M.Leddy + television   372

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 
6 days ago 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 
6 days ago by M.Leddy
LA to Vegas (all in the fambly)
Our son-in-law is one of the show’s writers.
fambly  television 
18 days ago by M.Leddy
Rose Marie (1923–2017)
The Child Wonder channeled Helen Kane.
music  television  vaudeville 
25 days ago by M.Leddy
Metaphors, mixed
“We’ll bottom out, and then we’ll start to turn a corner.”
metaphor  television 
25 days ago 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 
5 weeks ago 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 
5 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“Bon Appétit!”
Here’s a third piece of Lassie fan-fiction, with Julia Child.
Lassie  television 
6 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“The long and short of it”
Alonzo Mourning and Charlayne Hunter-Gault.
television 
8 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Sleigh Bells Ring
“This has exceeded even my lofty expectations!”
television 
8 weeks ago by M.Leddy
Halloween advice
“Make sure you’re well lit.”
Halloween  television 
11 weeks ago by M.Leddy
World Book Things
Five minutes into the first episode of the new season of Stranger Things, I was thrilled to see the World Book Encyclopedia, or at least a partial set, on a shelf in Dustin’s house.
childhood  dowdyworld  television 
11 weeks ago by M.Leddy
“An image of the audience”
Neil Postman on the politician as an image of the audience.
culture  politics  television 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Dream commercial
In last night’s sleep, a commercial for The Tonight Show.
advertising  television  usage 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
Stornography, now appearing in a cartoon.
television  weather  words 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Stornography
The commodification of horrific weather into televised spectacle.
television  weather  words 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
The first Paul Martin
Jon Shepodd played Paul Martin in the 1957–58 season of Lassie.
Lassie  television 
september 2017 by M.Leddy
Current events
Alliances, rivalries: it’s Big Brother in the White House.
politics  television 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
June Foray (1917–2017)
The voice of Rocket J. Squirrel, Natasha Fatale, and Nell Fenwick.
cartoons  childhood  television 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Snoopy TV
Sitting too close to the television.
comics  Peanuts  television 
august 2017 by M.Leddy
Bob Wolff (1920–2017)
In the 1970s, I watched countless New York Knicks games with Bob Wolff’s play-by-play and Cal Ramsey’s color commentary.
television 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Hal Fryar (1927–2017)
Harlow Hickenlooper of Indianapolis children’s television.
childhood  Indianapolis  television 
july 2017 by M.Leddy
Henry TV
Henry’s dog Dusty is sitting too close to the television.
comics  dowdyworld  Henry  television 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Mystery actor
She has Bette Davis eyes.
film  television 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Watching Lost in five sentences
“I’m supposed to believe this?”
television 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Lost thoughts
Lost piles up mythic tropes and media tropes indiscriminately, from Gilgamesh and Enkidu to the Mahabharata to Pandora’s box to Heart of Darkness and Apocalypse Now (Mistah Locke) to Casablanca (“You’re getting on that plane”) to Star Wars to Jonestown to Raiders of the Lost Ark to MacGyver to Touched by an Angel to The Apprentice. And more, always more.
fiction  myth  television 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Domestic comedy
“The Dharma Initiative push-up bra.”
domesticcomedy  television 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Woodstock TV
Woodstock joins Henry, Linus van Pelt, and Nancy Ritz in having sat too close to the television.
comics  Peanuts  television 
june 2017 by M.Leddy
Mystery actor
You may have seen her on television — dozens and dozens of times.
film  Honeymooners  television 
may 2017 by M.Leddy
Domestic comedy
Upon flipping to the last minute or so of Jeopardy.
domesticcomedy  television 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
Hallmark is a bleep
The Hallmark Channel censors its Frasier reruns.
censorship  television 
april 2017 by M.Leddy
“Improves focus”
Two spaces after a period? Oxford commas? From a Crazy Ex-Girlfriend episode.
punctuation  television 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
My (male) female intuition
Predicting how things would go in Gilmore Girls.
GilmoreGirls  television 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
The S.S. Lurk
Elaine’s idea that Gilmore Girls is Gilligan’s Island looks more and more plausible.
GilmoreGirls  television 
march 2017 by M.Leddy
No melodrama
“Thank you, Mr. Mason. You saved me from becoming a cheap and melodramatic anti-climax.”
PerryMason  television 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
Gilmores and Gilligan
Gilmore Girls is Gilligan’s Island.
GilmoreGirls  television 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
Jon Stewart plays president
“Super-long tie, dead animal on head.”
politics  television 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
Wedding music?
“I Can’t Get Started” is hardly a wedding song.
GilmoreGirls  music  television 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
Life imitates Gilmore Girls (and doesn’t)
“You mean people would rather vote for a moronic twink who they liked over someone who could actually do the job?”
GilmoreGirls  politics  television 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
Recently updated
The actress Mary Webster, who appeared in one of the strangest (and best) episodes of Father Knows Best , has died.
television 
february 2017 by M.Leddy
Barbara Hale (1922–2017)
Della Street to Raymond Burr’s Perry Mason.
PerryMason  television 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
“That bastard Donald Trump”
“Oh my God — it’s the title search for the Rachel property. And guess who owns it!”
GilmoreGirls  politics  television 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Domestic comedy
“That would be a nice thing to do — we can escape to the Gilmore Girls city.”
domesticcomedy  GilmoreGirls  television 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Things to do on Friday
I too would like to think that changing the channel or turning off the television will somehow bruise a certain outsize ego. But it’s not happening.
politics  television 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Mystery actor
The young Aaron Spelling.
film  television 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
The tiny-house reach
“It makes me feel like I can reach from the toilet to the fridge!”
houses  idioms  television 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
Speak, Emenee
Do you remember this commercial?
advertising  childhood  music  television 
january 2017 by M.Leddy
No TV news
I dread what the next four years might mean for my country, but I don’t need a television to know about it.
news  politics  television 
december 2016 by M.Leddy
The De Palma-Dunning-Kruger effect
“Banta, sometimes I wish you were smarter, just so you’d know how dumb you are.”
television 
december 2016 by M.Leddy
MetaTV
Characters past and characters future, all present on the home screen.
television 
december 2016 by M.Leddy
MetaTV
MeTV is MetaTV — and movies.
film  PerryMason  television 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Orange Trek art
Fresca at l’astronave has created two great, witty examples of Star Trek orange crate art.
art  orangecrateart  television 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
The PBS NewsHour remembers Gwen Ifill
Nearly the entire broadcast was devoted to remembering Gwen Ifill.
news  PBS  television 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Gwen Ifill (1955–2016)
I will miss Gwen Ifill’s intelligence and exuberance. Watching her, I always had the feeling that we were all in this (that is, current events, of whatever sort) together.
news  PBS  television 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Salinger and Tewksbury
A never-realized film adaptation of “For Esmé — With Love and Squalor.”
film  Salinger  television 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Robert Vaughn (1932–2016)
Napoleon Solo and fellow agent Illya Kuryakin (David McCallum) were major inspirations in my espionage-filled boyhood.
childhood  television 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
PBS, sheesh
From tonight’s PBS NewsHour : “In this campaign, the topic of refugees from war-torn Syria have been a political flash point.”
grammar  news  PBS  sheesh  television 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Baseball and silence
I know very little about baseball, but it seems to me that the game invites contemplation — watching and waiting and thinking. Joe Buck and company, but especially Buck, sucked all the silence out of the game.
baseball  television  words 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Masonic Ticonderoga
A Dixon Ticonderoga in a Perry Mason episode.
pencils  PerryMason  television 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
Jay Tarses on the small screen
Dave Simonds’s Free Advice from an Old Guy , five very short films starring Jay Tarses.
comedy  film  television 
november 2016 by M.Leddy
From an old notebook
Dialogue from the PBS children’s show Barney.
fambly  notebooks  television 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Awkward metaphor of the day
“He’s not going to be a wallflower that’s going to get pushed around.”
metaphor  politics  television 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Block that metaphor
“They’re trying to find the middle ground where they can straddle this awkward situation.”
metaphor  politics  television 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Reality TV?
Is the cheap-looking background in Donald Trump’s self-serving taped “statement” meant to look like the kind of background one sees on cable news? Is the background meant to give (someone) the impression that Trump is answering an anchor’s question and not merely reading from a script?
politics  television 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Advice for creative types
Beatrice Taylor, Aunt Bee: “Nobody can create on an empty stomach.”
advice  television 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
Impastor tonight
The second season of the series begins tonight.
television 
october 2016 by M.Leddy
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