Category Archives: TV

The Best Rankin/Bass TV Christmas Specials


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Remember flipping through TV Guide each week as Christmas approached, looking for the replay of your beloved Christmas specials?

Today’s kids will never know what it’s like to be disappointed, as on-demand streaming and DVDs have turned today’s children into media devouring monsters.

Rankin/Bass Christmas Collection
Rankin/Bass Christmas Collection
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It’s true: Animated Children’s Films are More Violent than Films for Adults


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We all grew up on Looney Toons, Tom & Jerry, Saturday morning cartoons – and old amusement park owners saying that they would have gotten away with it, if it weren’t for those meddling kids!

And if you were to sit down and watch those classic cartoons today – you’d see a rash of violence bestowed upon the characters to each other: faces blown off, coyotes plummeting to their deaths, anvils falling from the sky.

Hunters on a mission to kill. Coyotes on a mission to kill. Yellow parakeets on a mission to kill. Giant roosters on a mission to torture a dog. Continue reading IT’S TRUE: ANIMATED CHILDREN’S FILMS ARE MORE VIOLENT THAN FILMS FOR ADULTS

How obscure are the most obscure Saturday Night Live cast members?


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We all know that Saturday Night Live has become part of the American weekend newscap. It’s a cultural institution, whether you fully appreciate their sophomoric humor or not.

And some cast members go on to fame and fortune, and can totally count SNL as their trampoline into the big times (Tina Fey, Will Ferrell, Jimmy Fallon), while others can toil away for years and not become as big of a household name over time as you’d think (Tim Meadows). Continue reading HOW OBSCURE ARE THE MOST OBSCURE SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE CAST MEMBERS?

The top earning Saturday Night Live cast members


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As we head into the 40th season of SNL, let’s take a step back and see how much of an influence Lorne Michaels and gang have had on the economy.

What? The economy?

Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests
Live From New York:
The Complete, Uncensored History of
Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and Guests
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What TV, movie and game torrents are most popular?


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Bittorrent is a way to share digital files on the Internet by sharing little bits of those files among dozens upon dozens of other people’s computers.

While a legitimate way to circulate large files legally, computer-savvy folks have taken to using torrent files to distribute copyrighted material illegally. Continue reading WHAT TV, MOVIE AND GAME TORRENTS ARE MOST POPULAR?

Video Fun: Behind the Scenes at MATCH GAME


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Remember the other day when Web Watch shared with you the PRICE IS RIGHT BEHIND THE SCENES VIDEO?

Those damn CBS folks decided to take the video down for some reason.  Seriously?  What’s up with that?

The Best of MATCH GAME
The Best of MATCH GAME
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Behind the Scenes at The Price is Right


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THE PRICE IS RIGHT is one of those eternal game shows that everybody – and we mean EVERYBODY – loves. It’s been around for years, it’s easy enough for anyone to play (unlike Jeopardy or the Scripps Spelling Bee where we just gasp in awe at a few folks’ brilliance).

And it truly features everyday people on the show.  It’s good family fun all around.

The Price is Right
The Price is Right
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How much money do corpse actors earn?


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Have you thought about the easiest way to break in to acting?  Sometimes you just need to play dead.

Literally.

Is He Dead?: A Comedy in Three Acts (Jumping Frogs: Undiscovered, Rediscovered, and Celebrated Writings of Mark Twain)
Is He Dead?:
A Comedy in Three Acts
(Jumping Frogs: Undiscovered, Rediscovered, and Celebrated Writings of Mark Twain)

Continue reading HOW MUCH MONEY DO CORPSE ACTORS EARN?

Which is the Most Trusted TV News Outlet?


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What’s your favorite TV news channel for national-oriented news?

When it comes to local news, we all like to turn to our favorite local news ABC, CBS, NBC, or FOX outlet.  Sometimes the local news we choose to watch is based solely on what we like to watch during primetime; sometimes the local news we choose to watch is on a specific station.

But what do we choose to watch when it comes to getting our national news?

The Loudest Voice in the Room: How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News--and Divided a Country
The Loudest Voice in the Room:
How the Brilliant, Bombastic Roger Ailes Built Fox News–and Divided a Country

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What is the worst joke ever written?


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What’s the worst joke ever written?

Henny Youngman could write a book about ’em.

Comedy, like many thinks in life, is subjective.  What’s funny to one person is definitely not funny to someone else.  Sometimes it’s not the line that’s said, but the way it’s being presented.  Mimes can be funny without saying a word.

Kids’ jokes are inherently not funny in and of themselves, but sometimes it’s amusing to hear children tell jokes that are clearly meant for an adult audience.

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What’s the most misspelled word submitted in FCC indecency complaints?


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We’ve all seen stuff on TV that we felt was questionable at times.

Whether it be the infamous Wardrobe Malfunction at the Super Bowl to graphic news coverage, there have been times that TV producers have pushed the envelope more than they should in order to meet artistic goals (or to gain a little press for themselves).

No longer is after 10p considered safe harbor for language or nudity, as cable channels don’t have to adhere to the same FCC regulations that broadcasters have to contend with.  So the broadcasters are forced to make programming decisions that reflect today’s society.

But just because they CAN make these choices, doesn’t mean they SHOULD make these choices.

Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication
Media and Culture: An Introduction to Mass Communication

Continue reading WHAT’S THE MOST MISSPELLED WORD SUBMITTED IN FCC INDECENCY COMPLAINTS?

Who are the Worst Football Announcers on TV?


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We all watch football every weekend, right?

And if not football every week, you at least watch the Super Bowl with your friends or family.  And who can’t remember the classic sounds of Howard Cosell calling a sporting event that big?  It was magic, wasn’t it?

Definitely memorable.

Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN
Those Guys Have All the Fun: Inside the World of ESPN

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Year in Review: 2013’s most popular Web Watch articles and searches


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2013 is a wrap, but before we head boldly into 2014, let’s take a quick look at what all of you, our many Web Watch readers, have stopped by to take a look at over the past year:

2013: The End of Days or a New Beginning: Envisioning the World After the Events of 2012
2013: The End of Days or a New Beginning: Envisioning the World After the Events of 2012

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OMG! It’s the KITTEN BOWL!


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It’s what some media analysts are already calling the SUPER BOWL SHOWDOWN OF THE CENTURY, and the NFL has absolutely nothing to do with this one.

It’s all about creating the most entertaining alternative programming during the annual Football Championship Game, and there’s a new challenger in place this time that is making a lot of noise.

Puppy Bowl
Puppy Bowl

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Everything I Know I Learned from The Brady Bunch


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Everybody knows the story….

…of a lovely lady.  Who was bringing up three very lovely girls.  All of them had hair of gold, like their mother.

The youngest one in curls.

Growing Up Brady
Growing Up Brady

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