street.

(Source: sesameworkshop.org)

# Sesame Street # kids # Arrested Development # television


Dear CNN,
1. This isn’t breaking news.
2. You spelled “Seinfeld” wrong.
Otherwise, great work.

I’m pretty sure CNN is now a very clever parody of a news network.

Dear CNN,

1. This isn’t breaking news.

2. You spelled “Seinfeld” wrong.

Otherwise, great work.

I’m pretty sure CNN is now a very clever parody of a news network.

# CNN # media # television # comedy # Seinfeld

reblogged from Prettay Prettay Good

CBS has just declared war on the heartland of America. No longer is comedy going to be a covert assault on traditional American values, conservatives. Now, it’s just wide out in the open. What this hire means is a redefinition of what is funny and a redefinition of what is comedy.

He’s talking, of course, about Stephen Colbert … who hates “traditional American values” so much that he teaches Sunday school.

I can only imagine that Rush is upset about CBS choosing Colbert to replace Letterman because he believes the real traditional values are taught in synagogues on Saturdays.

I’m going to go ahead and guess that Rush doesn’t know the first thing about Colbert — which is bolstered by the fact that he calls him “Kohl-burt” rather than “Kohl-bear” — except that his Comedy Central persona satirizes conservatives. And that was enough for Rush to give his well-reasoned opinion.

On the plus side, at least his ridiculous opinion wasn’t as off-the-wall as this.

# media # comedy # Limbaugh # Colbert # television # religion

Isn’t This Form of TV Dead Yet?

Before all the announcements about retirement and replacement, when was the last time you watched Letterman?

# television

Game of Thrones, Season 4

Hands down, the best part about the season premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones is that we didn’t have to catch up with the Theon or Bran storylines.

The worst part about the season premiere of HBO’s Game of Thrones is that we’re definitely going to spend some quality time with Theon and Bran in the second episode.

Seriously, I thought Season 3 was an amazing ten hours of television … except for the seemingly unending torture of Theon Greyjoy and the northerly meandering of Bran, Hodor, and the Reed siblings. If those characters fell off the map of Westeros, I wouldn’t be sad. [And, no, I haven’t finished reading the books; no spoilers in the comments here, if you please.]

# television # Game of Thrones


Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster has become a symbol for far right extremists after he was used to help recruit children, according to German police.
In the latest incident Neo Nazi Steffen Lange, 31, dressed as the popular children’s TV character, walked into a school in Senftenberg, in the German state of Brandenburg, and together with another Neo-Nazi handed out pamphlets to children.
The Monster and his accomplice were arrested after a teacher complained to police about the contents of the leaflets.

The whole notion of attempting to hand out neo-Nazi pamphlets to kids young enough to care about Cookie Monster utterly baffles me.
It’s disturbing and weird. But it’s also misguided.
My son, who is almost four, would be very excited if Cookie Monster turned up at his school. But he cannot read, so he would likely dismiss the racist pamphlet completely. Or, he would ask me to read it and I would tell him it was just junk that needed to be thrown away. And then he would forget all about the pamphlet we never read and he would talk all about how Cookie Monster came to school. And I would say to him, “Yes, Cookie Monster is very nice and he likes everyone in the world.” Kids who are old enough to figure out the pamphlet likely don’t care much about Cookie Monster. And it’s not as if parents whose little kids bring home neo-Nazi pamphlets are suddenly going to say to themselves, “You know, I wasn’t sympathetic to the neo-Nazis before … but this Cookie Monster makes some pretty compelling arguments.”
So I guess what I’m saying is that neo-Nazis aren’t very smart. Also, water is wet.

Sesame Street’s Cookie Monster has become a symbol for far right extremists after he was used to help recruit children, according to German police.

In the latest incident Neo Nazi Steffen Lange, 31, dressed as the popular children’s TV character, walked into a school in Senftenberg, in the German state of Brandenburg, and together with another Neo-Nazi handed out pamphlets to children.

The Monster and his accomplice were arrested after a teacher complained to police about the contents of the leaflets.

The whole notion of attempting to hand out neo-Nazi pamphlets to kids young enough to care about Cookie Monster utterly baffles me.

It’s disturbing and weird. But it’s also misguided.

My son, who is almost four, would be very excited if Cookie Monster turned up at his school. But he cannot read, so he would likely dismiss the racist pamphlet completely. Or, he would ask me to read it and I would tell him it was just junk that needed to be thrown away. And then he would forget all about the pamphlet we never read and he would talk all about how Cookie Monster came to school. And I would say to him, “Yes, Cookie Monster is very nice and he likes everyone in the world.” Kids who are old enough to figure out the pamphlet likely don’t care much about Cookie Monster. And it’s not as if parents whose little kids bring home neo-Nazi pamphlets are suddenly going to say to themselves, “You know, I wasn’t sympathetic to the neo-Nazis before … but this Cookie Monster makes some pretty compelling arguments.”

So I guess what I’m saying is that neo-Nazis aren’t very smart. Also, water is wet.

(Source: Daily Mail)

# Sesame Street # television # Germany # sadness # racism # anti-semitism


Clever map by VinePair of the “Wines of Westeros” just in time for tonight.

Clever map by VinePair of the “Wines of Westeros” just in time for tonight.

# television # Game of Thrones

reblogged from ParisLemon
You know who likes my blogging?
Roseanne, apparently.

You know who likes my blogging?

Roseanne, apparently.

# television # Twitter # internet # comedy

TV Ascendant

One way I know that television is currently at the apex of popular culture is that I find myself wondering whether or not a particular movie would make a good tv show. Often, my answer to this question also coincides with my determination of whether or not I thought the movie was a good one.

Case in point: I watched Thor 2 the other night and it was predictably horrible. The plot was tired and occasionally impossible to understand; the acting was overly goofy; and the CGI didn’t even look good. But I also thought to myself: This would be a horrible tv show. There’s not really enough plot here for an hour and a half movie; there’s certainly nothing interesting about the characters … apart from Loki who’s confusingly alive at the end of the film without any real explanation (after we watch him die heroically fifteen minutes earlier). In short, there’s absolutely nothing here for an ultra-violent eight episode HBO anthology series to be built around.

I suppose this is precisely why “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.” is a spectacular failure of a tv show. If you wouldn’t make an hour and a half movie about the adventures of Phil Coulson and his misfit band of agents because they’re a bunch of boring lumps, you certainly shouldn’t try making 22 episodes.

# movies # television # comics # heroism

Toward the end of the Kansas loss to Stanford this afternoon, CBS showed a young fan — maybe 10-12 years old — crying in the stands. Then Kansas made a little run and closed the gap with a few seconds to go. CBS showed him again, no longer crying and even hopeful. Then, after Kansas eventually lost the game and the studio show went to commercial, they reran the footage of the young fan crying again.
And then, as if this wasn’t enough, someone working for CBS posted a gif of the crying fan on their “Eye on College Basketball” website [to which I refuse to link]. To accompany the gif, the CBS staff member wrote:

I’m sure this kid wasn’t the only one crying toward the end of Kansas’ Round of 32 loss to Stanford, but he represents Jayhawk fans everywhere.
And he’s going to go viral.
It’s good to see a kid that passionate about a college basketball program, though.

CBS has a long history of showing college athletes weeping as their careers come to an end and it’s never really bothered me a whole lot. Sure, they’re exploiting the emotions of others … but those others are adults (who, truth be told, are being exploited in a far more serious way by the NCAA).
But this exploitation of the sadness of a child is just gross and my sense is that the people at CBS — who apparently couldn’t see the difference — will be hearing about it from a lot of people over the next few hours.

Toward the end of the Kansas loss to Stanford this afternoon, CBS showed a young fan — maybe 10-12 years old — crying in the stands. Then Kansas made a little run and closed the gap with a few seconds to go. CBS showed him again, no longer crying and even hopeful. Then, after Kansas eventually lost the game and the studio show went to commercial, they reran the footage of the young fan crying again.

And then, as if this wasn’t enough, someone working for CBS posted a gif of the crying fan on their “Eye on College Basketball” website [to which I refuse to link]. To accompany the gif, the CBS staff member wrote:

I’m sure this kid wasn’t the only one crying toward the end of Kansas’ Round of 32 loss to Stanford, but he represents Jayhawk fans everywhere.

And he’s going to go viral.

It’s good to see a kid that passionate about a college basketball program, though.

CBS has a long history of showing college athletes weeping as their careers come to an end and it’s never really bothered me a whole lot. Sure, they’re exploiting the emotions of others … but those others are adults (who, truth be told, are being exploited in a far more serious way by the NCAA).

But this exploitation of the sadness of a child is just gross and my sense is that the people at CBS — who apparently couldn’t see the difference — will be hearing about it from a lot of people over the next few hours.

# television # basketball # sports # kids # Kansas

How is it possible that we haven’t talked about this yet?

# Žižek # Harmon # philosophy # television # comedy

I’ve never seen an episode of “Dancing With The Stars” and, as a result, I almost missed what is surely both the best and the worst thing I can recall seeing: a 76 year old Billy Dee Williams dancing a Star Wars themed cha-cha.

Well, thanks to Grantland’s Rembert Browne, I didn’t miss it and I didn’t have to watch “DWTS,” a show that once inspired this conversation with my sister:

Me: “Why is this a show? Why would anyone watch this?”

Sister: “Because it’s on television.”

# television # Star Wars

Forgetting Snowden

From the USA Today live blog of Monday’s Edward Snowden chat at South by Southwest:

We’re about 25 minutes away from the start of Snowden’s chat and lines are already forming.

But, according to USA TODAY’s Jon Swartz, reporting from SXSW, lines for a competing chat with Girls star Lena Dunham are 10 times longer than the the [sic] line for Snowden’s talk.

I was asked recently about the lasting impact of Snowden’s actions and I noted that, once you get outside the echo chamber that can sometimes be created on sites like Reddit, Twitter, or Tumblr, most Americans have long since forgotten about Snowden … if they ever thought of him at all.

This doesn’t mean that his actions weren’t impactful or that we’re not still seeing the impact of the revelations about the NSA; it means, though, that the individual who briefly stood at the center of the debate, and who was the subject of an intense discussion about whistle-blowing, narcissism, treachery, and heroism, has faded pretty quickly from the broader public consciousness if he was ever there to begin with.

HT: AZspot.

# Snowden # politics # SXSW # internet # television

Nonsense Makes Things Difficult

I was watching a conversation unfold on Facebook about religion, dating, and traditional values in marriages — brought on by some reality tv star entering into some sort of courtship relationship. Everyone seemed to be in agreement that a return to these “old ways” was obviously good, but one participant was concerned about the age difference between the young man and the young woman:

it’s problematic to have a 20-year-old girl with an 18-year-old boy. I’d advise against it. In our increasingly feminized society, men need some age advantage to lead when young, I think.

Pretty much none of this made any sense to me and, when I intruded on the conversation to ask what in the world this all meant, I received no reply.

But a friend of mine directed me to the “Core Beliefs" of the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood, which contains these points (among many others):

We have been moved in our purpose by the following contemporary developments which we observe with deep concern:

  1. The widespread uncertainty and confusion in our culture regarding the complementary differences between masculinity and femininity;
  2. the tragic effects of this confusion in unraveling the fabric of marriage woven by God out of the beautiful and diverse strands of manhood and womanhood;
  3. the increasing promotion given to feminist egalitarianism with accompanying distortions or neglect of the glad harmony portrayed in Scripture between the loving, humble leadership of redeemed husbands and the intelligent, willing support of that leadership by redeemed wives;
  4. the widespread ambivalence regarding the values of motherhood, vocational homemaking, and the many ministries historically performed by women;
  5. the growing claims of legitimacy for sexual relationships which have Biblically and historically been considered illicit or perverse, and the increase in pornographic portrayal of human sexuality….

So that’s what’s going on here.

It’s all about the virtues of inequality between men and women, and about the damage done to society by — let’s see — feminism, homosexuality, pornography, egalitarianism, and probably a whole bunch of other things too.

Having thought about it for just a few minutes, I have to say that what bothers me so much about this sort of thing isn’t just all the nonsense about inequality or sexuality. It’s also that it makes it so much more difficult to be a person of faith today because you constantly have to deal with the perception that you have a connection to or relationship with this kind of nonsense.

# religion # women # television # Facebook # lgbtq

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