Fin: Trevor Noah is coming, laughing at San Andreas and figuring out Littlefinger’s plan

Yes, Trevor Noah really is debuting on ‘The Daily Show,’ on August 28, we learn today. The PC Police didn’t get him, he wasn’t fired or silenced and a few days of criticism on Twitter didn’t cause comedy to die. Here’s a promo and everything, of the real Trevor Noah on the real Daily Show more »

NBC joins crowded sports documentary field

The sports documentary game is getting to be a crowded one. There’s ESPN’s 30 for 30. There’s HBO, which dropped its standalone division but still produces the occasional sports doc. MLB Network and NFL Network have their own documentary operations too. And wherever Bill Simmons lands, it’s a decent bet he’ll end up making docs more »


Cancel TLC: The case for the TLC network ceasing to exist

In the wake of the horrifying revelations involving the Duggar family of 19 Kids and Counting, the debate appears to be over whether the show, already pulled from the schedule, should be cancelled, or possibly continue as some form of spinoff in which Josh Duggar is not involved. Following this scandal- not to be confused more »

Destination America announces Ring of Honor broadcast rights

The soap opera between TNA and Destination America just took another turn as the network announced it will air Ring of Honor for 26 weeks starting June 3. It will air on Wednesday nights as the lead-in for TNA Impact. Rumors have been circulating that Destination America has effectively cancelled TNA. Instead of addressing them more »

Fin: Fenway over ‘Entourage,’ cancel TLC and the right vs. Lena Dunham

Following up on that ‘Entourage‘ piece earlier: Monday night, rather than the ‘Entourage’ movie press screening, I’ll be watching the Red Sox and Twins play at Fenway. I haven’t been this happy about missing a movie screening for better reasons since the night in the summer of 2011 when I stayed home from the “Transformers more »

Iyanla Vanzant headed to Baltimore, social media questions her “fixing” skills

Self-help guru Iyanla Vanzant is going to Baltimore for a three-day healing service to help the city through its current racial turmoil. As I’ve mentioned here before, Iyanla’s rate of successfully helping people doesn’t seem very good. I’m not the only one who noticed, as Twitter quickly exploded with pics of DMX, Terrell Owens and more »

You don’t got it, dude: Olsen twins out of “Fuller House”

Please let the only darkness ever to tinge the halo of the sickly-sweet sitcom Full House be that the baby of the cast refused to participate in its cash-cow reboot series. Well, that and all of Bob Saget’s standup career. The baby of the Full House family/cast was Michelle Tanner, played by twin girls Mary more »

No, ‘Silicon Valley’ does not need to be a “progressive satire”

There’s an interesting piece this week by Jaime Weinman on Macleans about HBO’s Silicon Valley, and specifically its political bent, asking, “Does satire always need to be progressive?” While Judge used to be a critics’ darling, some writers have taken the show to task for not being hard enough on the real-world Silicon Valley’s sexism more »


The douchebag factor: Why the ‘Entourage’ movie is bound to fail

As you may have heard, the movie adaptation of ‘Entourage’ will be upon us soon, with a June 5 release scheduled. I haven’t seen it- I don’t think it’s been screened for anyone as of yet- but I’m a bit skeptical of the project’s success, for quite a few reasons. No, it’s not just the more »

Want a solution for better pre-roll ads? Try the Ad Filter extension

Are you sick of the same dumb ads before every video you watch online? The Ad Filter has a solution. Created by British advertising organization D&AD, with cooperation from French ad agency BETC, the Ad Filter is a browser extension, available for Chrome and Firefox which, according to an Adfreak report, “blocks regular preroll ads more »

Comic legend Anne Meara has died at 85

The Emmy and Tony nominated comedian Ann Meara died over the weekend at age 85. She was partner to Jerry Stiller and father to Ben Stiller. Of course, it is radically unfair that over a 61-year long career Meara be called merely a huge box-office star’s mom and great comic actor’s wife – see comedian Judy more »

Watt’s up: Texans headed to “Hard Knocks”

We learned last week that the three finalists for this year’s edition of HBO’s NFL reality show Hard Knocks were the Buffalo Bills, Washington Redskins and Houston Texans. And after excitement that we’d be getting either an up-close look at Mad King-like owner Daniel Snyder (Washington) or the return of coach Rex Ryan (Buffalo), the more »