The NFL Wants Monday Playoff Games

NFL playoff expansion is coming, and probably within the next couple of years���there's too much money in it for it not to happen, once the league and the union can figure out how to split up the take. But more playoff teams means more games, and that means the weekends simply won't be big enough to contain them all. » 1/26/15 4:01pm Monday 4:01pm

FCC Fines ESPN $280,000 For Olympus Has Fallen��Spot

Olympus Has Fallen���the 2013 movie about a White House attack that wasn't White House Down���got some TV networks into trouble with its advertising. The FCC dished out hefty fines for one spot's use of the Emergency Alert System sound. You can hear it at the beginning, right before the "THIS IS NOT A TEST" text.… » 1/20/15 5:40pm 1/20/15 5:40pm

Here's Martin Luther King Jr. Telling A Joke On The Tonight Show

OK, it's not a good joke, but the man was busy. It was Feb. 8, 1968, and Martin Luther King Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference were in the thick of planning the Poor People's Campaign, which would culminate in a tent city going up on the Mall in Washington. It was also just two months before King was… » 1/19/15 5:26pm 1/19/15 5:26pm

Broad City Is A Fearless, Priceless Ode To Female Friendship��

Broad City, the beloved Comedy Central show about two NYC-based best friends with a steady appetite for cruising dudes, getting stoned, and causing general mischief, kicks off its second season tonight, but it already feels like we've known these women (and they've known each other) forever. Ilana Glazer and Abbi… » 1/14/15 1:07pm 1/14/15 1:07pm

Peaky Blinders Is The Brutal British Gangster Saga For You

Right now, my wife is making it through both seasons of Peaky Blinders, the British TV show about warring 1920s gangs, for the second time. The big difference: This time, she's watching it with the subtitles on. She swears she'd missed entire plot threads the first time just through the sheer, distracting work of… » 1/09/15 1:47pm 1/09/15 1:47pm

ESPN Wants Nothing To Do With The Knicks

When the NBA released the national TV schedule in August, the Knicks appeared across ESPN, ABC, and TNT a total of 16 times, tied for ninth most in the league. The NBA has long catered to fans of large market teams���the LOLakers got 20 national TV games even though everybody knew they would be awful and bad TV���but… » 1/08/15 2:35pm 1/08/15 2:35pm

Three People Complained To The FCC About Tom Brady's Cussing

When things don't go right for the Patriots, Tom Brady has a habit of swearing on the sideline, and networks have a habit of cutting to their cameras on the sideline to capture his anger. Jim Nantz will write it off as frustration or whatever. However, three people who sent complaints to the FCC don't appreciate… » 12/16/14 5:56pm 12/16/14 5:56pm

How CBS And The NFL Teamed Up To Screw Wheel Of Fortune And Jeopardy!

In January, CBS acquired the rights to air NFL Network's Thursday Night Football through the first half of the season. That slate turned out to be some of the shittiest professional football ever put on television, and it was a financial catastrophe for the Tiffany network. But prime-time national NFL broadcasts hurt… » 12/12/14 2:45pm 12/12/14 2:45pm

Say Goodbye To Sons Of Anarchy And Its Lousy Soundtrack

One of the great benefits of watching pre-recorded television is that you can fast-forward through terrible theme songs, specifically "This Life," the atrocious roots-rock theme to the FX biker drama Sons of Anarchy. (There's an even worse Celt-ified version from the season partly set in Northern Ireland.)… » 12/09/14 12:30pm 12/09/14 12:30pm

Lost Was The Best Before It Was The Worst

The end of Lost sucked. Holy fuck, did it suck. It was really, truly, completely the worst ��� a mushy, indefensible cop-out that failed to resolve many of the show's central mysteries and seemed to argue against reason in favor of a vaguely defined faith in ��� what, exactly? Did the writers themselves even know?… » 9/18/14 10:29am 9/18/14 10:29am

I Can't Stop Watching This Dude Try To Hit A 186-MPH Fastball

Ever wondered what it'd be like to stand in against a big-league hurler? Yeah, this is kinda like that, but if the hurler was, like, a Terminator or something. Here's former Japanese ballplayer Takeshi Yamasaki, trying to get his bat around on a nearly 200-mph fastball (the fun starts at around 3:45 in the video… » 8/29/14 1:30pm 8/29/14 1:30pm