| Sep 18, 2011
| 5:34 PM
"TV is a vast wonderland. There's no place like TV. Except for HBO, it's not TV."
That was the opening lyric sung by Jane Lynch, and it left me ice cold. It didn't work as a show tune, and it failed worse in its attempt to cut it as both salute and...
| Aug 22, 2011
| 10:44 AM
b's rundown of everything going down this week
MOVIES OPENING (Friday)
Attack the Block
Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark
Our Idiot Brother
Monday Night Football: Preseason: Chicago at NY Giants (special; 8 p.m. Monday; ESPN)
| Oct 2, 2011
| 1:55 PM
MOVIES OPENING (Friday; subject to change)
The Ides of March
Machine Gun Preacher
Pop Up Video (returns after a decade absence; noon; VH1)
House (season premiere; 9 p.m.; Fox)
The A-List Dallas (series debut;...
| Oct 4, 2011
| 6:27 PM
Few understand the club that Adam Riess joined Tuesday when he received a 5:30 a.m. phone call from Sweden.
But Carol Greider received the same call two years ago, and soon she'll sit with her Johns Hopkins University colleague and tell him what it's...
| Jun 28, 2011
| 4:38 PM
I think it is time for fans of Jon Stewart to start worrying about him. He has not been right since the day CNN confronted his friend, Anthony Weiner, outside the then-congressman's office -- and Stewart attacked CNN for doing its job.
Stewart has been...
| Jun 30, 2011
| 4:30 PM
In the end, Glenn Beck's last hour on Fox News Thursday after 2 and 1/2 years of considerable controversy, was relatively quiet, banal and kind of pathetic.
Beck told viewers several times how "amazing" the last 2 and 1/2 years have been. It was an...
| Mar 27, 2012
| 4:13 PM
Say what you will about the controversies the Baltimore Police Department has found itself embroiled in over the years, but we can say definitely that they're not involved in the Trayvon Martin case. That's the Sanford Police Department, outside Orlando,...
| Apr 9, 2012
| 6:34 PM
Fans who rush a professional sports field have to weigh the pros and cons — a few moments of glory offset by spending time in a jail cell and possibly facing criminal charges.
But while the cape-wearing, clad-in-Batman-undies spectator who...
| Nov 7, 2011
| 4:13 PM
Michael Ian Black facetiously named his stand-up special "Very Famous" — but it's true, depending on whom you ask.
Black, the snarky comedian best known for his pop-culture takedowns on VH1, is a cult-hero for his work on MTV's '90s sketch-comedy...
| Jul 18, 2012
| 10:37 AM
DirecTV subscribers have lost"SpongeBob SquarePants," "The Daily Show" and "Mob Wives."
Unable to reach a deal with Viacom, parent of several popular cable channels, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and VH1, DirecTV is no longer carrying the...
| Jul 11, 2012
| 2:11 PM
Media companies routinely play chicken in negotiations over such issues as retransmission fees and bundling, terms that mean next to nothing to their customers until one of the companies they subscribe to lets things get out of hand.
| Jul 22, 2012
| 4:00 AM
Some recent headlines from the alternate universe of modern conservatism:
Rush Limbaugh claims the bad guy in the new "Batman" movie was named Bane to remind voters of Mitt Romney's controversial tenure at Bain Capital.
Michele Bachmann, citing zero...