Posts tagged "television"

Steven Appreciates... All in the Family! (or "Dingbat Knows Best")

Steven Appreciates... All in the Family! (or "Dingbat Knows Best")
After a devastating election cycle and months of anxiety, I have decided to steer this blog back to what it was created for – a celebration of things I adore and want to analyze with my own brand of caustic wit. I always abide by that old adage attributed to writer Dorothy Parker: “The first... Read more »

Phil Spector, Justin Bieber, and Paul Lynde: Separating "Art" from "The Artist"

Phil Spector, Justin Bieber, and Paul Lynde: Separating "Art" from "The Artist"
My father, in my childhood, often relayed to me a word of wisdom from famed Gospel Artist Mavis Staples: “You may not like the person behind the music, but God bless them for doing what they love.” Those words have often crept into my mind when I see celebrities or artists on the news getting... Read more »

A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#5): Mary, The Visiting Nurses Association, and The Television Pilot That Never Was

A Mary Wickes Week Celebration! (#5): Mary, The Visiting Nurses Association, and The Television Pilot That Never Was
My week-long celebration of character actress Mary Wickes continues today with a look at a proposal for a television series that Mary created but was never picked up or filmed. Mary’s TV career reads like the creme de la creme of the proverbial Boob Tube Hall of Fame: I Love Lucy, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Zorro,... Read more »
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"Call Me Now!": The death of Miss Cleo and the demise of the commercial psychic

"Call Me Now!": The death of Miss Cleo and the demise of the commercial psychic
When my sister was a teenager in the early 90’s the most important relationship she fostered was with her telephone. It was a lifeline to the world, calling friends, pranking unsuspecting elderly curmudgeons, and infuriating our parents with slightly more expensive phone bills. Yet, there was one time where the cost of the phone exponentially higher than... Read more »

Fox News Sexual Harassment Scandal Episode II: Attack of Pedophile Roger Ailes' Libido

Fox News Sexual Harassment Scandal Episode II: Attack of Pedophile Roger Ailes' Libido
LADIES AND GENTLEMAN: You’ve tuned in this afternoon to hear the next installment of Fox News Theater, starring Gretchen Carlson, Roger Ailes, Hopalong Bill O’Reilly, and introducing that beautiful girl that Donald Trump loves to hate, Megyn Kelly! Sit back and watch the drama, smell the war paint, and hold onto your hats as the... Read more »