Category Archives: Television

This is How You Heel

Three weeks ago, I discussed the looming problem the WWE has in light of its use of heels with face-like qualities.  Summarizing, the WWE has embraced the “smart” reaction to effective heels, essentially turning any heel who gets over into … Continue reading

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The WWE Has a Big Problem. Here’s the Solution. Really.

The WWE has a problem. Surprisingly, I’m not talking about anything related to stock value or corporate governance.  I’m referring specifically to the aspect of pro wrestling that matters most to me as a fan: Storytelling.  And, whether the creative … Continue reading

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YES-lemania: The WrestleMania 30 Preview

A scant four weeks ago, I was convinced that WrestleMania XXX was in big trouble. It looked for all the world that the WWE had an almost insurmountable task ahead of it creatively.  Specifically, it appeared as though the main … Continue reading

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Go Cancel Yourself

The “#CancelColbert” mini-movement may finally be it. After years of steamrolling toward this apparently inevitable conclusion, we may at last have reached the point wherein the universe of the offended folds in on itself.  We’ve found our way to “snake … Continue reading

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The Most Impressive Feat in Game Show History

We’ve seen some astounding—perhaps even viral—feats in the world of game shows over the last few years. The two that immediately come to mind are an amazing solve on Wheel of Fortune and an exact showcase bid on The Price is Right. Yet, while … Continue reading

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Domino’s Odd Way of Selling Pizza

Here’s a random observation accumulated by watching far too many hours of sporting (and sports-entertainment!) events over the past couple of years: Domino’s has a strange theory on what kind of advertising will make people want to buy their pizza … Continue reading

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Where Does WWE Go From Here?

“Twitter friend” Matthew Timmons authors a must-read website for wrestling fans called kafabermetrics (a play on “Sabermetrics”) in which he dutifully tracks statistical information based on the performances of the various WWE superstars.  Like a Bill James for the squared-circle set, … Continue reading

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The Tonight Show’s Forgotten Host

Jimmy Fallon’s ascension to the Tonight Show throne – even if that chair doesn’t have the luster it once did – is imminent. With the Winter Olympics looming, NBC has begun promoting the new Tonight Show heavily.  Two things have jumped out … Continue reading

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The Great Leap Forward

Hype (or, more accurately, over-hype) is an integral part of the business of professional wrestling.  Perhaps a nod to its carnival roots, the overzealous promotion of the next top talent, important card, or story development is the lifeblood of the industry. … Continue reading

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An Event of Unexpected Importance

When wrestling fans scour the television landscape in anticipation of pivotal moments in WWE history, the Tables, Ladders, and Chairs pay-per-view isn’t the top candidate to produce such moments. That’s an understatement.  TLC is a “gimmick” pay-per-view, built around a … Continue reading

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