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Raise a Glass to the ‘True Freshman’ — He’s a Dilly

The term “dilly dilly” has gotten a lot of publicity lately in Bud Light commercials. Medieval people are depicted shouting “dilly dilly” when they approve of something, most likely giving a six pack of Bud Light to the king. But…

Jan 12, 2018

Remembering the Late, Great Sam Kinison

It seems only fitting that a documentary on the late, great comedian Sam Kinison will be one of the last big hurrahs aired on Spike TV before it rebrands into the Paramount Network on Jan. 18. And it was only…

Dec 19, 2017

Senator Franken’s Resignation Speech: Really, Al?

Sen. Al Franken gave a speech on the floor of the Senate yesterday in which he announced his upcoming resignation from the Senate after eight women had accused him of improper sexual behavior, including groping and forced kissing. Yet in…

Dec 8, 2017

When’s the Best Time to Use a Folksy Saying? When the Cows Come Home, of Course

I was watching TV over the Thanksgiving holiday when my granddaughter’s cute little dog Winnie jumped in my lap for a snooze. When Ramsay noticed her all curled up, snug as a bug in a rug, she said Winnie looked…

Dec 7, 2017

New History Series Promises ‘Holy Hell’

“Holy Hell,” proclaims one of the billboard campaigns for History’s upcoming series “Knightfall,” a tale of brotherhood, betrayal and bloodshed. “Is Nothing Holy Anymore?” asks another. The verdict will be up to audiences when the ten-episode run of the fictionalized…

Dec 6, 2017

It Was One of the Most Gripping News Events of the 1970s, and Now a New TV Production Goes Inside the Patty Hearst Saga

Soon to be married college student. Blue-blooded heiress to a family fortune. Kidnap victim. Terrorist sympathizer. Bank robber. Patricia “Patty” Hearst was all of these things as the case of her February 1974 abduction from her Berkeley, Calif., apartment and…

Nov 22, 2017

How Perfect Would It Be If People Would Just Stop Saying ‘Awesome’?

There are only a few things in life that qualify as being awesome: the Seven Wonders of the World, a solar eclipse, a newborn baby, my granddaughter’s wedding. Does the Los Angeles Dodgers bullpen qualify as awesome? Joe Buck, the…

Nov 7, 2017

Groundbreakers: Writers Who Moved Hearts and Minds

“All in the Family.” “black-ish.” The West Wing.” “In Living Color.” “Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?” “The Color Purple.” “Schindler’s List.” “The China Syndrome. “Get Out.” What these and other impactful television shows and films have in common is that…

Nov 6, 2017

The Measure of a Man: The Passing of Bob Silberberg

“The strength of a man’s virtue should not be measured by his special exertions, but by his habitual acts.” So said the French theologian Blaise Pascal close to five hundred years ago. More recently, the popular novelist Kristin Hannah put…

Nov 3, 2017

Honoring Hollywood’s True Characters

You’ve seen their faces, but you may or may not know their names, much less how to spell them. They are generally known as character actors, some of the finest thespians around on television and in film. Five of these…

Nov 3, 2017