Posts Tagged ‘News’

New Years Eve Specials: Yikes!

I’m headed out of town tonight and while I’m bringing along my computer, things will get hectic. And by things I mean me, and by hectic I mean drunk.

I have to finish packing but I owe you this much. Nothing to do on New Years? Here is a handy guide from USA Today on where to find your favorite C-List celebrities doing countdown specials.

If it were up to me, we’d all ring in the New Year watching U Party With Fox News. I don’t know who’s going to have a worse evening; the people tuning in to play interactive news games with Griff Jenkins or Griff Jenkins. Six in one hand, half-dozen in the other.

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Vicious Cycle

When the news of former Pakistani PM Benazir Bhutto’s assassination hit the US news cycle, I was in the middle of a non-stop block of 30 Rock on DVD.

In fact, I didn’t learn of her tragic death for three hours. My excuse? A slow day at the house and a play all feature.

Once I heard about the news, I was dumbfounded. By the senseless act of violence and hate, and how I’d been too wrapped up in my own mess, my comedy, my DVD, my morning.

There are people across the country, too many, who have no idea what happened today. Most were probably watching TV or movies, just two clicks away from the internet, steps away from a newspaper or a friend.

What’s my point? I’m getting there, I swear. We’re given everything when we want it. We have so many options that we can see what we want and skip what we don’t. I enjoy avoiding the commercials on my Tivo, or with DVDs and I can argue that I’m not missing much. But by ducking those chance encounters, I’m really missing…a lot.

People move faster, technology catchs up with them and the cycle continues. Violence tears families apart, the Earth melts away, people are eating too much. The cycles feed into each other and both of them are messing us up. But how do you change that? Does anyone really want it to change? Or is it just something nice to think about?

I just don’t know where to start.

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Watch Smart!

Desperate Housewives is over for now and in its place is a TV movie that looks about as cheesy as Monroe, Wis. For your well-being, I would encourage you to steer clear and instead watch something informative for a change. My Tivo has been reminding me all week about 1968 With Tom Brokaw. I finally looked into it and it is going to be an excellent news-documentary.

Brokaw examines this literally explosive time in America’s history with news clips and personal reflections. He also interviews people who were knee deep in the struggle and those who can look back on it now. Brokaw even spoke with Rafer Johnson, the aide who was next to RFK the night he was assassinated.

Known as a seasoned journalist, Brokaw is also a well-respected author, scholar and historian. His previous books The Greatest Generation and Boom were critically acclaimed best sellers.

1968 is on tonight on The History Channel at 9/8 central.

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Please Let Art Imitate Life!

Take a look at this picture. This was in today’s Wisconsin State Journal. Yes, in between two lakes, the city managed to fit a capital, a college, some businesses and a few dozen prostitutes. The story was pretty interesting and shed some light on how the city is handling the problem…YARD SIGNS!

Why isn’t this a TV show? F the writers. You can’t make this stuff up. This is straight out of an episode of Picket Fences. I’ve been laughing at it all day. Imagine if it were a weekly half-hour? I’m already rolling with ideas. Get in on the ground floor.

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Hump Day Updates

  • Kathy Griffin has a new stand-up special on Bravo tomorrow. I saw her perform here in Nashville a few months ago and it was the best night I’ve had here. If her new show Straight to Hell,is half as good, then I will probably pee my pants from laughing…twice. Plus, she’ll probably talk about Jesus-Gate!

  • Diane Sawyer interviewed the Dilleys on Good Morning America today. Remember them? They’re America’s first surviving set of sextuplets or sixlets…not to be confused with the delicious chocolate candy. The Dilleys are 14 now and they have shaggy hair. My gaydar was totally off though. The little boy who loved Pocahontas, and ballroom dancing competitions is now a little more straight-laced so to speak. There’s always college.

  • The Sci-Fi Channel is putting a new spin on the Wizard of Oz with their mini-series Tin Man. It kind of plays on the dark and morbid aspects of the original, plus it’s a bit futuristic. For example, OZ is an acronym now for Outer Zone. Trippy huh? If that isn’t enough it stars Zooey Deschanel (Elf, All The Real Girls) and Alan Cumming, two of my favorites. Tin Man starts on Sunday.

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News You Can Use

NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams is presenting a week-long special on Black Women. The series (creatively titled) “African – American Women: Where They Stand,” started yesterday and runs through Friday on the air and through Saturday online.

The installments cover:

  • Education
  • Friendships
  • Heart Disease
  • Interracial Relationships
  • The Election

I caught tonight’s installment on breast cancer. It was brief but covered a lot of stuff I never knew. And the information isn’t just pertinent to women of color. There is a lot to be learned on womens health and societal issues. NBC is also keeping it interactive with additional features only available online.

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