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ABC bets on babies

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Critic

April 19, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Watershed Down Gambling is illegal in most states if you’re under the age of twenty one. But this doesn’t mean you can’t wager on toddlers! The American Broadcasting Company’s most recent game show is “Bet On Your Baby,” a mistake on so many levels that you can tell that it already has beco...

Combat fatigue: “Robot Combat League” fails to impress

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Critic

April 12, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Watershed Down The idea of a robotic uprising is one of the classic tropes of science fiction because humans are subconsciously frightened by the notion that the very machines we have created can one day find a way to dominate this planet. What if I were to tell you that this dystopian future predicte...

From the weird files: Japanese teenagers reenact “Dragon Ball” moves, prepare to save earth’s future

From the weird files: Japanese teenagers reenact “Dragon Ball” moves, prepare to save earth’s future

Drew Scheeler, Film & Television Critic

April 5, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

A set of photos circulating around the Internet this past week shows an assortment of Japanese schoolgirls reenacting moves and poses popularized by Akira Toriyama’s “Dragon Ball” manga. Originally appearing on 2channel – the same Japanese Internet bulletin board that previously alerted the...

New-munity: Community Redux

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Critic

March 29, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Watershed Down If a television series is particularly successful, a spinoff is all but guaranteed. Spinoffs are created to capitalize on the goodwill your average television viewer gives to the shows they watch. Dropping a fan-favorite character into a new situation is an easy way to plug a hole i...

Late night wars: medieval edition

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Critic

March 22, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Watershed Down Once upon a time, a noble flame-haired comedian was groomed and promoted to take over the kingdom of The Tonight Show. But a dragon older than time itself ruled The Tonight Show. And this dragon blew so much hot air at network executives that they felt no choice but to give him a ne...

Is good reality TV possible?

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Critic

March 1, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Watershed Down Are there any good reality shows left on television? Last week I received several responses to my review of ABC’s The Taste: I panned that show for its poor handling of even the most basic tropes of the reality genre and for bringing nothing new or interesting to a tired format. ...

My Dinner with Doritos, dreams and death

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Critic

February 22, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Watershed Down What do you get the dead president who already has everything? I like to imagine the spirit of George Washington took advantage of the Internet this past weekend to catch up on some of the wonderful cinema he’s missed over the last two hundred years. People on the Internet love fre...

ABC Discovers The Taste of New Reality Show To Be Sour, Altogether Unpleasant

ABC Discovers The Taste of New Reality Show To Be Sour, Altogether Unpleasant

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Critic

February 15, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Film and Television, Top Stories

Watershed Down A good reality show requires the perfect kettle of ingredients to be successful. This might include a novel format or memorable contestants or some incredibly compelling reason for viewers at home to want to tune in week after week to see who survives until the finals. Remember, if you...

Send in “The Americans”

Send in “The Americans”

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Critic

February 8, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to discover you have latent psychic powers? And what if you suddenly gained the power to predict the future? Some people would abuse these powers to win the lottery or control the stock market or learn the release date of The Legend of Korra’s second season. ...

FX shakes up the cable landscape

Drew Scheeler

February 1, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Film and Television

What does the television network FX have in common with Czechoslovakia? If Internet rumors are to be believed, then this November, Fox plans to split its cable channel apart into two. The original FX will continue to focus on its slate of excellent dramas while the Fox Soccer channel will be rebranded...

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