Archive for the ‘TV’ Category

Under Trump’s Skin


(Atlantic Culture) – Chris Jones:

Alec Baldwin stands in the dark and waits for his cue. His stomach begins to turn. His makeup is touched up. He goes over his lines in his head. He watches the action on the other side of the door on a monitor. The White House press-room set is rolled out for the second time tonight, and a deep, low rumble of anticipation runs through the building. His nerves start to crackle. McCarthy slays; somewhere, Sean Spicer is curling up into a ball. “LIVE FROM NEW YORK, IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!” she screams.

The door opens for Baldwin. All he can hear is applause and trumpets. …

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Alec Baldwin with Trump mask

Murder in the English village


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

The 19th season of the British TV series Midsomer Murders has started streaming on Netflix.

For all its weaknesses, there is something curiously addictive about Midsomer. To say that the show is formulaic is putting it mildly and yet that predictability is perhaps part of its appeal, akin to the charm of an Agatha Christie novel. One settles in to a routine and knows what to expect. …

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Midsomer murders

Saturday Night Live goes full Trump


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

It looks like Saturday Night Live has decided to portray as many male members of the Trump administration as possible with women, knowing that this gets under Trump’s skin. In addition to Melissa McCarthy reprising her role as press secretary Sean Spicer, yesterday saw Kate McKinnon as Jeff Sessions. Can Rosie O’Donnell as Steve Bannon be far behind? …

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Melissa McCarthy as Sean Spicer

The True Meaning of Christmas


(FTB) – Mano Singham:

It is a bit late I know to reflect on Christmas but I just came across this program by Philomena Cunk who explores the origins, history, and meaning of Christmas in her own inimitable style, utilizing the wide-eyed innocent trope to perfection. As she says, Christmas has exploded all over the globe, and now can be found everywhere, even inside churches. I did learn some interesting history as well, such as that Oliver Cromwell banned Christmas celebrations. …

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Philomena Cunk: Christmas

A Message to Breitbart from


(YouTube) – The Weather Channel:

Note to Breitbart: Earth is not cooling, climate change Is real and please stop using our video to mislead Americans. …

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A Message to Breitbart from

Hillary Clinton in Parks And Recreation


(Guardian::US elections 2016) – Hadley Freeman:

Obviously Clinton is Leslie Knope, the blond politico, ambitious to her bones, who, whatever you think of her politics, is undeniably devoted to public service. …

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Amy Poehler as Leslie Knope

Stranger Things


(Rolling Stone TV) – Noel Murray:

Netflix’s hit show plays off Winona Ryder‘s 1980s legacy — and puts her right back in the spotlight. …

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Winona Ryder

Rechte Talkshowgäste: Wie Pyromanen in der Streichholzfabrik


(Spiegel Der Kritiker) – Georg Diez:

Die Talkshows im öffentlich-rechtlichen Fernsehen befördern den gesellschaftlichen Rechtsrutsch. Es ist Zeit für eine neue Diskurs-Republik. …

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Frauke Petry bei Anne Will

Hive Mind


(New Yorker::TV) – Emily Nussbaum:

The stinging comedy of Samantha Bee’s “Full Frontal” …

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Bendik Kaltenborn: Samantha Bee<

Kontrolliertes Fernsehen


(SPIEGEL Politik) – Jan Fleischhauer:

Der Kampf gegen die Fernsehgebühr ist zur Bewegung geworden. Die Entschuldigung des ZDF im Fall Böhmermann gibt den GEZ-Rebellen recht: Die Öffentlich-Rechtlichen dienen erst der Politik und dann dem Zuschauer. …

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Böhmermann über Erdogan