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Opinion: ‘Game of Thrones’ provides commentary on modern day dwarfism

April 17, 2014
I don’t usually watch “Game of Thrones,” but when I’m invited over to eat pancakes and watch TV, I’m the first one there. In last week’s episode, there was a wedding. I’ve gathered from my friends’ comments that weddings are common on the show. This spoiled, blond brat with a creepily small face was getting married to this seemingly normal lady. The brat would then become king. I think. I was too busy stuffing my face with pancakes to follow the plot line too closely. But one of the wedding festivities did fully catch my attention. The brat brought out five dwarves to re-enact a battle between former kings. Because… Read more

Opinion: ‘Rick and Morty’ weirdly contiguous, profoundly philosophical

April 17, 2014
The best new show on television is a cartoon — “Rick and Morty,” an animated television series which premiered on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim in early December. It follows the inter-dimensional hijinks of alcoholic grandpa and super scientist, Rick, and his slow-witted grandson, Morty. “Rick and Morty” was created by Dan Harmon, the creator of NBC sitcom “Community” and Justin Roiland, who is among other things, the infamous voice of Lemongrab in “Adventure Time.” The show has enjoyed monstrous ratings since its inception. According to Vulture.com, in the young male demographic, it has at times literally beaten every other show on television during prime time, even shows that aired on… Read more

Opinion: Stephen Colbert a ‘brilliant’ replacement for David Letterman

April 10, 2014
Now that everyone knows who will replace David Letterman, it’s time to celebrate and just admit how much we love Stephen Colbert. CBS announced Thursday Colbert of “The Colbert Report” on Comedy Central has been tapped to replace Letterman on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” No one was too shocked that Letterman decided to retire. It was time. He still has the personality, and the ratings, but he knew it was time to leave. Immediately, it was clear any controversy would be over who would replace Letterman, not why he was leaving. A week after Letterman announced he was leaving, CBS said Colbert had been picked to replace him.… Read more

Opinion: Honey Maid advertisement turns negative comments into lovely example

April 6, 2014
“Zooming In” is a weekly series in which Photo editor Shelby Lum provides her insight on pop culture. I remember the look. The look on the woman’s face when I walked in with my family to eat at a restaurant — the judgemental look her eyes gave us as she scanned between my father’s Chinese face to my mother’s Caucasian face and then to my brother, sister and I — and I remember even more vividly when she told us we couldn’t be seated in her empty restaurant. It wasn’t because they were closing either. We simply weren’t welcome. So when Honey Maid aired a commercial in March as part… Read more

Opinion: Loss of David Letterman, loss of late-night fixture

April 4, 2014
Longtime late-night funnyman, David Letterman, announced his plan to retire sometime in 2015 in front of a live studio audience Thursday. The 66-year-old “Late Show With David Letterman” host has been a constant fixture in the world of late-night television since the debut of his first nightly talk show, “Late Night with David Letterman” in 1982. Many expected him to replace Johnny Carson in 1992. Instead, NBC hired newcomer Jay Leno. Letterman moved from NBC to CBS, and “Late Show” premiered on CBS in 1993. Last year, Letterman surpassed Carso  as the longest serving late night talk show host — 2014 marks his 32nd  year on the late night circuit.… Read more

Opinion: Michael Strahan over-booking himself with new ‘Good Morning America’ gig

April 3, 2014
Former New York Giants defensive end Michael Strahan followed his 15-year football career with an unconventional twist. Strahan has become a household name on television, and his gift of gab is snagging him spots on top national morning shows. Strahan revealed April 1 on his show “Live! with Kelly and Michael” that he is joining “Good Morning America” as a part-time host. The gentle giant proved that he could gossip over a cup of coffee when he took over for Regis Philbin as co-host alongside Kelly Ripa on “Live! with Kelly and Michael” in 2012. ABC’s top-rated morning show “Good Morning America” was looking to add another man to its… Read more

Opinion: ‘How I Met Your Mother’ draws to long-awaited close

March 31, 2014
Just when it seemed like viewers knew exactly what would happen in the “How I Met Your Mother” series finale, writers Carter Bays and Craig Thomas threw us one last curveball. After giving details over the course of the series about the fateful meeting between Ted Mosby and his future wife on the Farhampton train platform, it appeared fans already knew everything that would happen in the final episode. Spending the first 22 episodes of the final season over the course of three days on the show, the double-episode finale skimmed over many years to catch us up with Future Ted and his children in the den of his Westchester… Read more

Opinion: #CancelColbert a parody of its own cause, not activism

March 30, 2014
Should we cancel Stephen Colbert’s show? In a word, no. On Thursday, the account for Colbert’s show, “The Colbert Report,” tweeted what has, when removed from the context of the fully developed joke it punchlined, become a rather incendiary remark. “I am willing to show the #Asian community I care by introducing the Ching-Chong Ding-Dong Foundation for Sensitivity to Orientals or Whatever,” the now-deleted tweet read from the show’s account, @ColbertReport. In context, it was part of a bit satirizing efforts of Dan Snyder, the owner of the Washington Redskins, to eliminate criticism of his team’s name by starting a foundation for Native Americans. To paraphrase James Poniewozik of “Time,”… Read more

‘The Real World’ to hold Columbus audition, hopes to cast ‘all-American’ people

March 25, 2014
When Jamie Larson auditioned online for season 29 of MTV’s “The Real World,” she had no idea how the show would change her life. “I get bored easy,” the 22-year-old Pflugerville, Texas, native said. She then said she thought, regarding trying out for the 2014 season, “What the hell, why not just try out?” “The Real World” is set to host a casting call for its 30th season in Columbus on Saturday, and Ohio State students and the Columbus community will have the opportunity to take a chance to audition for the reality television show. The auditions are set to be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the… Read more

‘Walking Dead’ second assistant director to provide behind-the-scenes look in Ohio State visit

March 24, 2014
Students are set to have the chance to meet one of the brains behind the flesh-eating undead when Matthew Goodwin, second assistant director for “The Walking Dead,” visits campus this week. Fans will be able to get a behind-the-scenes look at the process of television production. Goodwin is set to speak on his background in filmography, the process of filming an episode of “The Walking Dead” and will also provide commentary following a screening of an episode of the show. In a post-apocalyptic world dominated by zombies, “The Walking Dead” revolves around the character of Rick Grimes, played by Andrew Lincoln, a sheriff’s deputy who searches for his family and… Read more