Television

Manufacturing Outrage

Manufacturing Outrage

There is often no difference between entertainment and politics. Consider recent...

Television

Dr. Phil’s Drunken Sex Escapade

Dr. Phil’s Drunken Sex Escapade

I’ll admit it: I’m unfashionably fond of Dr. Phil. At least early...

Television

How the Love Boat Ruined My Life

How the Love Boat Ruined My Life

A relic of a long-gone era of “happy endings” and “family viewing,” the real-life...

Television

Leno’s Last Laugh

Leno’s Last Laugh

Yes, there really is a Burbank. As a kid, I assumed that the smallish California...

Television

Robert De Niro’s Imaginary Neo-Nazi Gangs of Boston

Robert De Niro’s Imaginary Neo-Nazi Gangs of Boston

What’s the female equivalent of “I’ll never get an erection again”? That...

Television

Too Much Reality

Too Much Reality

I get called a “racist” a lot, but one offhand remark I made during Obama’s 2008...

Television

Here Comes Honey Jigaboo Boo

Here Comes Honey Jigaboo Boo

Cable TV’s Oxygen channel was founded in part by Oprah Winfrey, but it appears...

Television

Let Them Watch Crap

Let Them Watch Crap

It’s happening again. Once more I begin to like a new TV show and it is canceled...

Television

Keepin’ it Real (Cheap)

Keepin’ it Real (Cheap)

When MTV’s The Real World debuted in 1992, people saw it for what it was: a...