M.Leddy + television   442

Pitching Ghostwriter
“Ghostwriter rewards the patient, the loyal, the attentive. If that means some fans will reach adulthood without ever learning who Max Mouse is, so be it.”
childhood  PBS  television 
5 days ago by M.Leddy
Jon Batiste FTW
As Sanjay Gupta came on stage on The Late Show tonight, Jon Batiste played a bit of Billy Strayhorn’s “U.M.M.G.”
BillyStrayhorn  music  television 
11 days ago by M.Leddy
Is there one in Hawkins?
Aldi Breakfast Best Homestyle Waffles are better than Eggo Homestyle Waffles.

Is there an Aldi in Hawkins?
food  television 
7 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Orson Bean’s later-life swerve to the right, unmentioned in his New York Times obituary.
television 
7 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Orson Bean (1928–2020)
A regular presence on TV in my childhood. He later swerved very far right.
television 
7 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Donkey Hodie rides again
Coming to PBS, a new show inspired by Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood: Donkey Hodie, with Purple Panda, Duck Duck, Bob Dog, and Donkey Hodie, the granddaughter of the original Donkey Hodie, now known as Grampy Hodie.
childhood  PBS  television 
11 weeks ago by M.Leddy
TV academics
“Professor Laird, the cucumber sandwiches are running out. Would you like me to get some more?”
academia  television 
11 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Mystery actor
This one would baffle me, so I’m guessing it’ll be easy for someone else.
film  television 
12 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Scribbles & Ink
For kids and those who think like kids: Scribbles & Ink, an online game (or drawing environment, I’d call it) to go with the PBS Kids series of the same name.
art  television 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
Hallmark rising
The New Yorker looks at the Hallmark Channel(s).
television 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
Lock her up
The judge sure looks like she’s wearing a straitjacket.
television 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
Wuthering Heights, tonight
it’s a version made for television, with Richard Burton and Rosemary Harris, lost and now found.
film  television 
december 2019 by M.Leddy
Walter Mercado (1932?–2019)
I’d describe Walter Mercado as something of a cross between Liberace and Fulton Sheen. Regalia and piercing eyes.
television 
november 2019 by M.Leddy
Marshall Efron (1938–2019)
His comedy was heady, subversive stuff for a bookish, skeptical high-school student. I still remember “Olives.”
television 
october 2019 by M.Leddy
Valerie Harper (1939-2019)
I like what Harper is quoted as saying about Rhoda: “Rhoda, like most of us, was a victorious loser.”
television 
september 2019 by M.Leddy
A debate review
Hank Stuever, television critic.
politics  television 
august 2019 by M.Leddy
Crossover candidate
“Hey, you’re that guy!” ”The thousand-dollar-a-month guy!”
advertising  politics  television 
august 2019 by M.Leddy
Ben Leddy hosts The Rewind
The third episode is here: “The Size of the Universe,” with educational television footage from 1957.
fambly  television 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
The Bob Rosses
The New York Times asks: “Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings?” And there’s an answer.
art  painting  television 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
Ben Leddy hosts The Rewind
Our son Ben is hosting WGBH’s online series The Rewind, an exploration of the WGBH archives.
fambly  television 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
Chock full o’Things
From Stranger Things, a can of Chock full o’Nuts.
Chockfullo'Nuts  coffee  television 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
C-SPAN reveals all
As with two-person political debates, the best place to see the Trump Fourth speech was C-SPAN, which cut away again and again for shots of the crowd.
politics  television 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
Arte Johnson (1929–2019)
Readers of a certain age will remember him from Rowan & Martin’s Laugh-In.
television 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
TSWOCABTTS
Television Show Whose Opening Credits Are Better Than The Show.
television 
july 2019 by M.Leddy
Todd
“Can we say goodbye to Cuck Todd?”
television 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
Code Red
A downstate-Illinois meteorologist is off the air after criticizing the Sinclair Broadcasting Group’s melodramatic “Code Red Day” weather alerts.
television  weather 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
Schools and TV dinners
The TV dinner and the virtual school proceed from the same model: one person, in front of a screen. Get out your laptop, or TV tray; it’s time for “school,” or “dinner.”
education  food  television 
june 2019 by M.Leddy
Oswald
A lying narcissist with a big tie. But any resemblance to a real person is purely coincidental.
culture  politics  television 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
Que me ves guey
Walking on Olvera Street in Los Angeles, I saw this face and caption on T-shirts at kiosk after kiosk.
culture  television 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
Ashbery Trek
“Are you wearing some unusual kind of perfume, or something radioactive, my dear?”
JohnAshbery  television 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
Benjamin and Newman
Watching The Graduate (dir. Mike Nichols, 1967) Saturday night, I wondered: could Mrs. Robinson’s icy “Hello, Benjamin” be the inspiration for Jerry Seinfeld’s “Hello, Newman”?
film  television 
march 2019 by M.Leddy
No TV for a week!
It’s been no CNN or MSNBC for a week, and I feel fine.
news  television 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
Joe Friday and T.S.E.
An Andrew McCabe sentence sounds like them both.
poetry  television 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
Jackie Wilson and milk
It’s nice to hear a few seconds of Jackie Wilson on TV, even if it’s in a milk commercial.
advertising  music  television 
february 2019 by M.Leddy
BAGS TO RAGE
I misread a screen title in a Marie Kondo episode.
misreading  television 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
Joe Namath on TV
I’m not sure which scenario is worse to contemplate: that Joe Namath needs these benefits, or that he’s willing to say that he does to make some money. O television!
advertising  television 
january 2019 by M.Leddy
Screen life
“By all accounts, Mr. Trump’s consumption of cable television has actually increased in recent months.”
politics  television 
december 2018 by M.Leddy
As if
“Is there a secret whiteboard timeline in the Mueller office?”

As if anyone talking on television would have the answer to that question.
MSNBC  television 
december 2018 by M.Leddy
Not just a white Christmas
The times are changing: Hallmark premieres four movies this holiday season with African-American male and female leads, the first such movies in Hallmark history.
television 
december 2018 by M.Leddy
New directions
A Hallmark movie has quoted “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”
poetry  television 
december 2018 by M.Leddy
Meta-Mason
I love when old television shows have the characters talk about television.
PerryMason  television 
november 2018 by M.Leddy
Mystery actor
I’ve seen him on television at least a hundred times. But on film — that was a surprise.
film  television 
november 2018 by M.Leddy
So early-twenty-first century
“Well, this is the twenty-first century . . . I think I’ll be blogging!”
blogging  television 
november 2018 by M.Leddy
Hallmark “trees”
The sappy, saccharine Hallmark movie Falling for Vermont has everything: a Famous Author, a cozy bookstore, a gazebo, a “town meeting,” and fake trees.
television 
october 2018 by M.Leddy
Mystery actor
Whoever he is, he’s making his screen debut.
film  television 
october 2018 by M.Leddy
Rhymes with Moscow
Today’s Zippy calls for knowledge of a jingle.
comics  dowdyworld  television  Zippy 
june 2018 by M.Leddy
History, rewritten
My cable company summarizes a show: “The on-going protests in the U.S. lead to the end of the war and Richard Nixon securing the presidency.”
history  television  truth 
june 2018 by M.Leddy
MU
MUrray Hill-Seven Seven-Five-Hundred. MUrray Hill-Seven Seven-Five-Hundred.
dowdyworld  telephone  television 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Chuck McCann (1934–2018)
Sandy Becker, Officer Joe Bolton, Sonny Fox, Miss Louise, Chuck McCann, Cap’n Jack McCarthy, and Soupy Sales. O local television!
childhood  television 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
A conversation from another world
From Father Knows Best. They don’t make colleges like this anymore.
college  dowdyworld  television 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Naked Zippy
I like seeing Bill Griffith adapt the closing words of The Naked City (the film) and every episode of Naked City (the television series).
comics  film  NakedCity  television  Zippy 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
A Father Knows Best pencil sharpener
James Anderson (Robert Young) installs a necessary household tool.
pencils  television 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Domestic comedy
“It’s like Sex and the City , but without the sex and without the city.”
domesticcomedy  television 
april 2018 by M.Leddy
Branching out
From Father Knows Best: “The successful engineer today also needs to know languages, economics, philosophy, the humanities.”
dowdyworld  humanities  television 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
An utterance from another world
From Father Knows Best: “Your dinner jacket just arrived from the cleaners.”
dowdyworld  television 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
NeTfLiCks
It’s not just that Netflix has come to resemble TLC . I fear that Netflix has become TLC.
film  television 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Flowers knows best
Father Knows Best and Betty Sue Flowers’s four-part model for a writer’s work: madman, architect, carpenter, judge.
television  writing 
march 2018 by M.Leddy
Netflix as TLC
Earlier this month I had the thought that Netflix resembles a crummy video store. Now it seems to be turning into TLC.
film  television 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
Reality TV and the White House
“Omarosa was fired three times on The Apprentice, and this is the fourth time we let her go.”

“We”?

The blurred line between reality TV and the White House could not be clearer.
culture  politics  television 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
Treason?
I didn’t clap during the State of the Union address. Then again, I didn’t watch. On purpose.
politics  television 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
John Mahoney (1940–2018)
Best known for playing Martin Crane in the television series Frasier.
television 
february 2018 by M.Leddy
Barack Obama and David Letterman
David Letterman is not an especially good interviewer, not for this kind of interview, not at this length. He seems like a man attempting to play the role of a serious conversationalist. Imagine — just imagine — what Dick Cavett could do with this opportunity.
BarackObama  television 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
LA to Vegas (representing)
The New York Times picks LA to Vegas as one of ten shows “we’ll be talking about in January.”
television 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
LA to Vegas (all in the fambly)
Our son-in-law is one of the show’s writers.
fambly  television 
january 2018 by M.Leddy
Rose Marie (1923–2017)
The Child Wonder channeled Helen Kane.
music  television  vaudeville 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
Metaphors, mixed
“We’ll bottom out, and then we’ll start to turn a corner.”
metaphor  television 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
NPR on Hallmark Movies
Linda Holmes and Lulu Garcia-Navarro are fans, even as they acknowledge that Hallmark’s unreality is utterly heteronormative and nearly all-white.
NPR  television 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
TV days
The Times reports that “people close to him estimate that Mr. Trump spends at least four hours a day, and sometimes as much as twice that, in front of a television.”
politics  television 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
“Bon Appétit!”
Here’s a third piece of Lassie fan-fiction, with Julia Child.
Lassie  television 
december 2017 by M.Leddy
“The long and short of it”
Alonzo Mourning and Charlayne Hunter-Gault.
television 
november 2017 by M.Leddy
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