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Tom Cramer

What I Miss About TV In The 1970s

Tom Cramer | January 31, 2016 | Fifty
How times have changed. I grew up in the '70s, when it was still a big deal to have a color TV. We had a handful of major stations on the VHF band, and a couple of minor ones on UHF. Many people nowadays don't even know what those terms mean.
Playboy.com

TV Shows That Didn't Come Alive Until Season 2

Playboy.com | February 1, 2016 | Entertainment
Unless you are a pop-culture masochist and find perverse joy in Manimal, the Regan-Era show whose shape-shifting premise was culled from Greco-Roman mythology and whose very brief existence was a Tragedy, you probably won't want to watch a bad TV show for very long. Why would you, in this age of unprecedentedly great TV?
Ilana Rapp

Actress Jadyn Douglas Talks Behind the Scenes of Eva Longoria's Telenovela

Ilana Rapp | January 27, 2016 | Entertainment
Jadyn Douglas has something delicious about her that I can't put my finger on -- but it's powerful -- and she's in for one heck of a ride!
Lena Dunham

Don't Take It Personally When I Tell You 'No.' I'm Using It On Everyone This Year

Lena Dunham | January 27, 2016 | Women
A well-timed yes can expand our world in beautiful and unexpected ways. But I am writing now to espouse the power of another simple word: no.
Dustin Fitzharris

Checking In With Marla Gibbs: A Candid Interview With 'The Jeffersons' and '227' Star

Dustin Fitzharris | January 11, 2016 | Fifty
At 84, actress Marla Gibbs admits to only being 30. She believes that once people start telling their age, they begin seeing themselves in a particular way. Gibbs continues to keep active and didn't allow an aneurysm and a stroke nearly 10 years ago stop her.
Jenna Elfman

The Unthinkable Is Happening in Our Own 'Backyard'

Jenna Elfman | January 7, 2016 | Impact
Never did I consider that something so unthinkable -- selling kids for sex -- was happening in my own community. But I was wrong. I was naive. I was unwilling to face the facts. Until last year.
Mike Seyedian

Making a Petitioner

Mike Seyedian | January 7, 2016 | UK Entertainment
Like many who watched Making a Murderer, I was extremely upset by what I saw. It wasn't just another series that I could put behind me and move on. I felt compelled to lend my support to Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey in some way. So, I started a petition for each of them on Change.org.
David Hinckley

Oh, That Alice: Luther Can't Live With Her, Can't Live Without Her

David Hinckley | December 16, 2015 | Entertainment
Like the last season, this one could end the Luther story. Or not. Truth is, if you want simple, easy, clean closure, you shouldn't be watching in the first place. Reach for the clicker and gently but firmly switch to Hallmark.
Mikki del Monico

There Are Many Reasons to Get Amazon Prime This Holiday Season and 'Transparent' Is One of Them

Mikki del Monico | December 4, 2015 | Gay Voices
What we see in the media matters. Narratives that include well-rounded transgender characters are important because they help us feel less alone and reveal more expansive endings than the ones we may previously have envisioned for ourselves.
Turk Pipkin

The Leftovers -- A View From the Pillar

Turk Pipkin | December 3, 2015 | Entertainment
This Sunday is the airdate of the final episode of Season Two. Will all our questions be answered? Since I am shown script pages only for the scenes that Pillar Man appears in, I know little more than any other fan.
Lara Zarum

What Nathan Fielder and Don Draper Can Teach Us About the 'Empire'-Pepsi Deal

Lara Zarum | December 1, 2015 | Entertainment
Some critics have expressed disgust at the extent to which Pepsi has taken over the storyline; others are upset over Empire's decision to link a young, hip character with a product that promotes diabetes. The deal calls to mind the finale of Mad Men, in which Don Draper supposedly achieves enlightenment.
Daniel N. Arshack

Like Waleed Abu Al-Khair, We Must Never Waver in Our Commitment to Human Rights

Daniel N. Arshack | December 1, 2015 | Politics
Although the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has repeatedly pledged to comply with various Human Rights conventions, it nonetheless repeatedly has trampled the basic human rights of Waleed and others who are now languishing in Saudi prisons with crippling sentences of 15, 20 and 30 years.
Riley Arthur

Behind the Scenes: The Magic of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade

Riley Arthur | November 30, 2015 | Good News
There are few things more American than the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. There is a reason magicians don't reveal their tricks. Going behind the scenes and seeing how the parade is created ended up not in any way spoiling the magic. Instead, it gave me a greater appreciation for the work that goes into it.
Tavis Smiley

Trumbo's Bryan Cranston: How Blacklisted Screenwriter Could Be Both a Communist and Patriot

Tavis Smiley | November 20, 2015 | Entertainment
Despite the fact that much of Trumbo's work was plainly patriotic, his brief association with the American Communist Party prompted years of persecution. In the clip below, Cranston justifies how a person like Trumbo could simultaneously be both a communist and a patriot.
Kristin Chenoweth

The Biggest Blessing of Them All

Kristin Chenoweth | November 20, 2015 | Parents
if you're thinking about adopting a child, remember that it's a gift you're getting and it comes with just as much responsibility as if you had your child biologically. On top of that, it's a beautiful blessing that you were chosen to take care of this child and become his or her parent.
Wilmer Valderrama

Immigration Is the Single Greatest Thing to Happen to This Country

Wilmer Valderrama | November 16, 2015 | Latino Voices
In the United States, the immigrant story is part of the blueprint of our country. It disheartens me to see my community or any other culture under attack. Some presidential candidates do not seem to care that by promoting negative stereotypes, they are alienating one of the biggest voting blocs in America.
Aneri Shah

Aziz Ansari's 'Master of None' Hilariously Captures the Immigrant Narrative

Aneri Shah | November 10, 2015 | Entertainment
The dilemma that second-generation immigrants face in Master of None is at the center of a broader question that all young adults face: How do we take this remarkable privilege we have and make something out of it?
Erin Nugent

The Promising Progression of Children's Television

Erin Nugent | November 6, 2015 | Entertainment
I find myself looking forward to children's television shows more than adult television shows, especially cartoons. I acknowledge that I can have the attention span of a squirrel, but there is something more to children's television shows than sunshine and rainbows lately -- there is humanity.
Tavis Smiley

Judy Collins Shares Joan Rivers' Advice on Coping With Suicide

Tavis Smiley | November 6, 2015 | Entertainment
Collins shares advice that Joan Rivers gave her in the wake of her son's suicide twenty-three years ago.
Kirk Douglas

Why I Felt Like a Failure When I Didn't Make It on Broadway

Kirk Douglas | November 5, 2015 | Celebrity
On the stage, I am flesh and blood, not a shadow on the screen. The eye of the movie camera is an evil eye. When you act in front of it, that cyclops keeps taking from you until you feel empty. On the stage, you give something to the audience, more comes back.
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