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2014-08-15 at 13:24

Nudity flooding TV airwaves

I’ve never understood the issue with nudity.  Not that I’m interested in flashing my tahtahs, mind you.  But why does it always seem to be the next big thing in television? When the first round of Degrassi Kids graduated from high school in 1992, Canadians got a two-hour... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(0)

2014-08-01 at 10:42

TV and the way we were

I love my PVR. I can record six different shows simultaneously.  I can collect programs without having to rush home in the midst of my busy day.  And I don’t really have to keep track of when they air.  My handy-dandy machine will find them for me. It’s... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(0)

2014-06-20 at 10:34

Boys of summer

It always seemed during the first week of school, some teacher wanted to know how I spent my summer vacation. Sometimes it was even in French. Fortunately, it’s an essay I no longer have to write. But somehow, at the end of every spring, I start to think.  How do I want to spend... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(0)

2014-06-13 at 15:54

Where has all the laughter gone?

Comedies account for barely 40 per cent of television’s scripted programming. Yet this past spring, they were responsible for 60 per cent of the cancellations. Why? Part of the problem is the networks’ method of choosing shows for development.  They appear to have adopted... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(0)

2014-06-06 at 16:31

Famous for nothing

Like most, I associate family with love, loyalty, support and warmth.  At his recent wedding to Kim Kardashian, Kanye West gave a 20-minute speech during which he referred to his in-laws as “an industry.”  They have a long-running reality show that is arguably as tasteless... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(1)

2014-05-09 at 13:36

Strength of a woman

Earlier this year, actress Candace Cameron Buré, the former beloved D. J. Tanner from Full House, was attacked for her views on marriage.  In her new biography, she had written that she takes a “submissive” role to her husband. And online and on television, people reacted... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(0)

2014-04-25 at 10:11

Reality getting too close for comfort

When EdTV hit theatres in 1999, it still seemed preposterous people would want to watch other regular people’s everyday lives on TV. But then it happened in real life. Sort of. As reality TV became an accepted and profitable genre, actors vying for limited roles decided to get in on... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(0)

2014-04-17 at NOON

The Killing Season

Every TV season sees a few recurring fads. Despite the goal of new and fresh ideas, Hollywood’s incestuous nature guarantees that similarly styled shows will pop up throughout the networks and cable empires. And of course, there’s the multitude of spinoffs certainly colouring the... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(0)

2014-04-04 at 14:18

The Colbert retort

Recently, Stephen Colbert was lambasted for a joke he made about Asians during his show, The Colbert ­Re­port.  The “Ching Chong Ding Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever” was later tweeted out to the universe by someone claiming to be Colbert. And... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(0)

2014-03-28 at NOON

The Good Wife takes a big risk [Spoilers]

Warning: This column contains major spoilers about a recent episode of The Good Wife.       WARNING: This column discuses, in detail, major spoilers about an episode of The Good Wife. This is your second and final warning.   ... Read More Tbnewswatch.com(0)