GE’s “Boy Who Beeps” ad is “Boyhood,” with beeps

NBC aired an ad during Saturday Night Live this past week that was so weird and offbeat that I honestly thought it was an SNL digital short. The two-minute ad was for GE, and you could call it a cross between Steven Spielberg’s “A.I. Artificial Intelligence” and Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood.” “The Boy Who Beeps” is more »

Lifetime releases teaser for Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B

Despite losing its original star, Zendaya, and not having the blessing of Aaliyah’s family, Lifetime’s biopic of the late R&B singer is rolling on. Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B will air November 15. It’s based on Christopher Farley’s book “” and produced by Wendy Williams herself. How you doin? Here’s the first teaser trailer: The casting more »

 How do you watch Netflix? More are watching through boxes 

When you watch Netflix, do you do so through a streaming box, or some other way? According to a new survey, a lot more people are watching the service through digital players and TVs themselves, and less through video game systems. According to a new GfK study, Over-the-Top TV 2014, 28 percent of consumers who more »

A farewell to cartoons: A Saturday morning tradition comes to an end 

An institution familiar to anyone of a certain age came to an end over the weekend, when the last network bloc of Saturday morning cartoons aired for the final time. According to Cinema Blend,  The CW’s weekly block, known as Vortexx, aired for the last time on Saturday. The bloc, which consisted of Cubix, Sonic more »

SNL’s season premiere: Funny, derivative and Pete Davidson rules

After months of headlines about casting and writers room changes both real and imagined, Saturday Night Live returned over the weekend for its season premiere, hosted by newly minted superstar Chris Pratt. Pratt was an excellent host, the sketches were stronger than not, and the big breakout was Pete Davidson, the new featured player who, more »

Get the popcorn: A Real Genius TV remake is on the way

The sartorial 80s comedy/best Val Kilmer movie ever, “Real Genius,” is being remade for television. Nerds and fans alike cannot wait. “Real Genius” was directed by Martha Coolidge and has grossed over $12 million bucks. Its most memorable moment may be when students gang up against an unfair professor and turn his home into a giant more »

Crossover nightmares: ‘Simpsons’ meet ‘Family Guy,’ and “It stinks!”

Well, that was pretty ghastly. Sunday night’s long-awaited Simpsons/Family Guy crossover wasn’t particularly funny, witty or memorable. And that’s because, rather than a true collaboration, it was very much a Family Guy episode guest-starring the Simpsons, told through Family Guy‘s distinct sensibility and in Family Guy‘s style- one of aggressive, hateful, mean-spirited garbage comedy. Just more »

Fin: Fox News vs. woman drivers, Hulk Hogan vs. tank tops and Bill Simmons vs. ESPN

Not sure what’s the worst thing about Fox News’ mocking of the United Arab Emirates’ female fighter pilot who bombed ISIS: The denigration of a legitimate war hero, the rank misogyny, or someone in 2014 doing “woman driver” jokes. What’s next, Norm Crosby as a Fox News contributor? (Gawker) In perhaps the worst moment of more »

Anniversary thinkpiece roundup: Too much Saget edition

These days, it’s always some anniversary in popular culture. Here’s what we’re commemorating this week: Gilligan’s Island, 50 years. Danny Tyree, The Daily Iowegian  People exclaim, “You’re making me feel old!” when I tell them that. Gee, Skipper, I would have thought it had something to do with your shiny dome, extra chins and smoker’s more »

Comedy Central vs. the Washington Redskins: South Park, Daily Show get their licks in

It’s fair to say it’s been a pretty bad week for the Washington Redskins. In fact, in the last six days they’re 0-4- they lost twice on the field (to the Eagles on Sunday, and to the Giant Thursday) and they’ve also been completely skewered twice by Comedy Central. South Park‘s season premiere Wednesday night, more »

ABC’s ‘Forever’ is not New Amsterdam, it swears

It’s impossible to watch Forever and not think of New Amsterdam, the 2008 Fox series with an incredibly similar premise. At least it’s impossible for me. I understand that a lot of people never saw New Amsterdam to begin with. In the Fox drama, Future Jamie Lannister Nikolaj Coster-Waldau was a New York city homicide more »

Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D shocks with Season 2 premiere

Spoilers included here for the Season 2 premiere of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. We’re not kidding!             After making an understandably big deal about getting Xena and Battlestar Galactica actress Lucy Lawless into the cast, the drama offed her in her first appearance. Confronted by villain Crusher Creel, mercenary Isabelle Hartley more »