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  • Anne Beatts, ‘Saturday Night Live’ Writer and Creator of ‘Square Pegs,’ Dies at 74

    04/09/2021 1:06:20 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 12 replies
    Variety ^ | Apr 8, 2021 | Cythia Littleton
    Anne Beatts, a pioneering comedy writer who helped launch “Saturday Night Live” and created the 1980s cult-favorite sitcom “Square Pegs,” died Wednesday at her home in West Hollywood. She was 74. Beatts’ death was confirmed by her longtime friend Rona Edwards. Beatts was a revered figure in comedy circles given her long resume. She and then-writing partner Rosie Shuster were among the very few women to work on “SNL” at the time of its debut in 1975 on NBC. Beatts was also the first female contributing editor to National Lampoon. In the early 1980s, Beatts created the CBS comedy “Square...
  • The Dumbest Thing I’ve Ever Seen

    03/18/2021 3:25:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 29 replies ^ | March 18, 2021 | Derek Hunter
    People throw around the word “hero” pretty liberally these days, but rarely is it used so accurately than now as I apply it to myself for having forced myself to watch the final episode of The Bachelor on ABC Monday night. And I did it without alcohol or having lost a bet, I did it to see what all the woke-whining hype was about because the woman who “won” attended an antebellum-themed party in 2018 and is white while the bachelor is black. Needless to say, it was dumber than I could have possibly imagined. Please, no applause (just send...
  • How Hollywood Is Complicit in the Violence Against Asians in America

    03/17/2021 1:29:05 PM PDT · by EdnaMode · 12 replies
    Variety ^ | March 17, 2021 | Carollne Framke
    Reading the comments is rarely a good idea. But when opening a breaking news tweet on March 16 about a rash of horrific murders across Atlanta, including six Asian woman working in three separate spas, the overwhelming sameness of the replies was unavoidable, infuriating, and instructive. “Not quite the happy ending they were expecting,” crowed one. “No happy ending then?” asked another. “Definitely not a happy ending,” declared another, throwing in a gif of a stick figure drumming a “heyo!” rimshot to make sure anyone reading it would understand that they wanted a laugh. Endless tweets of the same snark,...
  • Why is Antenna TV Thriving in the Age of Netflix?

    03/16/2021 7:56:37 AM PDT · by Republican Wildcat · 92 replies
    PrimeTimer ^ | 1/27/2021 | AARON BARNHART
    ... Antenna TV is, in fact, the name of a TV channel. It’s just one in a group of quietly successful channels that include MeTV, ThisTV, SmileTV, Laff, Grit, Bounce, Comet, Decades, and more. These are channels fueled by nostalgia for TV from the era when theme songs were a minute long and black-and-white wasn’t just an effect. A time when Johnny Carson was the king of the night and Murphy Brown was a household name. Best of all, you don’t need a subscription to watch — as the name suggests, all you need is an antenna and a TV....
  • Yaphet Kotto, Bond Villain and ‘Alien’ Star, Dies at 81

    03/16/2021 5:41:24 AM PDT · by PallMal · 70 replies
    Variety ^ | March 15, 2021 | Ellise Shafer
    Yaphet Kotto, an actor known for his performances in “Alien,” the James Bond film “Live and Let Die” and the television series “Homicide: Life on the Street,” has died, his agent Ryan Goldhar confirmed to Variety. He was 81.
  • The Rush Limbaugh Television Show Complete 1994 (YouTube)

    03/03/2021 4:07:36 PM PST · by Ciaphas Cain · 28 replies
    YouTube ^ | Fall 1994 | Rush Limbaugh
    This came up on YouTube for me this evening: an entire half-hour episode of Rush's TV show, from 1994.Rather neat to see that even before the Internet was a routine thing in our homes, Rush was using online like CompuServe to go around the mainstream media.
  • Golden Globes Ratings Looking Like All-Time Low For NBC In Early Numbers

    03/01/2021 12:29:29 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 34 replies
    Deadline ^ | March 1, 2021 | Dominic Patten
    Winners notwithstanding, the obvious shortcomings of the 78th annual Golden Globes on-screen last night were reflected in the ratings for the NBC broadcast ceremony today. Though the Comcast-owned network doesn’t plan to release final numbers from Nielsen until tomorrow, semi-adjusted fast nationals reveal the Tina Fey and Amy Poehler bicoastal hosted show took a hit from last year. A big hit. And we don’t just mean the worthy whack the Hollywood Foreign Press Association has been taking from some of Tinseltown’s heaviest hitters over the 87-member group’s total lack of Black members. Coming in with a 1.2 rating among adults...
  • US Programmatic CTV Video Advertising Will Soar in 2021

    02/28/2021 4:50:16 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 3 replies
    INSIDER INTELLIGENCE ^ | Jan 14, 2021 | Nicole Perrin
    For years, growth in video advertising has driven overall programmatic display growth. Advertiser demand for video impressions has always outstripped supply, but supply has gotten a big boost as consumers started adopting streaming video viewing in larger numbers—especially on connected TV (CTV) devices—and more of those impressions have been made available programmatically. The pandemic supercharged the consumer behavior side, and many sources we interviewed mentioned dramatic increases in the number of available CTV video impressions. We estimate advertisers spent an additional $1.16 billion on programmatic CTV video ads in 2020 compared with 2019, and incremental spending in 2021 will increase...
  • The Use Of Machine Guns On Television Shows Never Stops: NBC’s The Blacklist

    02/25/2021 9:55:03 AM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 35 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | 2-25-21 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    As the Crime Prevention Research Center has pointed out many times, television crime shows seem to think criminals are constantly using machine guns to commit crime. This episode of NBC’s Blacklist (Season 8, Episode 1, November 13, 2020) starts off with a machine gun being used to break a federal witness out of federal protection. In real life, criminals generally use machine guns so rarely that a 2016 survey of prison inmates only broke down the numbers for uses in crime of handguns (11.2%), rifles (0.8%), and shotguns (1.1%). There are few rifles, and the survey did not even mention...

    02/22/2021 12:15:21 AM PST · by nickcarraway · 7 replies
    UltimateClassicRock ^ | February 21, 2021
    In the right context, cursing on the job can be cathartic. But in the wrong setting, it can stain a career — like in the infamous case of Charles Rocket, who was fired from Saturday Night Live soon after dropping an F-bomb during an episode on Feb. 21, 1981. This wasn't the dismissal of a frivolous bit player — Rocket had been singled out as a potential breakout star in the 1980-81 season, a polarizing and bizarre period in SNL history. The show's original executive producer, Lorne Michaels, left the sketch series with the intent of taking a year off...
  • CBS’s NCIS LA Again Shows Bad Things Happen If You Own A Gun

    02/19/2021 12:18:59 PM PST · by VictimsRightsPro2a · 39 replies
    Crime Prevention Research Center ^ | 02-18-21 | Crime Prevention Research Center
    This episode of CBS’s NCIS LA pushes a common Michael Bloomberg theme on women and guns (Season 12 Episode 10, February 14, 2021). A woman explains to the NCIS LA agents that she has a gun for protection, but the gun was stolen. She says that she never thought that one of the people she knew would steal it, and Marty Deeks (played by Eric Christian Olsen) says in exasperation: “We never do.” His partner (Kensi Blye, played by Daniela Ruah) is making faces to show how stupid she thinks the woman is for having a gun.
  • CBS Eyes Fourth NCIS Series; Latest Spinoff Would Be Set in Hawaii

    02/16/2021 4:48:00 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 48 replies
    TV Line ^ | February 16, 2021 | Michael Ausiello
    CBS is looking to expand the NCIS franchise outside the contiguous United States. TVLine has learned that the Eye network is in the early stages of developing a new iteration of NCIS, this one set in Hawaii. This would mark CBS’ third NCIS spinoff and the fourth NCIS series overall, joining the Mark Harmon-headlined mothership, NCIS: Los Angeles and NCIS: New Orleans. A CBS spokesperson declined to comment for this story. Prior to the franchise’s newest entry, NCIS: New Orleans, launching in 2014, CBS was developing NCIS: Red, an offshoot centering on a mobile anti-terrorist unit dubbed the Red Team....
  • Charisma Carpenter Accuses Joss Whedon of "Traumatizing" Her During 'Buffy' and 'Angel'

    02/10/2021 12:43:22 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 72 replies
    Hollywood Reporter ^ | February 10, 2021 | Ryan Parker
    Charisma Carpenter on Wednesday posted a lengthy message on social media in which she accused Joss Whedon of "hostile and toxic" behavior on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and its spinoff, Angel. "For nearly two decades, I have held my tongue and even made excuses for certain events that traumatize me to this day," she began. "Joss Whedon abused his power on numerous occasions while working together on the sets of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel," she wrote of the show creator. "The disturbing incidents triggered a chronic physical condition from which I still suffer. It is...
  • Late Night Entertainment Moves Radical Left To Salvage Post-Trump Ratings

    02/07/2021 11:33:44 AM PST · by Rummyfan · 43 replies
    Legal Insurrection ^ | 6 feb 2021 | Mike aChance
    Virtually all of the late night ‘entertainment’ shows are now voices for the radical left. These shows used to exist for the enjoyment of all Americans, but now they parrot DNC talking points, demean traditional American beliefs, and mock anything to the right of Bernie Sanders.They really enjoyed bashing Trump nightly, but now that he is gone they’re making up for it with other topics.A recent episode of ‘The Late Show with Stephen Colbert’ targeted the nation’s founders.Brian Flood reports at FOX News:Stephen Colbert’s writer calls for reparations, calls Founding Fathers slave-owning ‘douche nozzles’“The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” writer...
  • Cicely Tyson Dies: Pioneering ‘Sounder’ Oscar Nominee & ‘Autography Of Miss Jane Pittman’ Emmy Winner Was 96

    01/28/2021 4:28:43 PM PST · by EdnaMode · 41 replies
    Deadline ^ | January 28, 2021 | Erik Pedersen
    Cicely Tyson, the pioneering Honorary Oscar winner who starred in Sounder and The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman and earned five Emmy noms for her recurring role on How to Get Away with Murder, died today. She was 94. Her manager Larry Thompson confirmed the news by did not provide details of her death. “I have managed Miss Tyson’s career for over 40 years, and each year was a privilege and blessing,” Thompson said in a statement. “Cicely thought of her new memoir as a Christmas tree decorated with all the ornaments of her personal and professional life. Today she...
  • Super Bowl LV Won’t Be In 4K Or HDR Thanks To COVID-19

    01/25/2021 5:12:11 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 40 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 1/24/2021 | Stephen Silver
    Last year’s Super Bowl, between the San Francisco 49ers and Kansas City Chiefs, was shown in 4K, for Fox’s broadcast of the game. But this year’s game won’t be, according to a report Thursday. The Verge reported, based on confirmation from CBS Sports Digital, that Super Bowl LV will not be streaming in 4K or HDR. CBS told the site that it “remains committed to offering more live sports in 4K and HDR in the future.” Why not? It appears to be due to a delay in deployment of the technology, caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
  • Nolte: Woke Nazis Target ‘Cobra Kai’ for Destruction as Too White

    01/14/2021 3:35:18 PM PST · by NohSpinZone · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 1/13/2021 | By John Nolte
    It was only a matter of time before the anti-art Woke Nazis targeted Cobra Kai for annihilation. After all, this is what these monsters do: target everything we all love, everything universal so that it becomes divisive. As I’ll explain in detail below, these attacks on Cobra Kai for being too white have nothing to do with “diversity.” The real goal is to keep us as divided as possible by stringing partisan tripwires through every possible walk of life.
  • Is Your Hisense TV (Partially Owned By The CCP) A Threat?

    01/04/2021 11:23:40 AM PST · by Onthebrink · 11 replies
    19FortyFive ^ | 01/4/2021 | Stephen Silver
    Throughout the last year, there’s been a great deal of rancor related to Chinese-owned tech companies that do business in the United States. The Trump administration spent the better part of 2020 attempting to ban the Chinese-owned TikTok. The U.S. government has also devoted energies in recent years to cracking down on Chinese-made smartphone manufacturers Huawei and ZTE, with the FCC, last summer, declaring both companies threats to national security. More recently, security researchers discovered what they described as a “Chinese backdoor” in TCL’s Android TVs that are sold in the United States. The acting secretary of homeland security, Chad...
  • Wagon Train: The Real Meaning of Christmas (1959)

    12/25/2020 6:58:47 PM PST · by Deo volente · 3 replies
    youtube ^ | December 22, 2015
    video excerpt, 2 minutes 39 seconds.
  • How Vince Guaraldi’s Timeless Jazz Song Became a Cherished American Standard Because of Charlie Brown

    12/19/2020 8:59:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 25 replies
    American Songwriter ^ | 12/19 | Paul Zollo
    `Linus and Lucy’ and other music he created for the Charlie Brown TV Specials reverberate forever in the American heart It’s great music to hear anytime, but especially this time of year. It’s the late jazz composer Vince Guaraldi’s joyful music for the Charlie Brown TV specials. His song, “Linus and Lucy” has become the main theme of all the Charlie Brown specials, though it was first used in the Charlie Brown Christmas special. Nobody had ever used a soundtrack of hip piano jazz for an animated feature before this. Composers such as the great Carl Stalling did compose tremendously...