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Opinion: TLC does reality TV right

February 25, 2015
I have always found cartoons to be stressful. They are too brightly colored, too loud with too much activity. This caused me to look elsewhere for my television fill at a young age. Enter TLC. My obsession with the network began before I had even graduated elementary school. After school I would consume mass amounts of “A Wedding Story,” “A Baby Story” and “What Not to Wear” to glean information that I thought would be useful as an adult. Now I am an adult (technically) and my devotion to TLC has remained. Last fall, the network aired its final episode of “What Not to Wear” after 10 seasons. There will… Read more

Opinion: ‘SNL’ anniversary special delivers usual hits and misses

February 16, 2015
On Sunday night, the “Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special” paid tribute to four decades of talent, characters and showbiz. And, as a true tribute to SNL, there were some amazing parts, some mediocre parts and some parts that never seemed to end. The 3 1/2 hour show was, for the most part, very pleasant. Just about every memorable living ex-cast member and recurrent host received screen time in some capacity, and many of the departed ones received a touching tribute. Skits were brought back, legends of the show and younger talent got to work together and just about every monologue template was tried out by a different classic host.… Read more

Opinion: Jon Stewart changed how people think about the media

February 10, 2015
During Tuesday night’s episode of “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Stewart announced he will be leaving the program after more than 15 years as its host. The news was truly a shock. I’d always pictured Stewart sitting at his desk every weekday night, ready to entertain the masses until his body wouldn’t let him anymore. His unexpected departure might bring grief to longtime fans, but it offers up an opportunity to reflect on the impact and significance of his career. Stewart took over “The Daily Show” from Craig Kilborn back in 1999 when there wasn’t much buzz around it. Using his background as a comedian, Stewart helped create new… Read more

Opinion: Netflix will be challenged by Zelda’s magic; new ABC sitcom a breath of fresh air

February 9, 2015
While the Grammys (rightfully) hogged a majority of the headlines this past week, there were a couple of television-related happenings that, in my opinion, have yet to receive their fair share of media attention. And so, I’d like to take a moment to bring those issues to light. Netflix picks up legendary game Netflix is creating a live-action series based on Nintendo’s beloved video game series The Legend of Zelda. This might or might not be exciting news to everyone, but it’s exciting news to me. The project has barely gotten off the ground, and the writing team has yet to be established, but as of now, it sounds like… Read more

Opinion: BET’s decision exemplifies end of televised music era

November 25, 2014
Black Entertainment Television announced Nov. 14 that “106 & Park,” its music video countdown show, will air its last on-air episode Dec. 19. The music video countdown program will become digital only. Well, it finally happened. It’s the end of an era. As a former viewer of the show, I do not find it surprising that cable television has lost yet another (and probably final) program dedicated to showcasing the hottest music videos of the week. When I was younger, I used to watch MTV to find out what mainstream America was listening to, which artists were popular and which newcomers were catching buzz. “106 & Park,” which premiered in… Read more

Opinion: AMAs show trajectory for music fame in America unpredictable

November 25, 2014
The 2014 American Music Awards highlighted “the melting pot” that is America. Most every style of music was displayed, and many different nationalities were honored. Latino icon Pitbull was the host again this year, and he did exactly what you would expect him to do. He called himself “Mr. Worldwide” and “Mr. 305”, said “Dali” a handful of times, and did a huge performance with about 30 scantily clad women. That aside, he did a good job with his hosting duties. He was comfortable speaking and he brought attention to the Latino community, something that often doesn’t get as much attention as it should. Taylor Swift opened the show with… Read more

Opinion: Lena Dunham incites healthy debate with taboo confession

November 4, 2014
Two-time Golden Globe recipient/uber-feminist Lena Dunham recently admitted to sexually molesting her younger sister — at least, that’s what people are saying. The claims surfaced after several right-wing writers began picking apart excerpts from the star’s newly published memoir, “Not That Kind of Girl.” In her memoir, Dunham relates several peculiar tales from her youth — those tales include an examination of her sister’s genitalia after discussing female anatomy with her mother and instances of bribing her sister for kisses and affection. Upon first glance, the stories are admittedly shocking. But after I’d read the stories a second time, I found it necessary to question why I had felt so… Read more

TV review: ‘The Affair’ doesn’t cheat on intelligent storytelling

October 28, 2014
Showtime’s new high-concept drama “The Affair” is an intriguing, aesthetically pleasing and structurally innovative show. The two lead performances from British actors Dominic West — known for his role as rugged detective Jimmy McNulty on HBO’s “The Wire” — and Ruth Wilson are mesmerizing, as is most of the show. The show, from noted Israeli producer Hagai Levi, immediately attracted attention for its unusual premise. While soapy shows full of lurid premises and troubled marriages are all over TV, they don’t tell their stories in the way that “The Affair” does. Each episode is split into two halves: one depicting the affair between Wilson and West’s characters, each married, from… Read more

Opinion: ‘Honey Boo Boo’ cancellation a long time coming; Nick Jonas photos a bit shocking

October 27, 2014
This is part of a weekly series called “Pop Opinions” where The Lantern offers its take on the week’s pop culture news. Honey Boo Boo goes bye-bye Raise your hands. Throw a party. Eat some cake. “Here Comes Honey Boo Boo” has been canceled and I couldn’t be more excited! TLC pulled the plug on the reality TV smash after reports that Mama June (June Shannon) was dating a convicted sexual offender. Mark McDaniel, who spent 10 years behind bars for sexual abuse, was recently photographed spending time with Mama June and family, according to TMZ. June denies the dating rumors, but to be honest, I don’t really care if… Read more

TV review: ‘Boardwalk Empire’ leaves viewers with a satisfying conclusion

October 27, 2014
Note: This article contains spoilers for the show. If you are a newcomer to the series, refrain from reading. “Boardwalk Empire’s” finale Sunday night capped off an intense final season, which featured many character deaths and a plethora of plotlines, with a compelling dose of closure and visual poetry. Its captivating use of parallels, tight writing and outstanding performances made it one of the show’s finest episodes. “Boardwalk Empire,” as premier TV critic Alan Sepinwall and many others have noted, was always a show that was on the cusp of the TV “golden age.” Its crime drama premise and the involvement of legendary director Martin Scorsese made sure that it… Read more