Posts Tagged ‘TV’

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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Trump’s Nightmare: Mueller to Testify Publicly on July 17th

June 27, 2019

Trump's Nightmare: Mueller to Testify on July 17th

Responding to a a subpoena, former special counsel Robert S. Mueller III will testify in open hearings of the House Judiciary and House Intelligence committees on July 17th. A notorious straight-arrow, he is not expected to divulge anything about his investivation of Russian involvment in the 2016 election and White House obstruction of justice that was not in his 448-page final report. That has not stopped President Trump from trash-talking him. Perhaps it is the thought of square-jawed Robert Muellerdecorated war hero, former Assistant Attorney General and FBI Director, testifying on television, in a Brooks Brothers suit, with all America watching, that is rattling our Reality TV President.

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“Robert Mueller to Testify to Congress, Setting Up a Political Spectacle,” Nicholas Fandos, New York Times

“Chad Pergram: Media coverage of Mueller testimony will be ‘off the Richter scale,'” Victor Garcia, Fox News

“Why do Democrats want to talk to Mueller if they know he won’t talk much?” Amber Phillips, Washington Post

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Trump’s Worst Nightmare

May 8, 2019

Trump's Worst Nightmare

President Trump agreed to allow Robert Mueller to testify before the House Judiciary Committee until he didn’t. What changed his mind? The thought of square-jawed Robert Mueller III, decorated war hero, former Assistant Attorney General and FBI Director, testifying on television, in a Brooks Brothers suit, with all America watching, and becoming an instant TV star. That would really rattle our Reality TV President.

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“Trump Doesn’t Want Mueller To Testify Because It’ll Get Media Coverage,” Nicole Lafond, TalkingPointsMemo

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“House Republicans want Mueller to testify despite Trump opposition,” Kyle Cheney and John Bresnahan, Politico

“AG Bill Barr believes special counsel Robert Mueller should be allowed to testify,” Katherine Faulders and Mike Levine, ABC News

“Trump’s Opposition to Mueller Testimony Poses a Test for Barr,”Charlie Savage and Katie Benner, New York Times

“Trump ‘no conceivable basis to stop Mueller from testifying,’ according to legal experts,”Alex Henderson, Salon 

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China: State TV News Eliminates Human ‘Error’

February 6, 2019

China’s largest news network has replaced HR with AI. In November, state-run Xinhua News Agency demoed a software-based TV news anchorman.

“Developed by Xinhua and Chinese search engine company Sogou, the anchor was designed to simulate human voice, facial expressions and gestures.
The AI news reader ‘learns from live broadcasting videos by himself and can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor,’ according to Xinhua.”
— “China has developed a virtual anchor to deliver the news,” Helen Regan, CNN

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Blueberry Hill

August 4, 2018

“Blueberry Hill,” written by Vincent Rose (né Vincenzo Cacioppo), with lyrics by Larry Stock and Al Lewis, performed by Nat King Cole and 11-year-old Billy Preston, November 5, 1957. The Nat King Cole Show orchestra was led by Nelson Riddle.

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See See Rider

May 12, 2018

See See Rider,” interpreted by The Animals (lead singer, Eric Burdon) on Radio Bremen TV’s “Beat Club,” 1967.

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