Category Archives: Television

New York Game Show Disaster 2005

Storytelling podcast number three delves into an embarrassing (and public) moment from my own past. I view it differently today than I did then.  But, that’s pretty much how life works, isn’t it? It’s no Father’s Day tribute or story … Continue reading

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30 Facts for Live Aid’s 30th Anniversary

Even though I was only seven years old, I could sense that Live Aid was important. Thirty years ago today, the biggest musical acts in the world performed as part of a single, massive event, unprecedented in scope.  Everyone from … Continue reading

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Ranking the Viability of Money in the Bank Candidates

From a storytelling perspective, Money in the Bank has easily become one of the WWE’s most critical annual shows, and the only show created in the past decade that cracks the list. Money in the Bank is as pivotal as … Continue reading

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David Letterman, Full Circle

I don’t know which fact is more surprising (depressing?): 1. David Letterman is older than Johnny Carson was when Carson retired. 2. I’m older than David Letterman was when he began hosting Late Night. When Johnny Carson aired his final Tonight … Continue reading

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A Last Word on Mad Men

I began to get worried at about 10:58. Realizing there wasn’t much time left in the series, I wondered how Matthew Weiner would be able to conclude Mad Men in a way that made sense and was true to the characters … Continue reading

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At the End, What Do We Make of Mad Men?

The “Mount Rushmore of ________” is a tired construct at this point, but still serves a decent enough purpose: Trying to winnow down a presumably deep category to its four best examples can be a worthwhile exercise. When I think … Continue reading

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The Most Transitional WrestleMania of All Time!

WrestleMania has always been a little different. From its inception, when it was the only annual pay-per-view in the World Wrestling Federation’s arsenal, celebrity involvement was a point of emphasis.  From Liberace to Billy Martin to Muhammad Ali, the WWF … Continue reading

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Booking Brock

Last month, Brock Lesnar committed acts of violence rarely witnessed on contemporary WWE programming. Not only that, but he perpetrated those acts against then-WWE Champion and “face of the company” John Cena. This was exactly what should have happened. As … Continue reading

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Beast For Business – SummerSlam 2014

In just a few days’ time, shrewd businessman and creative genius Vince McMahon’s troupe of fairly compensated independent contractors will put on their second-biggest show of the year. Originating from its now-annual home, L.A.’s Staples Center, SummerSlam features a complete … Continue reading

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RAW in Richmond

Due to a last-minute offer of (excellent) tickets, I was able to catch Monday Night RAW in person at the Richmond Coliseum this week.  Here, in no particular order, are some observations and live impressions that I’ll jot down before loading up the television … Continue reading

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