Search For MILF Island: On Reality TV's Extreme-Matchmaking Revolution

According to IMDB, many people who like VH1's new self-explanatory reality show Dating Naked have also enjoyed a 2000 home video titled Totally Nude Aerobics. Which makes sense: Both titillate via strategic pixilation. What's different this time is the tantalizing prospect of watching real human beings find real love. » 8/21/14 11:40am Yesterday 11:40am

We Live In The Golden Age Of Sports Documentaries

A piece in this week's SportsBusiness Journal is nominally about how HBO Sports has lost its preeminence in the sports documentary biz, and sure enough, it has gutted its in-house doc unit in recent years. But it's heartening to realize that even as the former biggest player scales back, the sports documentary scene… » 7/23/14 6:03pm 7/23/14 6:03pm

How Rupert Murdoch Could Go To War With ESPN

The blockbuster news that Rupert Murdoch bid $80 billion for Time Warner—and was at least temporarily rebuffed—points to an impending seismic shift in the media landscape. And, as the New York Times points out today, nowhere would that shift be felt more than in the business of televised sports. A Fox takeover of Time… » 7/18/14 10:47am 7/18/14 10:47am

Why I Love So You Think You Can Dance, Dopey (Or Dead) Dads And All

Less than 10 minutes into the first episode of the 11th season of Fox's So You Think You Can Dance, a contestant's dad was onstage dancing to "Blurred Lines." To begin, he set a water bottle on the floor before him, and then, as though initiating an ancient mating ritual, he approached and hovered above that artifact… » 7/16/14 2:17pm 7/16/14 2:17pm

Under The Dome Has A Villain Problem

Stephen King's mammoth 2009 novel Under the Dome features two killer antagonists. One is, well, the dome itself; the other is "Big Jim" Rennie, a bully of a local politician who seizes the dome's sudden appearance as a chance to affirm his fiefdom. Too bad only the inanimate bad guy made the transition to the small… » 6/30/14 3:01pm 6/30/14 3:01pm

HBO's Majestically Bleak The Leftovers Finds God Everywhere, and Nowhere

Organized religion doesn't show up much in prestige television. Which is surprising, given the genre's tendency toward Big Existential Questions, and given how thoroughly Christianity is baked into how America thinks about itself, and given the ways the Christian Right and Mormonism and Scientology perpetually flit… » 6/27/14 2:38pm 6/27/14 2:38pm

Nurse Jackie Is Peaking With A Downward Spiral

"We need to talk about Jackie," All Saints Hospital nurse Zoey (played by Emmy winner and excellent speech-giver Merritt Wever) warns her boss as the penultimate episode of Nurse Jackie's sixth season winds down. That's an understatement. The show's titular caregiver and reckless drug addict (Oxycontin being her… » 6/27/14 12:11pm 6/27/14 12:11pm

Jeopardy! Vs. Wheel of Fortune: Which One Makes You Feel Dumber?

I am a Thought Leader of Television, and so I've been asked to ruminate on the Big News that Jeopardy!—yeah! the exclamation point! is officially part of the title!—beat Wheel of Fortune in the ratings a coupla weeks ago, the first time in over a decade, and is this perhaps an indicator that maybe America is trending… » 6/25/14 9:44am 6/25/14 9:44am

I Can't Stop Laughing At This Guy's Game Of Thrones Video Recaps

My colleague Samer just discovered this funny video of a southern gentleman giving his thoughts on the USMNT drawing Portugal. It turns out that this guy also posts quick video reviews of Game of Thrones episodes on his YouTube channel, and each one of them is a ridiculous treasure. I present a handful here, along… » 6/23/14 2:21pm 6/23/14 2:21pm

Game Of OMG's: How The Internet Became One Giant Spoiler Alert

I can't stop thinking about Ginsberg's nipple. While shearing off that irksome "valve" may have relieved some pressure and brought a measure of peace to Mad Men's resident alien, even a month later, it still stares at me from its dainty gift box as a symbol of sadness and frustration, and a reminder that computers… » 6/13/14 12:12pm 6/13/14 12:12pm

Odd Future's Second Act: On Loiter Squad And The Art Of Trolling

The hostile-prankster side of Odd Future came roaring back to the fore last month after an unprecedented streak of good behavior (or at least standard promoting-our-new-albums behavior). The Cali skate-rap crew raised eyebrows and/or hackles throughout their press rounds for season three of their Adult Swim sketch… » 6/12/14 11:17am 6/12/14 11:17am

Rob Gronkowski Dances, Tells Breast Jokes On Whose Line Is It Anyway?

The Summer of Gronk (much better than the past couple summers of Aaron Hernandez) moves to non-Big-Three network TV, as the Patriots tight end guest starred on the revival of improv show Whose Line Is It Anyway? His first task? Party down as Wayne Brady and Jonathan Mangum sang a song about him. » 6/03/14 9:48am 6/03/14 9:48am