Television

5 times TV nailed Thanksgiving

November television specials have captured the essence of Thanksgiving

This Thursday, millions of Americans will gather around kitchen tables large and small to celebrate the gift of family and eat themselves into tryptophan comas.



Political Ads Part 2: The Art of Advertising

Television advertising has been a major part of political campaigning

In living rooms across America, it has been hard to turn on the television in the last two months without seeing a political advertisement. Candidates are shown on the campaign trail or in their kitchens with their families, talking in soothing tones about how they'll do great things. Ever since televisions entered American homes in the 1950s, television advertising has been a major part of political campaigning.



Political Ads: Don’t Believe Everything You See on TV

Who can you believe?

In Central New York, it has been hard to turn on the television in the past month without seeing a political ad...or five. Footage of the candidates on the campaign trail or in their kitchens with their wives (because, let's be real, there are few ladies on the ballot here in CNY), talking in soothing tones about how they'll do great things for regular ol' Joe New York. Their opponent will do terrible, apparently Satanic things, as evidenced by the dark red hues and excessively underlined quotes from the Post-Standard and the New York Times about all of the terrible things they've already done.



A Community Finds Its Voice: Transgender Characters on TV

Laverne Cox, of the series Orange is the New Black, will speak at Syracuse University

October is LGBT History Month, and Syracuse University's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center is celebrating its conclusion in a big way. Laverne Cox, a star of the Netflix series Orange is the New Black (OITNB), will speak at the university on Wednesday, October 29, at 7:30 pm.



2015 Will Be a Big Year for TV

The cord-cutting revolution

This week, both HBO and CBS announced standalone streaming services. Next year, we'll all be able to access these networks' programming without a cable subscription. With this double-whammy, and Comcast's merger with Time Warner Cable on hold with a ruling not due until the new year, it appears that 2015 might be a game-changing year for television access in the United States.



Cristela: un fracaso con un corazon de oro

“A failure with a heart of gold”

It may seem obvious to lump Cristela Alonzo in with Melissa McCarthy. Yes, they are two full-figured, talented ladies with brown hair and adorable cheeky grins. But there's more to the comparison than their looks.



black-ish: A Little Less Controversy, A Little More Fun

“When a black man starts getting a little bit of money, things start getting a little bit weird.”

black-ish, the new family comedy from ABC, tells the story of a middle class black man, Andre "Dre" Johnson (Anthony Anderson), who is concerned that his mission to give his children a better life than he had growing up has gone too far. He is quickly climbing the corporate ladder and his wife is a successful pediatric surgeon. Yet, his son tries out for the high school field hockey team, his daughter talks like a valley girl, and his young twins don't seem to see race or know that Barack Obama is the first black president.



Red Band Society is shallow, but has potential

(Television) Plus Fall 2014 Premiers!

The best family TV has something for everybody: slapstick for the kids, a cute teenage boy for the aloof older sister, a tragic love story for Mom, and some funny grown up jokes at which Dad can chuckle knowingly.



Everything you need to know about Utopia

This isn’t Utopia. This is Armory Square on a Saturday night.

The premise: put a bunch of strangers from the farthest reaches of the ideological spectrum on a beautifully crafted compound to “build your own Utopia.”



Is the MDA Telethon Still an Inspiration?

Spoiler alert: it isn’t.

When I was a kid, I watched the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon every year. On the last Sunday night of summer vacation, my mom and I would curl up on the couch, my dad across the room in his La-Z-Boy, and we would watch celebrities raise money for (as I saw it) kids who walked funny. The show’s animated host told stories and jokes and thanked us for caring. He cried. He cared more than all of us. It was fun and inspirational. And plus, I got to stay up late!