Tag Archives: Television

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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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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