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Faith and the Small Screen: Too many heroes

Faith and the Small Screen: Too many heroes
I stand by my statement that depiction of Christians is getting better on TV, even though there’s currently a show on ABC called GCB, standing for Good Christians Bitches. I also agree that Christians would better served getting riled up about the last word than the one in the middle. This is...
March 9th, 2012 | Blog, Essays, Television, The Idiot Box | Read More

Faith and the Small Screen

Faith and the Small Screen
“Well, I gotta be moving on. I’m needed up in Chesterton. A couple of girls up there think they’re vampires. This Twilight thing has gotten out of hand…” I laughed before Rev. Tim Tom finished telling Sue why he had to run off . I had just started watching The Middle this season, and...
January 24th, 2012 | Blog, Essays, Television, The Idiot Box | Read More

Portland as a Laughingstock

Portland as a Laughingstock
The first episode of IFC’s Portlandia airs this Friday at 10:30.  Fortunately, because networks are getting better and better at airing their programs on the internet (and following what IFC did last year with The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret), Portlandia is available to watch,...
January 18th, 2011 | Featured, The Idiot Box | Read More

You Need to Watch More TV

You Need to Watch More TV
“Is it weird that the end of Eastbound and Down‘s second season made me tear up a bit?” I posted this on Facebook the other night.  It wasn’t exactly true, but I was amazed that the show had grown on me to any extent, seeing as I thought the first season was mediocre and overly...
November 10th, 2010 | Featured, Television, The Idiot Box | Read More

Dear Summer: Get Bent.

Dear Summer: Get Bent.
Despite the obvious appeal of fall — the colors, the crisp cool air and football — I’m guessing most of you are sad summer is over.  There’s a melancholy to fall, the knowing there are months and months of rain ahead before the sun shines again and everyone’s out in shorts. ...
September 21st, 2010 | Featured, Television, The Idiot Box | Read More

The Golden Age, Part IV

The Golden Age, Part IV
I’ve mentioned many times that I believe we’re in the Golden Age of Television.  I’m not alone in that, and I’ve heard it a number of other places. But many of us were saying so even before shows like Mad Men, Treme, Community and Parks and Recreation.  Even as The Sopranos,...
June 15th, 2010 | Featured, Television, The Idiot Box | Read More

The Best Television Scenes of the Decade

The Best Television Scenes of the Decade
I’ve stated a number of times the ’00s were the Golden Age of television, when HBO and a number of network shows officially blew the film industry out of the water. When we look back on the great stories of this decade, we’ll remember books like Marilynne Robinson’s “Gilead”,...
December 27th, 2009 | Featured, The Idiot Box | Read More

The State of SNL

The State of SNL
Only one of these people was actually funny. Every year around this time, like clockwork, naysayers commence tossing barbs at Saturday Night Live, about how it’s going downhill, about how it’s become a dinosaur. Admittedly, I did it last year, about a week or two before SNL proceeded to kick...
October 22nd, 2009 | Featured, The Idiot Box | Read More

Fall Premiere Season

Fall Premiere Season
Ah, fall: when a young woman’s thoughts turn to warm fires and books, a young man’s thoughts turn to college football, and Phoenicians dream of going outside once more. I used to be a summer man, but now I’m all about autumn.  This week’s forecast dips down to a balmy 99 degrees! ...
September 30th, 2009 | Featured, Television, The Idiot Box | Read More

Sometimes You Wanna Go…To NOSTALGIA!

Sometimes You Wanna Go…To NOSTALGIA!
My love of opening credit sequences, especially at HBO, is well-documented (by me), but last night I was reminded of the greatest opening sequence of all-time. Seriously, I defy you to find one better. Even “Wonder Years” falls short. I mean, isn’t this nostalgia at its finest? ...
August 22nd, 2009 | The Idiot Box | Read More