• Finding Stephen: The Colbert Nation Sweeps
    It was hardly a perfect 60-something minutes, but I mostly loved Colbert's "Late Show" debut. I know that not everyone did, and some even found it boring and predictable. But I think some of the tension came from the fact that it was a new, post-cable Colbert, on an old, old network, and he and his writers couldn't decide whether to serve or slay (or just lightly satirize) the network beast.
  • On VW's Golden Pond: The Shock Of The Old
    It all started innocently enough: A friend posted an article on my Facebook page about the latest VW ads starring the Golden Sisters. She wrote, "I love these! Have you seen them?"
  • Freud, Goethe, And The Bookshelf: The Ikea Papers
    Is there anything more analog than a catalogue, thudding its way to your mailbox or doorstep? Indeed, the release last year of Restoration Hardware's astounding 17-pounder seemed counterintuitive, if not downright arrogant. It caused howls of protest among recipients who saw its distribution as a perverse and wasteful move.
  • The Trumpman Show: The Pugnacious Prince Of Bel-Hair
    Donald "Ratings Machine" Trump seems to have found his political groove. He is the Golden Boy, currently owning the airwaves, social media, and the polls, and even performing miracles -- like getting the American electorate interested in politics.
  • Two Weddings And A Meryl (Streep)
    What makes the idea of aging rockers -- with flying hair extensions, tons of smudged eyeliner, and fingers full of gypsy rings -- seem so viscerally unappealing and cringe-inducing? Or is that just my own ageism and prejudice showing? Surely it must have something to do with rock's inevitable suggestion of -- and link to -- sex, drugs, and youth.
  • Just Like Buddy Holly & The Rain People: Road Trips From Hell?
    It's the dog days of summer. Why not go back, back, back to those pre-Internet days, a time when a) people watched TV in real time, and b) every now and then a TV commercial popped up that was so clever, surprising, strikingly beautiful, or funny that it became the subject of next-day water-cooler chatter? (Now, I guess that would be cappuccino/Red Bull/Nature-Valley-bar chat.)
  • Chasing Amy: Is 'Trainwreck' Bad for Women?
    I'm a big fan of "Inside Amy Schumer," the Comedy Central show that was just nominated for seven Emmys. But "Trainwreck," her new movie, reinforces every lame stereotype that the "IAS" writers have worked so hard to satirize.
  • Sluts Get Cut -- And Other Everlasting Wisdom From 'UnREAL'
    Readers, you know that MadBlog is always on the lookout for a televisual object worthy of post-"Mad Men" binge-watching, so you don't have to. This week, I turned to "UnREAL," a new Lifetime drama set behind-the-scenes at a "Bachelor"-like reality show called "Everlasting."
  • The Tour de Pants: Cosby, Jared, And Trump
    It's been a painful time for fans of Subway guy Jared Fogle, and beloved sitcom dad and sometime Jello pudding pop pusher Bill Cosby. Add Donald Trump to the mix and it's been one weird week.
  • Happy, Happy, Joy, Joy: The Death And Life of 'Happy-ish'
    Let's face it: With the (crushingly disappointing) ending of "Mad Men" (apple trees and honey bees, anyone?) lo those many weeks ago (not that I'm bitter), I found it hard to light upon a replacement that would be worthy of the kind of monomaniacal devotion that we paid to Weiner's Men.
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