Apr. 7, 2017
Saying goodbye to “Sesame Street”
When President Donald Trump announced his 2018 budget March 16, the main point he was trying to make was that he was going to follow up on his campaign pledge on making America great again.
Mar. 17, 2017
‘CHiPs’ shows promise for TV-show-turned-movie genre
Some may say that Hollywood is running out of ideas. In fact, many do say it’s operating on a nearly empty tank of original imagination with the seemingly endless stream of sequels, prequels and reboots that studios crank out every year with the streamlined efficiency of an early Ford assembly line.
Oct. 21, 2016
Things starting to heat up for HBO thriller ‘Westworld’
Things are really starting to ramp up for sci-fi Western thriller “Westworld.” If you aren’t yet caught up on the series’ first three episodes, you’re missing out on what’s very quickly becoming a sensational start to an otherwise dark and mysteriously twisted amusement park adventure.
Oct. 7, 2016
When reality TV becomes reality
As children, we are all taught that the world is a big place filled with adventure, where the hardest-working people rise to the top and are celebrated. We are taught that philosophy from when we are born. Unfortunately, I feel it is now time to modify this philosophy. We are living in a world where even the easiest of activities are glorified by the masses as something remarkable through reality television.
May. 27, 2016
Midway through Season Six, GOT ‘holds the door’ open for major conflict
The fifth episode of season six “Game of Thrones” aired on Sunday, May 22, marking the midseason on the wildly popular series. Now that we are at the halfway point, let’s take a look back at what we’ve seen so far in Westeros (we’ll save Daenerys and Arya for another time) and what it means for the future of the show and the wars to come. Beware: Spoilers Ahead.
Jan. 16, 2015
Upcoming winter shows include ‘Parks and Rec,’ ‘Galavant’
Television runs on semesters. Tanking shows from the fall are yanked and replaced by the biggest and brightest spectacles networks can summon from the dark of winter. Oh who am I kidding, we’re all waiting for Game of Thrones. A show whose eye-popping numbers are actually topped by what’s happening on-screen. But enough of that. We Drexelites still need something to watch for the winter quarter.
Oct. 31, 2014
HBO’s ‘Boardwalk Empire’ ends its run after five seasons
An apocryphal quote going around is, “The loneliest moment in someone’s life is when they are watching their whole world fall apart, and all they can do is stare blankly.” It sums up the fifth and final season of “Boardwalk Empire,” HBO’s prohibition-era drama whose gratuitous sex, violence and profanity makes the tragic plight of Jay Gatsby in “The Great Gatsby” look tame.
Jun. 6, 2014
Science fiction inspires
In the words of Lara Pulver’s Irene Adler, “Smart is the new sexy.” If you’ve been paying attention to the hype around a new Fox mini-series, you might just believe that’s true. The popularity of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” a collaboration between Neil deGrasse Tyson and Seth MacFarlane, among others, is the latest example of efforts to influence popular culture.
Jan. 17, 2014
Golden Globes usher in yet another award season
Although many still consider the annual Academy Awards, the Oscars, as the be-all-end-all for choosing and rewarding the best works of the year in the movie industry, recently the Golden Globe Awards have been receiving more and more viewers and respect. This year people are predicting the Globes may have gotten more viewers than the Academy Awards will. Maybe it’s because the Golden Globe ceremonies honor not only the best work of the year in film, but in television as well. Tina Fey put it best last year when she said the Globes is where, “the beautiful faces of film meet the ugly faces of TV.” Maybe it’s because the Globes do not give out production awards, like best costume design, that puts most people to sleep. Certainly the Globes seem to pick more entertaining hosts than whoever the Oscars get. But the answer as to why the Golden Globes are becoming a bigger deal in Hollywood and causing more of a stir during award season is probably all of the above.
Sep. 27, 2013
Television’s darkest hour
There has been a healthy conversation of late debating TV’s violence problem: whether there is one, what has caused it, and how and if it should be fixed. In the past few months, as television shows like “Breaking Bad” and “Sons of Anarchy” wrap up and announce the end of their series, TV and culture critics have voiced a sort of violence fatigue. TV fanatics note that they are weary of what appears to be shows outkilling and outgoring each other for shock value and water-cooler moments.