Posts Tagged ‘television’

John Oliver on TV’s Law & Order

September 15, 2022

TV producer Dick Wolf created the Law & Order franchise in 1990 and, after more than 1,200 episodes, the show is still on the air today. The show’s depiction of the legal process is incredibly inaccurate, explains John Oliver. Just think: on Law & Order, the perpetrator is arrested in every case, and always gets a jury trial. Reality is very different. NYPD closes under a third of all cases (some say 5 percent), and 97 percent of all cases end with plea bargains, not jury trials.

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Sports: The Big Game

February 15, 2022

Sports: The Big Game

Sunday’s big game. The passion. The rivalry. The tail-wagging.

That’s right, it was the 2022 Puppy Bowl. If you didn’t hear, Team Fluff won. Coaches and commentators were Martha Stewart and (of course) Snoop Dogg.

It’s 2022 in America, so some very, very bad boys tried to offer online betting on the Puppy Bowl. No treats for them.

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Television

August 22, 2021

“Television,” written and recorded by Lula Wiles, 2021. Lula Wiles is the trio of Eleanor Buckland, Mali Obomsawin, and Isa Burke.

Lula Wiles website

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The Bookshop

July 16, 2021

“The Bookshop,” a 1967 sketch featuring John Cleese and Marty Feldman from At Last the 1948 Show.The show got its title as a joke on how long it took BBC TV commissioners to nake programming decisions.

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Vaccination on Sesame Street

May 27, 2021

Seasame Street wants U to get back together, after U get vaccinated.

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“Sesame Workshop, the Ad Council, COVID Collaborative and CDC Launch New PSAs About COVID-19 Vaccines,” press release

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Healthy, Vaccinated Families on Seasame Street

May 19, 2021

Louie and Elmo explain why you should get vaccinated.

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“Sesame Workshop, the Ad Council, COVID Collaborative and CDC Launch New PSAs About COVID-19 Vaccines,” press release

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Vaccinating Seasame Street

May 7, 2021

Seasame Street feels hopeful about vaccinations.

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“Sesame Workshop, the Ad Council, COVID Collaborative and CDC Launch New PSAs About COVID-19 Vaccines,” press release

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Why TV Sitcoms Stopped Using Laugh Tracks

March 22, 2021

When they filmed or taped TV situation comedies, producers found that studio audiences often didn’t laugh in the right places. Sound engineer Charley Douglass developed the Laff Box, and editors used it to “sweeten” sitcom soundtracks with “canned laughter.” Over the last 10 years, the laugh track has disappeared almost entirely. Cheddar explains why.

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“The invention of laughter: Charley Douglass and the laff box,” Valentina Palladino, The Verge

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It’s Beginning ….

December 14, 2020

It’s Beginning ….
On the shelves of Retail America, it began to look like Christmas the day after Halloween. The perfume and electric shaver ads began appearing a few weeks later. Try to dig yourself out of the blizzard of consumerist frenzy.
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Veep Candidates on SNL

August 12, 2020

Joe Biden’s choice of Kamala Harris may not guarantee him the presidency, but it makes Maya Rudolph a shoo-in for Saturday Night Live guest slots. A Washington Post video.

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“Maya Rudolph created a memorable Kamala Harris impersonation on SNL, and fans desperately want her to return,” Michael Cavna Washington Post

“Maya Rudolph: the unambiguous winner of the Kamala Harris VP pick,” Oliver Milman, The Guardian

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