24th March 2017

The news, past to future

This evening, CBC proved that the future is always just one step ahead. Imagine it: a program about the news, in lieu of. The big names from the national centers were here, on the Island. In the Confed Centre, with a sold out hall. A discussion about how the reporting of news is evolving.

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22nd March 2017

The guilty pleasure of the gong

Reading that Chuck Barris had died this week reminded me that life used to be simpler. We learned about how to start relationships via the Dating Game. If things went as far as marriage, we set our expectations based on the Newlywed Game. And when things spiraled out of control, we could go for the conclusion by following the Gong Show. Now, all we have to fall back on are “alt facts”. How I miss life as it used to be.

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6th March 2017

The guilty pleasure of syndicated comedy

With the TV parked on a channel that runs syndicated comedy episodes, back to back to back, I’m ready to praise the team over at TBBT. With 225 episodes and counting, I haven’t seem them all. I intend to remedy that, but there’s a guilty pleasure in watching old segments of some very successful production. Jokes that can be heard again (and again) are quality.

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27th February 2017

When the news IS the news

Shortly after midnight (technically, today) the Oscar ceremonies wrapped up. The big prize of the evening was awarded, for Best Picture… twice. One for the history books, in the entertainment section. Some serious onstage embarrassment. Out in the “real world”, the POTUS turned the mirror back in his direction, by tweeting that the presenters had spent too much time mocking him and not enough time checking the results.

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18th February 2017

Left hanging

Ordinarily, network TV offers up content that is light. So many of those series that pass by, forgotten other than in trivia questions a decade later. If you miss one week, no need to fret. The laugh track will be still in place, next time around. And then there are the series that you end up having to watch, in order to see just how far the producers will carry a story. Right now, I’m caught up in two of them: Riverdale and Cardinal.

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9th February 2017

Off the beaten tracks

Went and got my storm chips, because there’s a nor’easter coming through overnight. I mean, not that I’m going to leap from my bed and throw open the shutters, but if the urge to munch and crunch comes over me… my dietary penance is already done. I had fresh fruit for supper, so any lapse will be fair.

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23rd January 2017

Improved glass wall content

I wish my education had included more “civics”, as it used to be called. I’d like to have a better understanding of political process. Beyond the whole “vote every few years and be quiet the rest of time”, if that helps.

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9th January 2017

TV and prophecy, of sorts

Beware the wordsmith! A certain president-elect was called out, last evening, during a major Hollywood award show. The recipient of a very prestigious award used the time allotted for the standard speech to mention that P/E and his shortcomings. Without ever uttering his name, no less. I’ll let you seek out the actual delivery (via YouTube, for example). Just a reminder that some have the ability to address the public without resorting to the word “huge” repeatedly.

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30th December 2016

Float that plane

Who has seen the wind? Neither you nor I, but I did my best. Stayed up for most of the night, as the house shook and the trees made the kind of keening sound rarely heard by here.

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18th December 2016

A bad review with ramifications

Now this is fun! On one side, the man who would be king of the world (no, not the guy on the Titanic). On the other side, the owner of a magazine with circulation numbers over the million mark. On one hand, a restaurateur (at least by ownership). On the other hand, someone with the ability to write coherently. Let the games begin.

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