Apparently, "Jersey Shore's" crimes against culture will include unleashing a torrent of heavily staged reality programs steeped in me-too ethnic stereotyping.
If reality TV teaches us anything, it's that anyone can become a celebrity. The flip side of that is the reassuring notion that celebrities -- except for the entourage of agents, assistants and…
What I know about high fashion couldn't fill a thimble. But I do know a little something about marketing and merchandising, which is why I'm still a trifle confused about Banana Republic's decision…
People are so blase about the staging of reality shows that it's hard to get anyone excited by evidence to that effect. Still, an eagle-eyed reader noticed that one of the brothers featured in ABC's…
Recently Los Angeles Times critic Robert Lloyd wrote a wholly misguided analysis about the pervasive darkness of AMC's "Breaking Bad." Here I am again, left cleaning up the messes of others. What…
Given the U.S. government's near-default as Democrats and Republicans bickered over the debt ceiling, much has been made of the country's political dysfunction.
Television does a lot of things well, but it simply can't afford to blow stuff up as impressively as they can in movies. So for a sci-fi series to work, it ultimately has to rely on characters, not…
Critics often face unspoken pressure to embrace something that's popular. Hey, if that many people like it, there must be something there I'm not seeing, right? No need to worry about that happening…
"Curiosity" -- a broad initiative designed to tackle an eclectic array of provocative and puzzling topics -- definitely lives up to that billing in its premiere.
Through the years, CBS' David Poltrack has tried — often in very lonely fashion — to tweak the way the TV industry in general, and media buyers in particular, look at demographics. The network gave…