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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: The Shannara Chronicles

    Kill Your TV: The Shannara Chronicles

    Picking on MTV is a little easy. It's the Rodney Dangerfield of television: no respect. Those who remember when it actually included music gave up on the thing years ago. But just as the Golden Globes trot out some previously-beloved-but-now-dusty…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: The Food Network's Latest

    Kill Your TV: The Food Network's Latest

    The Food Network is a juggernaut, and I mean that in the strictest meaning of the word. "Juggernaut" derives from jagganath, a 19th-century word for a roving Hindu temple on wheels; a Popemobile for Vishnu, in other words. The ornately…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: Superstore

    Kill Your TV: Superstore

    One learns in the TV game that one mustn't get too excited when one sees something produced by someone who has previously worked on a show that one loved. One must brace oneself for disappointment. One must set the DVR,…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your Television: Bordertown

    Kill Your Television: Bordertown

    Surely Seth MacFarlane must have stock in marijuana futures. It's hard to tell if adult primetime cartoons are created solely with the very stoned in mind, but his Family Guy and Ted franchises are chockablock with gags and cut-tos rigged…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: Master of None

    Kill Your TV: Master of None

    "It's not just, like, a regular selfie," says my 16-year-old niece. "You have to pose for the picture in the moment ... like, thought to thought, expression to expression." She is describing why she likes Snapchat better than Facebook. Your…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: Obscure Goodbyes of 2015

    Kill Your TV: Obscure Goodbyes of 2015

    James Best (b. 1926) This guy not only appeared on one of my favorite Twilight Zone episodes ("Jess-Belle"), but he popularized one of my favorite put-downs, "dipstick." He's best known for portraying Sheriff Rosco P. Coltrane on The Dukes of…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: Born Identity

    Kill Your TV: Born Identity

    Anyone who knows me knows that my favorite developmentally-disabled clients are usually people with Down's Syndrome. So this column is going to be opinionated, heavily biased, and entirely subjective. A&E has a new reality TV show called Born This Way,…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: Project Runway: Junior

    Kill Your TV: Project Runway: Junior

    Have you ever seen model Hannah Davis, the host of Project Runway: Junior? She is engaged to Derek Jeter, although I'm sure whatever snickering that causes is along the lines of, "She is so out of his league." (Get it?…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: Jessica Jones

    Kill Your TV: Jessica Jones

    It probably doesn't need to be said, but the Jurassic Park movies were terrible. Yes, I know I am reaching way back into the past here, but the reason they sucked is pertinent to my theme this week: the cognitive…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Nigella Lawson, Kitchen Confidante

    Nigella Lawson, Kitchen Confidante

    The rise of the celebrity chef hasn't simply given us sub-par cookware sets on QVC. No, it has also given us celebrity-chef gossip, and in some cases, celebrity-chef public shaming. In the case of Paula Deen, close scrutiny of a…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: Flesh and Bone

    Kill Your TV: Flesh and Bone

    A friend of mine was telling me about her brother, who writes "Very Dark Fiction" (or VDF, as we now call it). Ah, I said to her; the Clan of Cthulhu people, a sub-sect of Comic-Con geek-dom. "Oh, Lovecraft has…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: Red Oaks

    Kill Your TV: Red Oaks

    "Face it, the '90s are back," appeared on my Facebook feed, along with a photo of Alice in Chains and the caption "Can you guess which grunge band this is?" I'll leave to my Twitter account my essay on why…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: Supergirl

    Kill Your TV: Supergirl

    We are in a strange time in television land. No new genres or major developments have arrived for years; unless you count monsters like zombies or vampires, reality TV and antiheroes were the last big ones. Despite myriad attempts to…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: An El Niño Kind of Fall

    Kill Your TV: An El Niño Kind of Fall

    The sun is casting longer shadows. Birds flying south for the winter have landed in our wetlands. Someone is bitching that Christmas products are already for sale at Target. There are only two months left of new TV for 2015.…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: Scream Queens and Horror Hotels

    Kill Your TV: Scream Queens and Horror Hotels

    The three "scariest" shows on TV right now, not counting Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris , have to be Scream Queens on Fox, American Horror Story: Hotel on FX, and The Walking Dead on AMC. I have to…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: ID Channel

    Kill Your TV: ID Channel

    I've reported this before, but Discovery's ID Channel has a gigantic female audience. (Yes, we are ID Nation, and we are legion.) We are also about to get a bloody bucket-load of new shows, which will be played back-to-back-to-back as…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: YouTube Tales From the Crypt

    Kill Your TV: YouTube Tales From the Crypt

    October is the cruelest month. — the Goth version of T.S. Eliot's The Waste Land. October is also my favorite month. Last week, I pointed out some of the best/doofiest/scariest movies running on Turner Classic Movies this month, most of…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: Schlocktoberfest

    Kill Your TV: Schlocktoberfest

    Halloween is the time to gather around the table with family, eat some turkey, dye some Easter eggs, sing a few Christmas carols, and watch really corny horror movies on Turner Classic Movies. Here are my TCM picks for Halloween…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: CMT

    Kill Your TV: CMT

    Southern conservatives despise political correctness and think everyone is too sensitive these days. So surely they wouldn't complain about what I might think about the reality shows on CMT (that is, Country Music Television), right? I mean, if I called…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: Making Up with <i>Friends</i>

    Kill Your TV: Making Up with Friends

    I hated Friends when it debuted, for many reasons. First, there was no way someone like Joey would be friends with someone like Phoebe in real life. He's a dimwitted cock-thinker, and she's an ethereal vegetarian sprite. Second, there's no…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: To Catch a Rapist

    Kill Your TV: To Catch a Rapist

    The first of my three friends to be raped was in her early 20s. She was in her house and went into a room where a young man was standing. Her boyfriend saved her life when he walked in on…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert

    Kill Your TV: Trevor Noah and Stephen Colbert

    Apologies in advance for using the word "dystopia" — yeah, I'm sick to death of it too — but I can't help but think of it when I see The Late Show With Stephen Colbert (Sept. 8) debuting in the…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: Bachelor in Paradise

    Kill Your TV: Bachelor in Paradise

    The roots of the word "villain" are tied to the Latin word for "farmhand," or he who toils for another and is thus ignoble. Therefore, the term originally meant being someone's bitch, which makes sense because the reason villainy exists…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: Dawn of The Donald

    Kill Your TV: Dawn of The Donald

    Forgive me, but I am going to attack a reality TV star who is an easy target. There's nothing counterintuitive about saying that this person is a moron, and I'm not going to point out something you don't already know.…
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    Culture, Kill Your Television Kill Your TV: A Hacker Without Asberger’s

    Kill Your TV: A Hacker Without Asberger’s

    Humans used to have existential moments when they would stop polishing their spittoons or pedaling their penny-farthings and be suddenly struck with the knowledge that they are essentially and irretrievably alone in the universe, and that the universe itself is…
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    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"

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