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NBC Chicago’s Twitter account sends second odd sports tweet in a week, this time showing the need to use “release” carefully

Most of the time, the Twitter feed of a local news station is just headlines and stories from their website. That’s also the case for WMAQ-TV in Chicago, a NBC owned-and-operated local station (channel 5) that uses the @NBCChicago Twitter handle. But that Twitter handle has now produced two odd things in a week. Last […]

The art of the demotion: some of the most prominent ESPN “reassignments” that have minimized negative coverage

One particularly unusual thing with ESPN relative to many other companies is that when they make a change with a prominent employee, it’s very rarely an outright firing. When we covered Curt Schilling’s public firing in 2016 (following anti-trans comments and a doubling down on them), there were only seven other outright firings of under-contract […]

Paul Tagliabue apologizes for calling concussions a “pack-journalism issue” in 1994

Former NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue has apologized comments he made about concussions decades ago. Back in 1994, Tagliabue (who served as commissioner from 1989 to 2006) called concussions “one of those pack-journalism issues” and claimed the number of concussions “is relatively small; the problem is the journalist issue.” In an interview that aired Wednesday, he […]

Alan Tudyk’s “Con Man” is a great meta look at Firefly, Of Mice and Men musicals, and more

Actors playing fictional versions of themselves can often make for interesting television, as we’ve seen with everything from Seinfeld to Curb Your Enthusiasm to Louie to The Jim Gaffigan Show offering something along those lines. But Alan Tudyk’s Con Man takes it in a new direction.  It provides a fascinating look at some elements of life (and […]

10 of the dumbest rankings in ESPN’s Fame 100

ESPN has come up with something called the “Fame 100,” otherwise known as a pointless list with dubious methodology to stir up some debate amongst sports fans about which athletes are more or less “famous.” From their blurb: It started off with a simple question: Who’s the most famous athlete in the world? Ben Alamar, […]

Getting more serious made Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt even funnier in season two

Last year’s inaugural season of Netflix’s Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt was incredible, earning the top spot in our 15 Best New TV Shows of 2015 list and picking up accolades such as “the funniest show on television.” Co-creators and executive producers Tina Fey and Robert Carlock not only delivered a worthy successor to 30 Rock (which it […]

Texting in movie theaters could be beneficial, under the right circumstances

When AMC Entertainment head Adam Aron told Variety‘s Brent Lang that his company might try to appeal to millennials by potentially allowing texting or cellphone use in certain parts of certain theaters, the internet freaked out. Here are a few of the reactions from movie/culture critics: And pieces suggesting this might appeal to some, like […]

Schitt’s Creek returns for more, and its premise hasn’t run dry yet

“Rich people who lose all their money and have to move to a poorly-named small town they bought for a joke” is one of the more unusual comedy premises out there, but it’s worked very well for Schitt’s Creek. The Canadian series, starring comedy legends and SCTV alums Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara, proved to […]

“My Spock” is a brilliant Star Trek version of Hamilton’s “My Shot”

Star Trek has been referenced in plenty of music, from Weird Al’s “White and Nerdy” (“Only question I ever thought was hard/Was do I like Kirk or do I like Picard?”) to The Beastie Boys’ “Ch-Ch-Check It Out” (“All you Klingons in your Grandma’s house…”) and “Intergalactic” (“Like a pinch on the neck of Mr. […]

With The Shannara Chronicles, MTV shows it can take fantasy seriously

“There’s a Shannara TV series coming!” “That’s good!” “It’s on MTV.” “That’s bad.” Those thoughts initially went through the heads of some of us who enjoy the fantasy series Terry Brooks started with 1977’s The Sword of Shannara, which has grown to 27 books so far. However, in this case, we were wrong. Through four […]

Did Scott Weiland’s fans enable his addiction, as his ex-wife asserts?

Last Friday (Dec. 18) saw the official determination that former Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver singer Scott Weiland’s Dec. 3 death at age 48 on his tour bus was from an accidental overdose of cocaine, alcohol and methylenedioxyamphetamine (MDA), and that further spotlights a theme in the remembrances of him. While many praised Weiland’s talent, […]