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  • Odds And Endings: Aniston's Eyes, And The Sins Of The Fathers
    So, this is my swan song for Mad Blog. (I will let my colleague Bob Garfield explain the nuts and bolts here.) But I'd rather not look back. Instead, let's ...
  • Battle Of The Network Scars: The Return of 'Botched'
    "So tell me, what's been going on in your buttock area?" You have to admit that's a pretty good opener for a patient exam on "Botched," a reality show about ...
  • Go Figure: Dove's Lady-Shaped Bottles Make Eyes Roll
    Dove U.K. recently announced its new array of female-shaped bottles that, in the English version of the word, "Break the Mould." "From curvaceous to slender, tall to petite, and whatever ...
  • 'The Handmaid's Tale': The Fruit of Hulu
    "The Handmaid's Tale," a phenomenal drama now streaming on Hulu.com, looks to be the service's breakout hit, just as "Mad Men" put AMC on the map lo those many years ...
  • Dancing On A Glass Ceiling: The Many Roles Of Ivanka Trump
    Lately, she's adopted a fembot voice that is very soft and whispery - and so controlled it's almost chilling. While making a point, she flashes a 90-watt smile that seems ...
  • Dropping Anchor: Getting Rid Of Bill-O
    What more is there to say about the now-dumped Bill O'Reilly? That he recently shook hands with the Pope? That he substituted the word "falafel" for "loofah" while making harassing ...
  • Six Degrees Of Internet Excoriation
    Earlier in the week, I posted this snarky joke on social media: "The CEO of United just sent Sean Spicer a huge fruit basket, regifted from Pepsi." ...
  • Aspartaming History: Pepsi, The 'Un-Woke' Cola
    To paraphrase sometime-casino owner Rick in "Casablanca," "I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of one little Pepsi commercial don't amount ...
  • Where's The Beef? The Preening De-Cleavage-ization Of Carl's Jr.
    Anti-retrosexuals, rejoice! We've got nothing to lose but the boobs on display in ads for the Hardee's and Carl Jr's food chains! ...
  • 'Amazing Mrs. Maisel': Could It Possibly Be 'Mad Men'-Worthy?
    As the self-appointed president of the "Maniacs for Mad Men" club, I'm always on the lookout for a worthy successor. I don't want to get too excited yet, but I ...
  • Cyrus, Road Blocks, And The Green-Eyed Monster
    The young white interviewer-dude sports the black glasses and follicularly robust beard of your basic Brooklyn hipster. But rather than favoring a tight black T-shirt for flexing his tat-covered bicep ...
  • Women, Bulls And Gendered Expectations
    Humans might continue to argue about the need for 51% of the population to celebrate A Day Without a Woman, as part of International Women's Day, or even to require ...
  • The Bus Crash: Lessons Learned From The Accidental Oscars
    Jimmy Kimmel was on cruise control, generally killin' it at the Oscars. All was surprisingly unpolitical and stellar, until the Dolby Theater tour bus crashed. ...
  • The Sniping! The Criticism! Welcome To... The Oscars
    A funny thing happened en route to the Oscars' move toward cultural irrelevance. OK, let's not go crazy. This Sunday evening, we will no doubt still have to endure the ...
  • Labor, Cabinets, And Pieces Of Meat
    Andy Puzder, we hardly knew ye. That is, before he withdrew his nomination as Secretary of Labor this week, we kinda/sorta knew him as the hard-charging Hardee's and Carl's Jr. ...
  • The Super Bowl, Re-Politicized And De-Sexed
    If you will indulge me, I'm going to go back to that ridiculous orgy of advertising that accompanied the football game last Sunday. I know many critics found the spots ...
  • The Trump-Free Bowl?
    You'd think the Super Bowl, with its powerfully muscled teams of gargantuas pounding on each other, might provide the perfect diversion from the nonstop provocation of The Trump Show. That ...
  • 'Oh, Mare!' Another Exuberant Toss Of The Hat To Mary Tyler Moore
    As thousands of impassioned, personal and emotional memorials pour in, we can agree that Mary Richards was much more than a sitcom character. She was a mirror and a walking ...
  • American Carnage, Part 1: Trump And Pompomony
    I wanted to write a lighthearted column about the pomp and ceremony of Trump's Inauguration Day -- you know, the clothes, the gaffes, the memes. ...
  • A Million Little Manila Envelopes: Truth, 'Compromat,' Fake News
    President-Elect Trump's first formal press conference in months was a circus. In his defense, senior advisor Kellyanne Conway announced during an interview that we shouldn't listen to his words, but ...
  • The Mysterious World Of Megyn Kelly
    At an otherwise fractious and unpredictable time in American politics and media culture, former Fox anchor Megyn Kelly might be the only person around whose career planets are all aligned ...
  • A Brow-beaten Stiff: The Saga Of H&R Block
    Sadly, 2016 has ended with a tsunami of unexpected celebrity deaths, each shocking and hard to process in its own way. ...
  • Property Brother: Trump Remakes The People's House
    "I will be so presidential, you won't believe it," President-elect Trump famously said, regularly, over the course of his campaign. But that pivot has yet to arrive. ...
  • A Very Special, Treacle-Down, Holiday Message
    Recently, I caught the tail end, so to speak, of a lavishly produced commercial -- a real holiday showstopper, involving a magical stagecoach, complete with gas lamps on the sides ...
  • The Mythmaker In The White House: Jackie And History
    "Jackie," a movie starring Natalie Portman, is a luminous, visual tone poem that covers our previously unknowable First Lady in the compressed week or so after the JFK assassination on ...
  • Marketing By Fiat: Cialis Santa And The Real Fizzle
    Is there anything cheesier than a "naughty" Santa? Well, yes. The Fiat "Black Friday Event" commercial manages to pack in so many sexist, culturally tone-deaf, throwback, and cringe-making elements in ...
  • Dealing With All The isms: Can Advertising Lead The Way?
    "Bias is in the air you breathe," according to a new book. So how can the ad biz fight against it? ...
  • The Catastrophe Of Divorce -- And Other Post-Election Fixations
    I'm in search of my new content happy place, where I can stream and binge in a gentler, kinder, more carefree fictional universe. So why not start with "Divorce"? ...
  • President. Elect. Trump.
    He loved the chase. He loved the adulation of the crowds. He did it on a fluke. He never thought he'd win. ...
  • Lifting The Lid On Old Bro-Dom: Tales Of The 3% Conference
    Let's face it: The year hasn't been great for men or women, in politics or advertising. Throughout this election period, we've seen the return of time-worn gender stereotypes and divides ...