Monthly Archives: March 2012

Trayvon Martin Thoughts

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AKIE BERMISS: By now the Trayvon Martin movement has become something of a mainstream story.  I doubt there is an American who watches the news that doesn’t yet know all about the Florida shooting of…

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Community vs. 30 Rock

AKIE BERMISS: I was an early adopter of Community. It debuted when I still had cable and I still watched television live. But it was one of the last shows I did that with. Increasingly, as a man pushing thirty, I’ve found new television shows have very little to offer me. I don’t get excited by reality shows — the pseudo-drama just doesn’t do it for me — and, being a professional singer and vocal teacher, I can’t stand shows like American Idol or The Voice. So I was finding myself marginalized more and more by primetime television. Call me old fashioned but I miss the days of primetime half-hour sitcoms followed by hour-long dramas at 10pm. To me, those were the days. I guess I was young and things seemed simpler then. But also, I rather think if I am going to sit down and waste an hour, I’d rather it be scripted material performed by professionals and shot by experienced techies.

CHRIS PUMMER: I think Akie’s comparison of 30 Rock to the dynastic Bulls of Michael Jordan is apt. Because while Community is brilliant, 30 Rock has been at least that brilliant for much longer now. Continue reading

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New Orleans Saints and Bounties

KRYSTEN OLIPHANT: If player safety were the big issue here, then the Packers would’ve gotten some sort of punishment in 2007. But they “stopped.” (Seriously, how can you even prove that?) If it was player safety, Goodell wouldn’t be pushing 18-game seasons, more Thursday games and Monday games that shorten recovery time, and he wouldn’t be fighting the NFLPA for health benefits.

CHRIS PUMMER: I just seriously doubt these punishments are anything other than an image-related ploy. And until I see something more tangible put forward by the NFL without being compelled by litigation, I’ll continue to doubt the motive. Continue reading

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Mad Men: A Little Kiss

SONIA BRAND-FISHER: The “Mad Men” that entered our homes on Sunday night was not the “Mad Men” that we have grown accustomed to for the past four seasons. The moods and energies of the worlds between and beyond the glass doors of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce have shifted in a way that history has told us was inevitable.

HOWARD MEGDAL: How wonderful to spend two hours luxuriating in Mad Men world once again-though the commercial breaks every ten minutes felt excessive (Ironic complaint given the show’s subject, I suppose). That alone was enough for me, but a number of plot points were set into motion, with new conflicts and consequences stemming from established characters promising a tremendous fifth season. Continue reading

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Modern Family: Send Out the Clowns

KIP MOONEY: Tonight’s episode suffered from a classic case of Too Many Cooks in the Kitchen. The script is credited to three of the show’s writers, and that leads to a very fragmented half-hour. The problem was not laziness, which…

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Racist Email

CINDY HILL:  Privacy is the most fragile of any of the rights enjoyed in America today. No right of privacy is found in the U.S. Constitution–it is a ‘penumbral right’ created by federal judges who pieced together the glimmer of…

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Modern Family: Leap Day

KIP MOONEY: Tonight’s episode featured every character acting like a drama queen. You can imagine how grating that would be.

For some characters, this is just an extension of who they are. But having everyone get to this level, many…

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