TV

An index of blog posts tagged ‘TV’ here at MarkCz.com.
‘Treme’ (HBO series in New Orleans, 3 1/2 seasons)

‘Treme’ (HBO series in New Orleans, 3 1/2 seasons)

Treme is an HBO TV series about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer, who previously collaborated on Homicide: Life on the Street and the masterpiece HBO series The Wire, Treme is named for the New Orleans neighborhood where...

‘The Wire’: Must-watch HBO series from a decade ago

‘The Wire’: Must-watch HBO series from a decade ago

Amy and I just finished watching all five seasons of The Wire. While we were doing this, I was surprised by the number of people I mentioned this to who had never heard of the show. "The what?," they'd ask. "The Wire?" Yes — The Wire. The Wire was an HBO series that...

What is a catheter and why is it stalking me?

What is a catheter and why is it stalking me?

I'm a political/news junkie who works from home, so the TV on my desk is often tuned to MSNBC. While Morning Joe, The Daily Rundown, Jansing & Co., Andrea Mitchell Reports, The Cycle and the rest are sweeping through the hours like the sun across the sky, the TV...

Honey Boo Boo on CNN with Brooke Baldwin, John Berman

Honey Boo Boo on CNN with Brooke Baldwin, John Berman

Here's a little TV moment that I'll be reliving in nightmares for a while. Apparently, "Honey Boo Boo" is the nickname of Alana Thompson, the breakout star of TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras beauty pageant show who will now be featured in her own TLC spinoff, Here Comes...

TV schedule shell games make it hard to follow shows

TV schedule shell games make it hard to follow shows

As a TV viewer, there are few things which irritate me more than the games played with the TV schedule these days. Despite the ridiculous amount of money we pay to a cable company every month — and despite our willingness to follow and even promote the few shows we do...

‘Mad Men’ Season 5: I give up

‘Mad Men’ Season 5: I give up

As Maureen Ryan wrote yesterday at TV Squad, Mad Men Season 5 is now postponed until 2012. Difficult negotiations are reportedly in progress over product placement, cast cuts, and trimming two minutes of each Mad Men episode's length. [includeme...

Rick Steves travel bloopers

Rick Steves travel bloopers

We have enjoyed Rick Steves and his European tours on public TV for years. We've even used a Rick Steves travel guide or two to find our way around France and Italy. Only through social media, however — like the Rick Steves...

Ron Johnson for Senate with no jobs plan?

Ron Johnson for Senate with no jobs plan?

Ron Johnson, Senate candidate from Wisconsin, is seen in the clip above, from Countdown with Keith Olbermann, addressing the central issue in this year's election: Jobs, jobs, jobs. What is Ron Johnson's jobs plan? His jobs plan is spending cuts. Which is to say that...

Suryia the Orangutan’s Robitussin commercial

Suryia the Orangutan’s Robitussin commercial

So I'm watching Countdown with Keith Olbermann the other night when I see a commercial which shows an orangutan in a pharmacy aisle using a Droid X smartphone and buying Robitussin® cough medicine. This was a lot to process. My first reaction was concern that the...

Glenn Beck, Eric Massa, and the worst interview ever

Glenn Beck, Eric Massa, and the worst interview ever

The clips included in the clip above really deserve to be enshrined in the Awkwardness Hall of Fame. I'm someone who grew up watching the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon year in and year out. I was tuned in when David Letterman interviewed Crispin Glover and Farrah Fawcett...

WGN-TV shuts out The Museum of Classic Chicago Television

For anyone whose childhood included countless hours of Ray Rayner and His Friends, Bozo's Circus, and Frazier Thomas hosting Garfield Goose and Friends and Family Classics, The Museum of Classic Chicago Television (online at www.FuzzyMemories.TV) has been a gift and a...

Keith Olbermann, Jon Stewart: Out-crazying Glenn Beck

Keith Olbermann, Jon Stewart: Out-crazying Glenn Beck

Keith Olbermann's segments on Glenn Beck's Rockefeller Center lunacy the past two nights have been hysterical. Do not miss these: The clip above is from Thursday night's installment of Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC. In it, Keith analyzes Glenn Beck's...

‘Mad Men’ marathon, Monday on AMC

‘Mad Men’ marathon, Monday on AMC

Amy and I have just caught ourselves up with Mad Men, the AMC series centered around a Madison Avenue advertising firm in the early 1960s. We watched Season 1 and Season 2 on DVD via Netflix. Season 3 premieres Sunday, August 16 at 9 p.m. Central. Tomorrow (Monday,...

Justine Henin singing, acting, cooking on reality show

The YouTube video clip above comes via Straight Sets, the NYTimes.com tennis blog. It's former tennis superstar Justine Henin singing a duet with Belgian balladeer Salvatore Adamo. There was no explanation there, but a little Googling reveals that back in May, Henin —...

Stephen Colbert reports from Iraq this week

The Colbert Report should be especially good this week, with Stephen Colbert on location in Iraq, a trip whose exact date and destination had been kept secret until Friday, leading many to ask (and search for), "Where and when is Stephen Colbert going to the Persian...

The power of now: Eckhart Tolle and a Bike Ride on 35W

The power of now: Eckhart Tolle and a Bike Ride on 35W

A baffling practice on public television here in the USA is the way the program schedule gets swapped out whenever fundraising time rolls around. While public radio stations typically interrupt abbreviated versions of their regular shows to ask for money, public TV...

Deep thought: Happy birthday, Jack Handey!

Deep thought: Happy birthday, Jack Handey!

Jack Handey is a real person, and just to prove it, he got himself born 60 years ago today. Even Wikipedia agrees that "Handey is a real person, not a pen name or a character," so happy birthday, Mr. Handey. Even though Jack Handey has authored books — such as Deep...

Joaquin Phoenix on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’

Joaquin Phoenix on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’

Let's just say there is a lot of buzz. The world is all a-twitter today over the disoriented demeanor of Walk the Line star Joaquin Phoenix on last night's Late Show with David Letterman, but I would like to point out a Rolling Stone post from January 20 which details...

Obama inauguration: Breathtaking images

Obama inauguration: Breathtaking images

We're ditching the commentators on the various networks and watching C-SPAN's inauguration coverage today on TV. Meanwhile, over on the computer, I am getting blown away by the astounding seven feeds of HD video streaming from CBS2Chicago.com. Breathtaking.

Oprah Winfrey, crack cocaine, and L. Randolph Cook

The latest blockbuster National Enquirer breaking news exclusive concerns a pair of books called The Wizard of O. Apparently the first volume, My Life with Oprah: The L. Randolph Cook Interviews, is available now through a website and the second volume, The Truth...

Snuggie, Slanket, Heat Surge: My TV monk life

Snuggie, Slanket, Heat Surge: My TV monk life

The Great Recession and its effect on our household budget have started producing some bizarre yearnings in me — especially when combined with the influence of our TV set. This began with a video that arrived here from Netflix. I don't know how it got added to our...

TV

An index of blog posts tagged ‘TV’ here at MarkCz.com.

‘Treme’ (HBO series in New Orleans, 3 1/2 seasons)

Treme is an HBO TV series about New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. Created by David Simon and Eric Overmyer, who previously collaborated on Homicide: Life on the Street and the masterpiece HBO series The Wire, Treme is named for the New Orleans neighborhood where...

‘The Wire’: Must-watch HBO series from a decade ago

Amy and I just finished watching all five seasons of The Wire. While we were doing this, I was surprised by the number of people I mentioned this to who had never heard of the show. "The what?," they'd ask. "The Wire?" Yes — The Wire. The Wire was an HBO series that...

What is a catheter and why is it stalking me?

I'm a political/news junkie who works from home, so the TV on my desk is often tuned to MSNBC. While Morning Joe, The Daily Rundown, Jansing & Co., Andrea Mitchell Reports, The Cycle and the rest are sweeping through the hours like the sun across the sky, the TV...

Honey Boo Boo on CNN with Brooke Baldwin, John Berman

Here's a little TV moment that I'll be reliving in nightmares for a while. Apparently, "Honey Boo Boo" is the nickname of Alana Thompson, the breakout star of TLC's Toddlers & Tiaras beauty pageant show who will now be featured in her own TLC spinoff, Here Comes...

TV schedule shell games make it hard to follow shows

As a TV viewer, there are few things which irritate me more than the games played with the TV schedule these days. Despite the ridiculous amount of money we pay to a cable company every month — and despite our willingness to follow and even promote the few shows we do...

‘Mad Men’ Season 5: I give up

As Maureen Ryan wrote yesterday at TV Squad, Mad Men Season 5 is now postponed until 2012. Difficult negotiations are reportedly in progress over product placement, cast cuts, and trimming two minutes of each Mad Men episode's length. [includeme...

Rick Steves travel bloopers

We have enjoyed Rick Steves and his European tours on public TV for years. We've even used a Rick Steves travel guide or two to find our way around France and Italy. Only through social media, however — like the Rick Steves...

Ron Johnson for Senate with no jobs plan?

Ron Johnson, Senate candidate from Wisconsin, is seen in the clip above, from Countdown with Keith Olbermann, addressing the central issue in this year's election: Jobs, jobs, jobs. What is Ron Johnson's jobs plan? His jobs plan is spending cuts. Which is to say that...

Suryia the Orangutan’s Robitussin commercial

So I'm watching Countdown with Keith Olbermann the other night when I see a commercial which shows an orangutan in a pharmacy aisle using a Droid X smartphone and buying Robitussin® cough medicine. This was a lot to process. My first reaction was concern that the...

Glenn Beck, Eric Massa, and the worst interview ever

The clips included in the clip above really deserve to be enshrined in the Awkwardness Hall of Fame. I'm someone who grew up watching the Jerry Lewis MDA Telethon year in and year out. I was tuned in when David Letterman interviewed Crispin Glover and Farrah Fawcett...

WGN-TV shuts out The Museum of Classic Chicago Television

For anyone whose childhood included countless hours of Ray Rayner and His Friends, Bozo's Circus, and Frazier Thomas hosting Garfield Goose and Friends and Family Classics, The Museum of Classic Chicago Television (online at www.FuzzyMemories.TV) has been a gift and a...

Keith Olbermann, Jon Stewart: Out-crazying Glenn Beck

Keith Olbermann's segments on Glenn Beck's Rockefeller Center lunacy the past two nights have been hysterical. Do not miss these: The clip above is from Thursday night's installment of Countdown with Keith Olbermann on MSNBC. In it, Keith analyzes Glenn Beck's...

‘Mad Men’ marathon, Monday on AMC

Amy and I have just caught ourselves up with Mad Men, the AMC series centered around a Madison Avenue advertising firm in the early 1960s. We watched Season 1 and Season 2 on DVD via Netflix. Season 3 premieres Sunday, August 16 at 9 p.m. Central. Tomorrow (Monday,...

Justine Henin singing, acting, cooking on reality show

The YouTube video clip above comes via Straight Sets, the NYTimes.com tennis blog. It's former tennis superstar Justine Henin singing a duet with Belgian balladeer Salvatore Adamo. There was no explanation there, but a little Googling reveals that back in May, Henin —...

Stephen Colbert reports from Iraq this week

The Colbert Report should be especially good this week, with Stephen Colbert on location in Iraq, a trip whose exact date and destination had been kept secret until Friday, leading many to ask (and search for), "Where and when is Stephen Colbert going to the Persian...

The power of now: Eckhart Tolle and a Bike Ride on 35W

A baffling practice on public television here in the USA is the way the program schedule gets swapped out whenever fundraising time rolls around. While public radio stations typically interrupt abbreviated versions of their regular shows to ask for money, public TV...

Deep thought: Happy birthday, Jack Handey!

Jack Handey is a real person, and just to prove it, he got himself born 60 years ago today. Even Wikipedia agrees that "Handey is a real person, not a pen name or a character," so happy birthday, Mr. Handey. Even though Jack Handey has authored books — such as Deep...

Joaquin Phoenix on ‘Late Show with David Letterman’

Let's just say there is a lot of buzz. The world is all a-twitter today over the disoriented demeanor of Walk the Line star Joaquin Phoenix on last night's Late Show with David Letterman, but I would like to point out a Rolling Stone post from January 20 which details...

Obama inauguration: Breathtaking images

We're ditching the commentators on the various networks and watching C-SPAN's inauguration coverage today on TV. Meanwhile, over on the computer, I am getting blown away by the astounding seven feeds of HD video streaming from CBS2Chicago.com. Breathtaking.

Pin It on Pinterest