Category Archives: Television

…pick up the pace

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Happy Monday, crusaders! Congratulations on officially making it through the first full weekend of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games.

Seeing as we’re now several days into the games, I’m going to assume that we have all reached peak expertise in luge, curling, ice dancing, speed skating, and everything else these Games have thrown at us.

So it goes without saying that this Monday, the only motivation you’re going to need is happening right now (or on a slight tape delay) in PyeongChang, South Korea… Read the rest of this entry

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…take the field

It’s Super Bowl Sunday, crusaders!

There was a time when this unofficial American holiday was universally on uncontroversially celebrated in all of its athletic, voyeuristic glory. That’s not to say that the tradition is gone, it just comes with a lot more baggage.

Much like just about everything else in life, tonight’s game does not come without its own set of political side plots…and I’m not just talking about the fan battle between Philadelphia and Boston… Read the rest of this entry

…try again

Happy Groundhog Day!

Today the world’s eyes turn to a small town in Pennsylvania as America’s most famous marmot steps out of his burrow for the only day of work he’ll have all year (a pretty sweet gig).

Of course the little guy’s job has gotten decidedly more difficult as climate change has reared its ugly head, but today is not about the difficulty of the job (or the reality that is climate change). Today is about tradition and, of course, the “famed prognostication” of the world’s favorite furry meteorologist. Read the rest of this entry

…enjoy the view

This What to Watch Wednesday, in the face of an incredibly polar and political world, I present to you a sitcom reboot that may just be the key to finding our better selves—“One Day at a Time.”

I hesitate to call it a reboot because of the stigma, but seeing as Norman Lear, who developed the original show, was just as involved with this reimagination, it’s hard to judge it too harshly on that front. Also, it’s pure joy, so it has that going for it too… Read the rest of this entry

…echo

This What to Watch Wednesday, I’d like to take a moment for the anthology, which is having a moment of its own right now.

Now the modern anthology has taken a variety of forms. Some would, for instance, make a case for everything Ryan Murphy is working on right now, “American Horror Story” and “American Crime Story” and “Feud,” not to mention “Fargo” and “True Detective” too.

Each of those shows starts with a new story each season, with some crossover and connections, a repertory cast in some cases, but no story arc continuation. These shows are all great in their own way, but they’re not my favorite kind of anthology. Read the rest of this entry