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  • When Stars Attack

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    I felt like sending Michael Richards a note. My heart went out to the guy." - Mel Gibson What is it about wanting for nothing…

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  • Political Party Pooper

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    Was that a fun 24-hour television news cycle, or what? If Tuesday night's happiest news was simply that those ghastly campaign ads had run for…

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  • Sketchy Details

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    The funny thing about "Saturday Night Live" - one of the few funny things about the show these days - is that it's exerting its…

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  • Elimination Nation

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    Since the first "Survivor" contestant got voted off the island in the summer of 2000, the process of elimination has all but replaced plot as…

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  • Star Treatment

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    Trend alert! Research laboratories, think tanks and Mary Hart have been working around the clock for decades searching for new ways to pamper celebrities, and…

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  • Morning Sickness

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    I'm pretty sick of morning TV. The only thing I'm more sick of is that damn Taylor Hicks Ford commercial. The "American Idol" vet's spot…

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  • Odditions

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    Oil isn't Americans' only addiction. The citizens of this great land are also hooked on "American Idol." No other television show comes close to exerting…

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  • End Times

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    All good things must come to an end. So must all middling, thoroughly ghastly and entirely unwatchable things. And this is the time of year…

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  • The Lying Game

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    Lately, watching the cable news, it's become increasingly clear to me that I'm a sap. Here I am working hard to earn an honest dollar,…

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  • L. Ron Hubbub

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    You've got to hand it to Tom Cruise. Just when it seems he couldn't possibly make himself look any wackier, he pulls a world-class, over-the-top,…

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  • Kodak Moments

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    Apparently no one informed Jon Stewart that the Oscars are a big deal and, once tapped to host the broadcast, you're supposed to take yourself…

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  • Curious George

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    If it had been Wednesday instead of Tuesday night, I might have thought I'd tuned into an episode of "Lost." Has a State of the…

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  • New Year's Revolution

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    The holiday season has long been notorious for spiking the suicide rate, and I strongly suspect the apocalyptic images flickering on TV screens as 2005…

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  • The Weather Man

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    Since joining the Channel 5 news team in July 1990, Tom Messner has become something of a phenomenon. He is arguably the most popular person…

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  • Staying Tuned

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    In the mid-'80s Michael Jackson committed a morally reprehensible act that violated time-honored values and resulted in a substantial payoff: He licensed a song from…

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  • Snark Attack

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    For years I've been pitching the idea of a TV show that's a sort of anti-"Access Hollywood" -- a program that has the same kind…

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  • Mourning Television

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    At this stage in its evolution, television is so corporate, so focus-grouped, so formatted and predictable that it effortlessly processes virtually any development on the…

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  • Getting Along Famously

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    Andy Warhol said, famously, that in the future everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. This has proven to be an astonishingly prophetic bit of…

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  • The Interviewer Talks Back

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    Fran Stoddard does something for a living that nobody else around here gets to do. Lots of people talk politics on TV. She talks about…

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  • A Season in Hell

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    And springtime brought me the frightful laugh of an idiot. -- Arthur Rimbaud Reality, so to speak, has begun to set in: "Lost" left millions…

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