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  • Founder Of Current TV: The Polls Be Damned, Trump Is Going to Win

    08/24/2016 7:02:43 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 12 replies
    Townhall ^ | August 23, 2016 | Matt Vespa
    Well, is this just playful trolling, or an omen not being taken seriously on the Left? Michael Rosenblum, the founder of the left-leaning Current TV, which was sold off to Al-Jazeera, had quite the declaration on The Huffington Post: Donald Trump is going to be elected president of the United States. Granted, he didn’t necessarily say polls be damned, though he might as well since Rosenblum said that this race was lost eons ago when Swamp People, Pawn Stars, and the endless World War II programming came on the History Channel. He says the same for the programming on The...
  • Egypt’s state broadcaster orders eight female TV presenters to lose weight....

    08/18/2016 12:26:17 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 23 replies
    National Post ^ | August 18, 2016 | Raf Sanchez, The Telegraph
    Egypt’s state-run television has suspended eight of its female presenters for being overweight — telling them they can return to the air only after they go on a diet. The move sparked outrage among women’s groups and members of parliament but state television authorities show no sign of backing down. The presenters were given a month to lose weight and told they will not be allowed back on screen until they have an “appropriate appearance,” according to the Youm7 newspaper. The decision was made by Safaa Hegazi, the female chief of Egypt’s ERTU public broadcaster. .... Khadija Khatab, one of...
  • Arthur Hiller, Director of ‘Love Story,’ Dies at 92

    08/17/2016 12:06:10 PM PDT · by Borges · 61 replies
    Variety ^ | 8/17/2016 | Carmel Dagan
    Canadian-born director Arthur Hiller, who spent more than a decade mostly working in television before a career in feature helming that included “Love Story,” “The Americanization of Emily” and comedy “Silver Streak,” died Wednesday. He was 92. “Love Story,” based on the bestseller by Erich Segal, was an enormous box office hit in 1970 and was nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture. Though many critics dismissed the movie as too sentimental, it is No. 9 on the AFI’s list of the most romantic films of all time. Hiller served as president of the Directors Guild of America from 1989-93...
  • Hulu is eliminating its free, ad-supported streaming service

    08/08/2016 3:28:45 PM PDT · by seastay · 41 replies
    The verge ^ | Augest 8, 2016
    There is an odd game of musical chairs happening in the world of streaming television. Hulu, the service co-owned by many of the major broadcasters, announced that it will be eliminating its free tier, moving to a subscription-only model. At the same time, Yahoo announced a new streaming service, "Yahoo View," which "features" Hulu, and will let viewers see the five most recent episodes of the big broadcast shows for free. So consumers will still have largely the same set of choices, just in different places, and paid for by a different set of corporate backers. Hulu is co-owned by...
  • Vanity - the Changing Times

    08/07/2016 8:06:17 PM PDT · by V K Lee · 10 replies
    8/7/16 | me
    This evening watching a Johnny Carson show from 1978 on Antenna television network. It was very interesting to note the following... On his show it was shown in the 'guide' that Caitlyn Jenner was a guest on the show along with Rock Hudson. After showing the name of Caitlyn, it then showed the following info: "As himself, Bruce Jenner". An entire industry of revisionists will be required if this 'fad' should began to take on legs. If it were not laughable, the concept would be mind boggling.
  • One America News Network (OANN) to broadcast 'Clinton Cash' SAT:2pmPT/5pmET,SUN:2pmPT/5pmET

    07/29/2016 1:59:41 PM PDT · by CivilWarBrewing · 11 replies
    http://www.oann.com/ ^ | July 29, 2016 | CivilWarBrewing
    Full title: 'One America News Network (OANN) to broadcast 'Clinton Cash' SAT:2pmPT/5pmET,SUN:2pmPT/5pmET'
  • The Games Bunkers Play (All in the Family Season 4 Episode 8)

    07/27/2016 9:04:22 PM PDT · by Fai Mao · 13 replies
    YouTube ^ | 1973
    This is a normally very left wing show but every now and then they slipped up. This is one of those times. Mike is exposed as a narrow minded, condescending left wing bigot who is just as irrational and stubborn as Archie. This is real humor and it could not appear on TV today. Very, very funny for a conservative to watch this with someone who is a PC liberal. The Games Bunker's Play
  • Bill Cardille, Channel 11 icon and host of 'Chiller Theater', has died

    07/21/2016 11:39:28 AM PDT · by Wolfie · 40 replies
    WPXI ^ | July 21, 2016
    Bill Cardille, Channel 11 icon and host of 'Chiller Theater', has died Bill Cardille, the host of 'Chiller Theater', has died after a battle with cancer, according to a Facebook post by his daughter. Lori Cardille wrote, "Our dear father, William Cardille, peacefully passed away early this morning in his home, with his family, where he wanted to be. My sister Marea, was reading him some of the letters that you all wrote to him. It meant so much to him. I knew it would. From the bottom of our hearts, my sister Marea, my brother Billy and our beautiful...
  • Nickelodeon’s ‘Loud House’ to Feature Married Gay Couple

    07/18/2016 9:30:44 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 14 replies
    Variety ^ | July 19, 2016 | Arya Roshanian
    Nickelodeon is about to bring down the house — the “Loud House,” that is. The children’s TV network will introduce a bi-racial gay couple on the animated show “The Loud House.” The series, which centers around the life of Lincoln Loud and his ten sisters, will be the first Nickelodeon show in history to feature a married same-sex couple. The couple in question, voiced by Wayne Brady and Michael McDonald, will make their debut on the July 20 episode “Overnight Success.”
  • Path to 9/11

    07/01/2016 6:58:27 AM PDT · by LS · 28 replies
    ABC | July 1, 2016 | Self
    Over the weekend I had the fortune of getting an embargoed copy of the 2006 television miniseries on ABC, "The Path to 9/11." After its only broadcast, ABC embargoed this---it was never released on DVD. It is easy to see why. Clinton's fingerprints were all over the failure to stop 9/11. Sandy Berger is portrayed as a completely gutless political hack. Richard Clark is depicted as knowledgable but completely in cover-your-@ss mode all the time. But even the good FBI agents, including John O'Neill, were so constrained by the "laws of evidence" they were utterly helpless. The CIA and the...
  • 'Romper Room' host Mary Ann King dies at 82

    06/18/2016 5:28:56 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 80 replies
    L A Times ^ | 06/18/2016
    King locally hosted “Romper Room” from 1966 to 1976. The program aired worldwide with different hosts in each locale. During the show, King played learning games with children and urged them to be “Do Bees” who behaved well, not “Don't Bees” who played in the street or failed to clean their plates. Each episode ended with King holding up a mirror-like frame and looking through it to name child viewers.
  • Conan O’Brien: No One Should Be ‘Allowed’ To Own A Semiautomatic Rifle

    06/14/2016 1:47:03 PM PDT · by Trump20162020 · 108 replies
    Breitbart ^ | June 14, 2016 | Awr Hawkins
    During the June 13 monologue on Conan, host Conan O’Brien referenced the Orlando terror attack and said no one should be able to own “a semiautomatic rifle.” He described semiautomatic rifles as “weapons of war” that “have no place in civilian life.”
  • Obama most TV guest spots ever?

    06/09/2016 8:37:08 PM PDT · by the OlLine Rebel · 12 replies
    Me | 6/9/16 | Me
    Obama is extremely unseemly constantly on TV shows during his tenure. This jerk has to be the most-visiting president ever to TV spots while in office. Why doesn't this come up more?
  • 40 Best Science Fiction TV Shows of All Time

    06/05/2016 9:02:29 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 138 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | May 26, 2016 | Sam Adams, Sean T. Collins, David Fear, Noel Murray, Jenna Scherer, Scott Tobias
    It's odd to think that, once upon a time, a TV show set in space -- one that declared, in its opening narration, as the cosmos being the "final frontier" -- was considered the pop-cultural equivalent of an unwanted party-crasher. Yes, a concept like Star Trek was both of its time and clearly ahead of it; history has more than vindicated Gene Roddenberry's notion of boldly going where no man had gone before. But given the number of top-notch shows set in the far reaches of the galaxy and that used genre for pulpy and profound purposes over the last...
  • Snoop Dogg Is Right

    06/02/2016 3:28:26 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 28 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | June 2, 2016 | Cal Thomas
    My musical tastes do not include rap and hip-hop, but when Snoop Dogg comments on the "Roots" remake, saying he is tired of movies about slavery and would prefer a series "about the success that black folks are having," he is singing my song. The original "Roots" drew a phenomenal 130 million viewers when it aired on ABC in 1977. The remake, now playing on The History Channel, will probably draw far fewer viewers, just because it is on cable and most are familiar with the story-line. The filmmakers apparently are targeting a younger generation. While there is no question...
  • The Real O'neals: A real washout

    05/21/2016 10:41:01 AM PDT · by mainestategop · 16 replies
    Mainestategop ^ | Brian Ball
    Hey everyone been taking a break for awhile and I wanted to talk about a new TV show that really isn't that new its been around for awhile and I only recently began to watch some of it at the behest of my Catholic friends. They asked me to write about it and give my take on it because this show is Anti-catholic and irreverent. Also the main character is a queer. The writer is New York Times columnist and comedian Dan Savage, an Irish ex-Catholic homosexual liberal. Savage's articles are generally crap. Attacks on Christians, particularly catholics, attacks on...
  • Meet the UC Berkeley Grad Who Created the Dothraki Language for 'Game of Thrones'

    05/17/2016 11:08:00 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 20 replies
    NBC Bay Area ^ | 5/17 | Lisa Fernandez
    David Peterson has so far created 4,000 Dothraki words When the misogynistic, male Dothraki characters launch into curse-laden tirades on "Game of Thrones," viewers have a 35-year-old Southern California father and a University of California Berkeley graduate to thank for what they hear. David J. Peterson invented Dothraki, the language spoken by the crass race of nomadic horse warriors first described in George R.R. Martin's "A Song of Fire and Ice," on which the HBO series is based. "It's a lot of fun," he said Tuesday, in his first, interactive Facetime Live interview. Especially coming up with the curse...
  • 'Once Upon a Time' Reveals Gay Storyline; Creators Say "Love Is Love"

    04/18/2016 10:11:02 AM PDT · by yoe · 57 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | April 17, 2016 | Alyse Whitney
    Once Upon a Time finally made good on its promise to include a gay storyline in season six, and it was an unexpected choice. Although Mulan (Jamie Chung) revealed her unrequited love for Princess Aurora (Sarah Bolger) in season three, she wasn’t the one in a new relationship in Sunday’s episode, “Ruby Slippers.” However, she did help make it happen.
  • Trayvon Martin Movie Coming to TV One

    04/17/2016 2:22:58 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 55 replies
    CocoaFab ^ | April 14, 2016 | Staff
    In the new movie, A Mother’s Worst Nightmare, TV One will explore the murder of Trayvon Martin by George Zimmerman. The network announced a new slate of 26 original movies at their Upfront presentation in New York City. Expectations for the movie will be high as the story explores one of America’s most controversial murders and trials. TV One says: A Mother’s Worst Nightmare is an urban true crime drama chronicling one of America’s most polarizing murder cases in recent history: the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, a 17-year-old African-American high school junior. The film centers on Sybrina Fulton, Martin’s...
  • TV Shows its Conservative Side on Abortion Issue

    04/15/2016 7:55:09 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 12 replies
    Townhall.com ^ | April 15, 2016 | Jonah Goldberg
    Maybe the makers of "The Big Bang Theory" don't watch "Meet the Press." Hillary Clinton got into a bit of trouble earlier this month when she told "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd that "the unborn person doesn't have constitutional rights." Clinton was merely noting that some restrictions on abortions are permitted under the law. But the real kerfuffle was over the idea that a person can exist in America without any rights -- or that fetuses are people at all. The International Planned Parenthood Federation cautions activists to avoid the "p" word. It's not a person until it's born...
  • 'MADtv' Revived at The CW for Primetime Series

    04/11/2016 1:39:32 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 11 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | APRIL 11, 2016 | Kate Stanhope
    The new incarnation will feature new castmembers and returning faces who will serve as guest hosts. MADtv is making a comeback. The CW is reviving the former Fox late-night series for primetime, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The eight new episodes will feature new castmembers, as well as special appearances from returning cast members who will host the new hourlong installments. There is no premiere date for the new episodes, which will hail from Telepictures and executive producers David E. Salzman, Mark Teitelbaum and John Montgomery. “The MADtv franchise is as vibrant as ever, thanks largely to social and digital...
  • Stunning Video Reveals Why You Shouldn't Trust Anything You See On Television

    04/10/2016 7:53:00 AM PDT · by Nachum · 43 replies
    zero hedge ^ | 4/9/16 | tyler durden
    In recent years, many have voiced increasing concerns with their ability to place trust in official data, and have faith in conventional narratives. And for good reason: just yesterday a University of Chicago finance professor, while being interviewed at the Ambrosetti Forum, said that it is all about preserving confidence and trust in a "rigged game": "if people are told enough by smart people on television that the economy has been fixed, and the market is a reflection of the fundamentals, then they’ll blindly support anything the Fed does." But while the saying "don't believe everything [or anything] you read"...
  • On ‘Jimmy Kimmel,’ the Talented Mr. Cruz

    03/31/2016 12:49:50 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 79 replies
    Bloomberg Politics | March 31, 2016 | Will Leitch
    Link only due to copyright issues: http://www.bloomberg.com/politics/articles/2016-03-31/on-jimmy-kimmel-the-talented-mr-cruz
  • Robert Horton, Handsome ‘Wagon Train’ Star Who Wanted More, Dies at 91

    03/18/2016 7:44:00 AM PDT · by oh8eleven · 113 replies
    NYT ^ | 15 March 2016 | DANIEL E. SLOTNIK
    Robert Horton, a ruggedly handsome actor who found television stardom in 1957 as the scout Flint McCullough on “Wagon Train” but who resisted being typecast in westerns as he pursued a parallel career as a singer, died on Wednesday in Los Angeles. He was 91.Robert Horton, left, with Ward Bond in “Wagon Train” in 1958.
  • Dos Equis Says 'Adios' to 'Most Interesting Man' Pitchman

    03/12/2016 5:48:45 PM PST · by nickcarraway
    Orange County Register ^ | March 9, 2016
    By Staff Published Saturday, March 12, 2016 A Moroccan man who believed he had buried his wife who was killed in a road accident two years ago is shocked to learn that she has appeared on a television programme, according to media reports. He had buried his wife in 2014 after doctors in Casablanca informed she had succumbed to her injuries. But recently his friends spotted her on a TV programme, which helps reunite ‘lost’ families, where she was allegedly appealing to help find her husband, reported a news website. She reportedly gave his name and address and claimed that...
  • Sex, gays and witches banned from Chinese television

    03/07/2016 5:03:10 AM PST · by Citizen Zed · 14 replies
    SBS News ^ | 3-7-2016
    The Chinese government has clamped down on the country's entertainment industry, banning depictions of sex, homosexuality, witchcraft and one night stands from television programs. The South China Morning Post reported the crack down on online and television shows was part of the new General Principle of Television Drama Production Content, which was released in December. Also banned are programs showing extra-marital affairs, the use of drugs or alcohol, teenage relationships, fighting, smoking and programs that promote superstitions, like witchcraft. Among the popular programs pulled was an online series called Addiction (also known as Heroin), which depicts gay love, and Go Princess Go,...
  • Dos Equis 'Most Interesting Man' Actor Locked in Legal Battle With Ex-Manager

    02/23/2016 6:12:45 PM PST · by Elderberry · 45 replies
    ABC News ^ | 2/23/2016
    He plays the "most interesting man in the world" in commercials and now Jonathan Goldsmith -- the face of Dos Equis Beer -- is locked in a most interesting legal battle. Goldsmith's former talent agency is suing the star for breach of contract, claiming they're owed 10 percent of what Goldsmith will have earned from late 2014 through 2016, which it says is some two million dollars. Goldsmith is now counter-suing, claiming his manager disclosed the terms of a 2012 confidential agreement and "jeopardized his future as the spokesman for Dos Equis beer." In court documents filed last October in...
  • Damning study finds a 'whitewashed' Hollywood

    02/22/2016 5:59:28 AM PST · by artichokegrower · 29 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | February 22, 2016 | JAKE COYLE
    In one of the most exhaustive and damning reports on diversity in Hollywood, a new study finds that the films and television produced by major media companies are "whitewashed," and that an "epidemic of invisibility" runs top to bottom through the industry for women, minorities and LGBT people.
  • Why Amy Schumer Is So Popular

    02/16/2016 8:09:42 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    Captain Capitalism ^ | February 15, 2016 | Captain Capitalism
    It was 2013 and I was road tripping out in the American south west. I was lucky enough to get a car with Sirius satellite radio which meant even in the most remote locales of the country I was able to listen to pretty much whatever I wanted. So there I was, in Canyonlands National Park, far far away from the only civilization in Moab, when a hilarious comedian by the name of Amy Schumer came on the air. She was funny. She was hilarious. She made my trip all that much enjoyable. And I took a note in my...
  • Fridays - Michael Richards in The Mad Chiropractor Sketch (1980)

    02/08/2016 5:11:36 PM PST · by DemforBush · 13 replies
    Youtube ^ | N/A | N/A
    A pre-Seinfeld Michael Richards and Mark Blankfield star in this infamous Friday's skit about a maniacal chiropractor with some very unusual therapy techniques.
  • PREDICTION VALIDATED: Trump Poll Numbers May Be Vastly Inflated Due to Name Recognition

    02/08/2016 12:23:53 AM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 80 replies
    Director Blue ^ | February 7, 2016 | Malcolm X. Cromwell
    Two-and-one-half months before last week's Iowa Caucus, columnist S.A. Miller of The Washington Times noted what could be called "The Trump Effect" on poll numbers with an article entitled "Donald Trump seen unlikely to win in Iowa despite poll numbers": Laura Kamienski, a Republican Party caucus precinct representative for Hiawatha District in Cedar Rapids ... said she expects a surprise in the caucus this cycle similar to former Sen. Rick Santorum's unexpected win in 2012. Mr. Santorum is back in the 2016 Republican race but is polling near the bottom of the crowded field in Iowa and nationally. ...Pollsters defended...
  • SNL Mocks Ted Cruz's 5-Year-Old Daughter

    02/07/2016 5:30:06 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 65 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | February 7, 2016 | Daniel Halper
    Saturday Night Live did not just take aim at Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz. The NBC comedy show also mocked his daughter, Catherine. (VIDEO-AT-LINK) In last night's cold open skit last night, an actor playing Cruz said, "First, my family, I would be nothing without the love and support of my incredible family like my daughter Catherine here." "Come here, sweetie," says the fake Cruz. "How about a hug for daddy?" "No," says the actress, clearly much older than the real life Catherine Cruz. "Come on, now, give daddy a hug for the camera?" "No." "Come here, sweetie. How about...
  • The mother from the classic Prince pasta commercial has died

    02/04/2016 7:07:39 PM PST · by massmike · 46 replies
    boston.com ^ | 02/04/2016 | Brian Burns
    <p>Mary Fiumara, the woman who shouted “Anthony! Anthony!” in an iconic Prince pasta commercial, died on February 2 at 88 years old. Fiumara’s son confirmed Fiumara’s passing to The Boston Globe .</p> <p>Anthony Martignetti—Fiumara’s son in the commercial—was 12 years old when he starred in the “Wednesday is Prince Spaghetti Day” commercial alongside Fiumara, according to the Globe . In the 1969 advertisement, Martignetti is seen running home for a pasta dinner after Fiumara shouts his name from a Powers Court apartment window. According to Martignetti, even before the commercial gave Fiumara TV recognition, Fiumara was a “legend” of the neighborhood.</p>
  • Starship Enterprise will be restored to its 1967 glory: Smithsonian to rebuild 11ft model

    02/01/2016 5:55:12 PM PST · by Libloather · 110 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 2/01/16 | Ellie Zolfagharifard
    Starship Enterprise will be restored to its 1967 glory: Smithsonian to rebuild 11ft model used in original Star Trek TV show It has been 50 years since the original model of the Starship Enterprise made its final imaginary voyage. Today, the 11ft-long model lies in pieces at the Smithsonian Museum in Virginia with a damaged secondary hull and nacelles. Trekkies the world over have been urging model makers to save this iconic ship. Now the Smithsonian says it will attempt to do just that, but restoring it to its appearance in 1967, during the filming of the episode 'The Trouble...
  • 'Celebrity Apprentice' adds Warren Buffett, Boy George

    01/28/2016 11:35:57 AM PST · by SMGFan · 8 replies
    Orlando Sentinel ^ | January 28, 2016
    When Arnold Schwarzenegger succeeds Trump in the boardroom, the show gains impressive advisers. The most impressive would be billionaire Warren Buffett, one of the world's most-respected businessmen. The show also adds Steve Ballmer, former Microsoft CEO; TV host and businesswoman Tyra Banks; and actress-entrepreneur Jessica Alba. Schwarzenegger will follow the Trump model and put a relative in an advisory role: His nephew, entertainment attorney Patrick Knapp Schwarzenegger, joins the show.
  • Did Anybody Else Watch Those DEVILS at 240Sweet on The Profit?

    01/26/2016 11:06:33 PM PST · by PJ-Comix · 12 replies
    Self | January 27, 2016 | PJ-Comix
    Anybody else out there see the latest episode of "The Profit?" Tonight's business was 240Sweet a gourmet marshmallow company and both owners were slime but owner Sam in particular was a complete MONSTER. Easily the WORST person ever on "The Profit" and possibly the WORST real life person even in the history of TV. At the end it was like her inner devil came out. It was the one show that needed an exorcist even more than Marcus Lemonis.
  • China's on-off relationship with The Simpsons

    01/25/2016 10:51:11 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 5 replies
    bbc ^ | 1-26-2016 | Helier Cheung
    The most controversial episode, as far as China is concerned, is one in season 16, where the Simpsons fly to China to help a relative adopt a baby. This involves the family passing through Tiananmen Square, where they see signs saying: "On this site, in 1989, nothing happened", and later encounter a tank - both references to the 1989 Tiananmen massacre. Homer also makes fun of Mao Zedong's embalmed body - whom he likens to "a little angel who killed 50 million people" and poses as a Buddha to enter an orphanage. China's authorities were also unlikely to be amused...
  • Noreen Corcoran, the Adopted Niece on TV's 'Bachelor Father,' Dies at 72

    01/16/2016 5:48:13 PM PST · by EveningStar · 17 replies
    The Hollywood Reporter ^ | January 16, 2016 | Mike Barnes
    America watched her grow up on the series, which aired from 1957-62. From a family of young actors, she was recommended by Ronald Reagan for the role. Noreen Corcoran, who starred as the teenager adopted by her uncle (John Forsythe) on the 1950s-'60s sitcom Bachelor Father, has died. She was 72. Corcoran died Friday of cardiopulmonary disease at Valley Presbyterian in Van Nuys, her niece, author Mell Corcoran, told The Hollywood Reporter. The actress' younger brother, Kevin Corcoran, who appeared in the 1957 film Old Yeller and played Moochie on several Disney TV shows, died in October.
  • All in the Family, Star Wars: Actor Jason Wingreen Dead at 95

    01/01/2016 7:36:34 PM PST · by Borges · 32 replies
    TV Series Finale ^ | 1/1/2016 | Cindy McLennan
    Veteran TV and film actor, Jason Wingreen, has passed away at the age of 95. The Hollywood Reporter confirms Wingreen died on December 25, 2016, at his Los Angeles home. The actor voiced the character of Boba Fett in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, although he was not credited for the role. Wingreen might be most recognized for his role as Archie’s bartender, Harry Snowden, on the CBS sitcom All in the Family. He continued in the role on the spin-off, Archie Bunker’s Place, until CBS cancelled it after four seasons. Between 1987 and 1991, Wingreen also had a...
  • The Twilight Zone Marathon

    12/31/2015 5:44:01 PM PST · by keat · 170 replies
    12/31/15 | self
    I'm watching the TZ marathon on SyFy. The current episode, "A Most Unusual Camera" is from 1960 and looks like it was shot on videotape. Did they do that back then? Looks like a cheesy soap opera.
  • Marjorie Lord Dies: ‘Make Room For Daddy’ Actress Was 97

    12/12/2015 9:43:23 AM PST · by windcliff · 40 replies
    Deadline.com ^ | 12-11-15 | Ross A. Lincoln
    Marjorie Lord, best known for playing Kathy “Clancy” Williams opposite Danny Thomas on the 1950s and 60s sitcom Make Room For Daddy and later the revival Make Room For Granddaddy died November 28 from natural causes, the LA Times reported. She was 97. Lord made the jump to television in the 1950s and would join Make Room For Daddy, later renamed The Danny Thomas Show, during the show’s fourth season, in 1957. She played the second wife of Danny Thomas’ character, staying with the show until it was canceled in 1964. She returned along with the rest of the cast...
  • Are You Being Served? actor Nicholas Smith dies aged 81

    12/07/2015 9:48:16 AM PST · by lowbridge · 16 replies
    bbc ^ | december 7, 2015
    Nicholas Smith, the actor who played store manager Mr Rumbold in the BBC sitcom Are You Being Served?, has died aged 81. He had been the last surviving member of the original cast. "It is with great sadness we can confirm that our client passed away yesterday," his agents at Michelle Braidman Associates said. "He was a lovely man and a terrific actor. He will be much missed by all who knew him."
  • ‘The Wiz Live!’ Slammed as Racist on Social Media for All-Black Cast

    12/05/2015 8:25:57 PM PST · by Impala64ssa · 101 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | 12/3/15 | [The Wrap] Daniel Holloway
    Some folks in the Twitterverse apparently don’t know their musical history. Angry Twitter users took to the social media platform in the days leading up to NBC’s broadcast of “The Wiz Live!” to decry what they considered racist casting. The Thursday-night live production featured an all-black cast led by Queen Latifah, David Alan Grier, Ne-Yo and newcomer Shanice Williams. That is in keeping with the history of the stage musical, which has always featured a black cast, as well as the 1978 film starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson. However, many Twitter users vented about the casting nonetheless. I just...
  • Oscar-Nominated Actor Robert Loggia Dies at 85

    12/04/2015 2:32:10 PM PST · by Borges · 65 replies
    Variety ^ | Dave McNary
    Robert Loggia, durable and versatile star of movies and TV shows including Brian De Palma’s 1986 “Scarface” and “Big,” died Friday in Los Angeles, his widow Audrey confirmed to Variety. He was 85. He was nominated for a Supporting Actor Academy Award for “Jagged Edge” in 1986 for his portrayal of a private detective. Among the films he appeared in were “An Officer and a Gentleman,” “Prizzi’s Honor,” “Problem Child” and “Big,” in which performed a memorable duet on a giant piano with Tom Hanks. He was nominated for an Emmy in 1989 for his portrayal of FBI agent Nick...
  • White House holiday television special Christmas in Washington has been cancelled after 33 years

    11/30/2015 5:46:10 PM PST · by Libloather · 39 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11/30/15 | Ashley Collman
    White House holiday television special Christmas in Washington has been cancelled after 33 years After more than three decades, the annual television special Christmas in Washington has come to an end. TNT severed its ties with the special's producer last year, and a new network was never found, therefore the White House tradition is coming to an end. The special, which first started in 1982, was attended by the first family and attended by a variety of musical acts. At the end of the performance, the president and his family would come onstage and join in a singalong with all...
  • Amazon Yanks Controversial Ad Campaign With Nazi Imagery

    11/25/2015 4:10:01 AM PST · by ScottWalkerForPresident2016 · 9 replies
    Rolling Stone ^ | 11/25/2015 | Jon Blistein
    Alternate history series 'The Man in the High Castle' set in world where Allies lost World War II Amazon has pulled ads for its series The Man in the High Castle plastered throughout the New York City subway system that featured symbols from Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan, Variety reports. The new series, based on Philip K. Dick's 1962 novel of the same name, is an alternate history that imagines a world where the Allies lost World War II. The American coasts are controlled by Nazi and Japanese puppet regimes, while a free section remains in the Rocky Mountains.
  • The Walking Dead: An Infomercial for the Rush Limbaugh Truth of Life

    10/18/2015 6:26:34 AM PDT · by LS · 42 replies
    self | 10/18/2015 | LS
    (MAYBE MILD SPOILER ALERTS IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN SEASON #5 YET) In Rush Limbaugh's book, The Way Things Ought to Be, he outlined a number of "Undeniable Truths of Life." One of them, #6, was "The world is governed by the aggressive use of force." (After Boko Haram, I think you could add, "And not by stupid hashtags from the First Linebacker.") There is no better cultural phenomenon that proves this better than the AMC series "The Walking Dead," and no more specific illustration of this than season 5 and the beginning of season 6. In Season 5, Rick Grimes,...
  • What ‘The Apprentice’ Taught Donald Trump About Campaigning

    10/13/2015 6:16:19 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    The New York Times ^ | October 9, 2015 | James Poniewozik
    Donald J. Trump, like any good reality TV protagonist, does not inspire neutral opinions. He is a savior or a disaster; a bigot or a patriot; a truth-teller or a buffoon; a commanding front-runner or a bubble on the verge of bursting. On one point, at least, there is something like political pundit consensus: that Mr. Trump’s abrasive, celebrity-driven, Don Ricklesian candidacy is unprecedented. And it is unprecedented, if your television-watching is limited to C-Span and CNN. But if you’ve watched reality TV over the past decade or two, you’ve seen it plenty. You’ve seen it in Richard Hatch and...
  • Barry Diller: ‘Mean’ Donald Trump Won’t Be President — Has America Grown Tired Of Him?

    10/09/2015 8:06:14 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 42 replies
    The Inquiitr ^ | October 9, 2015 | Shelley Hazen
    Though Barry Diller has threatened to flee the country or rebel if Donald Trump becomes president, he’s not packing his bags just yet. Diller is entirely unconvinced that Trump, whom he calls a mean, “self-promoting huckster,” will ever make to the White House. The Donald, Barry said, has nothing to offer the voters and no communication strategy, he told Bloomberg. All he has proven to the country is that he’s a “nasty, mean person” who struck a note with similarly-minded people and whose only talent is making noise to make a buck. “I don’t think it’s got anything to do...
  • NBC Developing 'Dramedy' Based on Wendy Davis

    10/09/2015 8:36:03 AM PDT · by PJ-Comix · 15 replies
    NewsBusters ^ | October 9, 2015 | P.J. Gladnick
    What happens if you are a candidate for governor and you lose badly? Not just a mere bad loss but one of historically bad proportions following an absolutely horrible campaign marked by the cowardice of shying from previously well known positions. Well, if you are a liberal it could mean you can score a TV show based on the aftermath of your loss. Such is the case with Wendy Davis. The "Abortion Barbie" of Texas who mostly avoided that for which she was best known is the inspiration a "Dramedy" show based on life after going down to complete defeat after refusing...