Everyone around here uses his own criteria. Some use hard economic numbers. Some use the World Series winner. Me? I use television. More specifically, I use Modern Family.
It used to be that we, as a public, could hold networks accountable and responsible for the ways in which they represent minority characters. But can we still do that? Are writers of our current television fare no longer held accountable for the characters they create?
'Happy Endings' and 'Don't Trust the B in Apartment 23' may be the alphabet net's most outrageous comedies, and teaming them up was ingenious.
Do these sitcoms have a hidden agenda to help rid America of homophobia? Or are these gay characters simply just funny to watch?
I have a hard time translating the concept of "people of color" with all its heavy, powerful meaning to our experience in Mexico. Race and racism are not topics present on the media, much less on off-screen daily conversations.
In celebration of the new season of fall television, we ran the numbers to find out what kind of vacation some of our favorite characters could afford to take if they spent six percent of their fictional salaries on travel.
As gay parenting is the central subject of the show, The New Normal is (whether I like it or not) a landmark show, and how Murphy defines "the new normal" will matter to same-gender parents everywhere.
Despite having watched a vampire-human baby tear itself out of Bella Swan's womb -- not to mention the horror of having to call said baby "Renesmee" with a straight face -- Ashley Greene found that doing a comedy for the first time, in Butter, was "terrifying."
In the last four weeks we've had an avalanche of TV releases, including some of the best shows on television.
Sofia Vergara is an Emmy nominated actor and one of the leads in ABC's seven-time Emmy award-winning series "Modern Family." She is the hottest Latina actor of the moment. What do you mean no one can understand what she's saying?
There's something dreadfully un-funny about talking comedy with seriously funny people, but Dan O'Shannon is a different breed of comedian.
On the list of people who make their victory possible are always agents, managers, assistants, parents, spouses and often God. But almost never the women who care for their homes and families all day.
Sophia Vergara hollers something encouraging at Julie Bowen from her seat. I love how she steals the show even when she's seated in the audience without a microphone.
Gay couples on TV allow gay men to see themselves reflected in the larger culture, and normalize them to others. Where are the role models for African American gay male couples on TV?
Modern Family has loads of elitist appeal. Its super-hip characters toss off snark with gusto while sashaying through stylish homes. TV viewership remains strong and TV critics have remained faithful. Most award pundits feel that Emmy voters will probably remain loyal too.