Archive for the ‘tv’ Category

Paul McCartney was on Letterman last night

Thursday, July 16th, 2009

 McCartney at Ed Sullivan Theater

Return to the Ed Sullivan Theater!! Wow! Interview and performances on Stereogum.

Beatles Ed Sullivan still photo

Fake beards compensate for a lot

Tuesday, March 24th, 2009

Check out The Perlorian Brothers interview in this month’s creativity.


Being Erica is actually good

Thursday, March 12th, 2009


I read this article (and stole the sexy picture which is fun but not really representative of the show) from BlogTO about my new favourite TV show. They agree with me. Being Erica is much better than anyone expected once you give it a chance. It’s totally Canadian in the sense that it’s got it’s own great rhythm and thing going on. It’s smart, endearing, interesting and well-acted. CBC did something very right by making this show and putting so much publicity behind it. They shouldn’t have changed the time slot to the same as Lost though… That was silly and it’s always a competition for which viewing party to attend between the two and of course the longer running show tends to win out among the people I know. I hope Being Erica starts getting better ratings so it’s not cancelled!! I want to find out the answers to so many questions… ahem… Erica’s brother Leo… ! That episode is going to be huge, I can tell already. Go to the CBC website to catch up on episodes online (they are all there!) cause it’s pretty great.

Oh, and for the record, I’m pretty sure the lesbian plot was not an after-thought for ratings. A friend of a friend is an actor on the show and she was shooting over the winter and spring of last year so all the episodes have been finished for months it seems. If anything it was a cheap ratings boost, but planned well in advance… Maybe I’m just naive, but I thought the plot kind of made sense in the context of the show anyway… Like they wanted to do something a little daring, but it wasn’t outside of Being Erica’s world too much… Right? If more people watched the show, maybe we could discuss this…

Look what treasure I found

Sunday, December 21st, 2008

This is Andrew Austin, a good friend and neighbour of, on Canadian Idol last year:

He’s probably so embarrassed that I’m posting this.

The Simpsons Spoof the Mad Men Intro

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

Thanks muchly to Mark for posting it on his facebook with clever (?) comment “D’ohn D’ohraper?”.

Find out about: Representation of Interracial Couples on Mainstream Television

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

My friend who is still in ComCult sent me this link. My heart skipped a beat. Yikes. This is terrifying to me, but definitely proof that I can write a lot of pages if I wanted to:

Representation of interracial couples on mainstream television : confining identities of race and gender in Heroes / by Sarah Lasch.

Chris Brown and Elmo Singing on Sesame Street

Friday, July 18th, 2008

My friend had an idea for a blog i guess a couple years ago now called that he wanted to write together with some other friends. That never materialized (lack of a good logo and then we got busy), but if there was such a thing I would probably post this on it:

Smelling burnt toast and other childhood memories

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

Sorry was down for a bit there over the weekend. There was a mix up with the hosting company. We’re back though. I’m also very busy with my new job, but I’ll get caught up with the rest of life soon.

Here are a few special finds on YouTube:

I was trying to post Rick Astley’s “Never Going to Give You Up” but Sony/BMG won’t let you embed for whatever reason:

TSO geeks out

Monday, March 31st, 2008

Star Trek at the TSOMy friend told me on the weekend that the Toronto Symphony Orchestra is playing a two-night special performance devoted to the music of Star Trek!

John de Lancie (known for his recurring role Q) and Robert Picardo (the holographic Doctor from Voyager) are your hosts for this space-age concert. Join them on a journey through the music of Star Trek: The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, and your favourite Star Trek movies.

Pretty awesome, right?

You’ll have to wait until June though…

More on the TSO website…

Scholarly TV talk

Monday, March 24th, 2008

There is a review of the Hills in the New York Times. I’m happy to see this in the times and that TV can be taken seriously by critics. However, I think the reviewer is incorrect about a lot things. For example, the assertion that “Heidi has emerged as a kind of feminist hero this season” is way off-base.

But still, this is a definite sign of hope for television studies.