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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...

Super Bowl halftime shows: anticipation or disappointment?

Anne Nickoloff, Music Reporter

February 1, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Film and Television, Music

Though the Super Bowl is a haven for commercial variety and football excitement, the halftime show is a coveted place for famous musicians to perform. This year, Beyoncé will enter the annals of Super Bowl halftime history. However, not every Super Bowl halftime show is memorable for television...

Observer App of the Week for 2/1-2/8: Vine

Sheehan Hannan, A&E Editor

February 1, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Publisher: Vine Labs Inc. Platform: iOS (Optimized for iPhone 5)   Last week, Twitter subsidy Vine Labs released their much anticipated video sharing app. Since their acquisition, the startup has been on virtual blackout, building anticipation for the release. But now it’s here. In a...

“Les Miserables:” worth a second watch

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter

January 18, 2013


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Features, Film and Television

With a story so touching and that has elicited tears from so many individuals, Les Miserable has been adapted from the 1862 French novel by Victor Hugo to not only a musical on Broadway, but a recent film of the same name. Having also directed “The King’s Speech,” the British director Tom Hooper...

The Observer Rates the Best Television of 2012

The Observer Rates the Best Television of 2012

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Reporter

December 15, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, What to do this Week

With 2012 coming to a close your favorite series are taking a break for the holiday season. So, let’s take this opportunity to toast some of the best shows of 2012 in no particular order: The Legend of Korra: Creating a sequel to a beloved television series rarely works: from Joanie Loves Chachi to That...

Disney Buys Rights to Star Wars as Whitney Continues Downward Spiral

Disney Buys Rights to Star Wars as Whitney Continues Downward Spiral

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Reporter

November 16, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, Top Stories, What to do this Week

The holiday season is fast approaching. The Cleveland weather has turned miserable overnight. Pretty soon, lethal-sized icicles will form on the eaves of the Peter B. Lewis building, a festive joke from that wily trickster Frank Gehry. And next weekend is Thanksgiving, the traditional start to the winter...

Disney to Remake Boy Meets World

Drew Scheeler, Film and Television Reporter

November 9, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television, What to do this Week

A casual glance at the television schedule makes any sane person wonder if there are any original ideas left in Hollywood. The television landscape is dominated by spinoffs, reboots and shows that blatantly plagiarize preexisting series. Take the format of “Pawn Stars.” The original series airs for...

Television Retrospective: Jersey Shore’s Final Season

Elaina Lin, Theatre and Dance Reporter

November 1, 2012


Filed under Arts & Entertainment, Film and Television

Surfing through channels, a scene of a bitter verbal fight pops briefly across the screen. Further examination will reveal a depiction of people going through their daily lives and routines, nothing too far out of the ordinary. Normally, I enjoy watching reality television, anything from “American ...

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