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Review: Sports Show

AKIE BERMISS: For years now, I’ve been an unabashed fan of Norm Macdonald.  Back when he was anchoring weekend update for SNL, I came to know him as the guy who couldn’t stop squinting and never met a dead-pan joke…

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Jon Stewart and His Critics

JEFF MORROW: The vision of “reasonableness” I saw at the Rally to Restore Sanity wasn’t about chastising liberals and conservatives, or freeing ourselves of ideology. It was about ignoring the conflict-driven sideshows that thwart useful discourse, and it was about regaining perspective. The need to fit it into a left/right box shows how ingrained these habits are. Continue reading

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The Late Shift, 2010 Edition

NAVA BRAHE: Sadly, I’ve had my fill of late night talk shows. Once I started watching The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and The Colbert Report, Leno, Letterman and the rest just stopped blowing my skirt up. Not that I wear skirts much, but the ego maniacal, celebrity blow-hard hump-fest that late night television has become, has turned into a pretty big snore-fest for me.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: While I’ve never liked Leno and I’ve always been slightly afraid of Letterman, I’m a big fan of Conan O’Brien. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean much. It’s kind of like how I’m also a big fan of daschund puppies and crème Brule. I love them, sure, but I can’t remember the last time I encountered either one of them—nor can I remember the last time I watched Conan’s late night show.

EMILY SAIDEL: The televisual malaise of late-night has less to do with the personalities on the screen, and more to do with the proliferation of other sources of news, celebrities, and competition. Continue reading

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The Rally to Restore Sanity: Two Live Views

JEREMY FUGLEBERG: It was a fine display of mediocre moderation. Tens of thousands gathered on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. to… do what, exactly?

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: There is going to be a lot of negative fallout about the Rally to Restore Sanity from people who didn’t go and didn’t get it, or who did go but didn’t appreciate it. I’m here to tell you, f*ck that. I was there. It was fantastic. Continue reading

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Firing of Juan Williams

HOWARD MEGDAL: The debate about NPR’s firing of Juan Williams is as nonsensical as the comment Williams made that led to his termination by NPR.

ALLISON REILLY: Should Williams have been fired? No. Could NPR have done a better job handling the whole thing? Yes. Did Williams cross some sort of line or do something wrong? Perhaps. Continue reading

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Stewart/Colbert Rally

DANI ALEXIS RYSKAMP: In August, we had Glenn Beck’s “civil rights” rally on the Washington Mall, a serious event that nevertheless read as a satire of itself. In October, we’ll have Jon Stewart’s and Steven Colbert’s dueling rallies, satirical events that could, in fact, turn out to be quite serious. Stewart and Colbert are claiming to be having opposing rallies – Stewart’s Rally to Restore Sanity versus Colbert’s March to Keep Fear Alive – the two are pretty obviously aimed at the same goal: to expose the overblown nonsense coming out of the Tea Party and similar groups for, well, overblown nonsense.

MOLLY SCHOEMANN: I was running on the treadmill at the gym while watching the Daily Show last week when the announcement was made for the “Rally to Restore Sanity” in DC on October 30th. I actually did a victory lap right then and there, except in one place and going straight.
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Conan to TBS

AKIE BERMISS: For me, Television fell down the day NBC let Conan O’Brien leave and gave the Tonight Show back to Jay Leno. Television is about suspending belief. In these days, when it is no longer the main thoroughfare for entertainment and information, we are really suspending belief. There’s no real compulsion to gather ’round the tv these days. We’ve got blackberries, iphones, laptops, and: cable. Television is coming up on its emeritus days. And very few things are as synonymous with television as the Tonight Show. And to me, when the Tonight Show fell down — television fell down.

ZOË RICE: With Conan O’Brien’s move to TBS, the scales may be officially tipped. As far as relevance goes, network and cable late night programming had reached something of a balance: The Tonight Show and The Late Show dominated the network market, and The Daily Show and The Colbert Report owned the basic cable share. When everyone assumed Conan would go to Fox, a new wrench was expected to disrupt the network two-party system–how fun it would be to watch Conan battle it out with Jay and Dave within the old establishment. But now, with Conan jumping ship to basic cable, the battle he enters is much broader in scope. Instead of O’Brien vs. Leno vs. Letterman, it’s going to be senior citizen network television vs. young twenty-something cable. The very nature of relevant late-night programming may shift away from the struggling networks, extinguishing one of their last holds on wit and edge. In a couple years, network late night might simply be obsolete. Continue reading

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