Fin: Mormons place “Book of Mormon” ads, the revival of Comedy Central and the best movie mix tapes

I saw the touring production of “The Book of Mormon” last night here in Philadelphia, having never seen it before or heard any of the music, and I loved it, it’s every bit as great as everyone says. But I noticed something interesting: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints- the actual Mormons- placed more »

TV Review: ‘Selfie’ struggles to be anything but awful

And thus, civilization moves one step closer to extinction… As someone who grew up with party lines and rotary phones, the notion of a life lived via a handheld smart device and social media is not only archaic, it’s pointless. Though career and contemporary fashion now require me to be glued to my 4G fad more »

Bill Cosby, Cheslea Handler among comedy specials headed to Netflix

Netflix has already changed the way we watch TV and movies. Now our content overlords are taking over stand-up comedy. It has five specials on the way, including a Bill Cosby offering taped on his 77th birthday. Bill Cosby 77 features the comedy legend doing more than an hour on marriage, kids and relationships. Cos more »

End the ice bucket challenge before everyone gets hurt

You, dear reader of Technology Tell, are not an idiot. You’re savvy. You live a good part of your life online. And yet you may be wondering, what the hell is that ice bucket challenge all about other than raising awareness of ALS or some fundraising deal, but the people who splash themselves are not more »

Patton Oswalt will be back on ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’ in October

Brooklyn Nine-Nine surprised a lot of pundits with a very unique, cabley sense of humor, strong ensemble cast and simple but clean and well-executed premise. Funny cops and Andy Samberg playing charming and quirky sounded like the perfect recipe for failure, yet Brooklyn won over the critics in no time, snatching an unexpected two Golden more »

Don Pardo, voice of NBC, has died

Longtime radio and television announcer Don Pardo died in his sleep this week in his Arizona home. He was 96 years old. Pardo was most known for his voiceover work on Saturday Night Live; his was the fourth voice heard on the show’s premiere in 1975. He appeared on 38 seasons of the show, only more »

Shockingly, “Halt and Catch Fire” renewed by AMC

AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire had “one season wonder” written all over it. It was entertaining but very imperfect- with inconsistent characters, strange motivations, and an uneasy relationship with the time period and milieu in which it was set. For all its faults, it seemed to wrap up in a relatively satisfactory and finite way. more »

Fin: Baseball’s best fans, drug-testing comedians and Fareed gets nailed 

One of my favorite Twitter accounts for the past several years has been @BestFansStLouis, a feed consisting entirely of retweets of unfair and often racist things posted by fans of the St. Louis Cardinals. The idea is to push back against the notion that Cards fans are somehow classier or more friendly than those of every more »

Craig Ferguson: from late late night to pre-prime time?

Ever since he announced he plans to leave ‘The Late Late Show‘ this December, fans have been frantic, wondering what Scottish funnyman Craig Ferguson would do next. After 10 years following David Letterman (who himself is retiring in 2015), they’ve speculated if he would try for another talk show or do something a bit different. more »

Ian Ziering demands bigger payday for ‘Sharknado 3′

In his autobiography, “Back to the Batcave”, Adam West talks about time he was pulled into Batman producer William Dozier’s office shortly after he made the cover of Life magazine. Dozier showed West the cover and calmly reminded the actor –and I’m paraphrasing here – “there were seven Tarzans” before dismissing him. Dozier’s message to more »

Lifetime has released a trailer for “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” and it is insane

Lifetime movies are a strange, beautiful thing. They’re uniformly terrible, silly, and incompetent pieces of filmmaking, even by the already suspect standard of the TV movie. Two years ago “Liz & Dick,” the woefully ill-conceived Elizabeth Taylor/Richard Burton biopic starring the embattled Lindsay Lohan as Taylor, briefly captured the popular imagination and became an ironic more »

Fox turns down Tina Fey-produced ‘Cabot College’, next stop NBC?

It seems not every major stateside TV network can get and appreciate Tina Fey’s very particular, very original sense of humor, and so the 30 Rock star, writer and producer will merely continue her mutually beneficial NBC collaboration. The Peacock, which pulled 30 Rock out of the air in 2013 after seven hilarious, cult-followed, critically more »