TV

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

‘Good Eats’ on YouTube

I have written here before about Good Eats — about the steel-cut oatmeal show, the gumbo show. Good Eats is one of my all-time favorite shows on television. At the same time, I currently loathe the Food Network. Where I once looked for...

SNL skits: Fred Armisen, ‘Obama Plays It Cool’

SNL skits: Fred Armisen, ‘Obama Plays It Cool’

Fred Armisen was jeered pretty roundly when he started playing Barack Obama on SNL, but I always thought he had keyed in on several quirky traits, and that the parody just keeps getting better and better. Last night's "Obama Plays It Cool" piece was his best yet....

Total Oprah

Speaking of Oprah, Sarah Terez Rosenblum has a Chicago Sun-Times story today about Robyn Okrant, a writer-performer who has been living her life according to Oprah for darn near a year now: "... I have to breathe a certain way, I have to savor every meal, I have to be...

ABC World News: Racine, Wisconsin’s minute in spotlight

ABC World News: Racine, Wisconsin’s minute in spotlight

ABC's ABC World News with Charles Gibson devoted this past week to a "Great American Battleground Bus Tour" gimmick which purported to give Gibson and his viewers insight into real, live heartland voters in cities like Dayton, Bowling Green, Indianapolis, Davenport —...

‘Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie’

‘Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie’

Even on public television's extensive menu of food and cooking shows, Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie is a standout offering. It's a globe-hopping, half-hour magazine of on-location footage and interviews featuring all sorts of fascinating topics from the primitive to the...

Chef José Andrés: ‘Made in Spain’

Chef José Andrés: ‘Made in Spain’

Update, April 17, 2009: With the addition of the new YouTube Shows section, you can now watch all 13 episodes of Made in Spain at YouTube. I seem to be on a little bit of a Spanish kick with my posts here recently, so let's go for trillizos. If you like chefs with...

Lidia’s Italy coming to Milwaukee Public Market

Yesterday we stopped at the Milwaukee Public Market and Amy noticed a poster announcing that Lidia Bastianich will be appearing there for a cooking class and book signing this Saturday, December 1 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $75 from MPTV Friends. That price supports...

Oprah Winfrey’s MySpace: I’m not Oprah-worthy?

Oprah Winfrey’s MySpace: I’m not Oprah-worthy?

Now I understand how David Letterman must have suffered. It's like an unexpected punch in the stomach. It's difficult to even breathe, and I just sit here in absolute disbelief wondering what I ever did to deserve this. In the hopeful early morning hours of October...

‘The War’ (Ken Burns World War 2 documentary, PBS)

‘The War’ (Ken Burns World War 2 documentary, PBS)

Thanks to the miracle of the video recorder, Amy and I have been wading into The War, the seven-part, 14-and-a-half hour documentary on World War II from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that has been airing on PBS since Sunday night. It is excellent. [includeme...

Stop watching football?

Stop watching football?

I think I'm going to stop watching football. It won't be the first sport I've given up on. After the 2002 season, I stopped following baseball. I had come to the conclusion that 162 games of over three hours each was way too much time for a 42-year-old to be devoting...

Thursday night TV

For several weeks now (otherwise known as the February "Sweeps"), Amy and I have looked forward to Thursday night TV with a childlike glee. Three NBC Thursday night comedies — My Name is Earl, The Office and 30 Rock — are so good that we want to punch the furniture....

Keith Olbermann’s special comments

Keith Olbermann’s special comments

I watch TV news all day long for a living, so it's unlikely that I would want to watch more of it when I'm finally off work at 7 p.m., and yet that's what I find myself doing these days. Radio legend Steve Dahl was a very early enthusiast of Countdown with Keith...

Wimbledon time warp

I don't like the way NBC parcels out their Wimbledon coverage to us folks in the US Central time zone. First of all, NBC only wants a certain center cut, so we start this morning watching live tennis on ESPN2, just like we did last week....

Wally’s Service station, Mount Airy, North Carolina

Wally’s Service station, Mount Airy, North Carolina

Mount Airy, North Carolina — Wally's Service Station at 625 S. Main St., built in 1937, is the real-life inspiration for "Wally's Filling Station" on TV's The Andy Griffith Show, where cousins Gomer Pyle and Goober Pyle both worked. Andy Griffith was born and raised...

Floyd’s Barber Shop, Mount Airy, North Carolina

Floyd’s Barber Shop, Mount Airy, North Carolina

Mount Airy, North Carolina — Floyd's City Barber Shop at 129 N. Main St., owned by barber Russell Hiatt, said to be the real-life inspiration for Floyd Lawson ("Floyd the Barber") on TV's The Andy Griffith Show. Andy Griffith was born and raised in Mount Airy, which...

Snappy Lunch restaurant sign, Mount Airy NC

Snappy Lunch restaurant sign, Mount Airy NC

Mount Airy, North Carolina — Restaurant sign for Snappy Lunch (and Coca-Cola) at 125 N. Main St., where Andy Griffith occasionally ate as a boy growing up in Mount Airy. The restaurant is famous for its pork chop sandwich, created by restaurant owner Charles Dowell,...

TV

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

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

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...

‘Good Eats’ on YouTube

I have written here before about Good Eats — about the steel-cut oatmeal show, the gumbo show. Good Eats is one of my all-time favorite shows on television. At the same time, I currently loathe the Food Network. Where I once looked for...

SNL skits: Fred Armisen, ‘Obama Plays It Cool’

Fred Armisen was jeered pretty roundly when he started playing Barack Obama on SNL, but I always thought he had keyed in on several quirky traits, and that the parody just keeps getting better and better. Last night's "Obama Plays It Cool" piece was his best yet....

Total Oprah

Speaking of Oprah, Sarah Terez Rosenblum has a Chicago Sun-Times story today about Robyn Okrant, a writer-performer who has been living her life according to Oprah for darn near a year now: "... I have to breathe a certain way, I have to savor every meal, I have to be...

ABC World News: Racine, Wisconsin’s minute in spotlight

ABC's ABC World News with Charles Gibson devoted this past week to a "Great American Battleground Bus Tour" gimmick which purported to give Gibson and his viewers insight into real, live heartland voters in cities like Dayton, Bowling Green, Indianapolis, Davenport —...

‘Gourmet’s Diary of a Foodie’

Even on public television's extensive menu of food and cooking shows, Gourmet's Diary of a Foodie is a standout offering. It's a globe-hopping, half-hour magazine of on-location footage and interviews featuring all sorts of fascinating topics from the primitive to the...

Chef José Andrés: ‘Made in Spain’

Update, April 17, 2009: With the addition of the new YouTube Shows section, you can now watch all 13 episodes of Made in Spain at YouTube. I seem to be on a little bit of a Spanish kick with my posts here recently, so let's go for trillizos. If you like chefs with...

Lidia’s Italy coming to Milwaukee Public Market

Yesterday we stopped at the Milwaukee Public Market and Amy noticed a poster announcing that Lidia Bastianich will be appearing there for a cooking class and book signing this Saturday, December 1 at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $75 from MPTV Friends. That price supports...

Oprah Winfrey’s MySpace: I’m not Oprah-worthy?

Now I understand how David Letterman must have suffered. It's like an unexpected punch in the stomach. It's difficult to even breathe, and I just sit here in absolute disbelief wondering what I ever did to deserve this. In the hopeful early morning hours of October...

‘The War’ (Ken Burns World War 2 documentary, PBS)

Thanks to the miracle of the video recorder, Amy and I have been wading into The War, the seven-part, 14-and-a-half hour documentary on World War II from Ken Burns and Lynn Novick that has been airing on PBS since Sunday night. It is excellent. [includeme...

Stop watching football?

I think I'm going to stop watching football. It won't be the first sport I've given up on. After the 2002 season, I stopped following baseball. I had come to the conclusion that 162 games of over three hours each was way too much time for a 42-year-old to be devoting...

Thursday night TV

For several weeks now (otherwise known as the February "Sweeps"), Amy and I have looked forward to Thursday night TV with a childlike glee. Three NBC Thursday night comedies — My Name is Earl, The Office and 30 Rock — are so good that we want to punch the furniture....

Keith Olbermann’s special comments

I watch TV news all day long for a living, so it's unlikely that I would want to watch more of it when I'm finally off work at 7 p.m., and yet that's what I find myself doing these days. Radio legend Steve Dahl was a very early enthusiast of Countdown with Keith...

Wimbledon time warp

I don't like the way NBC parcels out their Wimbledon coverage to us folks in the US Central time zone. First of all, NBC only wants a certain center cut, so we start this morning watching live tennis on ESPN2, just like we did last week....

Wally’s Service station, Mount Airy, North Carolina

Mount Airy, North Carolina — Wally's Service Station at 625 S. Main St., built in 1937, is the real-life inspiration for "Wally's Filling Station" on TV's The Andy Griffith Show, where cousins Gomer Pyle and Goober Pyle both worked. Andy Griffith was born and raised...